Sougia to Chania

Sougia to Chania, Crete, Greece, 18 October 2018.

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This post covers our journey from Sougia to Chania in Western Crete.

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The first images are from the road from Sougia to Palaiochora.

There are many layers here, terraces, occupied and unoccupied rural buildings.

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A residence in a rocky landscape that recedes into the fog.

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Perhaps a monastery and a bell tower.

I suspect it is too substantial for just a church.  There is also some terracing visible, probably for crops.

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A distant church on a remote peak.

This image and the next are close to Palaiochora.  The previous three were close to Sougia.

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Side road and tree.

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This is the point of the peninsula at Palaiochora.

It is taken from the beach at the road from Sougia.  There is a harbour round the other side of that point.

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Extension of the previous shot, panning to the right.

Not sure why I didn’t make them join up to a panorama.

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Zooming in, the Venetian fort atop the town.

It was built in 1278, destroyed in 1332, rebuilt in 1334, destroyed in 1539, rebuilt in 1595 and destroyed some time before 1834.

During the Second World War, there was a battle between German motorcycle reconnaisance troops and a Greek regiment with some Cretan Gendarmes.  The Germans built gun emplacements in the fort that are still visible today.

We intended to visit the fort but couldn’t find any parking nearby.  So, being concerned not to turn up too late to our accommodation in Chania, we kept driving.

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A small village on a strategic ridge with a church, a graveyard and a number of buildings.

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A house and a small church.

This is also visible in mid right of the previous image.  There is a man, a utility and a small flock of sheep.  there is also a very small village in the background, some of which appears relatively new.

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Back at the village on the ridge, here is a duplex half occupied and half ruined.

The occupied half includes a spiral staircase up to a small roof balcony.

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A church overlooking an ancient coastline.

However, the buildings on the point are not ancient.  They are perhaps holiday homes for wealthy residents of Chania, with several swimming pools visible.

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Not everyone is affluent.

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This is a rocky and impoverished part of Crete where most of the young people have left to find employment and there are many derelict houses.  in real estate parlance, renovators’ dreams.

Western Crete has probably been remote for a long time.  I don’t know how close they were to these villages, but somewhere in the mountains of Western Crete was a group of Communists who held out twenty years after the civil war had finished in mainland Greece.

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Lots of interesting detail.  People live in some buildings while other buildings erode away.

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At first sight, someone is using this decaying building for their daily garage.

However, the van is not going anywhere fast.  Its wheels are covered in sacks and the rear window is covered in dust.

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It’s almost like a modern archaeological site.

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An olive farm on the skyline.

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The last two images are somewhere near the north-west corner of the island.

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Sougia and Syia

Lissos to Sougia and Syia, Crete, Greece, 17 October 2018.

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Captain George to the rescue!

Here we are still in Lissos, the ancient ruined Minoan, Greek, Roman and Byzantine city from the last post, watching the arrival of our sea transport to return to Sougia.  There was a sign onshore giving a phone number and saying he would be there in ten minutes.

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A view of the cliffs from the boat on the journey back.

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Sougia in the distance, taken with a very long lens.

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If there’s an earthquake, I think you don’t want to be under this cliff.

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Probably only the hardiest of trees can survive here.

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A lone tree against the horizon.

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We’re back in Sougia now. 

This may be a view from where we were staying.  There is a swimmer in the water and a ship on the horizon.

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We went for a walk around Sougia and discovered traces of the ancient city of Syia.

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A very old olive tree, probably with a net for olives wrapped around it.

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These are Roman tombs.

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Though Syia was a Minoan port, the excavated ruins are Roman and early Byzantine. 

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Much is still yet to be excavated.

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There is apparently an aqueduct outside town visible from the road.  There are also ruins of Roman buildings and three large early Christian Basilicas.  There is more there than we saw at the time.

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Remains of an ancient wall.

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Another stone circle, similar to the one we saw at Lissos.

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Sougia to Lissos

Sougia to Lissos, Crete, Greece, 17 October 2018.

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This post covers a walk from the village of Sougia, on the south west coast of Crete, to the site of the ancient Roman town of Lissos in a neighbouring valley, taking about 90 minutes.

There’s been a gap in posts while I have been in Far North Queensland.  I will finish posting on Crete with seven to nine posts on Western Crete, plus a few mono posts of Crete.  There will also be a live music post in the middle of those.  The rest of that trip (to Andalusia, Barcelona, Oregon and Washington) will then have to wait while I cover the trip to Far North Queensland.  

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This is from the western end of the beach at Sougia.  If you click for a larger image, you will be able to see the umbrellas at the far end of the beach.

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There is also a World War II gun emplacement and a rusted anchor.

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A small church set back from the beach.

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The tiny harbour of Sougia.  There must have been a harbour here for thousands of years.

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Another miniature roadside shrine.  This one has a photograph of the person it is dedicated to.  In view of the location he was likely lost at sea.

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We have now started on the walk to Lissos.

Here is an abridged description of the walk from the site sougia.info:

“The walk starts at the harbour of Sougia. Whilst passing there, note the ancient water line which is clearly visible in the cliff, about 7 meters above the present sea level. This sudden elevation happened about 1500 years ago in western Crete.”  (Note: you can see that waterline behind the harbour in the earlier image.)

“At the entrance of the small gorge, a fence must be opened (& closed afterwards) and after clambering over a smooth rock you get on the path leading to Lissos.  After following the path in the shade of pine trees for about half an hour you will pass an impressive smooth cliff overhanging the trail. Ten minutes later the path veers off to the left and starts climbing up the hill. The good path up the hills then leads through old pine trees to a treeless plateau with good views all around. After ten more minutes walking straight towards the West you arrive at a steep drop with beautiful views of Lissos. Lissos is like a bowl of vegetation fields and terraces leading to the sea.”

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Some of the trees grow in unlikely places.

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This is not a wild goat.  He has a collar.

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We are now overlooking the mouth of the valley where Lissos is.  Perhaps you may need to click on the image for a larger view but Panagaia Chapel is in the middle near the sea and a small boat is behind it, offering a passenger service.  We discover we may not need to walk back.  The chapel is made using materials recycled from the ancient Roman town and has several carved marble blocks in its walls.

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Sougia.

Sougia and Lissos, Crete, Greece, 17th October 2018.
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Sougia.

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Sougia Harbour.

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Miniature roadside chapel.

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Small gorge on the way to Lissos.

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Old chapel, Lissos (Following images also Lissos),

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Roman necropolis.

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Ruined house.

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Mosaic, Aesculap Roman Temple.

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Ancient olive tree.

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Agios Kyriakos Chapel.

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Inside the chapel.

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Captain George to the rescue (summoned by mobile phone).

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Sougia.

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Tree on cliff, from the launch.

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Roman tomb behind Sougia.

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