Island Hopping

Trip Start Apr 08, 2009
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Casa de L'Amore

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

 June 23, 2009

The magical thing about Greece is that everything is easily accessible by either ferry or a quick flight from island to island. After our adventures in Turkey, Andrew and I decided we needed some R&R in Greece. A quick (very quick) stop over in Rhodes and an hour flight in a tiny sea plane landed us on Crete, the largest of the Greek Islands.

After a solid couple of days of traveling, riding in hot sticky buses and ferries and floating precariously over the sea in a small sea plane, we decided we had enough of public transport and splurged in a suped-up Suzuki Wagon-R roadster rental (flex those muscles....). Our boxy, but reliable little automobile brought us safely through winding roads and cliff-sides to the little town of Hania on the Northwest side of Crete. Here we lounged around for a day, walking the winding streets and pathways. Trying on rediculous sunglasses in the shops, buying linen and ordering beer on the various patios that line the old Venetian Harbour. We took our little roadster out for a day at the beach at the most Northernly tip of the island and have been having a great time soaking up the sun and dusting off our cameras for some wonderful photo-ops.

Today we woke up at an un-Godly hour (7am....ha) and made our way south to the Samaria Gorge, a 13km hike through a valley wedged between two mountain ranges and the ocean. Although packed with tourists, the hike was beautiful and we spent the day clambering along and admiring the view.

At the end of the hike we enjoyed a congratulatory 1L Pint glass of beer (necessary re-hydration) and are thoroughly exhausted from our athletic exertions.

In the next few days we hop another ferry to the magical island of Santorini.

More pictures to follow.....

- Erin and Andrew
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