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... the fxxx over, will ya, I need to find a banking machine that still works. Just kidding. We've encountered no problems retrieving money. The financial crisis is however being felt. At least by the Greeks. Businesses find it difficult to operate. Taxes are being upped every day, it's Germany's fault, it's France's fault. Really it's Greek voters fault. The land that gave us democracy was sleeping at the wheel. Government employees were getting huge benefits ...
This morning we woke up in Chania, Crete. We had been to Crete some years ago but were on the other side of the island. It was OK then but it was nothing to rave about. Today's experience was completely different. I doubt there is a more charming and beautiful place on earth. Chania overlooks the Aegean Sea against a stunning mountain backdrop. We had no tour planned for the day. So we just walked around and got lost in the ...
... 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 ...
... 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 ...
... Crete is massive!
So anyway, we head towards the bus station after breakfast and getting ready and jump on a bus towards Agios Nikolaos where we had to change buses. We buy our tickets to Istron and wait 40minutes or so for our bus to arrive. We see it arrive, and then take off straight away without anybody getting on. We immediately look at one another and hope that we didn’t just miss our bus, as the next one didn’t come for another hour. Aaron paces ...