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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Jul 15, 2012 - Welcome Home

I've decided that airports are the sort of the blandest places imaginable these days. You can travel almost halfway around the planet, and you will find the same thing at probably all international airports. And I'm guessing working in Airport Land isn't the greatest experience. So far my impression of local Greeks isn't great. Are they rude? No. Are they friendly? No. Are they impatient? YES! So I took zero photos of the airport in Athens, except for when I left. I felt so Old Hollywood being actually on the runway and walking up a...

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