Hooray.... arrived at Gournia... Yikes... it's closed

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Gournia: the Pompeii of Crete

David and I walked out to the bus area and were happy our timing caused us to wait only a few minutes. I talked David into going to the Gournia site although we were both hot and tired from the sun at the Malia site. We boarded the bus and rode a short distance to the Gournia area.

We were dropped off in the middle of no where…. But the sign for Gournia was posted and we knew it should be only a short walk. We were unconcerned when there were no cars as it is off season.

What we were unprepared for was it was completely closed. It had closed ½ hour early at three PM. I was really, really upset because I had been the instigator for getting us dropped off.

olives
David was more philosophical about it. He checked and found the next bus would be at 4:30, an hour later. 

I amused myself by photographing olive trees. Then I found a bunch of pottery in the plowed ground under the olive trees… I tried to fit some of it together and was completely happy while we waited.

David wasn‘t so happy. He was concerned about the bus and wanted to make sure it saw us and picked us up. He also was feeling responsible for not realizing it was closed…. (Really: I should have been bearing that load….) I kept trying to get him to cross the road to see my pottery shards but he was really, really not interested. So I photographed it ….

About 15 minutes before the bus was due to arrive he had me abandon my project and join him by the bus stop area.

truck at gas station
At exactly 4:30 the bus came zooming along. Same driver as before. We were happy to get in and watch the scenery go by….

Geez …. The things I get us into!  We will have to return tomorrow to visit when it's open.   I did get some nice shots from the outside ...

We saw some nice scenery on the way back.  The bus could barely squeeze through some of the towns.  It was so funny to see people running for the sidewalks and cars pulling over....

We saw a truck at a gas station...  people ran to it and spoke to the man... he opened the back: got out a scale and opened a bin and took out handfuls of fish.  He put them into a plastic bag, weighed them and sold them on the spot.   He literally had customers lined up ...  We wondered how they knew...   It was really interesting seeing this little part of small town life.

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Gournia: the Pompeii of Crete
Gournia: the Pompeii of Crete
olives
olives
truck at gas station
truck at gas station
pottery ... maybe a handle
pottery ... maybe a handle
gournia Archaelogical site...
gournia Archaelogical site...
gournia from outside the gates
gournia from outside the gates
gournia through the fence
gournia through the fence
gournia
gournia
gournia
gournia
gournia
gournia
gournia
gournia
rock fences
rock fences
more rocks
more rocks
rock wall
rock wall
olive tree
olive tree
David
David
olives
olives
olives
olives
olives
olives
olives
olives
olives
olives
olives
olives
olives
olives
olives
olives
sign
sign
thistle
thistle
pottery
pottery
pottery
pottery
pottery
pottery
pottery
pottery
pottery
pottery
David across the road being worried
David across the road being worried
rock
rock
view from the bus near gournia site
view from the bus near gournia site
view from bus
view from bus
view from bus
view from bus
bus
bus
bus
bus
bus
bus
bus ride
bus ride
bus
bus
bus
bus
bus in downtown area
bus in downtown area
It got tight for the bus ... the t…
It got tight for the bus ... the …
TIGHT squeeze
TIGHT squeeze
teen on motorcycle...
teen on motorcycle...
scenery from bus
scenery from bus
bus
bus
scenery
scenery
scenery
scenery
Gournia
photo by: sylviandavid