My route from Trento, Italy to Iraklion, Crete. The weather quickly deteriorated over the boot of Italy as I progressed further south towards Greece. I fought for improved vectors multiple times as ATC kept directing me in to cumulonimbus weather. Position reports were annoyingly required every 10 minutes as there was no radar coverage off-shore.
Ionian sea between Italy and Albania.
Time for dinner and a cold beer.
On approach to Iraklion, air traffic control placed me in to a 15 minute (8 turn) hold at 1500 feet off the coast of Crete. I declared "low on fuel" , but this was ignored by the authorities. Finally, I was released to land in between heavy jet traffic. My 75 knot final approach speed was not helping matters. This airport is incredibly busy with often long hold times for both arriving and departing traffic.