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... were now sat on the beach, the oldest was around 40, maybe the offspring of one of the original group, all the others were younger, once a year a hippy festival is held here.
After dragging ourselves away we drove back to Heraklion, we plan to visit the Minoan Palace at Knossos tomorrow and want to be there early, we hoped there would be a car park at the site where we could stay, sure enough there ...
... deep gorges, by the middle of the afternoon we turned off the main road and dropped down the side if a gorge, at one point it was so tight you could have touched both sides, however you would have got wet feet in the river. It's amazing how the roads are cut into the hillsides. Passing through a very narrow road in a village the overhanging balconies had their height painted on them, luckily the lowest was 3.5 metres.
At the coast we found a place to park at a small harbour in ...
... distance we can see some old stone buildings and in places the hillsides are terraced. Our path took us across to another bay before starting to climb up through the terraces. There aren't any way markers informing you how far to the next point if interest of even how long the path is, do after a couple of hours we decided we should turn back. On the way back we passed another couple with rucksacks and could hear a farmer calling to his animals, there ...
... more empty or deritict houses than are occupied. The houses are small and low single story, most have animal shelters attached to them. A couple of times we drop down to the sea, it's a beautiful pale turquoise colour today, yesterday it looked green, it's fascinating how the colour appears to change each day. At one if the bigger hamlets on the coast there were some caves underneath the road and a church was built into one of the caves, just the bell tower visible ...
... they looked like rows of Tibetan stupas in lines at the side of the roads, at one place we waited whilst a tractor pulled a pickup out. Some villages had a variety of snow ploughs, diggers and tracked vehicles clearing smaller roads. Several times we had to wait several minutes until they had finished, at another spot a couple of farmers were squashing sheep into their pickups keeping them inside the back with ...