around Crete in 50 days -
Day 39 from Platanias to Chania
of steps 15232
Burned calories 571
Hours walk 02h 07'
Pulse at arrival 93
almost no wind, average 24C
Woke up at 07.00 Breakfast
with Costoula (Boiled egg, french cheese, toast, marmalade, "Philadelfia",
coffee etc..) Just perfect and at the seaside.. Costoula showed me the
plans of the new buildings they made at Nerokourou, as well as all the
official papers of the foundation of Arch Noah Crete. Later I will visit
their shelters, together with Regina and her husband, when I arrive in
Chania. It would be good that the government supports such a good case.
Good temperature (20C) and no wind. Should this be the
start of summer ? I left Costoula and her 9 dogs (I like Noah) at 08.30.
Unfortunately, Noah escaped while I left Costoula's property... Hopefully
At 09.15 I was walking on the main road and nothing
else to see than hotels, apts for rent, tourist offices, rent a car,
tavernas etc... Everywhere people are cleaning, repairing and building..
09.30 Walking along the seaside, still nothing to see,
but at least I hear the relaxing sound of the foaming waves.
am now close to the center of Chania and near the beach. There is a
for dogs on the beach" Locals
are running up and down, and walking their dogs ...on the beach.
The sign is placed by the "dimos Chania". In the small fishing harbor,
fishermen are fixing their nets. Plenty of activity here !
Arrival at Chania, at the old Venetian walls, separating the old
city from the new one. Fantastic harbor, well protected and maintained.
Lots of building and repairing work is going on.. Some "kamaki's" try
to get me in their taverna or restaurant for "brekfest"... I'll
call Regina and Hans..
11.30 They pick me up and we have a very
nice (for me nr 2) breakfast at their cosy appartment in Chania
(Nea Chora)..with fresh, and delicious grapefruit ! After that
(at 14.00 because I used their internet connection for a while..)
we drive to Nerokourou, the animal shelter of ArcheNoah. I meet
Jessica, Nasima, Mike, Leonidas and Ederi working at the shelter
and taking care of 170 dogs ! A huge job, which they do with lots
of love.. The shelter is very professional, clean and perfectly
Regina, the secretary of ArcheNoah, tells me it has
cost a lot of money, all donation money... No help from official authorities...
They don't pay rent for the land (owned by the government), so that's
a great help, but are awaiting for funds..to work better. Congratulations,
Thomas, Stefan, Regina and others... Wonderful job. Keep up the
At 16.00 Hans and Regina drive me to the house of Marianne,
an ex-collegue of mine, where I shall stay for the night. We have
a glass of wine in the garden. Hot shower for me and as Regina
and Hans leave, I am driven to the cafenion "Cafe
Vafe" to meet Debra, editor of the Cretan Journal. Debra owns
the cafenion with a friend.. Nice, yellow and blue (my colors
!) and very typical, situated at the "Plateia Vafe" in Nea
Chora. Debra (in person !) makes me my elleniko sketto, diplo
! Later she serves me greek salad and a "vegi" burger.. What
a great evening, realy enjoyed it. Thanks Deb, for the wonderful
conversation..and the support in your newspaper..
At 21.30 I
take a taxi, back to Marianne's house and go into a quiet