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Published: October 30th 2012
Chania,Crete - Greece
Well neither one of us really wanted another full busy day starting at 6 a.m. so we made it happen at 6:30 a.m. instead..and yup half an hour helped. I have always been the coffee fetcher first thing in the morning…comb through my hair and head for the coffee station. Sian is really not so in need of coffee first thing. Nothing like me or my sisters. Usually it is so early I could probably show up in pjs and no one would notice… It has become a tradition.
We are on a shorter tour today..only a 5 hour one and happy for that…we both admit we could easily just stop today…but hey we haven’t been here before …so we get moving…. We are in Chania,Crete, pronounced with a silent C…we head for ruins high above the shoreline. Incredible views and the Souda Harbor are gorgeous. The water and sky are so blue. At Aptera, we come across a wall that dates back to 400 years BC and a fortress that is from the 1600s and breathtaking views. All the old buildings and ruins we have come across on this trip are really intriquing to us, especially
as we come from such a new country in comparison ourselves.
The tour guides we have had have been so informative and we learn a great deal about Crete and her customs and history. They have 3 million olive trees… my breakfasts have now included olives which I am thinking I will have to adjust back to my bananas. We stopped for a short stop of shopping at a village on the Sea…Georgioupolis Village, the beach was so beautiful and we both wanted to dive in right there and then…pretty inviting however we only have 30 minutes here. I managed to find a bottle of olive oil and some olive oil lotions that are local. I watched a man fishing and made a flash judgement as he kicked a small live fish back into the water... As we head back to Chania the scenery is incredible with olive trees and very high mountains which actually get snow in the winter and feed this island with a wonderful fresh water supply as well. The houses have solar heating to heat their water.
We stop at a market that was created in the early 1900s and is in a large
building not too far from the port. I managed to scoop more olive oil products before we head back to the ship. Was quite hot and I can only imagine what the summer months are like. Beautiful Island and sail away as I sit and watch Crete disappear into the distance. Beautiful. We are both glad that we have a sea day without tours tomorrow. In a couple of days we will dock in Rome and fly to Amman Jordan for a week of touring there. I have to look through the pictures daily to realize the whirlwind we have been on and all the sights we have taken in, however not absorbed. That just might take awhile. Our last day is at Sea. We sail between the mainland of Italy and Sicily on our way back to Rome so spent most of the day outside watching the shoreline go by. It has been a beautiful cruise and we have covered so many places. Would love to come back and see more of Sicily, cruise other Greek islands and more of Turkey. Onto our next part of this incredible journey....Jordan.
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