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Jan 24, 2018 - Jim's best of Crete
It feels presumptuous to list some "best of" after only six nights and three stops, but I usually allow myself to follow my notions when it comes to writing. Here goes. Best breakfast. Turkey bagel with a side of red cabbage, slice of carrot cake, and cafe Americano. Barrio The Neighborhood Cafe, Rethymna. Best museum. Archeological Museum in Heraklion. The Knossos frescoes are worth the price of admission. Don't miss the Serpent Goddess. Best shower. Civitas Botique Hotel, Rethymnon. Hot water delivered in a glass and tile enclosure,...Jump to full entry
Jan 20, 2018 - Crete in the off-season
There are definite advantages to off season travel. It's cheaper. We paid €70 for two nights in Hotel Iraklion, whereas its typical rate for our room (according to the legal notice on the door) is €120 a night. No crowds. There have been no lines. Buses are not full. Most businesses are open. Locals are cheerful. Public toilet attendants are glad you stopped by. There is lots of soccer on T.V. On the other hand... Days are short. It's cold. The weather is unreliable. Ferries run on severely reduced schedules or not at all. Museums may...Jump to full entry
Jan 19, 2018 - Transfers
I have discussed transfer anxiety in previous blogs, so I will not bore you with that issue here. We had to return from Marrakech to Casablanca for our next flight. Muhamad had recommended bus, in premium class. We chose train. First class. Maybe it was memory of the bus driver versus police incident, or that in Europe we feel at home on the train. No over booking this time. We had seats in a berth from the start. Along the route, we noted many track and highway improvement projects, no doubt a boon for future tourists as well as the...Jump to full entry
Apr 12, 2017 - Heraklion instead of Alexandria.
Saturday 25th March. Hot. A normal sea day as we sail towards Sri Lanka. Cheryl is dealing with the ships movement very well . Sunday 26th March . Very hot . We arrive in Hambantota , Sri Lanka at about 0900 and disembark to start our tour which is called "In search of wildlife " , and involves an overnight hotel. It is going to be a full on 2 days before we rejoin the ship in Colombo . First stop is " the elephant transit home " . This place takes orphaned and injured elephants and tries to return them to the wild. The wild is a...Jump to full entry
Apr 14, 2016 - Heraklion, Crete
Overnight journey from Port Said at northern terminus of the Suez Canal and we arrive on the north coast of the Greek island of Crete at the capital and port city of Heraklion. The nearby archaeological site of Knossos is our on-shore daily trip. It was the Bronze Age (2nd Millennium B.C.) capital of the Minoan Civilization; legends of King Minos, the Minotaur and the Labyrinth. The site is not that large and so does not require a full day to explore. So, we enjoyed our land legs wandering the small town near the site, had a leisurely lite...Jump to full entry
Sep 2, 2015 - I heard it thru the grapevine...
Today is our final day in Greece. Tomorrow we fly out to Croatia for the 3rd and final leg of our trip. We spent time tidying up our stuff and trial packing to work out how to get everything in our bags - what with new shoes, new dress, ceramic bowl..... It should be OK. Then we relaxed on the patio with a coffee and some chocolate pastries courtesy of Zmara. A young couple were there with their 8month old daughter so guess who was in her element?? We programmed Tom to take us inland South west of Iraklion. It didn't take long to the exit...Jump to full entry
Sep 1, 2015 - Fodele it on the mountain, over the hills......
A local day today. No rush, we just got ready, did some washing and then decided to visit Rodia, a few hills away - there is a monastery there. It wasn't far to the town - a few km down the hill then a few more up a different hill. The town is a "long" town - ie it stretches along the road running across the hill. The usual narrow streets meant care was needed. If it's not a wall or car on one side, it's a set of steps leading down on the other. Not paying attention could spell an insurance claim! We stopped to by water. A few black...Jump to full entry
Aug 31, 2015 - Wave to the black grannies
Off at about 10:30 for a trip to the Lassithi Plateau and beyond. We got some fuel then headed east on the National Road. Not long after we passed Iraklion, the resort strip started. Kilometre after kilometre of beach with multi story hotels and apartment blocks. It looks better the further away from it you are! We turned off to climb to the Lassithi Plateau - a steady climb on a reasonably good road with a number of hairpins and lots of guardrail. The views of the coast from here showed the extent of tourist development. We soon reached...Jump to full entry
Aug 30, 2015 - Got at in Gortyn
We had a slow start today - a rest day. A windy day in the hills. Washing was done. Then a restful morning tea coffee on the patio at the main building (breakfast room / office?). We watched an eagle soaring over the valley. We had no special plans, a and Zmara (hostess) suggested a drive south of Iraklion. So that's what we did. After turning off the National Rd at Iraklion, the road climbed slowly through the southern suburbs and up the valleys to the hills. The road was similar to the National rd for quite a distance, and then...Jump to full entry
Aug 29, 2015 - What a load of bull!
We awoke with a fright at 5:35. Someone was hammering at our door! J got up and went to investigate. Further banging! He crept downstairs and peered out the window - there was no-one there. The only sounds were a few voices from over at the village. The last hangers on from the celebrations. So we went back to sleep. We awoke again at 8, got showered and dressed, listened to the bells at the local church , and then headed over to the dining room for breakfast. We were asked how we slept and J mentioned being woken early by knocking on the...Jump to full entry
Aug 28, 2015 - People you meat in the street
Checkout day and up at 8 - J&C both had bad nights sleep (It's Been A Bad Night's Sleep - I'm sure there's a hit song there somewhere) We packed up, farewelled our host and drove down to Douliana ( small neat place full of villas) and Gavalochori and then on to the Aptera road and over the hill to Spyli an attractive sort of town with lots of trees and shady tavernas. There must be water here! Then on to Samonas, a small town on top of a big rocky hill - the road up was narrow, numerous hairpins and no guardrail. Luckily C was asleep so no...Jump to full entry
Nov 30, 2014 - Heraklion, Crete
Sun. 30 Nov. 2014 Weather:-20 Degrees/Sunny Heraklion, Greece 14:0019:00 5h Heraklion, Crete is steeped in ancient lore and legends as Crete holds a special place in Greek mythology, it is also the place where the ancient ruins of the Minoan Palace of Knossos are still visible. It is believed to be 3,700 old. I must admit that ancient ruins are not on the top of my list of ‘must see’ so on this occasion we again opted to stay on board but the main reason for that is to shake this flu/bronchitis that we both have and with a bit of luck for...Jump to full entry