Notes from Crete

Trip Start Oct 05, 2010
Trip End Oct 20, 2010

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Flag of Greece  , Crete,
Friday, October 15, 2010

We left Athens yesterday morning for Crete, with an uneventful cab ride to the airport. Crete is a lot warmer, and we grabbed a cab. About an HOUR later, we finally got to the hotel . . . it looked a lot closer on the map. Heraklion, a major city in Crete, is in the eastern area of Crete, and our hotel is on the far eastern coast. But absolutely gorgeous. Each room has its own private pool, and the complex looks out over a u-shaped cove of the Aegean with a small island, Spinalonga, which was a leper colony from just after the turn of the century until WWII. We plan to take a short boat ride out there and poke around.

When you travel from place to place, even in the US, you can't help but absorb the changes in the "feel" of a place, including impressions of the people. Our general sense is that Greeks have a bit of a rougher edge than the Italians. And overall, we sense a general mood of depression, likely in large part due to economic conditions. We noted numerous large homes and other buildings here on Crete that have gone unfinished. Tad posed with a pouty face to give you an idea of how we found the general mood . . . even at the hotel, we've found the staff to be only as friendly as they feel they must, but no more. Certainly, we haven't felt anyone has gone out of their way to be accommodating. But we won't let that get us down! Yesterday was fairly cloudy, but we did venture down to the beach and were rewarded with a bit off sun in the afternoon. Trish and I decided we were DONE with bad hair (at least for a day) and booked a salon appointment. We had a nice British girl who had just up and moved to Crete from Yorkshire last year, with no job, not knowing anyone, etc. It is certainly gorgeous scenery.

Last night, Tad and I wandered . . . err-rr-r HIKED . . . down a winding road to the town of Elounda for dinner. Trish needed to rest. It was 4km (little over 3 miles). It was one of things where you can see the lights and you think it's just around the corner . . . not! Still, we figure we walked off dinner and probably lunch, as well. Dinner was at a Greek fish restaurant right on the Aegean, such that we could almost reach over the rail and touch the water. We had fried calamari, hummus, steamed mussels, and fresh sebring. The waiter took our picture and dropped the camera but was able to fix it. He brought us two glasses of cognac for our trouble. After a quick stop at the supermarket, we opted to cab it back up the hill. Good choice.

Made it down to breakfast just as they were about to take the buffet down. Whew! Just sitting outside relaxing enjoying the view.

Couple of tidbits:
Trish likes an island that is more green than brown.
Almost all Greek men over 60 look like Aristotle Onassis. Really!
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pattyeluke on

wow! what fun you're having. this is a trip you'll always remember! love, stay safe!

Sharron on

Scrumptious!!!!! XO S

Lisa on

Looks very relaxing & serene. Where is everyone? Looks like you have the island to yourselves. Did you make it to the Leper colony? Have fun!

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