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My travel in Europe:
Samarias, Falassarna, Arkadi, Eleutherna
Today's wishes is to see the Samaria Canyon and maybe a short walk there. If we get time we will drive to the most Western part of the coast and visit Falassarna.
As short stop after we left Rythemnon, in the background we see Chania which we will pass by today.
We left the motor way and continue on a smaller road that go to Samarias Canyon. Then we are up in the mountains again. This is close to Laki.
Everywhere we look we see a lot of olive trees.
The roads we are driving at today:
Samaria National Park:
Driving on the roads with lot of goats that gently moves aside when we come. We have reach the Samarias Canyon, got ten minutes without rain. At least we were able to take some photos.
If we had walked all the way to the Southern coast it had taken us 6.5 hours with a guided group.
At Wikipedia you find more information about Samaria Gorge:
We drove further to the West and take another road to the North. We have decided to visit another archaeological site, the Polirinia. Have read about some Roman aqueduct at that place and we love the old Romans culture.
On the way we passes the area around Prasses and once again we have these wonderful views.
We found the site after a while. To come to this place we had to drive the car upwards a very steep road. It's a cafe here on the summit, but it was closed. We got ten minutes until the rain started again.
At Wikipedia you find more information about Polyrrhenia:
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Underground channels that lead the water to some place that were in need of water supply.
Roman aqueduct, after had walking around in the alleys of the old town we found it.
Up to the North coast again, just where the Kissamos city ends on the West side we found a restaurant at the coast.
Now I got a lot of messages with warnings from my friends, there is a strong earthquake going on at Crete just now. Just the days before we booked the tickets it was also an earthquake. They are now warning about tsunamis but its on the East coast and we are at the West coast. Still we had the ocean under observation, if the ocean rises, how fast can we run ? I asked the waitress if she know anything, she told us: "Earthquake, who cares, we have them all the time". We relaxed and finished our dinner.
The last thing to do today. North of the Falassarna Beach there is a Roman excavation.
We found it, but one hour to late, it was closed. It's a very big area and it's only partly excavated.
We could still see part of it through the fence. Could this have been a luxury Roman villa ?
My feet hurts now and I walk slowly back to the car, not all the way, Gunilla walk at fast speed and went back with the car.
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The fourth and last day we have the car. We aimed for the widows village but came to another place to our surprise.
Monastery of Arkadi:
On the map we saw there was something at this place, but couldn't see what. We drove up the hill to have a look. To our surprise it was a big monastery.
This tree has a bullet in it, from some revolution in the 19th century.
The monastery is very well preserved. Lot of exhibitions to look at or just to walk around here is pleasant.
Up on the second floor we got a better overview of the monastery.
Cats have their lunch, don't disturb !
At this place was earlier a windmill, now a military memorial place.
At Wikipedia you find more information about Arkadi Monastery:
This is a map of our trip today:
After the visit at the monastery we now want to see some excavations. On the map we can see that there are something at Eleutherna.
One stop on the way to have some memorable views we found.
This is the road down to the excavations, but ...
They have closed it because of some work.
We took a coffee and a soda on the cafe. From this place we had a view over the area. In the middle there is a grey roof, that is one of the excavations.
We don't give up so easy. Not far away there is the ancient Eleutherna place. We went to that place, and wow what a lot of interesting things we found.
A narrow pathway lead us to a defens tower.
Strange carvings in the rock that we don't understand.
There are a lot of things here to investigate, but we can't stay the whole day and have to sort out the gems.
No rails, you have to be stable when walking, it's very high above the ground below.
Here we had enter one of the water cisterns. What an incredibly engineering work. How to know how thick the pillars must be and how big the opening between them can be.
The cistern is very big, lot of tons of water can be stored inside here.
A sign told us that there is a fountain down here.
We found it and it pours water out of it.
At Wikipedia you find more information about Eleutherna:
Moving on, now we have a view to the other side of the valley. To the right of the building is the cafe we visited.
We walk up to the village, needs something to eat. We visit the restaurant with the gentle man who helped us with maps so we could find all these interesting things.
We moved on, down in the valley it's more too look at. It's closed, we think it has to do with Greek's poor economy today. But doesn't matter, we could see what we want anyway.
What a well preserved staircase, maybe thousand of years old.
It was not much information to find, maybe part of this is from the Minoan culture.
This looks more Hellenistic to me, sorry, I'm an amateeur.
A last view before we leave the area.
Now we have to go home. It's the last day we have the car and don't want to be late. It's darken very quickly after 6 pm also and we don't want to drive in the darkness up here in the mountains.
Here we have stopped at a viewpoint over the valley. We sat here for a long moment.
What does Gunilla look at ?
On the way down the mountain we pass through the small village Margarites, famous for its pottery. We didn't stop, but regretted that later. We visited it later again when we rented another car next week. As I told in the beginning, it's very good to have two weeks, more relaxed.
We park the car at the hotel, took a rest and then went out for something to eat. We eat often but not very much each time, we like to sit at the restaurants and talk about what we have done during the day.