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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. ...
Back to Greece again. Heraklion, capital of Crete, second biggest island in the eastern Med. We are amazed at the size - 650,000 resident population. Switch from Turkish Lira, back to Euro's again. Before we left Mamaris last night went to the duty free in the excellent Port Service Center (Port of Istanbul could learn a lot from Mamaris). Duty Free had an excellent selection of European wines, at very low prices in €. Low on ...
... Rome to the Greek Islands of Crete, Mykonos, Santorini, then Athens and Olympia, as well as Kusadasi, Turkey where the famous ruins of Ephesus are located. Turkey is as far east as we would travel, and the farthest east Blake, Rob, and I have ever traveled. Turkey is also considered a part of the Asian continent so we can officially say we've been to 3 continents: North America, Europe, and Asia. Only 4 more to go!! ;)
Blake and I took Rob on a quick nighttime ...
... 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 ...
Other places to stay in Crete
Port of Hersonissos, Hersonissos | 3 star hotelfrom $100
\N, Agia Pelagia | 5 star hotelfrom $97
PO Box 9 (Platanias), Chania | 3 star hotelfrom $63
- More like a 3 star
- Animation team
\N, 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 Bay, Elounda | 4 star hotelfrom $235
- Simply marvellous
- Champagne for breakfast, stunning views and sweets on your pillow
\N, Stalís | 4 star hotelfrom $113
\N, Adelianos Kambos | 5 star hotelfrom $206
- Excellent hotel
- Highly recommended
- Loved this trip
Lasithiou, Sissi | 5 star hotelfrom $149
\N, Elounda | 5 star hotelfrom $398
- Can be wonderful, can be bad as well
1 Dedaloustreet, Hersonissos | 4 star hotelfrom $77
\N, Hersonissos | 4 star hotelfrom $114
- A realistic review...
- Great holiday
- Never again
\N, Heraklion | 4 star hotelfrom $189
Mononaftis Area, Agia Pelagia | 4 star hotelfrom $142
52 S. Venizelou Ave., Rethymnon | 4 star hotelfrom $178
- Not quite perfect
- Friendly staff
Anissaras beach, Hersonissos | 5 star hotelfrom $113
Eleftheriou Venizelou, Kato Daratso | 4 star hotelfrom $121
Gouves | Hotelfrom $45
Akti Koundourou , Agios Nikolaos | 5 star hotelfrom $92
\N, Malia | 4 star hotelfrom $199
\N, Platanés | 5 star hotelfrom $316
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
M. Portaliou 26, Rethymnon | 4 star hotelfrom $119
- Fabulous Hotel Great Holiday
- Great hotel
- Loved Theartemis, Rethymnon