Castello City Hotel
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- Airport Transportation
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Smoking rooms available
- Room service
- Refrigerator in room
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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 ...
... as 'renovated' as Knossos which we will see soon. The drive was beautiful through fertile plains full of olive orchards and grape vines.
After Phaistous we went a bit further to the small coastal town of Malata which was originally the port for Phaistous but since the late 1960's became a hippy hangout. It's still fondly recalling this boom with its restaurants and gift shops! The beach wasn't crowded at this time of year. A short visit to another nearby ...
... We even took an extra path that jetted out towards an enormous rock formation known as Skaros Rock, where Blake and Rob climbed to the top for a bit of extra exercise. We passed many villas where people were soaking up the sun next to beautiful infinity pools. As hot and sweaty as we were, there were quite a few moments where we considered jumping into the pools! Blake and I decided we would come back to Santorini to spend our 10 year anniversary at one of those villas.
Weather: glorious. Slip, slop, slap.
6.30am arrived at the Island of Crete where we disembarked at Ag. Nikolaos (means Saint Nicholas) where Olive Oil products are paramount. The Cretan diet is known as one of the healthiest diets in the world (1/3 largest).
We did a tour of the Palace of Knossos where the Monoan Civilization thrived in the Bronze age (roughly 3,000 BC) within the Aegean. The palace was ...
... print off and file a flight plan. Which was just as well, as they didn't like my first proposed direct route, and requested a longer route via various reporting points, we ended up there til 11pm, but Amir couldn't have been more enthusiastic or helpful.
If my first theory of the trip is the PEIL, (a FLA), then my second is a new TLA - GOS, the Genorisity Of Strangers.
The flying boats ...