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Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion December 6th 2008

Thursday continued We sat around in the public areas, had another Gin & Tonic and diet coke. The self service restaurant opened at eight and we went through at quarter past. A pork steak and chicken fillet both with chips and a piece of chocolate cake for dessert, €22.00. We finished eating, but had sat right next to a window looking out onto the quayside, so we lingered, in the hope of the ship sailing shortly. She went bang on time and we went back to the cabin shortly afterwards. A much longer time than we would have expected to spend on the Knossos palace and in the port of Piraeus, but to be truthful, we have no schedule and in the long run it really doesn't matter at all. All part of this wonderful adventure. ... read more

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion September 11th 2008

Hey there folks thanks so much for the feedback from all - the prayers are working barb and mum cheers Julia loved the Evie update thanks Moods team. A few milestones here we took a road trip a few hundred kms up the island to pay our respects to the kiwis who will never leave Crete, they are in a stunning locale in an area called Sudha Bay, a natural and strategically important harbour that has been in continuous use for over 3000 years by one tribe or another. despite us cruising in a skoda ( much to Bens horror) and the fact that all two lane roads instantly become 4 we adapted to the greek driving style and were successful the kids did really well, we stopped for a swim in the lovely warm and ... read more
A special piece of Godzone
the germans love the order of the beach..
We love casual, clear and warm..

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion September 8th 2008

Hi all, Thanks to those who gave us feedback on the blog to date, awesome cheers. Thanks for getting the angels on our side Barb they have been used a couple of times already with sudden ferry ship evacuations at Piraeus port ( see a photo of the near last supper attached !!! ) Voyage eventuallly went ahead and we arrived to a stunner of an early morning in Crete Iraklion harbour see photo, enter angels again as we had major positive adventure and challenges with cab driver and rental car arrangements !! Where elese would you expect to find a new best friend in a near blind cabby who can't speak finding an address that doesnt exist. Crete lovely, villiage we are staying in stunning all the cliches of water colour and villiage, taverna locals ... read more
Ferry Hairy Times
Lunch time
Cheers

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion August 15th 2008

Hey everyone, Hope all is going well back home! We're having a great time here in Crete. Our camera finally bit the dust so we bought a fuji for a "special price". Our hotel here is all inclusive so we've been taking in way too much food and booze. Last night was a Greek holiday of sorts when they celebrate the virgin Mary. The hotel hosted a great party including a live traditional band, greek food and of course we had some ouzo. Crete is also renouned for its Raki, 70% moonshine that they sell on the street in old water bottles... pretty harsh stuff. Tomorrow we're renting a car and heading to the city of Hania for some site seeing and shopping, and then to Previa beach for some palm trees and waves! To answer ... read more
Oia's port, Santorini
Sunset from Oia's port
Ariel... oops I mean Tamara on a Santorini beach

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion August 6th 2008

Day 38- Wednesday It is almost the end of our Greek sojourn. All too short, of course. But this was really just a preliminary visit for both of us. Hopefuly there will be more.Tomorrow begins the journey which will take us to Turkey. We have been just organising this all stage by stage as were were not really sure how things would be, given that this is high summer. That has not really been a problem at all for us, other than that prices are higher. So on Thursday we take an 11 hour ferry ride back to Piraeus where, after a few hours' wait we will take another ferry to Samos , one of the north-eastern Aegean islands (midnight to 2pm so we have splurged on a windowless cabin- 53 euros). From there our forward ... read more
Not a postcard!
Naxos
Valley in Crete

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion August 5th 2008

Yesterday we had to leave Santorini. Our package gave us a transport down to the ferry terminal about 5pm. On the way, attempting to communicate with the husband/ owner of our rather nice "Holiday Beach Hotel" I realised the answer to my musing yesterday of why all the womwn we had spoken to immigrants married to local Greek men (and whty the Greek mothers had allowed their sons to marry foreigners) . ...Of course the German, Polish etc women anre multilingual and readily add Greek to their list . That then excuses the middle-aged entrepreneurs from knowing more than the most rudimentary English. As I have implied before, Greece is very Greek. Although they have been participating in the tourist industry for a century or two they do not feel the need to make much accomodation ... read more
Venetian fortress
Water works
Zig zag buses on Santorini

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion July 21st 2008

Yassas! (Hello) Well the Summer Holiday I had been waiting months for is all over so if you have time i'll tell you a bit about it! Actually I should warn you, it's not a bit, it's alot, so grab a drink and take a seat if you're interested! Our trip started on Friday the 11th of July with the ten of us catching the Gatwick Express (1/2 hour) from Victoria Station to Gatwick Airport. From there we flew out to Heraklion Airport in Crete (one of the larger main Greek Islands). It was all very exciting on arrival, not only did we get bombarded by the 30 degree heat, our shuttle driver was holding up a sign with my name on it! (only the best treatment for me of course!) haha. We arrived at the ... read more
First night in Crete
The buillt up area of Ios
Our first night in Ios

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion June 28th 2008

In order to leave Santorini and get to Ios, we had to get ourselves back down to the port. Lucky for us, George, or Mike if you prefer real names, arranges this for you. Unlucky for us, it wasn't George who would be driving us, but his brother. We'll call him, George II. So George II shows up and doesn't seem particularly happy to be driving us and two other people to the port on this particular day. We get into his little van, and about... mmmm..... 20 seconds into the drive I see how this is going to go. This is going to be one of those times where your life flashes in front of your eyes, about every.. ten seconds. We're weaving in and out of traffic on the narrow "city" streets. Pedestrians really ... read more

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion June 21st 2008

As promised, the Greek Adventure! Part 1. (Jetlagged) After super Jono (that's pronounced Yono in some countries, ie: whatever country I'm in), made the train and comfortably ate our victory sandwiches, we rolled into Frankfurt's main train station around 9pm. We found a reasonable hostel where we could get a decent night's sleep, and get a private room. Considering we had only about a total of 6 hours in the room, we thought we should "splurge" and try and get a little sleep. When reading reviews of our hostel on hostel world (every backpackers favorite website, www.hostelworld.com) people said it was in a bit of a sketchy area, but they didn't mind the hostel itself, because it was really close to the train station. Because we needed to take the train to the airport early the ... read more

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion June 19th 2008

Crete is a really nice place. I would recommend it to anyone. There are places like Malia which is full of English kids (showing my age now) getting pissed everynite but there are so many really nice towns and sights to visit which more that make up for the Malia's. The Greek people are so kind and generous its made the start of our adventures a pleasure The weather here is now a constant 35oC. I went snorkelling yesterday (saw loads on green/yellow fish and crabs etc) for about an hour. My back is now bright red! I was talking to the owner of the local taverna about it and when we left, after our usual on the house shot of Raki and choc cake, he gave me a tub of natural yoghurt to smother on ... read more
Knossos
Rethymino market




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