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... felt that during our short stay.
Being only half way across the island, it was time to push on. We would have loved to spend more time exploring other mountain villages, and in particular really wanted to see Samaria Gorge which is meant to be one of the most spectacular gorges and hikes in Europe. Unfortunately the gorge was already closed for the season (the weather makes it too dangerous to hike), so we continued to the south-western beach town of Paleochora. Enroute we ...
... on Crete making it one of the largest producers of olive oil in the world. It is a fertile island and can sustain most crops.
We went first to Akrotiri to the tomb of Crete's national hero Eleftherios Venizelos. This site was where the Cretan rebels raise the Greek flag in 1897 in defiance of the Great Powers (England, France, Germany & ...
... worried about
the time as the plane left an hour late, but as the connection from Athens to Istanbul
was also late, this did not matter. We did not have any dramas at Athens this time. We were
sorry to leave Crete, but we were also looking
forward to the last stages of our journey and to being back home.
... The trunk has a perimeter of
12.5 m and a diameter
of 4.6 m, and is completely hollow inside. Tamara could climb inside easily.
There was also a very interesting little olive museum, and an old olive press.
After driving along more steep and windy
... rocks, and a small one fell close enough to Niall to make him jump. We could see where rocks had fallen previously, and you would not have wanted to be there at the time.
People have lived in small villages in the area since prehistoric times, but when the gorge became a national park, the last village was abandoned and is now used as a rest area and rangers' offices. The track is well provided with toilets, and drinking water from very pure springs, and is kept ...