around Crete in 50 days:
Day 40 from Chania to Kalives
of steps 34060
Burned calories 1241
Walking time 04h 37'
Pulse at arrival 110
sunny, no wind, average 25C
Woke up at 07.00. Breakfast with Marianne, her daughter
Virginia was still asleep. It is quiet in the center of Mournies, where
A taxi brings me to the old center of Ghania at 08.00,
where I'll explore a bit before leaving the city on the south-east
side, direction Kalami and Kalives.
It is 08.30 when I arrive at the
harbor and directly meet Michalis (mike), working in a taverna there.
Mike was working in Agia Roumeli, and I know him from my Samaria walks..
I have an "elleniko sketto" with him and we chat about the coming season.
He won't return to his formal job and stays in Chania... Better job,
more money, he says..
At 09.00 I start my exploration through the old
town.. Lots of snow on the White Mountains, I can see this from
the other side of the harbor. Fab panorama, just behind the old city..
Many houses are built on the old Venetian walls.. Leaving Chania, I met
(by coincidence) Norma and a friend. Norma was joining me for a while
(together with other people) when I was walking into Paleochora.. Nice
to see her back.
It is 10.10 and I am out of the center and joining the
road", looking for
my "star" in Kalives.
At 12.35 I am at the British War Cemetry
in Souda..1527 soldiers are buried here... It is 26C but I feel
realy cold. English, Canadian, Australian, New Zealanders... all victimes
of a cruel war... It makes me very quiet. I show my respect by
signing the visitors book.. No more war, please ! Souda cemetry is a
very green, well maintained place.. May they rest in peace.
the Souda center (13.20) it is very busy..Everybody cleaning, painting...
getting ready for the tourist season, while in the big harbor, ferrys
are waiting for their passengers.
13.35 Passing the military
base of Souda, almost no space to walk and very dangerous.. but,
I have a fantastic view on the huge and beautiful bay of Souda.
I am in Kalami now and call Carolina Pouliadaki, www.livingincrete.net We
will meet in Kalives at 15.30. Passing the old Prison (Filaki)
of Kalami (1959) and, on top of the hill, the ruins of a
Turkish Castle. Arriving in Kalives, on time !, and Carolina
is already waiting for me. She is "livingincrete" for
19 years now and very satisfied. Perfect host..!
At "Platanos" I
have a coke (refreshment) with her and we drive to "Costas
where I will spend the night. Carolina brought me bread,
yogurt, feta, coffee... In the fridge water and two "Mythos"..
How does she know ? Perfect service.. After a hot shower,
we drive to Almirida for a nice, traditional meal..at the
seaside. I see a sign "fresh
fish, special for today".. Tomorrow the same.. Very
friendly people, in "Dimitris" taverna and perfect service
! I enjoyed my "tete-a tete" very much, just excellent !
Carolina drove me back around 20.30 and I loved the
peaceful and cosy "Costas
you all, Elizabeth (Pure Crete), Carolina, Costa.. Ta leme
and I'll keep in touch, because we are all "LIVINGINCRETE" ! Tomorrow
a hard walk is waiting for me...