Saturday morning when we got up the sun was shining and skies were blue! Hard to believe after the last week! So we are happy to go sightseeing.
Vamos is a small village about 45 mins from Chania and we again get to see the snow covered Lefka Ori (White Mtns). There is a large British expat community in Vamos and they are putting on the craft sale. Both Vivien and Chris are originally from England and have each written and published a book that they are selling. Vivien's book is about her life with a ragdoll cat for 23 years which started back in Thailand and Chris's is a murder mystery. Also at the fair were people selling jewelry, cider, baking, samosas, chilli, handmade cards, handmade soaps etc. Interesting little fair.
|Lefka Ori mountains|
|View of the mountains from Vamos|
|Old Village of Vamos|
|The locals like painting rocks and using for decorations|
|Very old direction signs (Xania is another spelling of Chania)|
|Vivien's book- the cover is from a painting a friend did for Vivien|
We drive down from Vamos towards the sea on a twisty road, I ask Vivien how old she was when she was visiting monks in Thailand in 1981 - and she said 30 (this was how her book starts out). And here I thought she was closer to mid seventies not just 2-3 yrs older then me! I say that because when we were at the Botanical gardens some parts of the path were steep and she had to hold onto MY arm to get down, plus on our way to Vamos she had said "and you kids can walk around Vamos while we are at the sale" LOL!! She has flaming red hair which covers her white hair, so its hard to figure out her age.
We all arrive at the little village and find a nice restaurant with outside seating in the sun. I have lamb which is cooked in a nice wine sauce, Dwayne has meatballs, Vivien has pumpkin pie - now this is a hot pie - not at all like the pumpkin pie I'm thinking of! It tasted really good - pumpkin cooked with nice spices layered between pastry. The others had the same choices and Vivien orders a litre of wine. As it turns out is is mostly her and I that drink it because Chris won't because he's driving, Lena is nursing so only has a little, same with Frank because he's driving and Dwayne only has a bit. So that left quite a bit for Vivien and I :) For dessert we were given a nice moist coconut cake and of course raki. Frank and I had a shot of raki but no one else.
|Almost forget again to get a picture of everyone before lunch was finished!|
Sunday was a quiet day spent at home since it was again raining off and on.
Today it started out nice and sunny but quite windy. Decided we would walk to a butcher shop about 4 km away towards Chania. We had previously stopped there and the meat looked good but didn't buy any because we were on our way into Chania. When we got there there didn't seem to be a lot of variety - but did buy some pork chops, chicken breast and kababs (mixture of ground beef, pork and lamb on wooden skewers) From there we decided to go have some coffee and snacks. Then it was off to another grocery store that is on the bus route so we could catch the 2:00 to Tsikalaria back home. By now we had walked 6km so ready for a bus to take us back! We needed a few things from a big grocery store so this worked out.
Once we were finished shopping we had about 20-30 mins to wait for the bus. As we are waiting it starts to rain, so we go back to the store and wait under an awning as it really started coming down! We figured we would have to stay here until we saw the bus then "run" across the parking lot to wave it down. But as it turned out the rain subsided just before the bus came so we were able to wait at the curb and no running required! LOL!! And once we got off the bus to walk the short distance to our house it was only sprinkling so got home without being soaked - since of course the umbrella was sitting in the house! It was so clear this morning, but with the winds it didnt take long for the rain clouds to blow in.
And that just about ends another day for us :)
|Walking towards Chania and the bitter oranges are starting to fall off the trees - but Dwayne doesn't want marmalade :(|
|Love the different red plants for sale at the greenhouse :)|