Published: August 12th 2012August 2nd 2012
If you wandered around Lardos village you would discover pretty houses, lazy cats and dogs, a cute bakers and several restaurants. You would not however think there was a beach, but two kilometres away there is. Most of the driving we had done involved back and forth to Lindos which is the opposite way to Lardos beach so we hadnt really seen it, but it is actually a lovely quiet beach. There are several big resorts that back on to it, but when we got there today the beach was not packed. Typically for European beaches rows of tightly packed sun loungers under umbrellas decorate the beach, but they were mainly empty.
Lardos beach was on our schedule today so that we could be daredevils and take part in some water sports. It was too wet and risky for John so he stayed at home. Jonathan, James and Harriet were all up for something exciting. The adults were excited but apprehensive about the cost. It turned out to be a good day for fun and for our wallets - well not too bad anyway.The first place that we came to told us the best thing for the kids was the
crazy sofa. All 6 of us could go at once, so we whipped off our clothes and donned life jackets. The sofas were actually big rings with a back just like a giant sofa. Three people could sit in each and the girls went in one and the boys in the other. Both were attached to the boat so that we could go at the same time. It was awesome! We bounced up and down in the sofa and into the other sofa making us all lose our seats but no one ended up in the water. We were all holding on so tight though that Harriet got a friction burn on her elbow.
We had spent all our cash because we had assumed that the operators would take credit cards. Fiona and Kirsty went for a walk to the main road to an ATM while Toby played with the kids in the water. When we were cashed up we tried the other operator on the beach who had a ride called the fly fish. Only 2 people could go at a time. You lie on the inflatable and as you are dragged along you end up upright and
often off the water - flying - behind the boat. Jonathan and James were the first to have a go and then Harriet and Toby. After a short break, Jonathan, James and Harriet went out in separate rings. They had great fun and on the way back they stopped. The adults could see one child had fallen out and another was helping them get back in. When they came back to shore Jonathan was facing backwards, so he had obviously been in the water. He had been helping James who one minute was there and the next had fallen out! Harriet had just sat in her ring watching - no sense of responsibility even though she was the oldest. Fiona and Kirsty also had a go on the rings. It was impossible to stop your bum bouncing on the water and a very weird sensation. No wonder Jonathan made a loud exclamation about the state of his genitals when he had finished his turn. Toby was considering hiring a jet ski, but we thought that we had all had enough adrenaline for one day and so we went back to John and then out for dinner in Lindos once more.
As you pass the restaurants, the staff try to entice you in - much like Lygon street in Melbourne. Every night one guy has asked us to go to his restaurant and John has told him maybe another night. So tonight we decided to give him and his kitchen a go. He made us a special deal of free house drinks and the top roof terrace or we would go elsewhere. The food was great, as all the food has been, but the service was a little slow. The best part for Fiona was at the end of the meal when everyone was served their complimentary ouzo. Tonight it was coffee ouzo and as Toby and Kirsty were driving and John doesn't hardly drink she ended up with 4 shots.
Jonathan had been asking to go on the go karts in Lardos every day. Kirsty thought that they were too fast and unsafe, but John promised that we would look to see how safe they were. We drove down to them after dinner and watched as another group had their turn. They were the first people we had seen using them all week. It was encouraging to see
that they had helmets but they were still only on their shorts and no sleeves. When John and Toby stood on the bridge over the track they rapidly came to the conclusion that they were far too fast for the kids. Jonathan was not pleased with the decision to say the least - something for him to look forward to in the future.
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