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BLUE SKIES AND CHEESE PIES:

WEST ESSEX ON CRETE - Part 1

Lurking on street corners at 3 am may not be common practice for many West Essex members, however, this was the situation when 40 of us waited in the late April gloom for a Swallow coach ride to Gatwick and a three-and-a-half hour flight to the sunny Greek isle of Crete.

Old Mosque and around ... [5 views if clicked]

East side of Chania's Harbour

Photos: Len (and Len; Harry / Harry; Ray)

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Chania's Lighthouse

Entrance to the harbour

Photographer: A. Hawkins

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West side of Chania's Harbour

Note the White Mountains on high

Photographer: A. Hawkins

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Light Lunch at Chania's Harbour

At one of numerous places

Photographer: A. Hawkins

Chania, on the north-west coast of the Island, was our base. Once settled in our family-run hotel we could begin to enjoy the delights of this fascinating seaside town, dating from Venetian times. The next morning saw most of us in the old centre wandering through narrow lanes filled with Venetian houses and palaces or walking along the harbour, with its old Turkish mosque, city walls and the Bastion of San Salvatore. Some even had time to sample a beer or iced coffee in one of the many cafes along the way.

  

In the afternoon we experienced our first 'proper' walk in the hills west of Chania, during which we reached a high point overlooking the airstrip at Maleme and Hill 107, the area where the battle of Crete flared up in May 1941. This was followed by an early dinner of fresh sardines at a beachside taverna.

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Wall (plus: Sea Defence, Top, Firkas Garrison)

Arsenali - Customs House ... All Venetian

Photographers: Keith Miller and A. Hawkins

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Setting out on Rodopou Peninsular

A 6 Mile walk near its east coast.

Photographer: A. Hawkins

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Looking down on Maleme

2 views if clicked

Photographer: Len Banister

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Ramblers on East Side of Rodopou Peninsular

Beautiful Countryside with Stunning Views

Photographer: A. Hawkins

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Wild Flowers

Crete's best blooms - April and May

Photographer: Len Banister

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A village on the coast

has a nice neat little harbour

Photographer: A. Hawkins

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Wayside Shrine . . . [2 views if clicked]

Here, allegedly, for legs recovery

Photographer: A. Hawkins

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Just had sardine dinner at a each taverna

Kolimbari, SE Corner of Rodopou Peninsular

Photographer: Len Banister