1388: Back at Balos
Sunday 22nd December 2019
Nothing open for coffee en route … straight onto Falassarna, where I got hail and sand blasted on the beach last time we stayed. A beach walk this morning in the sun and lunch. After J’s nanny nap we drove back up to the start of the 8km track to the car park for Balos Beach. We stopped and picked up Brian and Zoa … we wondered how the the AndyPandyCar would cope with the track and the equivalent of 4 adults on board. We managed not to knacker the suspension! With the sun and some wind we descended to the lagoon. Brian and Zoa battled back against the wind along the track to his motorhome.
After fetching Jez from Falassarna we decamped back to Kissamos along the sea front. It was windy, and I didn’t sleep well … I was also dreaming about the lovely meal we’d had. We had been to the restaurant with Maddy and had amazing Pork with celery, greens and lemon. Tonight’s special was cuttlefish with a dill sauce … only one portion left so Brian and I shared. Also chickpea, lemon and olive soup … I’ve just tried to make this in Jez and it is no where as good as the restaurant’s. I complimented the waitress / daughter and she has given me her mobile number and said to ring before we come again … her Mum will cook boiled chicken with rice and butter … sounds horrid, but she assures me it is very good … so we will have to go back!
Kite flying at Falassarna – Brian trying to stay with feet on sand and Zoa trying to catch the kite!
Track to Balos Beach.
You’d have thought this chap would have offered to move out of the way!
James waited and waited, but no donkey taxi!
1389: Hunkering Down in Kissamos
Monday 23rd December 2019
We contemplated a drive up into the hills, but rain threatened and then arrived, so we stayed put. A coffee and cake stop with Brian in town. I did a little Christmas shopping … a lazy day followed by supper chez nous and a game of cribb with Brian.
We followed Brian to shelter from the wind the other side of the sports centre … so much calmer over night.
View from the front of the van, before the latest round of wind and rain.
Zoa also thinks he is a lap dog!
1390: Christmas Eve in Kalyves
Tuesday 24th December
Having had a half decent night’s sleep, I awoke with energy! As I opened the side window i spotted a tap and hose …. so the morning became a laundry session. Twin tub carried around the wall, one of our hoses hanging out of the kitchen window for hot water and the sports centre hose for cold! Then hot showers for both of us. Gotta seize the moment!
We returned to Kalyves and joined the lovely Ann and another couple at Simon’s Italian for a set meal and a rock band. Food was good, wine mostly included and the first set of the band excellent … I recognised most of the tunes. The second set was essentially just LOUD … a bit to heavy rock for our tastes. But a great way to start Christmas.
1391: Christmas Meal
Wednesday 25th December 2019
A leisurely start … presents and my stocking brought from home. The Aged P’s buy gifts for Clare and I on their travels this year’s stocking came from Serbia, South Africa, Sardinia, Sicily, Thailand, France …. a lot of dodgy bottles … the green walnut liqueur from the Serbian monastery was very good.
A short walk (blow!) along a coastal path set us up for the next stage of Christmas. We then drove in convoy with Brian to Drapanos and parked on the driveway of an absent neighbour of Julia and Anthony (who’d helped us with our gas). A short walk up to Eleanore’s and lunch. Fava, a mayo dip and smoked sausage to start. Brian had pork knuckle, which looked better than J and my choice … pork with chestnuts and prunes … tasty but just a little too fatty. Our left overs, the next night were actually better.
A really relaxed meal, followed by cards … Newmarket, Sevens and Pontoon. And the wine kept flowing. As we were leaving, we established that they are also open New Year’s Eve and there is a Greek band playing. That’s New Year’s Eve sorted then!
Christmas morning walk.
Looking out to the Akrotiri peninsula.
1392: Boxing Day Recovery
Thursday 26th December
Another slow start then! Popped into say thank you to Julia for organising the parking … we can also park there for New Year.
Back to Kalyves … no energy to move far today. We did manage the walk we’d done yesterday … easy option as we now knew the route! Also easy option on food as recycled the left overs!
Forgotten we had this … bought some weeks ago at charity bazaar … tasty, but not as good as my mother’s!