We have been traveling for quite some time and now I have the
opportunity to provide feedback on our wonderful trip. Thank you so
much for arranging it! The accommodations were very good and the tour
was well paced. The only thing I would do differently next time was
allow more time, especially on Crete. Good job!
Blaine and I have spent two weeks in Greece and had a wonderful
time. The first week was filled with the classical portion of
the Greek mainland. I got so confused with the various gods, goddesses,
foreign occupations and wars that I broke down and bought a book about
mythology and spent a good part of some evenings researching the
political history. It helped to orient us to this beautiful country.
In Athens and in Iraklion (capitol of Crete) we witnessed political
demonstrations. They did not appear to get violent but we chose not to
stick around in case they did. In Athens we also toured the Acropolis,
Plaka (old city) and the National Archeology Museum. Amazing!!!
We had the most wonderful guide for the tour to classical Greece (Corinth, Epidarus, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora). His name was Yani and had unending enthusiasm and a vast wealth of knowledge. He was probably the best guide we have ever had.
The group was also interesting. We traveled with people from New
Zealand, Australia, Canada, England, Singapore, Malaysia and, of course
the US. The group was a mixture of gay and straight people and reminded
me a lot of the poeple who attend our UU church in Denver. Conversations
at meal times were very entertaining! One night we ran into our guide,
Yani and bus driver, Nicholas outside a Greek taverna. He invited us and
several others from our group to join him. The wine flowed and at the
end of the evening her refused to let any of us pay!
The second week we were on our own touring several Greek islands.
My favorite was Mykonos because no cars were allowed within the town
walls and everything was in walking distance. However, the hotel in
Santorini was the fanciest place I have ever stayed. It had five
swimming pools! We took a day trip to the island of Delos. It has the
largest archaeological site in Europe and was the birthplace of Artemis
and Apollo. Yesterday we went to Knossos, I city that was founded in
Iraklion was the only place we had language difficulties and
navigational challenges. Not much is in English and the roads were wound
within the Venetian walls of the 15th century. The problem was solved
by buying ticket to a hop on hop off tour bus. We sat on the upper level
and were able to figure out where we were. We ate at this amazing place
called the Fish Tavern which was cheap, good and overlooked the Venetian harbor.
Today we are off to Istanbul.
I hope everyone is well and happy,
Phylis and Cloyce