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Europe » Greece » Crete » Elounta August 8th 2015

Crete has been for a while on my wish-list....for two main reasons....to visit the Palace of Knossos, and to stay in the European hotel who first introduced the concept of private pools for a large number of rooms. I admit, there is a lot more than this to Crete, and I may have to come in the coming few years. We stay two nights only in Crete, the first one at what is supposed to be the impressive Elounda Blue Palace in Elounda, and the second night in the capital of Crete right in Heraklion. Little upgrade with Europ Car as we ended with a convertible. Would have been wonderful if they didn't actually gave me a dump! Just before going back to Heraklion from Elounda, I found out that the water tank was punctured...thi is ... read more
And they call this a beach?!?
Spinalonga island, a former Leprosis colony...
Years ago, this was a revolution, the place with private swimming pool....yes, they call this private!

Europe » Greece » Crete » Elounta May 8th 2013

Europe » Greece » Crete » Elounta September 25th 2011

Hi there everyone, it is time for a Sarah update! I know it's been quite a while since my last blog but I have people to see, places to go! Well, sort of, but enough excuses; I have a lot of adventures to talk about. So first off, my family trip to Greece was spectacular and I am devastated that it was over so quickly. Spending 10 glorious days in the sun was such a blessing after such a horrible cold and rainy summer in Ireland, plus seeing my family after 6 months of being away didn't hurt either. We spent one and a half days in Athens and then the rest of the time on the lovely island of Crete. I have to say, while I definitely would not pick Greece as my home, it ... read more

Europe » Greece » Crete » Elounta August 31st 2010

Some would say it would be a mistake to re-visit somewhere you fell in love with nearly 30 years ago..... and this time I would tend to agree. We drove down the mountains to the east coast town of Aghios Nikolaus. What was back then a quaint harbour town, is now built up, very touristy and in my opinion, spoiled. Ok, some of the hotels are still there, even some of the same faces.... but for me, it lacks the something special that I thought I found 28 years ago when the travel bug took up what has been permanent residence with me. So, after familiarising ourselves with the narrow streets and restaurants, we took our trusty little car Georgio to the next village of Elounda, 9 km around the corner. Now there it was much ... read more
view towards town
The island of Spinaglonga
Streets of Spinalonga

Europe » Greece » Crete » Elounta August 28th 2010

We've arrived!!!! Our first few days are to be spent in a little village, Piskopiano, high up on the hill. We breakfasted on yoghurt and honey, ham and cheese while taking in the fabulous views over the towns below to the Sea of Crete. Our balcony is shrouded in bourgainvilea and we hear the sounds of cicadas and locals riding mopeds up the steep hills. Ok, so, this blog is not going to be boring, describing food, and accomodation... I just wanted to set the scene and get in the zone. The first couple of days we have spent just walking from village to village taking in the local shops and atmostphere.... we wandered down to Hersonissus, the town that the guide book had advised us to "avoid the fish, chip and chlamidia area of the ... read more
view from our balcony
walking down to the town

Europe » Greece » Crete » Elounta May 2nd 2009

Well, got to live somewhere later in life - London is so expensive, it's impossible...However, decided that Crete wasn't for me - unless I wanted to spend my life rebuilding - starting with a roof! And Kate and I had a great holiday, our balcony overlooked the sea and it was great to be back in this part of the world. But house-hunting for later in life is just going to have to wait a bit longer... We loved whizzing around having a look everywhere though - Krista was the village I thought looked most likely for me, but not to be. We grabbed a boat out to Spinalonga - the 'Leper Island', now abandoned - a very still place, surrounded by vivid turquoise sea and lots of remnants of the old Turkish architecture, overlaid with ... read more
Agios Nikolaos
Biscuit house, so called because
Deco detail on house in Khalo




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