Arriving in Crete – Hania to Sfakia

I left Athens early in the morning and made it to the island of Crete by 10:30 am, stopping in Hania (Chania on English maps). I rushed out and caught a taxi immediately as I had to make it across the island to the south to a place called Sfakia in time to catch a...

Arriving in Athens

At last I have access to the Internet again and can post blogs….lots more to come of Crete…. I arrived in Athens about 11:00 pm and then had to catch a taxi, which took another 30 minutes of travel to get to my hotel. For some reason I couldn’t sleep...

A Quick Trip to Sfakia and Back

I had hoped that I could use my Visa card in the village of Loutro, however the place where I was staying didn’t take it. This meant I had to take a chance that the bank machine in Sfakia was working. I also had only a small window of time to get there and back...

Visiting Maud Primary School

One day I was out for my constitutional walk, when I came across an intriguing tee-lined lane., which I turned into without hesitation. As I sauntered along, I came to a property where a fellow was raising various kinds of pheasants. This particular fellow really...

Abbey of Deer (Deir)

Although, this was my second visit to the Abbey of Deer, the ruins still amaze me as to their age and the stature of what the abbey must once have been like. This was my friend and tour guide Oliver’s first encounter, and we both enjoyed it immensely. The Abbey of...

Peat Bogs and Heather Moors

I had no idea that the peat people gathered for burning was made from heather and grass that had decomposed for thousands of years. Nor did I realize that people still heated their homes with it and burned it in their fireplaces. At this time of year the heather in...

More of Edinburgh

Bill took us through a ‘secret garden’ that I believe he said was fashioned after those from the 1700s. We walked through special paths to view the ‘newer’ part of Edinburgh and the sites that could be seen from this complex on a hill and those historic buildings...

Tour of Edinburgh

Edinburgh: “Located in the south-east of Scotland, Edinburgh lies on the east coast of Scotland’s Central Belt, along the Firth of Forth, near the North Sea. Owing to its rugged setting and vast collection of Medieval and Georgian architecture, including...