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Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion July 16th 2017

July 16 Sunday I need a vacation from my vacation! I did not go to bed until 1 o'clock this morning. And I was up at 5:30 to get ready for today's excursion into Heraklion on the island of Crete. After hitting The snooze button three or four times I finally got ready. It was just beginning to get light outside so I headed up to the top of the ship and took some pictures of the mainland. Then, I made my way down to the breakfast buffet line in the same place as yesterday. Apparently they saw how chaotic it was yesterday and they kind of restructured it better. It was a lot easier getting in and out of the breakfast this morning. Once again, everyone gravitated to the first buffet line even though there ... read more
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Heraklion (3)
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Europe » Greece » Crete » Chania » Sougia June 2nd 2017

Our travels focused on the west and SW of Crete: Chania, Sougia and Loutro Chania has an old city centre which although quite touristy, has a real charm. It was our introduction to the island with some great, and inexpensive, food. We then headed to the southern coast to enjoy some strenuous walking. Samaria is a 16 km gorge which ends on the coast. Several other hikes were coastal paths, parts of E4, with panoramic views along the coast. Sometimes the walks ended with a swim and a boat ride back to the start. At Marmara beach, when the rain had set in, the local taverna owner invited us all into the kitchen out of the rain and turned up the music! Hilarious! With beers and Raki too! Loutro was a really delightful, boat access only ... read more
Samaria gorge
Samaria Path
Loutro harbour

Europe » Greece » Crete » Plakias April 28th 2017

Reminder: the panoramic photos at the start of the blog change every 7/10 seconds and give a larger and clearer image than when viewed with the other photos. Also, there are lots more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary details, and if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer, image. You can return to the text anytime. Monday 24th April: unknown to us we'd saved the best till last. Our destination was Plakias, a beach resort on the south coast and only 22 miles away. Also, the Archaelogical Morgan wanted to stop off on the way to look at a Minoan era cemetery at Armeni, just 6 miles from Rethymno and basically at the top of the mountain behind the city. When we arrived ... read more
Road to Plakias
Road to Plakias
Road to Plakias

Europe » Greece » Crete » Kissamos April 22nd 2017

Note: there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary. Also, if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged image and you will be transferred to the photo gallery where you can scroll through all the photos. You can return to the text anytime. Tuesday 18th April, our last full day in the Kissamos area. As we didn't want to travel too far and, also, to get some exercise we decided to walk part of the Topolia Gorge and to have a look at the cave shrine close to the southern entrance of the Gorge. It was less than 10 miles from our hotel to the Gorge and we stopped to take some photos at a car park near the northern entrance of the single ... read more
Topolia Gorge
Topolia Gorge
Topolia Gorge from the Cave of God's Wisdom

Europe » Greece » Crete » Kissamos April 17th 2017

The panoramic photos at the start of the blog change every 7/10 seconds and give a clearer image than when viewed with the other photos. Also, there are lots more photos below the text if you want to skip the boring diary details. Also, if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer, image. You can return to the text anytime Saturday 15th April: A quiet morning and we went for lunch at the local fishing port just a few hundred yards from our hotel. Delicious seafood in the open air on the jetty of the pretty little harbour. In the afternoon we decided to go somewhere close that we had been before and knew to be good: Polyrinia a Dorian and Byzantine citadel only 7 kms from Kissamos that ... read more
Kissamos Fishing Harbour
Kissamos to Polyrinia
Polyrinia from below

Europe » Greece » Crete » Hersonissos April 13th 2017

A few posts ago I detailed my incredible engagement in Zanzibar, and so I thought I would write a little bit about my overseas wedding. We got married on the 2nd September, 2016, outside a teeny Greek orthodox church in Hersonnisos, Crete. Now, how we came about choosing Crete and the whole getting married abroad thing is a long and convoluted story so I will cut it down as much as possible. So, why Crete? Well originally our plan was to elope and get married, just the two if us, somewhere incredible and far flung and appear back home as a married couple, however, my parents smelled a rat and got very very upset about this as they had envisaged a church wedding at home for me. I could never image getting married at home in ... read more
Our big fat Greek Wedding
Our big fat Greek Wedding
Our big fat Greek Wedding

Europe » Greece » Crete October 30th 2016

Here we are, back together again and as happy as can be. When we parted company back in January we were part way up the Eden valley on a voyage of discovery (see Riding The Griffin). url=https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Wrp-KQ_QF_4/V-IUY_hDSEI/AAAAAAAAES8/9PVTj-CWiE0JuCearpT1ZfmoOZVyEuQKwCLcB/s1600/1%2BThe%2BValley%2Band%2BSea%2BSquill.JPGimg=https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Wrp-KQ_QF_4/V-IUY_hDSEI/AAAAAAAAES8/9PVTj-CWiE0JuCearpT1ZfmoOZVyEuQKwCLcB/s320/1%2BThe%2BValley%2Band%2BSea%2BSquill.JPGThe Journey so far with Sea squill, Drimia ma... read more

Europe » Greece » Crete » Matala October 14th 2016

Reminder: lots more photos below the text, two pages in fact, if you want to skip the boring details. You can return to the text anytime Blog 4 Tuesday 11thOctober: the return to Hersinossos. After bidding a fond farewell to the Sitia Bay Hotel we retraced our journey to Hersinossos. The weather was overcast and very hazy i.e. no good for photos, and the journey through the mountains from Sitia didn’t take as long as the outbound journey: just one and half hours to Ayios Nikolaos (known as Ag Nik to the Brits). We stopped there for a look around and for lunch as Ag Nik is reputed to be one of the top places to stay in Crete. We weren’t impressed, except by the prices which were significantly higher than further east. It’s very built ... read more
Knossos Panorama
Knossos:
Knossos recreated columns, roof and murals

Europe » Greece » Crete » Sitia October 9th 2016

Reminder: if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged image and you will be transferred to the photo gallery where you can scroll through all the photos. You can return to the text anytime by going to the control bar at the top of the page where it shows: Europe » Greece » Crete » Sitia » Blogs » Crete 2016.2 Blog 3 then click on Crete 2016.2 Blog 3 2016.2 Blog 3 Saturday 8th October: after a late start which involved a quick visit to the nearby Sitia Museum in order to view the Palaikastro Kouros, a famous and sublime piece of Minoan art/workmanship (look it up on Google), we headed off south again to Hiona Beach (right next to the ancient settlement of Palaikastro where the kouros was ... read more
The Gorge of the Dead
Kato Zakros
Jenks trying to take the pithos at Sitia Museum

Europe » Greece » Crete » Sitia October 7th 2016

Crete 2016.2 Blog 2 Note: if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged image and you will be transferred to the photo gallery where you can scroll through all the photos. You can return to the text anytime by going to the control bar at the top of the page where it shows: Europe » Greece » Crete » Sitia » Blogs » Crete 2016.2 Blog 2 then click on Crete 2016.2 Blog 2 Thursday 6th October: the big drive to Sitia. We’d booked a hotel in Sitia in the far east of Crete for three nights in order to allow us to roam around this part of ... read more
On the road heading east into the mountains of the far east
Pahia Ammos sea front
Zorba's in Pahia Ammos




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