Monday, January 16, 2012

Plakias

Everyone said, "you must go to the southern fishing towns."  Rethymno and Hania are beautiful, but they are towns, with sprawl and lots of people.  The southern coast of Crete is much sleepier -- particularly if you go off-season and all the tourists are home.  Because this part of Crete has a reputation of being a bit of a party area, but not when the hotels are empty.

It was actually warm enough to go swimming, but we did not (mom forgot her swim suit).  So instead and possibly as punishment for not following my packing list, I made my mom climb a mountain.  Now she agrees it was worth it for the view, but at the time she wasn't super excited.

Plakias was basically abandoned.  There was one restaurant open, luckily it had tables right on the beach.  Having it all to ourselves was actually quite nice.

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We called these horses over and they immediately came.

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Old olive trees: they were harvesting, which is why there is netting on the ground (to collect the olives).

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