Thursday 7th and Friday 8th November
OK, so we coffee’d, lunched and suppered. Not sure what else we did. We are starting to feel so relaxed here in Kalyves, that we’ve forgotten what we did!
We do remember going to Simon’s Italian pizza and pasta place with a room full of Brits to listen to a young Greek trio perform some great rock music. Needless to say a lot of wine was drunk, and not just by us!
Another beachside coffee.
1344: Douliana Walk
Saturday 9th November
A circular walk through olive groves and a bit of a gorge started with a coffee in the village. Lovely lunch in Drapanos’ Eleanoras restaurant … one starter and two dishes … EUR18.50, with chicken and chips left over to go … to be souped. A restaurant to go back to.
Douliana: The only place that seemed open was a tiny coffee shop … the choice was sugar or not. No Latte, Americano etc. Greek coffee it was; there was no milk. But lovely to sit in the sun listening to the sheep bells.
The walk took us to two cave chapels.
Some lovely views and Autumn is ‘trying’ to make its presence known.
1345: Remembrance Sunday
Sunday 10th November
We had a coffee in Vrysses and observed the 2 minuted silence. And then, listening to Radio 2 back in the van 2 hours later, observed it again with the last post.
We had gone to Vyrsses on the promise of a bazaar with Christmas gifts, bric a brac and crafts as advertised in the Living in Crete website forum. I spotted the stall holders discussing how quiet it was ..yep , lack lustre, We did manage to come away with two books … inlacing Victoria Hislpos’ ‘The Island’, about Spinalonga, which we visited last Crete trip and I’ve been meaning to read for ages. And a ‘silver’ (i think not at the price and weight) bracelet AND two cakes … home-made eccles cake and a bakewell tart … nostimos (yummy in Greek!). As coffee and wandering the 6 stalls had not taken as long as we’d anticipated, we drove back to Kalyves to potter for a few hours.
Heading out for a 3.00 p.m. supper we bumped into Ann again with another couple of ex-Pats with their two hounds. Once the barking abated, and bum sniffing was the calm-ish order of the day, we were able to converse. I queried outstaying our welcome in the car park … no the owners are overseas and we shouldn’t feel concerned. Ann mentioned a trip on the 20th up to a hill village followed by lunch. Tempting, but we can’t leave the dogs (well Oscar!) too long. The other couple immediately offered doggy day care … how kind and generous people are, but we couldn’t inflict Oscar on anyone. We need LPG, so will soon head up a peninsula via Chania (for LPG) for 4 days or so and then come back.
Ann very kindly gave us two walking books on this area … really enjoying exploring the villages and surrounding areas in some detail. In our first year we bombed from Nordcap to Sicily witha few side diversions, achieving 25,000 miles … and getting under the skin of – not a lot. We have slowed up, but Crete is not massive and knowing we will be here until February-ish, gives us a really relaxing sense of time to chill. If we were still looking to buy abroad, the idealistic approach is to immerse yourself in the local communities. BUT learning a language sufficiently is virtually prohibitive; blame age and alcohol! Kalyves has a strong ex-pat British contingent, so there seems to be a ready made social life. A lot to be said for that. Can see us renting here when we want to be still for months at a time.
Supper was fab again at Icarus restaurant … coupe of starters and then we shared a sea bass – wise to the portion sizes, if we had starters, we shared the main! Nostimo … delicious. A thunderstorm threatened close by and we watched the sea and hills change various shades from blue to grey.
Little puss, needs cuddles with thunder.
If she’s up and getting cuddles, I need one too!