Lassithi

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After our nightly hunt for mosquitoes we wake up under a blue sky at 09:00. It’s already hot this morning, what is it going to be the rest of the day? Breakfast at Sofia’s on the terrace near the sea. Really great. Good bread with coffee, different kinds of marmalade and chocolate paste. Today we do it all slowly and go direction Lassithi. We need to drive a bit further than we originally thought it would be. In distance it’s not that far, but we need to cross some mountains again: this is really something you need to take into account, when traveling through Crete. We drive about two hours until we reach the Lassithi plateau. We take the highway to Agios Nikolaos and then direction Heraklion. Then go to Neapoli and then drive into the mountains, altitude is 1500 meters. We’re in the car a whole day, but it’s worth it. The views are spectacular. On an altitude of about 1000 meters there is a plateau of a few square kilometers big. A lot of fruit trees and grass grows; there is a lot of nature and green in general. We follow the main roads across the plateau through small and bigger villages. There is a disadvantage, because there are a lot of cyclists and buses. There are a lot of tourists, but we don’t care for the moment. We have lunch at taverna Panorama; here we have a good view over the plain. Timo came here earlier, when he was visiting Crete with Bo (one of his friends). A Greek salad, lemonade and a sprite and we’re ready again to explore the plateau. Close to the tavern are the famous windmills, or at least the remains of them. They are built in a row and there is a lot of wind, so we immediately understand why they’re here. On the slope of the mountain there are about 20 windmills that served to irrigate the plain. We’ve seen it all and drive back to Agios Nikolaos and then to Mochlos. We’ve been in the car a long time, but we really enjoyed the views of the plain and the views on the road to the plain. At 15:00 we arrive in Mochlos. We still want to have a swim and that’s what we do; we take our snorkel and go to the beach for about an hour, because it’s not warm enough any longer (there’s no more sun and a lot of wind) and return to the hotel. A small rest and then off to have a drink. First ouzo with tzatziki and then Timo goes into the kitchen to order the main course. He goes into the kitchen with the Dutch women and a few moments later these dishes are being served: swordfish. Timo has seen the filets and they were just looking great. Dolmadakia, stuffed zucchinis, tomatoes, melanouri – a special type of fish that can only be caught in this time of the year. Normally the fish has that good eyes and isn’t caught, but now he does not see the nets, because he’s more interested in the females. Really tasty. Next to that there are boiled artichokes with peas and carrots. As always we drink retsina and water. We get a bottle for free from the owner Jorgos and give him a bottle of ouzo back. We get to meet another Belgian couple from gent and enjoy the rest of the night. Around midnight we close out the day with a bottle of retsina on our balcony and then go to bed. The meals were great, the company good, a Greek family next to us and a nice music. This is about all a person needs to be happy. A bit after midnight we fall asleep and we’ll see what tomorrow brings.

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