Life in Stalida.....
Trip Start Jul 19, 2011
55Trip End Sep 26, 2011
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Where I stayed
Of course Yannis still has to come and go, off to various work projects, and Stellios had his day at the cave, ferrying clients up the hill on his donkey
Sleeping at the taverna was challenging - the first night, we put it down to getting used to the noises of the plateau. But the second night, with dogs barking, donkeys braying , cockerels cockadoodledoing and the church bells ringing it became a little tedious, and the nanny nap again made an appearance occasionally. Night number three wasn't an issue though because we had worked our way into the way of the plateau, with fatigue demanding us to bed and sleep arriving soon after.
But now, we are in Stalida, the Everest Apartments, down by the coast about 30 km from Heraklion.
The place has a fantastic view (hence the name) and is nicely out of the way of the maddening crowd below and in Malia. With its own pool, and very comfortable units with balconies overlooking the coastline, the nook and crannies provided, tempered by a cool afternoon sea breeze allows for all to find a pleasant place to escape, or not as the need arises, catering for every wish. Backgammon, mah-jongg and a few beers by the pool, half days at the beach, walks up the hill to inspect the view, or entertaining Joseph in the pool have become the preferred activities to quietly while away the time.
Who knows what tomorrow may bring - a ride at the local horse stables, a swim to the island off shore, the glass bottomed boat, a trip to Chrissos - all have been mentioned, but the mood of the moment is easy and unpredictable - just as it should be.