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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 ...
... water. While the sea was a bit choppy at first--we rounded the bend and were into the calm waters of the caldera within 30 minutes of departure. Inside we snaked along the caldera walls where the water is deep enough to allow boats to within 50m of the cliff walls. We didn't take many pictures because it was just too peaceful and beautiful to bother with cameras. Plus, most of our time was spent staring up at the villages that we'd stayed in and visited all week ...
... than expected: we would be in a new location for the next 7 days of the trip. Mykonos was our next stop, an island full of large granite boulders, white buildings, a maze of cobblestone streets (supposedly to confuse pirates way back when), and beautiful beaches. Rob went along with Dave and Lisa to see the nearby island of Delos, where some of the oldest ruins in the Mediterranean exist. Blake and I had one goal in mind: beach all day. Once we finally, lazily, made our ...
... 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 ...
... sweltering (mid-70s in Istanbul, mid-80s everywhere else) and the 4 hours of rain occurred while driving. The value in Turkey has been great. Lodging ranging from 60€ to 120€ per night for a family of 4 seemed quite reasonable and 2/3rds of the places had a pool! Most sit down meals cost around $10 per person, a doner kabab was usually around $3 and a large beer is about $4. Best location: Cappadocia Best hotel: Sultan Cave Suites Best adventure: Saklikent Gorge ...
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