After taking the ferry from Brindisi, we land on Corfu and make our way to the famous Pelekas (amongst backpackers) to kip on the hillside under the trees. Then on to smoggy Athens. In Piraeus, we hopped a ferry to the islands, passing Ios and Naxos, before sailing into the crater of Thira (or Santorini). We kipped on the black sand beach of Kamari. Finally Crete, Heraklion (and its famously ugly dry fountain) and the ruins of Knossos. I first ventured east on the island to Sitia and its shipwreck, then to Vai, sleeping out in open under palm trees. Finally, to Europe’s southern most point of Lentas. As an added bonus, we’ll teleport to Cyprus for the briefest of glimpses of Limassol. The musical accompaniment is (naturally) Zobra the Greek by John Murphy & David Hughes, wrapped up with Trains to Brazil by The Guillemots.

Originally published elsewhere on 5 February 2008.


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