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Fortessa and the flaming Olive Tree

September 19, 2011 Leave a comment

As one of our last trips out in Crete, we headed to the historic town of Rethymnon. Full of charming Venetian and Turkish buildings, the town is dominated by the massive fortress. As well as a cathedral, and a church, the fortress has a mosque too.

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Deep Blue

September 18, 2011 2 comments

It would be wrong to go for so long without at least one reference to the beach, as we have been there virtually everyday. We borrowed Julia’s camera and had some fun.
 

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Lappin it up in Lappa

September 18, 2011 1 comment

For a full day, we headed for the hills to the Roman town of Lappa. A tourist honey pot with some down to earth genuine sides to it too. The “tourist train” was a bit too much for us, but the suave dutch guide that turned up unexpectedly by the mosaics seemed to keep the ladies interested.
 
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Moni Prevelli

September 15, 2011 1 comment

As encounter more and more of the local culture, interspersed with frequent trips to the sea to cool down, we head on upto the famous Prevelli Monastry.Still inhabited by monks and as a working monastery, it offers a glimpse of life as a monk. It is soon clear to me, that I would be a rubbish monk, isolated on the side of a barren hill, dressed all in black (even though it is 35 degC and burning sunshine) no nuns to feast ones eyes on, and to rub the monastic simplicity in even further, have to watch the abbott dressed in resplendent gold 5 times a day.

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Bikini clad archeologists

September 13, 2011 Leave a comment


Today we met up with Katerina, a German fried of Julia’s who has invited us over for some lunch – which was delicious. The town of Armeni that she lives in is also the site of some fairly recently discovered Late Minoan Graves. These are from around 1600BC, and as most of the Minoan remains in Crete are little more than foot high walls and foundations (the exception being the rebuild and arguably slightly fancifully redesigned Knossos) we were not expecting too much.
 

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Discovering the Venetian Bridges

September 12, 2011 1 comment


With the basic idea of the lay of the land, and a 20 year old German map we head off on a longer car trip over into the Amari Valley. The map has a habit of showing roads that are not there, and then missing the blatantly obvious ones that are there, so a gentle drive can be a game of Russian Roulette. (That is not to mention the dicing with death driving that all the Greeks tend to engage in, exemplified with all the roadside shrines).

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Sunset on Spilli Plain

September 9, 2011 Leave a comment

For something a bit closer to home, we head a short 10 minute drive round the back of Spili mountain to the goat herding plains above. The church that marked the start of our walk turned out to be the Church of Theologos, and as the saints day was approaching, the men were busily putting up the lighting between the trees for the festivities. Next to a particularly impressive hollow tree, we all refreshed ourselves in the spring by the rocks, slowly getting more used to the massive yellow tailed hornets that were sharing our drinking spot.

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