Move from Chania to Aja Galini
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The first day we have a car. We get up at 07:30. We discussed a lot on how we were going to arrange the car pickup at Tourent, because that office was located outside of Chania, 15 minutes to Aja Marina. First we were thinking of going apart; Timo should go get the car and Eef would need to wait, but in the end we decided to go together with our luggage and so we take the bus to Aja Marina together. This was all very at ease; we have breakfast in the hotel and at 09:00 we take the bus to where we need to go. At around 10 we’re at the rental office and all is checked and done within 10 minutes. We can leave directly then. We first need to fill up the car, because the tank is empty and then it is ‘en route’ for us. We leave Chania following the highway direction Vrises and Sfakia. Sfakia is a different name for Chora Sfakion. We decide not to visit Sfakia itself and leave the highway at Frankgelokastro. There is also our first stop for today: an old Venetian fortress. Only the outside walls remain, but ��" just like a lot of ancient monasteries and fortresses ��" the location of the building is magnificent. After this visit we move on to Moni preveli, but first we have to eat something, because we’re already on the road for a few hours. According to trotter there is a good restaurant in Mirthios, so we drive in that direction. They have full glass fridge, where we can see the food and there is a big choice. First mezedes: cabbage, olives, fried paprika, dolmadakia and zucchini salad. As main course Eef has gemista and Timo eats octopus in red wine sauce. From the terrace of the restaurant we have a beautiful view on the bay and the surrounding area. We have some retsina and water and then we see, we’ve been here for more than an hour, so time to leave. We take small roads up and down through the mountains to Moni Preveli passing by Lefkogia. A visit to the monastery is not possible at this time, but the trip is worth to do, magnificent mountain sides, valleys and olive trees. When we come down from the monastery to the big road, we bathe our feet in the cool water. Temperatures are very hot now. Via Asomatos and Mixorouma, we drive to Spili, where we stop for a moment. At Spili we check out the source from Venetian times. Out of about 20 lion heads water is flowing all the time, really cool. This is the only thing that is to be seen here, so we move on to our destination and the place, where we’re going to stay the next couple of days: Aja Galini. At 16:30 we arrive there and we start looking for a room to stay. We follow the guidance of Trotter and look out of rent a room Hariklia. In the book is written the owner is a Danish woman, so we ask (in English) if a room is available. The manager is not Danish, but a woman from Gent, Belgium. Trotter now you’re wrong. We continue in Dutch and immediately book a room for the next 2 nights. The room is very big with a huge terrace with a view on the bay of Aja Galini. Beautiful. We unpack and receive a raki from the owners and enjoy it under a majestic bougainvillea. Near the hotel there is a small path down to the centre of the village. We walk, better like a cripple, down and come a while later back up. We’re not very fast today due to the trip in Samaria yesterday. Then we take the time to rest a while. We close everything, so it’s dark and we rest for an hour or a little longer. Actual sleep we don’t have, but we are OK, when we wake up. Then we take a shower, the bathroom is immediately flooded ��" typical Greek: the shower is nothing more, than the bottom part, without curtains, without anything. We splash the room, prepare ourselves and go down to the centre. The first time we drove through the village we thought there were not that many restaurants, but in the alleys there are a lot of them. We choose one with three floors and eat something on the top floor with a view over the sea and the village. In the restaurant Parthenon there is a roof garden and there we have tuna salad first and then swordfish (Timo) and moussakas (Eef). Off course we have retsina and water with it. As aperitif we receive each one ouzo and as desert we have watermelon and raki. When we finish, it’s almost 22:00 and all tourists have left the restaurant. We walk back up the steep path to the hotel and have another retsina on our balcony. We quickly revise what we will be doing tomorrow and sleep like babies.