Crete Journals

With the grandchildren in Crete

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A travel journal to Crete by catsholiday

Camari Gardens  Photo, Crete, Greece More Photos
Quote: We spent two weeks with my step daughter, husband and two grandsons in Crete in the summer of 2009

Monastery of Preveli

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Attraction | "A monastery with a proud history"

Monastery of Preveli Photo, Crete, Greece
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Preveli Monastry, CreteThis was one of the trips we took with our daughter and her family when we took them to Crete in the summer of 2009. It was about an hour’s drive across the island from where we were staying near Rethymnon and we did enjoy some splendid scenery on the drive across including a lovely old fashioned windmill which we stopped to photograph on our way home.The famous monastery sits on the rocky hills of Preveli canyon, on the southern side of Rethymnon prefecture in Crete. It actually consists of two monasteries, the Lower or Kato Preveli and the Upper or Pisso Monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos which is about 3 km far from Kato Preveli. The one we visited w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2011

Monastery of Preveli
South of Prefecture of Rethymnon
Crete, Greece

Knossos Palace/Bronze Age Archaeological Site

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Attraction | "Where is the maze?"

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Knossos was well signed from just near Heraklion and as we approached the site we were waved into a car park on the way – luckily we missed the first one as the second carpark had plenty of trees for shade and was free provided you called in to buy a drink in the cafe. Nearly in there:The entrance fee was 6 Euros each – 3 Euros concession – you entered the site though a shaded vine covered tunnel. It is quite a large site and a lot has been restored according to the interpretation of Arthur Evans. As you enter the area there are a number of people who offer their services as guide but neither of us wanted to spend hours having everything explained so we declined their ki...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 24, 2010

Knossos Palace/Bronze Age Archaeological Site
Heraklion
Crete, Greece

Camari Gardens

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Hotel | "Camari Gardens - great family resort"

Camari Gardens  Photo, Crete, Greece
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Camari Gardens hotel apartments are situated in Gerani, near Rethymnon in Crete.This is a smallish family run resort with just 65 apartments and studios with 2 pools, a small playground, restaurant, reception/meeting area with book exchange library and a few electronic games and computers, a laundry, a small supermarket set in pleasant gardens overlooking the sea.http://www.camarigarden.com/main.aspx?lan_id=English&page_id=HomeTHE ARRIVALWe arrived at about 5am at the resort and were quickly shown to our apartments. I had asked for ground floor and adjacent apartments away from noisy areas and that is exactly what we got. We were away from the pools...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 27, 2009

Camari Gardens
Gerani, Rethymnon
Crete

Lake Kournas

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Attraction | "Beautiful blue haven of peace on Crete"

Heading back to the river mouth Photo, Crete, Greece
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We drove from Gerani near Rethmynon to Lake Kournas in about 15 minutes; it is just off the main highway near Georgiopolis on Crete. The road meanders around and then you come to a tiny signpost pointing down between two houses only just wide enough for a car to squeeze through. We turned in thinking that this must be a mistake, but it was indeed the road. No wonder all cars on Crete seem to have some scrape or other on their body work. I am pretty certain that it is only possible to get to this place by car so you will need to hire one or get a taxi from Georgiopolis I guess.When we arrived there was plenty of parking under trees for shade just near a tavern. We did notice that as w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 20, 2010

Almiros river estuary in Giorgiopolis

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Attraction | "Turtles in the river at Giorgiopolis"

The pedalo on the Almiros River Photo, Crete, Greece
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Teenage Mutant Cretan TurtlesWhile we were in Crete in summer 2009 we had our two young grandsons with us so we were limited as to the sorts of trips we could go on as their interest in Cretan ruins was limited but they really love animals and seeing them in the wild. We discovered quite by chance that it was possible to see turtles or terrapins by going up the Almiros river estuary in Giorgiopolis. I think they may be a Balkan terrapin or Mauremys rivulata rather than the sea turtles or Loggerhead Turtles that lay their eggs on the beaches of Crete and are the ones being protected by a number of charities today.Our small grandsons are very interested in wild life a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 20, 2010

Spinalonga Island/Kalydon

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Attraction | "Spinalonga"

Spinalonga Island/Kalydon Photo, Crete, Greece
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The name of the island, Spinalonga, is Venetian, and means "long thorn . As I had recently read Victoria Hislop’s ‘The Island, ‘I was very interested in paying a visit to Spinalonga, which is the island of the title. This is the story of Cretan family's hidden past which is set against the backdrop of the Second World War and the island of Spinalonga itself. The story is very much that of Spinalonga as a leper colony but is also a love story and is around the time of the German occupation of Crete.The island of Spinalonga, or Kalidon as it is often shown on maps is a small island just off the north east coast of Crete. It was quite a long drive away from Rethymnon to just b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 20, 2010

Spinalonga Island/Kalydon
Elounda Bay
Elounda, Crete