Landing on a blip in the middle of nowhere.

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
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Flag of Greece  , Dodecanese,
Monday, September 20, 2010

Off to Kastellorizo today! Early wake-up again (urrrgh).  Was unusual to see low lying cloud over early morning Santorini and the paths etc were quite damp. No rain though, only moisture was from the hotel staff wetting themselves when we asked if it had been raining.  One of the few occasions when "of course” was not the standard answer back!

Enjoyed our last breakfast on the balcony while trying to memorise the view.  The steps up to the main road were a lot more taxing with fully laden backpacks on our backs!  Really don't know how Sakis hauls suitcases up and down.  He must be extremely fit (and he called us crazy doing the caldera walk)!

Couldn’t check our bags all the way to Kastellorizo (we fly to Athens, then Rhodes then Kazzie) as the check-in girl couldn’t find our final flight booking on their system.  Very odd as we had managed to do our online check-in for the Kazzie flight the day before and even she couldn’t understand why she couldn’t find it!  Anyway, good in some ways as then at least we could be sure our bags made it to Rhodes and check them in for Kazzie ourselves.

Flight to Kazzie was on a small 30-40 seat propeller plane.  Our seats were right in line with the propellers... you always hope those holding nuts are tight!  When we approached Kastellorizo we could see that the landing strip pretty much spans the entire width of the island at that point. The landing approach was ummm, rather steep (!) and as soon as the wheels were on the runway the pilot slammed on the brakes.  Not much room for error and not much runway left when we stopped!

We took a mini bus into town and overheard one of the locals say they hadn’t had any flights for a couple of days as it’s been too windy!  Hmmm, that could be interesting when we leave in a few days.  We do like it here already but maybe not enough to stay indefinitely!  Ha ha ha

Dragged our cases around the harbour and checked into the Megisti hotel.  No water in the bathroom and we thought "must be some trick to turning the funky taps on”, so rang reception.

“Oh, it’s not the tap ... everyone on the island is using water at the same time so you have to wait a couple of hours to get some”!  Welcome to life on an island with a permanent population of 300!  : )

Had some drinks on our balcony and watched the sunset glow on the buildings on the other side of the harbour.  Yet again we are blown away by the beauty of the Greek islands.  The buildings fringing the harbour are painted in an artist’s palette of colours, and beyond that are the cloud covered mountains of Turkey in the distance.  So completely different to the bustle of Santorini – it’s like another world!  Instead of five cruise boats per day we see only a couple of yachts quietly glide into port and a fishing boat chug out.  Our hearts have been stolen yet again and we feel all the effort to get here (it presented a considerable planning hurdle) have been worth it.  Sigh of contentment.

Strolled along the harbour’s edge, marvelling at how clear the water is into town (2 minutes slow stroll) to decide on a place for dinner.  We choose a simple taverna under a grapevine trellis with a table mere centimetres from the water. Had the most amazing chick-pea patties and some more Retsina (which we discovered is made from pine tree resin).  The required cat was also present so it was pretty much as good as it gets.
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