Greece

Hydra Hide-Out

I only ended up visiting Hydra Island because I was spending a day photographing a Saronic Gulf cruise. Given how touristy and accessible some of these Saronic Islands are, I didn’t initially have very high expectations. I’d just spent 3 weeks hiking in Crete, after all. What sort of inspiration could these little touristy islands … Continue reading »

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The Laid-Back Little town of Loutro

Unreachable by road, tucked into a natural bay in the mountains of Southern Crete, and topped by two castles (Ottoman and Venetian) AND a little tower. That’s Loutro. Having walked for a week or more to get here, Loutro was an excellent resting point from hiking on the E4 trail. Bright white buildings, fresh cooked … Continue reading »

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Fortress Camp: The First

The walk from Paleochora to Cape Tripiti is a mostly easy two days, and except for the trail right outside of Paleochora (which hits a small stretch of half-finished road) is a lot of lovely hiking. At quite literally the end of the road is a surprisingly nice sandy beach, so nice that I forced … Continue reading »

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Missing the Best Beach in Crete

I actually did the westernmost stretch of the Crete E4, from Elafonisi to Paleochora, as a one day round-trip from Paleochora. Which is a shame, really, because it means I didn’t get to spend any time on the best beach in Crete! By the time actually got to Elafonisi, it was so late in the … Continue reading »

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Seeing Sitia

Heading towards the east side of Crete to begin hiking the E4 trail, I was under the impression that the city of Sitia was somewhere on the radar of pretty big tourist destinations on the island. I ended up having to crash for a night here to wait for an early morning bus down to … Continue reading »

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Giving up on the E4.

I woke up on Day 5 of my hike across the Crete E4 to a beautiful view down the Cha Gorge and a delicious breakfast of oranges and chocolate on toast. After a delicious start, my path descended down towards the Gorge and past wooded copses of trees hiding small Greek Orthodox chapels. Much of … Continue reading »

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Ancient Athens – Acropolis, Agora, and More-a!

Athens Acropolis and Ancient Agora Believe it or not, there IS more to Ancient Athens than just the Parthenon and Acropolis. I know, right? Some of those places, like the Ancient Agora, are included (and enumerated) on the same ticket as that of the Acropolis. The Temple of Olympian Zeus, too, is just down the … Continue reading »

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Fun with Farragis

On Day 3 of my Crete E4 adventure, I began to realize that trail markings are apparently not a thing standardized across the world’s trails. I’d ended up on the wrong side of the valley from Vori, just below the highway that wound up in the village of Sikia. What my map didn’t show, it … Continue reading »

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