Crete, September 2016
Our host, Vassili, strongly recommended visiting the NIda Plateau, so we did. It's a rather strange place, a flat-bottomed valley surrounded by mountains. Quite beautiful.
Our host highly recommended a visit to the NIda Plateau, so we went there. The road east goes through some gorgeous scenery.
The road also climbs up into the mountains.
Those three mountains again.
Geologic layers of rock
Our first view of the Nida Plateau as we approach from the north, the only paved road going into it.
Flat, flat. The plateau is geologically interesting as it was formed by a geologic fault, followed by dissolving of carbonate rocks whose fragments were carried away through sinkholes and caves.
Sheep wool left on the thorns, a good comb.
A little chapel on the way up the mountain side from the plateau
And there are the sheep which grow the wool which gets combed by the briar.
The footpath up the mountain on the side of Mt Psiloritis, Crete's highest mountain.
Looking back down the path roward the plateau.
Nida Plateau from the west
SIv waiting in nature
The Ideon Cave where, according to legend, Zeus was raised, although there is another cave competing for this honor.
Makes you itch, doesn't it?
We encountered a brief traffic jam on the way back to Dalabelos.
The road to and from the Nida Plateau makes many twists and turns, with abrupt changes in the landscape.
What is this flower?