February 28th. I go shopping with our landlord. We have calculated the amount of colour and all material we need, now we are standing in the shop.
February 29th.We start painting the apartment. There are 4 rooms, we calculate for all the work about 3 weeks. C. prepares sack bags for us.
Sunday March 1st. We park our car in front of the monastery. We cross the monastery garden, but do not visit the monastery, but continue walking down the mountain. On the way we encounter some caves that are used by the monks as places of prayer. After 20 minutes we come to a beautiful little stone beach. The view is heavenly and this blue water is simply wonderful.
The weather on March 2nd is great for a hike. I found this hike on Wikiloc. We pack a pick nick and off we go. We have no mobile internet since yesterday and I can no longer access my prepared hike. We try to find the route with my memory and Google Maps. The beginning runs like clockwork, but after a while we don't know what to do. We try to find our own way through scrub and bushes in the direction we want to go. We haven't found any hiking markings yet. We never came to the village of Rodopou, as we have been hiking for some time now and we do not know where the trail continues. So, we go back where we came from. The hike was nice.
March 7th today I want to visit a farmer’s market in Chania. We leave early because the markets usually close at 1pm. We are parking our car right next to a street market. There, we discover a honey stand that fills your own honey jars you brought with you. Markets are worth a visit; I just love them. The next stop H&M, T. has grown and needs new underwear 😊. And we find new pants for C. Afterwards, we stroll, we pass by a covered market, one of the biggest on Crete and a tourist attraction, but we are not very enthusiastic (stands are closed, and we are almost the only ones, but it is only 11 a.m.). After a long walk through the old town of Chania, we will eat in a restaurant once again. Pablo and I share a Greek meat plate, with starter and dessert. Time to go home.
March 8th. The village of Aptera and the old Aptera, which was inhabited 3400 years ago, are 20 minutes from our accommodation. 4 euros is the entrance for the four of us. We did see so many old stones in Sicily, but still finding it interesting. A little further there is a Turkish fortress, and from there a hiking trail down to the coast. The beginning of the trail is clearly visible, but after a while, we seek for the path and trying not to get scratched by the bushes. It is an experience. Once at the bottom, we pass a small beach (Kalami), where no one is. We rest for a few minutes and to cool down our feet.
March 14th. Today we walk to the next village (Kalives) and beach, there we want to swim and shop. Just having a cosy afternoon.
March 15th. We drive to the south side of Crete with Kate from Australia and visit a sandy beach there. The village is pretty and charming. We stroll through the village and discover various things, like Pablo a bakery 😊. We have lunch at the beach. The children splash and the adults rest, read, sleep ...
March 30rd-April 5th. We continue to work on the hotel and go to our small beach on hot, sunny days. Fortunately, we live in a hotel with a lot of space around and a small private beach where nobody sees us 😉.
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