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Europe » Greece » Crete » Kolymbari September 19th 2012

This morning was very hot. I had my breakfast out on the street, now that I was staying in Chania's Old Town. Although the sun had yet to reach my table, the air was already heavy and humid. After breakfast, I went for a stroll around town before heading up to the bus station and buying a ticket for Kalidonia, the peninsula just west of Chania. The bus turned out to be packed with locals heading to Kastelli, but at least the air-conditioning was working. Taking the old road, we passed through the holiday brochure version of Chania with its seaside resort atmosphere, tacky shops and karaoke bars. These thinned as we came into Meleme with its little airstrip and military cemetery. I couldn't but wonder how many of those enjoying the hedonistic offerings nearby knew ... read more
Pot on a wall - clearly something significant in this ruin
Cyclamen
Cyclamen

Europe » Greece » Crete » Kolymbari August 6th 2012

Jumping on a bus to Kolymbari the next morning we aim to escape the afternoon insanity on the beach at Agia Marina. We pass the built up area relatively quickly and are soon bowling along passing dry fields and scattered houses and villas. George, from the caravan bar on the pebbly beach, advised us that if you didn't like the big resort hotel further back in the little town the best option from admittedly very scant choices was Hotel Dimitra at the back of the harbour. It was hot, very hot and the cool, dark panelled hotel was just what we needed. Eresmia, had not heard us come in and we knocked on the kitchen door where she was busy arranging some salt to dry. We found a common language in German and soon secured a ... read more
Kolymbari scene
Cretan patriarch
Octopi drying in the sun

Europe » Greece » Crete » Kolymbari May 9th 2012

Back in 1645, the Turkish fleet landed in Kolimbari, before going on to capture Chania and, consequently, the rest of Crete. Today, the area is renowned for its olive oil and wine.... read more
View over Kolimbari
Typical of the harbours along the peninsula

Europe » Greece » Crete » Kolymbari May 2nd 2012

Up at 06h30. I know that I'm on holiday, but there's far too much to see and do! So, after a quick walk around Chania, I sat down to a breakfast of Greek Yoghurt, fruit, nuts, boiled eggs, fresh orange juice and coffee. This would be my breakfast fare for the next two weeks. Following another leisurely walk around town (and a spot of lunch), I headed to the bus station, purchased a ticket for the Kalidonia Peninsula and waited for the 13h00 bus to be announced. For those not familiar with the Cretan bus process, each bus has a unique number with the route being assigned to a given bus shortly before departure. Thus, one has to keep one's ears peeled for, just two minutes before departure, the station manager announces the bus number and, ... read more
Spring Flowers towards the White Mountains
First cut of the year ...
Kolimbari




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