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Following our Athens warmup, well rested and ready for island adventures, we set off for Crete, the largest and most southern of the Greek Islands (150 miles long and 25 miles at its widest point). There are 2 airports in Crete; Chania, on the northwestern coast and Heraklion in the northeast. If you're into archeology and want to visit the old world spots like the ancient capital and palace of Knossos (pr: Kuh-nuh-SOS), you may want to stay and fly into Heraklion. Otherwise, for all things nature and hikes and beautiful aqua blue coves slightly cooler than bath water over pink sand beaches, go west to Chania

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Gigante beans (aka massive Giant Greek style baked beans) seem about as Greek and homey as spinach pie or raki (pr: Rah-KEE, Greece's version of moonshine, made from the leftover skins, twigs, and mash from Grapes. They don't waste anything). Every place that had them, they were the star of the meal. For a game, Alicia and I had a rating system of our favorite beans. If you fly into Crete, you'll most likely fly into the north coast town of Chania. Ruled by the Turks and then the Venetians, the history alone paints such a gorgeous colorful landscape here. 

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