“Travels to a Different Time” : July 1970: On the Island of Crete at St. Nicolas: Bad Experience With Surly and Rude Cretans; Greece on $5.00 a Day!

We had a rough 6-hour trip on the ship called Evagelsteriga. However we were going with the waves as opposed to crashing against them. When we arrived at St. Nicolas, we found a C class motel called Dulac which is quite accurate as we are facing a saltwater lagoon. Our hotel is newly constructed and we are paying $3 a night double occupancy. We lugged our packs and both had a hot shower and headed out for dinner. It’s funny after being on a ship for a few hours when you get off the ship you still feel like you are rocking back and forth. We found a restaurant called El Greco and had a big lamb dinner. Mom had some argument with the hotel owner over what I am not sure so we are out of here on the next ship to Iraklion.

Letter from Margaret Mary Stephen to son Andrew Stephen: First thing we did upon arrival was to go to the post office to see if there were any letters from you. There was no mail from you or Barbara. Before breakfast this morning we went for a swim in the saltwater lagoon. It has a swimming part to it with lanes and a high diving board. Our hotel is newly constructed and one of the nicest hotels we have stayed at. Robert has gone spearfishing and I am sitting on the balcony enjoying the cool breeze. I should go out and get a new bathing suit as a dog chewed up my shoulder straps. I think you would love the Greek islands of which there are many and its very cheap for Canadians. On some of the islands you can stay and eat for $5.00 a day. The hotel is $3.00 a night. In Canada you would pay thirty. The Greeks are fabulously clean but do not use deodorant. After Crete we shall go to Skiros and Skopelos and then to Thessaloniki. There is so much to do here I do not think we will be going to Spain…maybe next year. I will say so far in Cete and hopefully this is only St. Nicolas the people are surly and rude so unlike the other islands. We will be happy to leave here on the next boat out in three days. Love Mom

Photo is of DuLac Hotel

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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