Day 95 - Elounda

Trip Start Apr 10, 2011
Trip End Jul 25, 2011

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Flag of Greece  , Crete,
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

We were really pleased we spent the extra money for air-conditioning in the room as the temperature was already 31 degrees by 9 o'clock this morning. Sarah was still not the best but after some panadol and lying with a cold flannel against her head for about an hour, she was ready to get up and face the day.

We had a very easy, relaxing day today, which is what this leg of the trip is all about. We started out by heading into the main square of Elounda to have a look around. It is pretty much everything you would expect, with loads of restaurants & tavernas, interspersed by tourist shops. Elounda was originally an old fishing village that has been built up near the site of an ancient town that is thought to have been destroyed by an earthquake in 780AD. The modern town is now a tourist destination with supposedly the highest number of 5 star hotels in Greece (we aren’t in one of them).

During our exploration of the town we stopped for lunch in a place overlooking the water complete with Greek music and a singing parrot. Just what was needed to get us into the holiday mood. We then hit the shops for a short time to find replacement sunglasses for Mikayla and beach feet. Sarah found it all too hot and was keen to get back to the beach for a swim.

We picked a spot on the small beach near our hotel and the girls went snorkelling. However, you hardly need masks as the water is so clear you could see the abundance of fish by just peering down into it. In the late afternoon we headed back to the hotel for cocktails, and where the girls continued swimming in the pool whilst playing / looking after a couple of Scottish children. They weren’t bothered that the kids were a lot younger than them and seemed to have a fantastic time.

I spent quite some time updating the blog over a pina colada and when finished we got ready to go out for dinner. We stopped at one of the restaurants set upon a jetty reaching out into the water. We weren’t prepared for how big the meals are and over-ordered to the point that we probably ate only half of what was put in front of us. A lesson learned for tomorrow night when we will be a lot more restrained.

To finish the meal we were treated to some complimentary raki. I couldn’t stand the stuff, but Mike seemed to be sipping away at it quite contentedly. Unbeknown to him and to make it look like I had made a reasonable attempt at it, every time the level in Mikes glass dropped lower than mine I would swap the glasses. He never once wondered why it was taking so long for him to drink just one glass of raki, and refused to believe that I had repeatedly swapped the glasses when I told him after we left. The girls didn’t realise either but a man at the table next to us was finding it all highly amusing.
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