Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Crete: Day 1 - Heraklion to Chora Sfakion

Sing to me of an adventure, Muse, a journey through an ancient land, the land of Crete...
I just returned from an absolutely fantastic trip.  The essence of the plan was to find the real Crete, not the Crete of mass tourists, but the authentic place where land and sea collide and where the roots of Western civilization were born.  It was an unqualified success.  The destination was the wilderness of South Western Crete, only accessible on foot.  Road-less, and rugged, the landscape is immense and sublime, and the Libyan sea, a gorgeous turquoise.  So, here is the narrative.
Day 1 (April 2, 2013): Heraklion to Chora Sfakion
We arrived at Heraklion.  The first stop was Knossos, a prerequisite cultural infusion.
I will refrain from comment about the 19th century Evans reconstruction.  As a place of profound historical significance, however, it was still a worthwhile excursion.  More Knossos photos here

Next, we went to Chora Sfakion by way of Rethymno, about a 3 hour drive.  Hora Sfakion is a small village with a harbor, and the primary disembarkation point for the ferry that connects the otherwise inaccessible villages of Loutro and Agia Roumeli. 
Chora Sfakion
The accommodation for the first evening was the Hotel Xenia with a meal at Taverna Nikos.   More Chora Sfakion photos here

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