We proceeded to tour the Valley of the Butterflies. This was a pleasant enough woodland walk, though rather crowded with our fellow tourists, who seemingly much outnumbered the lepidoptera, most of which I guess are still pupating at this point in the season. Though we were disappointed of seeing the place thickly blanketed with butterflies or moths, we saw quite a few land crabs like this one, and some lizards.
Arriving here in Lindos we had to park on a road leading down from the village towards the beach. Here too the town is more or less reserved for pedestrian traffic only. For luggage to take to our accommodation on foot, we just grabbed the bagged laundry, figuring that with the unbroken continuation of perfect summery weather we would want just the sort of stuff we had been wearing and getting dirty the first week of our trip. (I also toted along the computer on which I am writing this, of course.) After finding with some difficulty the travel agency that let the place, we were escorted to the "villa" that would be our home for two nights. It is a wonderful example of Lindian architecture, though the term villa seems a bit too grand for it, consisting as it does in a little courtyard with a bathroom, kitchen, small bedroom, and large bed-sitting room all opening separately upon it. The large room has a gothic carved sandstone front, and both it and the courtyard feature Lindian pebble-mosaic floors.
While Stas settled us in, I went shopping for a few groceries and continued my hitherto vain attempts to buy dollars for our visas into Turkey. After lunch I took the children to the beach while Stas hit the local cyber cafe to catch up on e-mail; then we traded places, and I managed to upload the previous journal entry, amounting to nearly seven megabytes with the photos. We concluded our day with dinner at "Lindian Indian," a refreshing break from Greek cuisine.