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Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion May 6th 2009

Wednesday 6th May In search of Uncle Dan The principal reason for coming to Crete was to search for some history of where my late Uncle Dan fought with the 18th Infantry,NZ Expeditionary Force in the disastarous Battle of Crete in May 1941. My mother always spoke fondly of her brother Dan,who had a mop of auburn/ginger hair just like I used to have, and it was for her more than anything that we have made this pilgramige to Crete as it was one place she would have liked to visit had she been able. Uncle Dan joined the army shortly after he was married in September 1940 as WW2 moved into a more involved state.Within 2 months he was on board a ship bound for more intensive training in war in Egypt.I don’t think he ... read more
Inside the cathedral,Heraklion
View from top of the wall to the cathedral and the sea

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion May 5th 2009

Tuesday 5th May Goodbye Santorini........Hello Crete We both awoke several times during the night as you do when the wind is blowing plastic furniture around.While there had been steady light rain yesterday it wasn’t accompanied by wind but this had changed during the night and we opened the shutters at 7am to find a strong wind blowing the palms around and making little waves on the pool we had not got to use. The rain had stopped so after breakfast we decided to check out what time our transfer to the ferry port would be and then factor in an activity for the day which we hoped would be enough time to bus to the northern town on the island called Oia and walk back to Fira along the rim of the caldera.This walk should take ... read more
Pension George,our home for 3 days on Santorini
The Cat,the road,the cliffs and the houses,Santorini

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion April 8th 2009

Hi folks - afraid this will be the last message as the adventure is almost over. I really have had a whale of a time. Left Palermo last night, possibly my favourite place. Full of classical architecture decorated with statues, like Rome without the ampitheatre, but with the same have to witness Italian drivers to believe it. No Mafia apparent but Judy (the lady I mentioned meeting, born in Italy) tells me they're there all right below the surface. They really to appear in Trilbys and shut the street down to deal with business! Judy is a romany gypsy employed as a tarot reader and to chat to passengers ( the real thing, she's used by the police to solve crimes). Perhaps she saw me coming? She lives on the Isle of Wight and loves ... read more

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion April 3rd 2009

The Republic of Crete? This is the biggest of all Greek islands and Heraklion is the capital. From the port, it is just a few minutes to the city center where protests or rallies seem to be the order of the day. Our guide warned us about it, while at the same time telling us that we would be heading straight for the Palace of the Knossos before coming back to explore the rest of the capital. Palace of the Knossos This is the most important Minoan site excavated in Crete. Our bus parked in some corner and we walked towards the area discovered by Sir Arthur Evans whose bust welcomes all visitors to this tourist site. A civilization with extensive trade routes as far away as Afghanistan and Scandinavia was found here. The traded goods ... read more
A Treasure From the Minoan Civilization
Where's the Minotaur?
Happy Folks!

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion January 10th 2009

Friday, 9th January, 2009, continued We relaxed for a while, and changed to go out for a walk and some dinner. There was a Chinese restaurant just round the corner, so this was our choice for tonight. We had meal for two, changed a couple of items, and had the following, a chicken noodle and chicken sweetcorn soup, spring rolls, sweet and sour pork balls, chicken in mushroom sauce, szeuchan beef and fried rice. With drinks €41.40. Pat likes the coffee place, Livingroom, so we had a coffee, and did some people watching for a while, then popped to the supermarket and back to the hotel. I forgot to mention a couple of the places we visited in Chania earlier today, one was a Greek Orthodox church in the town centre. We had a quick look ... read more

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion January 4th 2009

Sunday, 28th December, 2008. We drove down to the town just after twelve and popped into Gecko Bar to say hello. Whilst there we updated the blog. We had arranged that we would watch the Liverpool versus Newcastle football match at Status. Jonnie supports Liverpool and Steve supports Newcastle. Liverpool sadly won 5 - 1. It rained again during the afternoon, and we left the bar shortly after the game finished. We popped into the supermarket on the way back, for a few bits and pieces. Pat then cooked the Bolognaise, made the other day, with some pasta and a Greek Salad. Monday, 29th December, 2008. Very windy overnight. We took a walk into town just before twelve. Pat wanted to see if we could get some of her Asthma medicine. It is available only on ... read more

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion December 28th 2008

Thursday, 18th December, 2008 We had another very slow start to the day and both read for most of the morning. The weather was very grey and overcast and rained much later in the day. It is still confusing, because it is still so warm though. We made a move to the town at two forty five. Our plan was to visit The Gecko Bar and update the blog. The bar was very welcoming and we chatted about our travels and so on. A group a people came in celebrating a 40th birthday, and we left about five o'clock. Pat heated up the bolognaise and cooked some pasta, followed by some fruit. Friday, 19th December, 2008. The weather was again really nice and we both read and sunbathed in the earlier part of the day. Pat ... read more

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion December 18th 2008

Wednesday, 10th December, 2008 Another peaceful night, with a good night's sleep. We weren't up too early and sorted out our Christmas email picture. Eventually we left the villa about twelve thirty and headed for Ag Nick. We bumped into Bob the electrician on the way out and stood talking with him for a while. He was telling us all about the utility costs and how things work in Crete, very interesting for us. We parked on the back road we knew from our time being at the Hotel. The Tourist office was shut with a sign saying it would be closed due to the strike. We decided on some lunch and ended up at the restaurant La Casa, which is alongside the sea water lake. We had a kleftika and mixed grill, with a Greek ... read more

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion December 18th 2008

Sunday, 14th December, 2008. Another slow start to the day. We phoned my Mum and Dad and Pat's Mum, the weather at home is gloomy. Nothing else particularly to report. We had our usual snack lunch. We went for a walk at two and headed for the Harbour area we hadn't got to last week. We took a look at the new housing development built just a little way along. A lot of the houses seem finished on the outside, they have individual - small - swimming pools and BBQ's built in. The weather was pleasant and I was wearing T-Shirt and shorts. The harbour area leads round to a headland overlooking the next beach and the remains of a Roman villa on the top of the headland. We walked back through the town and did ... read more
Knossos Palace

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion December 10th 2008

Saturday, 6th December, 2008 continued We walked into town at ten thirty, the sun was shining and it was really warm. The cafe Du Lac, advertised free wifi, so we had a coffee and logged in. I updated the blog and checked our emails. The accommodation in Makrigialos that was available, looked really nice from the owners direct website, and we were fairly sure that this was going to the place for us. We then had a walk around the town, picked up a better Crete map, and raided the cash machines. Then back up to the hotel. The drive to Makrigialos was about an hour and we left about around twelve thirty to give ourselves plenty of time and do some sightseeing on the way. Crete is much bigger than Kefalonia, where we have just ... read more

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