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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Creta

Hello  - I have not posted for a while - but I wanted to share a few moments with you if you have time - Autumn in Crete - we have not visited Crete for a few years now - time to rekindle that love story we thought - we stayed approximately 18 km from Chania
- not far from Kolymbari and the Rodopos  peninsula - if you close your eyes to the new roads and building work the old Crete is still there - hidden away in the ancient olive groves
and small tavernas in the hillside villages -
raki is still the favoured tipple!!
- but the tractor is the new donkey.

The autumn bulbs were beautiful-
fragile and resilient in their struggle against progress
and also the native goats


everyday we walked using the local bus now and again but mainly walking - I had downloaded some walks of the internet to take with us and they proved to be really good - in fact we must have been quite conspicuous because towards the end of the week - locals were tooting the horns on their trucks and giving us a wave  as they sped by -  we only went on one organised trip which took us up to Imbros village - for a breakfast of cheese pancakes and honey and then a 11 km walk down the  -Imbros Gorge -
fantastic - a bit tricky at times but definitely not to be missed -  lunch at the bottom of the Gorge in Komitades and then a coach trip back.

We spent quite a bit of time in Kolymbari -
from there we walked to Afrata on the R Peninsula -we passed the monastery
 a fair climb - and it was hot - what is that saying 'only mad dogs and english men (and in this case an english woman go out in the midday sun ' - but it was well worth it - watching the goats showing off jumping to and fro on the rocky ground and the goats watching us
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The  real stars to me were the Swallow Tail butterfly -
they were every where in the olive groves - on the bougainville and up on the mountain roads  -
stunning

Thankyou for calling by and God bless Paris - Jane

5 comments:

  1. Crete looks a lovely place to visit and your photos are stunning, especially the butterfly shots. :-)

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  2. Thanks Deb - lovely to hear from you - hope you and your family are well - I haven't posted a blog for ages -the swallowtaiils were so beautiful it was a good time of year to go - not to hot for walking - and very peaceful - Jane

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  3. Oh, I would LOVE to visit Crete!

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  4. I dont think thats Shropshire! What great pictures.

    I have to say I was rather pleased with the phrase you highlighted in your comment too!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  5. We are neighbours. Thanks for posting on my Coventry blog. Looking forward to following yours :). All the best, Lauren (LOLfromPasa)

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