Trip Start Jul 27, 2013
Trip End Aug 22, 2013

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Well the beds are a bit hard and I would hardly call what I laid my head on a pillow but who can complain when you step outside to a beautiful 29 degree morning with clear blue skies and take 2 steps to get in the pool.

Off to a greek style breakfast which is really yummy and includes a greek style bruschetta with fetta..... Is this heaven? Back to the pool for some sun, reading, a dip every now and then to cool off and more laying around.

We get the urge to go exploring by lunch, so we go and pick up the car keys from big mamma at reception and take the car out for a spin.

The Fiat Panda is not known for its power or handling, so getting the 4 of us up hills was often a job for revving hard in first gear. My god the roads are steep here. Big mamma gave us a map and outlined the places we should visit, so we head to the very south of the island which takes about an hour as we flog the Panda over steep hills and hairpin turns.

Coming across a small local eatery with a freshly caught octopus stung out by the front door, we stop in for lamb, souvlakis, greek salad and eggplant. when it comes time to pay the bill , we are told we are not allowed to yet as they have prepared us some fresh fruits, so we hang about for their lovely platter of fresh honeydew melon, watermelon and figs.

Once we are allowed to leave, we set out to explore two lovely little beaches with some of the clearest bluest water we have ever seen. J and Dan broke out their new instant fisherman collapsible rods, and while nothing was caught we are pleased how well they work! There is a fish out there for us somewhere.

We then stop by the famous Amorgos monastery which you can only access by steep walking trails. The monastery is built into the side of a cliff and to get in you have to be dressed appropriately, so the monks loan you some styling op shop clothes if they think your outfit is not suitable. We explore inside the monastery and then are invited to sit down in a room with the head monk where they welcome you with local liquor and Turkish delight. He speaks to the small group of us sitting around his table and talks passionately. We could have listened to him for hours, if we understood a bloody word he said!

When we trek back to the car, we find that where we had parked it in front of what appeared to be an abandoned barn door, is actually now open and is the monastery gift store , which seems to have our panda parked in its front door. We quietly fire up the panda and slip away with some angry glares.

Heading back to the hotel we have a quick stroll around Chora, a lovely Greek town which you can only walk thru with its narrow winding alleyways opening up into lovely restaurants and typical greek stylised architecture.

We finish our day with a picnic on the beach, eating up all the yummy cheeses we bought in Amsterdam. The sun goes down at 8.30pm and we follow shortly after.
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Sounds like you found heaven;)

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