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Hania, Crete

Hania is a coastal town and provincial capital in the North West of Crete, with a picturesque harbour and old town area laden with Venetian and Ottoman influences from its past.

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Barbarossa – Pirate or Admiral?

What holiday by the sea would be complete without a voyage on a pirate ship? Having seen the ‘Barbarossa’ in the harbour at Rethymno, we decided to take the three-hour cruise along the coast to the Caves at Skaleta, and back.

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Palace of Knossos, Crete

After a lazy day around the resort yesterday, recovering from our full day trip to Santorini, today we headed back to Heraklion to explore the ancient Minoan Palace at Knossos.

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Is Santorini the lost Atlantis?

Santorini, a volcanic island in the Aegean Sea, has long been on our list of beautiful places to visit. So when we discovered it was possible to visit as a day trip from Crete on the fast SeaJet catamarans, it was too good an opportunity to miss.

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Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

Whenever the guide books mention a significant archaeological find in Crete, they almost always go on to mention that “the original is now in the Archaeological Museum at Heraklion”. So it seemed right for us to make the museum the very first of our sightseeing stops, to gain some sort of understanding of Crete’s history, and in particular the ancient Minoan period represented in the finds at the Palace of Knossos.

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Rethymno, Crete

Rethymno has a beautifully picturesque old town, with its Venetian and later Turkish influences, and centred around a pretty inner harbour and the dominating Venetian fortress high above. We were really lucky to discover a boutique hotel right in the heart of the old town centre, the Palazzo Rimondi, set within an old Venetian mansion house.

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Now following the “Crete” tag, in preparation for our 2016 holiday!

Rome: Highlights and Lowlifes

Random observations of the good and the bad from our recent holiday in Italy.

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Pompeii or Bust!

Well, we finally got here, and we can see Vesuvius from our hotel bedroom! Continue reading “Pompeii or Bust!”

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See Rome and Die

Virtual tourism from a hospital bed.

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Holiday photos from the Hotel Belvedere, Salou, Spain (2004)

We stayed at the Hotel Belvedere in Salou for a week at the start of June 2004. It’s a large hotel just off the Placa Europa, which is about a ten minute walk from the beach and Salou centre.

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Holiday Photos from the Evi Apartments, Faliraki, Rhodes

We stayed at the Hotel Evi Apartments for a week at the end of October 2003. It was the last week of the season, so Faliraki was fairly quiet. All of the late-night clubs on Club Street had closed down, as had most of the drinks-only bars on Bar Street. The tavernas, restaurants and shops were still open though!

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Holiday Photos from the Hotel Kaya Belek, Turkey (2002)

Another excellent holiday in Turkey!!

After a thoroughly enjoyable holiday at the Ephesus Princess a couple of years earlier, we returned to Turkey at the end of October 2002. We stayed at the Kaya Belek near Antalya for the last week of their summer season.

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