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June 29, 2007

Road Trip Day #8: Taverna Seli and the undrinkable coffee

We had a very long drive to do on the eight day of our road trip, and so after breakfast in the village of Mirtos, we rejoined the main road and continued heading westware towards Matala.

We suddenly made an unscheduled but spectacular stop at Taverna Seli.

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Perched on a cliffside seemingly in the middle of nowhere, it just appeared as we rounded a corner. Impulsively Claire stopped the car, and we got out and enjoyed some spectacular views of Crete's southern coast.

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We didn't so much enjoy the taverna itself however.

The three staff seemed aggravated that someone would dare stop at the place at that time of the morning. We wondered if it was mostly set up to catch scheduled tourist bus passangers, and whether they didn't normally get any customers until much later in the day.

Two undrinkable cups of coffee and a brief sojourn in their filthy toilets later, we made our excuses and left.

Just along the road there was a memorial, which rather like the monument of the hand in Chania, seemed to depict the deaths of the people commemorated in a fashion a bit to gory for my liking - the main centrepiece appears to be the rear end of a plane plummeting to earth.

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