Monday, March 03, 2008



"MIRABELLO BAY - On the way from Heraklion to Elounda, we caught this beautiful view of the Bay. It got its name during the Venetian occupation, when the Venetians built a fortress in Agios Nicolaos they named Mirabello (look at the beauty)"

"BLUE PALACE RESORT AND SPA - The first destination was the Blue Palace, a beautiful place to stay during a Cretan holiday"

"ROOM WITH A VIEW and a pool... Room 526, with brilliant sea views, was a wonderful experience. Incredibly blue!"

"BEACH - It is far from being a beautiful sandy beach, like those one can find in Algarve, but it had a decent service and the water was quite nice: clean and warm enough..."

"SPINALONGA - In 1579, the Venetians built a fortress in this small island. Fame came later to Spinalonga as it was, until 1957, one of the last active leper colonies in Europe. Today, the island is one of the main attractions for tourists staying in the Agios Nikolaos area"

"SEA ENTRANCE - This was one of the two entrances to the island; the other was named Dante's Gate, and was the lepers' entrance"

"WAITING for the fishermen's boat from Plaka to come and pick us back"

"FRESH OCTOPUS can be seen sun drying in front of a restaurant in Plaka..."

"AGIOS NICOLAOS, with approximately 8500 inhabitants, is the capital of the Lassithi Prefecture. It is located 66 km east of Heraklion, 70 km west of Sitia and 36 km north of Ierapetra. The most important landmark of the city is the circular lake - «Voulismeni» - located in the city centre, at the foot of the cliffs. According to the mythology, the goddess Athena used to take her bath in this lake. The depth of the lake is 64 m, its diameter is 137 m, and was connected to the sea only in 1870, when a canal was opened"

"SUNSET at Mirabello Bay"


Anonymous said...

Some months ago, Peter was asking to see the pictures from Greece 2007. Well this is, for the time being, as close as I managed to get there: Greek Islands 2006! Starting with Crete (a recent passion) and lowering the delay to eighteen months… ;)
Enjoy this first Rhapsody in Blue!

Nihal said...

Yeap, seems beautiful. But I should underline that Turkish beaches -Aegean and especially Mediterranean- are NUMERO UNO. Nothing... nowhere can be compared with ours:)

Peter said...

Still in 2006, great traveller(s)!

Pleasure or business (hm..) trip? Just beautiful in any case!

The advantage with the not so sandy beaches is that the water is soo transparent! Once you have suffered of the walking over the the beach, it's really nice! (... and of course you had your pool!)

You, who have seen everything and been everywhere, visited every restaurant and every nice hotel..., I wonder if you are the other one who has also seen what I show from Paris today?

Z said...

Wow, stunning!

Hope your daughter managed to get some skiing in this weekend after all. The post you commented on was from one weekend ago when the weather was glorious!

alicesg said...

Wow, I must said you seems to be travelling every other month. Looked so relaxed in the above photos. The scenery are so beautiful and the sea so blue.

MedaM said...

I completely enjoyed this post, blue sea, blue sky, the view of the Bay, the sunset, the pool…. Just fantastic!

chanpheng said...

What blues! The closest body of water to where I live is the Mekong and during the day, it's brown. However, at sunset it does glow with all the colors of the rainbow but still...there's nothing like the ocean.

Azer Mantessa said...

my goodness ... this is where my ignorance lies ... finally i'm stuck on geography.

one word added in my memory now ... crete ... located in greece. i don't why i've heard of this place before but had no idea where it is.

a lovely place indeed.

phewww ... thanks.

Marie-Noyale said...

Just what I needed today...
A nice blue Everything escape...
That room 526 seems a little "bijou", with your own pool!!!
September is the best month to visit that area...much less crowded,but still warm from the summer sun..
Do take your time showing us the rest of this island tour,I don't want it to stop....

JO said...

OH what beautiful pics! I have always wanted to go there and now even more - looks like it was a lovely trip for you.... Great pics!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Now you are taken us to Greece!
I will love your photos, I have been in different part of Greece over ten different times, those vacations have been best in my life - I have not yet been in Portugal :)
I want more photos from Greece!!!

S-V-H said...

These pictures are what I was wishing for all my life: because I never made it to Greece!

But in your pictures Gil, it's like being there, breathing the salty air and feeling the warm sun.....I'm in Greece!:-)

Shionge said...

Looks like a wonderful place to rest and relax..I can see that you are both enjoying it :D

Anonymous said...

Oh - I just want to dive into that water and disappear!

Lepers never had it so good! (sorry, was that insensitive?).

Sigma said...


Thanks for your concern, and for dropping by.

This is a loverly place, and you sure look like you are having a wonderful time. I specially loved two of the pics here ... "sea entrance" and "sunset".

I see you have reached towards the end of 2006 ... you have almost caught up with the times :-D Though what I am really really waiting to see is your pics of Taj!

lyliane six said...

En voyant la première photo, j'ai cru que c'était Madère.
Tout y est aussi bleu.
Je n'ai pas eu de chance quand je suis allée en Grèce, il y avait eu un tremblement de terre, donc les gens étaient tristes pas acceuillants,l'acropole était en réparation, on enlevait les pierres pour cause de pollution. Mais j'ai beaucoup apprécié Delphes. Il faudra que j'y retourne pour ne pas rester sur cette mauvaise impression.

lyliane six said...

Merci pour le coup de main, comme je connais les capitales, j'ai enfin trouvé! c'est vrai que c'est un grand pays, je n'avais pas vu qu'il n'était pas coloré en rouge avant, il faut que je regarde de nouveau.

Daniel Chérouvrier said...

Le tourisme de proximité a son charme et est le plus écologique mais je dois avouer que le tourisme par air offre des possibilités fantastiques.
Merveilleux !
Merci de nous faire partager tes coups de coeur.

Anonymous said...

Wow GMG, thats a lot of Blue ! Pics are great.

Lakshmi said...

blue is my favourite colour and what amazing beaches..incidentally my next posts on backpakker will be beaches as well..coming soon !

Emilieee said...

Hi Trotter!=) Here I am and I was thrilled looking at your traveling photos! I'm envious of you because you seems like you have traveled to almost the whole world! ;) The beach looks really beautiful.

 gmirage said...

What lovely blues!!! Blue is my favorite color and seeing photos of the beach being so blue is really lovely!

Saw your comment about how to make your photo bigger, so here please click, hope it will help. Make your photo bigger. But this is just for the layout please don hesitate to ask. Good day!

Trijnie said...

I never visited Greece, thanks for sharing this beauty

ANNA-LYS said...

Thank You for visiting a spot in Sweden! In response to Your comment:
"Hope You had a pleasant flight, even if You don't know from where You came, or where You are heading GMG. I am very pleased having you here @ my blog for a refuelling.

Always feel welcome blogtrotter :-)"

Amazing views in Your pic's !!!

(( hug ))

Tinsie said...

Awww you've made me all homesick now!! I really miss the Greek blue of the sea and sky - Britain's way too grey for my liking!

BTW you know Greeks tend to not like sandy beaches because the sand gets everywhere? Each to their own, I guess. I'm happy to settle for a beach that's not muddy and water that's not freezing cold :-)

I've never been to Portugal, but I'd love to visit sometime & go to the Algarve etc.

Joy said...

Oh my gosh! You've been to Crete. I'm so jealous! Love your pictures. Love the wonderful blue sea, and the pink sky and the general chill out atmosphere that can only be Greek.

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Dalicia said...

i love the blue water!!! certainly a good place to relax. i hope to go there one of this days :)

Nikon said...

Beautiful shots, Gil. I love the blues & what a hotel room you had there!

Indrani said...

Lovely beaches, reminds me of the Goan beaches I visited a decade ago. Your blog motivates me to blog on those pre digital-era visits.

Thanks for your comments on my blogs, btw the comments page will be a thing of past soon! It will be chatback soon; tackling compliments and queries instantaneously. ;)

alice said...

Certains se la coulent douce quand même...! Heureusement que tu nous dis être débordé par moments, sinon on serait vraiment jaloux!

Thistlemoon said...

Those are some beautifuk pictures!

 gmirage said...

Hi again! here is the second part of the bigger photo tips =)

Jo's-D-Eyes said...

Hi Gil,
wonderfull greece... I love the blue ,"as it is always seemed to be blue in Greece". On this blog you always are on holiday ( I think that you have to work too ?) I like that room with a view the most, we were having some sunny days here, almost summer!!! Yehh, Thnaks for your great post again:)

Greetings from "Dutch JoAnn"
Soon we are going to Luxembourg than to Swiss /Switserland..than France... I'll let you know when we go where and for how long... Bye

Anonymous said...

OK, but you’re highly suspect when it comes to deal with Turkish beaches… ;))

Pleasure! Actually those were the only ten days in 2006 that may be considered holidays… With regard to the sand, it might be true, but, anyhow, I prefer sandy beaches… ;)
Now, St. Germain, you know already I’ve seen it!

Thanks! Actually, she had three gorgeous skiing days (at the beginning), one acceptable and three awful (two of them at home playing cards…)!

Alice SG,
I used to travel almost every week, at least once every fortnight. Now, I’m stuck! Five or six times a year and that’s all… ;((

Thanks! You’re not that far…

Thanks for your visit and comment (first time, I believe). I also love the Oceans, but would love to see your Mekong River. One day…

Azer Mantessa,
Mediterranean Sea, 160 km south of mainland Greece, crossroads of Europe, Egypt and Middle East…

526 was actually a treat! And you’re quite right about September; actually, the last week in August, when children are already in school in Germany and Switzerland and most families are back home, might also be a nice choice… There will be lots of Crete in the next months as we got back there in 2007!

There are thousands of good reasons for a Greek Islands tour…

You’ll get your Greek pictures, but it’s time to get to Portugal… ;))

Thanks! Glad that you enjoyed; actually it’s difficult to be insensitive to that blue…

Once you try it, you won’t forget it. And the temperature is so nice (at least when I compare with your lovely Singapore… ;)

Well, many people never had it so good… ;)

Glad to see your feeling better! Sea Entrance is also one of my favourites! With regard to Taj pictures, I’ll hopefully post them by March 2009, provided that I manage to close the gap to roughly 12 months… ;))

C’est vrai que ça pourrait être Madère, près de Cabo Girão… Dommage que tu n’as pas eu de la chance en Grèce, parce que les iles sont vraiment magnifiques. Mais Delphes (et les oliviers à perdre de vue) est superbe!
Grand pays et en fait pas encore sur la listes de «labels» et «links»!

Surtout si le temps n’est pas trop, tu as besoin de te faire déplacer avec l’avion… ;)


Blue is also my favourite! I’ll check your beaches next weekend!

Loved to see you here! And commenting!
Don’t be envious; it’s not such a small world and there is still so much to see… ;))

So we are two in blue…
Thanks for your tips on making pictures larger. I’ll try once I manage to get some time to get back to template and the rest… Thanks a lot!

You’re welcome!

Thanks! Loved to land at your blog!

Homesick? Come to Portugal; it’s not that far…
I understand the sand problem, but those golden beaches are unbeatable…

You’re getting close to your TGIF!

Nice programme!

Thanks! Room 526 was actually a treat.

Indrani Ghose,
Thanks. Goa is also on my list; one day…
I’ll check your chatback!

Il ne faut pas être jaloux; et c’est vrai que ce n’est pas facile à trouver du temps pour se promener… Merci!


Blue is beautiful! And it’s not true that I’m always on holiday; the point is that this is supposed to be a travel blog… ;))
Anyhow, you are actually always travelling… ;) So envious! ;))

Ming the Merciless said...

See, these are the whites and blues I was talking about in the other post. :-)

Love the beautiful hotel pool.

isa said...

Mirabello Bay is very aptly named...And I love the photo of your wife, waiting for the boat!

Anonymous said...

That duplex room was magnificent...

Mirabello is beautiful! But I believe the view towards Spinalonga was more impressive. The «Wait», fortunately, was not for Godot...

Noushy Syah said...

Rhapsody in Blue! Wow,it's truly blue, and you know I'm a true BLUES..tehehhe (Chelsea is another reason..:p)

I must say Crete is really a gr8 place for holidaying..the pool and the hotel where you stayed,look so pleasant!


Anonymous said...

Noushy Syah,
So, Blues we are two! But my love started with F.C.Porto (in 1955/1956) where José reached his glory first ) in 2003/2004) ;)
The hotel was more than pleasant, I tell you! Though the rates...

Chica, Cienna, and Cali said...

those blues are so pretty that they hurt the eye!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Blues are always a delicious for the eyes... ;))

hpy said...

These photos could be called azulejos.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. One day (when I retire ;)) I'll start taking care of the Portuguese azulejos to make some posts...

Chuckeroon said...

So Trotter....I've seen them all (so to speak) and among other things notice your expertise in hiring aircraft (you've been influneced by all those ads in the FT). Well done. What a great set of Greek pics!!!

I notice youv'e not been to Dubai..yet. And you haven't been to Papua New at least for a minute or two I have the advantage over you. ;-) Happy dyas. Tks for dropping in so gracefully. Glad you see the best in dear old Brentford

Anonymous said...

Hiring aircraft was a case of absolute need...
PNG, OK! I had a friend that went there in 1982 or 83, but I never had the idea to go... Now Dubai is different; I was checking the Burj-al-Arab and they were fully booked up to tonight, so I had to give up... ;))