Crete in 5 days (Chapter II)

Our first idea was to drive to the south part of the island stopping every time we saw an exotic beach through the window of the car. However, the charming mountains of Crete attracted us enough to make us change our plans. Driving among the cretan mountains and stopping in small villages was as nice as visiting famous beaches (or maybe better).

During our trip we stopped by different beaches that we found in our way. We do not even remember the name of them but it was a good way to check the shore of Crete.

We also followed the recommendation of our greek expat friend and we drove to Falasarna (probably you have already heard about it). However, we were a bit disappointed as we were expecting an idyllic beach with crystalline water. (At that time we did not know that we had to wait two more days to find something like that). Although Falasarna did not look as expected, the beach was good enough to have a walk and to drink a coffee in a small restaurant located close to it.

After the coffee we felt ready to continue our trip.

Driving around the mountains was an amazing experience. On our way we found small villages whose inhabitants sold their products on the road (we bought some sweet and tasty honey to one farmer. We recommend you to stop and check what they are selling,all of them are fresh products. So delicious!!).

Mountains in Crete are full with all kind of flowers and vegetation. They have also some kind of microclimate. Up there (at 1600 metres) we experienced all kind of climatological conditions: strong and light rain, sun, fog, warm wind… Furthermore we made some special friends: Goats. As they live free in the mountains we payed attention to stop the car every time they were crossing the road.

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After a couple of hours driving among narrow roads we reached our goal city: Paleochora. This small city is located between the mountain and the sea. Its main characteristic are its colorful houses close to the port.

Where to eat?

At the Epar.Od. Street you will find restaurants which serve tasty greek food. Do not miss the chance to have a nice dinner at the terrace and to enjoy the sunset. 

The restaurant where we had dinner. If you like fish we recommend you the swordfish; really tasty!!!

Our day in Paleochora came to an end after 24 hours. It was time to come back to the north of the island driving back through the dramatic mountains of Crete.

This time we finally found an idyllic beach on our way back. But let´s talk about the end of the trip another day.

 

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And you, have you ever been to Falasarna? Did you like it? Did you know anything about Paleochora? Leave your comments!

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Saint Servatius Labyrinth

Each part of the world is unique. Each city is an unbelievable place full of amazing corners ready to be discovered. Through the buildings we can have a better insight about the history, the inhabitants and the culture of each place that we visit.

The labyrinth of Saint Servatius is one of those amazing places full of charm and history worth to be discovered.

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The maze or labyrinth was designed in1885-1887 by Pierre Cuypers, the architect responsible for the restoration of the basilica in the second half of the 19th century.image

The theme has a link with the sculptures located on the upper part of the portal where you can find the maze. These sculptures represent several parts of the Old and New Testament and the story of the salvation. Beginning with Abraham and ending with St. Servatius, the centerpiece holds the Holy Virgin Mary crowned in heaven.

As a contrast with heaven, the mosaic represents a map of the earth, where everybody is a pilgrim constantly searching for ways to find the Holy Land and Jerusalem.

The Holy City as spiritual goal is represented as a fortress with eight corners and towers, the mount of olives and the mount of calvary.

Also represented are the two main cities of Christendom in the East and the West: Constantinople and Rome, and also two important cities for Maastricht: Cologne (capital and siege of the archbishopric and the most important city of the Roman Empire at the north of the Alps) and Aix –la-Chapelle (the place where the emperors of the holy roman empire of the german nation were crowned during the Middle Ages).

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The best way to enjoy the height of this work is to stay in the corner of the labyrinth so that you can see the whole maze at the same time at the sculptures. Are you fancy to discover this amazing place?