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Blown Away

Posted by Kritsa Yvonne, 05 March 2010 · 1,809 views

We have been back in Kritsa since Monday morning. Flying overnight with Aegean Air, fully aware that there would be a 5 hour wait in Athens airport seemed like a good idea when we booked it! We thought arriving in Heraklion at 7.00 a.m. in the morning would give us a day to sort ourselves out "just in case" there was anything wrong at the house.

Sitting outside the airport in warm sunshine looking at snow topped mountains felt really good until we discovered the 7.30 a.m. bus was not running and the next was 9.30 a.m.

Anyway, eventually we got off the bus in Kritsa village square - they must have been expecting us as there were brightly coloured flags all around - unless they were left over from carnival a few weeks ago?

Kritsa is a total mess - every roadway and many paths are being dug up to lay electricity cables; it will look good once it is complete. All power lines will be underground and the main street is to be paved with cobbles.........eventually. As we walked uphill in the sunshine we bumped into quite a few people who gave us a warm welcome - funny how they didn't really seem that surprised to see us.

Tuesday was freaky warm and we had a great time basking and doing minor jobs and Wednesday was a bus trip into Agios Nikolaos to stock up from the market.

Thursday we took our first real walk going uphill to Kroustas and then back down through the olive groves. Whilst we have experienced many windy days in Crete today was exceptional, the strong (warm) south wind was a real battle in many places. We don't know what earned us the most perplexed looks, the fact that we chose to go walking in the face of such a gale or the fact we only had tee shirts on. biggrin.gif

Friday the wind dropped and the sun shone so we set off up Kritsa Gorge (or Kritsa Gorgeous as I call it) we had a fabulous walk enjoying the lush greenness, constant chirping of birds and ever present goat bells. We have never seen so many in the gorge and they all had at least one very cute kid with them; some quite grown up and brave but other very tiny and shy. We were blown away again but this time by the views rather than the wind!

The days are short though and now we are indoors taking stock of what minor painting jobs need to be tackled as the weather forecast for Sunday and Monday is not so good - well, Alan is - I am enjoying the luxury of getting on line from our own house instead of via an Internet cafe - Kritsa is bang up to date with free Wifi access for all.