Saturday, August 22, 2009

Stavros and Spinalonga - Novel Destinations

While we have no set Greek destinations, beyond the first week in Chania, two possible 'novel' destinations have been added to the travel journal. Stavros, on the Akrotiri Peninsula, 14 kilometers east of Chania is where Anthony Quinn, as Alexis Zorba, did his famous dance in the 1964 black-and-white Academy Award nominated-movie, "Zorba the Greek". We will watch the DVD prior to the trip right after reading the 1952 novel, of the same name, by Cretan author Nikos Kazantzkis.

At the other end of Crete, off its north coast, the island of Spinalonga, was Greece's main leper colony from 1903 to 1957. "The Island," a 2005 novel by English writer, Victoria Hislop brings the island and its one-time residents to life, sparking an interest in visiting it one on of the many day trips offered.

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