The Red Eye & The Arrival
I took the night ferry from Pireaus, Athens to Souda, Crete at 9pm on Monday 8th April. I was planning to get the Sunday night ferry, but after the two day battle royale to get into *FYROM (Macedonia) from Serbia, I had too much ground to cover so I holed up in Thessaloniki and made a leisurely trip down to Athens after lunch on Monday. Much more civilised.
Still buzzing from the almost non stop blast from Brescia in Northern Italy, down to catch the ferry, I was glad I'd booked the 'luxury' accommodation on board the E. Veniselos ferry, operated by Atek. The inverted commas denote the looseness of the term when applied to the faded 1980's glory of the decor. It was a time when toothpaste green walls and bleached ash were in vogue and everything was period accurate to the time she first set sail.
Rolling off the Ferry at 7am in Souda, just 8km from Chania I found my way easily enough to town and to the only terrible breakfast I would have in two weeks on the Island. But found a great park up with an ocean view at Talos Square just to the west of the old Venetian Port, the jewel in the crown of the old town.