Category Archives: Hiking

Beyond the beach – Winter in Crete

A vacation on an island?  In the Mediterranean?  In the winter??  Yes, yes, and YES.  Although it’s probably not for you if you just want to lie on a hot beach or lounge by a swimming pool the whole time.  … Continue reading

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THESSALONIKI, Greece

By all means, when you come to Greece, go to Athens. The Acropolis and its state-of-the-art museum is a must-see.  Walk the old Plaka area, visit the quaint and quirky shops and indulge in the excellent cuisine.  That should take … Continue reading

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T.G.I.F.

The greeting “καλό Σαββατοκύριακο!” is music to my ears.  “Kalo” means “good” or “nice” and the second word is a run-on word that combines names of two days of the week – saturday (sabbato) and sunday (kiriako.)  Perfect… “Have a good … Continue reading

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Winter Survival Kit

We are going into our fourth year of living here in western Crete with really no promising opportunities on the horizon for a job to return to in the States.  When I realized we were going to be on this … Continue reading

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Camping in Crete

**IMPORTANT:  There are very few organized campsites on Crete.  Unfortunately, there are many pristine areas that have been ruined by filthy humans who have no respect for the land.  If any of my readers intend on camping “off trail” you … Continue reading

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Winter’s trek from seaside to mountaintop

After a particularly wet, windy couple of weeks in January, we had a welcome break in the weather.  The Lefka Ori mountain range that had been wrapped up in dense cloud cover for almost two weeks finally shed its packaging … Continue reading

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SAMARIA GORGE

The Samaria Gorge, the longest gorge in Europe, Faragas (the great gorge)….whatever you know it by, it remains the most visited spot on Crete by hikers and nature lovers from all over the world.  The gorge of Samaria is in … Continue reading

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Aradena Gorge Hike

ARADENA GORGE This hike was a last minute decision and turned out to be one of the top ten of our most favorite experiences since we’ve lived here.  A group of 12 Americans from the base signed up to accompany … Continue reading

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Imbros Gorge Hike

Crete is the most mountainous island of Europe and has a spine of high mountains boasting up to 8000feet (from sea level this is impressive!)  This topography lends itself to some spectacular gorges, one of which, the Samaria Gorge is … Continue reading

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Hidden Cove

After a long rainy spell of miserable weather, we woke to a warm, sunny day in early March and decided to hike to a hidden cove we had heard about.  Some good friends were up for the adventure as well … Continue reading

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