Early yesterday morning as I walked around to the new harbour, the blossoming tamarisk trees were alive with the humming of bees. Camped next to the diving center were interesting visitors, Argentinians who have been travelling round the world by motorcycle, with badges from all the countries they have visited stuck on it. After touring Crete, they plan to go to Italy and Malta. (https://www.porsiemprelamoto.com/
It was a perfect, hot and sunny day with enough of a breeze for the moored yacht in the new harbour to take to the sea in full sail.
We drove down to Kato Rodakino and around to Polyrizo to enjoy a quiet swim and lunch with views to the mountains over Plakias. There were sea daffodils (Pancratium maritimum) blooming in the sand at the side of the road there – they also can be found at Orthi Ammo beach next to Frangocastello.
On the way back into Sfakia we drove up to Dodeka Apostoli church at the top of the village to see how the renovations are going – the walls and roof have been re-rendered inside and out, and we look forward to seeing how much of the old interior will be reinstated when they finish it. We hope they will also secure the bell tower, which is very cracked and in a precarious condition.
The evening was very warm and still, good for watching the sunset and the full moon rising.