5 April – Loutro

Internet has been very poor. I’m not sure if this will post or not so will keep it short and sweet.
We are having a marvelous time down here on the south coast of Crete. Sfakia offered us basic comforts for a room with extraordinary meals!
We hiked Imbos Gorge. Caught a 7am bus up into very cold mountains and driving rain to do it. Thankfully as we hiked down the gorge the weather warmed up and by the time we were ready for a late breakfast the sun was shining.
We explored around the village in the afternoon, a Christian chapel up in a cave, a Venitian ruin on a cliff above the harbour. History abounds.
Today rain was promised so we changed our plans. Instead of hiking from Sfakia to the next village of Loutro, we caught the coastal ferry. The loading took 45 minutes, the trip 15!
Once in Loutro we dumped our packs and then hiked back along the trail towards Sfakia. We hiked about half way. Dipped our feet in the Libian Sea, had lunch and walked back. After a couple of cold beers on our now sunny balcony we went for another short hike around a point of land on the other side of the village.
Dinner this evening equally fabulous, salad, kalimari (freshly caught), lamb, wine. I’m going to fire this off into cyber space now. If you hear more from us shortly it’s because we’ve found Internet that works. If not don’t worry we’re having a wonderful time eating, drinking, riding ferries, relaxing in the sun, with a bit of hiking in between!

Our cold beers, enjoyed on our balcony in Loutro

Our cold beers, enjoyed on our balcony in Loutro

Loutro. Population 90. Our place is pretty much there in the centre. Nice don't you think. Costing us each 20. Euro a night. Unreal!

Loutro. Population 90. Our place is pretty much there in the centre. Nice don’t you think. Costing us each 20. Euro a night. Unreal!Our dinner this evening. Everything including the location of its consumption - perfect. Our dinner this evening. Everything including the location of its consumption – perfect.

4 thoughts on “5 April – Loutro

  1. You guys are having a fabulous time… even travel challenges can be exhilarating when they’re met head on and resolved and solved. Sounds like some great hiking, lots of stimulating culture, and just a terrific holiday. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. Linda Mc

    • Hi Linda,
      We are indeed having an adventure! All sorts of fabulous scenery and wonderful people encounters. The weather has been interesting to say the least. We’ve had quite hot – much enjoyed – and now some very chilly and windy and wet – not so much fun at all. We had planned to hike to Lissos today but may have to cancel the idea as the rain is currently being driven sideways by extremely strong winds. Good morning to read or paint a picture in our bright cozy room at “Captain George’s.” He really is a retired sea captain.

  2. You both seem to be having a great time now that the initial problems with your flight are over. Have you seen anything of the famous Greek Easter lamb which always sounds so delicious? Keep in touch!

    • Hi Judith, Easter in Greece starts this coming week, a week later than us. We’ll no doubt be enjoying numerous delights of the festivities, including lamb! This is the biggest annual celebration in Greece. It seems that it will be a five day long series of events, ranging from the devout church services to fire works and dancing. We’re looking forward to all the fun.

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