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Sunday, July 17, 2005
Our Greek Adventure

Our trip to Greece was great!

We had a great time in Crete. Our hotel was in Iraklion, the capital of Crete.

More pictures from Crete here.

The entire 7 days we were in Greece we didn't see one American. The hotel was about 40% Czech, 40% Polish, 2% French, less than 1% English, the rest was the Ukraine, Austrian, Romania, and other countries from that region. Most of the people spoke some form of English, enough to communicate.

My 2 new favorite words:


ALL INCLUSIVE means FREE drinks at the 2 poolside bars, FREE food (the eating machine ate her share), FREE juice, coffee, soda and water, FREE everything in the hotel.

The hotel also had a Kid's Club, where the kids played games, did crafts, and went on 'field trips' to nearby beaches:


The first few days, P didn't want to go to the club, but towards the end of the week, that is where you found her, if she wasn't hanging out at the bar drinking pineapple juice. At the club, P was a semi celebrity, with both the other kids and their families. Most had never seen a non-white person, and they loved P.

Saturday, we just lounged around the pool, where P joined a water aerobics class:


Sunday, we went to WATER CITY! (that's how P says it):


The park is on the top of one of the mountains, about 25 minutes from the hotel. It is a huge water park with lots of slides, a wave pool, a 'lazy' river, and plenty of places for P to play.

Monday, we went to the island of Santorini. To get there, we took this boat (the big one):

More pictures from Santorini here.

The cruise took about 4 hours, and the ship was a real cruise ship, complete with restaurants, bars, a swimming pool, and a play room for the kids:


The island of Santorini was nice. There are parts of the island that is not accessible by car. The only way to get down to the port where the ship was waiting for us was either by tram, donkey, or walk the 650+ steps (if you are wondering, I paid the 3.50 Euro and we took the tram).

This is the east side of the island:


The remainder of our week was spent walking around the city, and checking out the more beaches:


This is the sunset we saw every night:

This is the view out the airplane window when we were leaving:


Notice how close the ocean is? You can stand on the edge of the runway, and throw a rock in the ocean.
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That is the summary of our trip to Greece. Next trip? London next month because P informed me that if she doesn't see the Lion King musical again soon, she won't 'make it'.

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