Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Day 7: The Lassithi Journey

Our last full day on the island. The way we had our tripped all planned out on the first several blog entries and what we actually did are not the same. It was good to have a guideline and a game plan to fall back on but flying by the seat of our pants is what we do best.  I think we had just as much if not more fun than we had intended to. One of our goals was to hit all four prefectures. And we accomplished that.
On the seventh day of our trip we were awaken in the middle of the night by a scratching sound. I heard it first, woke Michael up and we both flipped on the lights and started searching the rooms and opening the shutters to the window to see if someone was trying to get open them. After much searching we found the culprit. Michael had put a seashell in his swimming trunks' pocket and then forgot about it. Turns out it wasn't just a seashell. We got back to sleep, got up the next morning to return the sea critter back to the sea.
Our last day on the island we were greeted by Liza's cats. They frolicked on the patio while everyone ate breakfast. Every morning the two cats rolled until they fell out of chairs and off of railings but didn't miss a beat canoodling and always landed on their feet. 

More frolicking among the yin and the yang, the striped version anyway.

Our last morning to eat breakfast at Erivolo's Apartment. I absolutely indeed ordered a frappe and Liza served it with a piece of her warm cake, fresh out of the oven. We ordered our usual omelet. Because, by now we're addicted to them.

We headed to Lassithi to shop and stroll the streets of St. Nikolaos. We found the most unusual bookstore. We picked up some neat little souvenirs and then ventured on to other shops.
The view from one end of the street to the other. St. Nikolaos is a more upscale shopping area.
Michael spotted a bakery. We wanted to pick up some pastries or sweets for Liza. We each got a gelato (ice cream), and then I spotted the gelo candies. We bought a bag of those too. 
We bought a keychain for a friend in the states. He and his family show nothing but kindness to us. He has went out of his way more than once to do things for me and my husband. This seemed like the perfect gift for someone who loves and protects his family at home and at church.
I got this for my daughter in law. She collects owls. This is a replica of an ancient owl carved out of a unique onyx.
After much strolling we were ready to take a break. We stopped at this little sidewalk bistro and ate a light lunch.
The owner asked me to go in and take a look at the food he had to offer for lunch. We settled for the lighter lunch; Greek Salad.
While we were eating this beautifully green door caught my eye.
Michael went over to check it out.
We weren't sure of what to think abou the vespas and motorcycles that freely pull up to the tables to chat with their friends. We strolled the streets a little more and then headed back to the apartments to rest.
We got freshened up and went downstairs to give Liza her bakery goods. This is by far one of my favorite moments of our vacation. I will always treasure this photo and the wonderful conversation Liza and I had on our last evening on the island. I absolutely adore her. She is everything I wish I could be. She is warm, friendly, kind, giving, loving, humble and most of all happy. She not only made us coffee but she insisted that we share her baked goods that we bought for her.
While Liza and I were talking, Michael captured this magnificent view of the sun setting behind the mountain by Lygaria Beach.
One of the tavernas at Lygaria Beach. We ate here for our last evening meal. As we were walking down to the beach to get to the taverna, a Greek Church was letting out after services. Some of the families came here to eat. It was quite an experience sitting amongst a restaurant full of Greek families enjoying their time together. It's usually tourist in the restaurants and tavernas. I have a video of with the Greek families that were here while we were eating. I hope to find a way to flip it right side up so I can post it on this blog.
We ordered swordfish for our last meal. It was delicious. Eating in this taverna with all the Greek families around us reminded me of the Olive Garden commercial, "When you're here you're with family".

Just one more entry left and my blog will be complete. 
Doesn't all this make you want to drop everything and fly to Crete?

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