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Matala.... the deserted end...

MATALA...... A PARTY TOWN IN SUMMER.... BUT IT WAS EMPTY WHEN WE GOT THERE....

It was getting late and we needed to find a motel:  We drove to the nearby town of Matala.  We were surprised at how deserted it looked.   We drove up one street that had little hotels and guest house and even looked at one of the rooms.  We didn't really mean to look at any room but the lady/owner was sweeping her drive way and stopped us when we drove back out the street.  She insisted on showing us a room.    It was 35 Euros but I didn't want to stay there as it had no view and the room smelled very strongly of bleach.

Tiny little church
  I couldn't see how we could sleep there.  We thanked her politely and drove to the far end of town..... the middle of the town had a huge metal gate that was open.  Obviously traffic was usually not allowed there. 

We drove in to the far area feeling a bit strange about going in.  We saw an open Taverna  I got out of the car and asked the owner if she knew of a motel and mimed sleeping.... she said " a rrroom?  (trilling the R") I said yes.... She pointed up a steep driveway and said ugh...then mimed a right turn with a grunted ugh and then mimed straight again...... OK ... we are on our way....  I let David know I'll be right back and ran up the hill...turned right then again straight..... a lady was standing under an apartment balcomy drying her hair with a towel.

the apartment we stayed at (window on the right)
... I asked if she knew of a motel or place to sleep.... she said (of course....) a rrroom?...(I should have known...) and I said yes.... she said "come" and  walked to the end of the balcony and up the stairs....  She walked to the end room and opened the door....  The room was plain but nice.   I asked her how much.... she said 25 Euros and walked over and opened the window....  The view was the bay....I knew David would love it.  I let her know I was running to get my husband and ran down to fetch David.   He drove up and parked and looked at the room.   Like me he was taken by the view.   The lady was very sweet and put a couple of chairs and a table out on the little balcony...  As far as we could tell the only other person staying there was a young man camping on the roof.
the room with the bed... and view
  

After we brought up our suitcases we decided to go find an internet and get dinner.  We found an internet down towards the other end of town in a bar.   The bar was crowded with locals... I felt like a meany when one of the kids had to stop playing on the computer for a paying customer....  I typed for about 45 minutes and David offered to go find a place to eat....  First he ran down to the little taverna we had seen when we first came but it was closed for meals.     He found a snack bar kind of place about 1/2 block from the bar I was at.

We walked down.... just before we walked in David warned me that there was a huge group of men sitting around a table singing and they were probably drunk.

view...
.... We walked to a table and sat down.... a man got a menu for us and returned to the group.   They were absolutely not drunk..... they were drinking water and playing music and singing along with it at the top of their lungs..... it was great!!!  We loved the music and loved the singing.   We tried to order from the menu but the man said he only had one thing.... we said... we'll take that.  He brought out two thin tough steaks that were full of fat.  We didn't care.   We ate it ... we were starved.   As we left he told us if we wanted to come back in the morning he would make crepes.... Yum..... we said we would be back....

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Matala.... the deserted end...
Matala.... the deserted end...
Tiny little church
Tiny little church
the apartment we stayed at (window…
the apartment we stayed at (windo…
the room with the bed... and view
the room with the bed... and view
view...
view...
looking out towards the cliffs
looking out towards the cliffs
a little restaurant with a view (i…
a little restaurant with a view (…
double bouganvillas....
double bouganvillas....
beautiful pink
beautiful pink
double Bouganvillas
double Bouganvillas
flowers
flowers
the town area
the town area
arched doorway in the room... Davi…
arched doorway in the room... Dav…
town
town
the apartment
the apartment
the bay by Matala
the bay by Matala
View of the bay....
View of the bay....
dusk
dusk
View from the room.... Not the bes…
View from the room.... Not the be…
matala
matala
matala
matala
our room in Matala
our room in Matala
the view out the deck door
the view out the deck door
deck by the room
deck by the room
double bouganvilla
double bouganvilla
someones junk that I liked
someone's junk that I liked
restaurant
restaurant
Little roadside memorial
Little roadside memorial
roadside memorial
roadside memorial
close up of bouganvilla
close up of bouganvilla
close up
close up
Matala
photo by: aloneinthecrowd