A trip to Egypt, Greece, Italy, Crete, Malta and Turkey.
  • Day40

    Home!

    June 16 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Cannot recommend Qantas Business class at all. Compared to Emirates, it's K-Mart to Harrods. Paul's entertainment system did not work at all, and as it was full, he couldn't be moved. They gave him a bottle of red to take home, and 5000 frequent flyer points as compensation (big deal)! The seats were not comfortable, and their amenities kit was very K-mart. The food was nothing compared with Emirates. It was a shame, as it was the longest leg. We were actually booked on an Emirates A380 flight for that last leg, but Emirates decided to pull out of the Bangkok-Sydney route, so we were transferred to a Qantas flight. Paul then tried to book the Dubai to Sydney direct, but there were no seats... Big shame!

    Anyway, glad to be home!
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  • Day39

    Dubai to Bangkok.

    June 15 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Just landed, a few hour to spare... Shower then duty free? Why not!

  • Day38

    Istanbul to Dubai

    June 14 in Turkey ⋅ 🌫 25 °C

    First leg of 3 flight trip home, 28 hours in total. Sitting in the lounge at Istanbul, you can see I have a flush. One white wine and a G&T later. Flying Business all the way, so should not feel too terrible when we get home early Sunday morning!

  • Day34

    Knossos to Chania

    June 10 in Greece ⋅ 🌫 26 °C

    From Knossos, we headed to Chania, and our hotel at Platanias. The hotel was a big resort on the beach, and we had a lovely huge room, with a big sun drenched patio. Wonderful! The following day we jumped in the car and drove to Balos Beach. Amazing! The last 7 km was dirt road, and we learned that Europeans have no idea how to drive them refusing 9 go faster than 5km/hr! And they were mostly rentals!!!

    At the end, there was a 2km walk, but omg, was it worth it! A stunning beach and amazing views. Lots of local wildlife in the form of belled long-haired goats and donkeys.
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  • Day34

    Heraklion - Knossos

    June 10 in Greece ⋅ 🌫 24 °C

    Today we picked up our hire car and drove to Knossos. I’d learned about Knossos in my Ancient History class at high school, so I had a good idea of Minoan civilisation, and the history here, though have to admit, after the Museum of Herculaneum, which was excellent, we were underwhelmed...and their management of crowds, large tour groups and passageways leads much to be desired! still, it is a tick off the bucket list!Read more

  • Day33

    Heraklion

    June 9 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    After a disaster day yesterday, we took to the streets of Heraklion, following the Venetian fortress walls. We came across some gorgeous churches, a fountain built in 1649, wonderful back alleys and laneways, and fishing boats at the harbour...

  • Day32

    Mykonos to Heraklion

    June 8 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Today we sad a sad farewell to John and Helen, as they set forth on the next 3 months and 3 weeks of their Odyssey. The winds were up, so getting us back to the new port of Mykonos so we could disembark was always going to be a challenge. However, the gods were smiling then, as the Harbour master allowed us to berth on the good side of the harbour, in calm waters, and John and Helen executed a perfect parallel mooring, complete with perfectly placed (old tyre) step, allowing clumsy Beth to get off with dignity (unlike her usual method of hands and knees!). As the sailed away into the sun, Paul and I made the short walk to our ferry site, and proceeded to wait. We were supposed to board the super fast catamaran ferry at 13.15 hours, arriving in Heraklion at 19.30, with quick stops in Eos and Santorini. When we checked in, they told us our direct ferry was cancelled, but we were to change at Santorini. No probs, we said. However, that time came and went, with no ferry. They assured us all would be fine and we’d make the connection. Then, at 3pm, they announced all the tickets would have to be reissued,and those going to Eos & Santorini would go at 4pm. However, no good for us, as that means we would miss the onlyconnection to Heraklion til the next day. They’d put us upon a hotel. Nope, we said, not good enough. So, they said they’d pay for flights there. Ok we said. Only problem, was that we had to go back to Athens first, then Heraklion. Then they said we could catch the town bus to the airport. Nope, we said. So they sent a car for us. Then,had to sit around airport til 21.30. That plane was late! Ugh, we were then worried we’d miss the connection in Athens, but fortunately, got there with minutes to spare. We hailed a cab at Heraklion airport, taking us to our lovely hotel, who were waiting with welcome drinks, and a lovely room. Finally in bed by 1.30am!Read more

  • Day27

    Corinth to Epidavros

    June 3 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Today we set sail, and the first task was lining up for the Corinth Canal. This is a narrow 4km long man-made isthmus. It is one way traffic at a time, so the boats line up to wait till it’s our turn. It’s quite fascinating going through, and quite narrow. At the other end, you have to moor, and complete paperwork for the harbour master, paying the tolls of course. We took the opportunity to fill up with diesel as well. As with all of Greece, cats abound, and one little white cat took a shine to Paul. Such a shine, that it jumped on the boat when we weren’t looking! It got quite miffed when I grabbed it and tossed him back to shore!

    We sailed for a couple of hours, mooring at Epidavros, disembarking and then could a taxi to the ruins of an ancient theatre. It was very impressive as it was mostly intact, and had amazing acoustics! Paul impressed us all by singing Waltzing Matilda for the masses, which when we were a the top of the stadium, could hear clearly. Regrettably I was not quick enough for video,capturing only the last few seconds...what a trooper!

    We decided to have a home-cooked meal tonight, and John excelled as usual. Beth decided to jump in the water to test it out - cool, but do-able!

    It was a much calmer night’s sleep in calm waters!
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