Friday 19th April
Kalimera readers – James here blogging after a long gap – for all kinds of reasons….. We Jazzed to the east of Kriti – via Heraklion for a new Jez key – we seem to misplace keys – occasionally… (K: What he kindly doesn’t say is that I hid two sets of Jez keys somewhere safe. Along with the roof box keys. News sets all round required!) We wild camped overnight in exactly the same spot as 4 years ago – big Spinalonga.
A repeat overnight … just over onto Big Spinalonga
K walked up to a chapel and later when looked oat our blog from 4 years ago saw I’d taken the exact same photo.
Saturday 30th April 2020
While wrestling with the roof box on our Suzuki car, I strained my wrist – painful – so Nurse Clune bandaged (not banjaxed) me up. No running and an easy day and Lidl shopping…
Nurse Katherine LOL! A tea towel was sacrificed to make a bandage and dog lead used as a sling. K wasn’t a Girl Guide for nothing, even if they did ask her to leave!
Sunday 1st May 2020
Another lovely beach overnight – hair pruning – moi and big O…In the morning, I ran and K did Pilates of the Caribbean – or Aegean…I’ve got up to 5Km walking and running – keeping my pulse rate below 106/120 max. We’ll run/walk a half marathon in October – to accompany Maddy and Jordan – virtually – raising money for MacMillan nurses…
We liked Tholos. One close Taverna and a few bodies (alive). Only the Brits were sunbathing with a needed wind break. Walked to the end of the beach and spotted a chemical loo (which we used: not us but our cassette).
Tholos Granary was used in Roman times. Goods were shipped in and stored until they were sent by pack horse to a port on the South. The question has to be, why didn’t the ship just sail to the next port?
Tholos Beach and some geezer taken from the granary.
Oscar post pruning. J had his head sheared too!
We do not have a choice. Too many so called friends have spoilt CO2 and now they expect to have a bed snuggle every morning. Corrie goes to extremes and lays her head on a pillow and is often under the duvet!
Monday 2nd May 2020
Parked at Mochlos – as 4 years ago… Am – drove to the town – it rained – sought refuge in a taverna – for local lunch – aubergine salad, fava and moussaka (K: You forgot about your side order of fries James!) – noshtimo!
Overnight was near Sitia … a turtle hatching beach. Again a spot revisited. K checked when turtles come up to lay eggs on the beach (May-to September is the answer) and did a recconnaisance walk before releasing our beasts. Locals smiled and waved at us or even came and had a CO2 cuddle. Nowhere have we found people to be as friendly as in Greece.
Looking back to Tholos Beach.
Mochlos. When it rains … what to do but have lunch. Last time we were here we sat outside and watched a cat try to climb a pole to reach a squid hung out to dry. Today we watched rivulets of water come under the restaurant awning.
Fortunately the sun came out as we walked back to Jez.
Sitia and onto Chiona
Tuesday 3rd May 2020
City of Sitia – walk – seeking a phone case, cable – no luck so will order online. Lovely city Sitia. Proper working town. Obligatory coffee…
Yep, cold and windy. May in Crete!
Drove to Toplou Monastery – famous building – and scene of defences against Ottomans and Germans…..Well worth the Euro 8 for entrance. Ecclesiastical vestments and altar bits – reminded me of being an altor boy in Glasthule St Joseph’s…
Toplou Mnastery. It’s wealthy as they own tracts of land on this this western point.
And it does look like a fortress. Part of the museum was guns from the Ottoman resistance and WW2. It seems incongruous but most Greek priests and monks took up arms.
On to our overnight stay at Chiona. We chose a different restaurant to last time we we were here, just to shake it up a bit!
So far it has been too cold, wet and windy to get the stand up paddle board out. It is travelling strapped into CO2’s sofa …. they have to take turns and occasionally they both manage to get up there.
Chiona Beach Wetlands.
Nearby Palaikastro Minoan site. It was second in size to Knossos but not fully excavated. Free to wander as no warden or box for the EUR3 fee.
Local sausages for J.
Possibly the best shrimp saganaki I’ve had.