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I'll Take Crete

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | Views [342]

WE VISITED EIGHT GREEK ISLANDS IN SIX WEEKS from Corfu in the Adriatic to Rhodes on the Turkish coast and each had its own special charm.     Old world Adriatic Corfu                ... Read more >


Eastern Crete: Zakros and Gournia

Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | Views [442]

EASTERN CRETE IS A DIFFERENT WORLD FROM THE WEST, the snow-capped peaks replaced by dry hillsides and deep, rocky gorges reminiscent of New Mexico.   Only the vast olive groves and the blue sea are the same.  It took us most of the day to ... Read more >


No Particular Place To Go

Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | Views [373]

CHANIA, TOO, HAS A VENETIAN PAST.  And Roman, Genoese, Turkish, Egyptian and even German, from when Nazi paratroops occupied Chania during WW II.  We are using the Christina Hotel Chania as a base to explore the western part of the island ... Read more >


Rethymno's Venetian Past

Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | Views [424]

THE VENETIANS REALLY GOT AROUND.  Take Rethymno, for example, dominated by the 16 th Century Venetian Fortesta.  Just a stone’s throw away is the Venetian Harbor and the 13 th Century lighthouse.  Even the Sohora Boutique ... Read more >


Phaestos and Gortyna

Saturday, 17 Jan 2015 | Views [413]

ROMANS ON CRETE?  WELL, DUH, THEY DID REFER TO THE MED as “Our Sea,” after all.  Gortyna had its heyday in the 5 th Century BC, long before it was occupied by the Romans, it was as important as Knossos.  When the Romans ... Read more >


Photos: Crete

Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | Photo Gallery


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The Palace of Knossos or Making (Up) History

Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | Views [478]

ARCHEOLOGY WAS A GENTLEMAN’S GAME in the late 19th Century with few rules.  It took money and good contacts to mount an expedition and Arthur Evans had both, plus a bit of lucky timing.  Crete had just won independence from Turkey and ... Read more >


Crete and the Minoans

Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | Views [391]

A FLIGHT FROM RHODES TO CRETE, VIA ATHENS of course, costs a bit more than the ferry but takes a only a few hours rather than a full day.  We are staying at the Kastro Hotel, well-appointed and centrally located in Heraklion or Irákleio, ... Read more >


Rhodes, The Old City

Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | Views [416]

SUNDAY WAS THE FIRST DAY WE’VE BEEN WARM since Santorini.  It wasn’t quite shirtsleeve weather but our polarfleece vests were enough as we headed off for Old Town Rhodes.  The history of Rhodes goes back 2500 years.  It was ... Read more >


The Long Road to Rhodes

Sunday, 11 Jan 2015 | Views [418]

AFTER ANOTHER NIGHT WITH JACOB IN PATMOS we took the five-hour ferry ride to Rhodes.  We are splurging at the Best Western in the New City, four stars but still only $50 a night with a great breakfast spread.  The location is perfect. ... Read more >


Samos

Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | Views [319]

“IT NEVER GETS THIS COLD ON SAMOS,” everyone kept telling us.  But there it was, a few degrees below freezing with blustery winds from the north.  Despite the weather we zipped up our parkas, pulled down our hats and set off on ... Read more >


Patmos

Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | Views [476]

WE WEREN’T THE FIRST TO BE SHANGHAI’D TO PATMOS.  Way back in 95 AD the Romans exiled a Christian named John from Ephesus to our tiny island in the Dodecanese.  Brother of the man who would be known as St. James, John the Evangelist ... Read more >


Mykonos

Wednesday, 31 Dec 2014 | Views [537]

ONLY STRAY CATS AND VAGABONDS GO TO MYKONOS in the winter.  (We haven't seen any mad dogs or Englishmen.)  Party Central in the summer, Mykonos was more of a ghost town when our ferry arrived on Sunday.  Most of the hotels are ... Read more >


Our Big Fat Greek Christmas

Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | Views [457]

IF YOU ARE DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS in the Greek Isles, look no farther than Santorini. No, it won’t snow but the blindingly white buildings clinging to the volcanic cliffs silhouetted against the cobalt sky are a pretty good substitute. ... Read more >


Corfu

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | Views [598]

CORFU IS ACTUALLY CLOSER TO ALBANIA THAN MAINLAND GREECE and we can see the snow-capped mountains across the water.  Corfu has been, in turn, Roman, Byzantine, Gothic and Norman, Venetian, French and British before becoming Greek.  Today the ... Read more >


Photos: The Greek Isles

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | Photo Gallery


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