so tomorrow, Sunday, is the big day.
The carnival parade starts at 4pm from the west side of Skalidi.
Coming from Chania, drive through Kissamos on the main road. Keep going after the square until you get to the bridge over the big river and you see a junction with ‘Kissamos Rent a car’ on your left. Turn right along the river and find a space to park there. The floats will be along the next road that you cross, parallel to the main road. Find the big fish!
We have been informed that our float will be at the back of the parade, so we’re not expecting to get to the centre of the scene for a while. If you don’t want to hang around for what will probably be a while, feel free to come a bit later, say around 4:30pm, and find us. The fish will be parked there since about 2:30 and some of us will be there at 3:30 anyway to be ready to move when the parade starts.
BLITZ BEACH CLEANING MONDAY MORNING
On Monday morning, just before celebrations for Clean Monday, we will do a quick cleaning of the beach by the stadium in Kissamos. Meet there at 10:30, pick up some rubbish for half an hour, and stay after for the kite flying on the clean beach!
MONDAY AFTERNOON PARTY
On Monday afternoon, 4pm, we are having a carnival closing party at Heidi’s place in Kaloudiana. Again, everyone involved with beach cleaning welcome. Some of us are meeting at Ursula’s place in Kaloudiana at 3:30pm and we’ll go from there together. If you want to make your own way, below are Heidi’s directions to her house.
Coming from Kissamos on the old Chania road, take a right at the big eucalyptus tree in Kaloudiana heading towards Topolia.
In about 100 meters, take the first right. You will see a sign to Kourthiana and Koukounara. Follow this road as it makes a sharp bend to the left and continue for about a kilometer until you go up a hill and see a street light.
Look for two mailboxes on the left. You will see a painted one and a smaller green one with our names on it: Richard Harriman & Heidi Palola. (If you reach the village of Kourthiana you have gone too far).
Take a left onto this dirt road and follow for about 500 meters. You will pass a white house on the left. Continue until you see our driveway on the right. Look for a relief sculpture of an owl in the stone wall. That’s us!
Parking will be tricky so feel free to find a spot along the dirt road and walk up the driveway to the house.