Spinalonga

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Classical breakfast at Sofia’s with a nice view over the harbor. We like it better and better: the village of Mochlos. We have noticed sometimes there is a bus with tourists, but for the time being it does not happen very often. By the time of 09:00 we’re already on the road to Agios Nikolaos. For now we drive past this picturesque city and visit Spinalonga first. We drive through Elounda and then reach Plaka. There we stop, because we can take the boat from here to the island. A ticket costs 7 Euro per person and we can make the crossing in 45 minutes (at 11 o’clock). So we still have time to have a coffee and a frappe on the terrace nearby. We enjoy it all and 45 minutes later we take the boat to Spinalonga. It’s a small island near the coast and was inhabited by the Venetians. They have built a fortress and now we can still visit the ruins of it. Later on this served as a colony for people with leprosy and now it’s a tourist attraction. We have here about an hour till we need to take the boat back to Plaka, so we have time enough. There are also some of the bigger boats that left from Agios Nikolaos. The people are gathered like herds around the guides, who lead the people through the ruins. We walk on the island and around the fortress in about 45 minutes and we then go to the highest point of the fortress. It was very good fortificated against attacks from enemies and conquerors and just because it is high on the island, it has an ideal location to enjoy the surroundings. Just in time we’ve seen it all and the boats picks us up where we got off. Ten minutes later we’re in Plaka again and we take the car to Agios Nikolaos. We drive directly into town and try to find a parking spot. Because we only want to walk round for an hour we think it’s stupid to pay 3 Euro for a parking, so we start looking for a spot along the road. It is the busiest city we’ve been to until now and nowhere we can find a good place to park the car. We’ve had it already, especially with all the fuzz on all the terraces. Unbelievable. It’s not picturesque, only busy and full of stress. So we try to find something quieter and stop at Pachi Ammos. On this beach there is a lot of wind, but very few people. We eat a Greek salad with a bottle of retsina and go lie down on the beach to enjoy the sun and the rest. We only stay in the sun for about 15 minutes, because we remember what happened at Elafonissi. We take two plunges in the sea and then take the car back to the hotel. At 15:30 we arrive there and then we start preparing for tomorrow. We need to make sure everything is packed in the bag pack and the suitcase ready to take with us on the plain tomorrow. It’s not very easy, but it needs to go in there, so we don’t have a choice. It only takes about 30 minutes to get it all done. We rest a bit and then call home. Eef is happy to have heard her mother. Timo has no connection, but he’ll try again tomorrow. We have diner very early actually, order 2 ouzo with tuna salad. Today is our last meal here at Mochlos, tomorrow we’re in Athens already. So enjoy the peace and quietness. Retsina and souvlaki: we get three little sates and again it is very good. We have dolmadakia and tzatziki with it. We buy a bottle of water and retsina and drink that on the balcony. Sleep tight!

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