Travel Blogs from Crete, Greece

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Aegean Sea Islands, part I: Crete, Paleohora, Greece travel blog

Aegean Sea Islands, part I: Crete

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... a distance, the towns of the island looked like sea gull guano dripping from the sides of the caldera, but soon the blue-domed churches and white-washed buildings became more clear and Crete was a memory still enshrouded in ...

Hania, Hania, Greece travel blog

Hania

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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The Battle of Crete in heavenly Hania, Hania, Greece travel blog

The Battle of Crete in heavenly Hania

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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... 14,000 Cretan defenders. Many of these Commonwealth troops had been withdrawn from a valiant but failed defence of mainland Greece, whilst others were hastily rushed from the Egyptian front shortly before the May 20 invasion. Apparently the Cretans had ...

Rossos in Knossos, Iraklio (Crete), Greece travel blog

Rossos in Knossos

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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... of an emergency! After a refreshing sleep in a mercifully quiet room I was ready to face Iraklio, the capital of Crete, which is Greece's largest island. The centre of town is pretty modern and pleasant, fenced in by large walls on a couple of ...

Securing a fishwife, Kefalonia, Greece travel blog

Securing a fishwife

A travel blog entry by supertrampz

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Kefalonia 2000 I virtually crawled away from the plane after the worst landing in recorded history. I swera the pilot touched the water, after descending through low cloud, before pulling the plane up sharply and coming at the runway from the opposite ...

Camping, Agia Galini, Greece travel blog

Camping

A travel blog entry by gr8escape

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(C) THOUGHT OF THE DAY - I really do hate the Brits and no wonder the hippies liked it here. We found Agio Galini and the campground "No Problem," with thankfully, no problem. An hour or so from Iraklion we are on the south coast facing Libya across ...

Heraklion, Iraklio, Greece travel blog

Heraklion

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... Hania, with its colorful harbor and lighthouse surrounded by mountains and sea, we traveled to small Paleohora on the southwestern corner of Crete.  For three days, we stayed at the Third Eye, a restaurant with rooms in the back.  The cuisine ...

Back to civilization - Crete style, Chania, Greece travel blog

Back to civilization - Crete style

A travel blog entry by gr8escape

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... I found in the grocery store parking lot - sigh) and Chania has cheap internet cafes and decent food (but is it really bad anywhere in Greece????) To top it off, it's a great base for the BEST beach ever. Oh, and we fly out of here to meet Karl in ...

Knossos, Iraklion, Greece travel blog

Knossos

A travel blog entry by eatdessertfirst

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One of Rick's history topics at high school was the Greek island of Crete which was part of the reason we decided to head out that way. He was very excited to have the opportunity to actually visit a place he had studied, Knossos Palace. Knossos was ...

Lazy Sitia, Sitia, Greece travel blog

Lazy Sitia

A travel blog entry by eatdessertfirst

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... of Crete. In actual fact it was the best move we could have made. It gave us the opportunity to experience the real Greece we had been seeking. The drive itself took us along the cliff edge for most of the two hour journey, with constant glimpses of ...

Gortyn Law Code, Heraklion, Greece travel blog

Gortyn Law Code

A travel blog entry by tiara316

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We are greeted as we step off the bus by the sound off bleating sheep. There are more sheep in Greece than there are people. Gortyna was the capital of the Roman province of Crete and Libya (can you believe how close to Africa we are?!?), so it was an ...

Olives for Breakfast, Heraklion, Greece travel blog

Olives for Breakfast

A travel blog entry by tiara316

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The hotel in Heraklion offered a huge free breakfast each morning, with scrambled eggs, hard boiled eggs, five kinds of bread, two kinds of cheese, three kinds of cold cut meats, etc. I was tickled by their offering two different kinds of olives for our ...

The Heraklion Museum, Heraklion, Greece travel blog

The Heraklion Museum

A travel blog entry by tiara316

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... colors remain. That this painted design has survived with so much clarity and depth of color is astounding, and it holds keys to our knowledge about religion in ancient Crete. Makes me want to go pee on a pile of rocks and see what I can ...

Just Me and the Waiter, Heraklion, Greece travel blog

Just Me and the Waiter

A travel blog entry by tiara316

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It was time to check into the hotel when we returned from the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and then we had free time for the rest of the night. I took a fabulous nap. When I woke up, I found an open taverna nearby. It was completely empty at 6PM ...

Oh THAT Titos, Heraklion, Greece travel blog

Oh THAT Titos

A travel blog entry by tiara316

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... on the grounds of the ancient Gortyn site, we toured St. Titos Cathedral. Indy told us that Titos was made bishop of Crete by St. Paul, and the church was built from stone blocks in the Roman period from a more ancient polytheist building. I asked, ...

The Road to Chania, Rethymnon, Greece travel blog

The Road to Chania

A travel blog entry by tiara316

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... it here. But the memory was bittersweet, as it made me miss him. I haven't talked to him since we left on the Crete excursion. He would have enjoyed this trip. The bus driver started chuckling, and I noticed there was a convertible in front of us. ...

Girls Lunch, Chania, Greece travel blog

Girls Lunch

A travel blog entry by tiara316

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... about how glad she was to have been encouraged to study abroad. Blink Blink said she had always felt a special call to Greece, and then this opportunity came along that fit perfectly with her communication major. We all started crying, moved to ...

Leaving Chania Harbor, Chania, Greece travel blog

Leaving Chania Harbor

A travel blog entry by tiara316

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I am at a loss for words to describe the exhilaration of the boat ride. The harbor was beautiful as we pulled away and rounded the lighthouse. We passed a rocky outcropping where a special herd of endangered goats were the only ones inhabiting the ...

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THE "perfect beach"

A travel blog entry by gr8escape

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... still raining and not looking good for beachgoing. We climbed in the car nonetheless and started the drive over the huge mountains of Crete. Seriously, they are big. Anyway, we took the advice of our German friends from Agia Galini and took a road that ...

Snorkeling, Chania, Greece travel blog

Snorkeling

A travel blog entry by tiara316

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The wind caressed our faces as the boat chugged out into the Bay of Crete. Our first stop was the site of an underwater German plane that crashed during World War II. The students put on snorkel gear and swam out to look at the wreckage. When they came ...

No Such Thing as Too Much Greek Food, Heraklion, Greece travel blog

No Such Thing as Too Much Greek Food

A travel blog entry by tiara316

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... 're so intensely sweet you can only eat a little spoonful. But oh so good. The students also tried raki, a specialty of Crete. Raki is an alcoholic aperitif made from the second pressing of grapes after winemaking. It is clear and served in little ...

Mugging at Tylissos, Heraklion, Greece travel blog

Mugging at Tylissos

A travel blog entry by tiara316

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We got some great pictures at Tylissos. Archaeologists reconstructed the frame for a three-paned window in the villa, and the students enjoyed posing in it. Then we found an ancient round cistern. Although really it was built as a storage vat, it ...

Troglodytes and hippies, Matala, Greece travel blog

Troglodytes and hippies

A travel blog entry by gr8escape

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(C) (S) Ahhh....our first beach in Crete. Very nice waves to ride, and unlike North Carolina I am not nearly swept out to sea to my death. The caves in the rock above the beach are a bit unnerving, especially with the knowledge they were Roman tombs. ...

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The "almost perfect" beach

A travel blog entry by gr8escape

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(C) (S) The search for the perfect Creten beach continues. This one ranks high. For the wonderful water, sand, beautiful rocks, and perfect solitude. We do little else besides eat our picnic lunch, read books, and ...

The road north, Spili, Greece travel blog

The road north

A travel blog entry by gr8escape

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(C) We had to stop for water at the venetian fountains in Spili.  Supposed to cure old age.  Sara filled up several bottles for me. (S) This fountain of youth crap doesn't seem to be working. Chad still acting like old ...

The Minoan Disneyland, Heraklion, Greece travel blog

The Minoan Disneyland

A travel blog entry by tiara316

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... with limestone and finally plastered over. The wood was important because its flexibility allowed the buildings to survive earthquakes. Greece is located in a dangerous earthquake zone (there was a destructive earthquake in 1999, and a medium-sized one ...

Long hike to a short beach, Preveli, Greece travel blog

Long hike to a short beach

A travel blog entry by gr8escape

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... . Unfortunately, the rain continues to follow us wherever we go in Europe. Even Crete. Where it never rains. Didn't they say the same thing about Santorini? Anyway, Preveli is one of Crete's most famous beaches and we enjoyed it, rain, long walk, and ...

ELIMINATE THE OIKOYENEIA, Xania, Greece travel blog

ELIMINATE THE OIKOYENEIA

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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... , and we will stop exploiting the less fortunate. The world will care for us, and we for the world. ... More on all this, and more on Greece to come ... - peace, Modern Oddyseus Much thanks to friend Costas for the place to sleep in ...

Crete, Crete, Greece travel blog

Crete

A travel blog entry by tavini

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... Brit version of Daytona beach.  It is so overrun by British tourists between 18 and 25 that you forget that you are in Greece.  On the way to the beach, we saw clubs, British pubs, restaurants, arcades, shops, newstands and ATVs all geared ...

New Species Found!, Iraklion, Greece travel blog

New Species Found!

A travel blog entry by eatdessertfirst

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The overnight ferry to Iraklion in Crete wasn't too bad sleep-wise, after we'd moved away from the yelling kids, as we managed to score a row of four seats each. With the armrests up we practically had a bed. The only thing keeping people awake were the ...

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