The sea was rough again on Saturday, running from the SW, causing smaller boats to nearly disappear in the wave troughs and making swimming at Vrisi beach tricky. The ferries had to take on passengers in the new harbour once again. There was a steady breeze and clear skies all day, and the temperature was delightful.
In the evening, a wedding (of Greek outsiders) took place at the little St. George’s church next to the Xenia. The groom’s party arrived with car horns blaring from Ilingas, with the groom jumping out of the back of a pick-up truck clutching the bouquet for his bride. The bride’s party processed down the front street, led by three musicians. After the service, their dinner reception was held at the Ilingas taverna. About 5:30 Sunday morning some gun shots signalled the end of the party.
Today is our last day in Sfakia this time. I’m hoping the sea will be calm enough for a final swim – so far I’ve managed to swim every day since the beginning of April and don’t want to break the pattern.
We had hoped to see several on-going Sfakia projects finished before leaving – a new faros (lighthouse) for the old harbour, the new business opening on the back street, renovation of the apartment over the hairdressers, and the new toilet block being built by the buses (just a concrete and brick shell at the moment)
But we’ll have to wait until next time, or for reports on these and other developments by someone else. If you have time when visiting the area, please post information and photos for those of us who are not lucky enough to be in Sfakia.