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The restaurant sign

GORTYNS:   Bummer..... closed for the night so we need to come back tomorrow!!

The archaeological site of Gortys is lying in the plateau of Messara. We actually drove past it a couple of times as we didn't realize the site also had the Basilica of St. Titus an early 7th Century aD church. We saw the Basilica and the sign and drove past¦ Then we would get to the next town, know we passed it and turned around. When we stopped at the St. Titus church we found the Goryns sign was hidden by vegetation.

We arrived as the personnel were leaving. Darn! They ignored our questions as they walked quickly to their cars. Then we got lucky! One lady dropped her phone and didn't notice.

the beginning of a great meal....
David ran and picked it up and approached her. She was very grateful to get the phone. She stood and spoke to us for several minutes about the site and the hours. We decided to come back the next day. It was about 3 in the afternoon and we were hungry.

When we had been driving back and forth on the highway (looking for the site) we had passed a restaurant several times. We decided to stop to see if they were open. It was called Island Girl but in Greek. *****look for the sign with the palm tree ***** We climbed the stairs and stood uncertainly on the large deck. It looked closed¦. Then a lady hurried out and asked if we would like to eat and showed us to a table in the shadow of the deck. A shy, beautiful 10 year old girl came out and set the table. She brought us bread and an appetizer of fried cheese. We ordered drinks and sat contentedly in the shade looking at the neighboring olive orchard and at the cars rushing by.

Greek Salad, wine, beet roots, bread.... = BLISS
The girl brought menus.

David and I ordered a Greek Salad: They consist of cucumbers, feta, lettuce, olives and tomatoes. (We split this because I am allergic to tomatoes and David doesn't like cucumbers: the olives, feta and lettuce are halved) I started to order a couple of things but it appeared there was a problem as she kept stopping me. The girl finally rushed inside to bring the lady. The lady came out and asked me if I would like Moussaka. Sure, I would, as long as it wass Greek food I knew I would be happy. David ordered and we got a carafe of wine. Ahhhh, life is good.

It was one of the best meals we had on Crete. When we were paying David only had a large bill. The lady was mortified to find her husband had taken all of the money when he went to town so she couldn't make change. Yikes. We started going through our things to get enough small bills to pay. We barely covered the bill. We were feeling sad as we didn't have enough for a tip for our young waitress. The lady took all of our bills and change and was just leaving the table when her husband drove back in! She was very pleased to give our small money back to us and give us change for the large bill. And we were pleased to have enough for a tip. Everyone was happy! 

 

 

dieforu says:
great!!:-)
Posted on: Jan 16, 2011
mcphistino says:
Such a profound, well written and detailed blog!!! Many thanks for sharing!!!
Posted on: Nov 16, 2009
vances says:
brilliant entry...thnx for the tips! And I'm sure your waitress was thankful for the tips when her husband made it back...

:^)
Posted on: Nov 07, 2009
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The restaurant sign
The restaurant sign
the beginning of a great meal....
the beginning of a great meal....
Greek Salad, wine, beet roots, bre…
Greek Salad, wine, beet roots, br…
Driving the Crete roads looking fo…
Driving the Crete roads looking f…
lamp area of the restaurant
lamp area of the restaurant
the restaurant looking from the ro…
the restaurant looking from the r…
we ordered wine....
we ordered wine....
fried cheese
fried cheese
flowers on the side of the parking…
flowers on the side of the parkin…
Gortyn (Crete)
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