Monthly Archives: December 2017

Europe 2017 – Crete, Part Four

September 3-8 With a late morning departure back to Heraklion, we arose after a good night’s sleep, feeling decent, albeit quite stiff, and after some puttering around, walked to breakfast at Loca Cafe, the coffee shop where we had met the bus the morning before. We filled up on a pastry or two and returned […]

Europe 2017 – Crete, Part Three

September 3-8 We arrived in Chania later in the afternoon and after a 10-euro taxi ride arrived at the Athina Beach Hotel, our home for the next two nights. This was a very nice property, again with a swimming pool for the rate of just 45 euros, although breakfast wasn’t included. We checked in and […]

Europe 2017 – Crete, Part Two

September 3-8 After a hearty breakfast at the El Greco, we checked out and with advice from the desk clerk, significantly shortened our walk back down to the harbor and the adjacent Bus Terminal.  There we purchased tickets for our hour-long bus ride to Rethimno, our next stop in Crete.  We would be following a […]

Europe 2017 – Crete, Part One

September 3-8 We arrived in Heraklion early in the morning, roughly between 6 and 7am and made the long trek from the harbor, quite a bit of it uphill, to the El Greco, our hotel for the night. At just 43 euros with what would be a pretty good breakfast, it established a pattern we’d […]

Europe 2017 – Athens and the Ferry

September 2 We breakfasted at the Phaedra and then did the one chore that is absolutely necessary on any long trip, one not often described in detail in any guidebook and yet requires an outlay of cash and an hour or two of lost time.  Yes, that’s right…. the laundry. We’d spotted a place not […]

Europe 2017 – The Peloponnese – Part Five

August 28 – September 1 Our last day with the tour would be a long one with a stop at the monasteries at Meteora, a jog back up north to Thermopylae and then a lengthy afternoon’s drive back to Athens. The climb by bus up to our first destination took a bit of time on […]

Europe 2017 – The Peloponnese – Part Four

August 28 – September 1 We had another early start Thursday morning in order to beat the crowds that flock to Delphi. Perched high on the southern slopes of Mt. Parnassus, and overlooking the Gulf of Corinth, it is possibly the most spectacular of Greece’s ancient sites. Back in the day, Delphi, also known as […]