Thursday, 19 October 2017

19th October 2017 - Back to Blighty

Thought for the day"So how would Brucie and Yoda greet one another?"

So, back from Crete and back into reality of Grey and Wet and Cold .... 
I know I complained about he heat when I went out four weeks ago and the weather this time around was very nice indeed - though best to listen to the whole conversation when someone says - "come as you are .... but bring a jumper for the evening" and not just the "come as you are bit"...

It can get very chilly up the top of Crete near Psiloritis... Mount Ida is 2,456 mt high that is 8,057 feet in real money and it can get really blowy if you are just in Crocs, shorts and a light hawaiin shirt...

Especially if you are near a village that sounds particularly like Annoyah - 

Crete is a one of the most mountainous islands of Europe with high mountain ranges crossing the island from West to East. They are composed of limestone. The geological upheavals which created basins and plateaus also formed a large number of impressive caves, many of which were used for religious purposes during antiquity. The mountains of Crete make up a section of the Dinaric -Taurus chain, which starts in the Dinaric Alps and comprises the mountains of Albania, Pindus, the Peloponnese, Kythira - Antikythira, Crete, Karpathos and Rhodos, and ends in Taurus in Asia Minor.

On Crete these massifs form three large mountain complexes and in between some lower mountains and semi-mountainous zones. The biggest mountain range is in Western Crete, the White Mountains or "Lefka Ori” with the Pachnes (2453m) as its highest peak. In the middle of the island Mount Ida, a single elongated mountain mass whose highest peak is Timios Stavros (2456 m.), the highest point in Crete. In eastern Crete there are the Dikti Mountains with the highest peak of 2148m. 

Vamos in Winter

And of course - as usual there are the caves where Zeus was born ..

"In the middle of the island you find Mount Ida, or Psiloritis, a single elongated mountain mass whose highest peak is Timios Stavros (2456 m.), the highest point in Crete. The Ida mountains are located in the prefecture of Rethymnon. On its slopes lies the cave Idaion Andron, in which, according to legend, Zeus was born. On the south side of the mountain massive is the green Amari valley. Interesting features are the plateau of Nida and the forest of Ruva on the east side. The observatory of the University of Crete is located on the secondary peak Skinakas at 1750m."

Road Trip and Walking Trip

Note the Coats and Wrappings

And the warm Jumpers

But the views are still spectacular

And places int he shade (It was very Windy as well) 

Views over the Plateau 

and into the Mountains
And now we are back  ....
Ho Hum 
Glass of Chateau 41 ?  Don't mind if I do - 
And maybe a plate of baked beans on toast with an egg on top
Can't fault it 

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

18th October 2017 - and Last day in Paradise

Thought for the day:"Skiing is probably the most expensive way to fall down a mountain."

Well that week has gone quickly. Seems only last week that we arrived. But I am sure that the tightness in my trousers represents the shrinking power of the sun out here in Crete and nothing at all related to the amount of food I have managed to stuff into my mouth over the last week or the copious amounts of beer, wine , raki.

I obviously haven't really been drinking as my bottle of scotch (Lidl's best from last trip) is still practically full and will be going back into the cupboard for next time - along with the new guitar, the lilo, the pump, the spare food and all the other things that stay here when we are away. 

Once again a sunny morning, and we seem to have acclimatized to the two hour difference on this occasion - which was probably helped by the first night where I found myself strangely going to bed about 9pm and sleeping for over 12 hours...

But otherwise I would not really be expecting to be writing my blog at 8am having already had my two cups of tea. The laptop is still not very good for working photos so I shall just post some raw pictures again and get back to learning the Royal Order of Scotland - Provincial Junior Warden - ritual..  First World Problems as they say :)

Two of my Girls

and a third

Traditional Cretan Rooms in the mountains with Traditional Food 

We thought it was a canon - turns out to be two grinding wheels for Olive Oil

 Road Trip....

Cheers - or rather Yammas!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

17th October 2017 - And Donkeys ....

Thought for the day:" My email password has been hacked. That's the third time I've had to rename the cat. "

So - coming up to the last day in Crete - gosh that has gone quickly ....
So here are some pictures form teh Donkey Sanctuary...

Cheers ...

Monday, 16 October 2017

16th October 2017 - Not really Locked out

Thought for the day:"The older I get, the earlier it gets late"

Another day in Crete ...  this may be a little more embarrassing - I may have just taken my phone out of my pocket when I was in the Friends Restaurant which is in Dories - which is not very near to home at all but rather in the mountains .. and may have not remembered to pick it up as we left the restaurant...  BUT... I may have also had the key to the hotel room / apartment in the same pocket - I cannot be sure - but since I now know that the phone is in Dories and I cannot find a key - it is reasonable to suspect a connection...

Which did not help being back at the hotel and not being able to get in to the room!

This is not the sort of hotel that has staff overnight - Georgio is a lovely man - well in his later years and suffering with his health one may suspect. He is an artist and is responsible for many of the paintings around the various rooms a that make up Hotel Eliza - but not a man to be on site at 11pm ...  A bit of a problem...

Luckily - wife has brought her trusty hand held torch and as we have been here before we manage to find the store room for the handy person who looks after all the cleaning and refurbishing the rooms and a sneaky look around finds the master keys and we gain access......

Of course, good old Georgio has provided some extra Raki on the balcony so any delay would have been mitigated - as it is now ....
A trip to the mountains tomorrow I think for my phone - but in the meantime - I shall enjoy the Raki

Yammas !

Sunday, 15 October 2017

15th October 2017 - A few pictures - nothing else

Thought for the day:"Plan ahead - It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark."

Very late as I sit here - so I will share a couple of pictures...

Raki is good ... Cheers !

Saturday, 14 October 2017

14th October 2017 - Down from the mountains

Thought for the day:" Can you make a water-bed more bouncy by using spring water?"

Well, where do you start ... I am sitting on the veranda of our little "hotel" apartment at Hotel Eliza...
We started the days in the mountains enjoying "real" Cretan hospitality - in a "traditional" Cretan home  - and it was a really good experience...

A day traveling into the mountains of Crete - and no - I did not know that they were that high .. I do not know the actual heights - I will probably follow this up sometime in the future - but for the moment let me say that they were high!

It was not helped by me hearing the "Oh just come as you are" section of what should we wear - and missed the "but bring a jumper or fleece as it will be a lot colder " ...   My Bad !!  So in Crocs short sleeved shirt and shorts - oh well ... it was less uncomfortable to be cold in the mountains than it was to be too hot when we were last here !!

But - finally made our way back to home here and sat with Granddaughter as she hyper activated her way to bed after a long time sitting in the car - and being delightful for almost all the time ... and sauntered down to Patriko - a restaurant that we have visited a number of times in the past..

It was only this time that we read the the menu which mentions how the name originated...   The Restaurant lays claim to being the oldest in Agois Nikolais - I cannot vouch for that claim - but as the Knossis it had been there for a long long time ...   A few years ago - when the owner decided to retire and leave the business to his son - the son decided to rename it as Patriko - which means "My father's place " - as a tribute to his father  - and the food was more than one would really want for a single sitting - though to be honest we both managed ..

So repleat now - the battery is about to die on the la top and I will close for one day ..

I have Raki !!

Friday, 13 October 2017

13th October 2017 - Just a thought - and a trip up the mountains

Thought for the day:"So - why does 12am come before 11am?"

Busy holiday so just a thought again today - but heading up the mountains of Crete to a traditional evening of food ....   maybe I will buy a guitar on the way....