Flying in to Chania from Papenburg
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September 19th, 2009 – by: aloneinthecrowd
When the train arrived we checked out the railway cars to find our seats. We made a reservation because the trains sometimes are crowded and it isn't fun to stand in the alleyway for more than 2 1/2 hours with all our luggage.
After a 2 1/2 hours ride (without any unexpected incidents - which is unusual for Deutsche Bahn - lol) we had to change train in Duisburg and hop on the train to Düsseldorf International Airport.
Still 2 more hours until take-off. Having lunch might be a good idea ;) The food in airplanes isn't famous for its savoriness. The "sandwich" (?) which tasted like paperboard from our last years flight was still in my mind.
Finally!!! At 3.15 p.m. we took-off and due to the nice weather we had a good view on Düsseldorf and its surrounding.
Since we are inhabitants of the EU there were no customs formalities. We got our luggage very quickly and went to the counter of the car rental to pick up our car. All in all we needed just 1 hour for everything. We booked a small car but since we were late there wasn't any left and they had to give us a bigger car. As you can imagine we weren't sad about it :)
The drive to the hotel in Koraka Beach (Rodakino) took us a bit over 2 hours. After checking in at the hotel we went down to the tavern for a late dinner. The kitchen was already closed but they were very kind and prepared us a greek salad and some tsaziki with bread. Accompanied by a red wine for me and a beer for Klaus the dinner was perfect :)
We were exhausted from our 14 hours trip and went to bed. But we couldn't doze off. At a tavern next to the hotel a wedding has been celebrated with loud music and - very strange for us - gunshots. I read in our guide book that gunshots at weddings are still common in Crete but I never expected to witness that. At 4 a.m. I was still awake :( but somewhen I finally dozed off.
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