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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Greece!

Our big trip began when TSA confiscated my daughter's jar of peanut butter (yes, I was highly annoyed), but picked up from there. We made several stops in Greece last year, but this time decided to hunker down on one island- Crete. Home to the ancient Minoans, Crete could really be its own country and a pretty diverse one at that.

We traipsed through Hania's picturesque Old Town, found a gelateria (heaven in a cup!) and some lovely souvenirs,


Explored the ancient palace at Knossos (get there early to avoid heat and crowds),


Meandered through Aptera, an ancient and totally deserted Roman site (complete with giant wasps, but still my favorite part of the whole trip),


Hiked the 10 mile Samaria Gorge, Europe's oldest gorge, with our three-year-old (yeah, she's awesome!),


and swam in the Libyan Sea.

So yeah, the trip was awesome!

25 comments:

VICTORIA SAAVEDRA said...

Awesome pictures!

I would love to go.

Jade said...

My envy knows no bounds.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Wow, wow, and wow! Your travels are so awesome, Stephanie! I echo Jade's comment. Thanks for sharing the pictures. :-)

Valerie Geary said...

Beautiful photos!!! I think I might have to go there some day...

Stephanie Thornton said...

Victoria- You should go- Crete is gorgeous!

Jade- If it counts for anything, I'm jealous that you live in Australia. It's on my list to visit one day!

Shannon- Travel is the best! I'm glad you enjoyed the pics!

Valerie- Definitely put Crete on your list!

Nicole MacDonald said...

Gorgeous pics! And giant wasps - eeeee scary!

The Alliterative Allomorph said...

I've actually never been to Crete. I think I should keep it in mind to visit! What other places have you been to in Greece?

Mason Canyon said...

Sounds like a great trip, minus the peanut butter incident. Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Vicki Rocho said...

What an awesome trip! The water looks so inviting!

J. L. Jackson said...

Wow! The pictures are amazing. Crete is on my list to visit one day. Glad you have a great time.

Aubrie said...

Was the water warm? Oh, I'd love to swim in that sea. Glad you had a great vacation!

Jemi Fraser said...

Lovely pictures - so beautiful :)

Taryn Tyler said...

That sound like a super fantastic trip. :D

Tere Kirkland said...

So jealous! I've always wanted to go to Crete!

Hope you're having a great trip.

Lydia Kang said...

Breathtaking! Wow! I want to go there. It's on my list of places to visit.

L. T. Host said...

Beautiful :) I need to get pics of our trip up, too! Hopefully this week.

Welcome back!

Mark Noce said...

Wow! My wife and I were debating about trying to hike the gorge in Sept, but after your review I think we'll go for it:)

Amalia T. said...

That sounds like a wonderful trip! (Peanut butter confiscation aside, anyway.) I am definitely a little bit jealous that you saw the palace at Knossos, and not at all jealous about the giant wasps which would have run me off faster than you can say Crete!

VR Barkowski said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing. Absolutely stunning. And the water looks so inviting, I want to jump inside the photograph.

Oh, and that's one cute little monkey you've got there! :)

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Sounds like a dream! Thanks for sharing your pictures.

Dominique said...

Wow. Those pictures are phenomenal. Thanks for sharing. :)

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Gary Corby said...

The pics recall a lot of memories for me.

You did the gorge with a small child? You must be superhuman!

Caroline Tung Richmond said...

These pics are to die for, Stephanie! It looks like you guys had a fabulous time!

Just Another Sarah said...

Your photos are so awesome! I want to go someday!