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... joked that she needed the book because it was her first tour and then backed that up by saying she has actually been a guide for 25 years - starting when she was 5 years old! The Greeks have a dry sense of humour that sometimes isn't recognised.
Another dash back to shore and ship and another lunch on board as the ship heads for Santorini.
Everyone on board is buzzing and looking forward to this stop but dire ...
... We have imbibed much of the local firewater-lemon, honey and original-and even seen the distilling process at a local taverna, eating many Cretan pies, zucchini balls, stuffed zucchini flowers, fresh squeezed orange juice and yogurt and honey to last us for quite some time! We almost managed to run out of gas on the backroads (and I mean back roads) but ...
... in case the seas were nasty and we set off for Fira, Santorini.
Santorini, classically Thera, and officially Thira; is located in the southern Aegean Sea and part of an island chain (archipelago). The chain was created from a single island due to a huge volcanic eruption. One theory suggests that the Thera eruption was actually where the Atlantis legend originated.
The ferry trip was just under two hours ...
... decided to take this time to rest with my first baklava - oh yeah!!!
From there we meandered through the streets and shops and slowly made our way back to our hotel to collapse for a few hours. Did I mention it was freaking hot!!!
Our evening meal was on our hotel's rooftop in the Herb Garden. The harbor was lit up with lights and a small fountain. Heraklion can't be called a pretty city but in the ...
Crete is the largest Greek Island and is only about 400 Kms from the coast of Africa. So when it is 40C in Africa it is about 35C in Crete. We found that out at 9am when we were clambering round the ruins of the former Minoan city of Knossos which was first built about 4000 years ago. Knossos remained hidden under the earth for several centuries until a controversial British Archeologist, Sir Arthur Evans in 1900, discovered ...