GREECE - HERAKLION
Heraklion at a glance
Heraklion was originally founded by the Saracens in 824, but, nearby Knossos was the centre of the Minoan empire at 5000 years ago. Its Europe’s oldest civilisation.
It is Greece’s largest and most populated island, Crete(Heraklion) sits in the Mediterranean, in the Aegean Sea, south of Athens and West of Turkey. Heraklion is on the central north coast of Crete.
It has a population of 173,993 and the language is Greek.
The climate from April to June is perfect, with highs in the 60’s and to high 70’s. summers in Heraklion are warm to hot (low 80’s to 107) and dry. Its cooler inland in the higher elevations and snow stays year round on the higher peaks. Some say Crete has the best climate in the world.
The currency used is Euro.
Places of Interests
Heralded as one of history’s most significant finds, Knossos Palace is a marvel of frescoes, graceful columns, and intimate rooms. home of mythical Minotaur, the partially restored site remains an architectural wonder.
Founded by Arab refugees in 824 A.D, conquered by the Byzantines about 150 years later, it’s the Venetians who contributed the stunning monuments, fountains, squares and city walls that you’ll encounter on sightseeing tours.
Kera Kardiotissa Monastery
Considered Crete’s most important Byzantine church, inside you’ll find remarkably vivid frescoes form the 14th and 15th centuries. The monastery is equally famous for its Virgin Mary icon. Which is believed to have performed miracles.
Lying just offshore from the seaside resort of Elounda, Spinalonga Island was once home of a mighty 16th century Venetian fortress. The now deserted island served as a leper colony until 1957.
The picturesque seaside resort boasts luxury hotels, quaint taverns, stunning beaches and breath-taking sea views that stretch across Mirabello Bay.
Arolithos Cultural Village
Arolithos may look centuries old but it’s actually a recreated Cretan Village. Built in 1988, the town boasts art workshops, two houses, a hotel, a restaurant and a tavern, a café and a small church.
DID YOU KNOW’S?
Proper attire is required when visiting churches, cathedrals and other sacred places. Shorts for both men and woman are considered improper. The archaeological site of Knossos requires significant walking over uneven ground. Comfortable shoes are suggested.
Amoudara, the nearest beach, is approximately 4 miles from the pier. Hersonisos beach is located about 16 miles from the pier, about a 30-minute taxi ride.
The main shopping street in Heraklion is the 1866 Open Market street located in the centre of the city nearby Lions Square. Shops normally open Monday-Friday 9h00am to 8h00pm; Saturday from 9h00am to 2h00pm. On Sundays and holidays, only tourist shops will be open. Shopping is very typical of the rest of Greece. You will find beautiful jewellery featuring the Key of Life pattern, ancient looking coins and museum replicas, ceramics and leather wear.
Many major banks are located on the 25th August Street in the town centre.
Taxis are located at the passenger terminal near the Port Gate and throughout the city. Most drivers speak limited English. Taxi journey to the city centre will cost approximately 10 Euros.
SEVEN OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CONCERT HALLS IN THE WORLD:
When I joined SAA the National Carrier, as a flight attendant, the one thing I was most excited about was the prospect of visiting some concert halls to attend several live musical performances. Although I loved mostly contemporary music, there were some venues that I just had to visit. My top concert halls in the world are the following:
THE USE OF THE PHONETIC ALPHABET AS A FLIGHT ATTENDANT
The International Aviation Language is English. As a flight attendant you will be exposed to a world of new languages with the Phonetic Alphabet being used often.
COVER LETTERS WHEN APPLYING FOR A POSITION AS A FLIGHT ATTENDANT
Airline Operators utilise different methods when advertising their vacancies for flight attendants. Some require applicants to complete their applications online while others require a cover letter, a full CV with photographs, certificates etc.
Various Careers within the Aviation Industry
The aviation industry is growing daily. Internationally, new airlines are starting up with airports being built and upgraded, thus there is an ever-growing demand for professionals who meet the aviation industry requirements. Since this industry thrives on customer service and technical ability, training with an accredited facility is of utmost importance when choosing a career within this industry. There are a number of courses available to prepare you for careers within the aviation industry; however some areas require in-house training.
MY FIRST FLIGHT TO MAURITIUS AS A CABIN CREW MEMBER
On my first flight to Taiwan, we had a 4 day layover in Mauritius on route. Being an avid “sun lover” I was truly excited at the prospect of just soaking up the sun, however I also wanted to see and do as much as I could during my time there.
The Republic of Mauritius is an island in the Indian Ocean approximately 2000 kilometres of the south eastern cost of Africa.
Various accommodation options in South Africa
Accommodation in South Africa is comparable to the best accommodation available anywhere in the world and often, we find ourselves amongst the top contenders for winning awards at an international level.
South African hospitality institutions cover a wide variety of possibilities; ranging from informal backpackers to the most luxurious 6* hotels. In between this wide gap you can easily find any type of accommodation ranging from ultra-luxurious 5* hotels found in each of the major cities and regions to rustic bed and breakfast institutions around every corner and even nestled in the most picturesque corners of South Africa.