A True Island Paradise!
Trip Start Feb 28, 2011
80Trip End May 18, 2011
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We drove to the first beach called Falassarna. It was a beautiful secluded beach. We tried to find our own pirate beach but ended running into ancient ruins instead. We stopped at a little beach cafe and had lunch. We decided to go ahead an drive to the second beach as the owner recommended this one more.
We drove along a road that was tucked into the side of mountains that gave beautiful views of the coast and steep mountains. The road ran is through little villages along the way that were cute and quaint. Often times the road became so narrow it should really have been a one-way. Sean proceeded through this and drove like a local except for the fact that I was a tourist and made him stop several times for pictures. =]
We finally made it to the second beach called Elafonissi. It was well worth the drive! The road ended up at a beautiful breath taking beach. Th ocean was a light blue/green/turquoise in color. The sand was the white and the water gently rolled onto the seemingly untouched beach.
The beach was near an island and since the tides were out so we could walk across the sand to the beach on the island. This is were we found a secluded spot protected from the wind so we could enjoy the sun. We laid our towels down an eventually fell asleep being woken by the soft tickle of the ocean on our feet.
We woke up and rinsed off in the water. It was a bit chilly but one would get use to it after awhile. We snapped several pictures so we could remember just how beautiful this beach was, but like always te pictures just can't take in all the beauty. I can safely say this is the most beautiful beach we have yet to see.
We then left the beach After a few hours and stopped at a taverna near the beach but decided to wait and to eat during the sunset. We had plenty of time so we took the yellow panda for a slight detour off the main road. The road became too rocky and we turned around.
On the drive to the second beach I had picked a spot that I thought would be perfect to watch the sunset. So we drove back to the village in hopes that the sunset was a beautiful as I imagined.
After driving back and forth between various villages we decoded the sunset was not how I imagined it. I thought the sun was going to set between two peaks of a valley right into the Cretan Sea. Unfortunately I
was wrong, so we frantically drove back to a village that we drove to while wasting time for the sunset to near that we earlier contemplated stopping at to watch the sunset.
We got to the family ran restaurant that was really someones house where they also rented room. We took had a seat on the front patio to watch the sunset into the ocean. We only had limited funds due to there not being an ATM for a good 50 km. We ordered accordingly and had maybe the most home cooked meal we've had the entire trip.
We ordered a Greek salad and pork and chicken souvlaki which is basically sish kebab's. Our meal was tasty and the sunset was very pretty as it passed into the clouds and dropped into the ocean. It was not grand as I envisioned at the previous village, but maybe my imagination ran wild yet this sunset was still beautiful.
We finished our meal an the owner treated us with a homemade dessert. It was chocolate with nut crust and a hint of strawberry. It was tasty and quickly devoured.
After our meal we jumped back onto the winding road through the mountain side. We came across the sheep sleeping on the road which of coarse gave us a freight. We stopped at a village on the way back to et groceries for our hike and dinner for tomorrow.
We got back to the hotel and uploaded all of our blogs while drinking our complimentary wine. We plan to go to the gorge tomorrow an have to wake up early.