Road Trip Day #2: A naughty dog, a bad map, and lunch in Archanes
After escaping the chaos of Knossos, we headed for a village in the hills - Archanes - which is right in the middle of Crete's best wine producing region. After the fiasco of navigating in the morning, we thought Archanes would be easier to find.
How wrong we were.
I should, perhaps, at this point stress that following the difficulties we had navigating on this day, we bought a new map when we got to Agios Nikolaos. This proved conclusively that the physical road layout in this region was entirely different to the one on the small map given to us by the car hire firm that we were using at the time.
However, we weren't to know that at the time, and so driving round in circles trying to find what should have been a major place in the area got a bit frustrating. It actually got a little bit surreal and Blair Witch like, as we passed through two villages that according to our map were on entirely different roads, without a hint of us having taken a turning or junction.
And then, whilst we were puzzling over that, the car was attacked by a dog - literally.
A snotty scruffy white little thing in Kounavi took exception to our car, and started chasing us through the village. We stopped, and I gave it a good old "Ελα! Ελα!" to shoo it away (I assumed it only spoke Greek).
To no avail.
Within ten metres it was back, jumping at the wheels of the car, whilst an impatient 4x4 tried to overtake us on a bend as we tried to avoid killing the dog. Fortunately, the dog took even more exception to the 4x4, so set off in hot pursuit of that instead.
Of course, it brings into focus that you are driving in a foreign country, and don't know all the rules of the road. I mean, had we killed the dog in England we would have knocked on nearby doors and apologised and helped clear it up. In Greece? Who knows?
We eventually found Archanes, and it seemed to be a lot smaller than described in the guide book. We settled for a taverna by the small square, and tried to relax after the stress of getting to Knossos and then the near canine murder incident.
Our host didn't have a menu, or much command of the English language, and so showed us what was available by bringing out a tray laden with a small taster dish of the five things that they had on offer.
There was a bit of confusion as to what was going on - I thought he was just giving us free stuff, yay! - and then we realised that aside from a Greek salad we had also inadvertently ordered one of everything on the menu - dolmades, meat balls, beef in tomato sauce, pork, and giant beans!
What a day this was turning out to be!
At first we were worried about the price and how much food was going to arrive, but we shouldn't have been. It is quite a Cretan thing to order a wide selection of dishes, and we pretty much managed to polish everything off.
Fed, watered, and (slightly) calmed down, we set off for the next part of our journey - to find the Lasithi Plateau.