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July 14, 2006

A day trip to Vamos

Vamos01 On Saturday Claire, my parents and I took a day trip out to Vamos [Βάμος].

This little village is only 25km out from Hania, but the bus takes a bit of a roundabout route through villages like Almyrida and Gavalohori, which both looked very pretty and worth visiting, and so it takes about an hour to get there. The attraction of Vamos is that it is meant to have retained a lot of the original character of the village, and to showcase traditional building methods and crafts. Well, to be honest, we didn't really find that it looked any more "authentic" than any of the other places we have visited on Crete, so we were a bit disappointed.

Vamos was the scene of one of Crete's many rebellious uprisings against foreign rule. At the top of the hill there is a park with a couple of tumbledown memorials to the heroes of 1896. They were in a poor state of repair and made quite a sorry sight.

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The views from the top of the hill across the Lefka Ori were quite spectacular though, and well worth the trip. We stopped for a frappe at a local kafeneia in the main town square, and then explored the rest of the town. With a population numbering around 600, this didn't take long.

Vamos04 We arrived at around noon, and the next (and last) bus back to Hania was not until 16:30 on a Saturday, so we decided to lunch at Ταβερνα Μαρονβάς (Taverna Maronvas). As it was the only taverna in town we didn't have much choice, but it turned out to be a lovely place to eat. We had a table on a veranda with a view across the mountains and hills, and each managed to order a really tasty dish. For desert we got the obligatory raki, and a warm fruit pudding which was delicious.

We finished lunch with about half hour to spare before the bus was due, so ended up sitting around for a bit in the street - probably much to the amusement of the locals.

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