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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