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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 ...
... motion thousands of years ago. The rest of the island looks like a big rolling sand box of black boulders that just spill into the water--no beaches, no sand, no trees/bushes/grass, not even dirt--just a pile of black rocks forming small hills and various coves. There are even hot springs in the ocean that people swim to from their ships. Turning back toward our entry to the caldera we began to ply open seas again and there was no smooth way to overcome the waves. ...
... 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 ...
... of it). We then visited one of the coastlines filled with shops, restaurants, and a nice view of a historic lighthouse. After a traditional Greek lunch including Moussaka (Lasgna with lamb and eggplant), we hiked around the lighthouse taking pictures and pointing out all the crabs along the sea walls. The ruins offered incredible views of the bay, turquoise waters and an old castle overlooking the sea. We even ran into a group of sheep baahhhing around.
The cruise ...
... storied building, spanning 5 1/2 acres, and was destroyed twice in its history, once from fire (roughly in 1700 BC), the second and later destruction from a major earthquake which ravaged Crete. Two factors are thought to have contributed to the end of the Minoan: the possible eruption of the volcano Thera and the rise of the Mycenean civilization upon Crete.
English archaeologist, Sir Arthur John ...
Other places to stay in Crete
Port of Hersonissos, Hersonissos | 3 star hotelfrom $258
Agia Pelagia | 5 star hotelfrom $97
PO Box 9 (Platanias), Chania | 3 star hotelfrom $63
- More like a 3 star
- Animation team
Hersonissos | 4 star hotelfrom $117
Limenas Hersonissou, Hersonissos | 5 star hotelfrom $156
- Loved it, brilliant!
- Lovely Complex
- Poor Restaurant
El. Venizelou 193, Hersonissos | 3 star hotelfrom $130
Elounda | 4 star hotelfrom $235
- Simply marvellous
- Champagne for breakfast, stunning views and sweets on your pillow
Stalís | 4 star hotelfrom $113
Adelianos Kambos | 5 star hotelfrom $206
- Excellent hotel
- Highly recommended
- Loved this trip
Lasithiou, Sissi | 5 star hotelfrom $149
Elounda | 5 star hotelfrom $398
- Can be wonderful, can be bad as well
Shimoda Onsen, Hersonissos | 4 star hotelfrom $126
Hersonissos | 4 star hotelfrom $114
- A realistic review...
- Great holiday
- Never again
76 Andrea Papandreou Street, Heraklion | 4 star hotelfrom $189
Mononaftis Area, Agia Pelagia | 4 star hotelfrom $142
Venizelou 52A, Rethymnon | 4 star hotelfrom $178
- Not quite perfect
- Friendly staff
Anissaras beach, Hersonissos | 5 star hotelfrom $113
- Nice stay at a beautiful H…
Venizelou Eleftheriou, Kato Daratso | 4 star hotelfrom $121
Gouves | Hotelfrom $45
Akti Koundourou , Agios Nikolaos | 5 star hotelfrom $92
Malia | 4 star hotelfrom $199
Platanés | 5 star hotelfrom $316
- El Greco
2 Ygias Str, Heraklion | 4 star hotelfrom $128
Aghia Marina Beach, Agia Marina | 4 star hotelfrom $118
75 Dimokratias Avenue, Heraklion | 5 star hotelfrom $122
- Cool pool and great breakf…
- Great restaurant - the res…
26 Portaliou Emmanouil, Rethymnon | 4 star hotelfrom $119
- Fabulous Hotel Great Holiday
- Great hotel
- Loved Theartemis, Rethymnon