Feeling tired from all that we have been through with our travels and journey so far, we decided to really deviate from our "Day 4 Agenda" and skip the hike through Acropolis Kastros in Gortys. After spending the evening in Heraklion we decided to go back to the downtown area and walk around our old stomping grounds. This is where we went to do a lot of our more serious shopping when we were stationed on the island years ago.We've not been able to shop since we'd gotten to Crete, due to the mid afternoon break. It just seemed best to hit them early in the day.
The open air market looked exactly the same as it did in the early 80's. Loofah sponges, post cards, ornate cotton dresses, Greek god figurines and fresh meats.
Michael walking downtown Heraklion, looking a bit confused at the signs.
Got this for Brandon. He will love it! The minute Michael and I saw it, we said, "That's for Brandon!".
Got this for me. I love the amethyst look of this bracelet.
These pendants are made of leather. I got one for me and one for my nieces Trisha and Chelsea.
Got Brandon some worry beads. He gets to pick the strand that he wants. One is made of wood the other is made of kri-kri horns.
I have a really sweet friend that collects elephants. I saw this little one made of alabaster and had to get it for her.
After shopping for a while, we went back to the taverna that we ate at the night before and ordered some tzatiki and bread and lemonade. The light lunch was perfect. We were both feeling a little tired. Being the courteous tourist that Michael is, he wanted to respect the Greek two hour rest. So, we headed back to the apartment and rested for a while.
It's getting close to 3:00 p.m. in this photo. Everyone is leaving the market so the owners can close up shop for a few hours.
We saw this digging site on the way back to the car after lunch. Looks fascinating. I haven't researched it yet. But I'm anxious to find out what they have discovered about it so far. We got our rest then got up and headed to Lygaria Beach for a swim and to snorkel. The water was still a little rough for me. I've yet to get into the deep blue sea at this point. The big waves and the vastness of the water was too intimidating to me. Michael snorkeled for a while and then suggested that we go to the apartments and get in the pool so that I could swim. We swam for a while and then went to get cleaned up for our dinner at Domenico Bistro. On our way out we stopped to ask Liza for directions and any recommendations. Her daughter was helping her. She introduced us to Julie and let me just say, it was a pleasure meeting her. We conversed with her really well. She gave us some advice and then we were on our way.
This is the first thing you see when you enter the village of Fodele. We pulled over to go into some of these traditional Crete-style shops.
I bought the two bigger pieces and then the shop owner wrapped the grey and white handkerchief and gave it to me as a gift.
This is George's Bistro Domenico. The food is wonderful, the sevice is excellent and the owners are top notch. We had a great time that evening.
Michael and I really enjoyed meeting with George and his wife. They are wonderful people. This is me and George.
I couldn't put my souvlaki gyro down long enough to get a picture. Love the food!
This is Eva's mother. She is a sweetheart.