Sunday, December 30, 2018

Only a few days left - Happy New Year Everyone!

Time is running out on our 2 months on Crete.  It's been a great! The last 2 days have been sunny so of course that always makes it better! Also allows me to get 5 loads of laundry done because I have to hang them outside - and when it is raining well........   Remember this is a small washer so probably only 3 loads, but wanting to get things washed before heading to Honduras.

Also need to start getting the place back in order - the way is was before we got here and made it comfy for us :)  Really going to miss the visits from the kitties, they are funny to watch when playing in the boxes and chasing each other around.  Oh course I like them because no cat box comes with the fun of having the kitties inside!!

Fluffy Jack AKA Buddy

Yesterday we met up with Vivien and Chris to have lunch at a very nice beach area in Marathi.  Beautiful sandy shallow water.  There were a few people in the water, but unfortunately no restaurant was open.  Guess some will reopen after New Years on Jan 7th.  We also went to the village of Stravos, which is where the 1964 file Zorba the Greek was filmed.

Snow capped mountains behind our place look so beautiful in the sunshine!

Beach sea and mountains - Marathi Beach

Area Zorba the Greek movie was filmed
We end up stopping at a small cafe along the way and had sandwiches for lunch along with coffee since no wine was available!!  After lunch we go our separate ways and will meet up again on our last day for lunch. They will be spending New Years at home and like Vivien said "probably in bed by 8!" and I said we would probably be up until 10 LOL!!! She doesnt think there is a fireworks show in the harbour at midnight on New Years.  We'll just spend a quite evening at home and have some wine and tapas and watch a movie :)

The day before we drove inland again and went thru many small villages. At one spot there was a sign showing a hiking path. So we drove in and parked.  Didnt go very far before the path (road) was closed off by a fence to keep the sheep in!  But it was a nice walk.

The hiking path 


Love his/her's black stockings! :)

Plants along the walk


Such cool looking leaves

I know this one is Lamb's Ear

View to the sea

This is the smallest church we've seen

Lots of sheep here - want to drive to the snowy tops!



We then kept on driving inland and I was trying to find roads that would lead us up to the higher mountains and snow!  But it wasn't happening - think we have to take a main road heading south to get near the snow :)  It was a nice drive trying though going thru villages and winding roads up and down the mountain.  We also found a restaurant that we were looking for the first time we had the rental car - but thought it was closed.  This time the outdoor cooking fires were flaming and pots cooking :)  Once we got inside they had a nice fire going which we quickly moved to and snagged a table right infront. So cozy! The owner comes over and explains that everything is organic, grown on their farm from animals to vegetables!  He asked what we liked and we said everything LOL!!  Ok he will bring us a salad, pork, lamb and rice wrapped in cabbage leaves - Ok all that sounds good!! Another typical Cretan meal.



Lamb cooked in parchment

The pork was cooked outside in one of these pots 
It was finished off with chocolate cake - but no raki.  We also did not order wine or beer, just his "mountain tea" which tasted quite similar to moringa tea - a healthy tea.  It was a great meal for 20E and the atmosphere was so cozy :)

Just a couple more of baby lambs :)

They are all SOOOOO cute!!

Time to get the sheep home and milked

That evening I went to get my hair cut here in the village.  Sophia did a great job for only 10E!! She said that I should grow the front out to one length and comb it to the side but keep the rest really short like I have it.  Sure why not - I like trying different styles :) It will take awhile before it will be one length though since I just cut the top 2 weeks ago.  Guess I should have gone to Sophia when we first got here!  Then I told her I would like to put a temporary plum color in!! SURE!! She said that would look great.  So it took her 3 tries of mixing the toner to actually change the color of my hair :)  I've tried it once myself but didn't make much of a difference - so I know what she's talking about! But she finally got it to a nice shade - love it! 30E :)  It will wash out in about 5 weeks :)  And she said she wouldn't forget my name because it's also her mom's name!  Sophia is originally from Germany and moved to Crete when she was 18.  She's probably about 40 now.




It doesn't look very plum in the picture but it is :)





Before and After


















Talking with Nikki the other day on FB messenger and had the same problem ending our call - just got different funny pics for our faces! LOL!!!  Don't think I'll get pink hair though!

Guess I'm a rockstar and Nikki is having a relaxing facial LOL!!! Crazy stuff😁
So the next few days we will be making short trips around as long as the weather stays nice. Need to start packing and hoping we don't go over the 50lb limit since we have no weigh scale here and neither do the neighbours or Vivien :(  Guess we will find out at the airport and if we are over, we'll have to unpack some stuff and put into our backpacks!  Hate not knowing before we get to the airport.

We leave Chania airport at 6:45am! I know - crappy time because it means we have to be at the airport by 5:45am!  But only flight out to Athens.  Then we start our 26 hr journey to Honduras!  We do have layovers of 3 hrs in Rome and 5 hours in Madrid - both not enough time to do anything!  We then arrive in Honduras at 6:30AM Thurs so that is good since it gives us the whole day to get some shopping done, get the internet hooked up before heading the our house and arriving when it is still light!! Nice change since we normally don't arrive until it's dark - even though it may only be 6pm!!

January will be our 10th Anniversary of being in our house!  First house we've had for this long! LOL!!  But then not by choice, because if we could sell it we would.  It still ties us down because we need to be there at least every other year, plus the expense.  Which isn't much but still an anchor!  There are so many places to visit during our 6 months of winter travel!!

When we first arrived at the house Jan 3 2009! Not quite finished but it was in 2 weeks :) 

Hope everyone has a wonderful safe healthy enjoyable 2019🎉🍻  Happy New Year! Eftychisméno to néo étos  🎉🍻🍻

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Santa "Run" LOL!!!


Well its been a busy couple of days for us :)  We met up with Vivien and Chris and they showed us around the east side of Chania.  This is where the old tanneries were located in the mid 1800's.   Most are pretty run down but now the rich are coming in and buying up the lots so they can have beach property right in Chania.  Very expensive from what I've heard.

We then drove over to the restaurant for our Christmas Day lunch.  Dwayne had Wild Boar Cheeks!! He said they were good - but who knows could just be pork butt LOL!!!!! I had Sea Bass - and it was really good - thought I would change it up from sheoat for a change. Vivien and Chris had Osso Buco - veal dish.  Then we had to order a bottle of wine since they don't have the refillable 1/2L and litre bottles. This is "ritzy" restaurant and the wine menu was thicker then the food menu!! There was one bottle of wine in there for 790E - that's like $1100C!!! Who spends that much money on wine just to p..... it out???? RIDICULOUS!! Anyways, we settled on a bottle of Rosé for 27E and that seems crazy to me since I can buy a very nice 1.5L bottle of rosé for 2.98E at the Lidl store!! LOL!!!  We also had a nice salad and a warm fava bean dip.  It was a great lunch.  And then when the bill came Vivien took and said they were paying!! What?? They said they enjoyed the company - well then I should have ordered that 790E wine!! LOL!!!!



My sea bass cooked in parchment paper and Dwayne's boar cheeks :)

Osso Buco and the Fava dip
After lunch we head back to their place to see it and have coffee and cake.  They have a beautiful condo over looking Chania. They live on the 5th floor but today its raining pretty good so can't see the mountains. They also own a second condo next to them that they rent out on airbnb.  Think for about 1200E a month. I've seen the pictures and it is very beautiful.

Around 4:30 we head home.  As we are walking past the neighbours place Christine calls out to us to come have some wine and sit by their fire.  OK.  Her husband speaks NO English and Christine knows some.  She use to know more when working in the hotel business on Hydra Island, but since no one speaks English around here she cant keep it up. But she did well.  She is always opening her door when we are outside to say Hello! How are you? Come for coffee.  So we have some wine and she shows me her house. Its an older stone house like the one we are in. But they have a nice fireplace to keep the place warm.  There are 2 floors - 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom upstairs.  She also cooked us up some cheese pies she had made and also a few spinach cheese pies.  Plus Christmas cookies, we were so full!!! We were there about and hour and a half and then said we had to go because it was time to try and Skype with the kids.

We were able to get ahold of both families and had enjoyed our talk with everyone.  We don't really use Skype we us facebook messenger video that works just as well and much easier to use.  Got to talk to all the grandkids and see what they got for Christmas - so much fun with little kids around :) 


We couldn't seem to end our call and hit different buttons and funny screen shots came up!!

We got up Boxing Day to cloudy skies but no rain!  Which is good because no way am I going on a Santa "Run" in the rain.  The street party starts at 1pm and the walk at 3pm.  We have lots of time so I decided to make mushroom soup for lunch.  I bought some of those huge mushrooms - miatake- at the store along with button, cremini and oyster mushrooms for added flavour.  Once the mushrooms were browned I added onion and celery, then some roasted red peppers and some chopped up leftover pork roast and it was DEEEEElicious!! as my grandson would say :)


Mushroom soup never looks very appetizing in pictures- but it was good :)

We left the house just after 1 to head to the park.  Not hard to find when we see ALL the Santas and music blaring!! It was a great street party - there was even the traditional sirtake dancing in the middle of the crowd - which we joined!  Great fun!  Then we had a  large Creten Beer for 1E and also a couple of pork souvlaki for 1E per stick. Didnt want to have anymore beer since finding a bathroom might be difficult PLUS a lot of clothing to move around! LOL!!!

Dressed and ready to go!!

Walking to where the car is parked

Even doggies are dressed up for the run




At 3 a group of motorcyclists left the park to start closing off the streets and everyone started filing out of the park and down the road we went.  All around the harbour - where restaurants provided beer in small take away cups!! Hey I like these kinds of "runs"  I put runs in "" because no one ran!! It was just a walk around the city centre - about 4 kms.  We were close to the front and the leaders would stop everyone and make us crouch down and then jump up to make a "wave"  Needless to say I was always a bit behind when it came to the jump up!!Hard enough to crouch let alone jump up!! Geez!!

When we got to a large open area of the harbour there was music again and people started dancing the sirtaki and another more difficult line dance. We watched for awhile and it seemed like this was the end of the run and they were staying in this area so we continue with a bunch of others. It was almost 5 (I thought maybe back at the original street party site there would be music - but there wasn't). We walked along the streets and continued to enjoy some more free beer and raki.  Even the girl that gave me a pedicure was outside her shop handing out shots of raki - so she waved us over and the 3 of us had a shot :)  If she keeps this up she wont last long - but then again she is young! LOL!!

 It was all a lot of fun and a great way to spend an afternoon with the locals :) I'm going to have to post the videos separately since they don't load on my blog :(


Street party in the sports field 

Those dressed in Elves outfits are the volunteers




The V-Strome Greek riders that closed the streets along the walk 

And they're off to close the streets 


and everyone starting to file out of the park ready to go!!

It was a little cool and windy along the open sea area 


I like these "athletes" they stop to have a large beer!!


Quite a few Santas doing the walk

Along the harbour were lifeguards in and out of the water - do they know something about this run we don't?? LOL!!! 

FREE BEER!! Maybe that's why the lifeguards LOL!!!

Stopped to get our free beer along the way

More Santa Savers on in the harbour

 Hope everyone had as great a Christmas and Boxing Day as we did :)  Kala Christougena!


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