Journey Day: 1
08 - July 03 - Plakias, Crete
The real treat of the southern Cretan coast is a taste and vision of old
Crete. Last year's trip included a 1960s brochure and
many of the old photos can actually be seen - including older farmers using
roadside donkeys with color striped saddle blanket.
Another face of full of history was seen in older women walking along the
road - possibly taking flowers to a roadside memorial.
All of the towns were very full of activity - double parked, stopping the
street talking, and perpetual left turns - and off the beaten
tourist trek. One valley was covered in mile after mile of covered
green houses - anything from tomatoes to carnations. Lunch was
in the coastal town Matala
- known for it's cave filled side mountain
overlooking the well visited bay. Most of the old hippie generation
that used the caves in the past has mostly moved on - except for "Peace"
and "Love" based shops and low cost hotels.
One stop included the springs to Zaros - source of many of the bottled
Cretan water - and route included following the mountainside
road overlooking multiple valleys. Final stops included the Arkadi
Monastery (Landmark known for it's conflicts with the Turks)
that has a "Remember the Alamo" feel. Continued on to the northern coastal city of
was back to village of
- hugging the mountainside and overlooking
the sunset filled Plakias Bay. If we could only spell or pronounced the
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