The wind has dropped and the sun is shining this morning, so the ferries and taxi boats were finally able to leave after three days of sitting in the harbour. Many individuals and groups have had to find rooms in Chora Sfakion, while other tourists have been stuck in Loutro, Roumeli and on Gavdos. Some people managed to leave Loutro by walking here via Sweetwater (tricky with a suitcase), or by hauling their luggage along the lower path to Phoenix and getting a lift in a pick-up truck to Anopoli and then down here so that they could catch their flights.
The new ferry, the Agia Roumeli, took off early this morning, presumably for Roumeli so that it could bring people back here in time for the 11am bus. Then the Neptune made its scheduled run. Finally, the Daskalogiannis turned on its engines after sitting still for three days and belched out a huge cloud of smoke (didn’t it get a service over the winter?).
There is now a shaded waiting area by the ticket kiosk for passengers, although the “no parking” sign didn’t get painted in time to keep a couple of cars out of that space. Lots of luggage was piled up on pick-up trucks near the ferry ramp for tourists relocating to Loutro and Roumeli, and hikers were very happy for the chance to finally have access to walks down the coast.
This morning the celebration of Agios Ioannis Theologos (St. John the Theologian) took place at the little church in the new harbour, with a service followed by food brought by the attendees. Luckily the weather was good today so they could enjoy sitting outside.