GREECE September 8 - October (26 Days )
Where to start? I love the atmosphere, the history, the scenery, food and the people ...
However the graffiti on every surface, some of which are full of powerful, social/political statements! and the abandoned and neglected buildings everywhere, does make it feel that it has experienced far better days.
We loved finding ourselves in a traditional area for lunch, where the families were hanging out for the day, after attending church, auctioning off all sorts of things ... The noise and laughter was incredible.
Then we returned to our hotel area of Plaka, to enjoy some of the delicacies .... And wander some more.
We stayed in the Plaka Hotel for this leg of the trip, which was central to everything, and the terrace had great views of the Parthenon.
Doing the tours and Hop on Hop off bus, and Walking the myriad of alleyways, getting lost, and poking our noses into shops full to bursting with items, which must have graced some incredible homes, in the past . . . . was fascinating.
We spent the afternoon in the Athens Archaeological museum and other sites on the Acropolis.
( Brianna, I have dozens of images for the 'Butts and Boobies' through Europe ....some very nice butts!!!!!)
This morning we enjoyed a hearty early breakfast, and saw more of Athens tourist sights and enjoyed some more meals.
Now at 8.15 pm we have just arrived back to the hotel, in time for me to write this, and then venture out for a cocktail and evening meal ....
while gazing at the Parthenon, all lit up. I don' think I would ever get sick of looking at it.. . very romantic!
Off to Crete tomorrow. Flying, so I can see the sea and Islands from the air craft. Then will travel between the Islands by boat .... Looking forward to it!!
Now must away .... They make a mean Manhattan, and the Parthenon is all aglow!
Yesterday we had a smooth plane trip from Athens to Crete, Heraklion. I avidly watched the sea change colour from a milky pale blue, to a rich cobalt. ( I must admit I was expecting the aquamarine and turquoise hues of PNG .... ) Settled into our hotel, right on the Harbour, which supports an old Venetian port / fort.
Our room has a verandah, which receives the most whimsical sea breezes. You can almost taste the brininess, and the blue of sea and sky coats you in a feeling of lassitude .... The sight of fishermen. The clink of yacht masts gently meeting, woven through with the sound of sea gulls, brings back the feeling associated with, those of idyllic childhood holidays. .... Very hypnotic! )
In the afternoon, we roamed the streets. Discovered an old Byzantium church, and sat listening to the ritualistic, singing and chanting for so long, we almost looked religious .... Almost!
The iconography, carving and architecture was not overbearing. The light dappling through the stain glass appeared to ripple on the walls....it was alluring.
We Lost our way through the streets till 9pm and then ended up in an old courtyard which had been converted into a restaurant.
Cameron was so jealous of the size of the olive and orange trees...
The red carafe of wine was large and chilled, and sneakily strong ... Even Cam joined me .. The one pot screamer, in being silly! As we made our way back to our Hotel ,we both agreed that the streets gave the impression, of having developed a definite increase in curves!
Today we are off to do the obligatory Hop on Hop off bus .... And a mosque, museum, and to try some more Greek food. Then tomorrow we are off to the Temple of Knossos and the hills. ....
That is ... If we can move off this verandah .. ... Just watched a 40 plus yacht lazily move out the harbour ... To set sails, to seas unknown. Don't you love the magic and mystery of that!Hop on hop off bus in Heraklion .... Mmmmm. No! The entire tour is approx an hour, and the amount of history imparted negligible. Visit the museum, as most of the artefacts are there.
The ever changing views and breezes are beguiling .... Maybe the bus can wait! .... No! Cam is on a mission, and says, "We are Off!"
Spent afternoon having a gorgeous sea food meal on the wharf. Cameron's seafood cocktail was cooked from prawns caught that morning, and were still warm from the pot... Calamari was so tender....
That night we walked through the markets... Great sponges. The smell reminded me of the days when I had the Art supply shop, and I bought sponges from Mr Geriaukus - in Greece. When the parcel arrived, and I opened it, the smell of the sea would linger for days. . . .
now I am here, and I can smell the sea in all the sponges around me . . .
Tour of the temple of Knossos. Another mmmmmm! I remember studying this in Ancient History and Art, and was brimming with enthusiasm .... Everything has been reproduced and the archeologist, Mr Evens (I think ) rebuilt parts, and he used pure imagination .... Once again, the museum holds all the originals.
By bus, Proceeded up into the mountains. Saw the Venetian windmills, a monastery with some ancient icons and sculptures. . . . And some even older nuns.
Had lunch and then had a pottery demonstration, (which reminded me of the ones in Turkey,) and then Cameron walked up to Zeus's cave, full of stalagmites, while I looked through the village shops.
Great way to see the countryside, but the trip up the treacherous mountains and then down again, was scary! Back to hotel and then Walked out along the long Venetian fort wall, while a noisy, massive music concert was being performed .... Fireworks and mayham! Fun!
Up early to catch ferry to Santorini Island. Great trip, smooth and fast and at one point, accompanied by two dolphins. Bus trip to Hotel with view of the Caldera.... A very nice place! Our heavenly treat to ourselves. .
with wonderful view of Cauldra while having a drink. Stopped in and Arranged for a boat ride around the Islands to commence the following day. Had a swim in hotel pool, ate and drank wine, to the twinkle of lights, which cover the hills.. . Yep! I am finding my Greek Mamma Groove! ... And Cameron is starting to finally accept the leisurely pace of the 'slow go'
|View other side to the sea|
We spent a glorious time on a large catamaran with 8 including crew. Sailing around the Islands. Swam, snorkelled, ate seafood and watched the sublime sun sets.
Leaving the vessel with great reluctance, we wandered around the island of Santorini, on foot and by bus. Stayed out late to watch another great sunset. We could have spent another week here on this Island . . . so relaxing!!!!
|Our local hang out at Sunset.|
|Bought a couple of beautiful pieces|
Delphi and the Monastery's of Metoria
We stayed at the most incredible hotel, where the 60 meter plus length, of 3 meter high windows allowed access to the view unhindered ... And what a view.