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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Nov 7, 2013 - Olympia

Nov 7 Katakolon – Olympia, Greece Olympia is another place where Grammar went on her hunnymoon. [stet] In Olympia in 1981, Grammar and Grandpapa experienced an earthquake, a big one, in the middle of the night. The chandelier in the hotel room swayed wildly and the stand-up radiators rattled in a scary fashion. Grandpapa lay in the bed, fascinated because he had never felt an earthquake. Grammar grabbed money, passports and cameras and raced out into the street with the rest of the inhabitants of Olympia. When Grammar and Grandpapa returned...

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Nov 6, 2013 - Knossos and Iraklion

November 6, 2013 Iraklion (Heraklion) and Knossos, Crete, Greece Grammar was in Crete in 1981 on her “hunny” moon. She particularly wanted to go to the archaeological site of Knossos, partly because she remembered it fondly and partly to draw. We did not want to get stuck on a tour; so we did a bit of snooping and found a #2 local bus that took us 7 km out of town to the Knossos. Just as we were leaving the ship, there was an announcement that there would be a strike in Iraklion and many shops as well as the excellent Archaeological Museum...

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Jun 20, 2012 - Crete

CRETE: We took the overnight ferry from Rhodes to Crete arriving in IRAKLIO at 5:50 am. Iraklio is the biggest city on this island. There’s not a lot open at that hour of the morning so we had a taxi drop us at a coffee shop in the center of town where we stayed until about 8:00am when we started the hunt for our hotel. Iraklio is a really interesting place. We took 3 long walks around various parts of the city and found some interesting parks, monuments and old ruins. Visited KNOSSES, a 6700 BC Neolithic settlement…ever neat! The frescoes...

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Apr 3, 2012 - Iráklion, Crete

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Crete is the largest and most populous of all the islands of Greece. There is evidence of human habitation on Crete as far back as 130,000 years ago. It was here that Europe’s first advanced civilization developed, they were known as the Minoans (c 2700 – 1420 BC). They were devastated by the eruption of the island of Thera (Santorini). The Cretan legends of King Minos and the Minotaur and well known around the world. While most visitors come to enjoy the warm climate and the beaches, many are fascinated by the ruins of...

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Sep 17, 2011 - Iraklion

Heraklion or Irakleon, like most Greek cities, there seems to be several ways to spell it in English. Lonely Planet says "Sweaty Irakleon, where you won't find a shortage of laundries..." boy, is this ever true. It's certainly very sweaty and I've seen at least 4 laundries just in the few blocks around my hotel. Its about 90 today and I'm soaked from just walking down to the port. Thankfully, there is a strong wind, and now that the sun has set, it's cooled down a bit. Heraklion is the largest town on Crete and a major transport hub of...

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Feb 13, 2011 - Heraklion - Feb 12-13

February 12, 2011 Our ferry was at 4.25am and so we were up at 3am packing and getting ready to go. When I say getting up, I mean getting out of bed for me as I’d never actually fallen asleep! As we were leaving the hotel we were given a free bottle of wine from Poppy, the owner, and we were given a lift to the port by her husband. We got to the ferry terminal just before 4am and we ended up sitting around for quite a while as the ferry was late arriving and then had a load of lorries it needed to unload and then load. We eventually left...

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