My first full day in Crete,
my most excellent host, John,
took me on a tour of Sita Geopark.
We headed off east,
over the limestone mountains . . .
. . . to Amatos Beach (Παραλία Αμάτου)
for my first dip in the Aegean.
Then we drove north along the coast
to Kato Zakros (Κάτω Ζάκρος)
Then we continued north,
past Chochlakies (Χοχλακιές),
and the Toplou Monastery (Μονή Τοπλού)
where we hiked down the gully to the sea.
Continuing our loop, we headed west,
toward the town of Sitia . . .
. . . walked along the waterfront
and stopped for a proper dinner
of tea and loukoumades (Λουκουμάδες),
hot fried donuts drizzled in Sitia honey.
And thus I was welcomed to the island.