Our arrival in Crete, Greece via Irakleion to Rethymno

Irakleion Travel Blog

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It was about 40 degrees warmer getting off the plane in Crete than when we departed Stuttgart.  Once the headaches from the screaming kid subsided, we picked up the luggage and headed off in our Fiat 4-door compact car via Hertz.  I asked if driving in Greece had any special instructions, but the attendants all said "same as driving in Germany" but they were not totally correct.  Upon departing the Hertz parking lot, things got interesting.  The Irakleion airport does not have any typical arrival/departures drop-off/pick-up area and no clearly marked "Car Rental Return" area.  Except for the "No Photography" signs, security seemed to be relaxed and there were tons of tourism booths and tour bus parking.

  When we got on the "New National Highway" we were surprised to see everyone crossing the solid white line on the right shoulder.  Some people drove fast in the left lane, but it definitely was not German driving rules.  The STOP sign at the end of every on-ramp was a bit disconcerting and the road conditions were a bit bumpy--I thought the roads were wet and slick--besides, I was driving on Greece/Grease!  


The little roadside stands selling fresh oranges with little old ladies that looked like they had been sitting there in the sun for 100+ years seemed not to mind that everyone drives on the shoulder where the stands were also set up.  It looked like the making of "fresh orange juice" happened as "almost by accident" daily!


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