• End of summer

    by  • 27 September, 2004 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Last week the summer officially gave way to autumn, at least that’s what the calendar wants us to believe. It could have fooled me. During the weekend it was so hot that the pigeons fell off the roof.

    We went to Chania on Saturday morning and spend the early afternoon with Linda and Giorgos in their nice cool house, Venetian style, in the suburbs of Chania. Giorgos is an architect and we talked mainly about houses. We haven’t decided yet whether we want to buy an old house or build a new one. Once we will have completed our old house for sale in Belgium project, that is. Giorgos would be able to help us in the decision making. One thing is clear at least, building a new house has its price and many pitfalls, for foreigners even more so than for locals. It requires lots of patience, patience with the bureaucracy, patience with the contractors, and it has a high frustration component, it appears. We have already ruled out a nice villa at 100 meters from the beach. That is completely beyond our reach. The price for a piece of land bordering the sea has completely gone through the roof in Crete. It might still be affordable on the Greek mainland, but in Crete the international hotel chains have made sure that an ordinary person can no longer afford his “romantic dwelling overlooking the incoming waves at sunset”. That leaves the city, or the rural areas inland. We will let you know.

    Not to be discouraged we ended the day in Kastelli Kissamos, where we stayed in a romantic dwelling overlooking the incoming waves at sunset: Mariabeach hotel. We’ve stayed many times at the family-run hotel of the Kastanaki’s and we always receive a warm welcome. We spent the whole sunday laying on our lazy backs, indulging in luxurious dolce far niente, luxurious because we had fresh orange juice served under our umbrella in the afternoon.

    When we drove back to Iraklio at 6 in the evening, the thermometer in the car indicated 32 degrees celsius. Autumn indeed.

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