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Cretan Beach Day

October 24, 2012

I have to admit that our final island port of the cruise, Agios Nikolaos in Crete, Greece was the one I was least excited about.  Aside from naturally dreading the end of this spectacular vacation, Agios Nikolaos didn’t seem to have as much going on as the other ports we visited.

Sure, we could have gone to tour the Palace at Knossos, a Minoan site of supposedly fantastic ruins, but between being blown away by Ephesus a few days prior and heading to Athens and the Acropolis the next day, we opted to skip it.  Why?  To spend a day relaxing and take our first dip in the Mediterranean Sea.

Our first stop was lunch, which I’m going to say had more to do with being worn out from a long day in Santorini than a late night drinking and gambling on the ship.  Just go with it.

A short walk from the port, we came across a small and picturesque lake surrounded by cafes with outdoor seating.  We took a seat at the first one we came to – probably not the best decision as it was one of the most mediocre meals of the trip.  Despite food that could be generously described as decent, it was a pleasant lunch with a great view.

While we were eating, we saw an older gentleman slip on some uneven pavement and fall into the lake.  Luckily he was alright, and just embarrassed.  I share this story not to further embarrass this guy (since I’m sure he reads my blog. who doesn’t?), but because we saw an unusual number of freak accidents during this trip.

In addition to the man falling into the lake, we saw a woman fall and break her leg trying to jump out of the way of a car in Mykonos.  Then, we saw another woman tumble down the marble steps of the Library of Celsus in Ephesus while taking a photo.  I only saw the aftermath, but my brother-in-law said she looked like a slinky as she fell.   She was ok, so it’s alright to laugh, right?

Library of Celsus: The scene of the slinky fall.

Three fairly dramatic accidents in the course of a week struck us all as totally strange.  We concluded that there was probably such a high concentration of freak accidents because we 1. Were in a lot of very crowded areas, 2. Seemed to be traveling with a lot of elderly people using canes and such, and 3. Visited a lot of areas with uneven footing.  But still!  Be careful out there!

Anyway…

After lunch, we walked (carefully) through town to a nearby beach for some relaxation.  The beach we chose was only about 5 minutes’ walk from port, and had chairs and umbrellas to rent for a few euros a piece.  I’m sure there are more beautiful, remote beaches to be found on Crete, but Ammos beach was just the ticket for us that day.

After spending our previous days sightseeing, it felt great to spend a few hours basking in the sun, reading and snoozing.  It was a beautiful day and warm enough that I could have a swim in the Mediterranean.  The water was colder than I expected, but perfectly clear.

That afternoon was an early departure from port, so we walked back to the ship after spending a few hours on the beach.  While I didn’t find Agios Nikolaos as exciting as the other places we’d visited, it was a perfect day to soak in the sun.

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  1. October 27, 2012 6:41 am

    Shame you missed Knossos – it really is well worth a visit!

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