Trip Start Sep 21, 2009
224Trip End Aug 01, 2010
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Happy Birthday Matilda!
We got woken up at about 6am by the fishermen going out in their boats. Unfortunately we hadn't picked the best spot to park and we were a little too close to the quay! We did manage to get back to sleep once they had left and it was nice to be woken up by something different to bells!!
We wandered through the cafes, shops and tavernas of Yefira (this is the village before the causeway to Monevassia) and wandered along the causeway and up the 'driveway' to the gates of Monevassia all this before 10am!!! Because it was so nice and early we had beaten the tourists so we had the alleyways and shops in the lower town all to ourselves. The whole lower town is a maze of tiny alleys and steps leading down to the walls, up to the churches, down to the shops and up to the tavernas! It was great fun just trying to find our way around! There were around 40 churches at one time now there aren't quite so many but still, for a small walled town, the churches are definately very prominent! One of them the 'Khrysafitissa' has the unique feature of it's bell on the small acacia tree in the courtyard.
By now the alleys had started getting a bit busier and the sun was getting really rather hot so we decided to sample some of the local hospitality! We found a cafe at the end of the town so we sat at one of the outside tables that had a fantastic view of the town walls, the millpond calm sea beyond and the odd yacht occasionally going past and all of this under the warmth of the sun!!
After we'd had a drink and soaked up the view, atmosphere, peacefulness, sun etc! the boys decided they wanted to climb the walls! Rather than take the normal action of walking down to a normal place to get up onto the walls they decided they wanted to climb, cross country, up to the top corner of the wall and walk along it from there - thanks!!! Anyway after having climbed the rugged rocks (!!) to get to the corner post of the walls we found that we couldn't get onto the walls there after all - thanks again!!! So we had to go back the way we came and find the normal route!!!
By now it had started getting very busy in the town so we decided to head back to Dixie. Because we were so hot we decided to head to the little lagoon we'd found the previous day to have a swim.
After we'd spent about 2 hours there we headed back to the harbour car-park and again parked up there for the night but this time we went to the otherside well away from the early morning fishermen!! The boys soon made friends with some of the local children and a massive game of 'tig' ensued. Whilst they were running around the harbour the boys spotted 2 turtles in the water. By the time we'd got the camera unfortunately they had started to swim away but they kept popping their heads up as they swam out of the harbour. It was a most amazing sight and definately one of the highlights so far!
We decided to go out for dinner that evening. George and I had met a resturant owner earlier on in the day whilst buying a carpet beater, we went in for a orange juicer, which we brought as well!! Anyway the resturant owner spoke american/english as he had lived in New York for 4 years, we had a nice chat and George decided that we should go to his resturant in the evening for the meal.
As it turned out the restuarant was lovely, situated on the keyside overlooking the sea and the Island. We sat outside under the canopy and I had my first moussaka since being in Greece!! We were the last customers left in the restuarant so ...... came and sat with us and we had some great discussions on Ancient Greece and also recent history. We eventually parted company just after 12 and headed back to Dixie for the night.