Departure to Chania

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We get up at 03:45. We need to make sure we’re at the airport in Zaventem at 05:00 at the latest. Maurits picks us up at 04:15 and we leave for the airport immediately. We take 1 suitcase, 1 bag pack, and a small bag pack as hand luggage. We arrive at the airport on time and check in; at the VIP stand off course. Everything goes smoothly and after customs control we can go to the main departure hall. We take our time to have breakfast, because it will take a while until we have our next meal. Two coffees, 2 biscuits. Then we can enjoy the sunrise near our gate (the last one, number 72). The plane can leave on time; there was only 15 minutes delay. So at 06:45 we leave! After a flight of about 3 hours we land at Chania airport in Crete. It is 26 degrees: great! For once we have two items and off course we need a long time until the bag pack is there. The bag pack was there and immediately the band stops, so that really was the last one. We take a cab to the centre of Chania for 25 Euro. The driver brings us to the centre and we need to walk another 3 minutes to get to the hotel. It is situated in a neighborhood, where no cars are allowed. We like it already. In the hotel we need to wait for another 10 minutes because our room is not clean yet. We’re in “Porto Del Colombo” in a room on the third floor. We need to put a lot of effort to bring the bags up, but have a great view on the old harbor from our room. On the other side we see the city, which is also a great view. We don’t spend too much time in unpacking our thing, because we feel like exploring Chania. First we have something to eat at a restaurant near the sea: Monastiri. We have a Greek salad, tzatziki and grilled octopus. It’s very nice and not too expensive. Then we go into town. We start with a walk, that we get from our tourist guide and follow that. The guide leads us past small alleys with all different kinds of shops. We pass along the orthodox cathedral, the archeological museum (something for later) and go to the market. There is nothing much to see now, because the market has already closed the doors. Maybe we can return there a bit later. We walk to the Agios Anargoeri, a building where a lot of icons are visible. We don’t enter here; this would lead us too far already. We walk on to a church with a minaret and arrive at the port, just where the new and the old one come together. It’s already four in the afternoon and we’re already awake for 12 hours, so it’s time to have a siesta. Let’s go do that! Around 18:00 we prepare to go to have dinner. We ask at the reception, where we can book a tour to the Samaria Gorge and the woman advises us to go outside of town for a tourist office. We don’t go there, but she calls them and within 5 minutes everything is scheduled. Monday we go to Samaria. We walk to the harbor, enjoy the sunset and look for a nice restaurant. We take an aperitif (ouzo) and then have a lot of small dishes al together: cabbage salad, small Greek fishes, and dolmadakia with retsina. We can enjoy our first meal here.  When we ask for the bill (only 24 Euro), we get a raki for free. Here on Crete it seems that people drink raki more than ouzo. Then it is time to return to the hotel. We take the road along the water and then dive into the alleys. Underway we buy the cigars and retsina we like on our holidays. We continue to enjoy the good weather: it’s till hot till 00:00 and around that time we go to bed.

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