04 Monastery of Adigitrias, Gorges Agiofarango
In Sivas we have an apartment. We find a homemade breakfast, very rich though and on the terrace. At 8 am the temperature reached almost 30 degrees Celsius.
We start to see a former monastery 600 years old. This hilltop is a bit of a fortress. The monks who lived there had to resist the pirates, but the Ottomans. Resistance against them ended in a massacre after days of siege.
The monastery is a little jewel lost in the middle of this area so arid. When we arrive, although the church is no longer consecrated an offering ceremony to a dying man is celebrated. We try not to disturb the ritual that ends with a distribution of pastries and cookies.
A Greek sixty years speaks to me in French and expliqe me he knows the language because he lived in Montreal and frequently watch TV5 and France 24 One of his buddies comes and is a former teacher SciencePo in Paris and Lausanne. On holiday in Greece, he regrets not being French. His name is Vasily and explains everything there is to see in the area.
Next we need to go down to the beach through the gorges of Agiofarango. The guide book announces a 45 minute walk. But it's eleven o'clock and the temperature well above 35 degrees in the shade. But when we see the start of the track, we are well aware that there is no shade. We decide to take the car to an intermediate parking. This is the track, but passable with our Yaris. The parking lot is full. People actually do walk down. It's Sunday and the Greeks also enjoy the place.
The path continues to the beach (pebbles) between two cliffs riddled with caves. The vegetation consists mainly of oleanders. Along the way a chapel where obviously there was a Sunday mass.
The pebble beach bordering a warm, clear sea. Here very little wind and no waves. Young Greeks climb the cliffs and make jumps fifteen meters into the sea.
After swimming out of water is a punishment for those who do not have shoes as the stones are hot.
The return to the car park to 13h is done under a blazing sun. The thermometer in the car ad 38 ° C (always in the shade). Near the church is a setting of the final film of Sergio Leone
Back at the apartment, we take a picnic to the "fresh" and remain quiet during the hottest hours.
Like yesterday, we end the day on the beach of Kalamaki.
Tags : greece, crete, sivas, kalamaki
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