The weeks before the trip flew by and we suddenly found ourselves poised to leave with minimal plans for our two-week stay. Luckily, the forecast looked very promising so we decided to simply go with the flow and explore anything that looked interesting. It turned out we had a beautiful bay close to Agroktima that provided ample opportunities to beach-comb and find small shells. We ended up swimming three times, not because it was hot but because the water looked so inviting. We returned to this spot on Christmas day since it was so idyllic.
The climbing, of course, was spectacular and the limestone was streaked with orange, red and brown stripes giving the appearance of cliffs on Mars. Many areas were south facing which meant we spent a fair amount of time in the sun. The hikes varied from a few minutes to half an hour and the climbing spots were quite spread out. We definitely needed a car to move around.
Although Elise complained about missing the snow (!) back home, she seemed to really relax and enjoy herself. Our cottage had a loft with a large bed and a smaller couch-bed on the main floor. Elise didn't want to sleep in the couch-bed for some odd reason so I obliged. Highlights for her were daily trips to the Greek patisserie and evening trips to the beach where she discovered a clan of stray cats living near a hotel. She fed the cats regularly and they soon learned to come running when she arrived. On our last day we brought chicken and cheese - there was a feeding frenzy.
Our journey home was long, but thankfully uneventful. Apparently, Squamish had a very white Christmas and we've got much more snow in town now than at any time last year. The sunny days in Greece already seem like a distant memory. Time to dust off the skis...
Marc, Pam and Elise