Europa Beach Hotel
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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 ...
... or 'restored' and we climbed all over the site. There was a spectacular view of the coast and Ayios Nikolaos.
It was time for lunch and we ended up in Elounta with a quick gyros before heading to the beach for a few hours. This one didn't come close to the wonderful sand at Stavros but it was sunny and warm in the middle of October so it was hard to complain!
Back in Heraklion for our last night on Crete we opted for traditional and ate at ...
... and some of the Roman Forum. We were exhausted by the time we got back to the hotel, but it was nice to see Rome without all of the lines.
Breakfast was provided by the Marriott on the rooftop, which had an incredible view. We sipped mimosas, toasting the beginning of our time together, and enjoyed a fabulous breakfast. A driver picked us up and drove us 1.5 hours away to the cruise port. Seeing the enormity of the cruise ships as you walk up takes your breath away. ...
... 7-51 ~ 11-7-41) is most famous for structures and artifacts found there and elsewhere through the eastern Mediterranean. He funded the excavations!
Back to the ship for lunch then we went ashore, with Jenny, who hadn't done the tour due to having a sore back, but a massage helped greatly. We took time to have a coffee at a café to use free WiFi on the bank of the beautiful Lake Voulismeni in the centre of ...
... in so late I only had a couple of hours before sunset, so I dropped my bags at the Sofia Hotel, close to the airport, and taxied into town.
The Venetian Harbour was quite spectacular and obviously been in place for many many years. Around the harbour were some nice old buildings, but afraid I was looking around so quickly I didn't garner names or building purposes!