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Day nine - beach day!!

Wednesday 4 September 2019

sunny 30 °C

Had a good night’s sleep but mostly because I used ear plugs in case the noise of the traffic - and particular lorries - kept me awake. There seems to be a dip in the road just outside the apartment and when a lorry goes over it at speed, it makes a shocking noise. We earmarked the day for beach time, getting sun beds and a parasol for the day. We breakfasted at a nice cafe with a lovely waitress. We weren’t sure if it was called Oqtopus or Atlantida. Anyway, we had coffee and I had pancakes with sour cream which were more like drop scones on steroids - they were huge! Portion sizes generally are pretty big which might explain the rather large girth of some of the men on the beach. We made sure we based ourselves within walking distance to where we were staying so that we could get back to use the toilet as the standard of cleanliness of beach toilets was variable.

The sea was pretty calm and all three of us got into the sea at different times, mostly because we were sharing a pair of ‘jelly shoes’ to enable us to get into the water without the agonising walk over pebbles. I was grateful for the parasol as the sun was strong. It was great to relax, doze a little, read and people watch.

We decided to go to the Oqtopus cafe for a drink and starters. I had a Cuba libre which went quite well with the decor of the place which was rather exotic. We watched the sun go down before making our way to a cafe that Nick and Lindsay had gone to for a nightcap on the previous evening’s stroll. The owner is obviously very artistic and a fan of Frieda Kahlo. The place is called cafe Rakushkebi Fridastan and is stuffed with trinkets, upcycled lampshades with unusual things hanging from them. Although it was a mixed crowd, there was definitely a bit of a hipster scene with lots of young people who all seemed to know each other. Good music, too.

The only downside was trying to order a salad which is all I had room for. All of the veggie options seemed to be off the menu. In the end I gave up trying to order anything and ate some of the potatoes that Nick had ordered to go with his food.

A short stroll and we were back to our temporary ‘home’. Being next to the main road leading to Turkey means that it is a busy road. However, it’s the craziness of the drivers that astounds us. The speed that people go at and the dangerous overtaking is quite terrifying. Walking along with no obvious pavement, pedestrians are also very vulnerable.

Posted by Cath_Greig 11:54 Archived in Georgia Tagged beach kvariati cafe_rakushkebi_fridistan oqtopus

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