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Europe » Greece » Crete » Chania September 23rd 2012

The main purpose of our stay was for rest and relaxation. We stayed at a lovely villa at Panos Stalos with terrific views out towards Chania, the sea and the mountains. It was a wonderful place to relax and unwind but by the second week we started to stir our stumps.On some mornings we drove to nearby Chania and had a leisurely coffee at a harbourside cafe followed by a stroll around the town. Chania is delightful with narrow streets and alleyways crammed with shops and tavernas.Places worth visiting are the Central Market and its surrounding streets, the Archaeological Museum and the Naval Museum which has an interesting WW2 display. Just outside Chania we visited the remains of the Byzantine town of Aptera and the nearby Turkish fort overlooking the sea. Wonderful views of the sea ... read more
Another view
Our resting place in the hills
Aptera

Europe » Greece » Crete » Chania September 20th 2012

Another hot day dawned. Another day that began in the comparative coolness of Chania's Old Town, where breakfast was taken outside. Ham and Cheese spread on the still warm fresh bread was a delight although I was not really awake until my third cup of coffee! With the heat, the only option was to get into the mountains. Catching the bus, I was soon heading out of town, passing through the orange groves in which those from the white walled prison nearby toil. Here too, a large war memorial, to those Cretans who gave their lives in WWII, bravely delaying the German advance to the mountains and thus ensuring the evacuation of many through the Imros Gorge. Slowly, the bus climbed higher, the driver cleverly taking the hairpin bends with little effort. Soon, almost unexpectedly, the ... read more
Laki
Karanos
Fournes: The Orange Grove

Europe » Greece » Crete » Chania September 18th 2012

It had rained for most of the night. Not that depressing pitter-patter of rain drops, but a good, hard downpour. By 04h00, all was quiet, save for the trickle of water draining from the streets and by 08h00, there was a beautiful sunrise. Tall orange clouds filled the early morning air. Beautiful but not what I was hoping for. I went downstairs for breakfast. This morning's meal would be indoors as the chairs and tables were sodden. The air felt cooler as the first drops of rain began. Just a little. Then more. Before long, it was as though the taps had been turned on. Water fell from the sky at a great rate of knots. Then stopped. Suddenly. There was no walking today. Today I was moving from Kastelli to Chania. Everything would be different, ... read more
Kastelli: Sunrise
Chania: The Venetian Lighthouse
Chania: As of Old

Europe » Greece » Crete » Chania August 19th 2012

Eagle-eyed readers will notice that there was an unannounced jump from Crete to Wales. Apologies for that, but decided to bring you up to the moment with the Olympic football etc. So here we are back in Crete. In spirit you understand, not in person! 'Agapemo,' he said, grinning slyly at me as he presented me with a glass of home-made raki. It was the last thing I really wanted before sleeping but Mikalis, the Hotel Dimitri owner, had heard us coming in and made it perfectly clear we were to join family and friends out on the terrazza in the soft warmth of the evening. In between teaching me a few Greek words he explained by the way of broken English, German and mime that he had to go into Xania three times weekly for ... read more
Heike's produce
The Water's Edge
Mihalis restaurant

Europe » Greece » Crete » Chania August 6th 2012

Yesterday we wore woken at 6am with the alarm as we needed to leave Santorini early to make the most of the day as we had 80 miles to get to Crete! Bleary-eyed and having not even brushed our teeth we left the mooring and sailed on a beam reach with the mainsail and gennaker. Another beautiful day with clear blue skies, hot burning sun and reaching our highest record so far of 9.9 knots as we whistled along the waves towards the island of Crete. One of the main highlights was some homemade lemonade that we had made which went down really well with Soda water or still water along with some ice that was given to us by a neighbouring boat. One of the drawbacks of a watermaker is that water tastes of nothing ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Crete » Chania May 15th 2012

With a whole day to spare, the final day of the trip was spent relaxing in Chania ... I'll be back in September!... read more
Chania Harbour
My hidden lunch spot
Look - no tourists!

Europe » Greece » Crete » Chania May 14th 2012

Back into the Lefka Ori for the last walk of the trip - what a place to live!... read more
Looking DOWN on Lakki
Lunch - view from the back
Lunch - view from the front

Europe » Greece » Crete » Chania May 13th 2012

A return visit to this stunning peninsula, with incredible views towards Gramvousa.... read more
Wonderful walking conditions ... and remote!
Flowering Cactus
Rodhopou Peninsula

Europe » Greece » Crete » Chania May 10th 2012

With its incredible views of the White Mountains (Lefka Ori), Lakki is one of the villages on the northern slopes in the vicinity of the site of the ancient city of Rizinia.... read more
The little village of Karanos
Several of many goats
Karanos Church




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