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Last Greek Island…Crete!

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Last Greek Island…Crete!

“It takes a lifetime to discover Greece, but it only takes an instant to fall in love with her.”

– Arthur Miller

After Naxos, Emily and I took the ferry south to the Greek island of Crete.

We arrived in Heraklion on Oct 7th, 2023 🙁

When we first arrived at our Heraklion hotel, we hadn’t heard the news yet. But when we saw a dozen or so Greek police officers standing outside our hotel – all wearing full riot gear and armed with machine guns – we knew something was up.

Rather apropos graffiti in Heraklio


The port in Heraklio

Then we took the bus to Chania…


Love this shot of Chania


Crashing waves in Chania


No crashing waves on THIS stunning beach…a couple of hours from Chania!


The famous pink sand on Elafonisi beach


Beautiful Elafonisi beach…sigh 🙂


Our last beach day for awhile…Elafonisi beach


Goodbye Chania!

To be honest, Crete was not our favourite place in Greece. We absolutely loved Elofonisi beach! But the energy in both Heraklio and Chania felt a little off…probably because of the horrific events unfolding in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

But also possibly because we were there in October – the end of the tourist season – and there were definitely times when the usual Greek hospitality was not there. Both Emily and I felt that Crete had a different vibe than the rest of Greece…almost as if they’d had ENOUGH of visitors/tourists, thank you very much. And if that’s the case, I can’t say I blame them.

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Thanks for reading, take care & have a great week!

Previous blogs in the Epic European Adventure Series:

#1. European Adventure

#2. Paris & Athens

#3. Marathon & Poros

#4. Lost Laptop

#5. The Lovely Island of Ios

#6. Quadding on Naxos

Maryanne Pope is the author of “A Widow’s Awakening.” She also writes screenplays, playscripts and blogs. She is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and a co-founder of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. To receive Maryanne’s blog, “Weekly Words of Wisdom,” please subscribe here.


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