S: Crete 2005
BC: Travel diary on http://www.wobben.org/crete-2005 All pics by Nico & Marlies Wobben (excl. maps, aqua background)
FC: Crete 2005
1: In 2005 we went back to Crete for the 4th time, 2nd time on the west side of the island. We had chosen Kalives this time (a bit bigger and a real Greek town, not just a tourist resort) where we stayed at Flisvos Studios for 3 weeks (in the west end of town). We flew from Brussels to Chania on September 5th. < visited places are marked green | our apartment (2nd one from the right, top floor) and Marlies with our rental car.
3: September 7 Our ex neighbours from back home, Toon and Mia, were also on Crete and came to visit us, with their friends Leny and Kees. We spent some time on the patio of Provlita, close to our apartment. | Kalives
4: Later on the 7th, we drove west to Kolimbari and the Rodopou peninsula.
5: view on Rodopos on the Rodopou peninsula
6: main beach is on the far right | view from our balcony, the
7: our apartment (with the Bougainvillea bush) on the other side of the bay | September 8 We explored Kalives some more and walked to the east end of town, to the main beach, marina and tavernas.
9: September 9 Trip to Georgioupolis over the old road, through Armeni (pics on the left) and by Maheri (top). In Georgoupolis we went to the beach (rough sea, so no swimming) and the town centre. | church in Georgioupolis | Maheri
12: view on Akrotiri | Kalives
13: We drove back to Kalives over the road through Vamos with some great views! In the evening we met up with a dear friend from Chania, Victor. background: Kalamitsalexandrou
14: September 10 We went swimming in Kalathas on the west side of the Akrotiri peninsula. Nico even swam 130m to that island :) September 11 A beautiful trip through the mountains to the south coast: Paleochora. | < on our way down to Paleochora
15: taverna in Plemeniana on our way back
16: reading on the balcony (11th) | September 12 Relaxing day in Kalives: chilling at the apartment, going online in the internet cafe, eating out in the east end of town.
17: Kalives by night
19: September 13 sunrise in Kalives | American hot breakfast at ApiCorno!
20: In the afternoon we went to Lake Kournas
21: September 14 Time to go back to the most beautiful city we know... the old centre of Chania!
24: September 15 Bumming around in Kalives, visiting the ruins of Aptera, watching the rain cleanse the streets of Kalives and thunder lighten up the sky over Akrotiri until well into the night!
25: the next morning... (16th)
26: September 17 Nico walked the Imbros Gorge on this day! It was hard (walking on rocks and pebbles for 8km) and it took him 3 hours and a few blisters, but he was damn proud (we both were)! | Askifou plateau
28: September 18 Another day in Chania... :)
30: moonlit dinner with Victor (19th) | Greek pottery in Chania... Marlies is in heaven!!! :) >
31: September 20 A dream come true! On our 9th wedding anniversary we're making a one day trip to Santorini!!! It's mass tourism, but still an amazing trip of a lifetime! After docking in Athinios we were dropped off in Pyrgos, postcard-town Oia and Thira.
32: our boat! | Pyrgos | Santorini seen from the bus
33: postcard-town Oia
37: mass tourism... | Oia
38: Thira (or Fira) is the capital of Santorini (Thira is actually the official name of the island)
40: leaving Santorini from Thira
41: bye bye Santorini!! | After 3-4 hours on sea we got back to Crete again, we had a beautiful view on Rethymnon at night :)
42: September 21 On Marlies's birthday we drove a few hours east, to Bali, to meet with friends Carel and Margret who were also on vacation there. | Bali
43: mass tourism...
44: September 22 Lazy day, Nico went to Chania, Marlies stayed at "home"
47: September 23 Another trip through the mountains to the entrance of the Samaria Gorge. Most beautiful mountain scenery we've ever seen on Crete!
48: At the taverna by the entrance of the Samaria Gorge | Omalos plateau
49: Samaria Gorge | Back in Kalives...
51: September 24 One last day in Chania...
52: September 25 Last day of the vacation, we spent it in Kalives and Almirida.
53: Almirida | < souvenirs