Today (Thurs) is a wet and rainy day - started early this morning and has not let up. We usually seem to get a few hours of rain and then it clears up to be a great day - but today I guess I have time to catch up with my blog :) Cant believe that we've been here for a month already! And we're still lovin' it! Even though it does get a little cool at night being an old stone house with no central heating. The days can be warm but still cools down at night and being at a higher altitude then Chania it gets cooler. We do have a portable electric heater but don't use it to much because it takes a lot of electricity and have no idea yet what the electricity will be costing us. Should know by next week. Then we'll see if we run the heater more or just put on our sweater and cover up with a blankey when we watch TV LOL!! Think I'll make some soup today to warm us up.
Last Saturday we took the bus into Chania to fill our new cart full of fresh veggies, olives and whatever we find :) We catch the 10:30 bus along with other locals heading to the market with their carts LOL!! We were speaking with one couple about where we are from, where are we staying etc. It seems everyone has a relative somewhere in Canada.
We get to the centre of Chania and first go to the bank since we are down to about 5 euros in cash! Luckily everyone, even the little stores in Tsikalaria take credit cards :) We then head towards the market. We first go thru the "dry goods" section - the same ones we saw that day on another side street during the week. Lots of good deals here if you're looking for winter clothes! I need some short sleeved t-shirts for Honduras but cant find any here :( The ones I brought with me from Canada all seem to have stains on them that I cant get out!! Tick me off - have to remember to wear the apron that is in the house when I'm cooking to save my tops!
We find nothing we need in the dry goods so head towards the veg market. So much to choose from and so many vendors! We pick up a 2kg package of grape tomatoes for only 2E! Also need to buy some eggplants because want to try and make moussaka. I've bought it twice before, but the first one froze in the fridge, the second one I left on top of the oven by mistake when it was on, so it got mushy. Will take care of these ones. We end up buying a bag full of vegs and 2 types of olives for probably 18-20E - which is a good price compared to the stores but at Canadian prices $24-30 it may be high. Cant remember anymore. We also have a kabab on a stick that was grilled on a wood fired outdoor grill. Love street food :) It was very tasty. Think sometimes it is made with minced lamb but I forgot to ask. Next time I guess. Each stick was only 1.50E and it was the size of a smokey :) My hands were full so forgot to take a picture LOL!
Once we were thru the market we head towards the walkway along the bay. Its a nice sunny day and great for sitting on a bench, watch the waves, eat tomatoes and reorganize the cart. Get the heavy stuff at the bottom. Then decided since there are so many cafes along the seawall walk we should stop and have a latte and hot chocolate. From there we head back towards the centre square. There is one area that has nothing but souvenir stores. I asked at one store the price of a simple looking green necklace and was told it was 100E - its turquoise. WHAT! Is there cruise ship in port today?? Seemed a bit much! So on we keep walking. Fairly busy today being a Saturday. Also found a second hand store. Thought I would go see what they had for t-shirts - but only had sweaters and long sleeved shirts. Also thought I might find a stovetop expresso maker - but no luck there either. BUT did find a backgammon game. There was one in a wooden box for 6E and another one which was just a fold-up board in a box for 3E. Figured since I'm not sure I'll get Dwayne to play I better just spend 3E. I don't know how to play the game but there are instructions in the box :) Always see the greek men playing it while having coffee or a beer in the local cafes. Plus if it starts to rain for days and we cant get out we better have something to do since no games are in the house.
Since we had eaten a bunch of grape tomatoes while sitting on the seawall we weren't really hungry for lunch and it was close to 1:30, time to head back to where we have to catch our bus at 2. We get to the bus stop and I run across to the grocery store to check and see if they have any ice cream for us to take home. We haven't been able to buy any since we rented the car because the local stores in Tsikalaria don't carry any during the winter I guess. But when I checked the store, they also don't have any ice cream! WHAT?? There is another store half a block away so I run there and check - also nothing! This was one time we could buy ice cream and get it home on the bus before it melted - but no luck today! I know the Lidl store carries ice cream but its to far away to walk to and get back. Anyways, when I get back Dwayne runs to a bakery to buy one of his favourite BIG donuts and once he comes back he watches the cart while I run across the street to pick up a spanakopita for my treat :) Then shortly after that the bus arrives. The same people who travelled into town with us now also have their carts full of groceries and heading back home. Once we got off the bus and headed up the hill there is a section we walk that has stairs, well the cart hit one of the stairs and a piece of plastic broke off the wheel and it started wobbling!! Dwayne carefully pulls the crippled cart the rest of the way. Not sure if he can fix it :( Bummer!! Only one trip out with my sporty bag!
|Our loot from the outdoor market|
|These are the grape tomatoes for only 2E|
|Our view as we rest on a bench|
|Lots of cafes under the awnings|
|coffee and hot chocolate with a view|
|As we are walking around we pass the back of the Venetian boat repair buildings from the 15th century|
|Knitting with kitty :) Max enjoys sitting with us when we're on the lounge chairs|
|same labels but different colours!!|
|found an avocado tree on our way to Souda. I picked one but it is hard as rock - not sure it will ever get soft|
|found some bamboo - maybe that can be used for something :)|
|one of the tunnels we go through under the main highway|
|from the other end|
|Dwayne lickin' his sugar lips after a bite of his favourite HUGE donut|
|beautiful bird of paradise plant|
|Huge pan of moussaka - to bad it got a little dark on top|
|Moussaka and awesome greek salad with lots of olives :)|
|YES!! We made it!!!|
|Got inside just in time for Freddo Cappuccino and sweet dessert - always need a reason to walk a long ways!!|
|But the rain didnt last that long|
|Cute little restaurant in Chania|
|Streets are quiet today|