Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October 26-28 2014


Sunday morning this little taste of magic filled my window. It came in pieces, never quite able to make it all the way across. Amazingly, within just a few minutes the sky cleared and we had a beautiful day for exploring.

The structure on the hill at the edge of town has been called fortifications, a fort, a castle, and a warehouse. I call it intriguing.

We scrambled around the ruins imaging how it might have been in its glory days. I even managed to stumble into a sticker bush . . . Purely for research, you understand. Trying to get the full sense of the place.

We had read about the cistern in the old structure, but we were quite surprised to find an operating water system hidden within the walls.

From the top I felt like I could see forever! What a great lookout point.

Sitting up there with the birds I determined to learn something about this place. 

Since it was Sunday, we took a short tour of the church. 

Lots of graves here, but certainly not all. I wonder where the cemetery is. Something else to find out.

A glass of wine at our favorite taverna, looking up at the ruins, and contemplating.

Back at the apartment, I soon had the poor computer smoking with all my questions. But there is always time for a sunset.

Monday morning we were up early for another sunrise rainbow!

And then off to visit the monuments in town honoring the evacuation of thousands of Allied troops at the end of the Battle of Crete and those Sfakians who were executed by the Nazis for their continued rebellion.

I talked with several people in town about more recent history, went back to the apartment and tried to summarize all I had learned. I posted it under the name A Small History of Sfakia. That pretty much took care of Monday. Just as I was publishing the post, we had another marvelous sunset! Will wonders never cease?!?

Tuesday morning we traded last night's gold for silver clouds.
And then came the thunder and lightening and a rain that has lasted all day long. Not a problem. I had packing to do. 

 Finished off the day with dinner on the water front and sparkling wine back at the apartment. Cheers to all of you! We are leaving Sfakia tomorrow morning. It has been a great visit and I'm already making plans to come back. This may be my new favorite place.