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Around Chania

Chania is a very pleasant place and more time there would have been welcome. There are numerous tavernas to choose from for a drink or a meal and the old town is nicely compact for exploring by foot. Because of previous invaders it has a varied history and cultural identity . A guide book is really useful, particularly “Fenny's Hania (ISBN: 0-9540296-0-7).”

1A

Views

Walking to Chania from Hotel

1B


People

1C


Worship

1D


Streets

1E


Tavernas

1F


Culture

A Cultural Visit to Knossos and Heraklion

5 km SW of Heraklion lies Knossos - a Minoan Palace first built about 2,000 BC, destroyed in 1,700 BC, rebuilt and then destroyed again in 1,350 BC. Minos Kalokairinos excavated in 1878, but between 1900 and 1931, Sir Arthur Evans excavated the Palace and its environs then, controversially, used concrete in its restoration. The Archaeological Museum in Heraklion holds many of its artefacts. [I'm sorry that I cannot Identify everything].

2A


Knossos Ruins

2B


Knossos Walls

2C


Knossos Objects

2D


Heraklion

2E

Heraklion Museum

6 Show Cases

2F

Heraklion Museum

9 Show Cases of Pots

A walk from Kalidonia to Kolimbari

After lunch in Chania we bussed to Kalidonia. We had the choice of a 5 or 6 mile walk although we all started together. Those who chose the longer, higher route were able to look down to the spot where the battle of Crete took place in 1941. We had an early lunch, with many eating fresh sardines in a beach taverna in Kolimbari.

3A

A Church

3B

Flora near church

3C

Views to the Sea

3D

More Views and Flora

3E

Goats Donkey Flora

3F

Beach and Taverna

A Walk from Lakki to Skordalou

We coached to Lakki in the White Mountains' foothills then walked via Agia Paraskevi Church to Karanos. Here we had orange cake and drinks at a café followed by a visit to the local church and then returned for lunch. In the afternoon, some walked to Skordalou to meet the coach whilst others walked further, following an old mule trail and a dry river bed before being picked up.

4A

Starting from Lakki

4B

Small Church & Walk

4C

Large Church

4D

After Lunch

4E

Longer Walk and River Bed

4F

End of Walk

A Walk from Gouverneto Monastery to Stavros

We took taxies to the Monastery of St John of Gouverneto which we walked past in silence! We passed ruins (unidentified by me) as we walked north towards the sea, then turned left coming to the derelict Monastery of St John the Hermit (Moni Ioannou Erimiti) and his cave. We followed a river bed, west, then over a plateau for a cliff-top lunch. We passed the site of an old village, then followed a gorge to Stavros Beach. Zorba the Greek's dance “Sirtaki” was filmed here and the OSCAR won by the English cameraman, Walter Lassally, was brought to our table during lunch at the Christiana Taverna. We returned by bus.

5A


Monastery to Sea

5B


Valley beside derelict church

5C


Derelict Church of

St John the Hermit

5D


River Bed

5E


Lunch on Cliff Tops

5F


Walk End & Stavros


A Walk from Xyloskala, through the Samaria Gorge, to Agia Roumeli

Coached to Xyloskala in the White Mountains then walked down into the Samaria Gorge. We reached the Samaria hamlet, which was abandoned after the gorge became a National Park. The gorge, quite wide at first, gradually narrowed and stayed this way for several miles. Finally we reached the sea at Agia Roumeli with its many tavernas. We had an enjoyable boat trip to Sougia to pick up the coach home.

6A


From the Top


6B


Going down to Gorge Floor

6C


Samaria Village


6D


Gorge

1st Photo Set

6E


Gorge

2nd Photo Set

6F


Mainly Boat Trip


A Walk from Kelissougeio to Nopigia

We took the bus to the Rodopou Penisula, but this time we started at Kelissougeio. Going  northwards and looking west, we saw Granvousa Penisula over the Bay of Kissamos,  arriving afterwards at Ravdoucha. We consumed Kailtsounia pies at Giogia's Kafenion. Soon we were away over to the coast travelling south. A quick break was taken at the tiny Agia Marina Church where we stopped for drinks. We followed the rocky hillside to Sargos Taverna in Nopigia where we had more drinks. Bus back to Chania.

7A


Walk Start


7B


Ravdoucha

(Pies)


7C


Agia Marina Church

7D


Afterno on Drink Stop


7E


Continue after a drink

7F


End of Walk


A Walk from Therisso to Meskla

Another trip to the White Mountains' foothills – Therisso. This page illustrates the valley walk, others chose the road route to Zourva for lunch at Aimilia's Taverna. Both the morning break, although by the side of a road, and the lunch stop had stunning views because we were surrounded by a natural wildness. There were plenty of unusual flowers and for the whole day, the continually changing scenery was exceptional – including the goats.

8A


Walk Start


8B


Drinks with a View

8C


After Drink Stop

8D


Taverna Lunch

8E


Continue after Lunch

8F


End of Walk