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August 01, 2007

Road Trip Day #8: Matala at night and lots of photography

After Claire's minty fresh Mojito, we went off in search of somewhere to eat. Everywhere seemed geared up for tourists, so it wasn't like there was much of an 'authentic' Cretan choice to had, so we just plumped for one of the tavernas on the beach.

Matala faces west, so we were treated to an epic sunset out across the water as the sun dipped below Crete.

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It was obviously an arresting sight, as if you turned away from the sun, it seemed that as far as the eye could see were rows of tourists all pointing their digital cameras at the display nature was putting on for them.

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Dinner was uneventful, and we then made our way to a very laid back internet cafe / cocktail bar which was part of our hotel 'complex', but across the street from where we were staying. We sat out on a wooden platform that looked towards the ancient rock-cut tombs.

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They proved to be our main source of entertainment for the evening.

They are floodlit at night, and occasionally, earlier in the evening, someone would throw a giant shadow up the cliff as they stumbled around in the complex.

Later on though we started seeing some bright flashing lights, and realised that someone had clambered up to near the top of the caves to do some photography.

And then, the flashlight gradually revealed that it wasn't a someone, it was two someones, indulging in some 'romantic' amateur photography on Matala's ancient hippie love enclave.

Which the whole town could see ;-)

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