Hotel Astir Beach
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
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- Wheelchair accessibility
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The city called Heraklion, or if you like, Iraklio. Two names for the same place. It's the big island. Once treed and lush, it was clear cut for timber to build ships. The Minoans ruled the seas. It was the whole world then. 5,000 years ago. Give or take a thousand. Imagine deforesting an entire island the size of Crete. We do it every year in BC. Haven't learned much have we? Lisa and i have hit the seawall early. Walking along, we stop to ...
... to our "VIP" lounge. There were maybe ten people in the entire cabin, we had our own food bar with coffee machine, sandwiches, cold drinks, etc. (by the way the chicken burger was worse than what you get at McDonalds), massive windows opening to the entire front and sides of the ship, and big red cushy reclining leather seats. Oh, and Greek basketball on the TVs--I believe Athens was playing some Turkish team. The ferry barely seemed to move as we moved ...
... city, with a long city history going back to the 350 years under Venetian rule. Lots of ruins from Venetian times, Roman times, the Byzantine era. Not your typical blue and white city. The whole city is flat roofed, max 3 or 4 stories, mediterranean style in cream stucco. Attractive, rambling along the foothills of the mountains of Crete.We decided to take the circular tour in the double-decker. Really the best way to tour the ...
... of Santorini is the newly forming volcano, a separate island, which has erupted twice (minor eruptions) in the last 50 years.
There isn't a place for big cruise ships to port directly on the island, so instead they do a tender, where small boats drive groups of tourists from the ship to the island. Blake, Rob, and I heard from some friends on the boat that there is a famous hike on the island from the town of Fira to Oia. Having no internet to do any major research of ...
... not really wet. Since we were getting wet we decided to go in the pool. Brilliant idea. It felt so good. After a quick dip, into the hot tub. I decided to go into the spa for a steam and shower. Christopher went back to the room.
Dinner was in the Grand Dining room. Dinner was with all eight of us at one table. I suggested we not sit near our cabin mate so we could shake it up a bit. Worked out ...