Wednesday, June 15, 2011
RETURN TO CRETE: 2011
Well, a year has passed since my last visit to Crete and many of you have been inquiring if I intend to return to Crete again this year. The answer to that question is a resounding, "YES!" I will leave Nashville, Tennessee on July 1, 2011 for Newark, New Jersey. From there I will fly to Athens, Greece, arriving there on the morning of July 2, 2011. I will depart Athens and arrive at Heraklion International Airport by mid-afternoon of that same day. From the Heraklion airport I will take a bus to the little seaside village of Amoudara, where I will be staying for the next three months. Amoudara is located just six kilometers to the west of Heraklion and is quite centrally located. I will once again be staying at the La Stella Apartments in Amoudara. I am looking forward to seeing my landlords again...Stella And Nikitas. They are kind and thoughtful people, and make me feel like I am family...and not just a tenant.
Once I have settled in, I am looking forward to walking down to Popi's little taverna which is located at the very end of Naxou Street and right on the beach. I can hardly wait to have a frosted glass filled to the top with good cold Mythos beer. Often I will sit in a chair with my feet propped up on a white-washed stone wall and lean back while sipping my Mythos beer, all the while watching the waves roll in from the Mediterranean Sea. I think the main reason I enjoy Popi's taverna so much is because of its simplicity and it unpretentiousness. I also like the fact that people from all over the world stop by Popi's...some to talk...some to eat...and some to drink. Popi's taverna is truly a crossroads of the World!
So, perhaps you are wondering what it is that I will be doing on Crete this year. It is my intent to do even more than I did in 2008, 2009, and even last year, 2010. However, this year I have decided to try my hand at snorkeling. I have purchased a diving mask with prescription lens...actually bi-focal lens...just in case I want to read the Wall Street Journal underwater! Ha! Ha! I have also bought an underwater digital camera. This way I can photograph the shark just before it devours me! I also hope to visit some of the more remote mountain villages on Crete this year, as well as some of the other Greek islands. I may also take a little side trip to Turkey, if all works out well.
So, please check back here often for additional entries, more photographs, and perhaps even a surprise or two!
Take care, stay well, and keep in touch.
Your Friend and Fellow "Silent Warrior",