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Finally arrived in Crete

The pace slows down and we make it to the countryside

sunny 84 °F

Yia Sou,
After a 12 hour journey on the massive ferry boat from athens to Crete we arrived to Heraklion the major port town of Crete. Marley was quite nervous about getting on the boat but once we finally departed she loved every second of it... It is such a nicer way of travelling rather then airplanes as you can walk around nd sprawl out on the carpeted floors or couches... The children and us pretty much slept the whole journey and woke up a world away from Athens in Crete. Our host family wanted us to arrive on Saturday so we thought we would spend one night in town at an airbnb getting our barrings on where we were and where we could find things that we might need before we headed out into the countryside into a super remote area of Crete.
We arrived at 6 am and the guy Nicos who was hosting us was so kind to let us drop our bags so that we would be able to spend the day exploring the amazing sweet city of Heraklion. What an amazing historical town to explore. With Venetian ruins all around the city and an incrediable amount of pedestrian streets we literally spend the whole day walking around and around, sometimes in circles... We had an amazing lunch and sampled some delicious gelato ( not as good as Italy, but close) Leo was a champion and literally walked the whole day. He is amazingly strong for an almost 5 year old. Marley had the luxury of being in the carrier most of the day and had 2 naps... we were all wishing that we were being carried around after it was mid afternoon...
Ok getting back to the airbnb wasn't as easy for us... We had a map and we knew the address but it was like a game trying to use my broken greek and asking people for directions... Eventually a cab driver approached us and said "are you lost I have seen you walking for hours where are you going" the advantage we have is that I fully understand ( ha, sometimes) and can speak nearly fluent Greek. I'm impressed with how much I remember and how quickly it all comes back. I lived here almost a decade ago, but the mind is incrediable it just comes right back when you need it to.
We were all quite exhausted when we finally made it back to the lovely house we stayed in...There was the sweetest backyard full of pomegranate ((rodi) trees and citrus... The children were very happy to collect insects and make madalas out of fallen fruit... The kids were stoked cause there was a bath so they bathed ate a lovely home cooked meal and we slept so good!

Posted by OhanaNomads 03:32 Archived in Greece Tagged greece heraklion

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