A honeymoon cruise through Santorini, Crete and Naxos, with an itinerary culled from the Internet
This article — one of the earliest pieces on using the Internet for travel recommendations — appeared in the Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post Gazette and Torrance (Calif.) Daily Breeze in 1998 and the San Francisco Examiner (entire Travel cover), Chicago Tribune, Newsday, New Orleans Times Picayune, Buffalo News and the Rocky Mountain News in 1997.
CRETE, Greece — Xerxes had led us astray.
Xerxes, the nom de Net of a wired wayfarer on the Internet, had advised my wife and me by e-mail to bypass the resorts on Crete’s northern coast and head straight for the island’s hilly heartland.
“To capture the real soul of Greece, avoid the tourist traps and hit the smaller villages,” he (or she) wrote. “You’ll love Skalini. I’m sure there are rooms to rent there.”
Well, no, as we discovered to our dismay.