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Greece, Crete, Spinalonga

Went down to the waterside of our local village Plaka and took the ferry over to Spinalonga – all of ten minutes.

We then walked around the island which was first a Venetian fortress and more recently used as a leper colony until 1915. The colony was paid for by the Greek government and people appear to have been well looked after but they were isolated from their families and friends although it seems people did marry and have children on the island during those dark times. It is a very photogenic place from just about every angle.

Lots of opportunities for a bit of posing too:). And great to be spending time with my mate Emma

Greece, Crete – a change of pace – the sea, fresh octopus, a cemetery with a view and clear sparkling water.

First two days in Crete have been very laid back after all the places I was visiting in Lisbon. I am staying in Elounda on the East of the island in a hotel with lovely views including Spinalonga – the former leper colony which I will be visiting in the next day or so.

The domed building (which I thought might be where hobbits stay on vacation from NZ) are actually places that used to house water for the villages that came from underground streams. Now they are interesting curiosities. On the right below is Spinalonga and you can see how clear the water is. Also interesting to see the concept of pegging your freshly caught dinner on the washing line!

The little village of Plaka – which only seems to exist because there are boats that take you to Spinalonga is a short walk away. I like the little shrines along the way and especially the cemetery with a view.

I am enjoying my hotel – Domes of Elounda too – as it is set on different levels above the sea so there is a great view wherever you look and an adults only pool. How civilised.

Even better, my mate Emma joins me later today for further adventures in the Greek islands.