Sissi Bay Hotel & Spa
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- Swimming pool
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- Free parking
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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 ...
... only reachable via a single tie-in point from the water, and decades-old abandoned mining facilities. These facilities seemed to be arranged to drop the mined goods straight into ship hulls and now are just hanging skeletons reaching out over the waves. We also passed an island in the middle of the caldera that they call "the volcano". The rock here is obviously of volcanic origin because you see those smooth black surfaces curving and criss crossing where magma ...
... which is very spread out, up and down many hills. Lots of very old buildings, interspersed with very new architectural gems which fit in with the overall scheme of things (even the McDonalds). Nothing above six stories, even in the commercial center. Very tranquil, other than the perpetual traffic. No room to build modern highways. Saving all our energy for Athens tomorrow. I suspect a very busy day is coming up. We cannot believe ...
... we decided we would tackle it anyway, especially after all the food we'd been eating since boarding the cruise. We took a cable car (kind of scary) to the top of the mountain where the town of Fira lies. Of course, the hike turned out to be much more difficult than anticipated: we hiked almost half of the island - about 7 miles - up and down rocky cliffs to the next town of Oia in the hot sun. But it was totally worth it. The panoramic views we had the entire way ...
... 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 ...