06.04.2011 - 06.04.2011 87 °F
As we had a half of tank of gas left in the car, and we of course are going to return it as empty as we got it, we decided to head to the southern part of the island. This was our last day in Greece, and while we had made a few short stops at the beach on other days, I was looking for some serious beach time. The owners of our villa were nice enough to point us to a good area for beaches, so away we went.
We drove through mountains, dry areas of the island, and then moved into very lush valleys and gorges. It was a beautiful drive, at times a little scary with all of the twists and turns, but well worth it. We finally arrived in the southern edge and drove along the coast looking for a nice sandy spot. I saw a little bay with only a handful of people, so we made our way down to it. The beach was perfect – a little pebbly, but not too bad. It was shallow enough we could walk out and so clear we could see to the bottom even 8+ feet of water. On the entire trip we have been very diligent with sunscreen as we didn’t want to burn our wintry Midwest skin with the hot Mediterranean sun. We decided though that since everywhere besides our faces, lower arms and lower legs were very winter white, we would go just 30 minutes without sunscreen to add a little color to our pasty bellies. After that we put on the goop, and enjoyed a few hours swimming, relaxing and reading. Nate started to get impatient with beach thing, (I could stay all day) so we packed up and continued on our tour of the island.
As Nate was now very comfortable with the stick shift car, and the winedey curves, we stopped at several of the photo look-outs to take pictures. It was a nice drive, with very few others on the road as this part of the island isn’t as touristy. On our way back, we stopped at a little café with a great view and ordered one more Greek salad for good measure. By this time, we were both feeling a little warm and wondered if maybe that 30 minutes without sun screen was a little too long. We made it safely back to our place, and once we got home we realized how red we both were. You can see on Nate’s chest where he forgot to apply the sunscreen, and somehow even with sunscreen on his back, he turned as red as a lobster. I wasn’t nearly as bad, but a very nice pink shade everywhere that I didn’t already have sun. I guess we got what we wanted, and shrugged oh well as it was our last day on the beach and with the leisurely island life. We packed up, as we had an early start the next morning with a flight to Athens and then onto Istanbul, Turkey where we will spend the last few days of our vacation.