While waiting for the bus I was asking a young girl beside me what the fare is. She replied, in fairly good English, 2.50E. She then pulled out a ticket from her pocket and gave it to me - saying if we get tickets in Chania the fare is only 1.70E. She only had one spare ticket which I refused but she said "no have it, it's fine" so I did and thanked here very much! There are only 4 buses a day that go into Chania and the same coming back with the last one leaving at 4pm. We'll see after we go shopping if we'll take the bus back or taxi. When we get to the last stop we buy 6 tickets from a little kiosk selling candies, cigarettes etc. Now ready for our next trips to town :)
We meet Vivien (owner of the house) by the Agora (centre of a city) where there is a huge indoor market 7 days a week. She walks us thru a few of the side streets and recommends some of the tavernas for lunch. She also takes us to the old part of Chania which has very narrow and winding streets along with lots of small squares. This area was first built by the Venetians in the 1300s and then the Turks in the 1600s. So lots of interesting buildings that have been renovated.
Then onto the Saturday market where she left us to do our shopping. After getting our fruits and vegetables and some olive oil all at really good prices, we walked to the harbour. We stopped at a recommended taverna for fish but they were not opening for another hour which for today was to late for us if we wanted to catch the 2pm bus back since we don't want to tote all this stuff around for hours! Plus still need to pick up meat at the Agora Market.
|The harbour with the Venetian Arsenals - buildings used for ship building in the 1300's|
|The water here is very clear|
|Interesting pictures of sponge harvesting|
|But still pretty expensive!|
|Bought some nice tasting olive oil from this girl at the market|
So off we go to the regular market and as we walk by a taverna we see some of the customers eating a great looking gyro! We couldn't walk by so sat down and ordered a pork gyro and a chicken one and fries with feta sauce :) When the order came the gyros were huge! The fries were so so, a little soggy but worth trying.
|Fries with feta sauce|
|a lot of tzatziki sauce and then the yummy pork :)|
After that we go to the butcher and buy some beef patties all spiced up, chicken breasts and leg of lamb :) Did some more walking around the market then it was time to get to the bus stop and head home. Look forward to more trips into Chania :)
Once we got home I walked around the neighbourhood and took a few pictures.
|Small church right behind us - thats our terrace on the left. But the church is not being used.|
|Road going down from the house|
|And then further down the hill|
|Looking back up to our neighbours next door|
|Sheep behind our place|
|and mountains past that|
|Same door knocker we got when in Morocco and now on our door in Honduras|
|Path to our place - our patio is to the right behind the wall-and thats Fluffy the kitten walking towards me|
|Lemon tree in the back by the bathroom|
|Also a mandarin tree :)|
|We now take the steps down, go thru the church courtyard and back onto the street to get down the to the main street. Also easier coming back instead of climbing the steep hill!|
Then for supper I found a recipe for Greek roast lamb and tried it. Lots of garlic, oregano, lemon, olive oil for the lamb and then sliced up some potatoes and put them under the lamb. Put into the electric oven and it came out great! Dwayne wasn't crazy about it but I thought it tasted yummy! Guess I'll have to try a different cut of lamb and see if he likes it :) Or just have it at a taverna 😜