Oh, what a lovely trip that was! We saw lots of beautiful places and ate lots of beautiful food.
This is me and Margie, the Birthday Girl, in front of a very old fountain in Heraklion/Iraklion/Iraklio
Things I learned in Greece:
- There are at least three ways to spell anything in Greek. Heraklion, Iraklion, and Iraklio are all the same thing. Road signs are no exception.
- Yogurt, cheese, bread, tomatoes and olive oil are all better there than here. Way. Like, no comparison. Who knew? Must be the soil, because the ingredients are all the same. Their restaurant tomatoes were all better than my homegrown. I didn’t know that was even possible.
- Goats and sheep can climb trees.
- Locals like to play chicken on the one lane roads with the tourists.
- The Mediterranean Sea is not bathtub warm but it’s so beautiful it doesn’t matter.
- Greeks always drink a shot of Raki after dinner. It’s AWFUL. Made of grape leavings, reminds me of grocery store vodka. If you eat a lot of rich Greek food and then have MORE than one shot of raki, you will probably be hurling/yakking/spewing at 3 a.m. Bob can personally verify this.
- The spiders on Crete make the largest of spiders here seem small and slow. Eeeek!
- Rock walls can be works of art. That was, I think, my favorite part of the trip. All the beautiful stone walls, old and new. The really great ones look like they are fitted together with no mortar. Seriously, they were works of art.
- Greek people don’t seem to care too much about coffee. We couldn’t find a coffee maker. The restaurants and stores all featured NesCafe like it was something good. Bleah. I missed my Seattle’s Best for sure.
- Greek restaurants overcook just about everything but it doesn’t seem to really matter. Rare meat is not an option there. Crisp tender vegetables do not exist.
Gorgeous rock walls. One side of the island has this red colored rock, the other has a gray color. Two tectonic plates met up here.
Here are some of the eight gazillion pics. Bob took the bulk of them – if it’s scenery and beautiful, he took it:
Samarian Gorge Hike http://picasaweb.google.com/bcamero/SamarianGorgeHikeCrete2009#
Knossos (birthplace of the Minoan labyrinth myth) http://picasaweb.google.com/bcamero/KnossosPalaceCrete2009#
Sailboat trip http://picasaweb.google.com/bcamero/SailboatTripSoudaBayCrete#
Glass factory in our village http://picasaweb.google.com/bcamero/GlassFactoryKokkinoChorio#
Various architectural shots http://picasaweb.google.com/bcamero/OldBuildingsWallsInterestingArchitectureCrete#
Flora and Fauna http://picasaweb.google.com/bcamero/FloraAndFaunaCrete#
A few villa shots http://picasaweb.google.com/bcamero/Villas#