June 16th – Thursday

I was awakened just before dawn by the voices of two sailors whose little sailboat had run aground right below our room’s balcony.  They were in their briefs and nothing else, in and out of the cold water of the bay rocking their boat back and forth trying to free it from the bottom.  It was comical to watch.  I believe they had had too much to drink.  It was another of the night noises that even penetrated my ear plugs.

We packed our bags, had breakfast on our piazza, gave Antonia the bouquet we had bought for her and went to the car, only to find the battery completely dead.  The emergency flashers may have been on all night, he said.  I called the rental company and they came right away, replaced the battery and we were on our way.

I drove the national highway all the way (about 170 Kilometers) to Iraklion.  We had surprisingly delicious crepes at a bus station café in Iraklion, and the waitress gave us instructions to the Astoria Capsis hotel.  Well, I think I drove right past it, but we didn’t see it, so I stopped and called the hotel.  We were only blocks away.

We checked into the hotel.  HOORAY!  Doormen who carry luggage!!!  It was a lovely change!  We immediately donned our swimsuits and jumped into the rooftop pool for a great swim!

We came down to our room, took a shower and went for a walk in this ancient city.  We walked to the Venetian fortress in the harbor, past the pedestrian streets packed with trees, café tables and young people having a wonderful time, laughing, smoking, talking on cell phones and drinking coffee drinks.  It was lively and had an atmosphere of a high school football game.  Indeed, Brazil and Greece were playing a soccer game and it was being displayed on big screens everywhere!  We had a nightcap in the hotel lounge and watched most of the game.  Then up to bed.

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