The Place: The Libyan Sea. . .
The Backdrop: . . .blue sky . . .blue sea. . .
The Time: . . .a laid-back Sunday afternoon. . .
That’s the setting for this week’s Greek ‘ferry’ tale - the tale of a trip from one of the tiniest villages on the southern coast of Crete to another tiniest of villages . . .
Both of the villages we traveled between in this ‘ferry’ tale are accessible by boat or on foot. We opted for the easier option and traveled on the sea.
The Libyan Sea, as a matter of fact, is the sea on which we sailed. It is the rather exotic sounding portion of the Mediterranean Sea, that lies north of the African coast (eastern Libya and western Egypt) and the southern coast of Crete.
It is the same sea that St. Paul is believed to have sailed (landing somewhere in between the two villages – a place still marked by a small chapel and spring.)
Our trip between two tiny villages was aboard one of the tiniest of Greek ferries, the Neptune.
We left Loutro on a warm spring Sunday afternoon. It was that time just after mid-day when the intensity of the heat has slowed the pace to near standstill. The only things stirring are the ferries that serve the villages and those who, like us, were waiting to board them.
On this small ferry we shared deck space with the supplies and every seat guaranteed a non-obstructed view.
Our journey of an hour and a half took us along a section of Crete’s rugged, uninhabited southern coast.
It also allowed us to look back on a route we’ve walked so many times that links Loutro to Phoenix, an even smaller hamlet on the coast. How interesting it was to see our pathway from the sea and the little chapel where we’ve so often stopped to rest – a quiet place disturbed only by the sound of distant goat bells.
For miles the coastline entertained us with its peaks and valleys and then off in the distance we caught a glimpse of our destination:
We docked next to the larger ferry that alternates with our small boat, serving the small towns on this route and we set out to explore. Where had we landed?
Well, you’ll just have to come back next Thursday and we’ll give you a walking tour of Agia Roumeli and part of Crete’s famous Samaria Gorge.
If You Go:
Loutro and Agia Roumeli are on Crete's southwestern coast. We traveled by car to Hora Sfakia, parking there and catching the ferry to explore these villages.
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