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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 ...
... which uses up tons of satellite time both sending and receiving. I will use my iPad for photographs of Gallipoli on Friday as we sail by the memorials. Uneventful dinner. A cheese truce is in place, and the Kommondant is being very friendly. My entree tonight in lamb tenderloin en-croute. What I take as uncooked pastry is in fact a cabbage leaf wrapped around the tenderloin. None of our group have seen this before and I think ...
... Rome to the Greek Islands of Crete, Mykonos, Santorini, then Athens and Olympia, as well as Kusadasi, Turkey where the famous ruins of Ephesus are located. Turkey is as far east as we would travel, and the farthest east Blake, Rob, and I have ever traveled. Turkey is also considered a part of the Asian continent so we can officially say we've been to 3 continents: North America, Europe, and Asia. Only 4 more to go!! ;)
Blake and I took Rob on a quick nighttime ...
... but to visit town and see what we may.
Off the ship, we walk – the city, Aghios Nikolaos, Greece (St. Nicholas), is clearly a tourist destination from all over Europe and the rest of the world. Quaint with strikingly blue water. Looking into the water can be a mesmerizing experience – the fish, the sea bottom, the clear blue waters are calling me…but alas….not possible to swim here ...