Sfakia report, Nov 5th Everything you want to ask, read or write about Sfakia, southwest Crete, or Crete island in general.

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Sfakia report, Nov 5th

by Jean » 06 Nov 2018, 06:34

It was another warm morning, but partly cloudy. Locals were getting on with end-of-season tasks. At Georgia’s cantina, her son was cutting back the tamarisk trees. The Alkion has closed its café now, so tables and chairs have been taken away, and pot plants were being moved to their winter location.

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We drove up to Anopoli, Aradena and Agios Ioannis. The café at Aradena is still open but will shut after the celebration of the old frescoed Church of Archangel Michaelis on the 8th. I was very surprised to see some anemones blooming among the buttercups below the church – they normally don’t come out until January!


Autumn colours are starting to appear around Alonia rooms in Agios Ioannis.

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There are two churches on the path from Agios Ioannis to Selouda and the coast, but we’d only ever been in the smaller one, which has old frescoes. We got the key for the larger one (Agios Ioannis), which has been greatly expanded from its original small chapel, which we heard also has 14th century frescoes. While a lot of the paintings are in poor condition, it was a delight to finally see what is left in the original nave.

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We passed several pick-ups full of wood for the winter, and just outside Anopoli we spotted an unusually neat stack of cut wood.

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There was no mist on the horizon at sunset, so once again we could watch the sun melt into the sea.

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Re: Sfakia report, Nov 5th

by kiki » 06 Nov 2018, 10:08

Thanks again for your interesting reports with so beautiful fotos !

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