• Ag Varvara monastery

    Exploring above Katsomatados

    New Year, a new decade, with an Olympic Games – and in deference to the Olympic motto of “Citius, Altius, Fortius” ( faster, higher, stronger),
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  • Kedrodasos

    Paleochora Christmas Puzzle 2019

    It's been claimed – and justifiably so – that visitors coming to Paleochora for two, or even three weeks, can spend every day on a different
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  • Arbutus unedo

    The Strawberry Fields Walk

    A great circular walk for an afternoon above Paleochora - Ideal for autumn. Click to see the details!
  • View over AR

    Around Agia Roumeli

    Few people would consider Agia Roumeli as a location to spend a couple of quiet days relaxing. Between May and October, from around 3pm to
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  • Ancient olive tree

    A Walk Around Palea Roumata

    A vast amount of water has flowed down through the Vavouledo Gorge into Palea Roumata since I described a walk here in just the third Explore !
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  • The Waterfall

    A Stroll Around Azogires

      “When the day is dawning … on a Cretan sunny morning,” sang Tony Christie (well, sort of) many years ago ... “ How I long to be
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  • Nearing Sougia

    The Kladou Gorge – by Kayak (and contest winner)

    Kalogeros beach The only written references I've seen to the Kladou Gorge, west of Samaria and Agia Roumeli, which originates below the summit
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  • 10 years of explore

    Explore! Blog 10 Years Anniversary Contest

      Well, time certainly does fly by! This blog first came to life in June 2009. Since then, Bob has taken us on many journeys around
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  • Path at Kedres

    A Return to Gavdos Island

      If 'Explore !' – April 2017 didn't persuade you to visit Gavdos, and you've still not been, some paths and beaches I discovered on
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  • Vineyards

    A Short Walk from Kantanos

    Ever heard of Skoudiana, Xatzoudiana, Lofos and Agakiana? I thought not; and yet everyone taking the road much travelled from Chania to
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  • View from road

    Omalos To Lakki

    After two relatively easy walks earlier this year, here's a longer and more challenging route – one that we used as 'training' for our trek in
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  • Waterfall 1

    Tzitzifia and the waterfall at Retzakas

    It seems appropriate, after the wettest winter in many years *, that this month's 'Explore' should include a visit to a waterfall …. or a
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