Ships and Shops
Trip Start Apr 18, 2012
55Trip End Sep 12, 2012
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At 11am this morning, I departed Athens on the Minoan Line vessel named Festos Palace. As we slipped out of the port of Piraeus we had a clear view of both the city behind us as well as the Aegean Sea waiting for us. The seven hour boat ride was georgeous! The water of the Agean spread out all around us as we glided to Crete on her perfectly calm and beautifully blue water. Every now and then, we would pass by a small island peeking out of the water like a mountain on the sea. As the sun rose and sank in the sky, the patterns of light on the water shifted, reflecting and refracting in a shimmering dance upon the water. The wind gently pushed the cold air around and onto our faces on the deck, prompting jackets to go on in order to cut the chill. Overall, it was a glorious and peaceful day.
This ship, however, was gigantic
We docked on Crete at 6pm. After being one of the first to disembark, I was also one of the first in line to collect my bags from the baggage check truck (equivalent to an 18 wheeler-they had two of these on board). From there it was a short walk to find a taxi and a ten minute drive through the city of Heraklion to the hotel: Santa Elena. There I met up with two of the other girls in this co-op program, Natasha and Stephanie, who are gracefully allowing me to stay with them until I depart for Chania in four days time.