After an early start from Gatwick Airport we met up with our ever-helpful leader Kath and travelled comfortably to Kastelli. We were last there 23 years ago with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, but that was in July when the weather was hot and the grass was brown.
Christmas in Crete sounded idyllic, in marked contrast to the previous winters in England. In the weeks before the flight the weather reports from Crete recorded temperatures in the high teens and no mention of rain.
THURSDAY: Arrived in Samos at 6:45am after an overnight flight from Heathrow, and after a hearty breakfast sleep was in order for the morning. Late afternoon we gathered for our first formal meeting with Angela Brown, our leader.