Do Nothing Day

Helena designated today as do-nothing day, which would usually bother me as our vacation time is limited and I want to fill it with as many fun, interesting, and culturally educational moments as possible, but at the end of the day yesterday, I was so tired and footsore that I readily assented, and now I am quite enjoying our little vacation within the vacation, just hanging out at the apartment, finished a book, spent some time in the pool, had a very simple salad and toast lunch on our balcony overlooking the Mediterranean, and we may walk down the hill later in the afternoon for a swim, a larger meal, and this evening we’re planning a round of mini-golf, the place doesn’t even open until 5, which is smart, that would be no fun at all in the heat of the day.
Yesterday was also quite a lazy morning, our only plan was to go to Chania for the archaeological museum and the ‘ sunset cruise’ on a glass bottomed boat. Our morning was so relaxed that when we got to Chania and started walking to the museum, it was 5 p.m. and we had to be at the boat at 7:15 and I’d thought it was like maybe one or two o’clock and we had bucketloads of time to spare.
So, we quick marched to the museum, the lady at the front desk slipped us a couple bottles of free water out of sympathy, the museum was interesting but not large so we covered that in an hour and then quick marched back to the port. I was exhausted, my feet were hurting, my back was hurting and sitting and relaxing on a boat sounded pretty good.
Now, I’m of two minds how to review this boat tour (Captain Nestor’s Glass Bottom Boat). On the one hand, it was the highlight of my day and well worth the 10 euro price (although I’m sure I’d have been bored to death and felt ripped off if we’d gone for the 3 hour, 25 euro tour) On the other hand, they were kind of guilty of false advertising. They said they’d take us to an island where we could relax on the beach, swim and enjoy the sunset. Well, what they actually did was take us to withing swimming distance of the island and said, go ahead, jump in. Only a few of us did. I think more would have if there had been someplace to change into swim suits on the boat. Not being too prideful, I just walked up to the bow in front of the cabin and changed quickly, but I think a lot of people, especially the women, might have just been too shy. The island was very rocky, and I got a bit scratched up going ashore, but now I can say I’ve been to a leper colony (the tour did come with a bit of a history lesson)
Also, the glass bottomed boat thing was a bit of a letdown, as we never saw any fish below the boat at all, but you can’t blame the crew for that.
Still, it was a lovely boat ride, a beautiful way to relax at the end of a long day, and everybody was satisfied. So, I’d definitely recommend it, just change into your swimsuit before you go.


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