The beautiful weather continues – sunny and very warm, with little wind. There are still a few tourists staying in Sfakia, but in general it is wonderfully quiet, especially in the mornings. While we enjoy the more peaceful atmosphere, the locals are still getting used to the big change from having lots of customers to seeing only their neighbours. There are many weddings and pre-wedding celebrations now, so the locals are recovering from those as well as from the very busy autumn. People are catching up on their sleep, and doing tasks around the house and in Chania that have been put off during the tourist season. The tree in front of the car hire kiosk got trimmed yesterday (but the tamarisk outside Stavris hasn’t been pruned yet).
We drove to Orthi Ammo for a swim, but the waves were a bit high. We continued on to Agia Marina (below Skaloti) just for the view to Plakias, then returned to Sfakia for a swim in calmer waters.
Wednesday morning we noticed several buses going up towards Anopoli and remembered that it was the feast day of Archangel Michaelis, celebrated every year at the beautiful old church in Aradena whose interior is covered in frescoes. Later in the morning the passengers descended on Sfakia for coffee, cake and lunch, so for several hours the village was full of loud conversations and people strolling around.
Thursday morning was sunny and very hot until after lunchtime, when a westerly wind started, a few clouds blew over, and the sea got at bit rough. But the evening has been calmer and warmer. We enjoyed the last sunset of our holiday at the Faros café.
Tonight Greece is playing Croatia at football, and we will be watching the match at Damoulis’ bar in the plateia with the local lads.