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Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion July 16th 2017

July 16 Sunday I need a vacation from my vacation! I did not go to bed until 1 o'clock this morning. And I was up at 5:30 to get ready for today's excursion into Heraklion on the island of Crete. After hitting The snooze button three or four times I finally got ready. It was just beginning to get light outside so I headed up to the top of the ship and took some pictures of the mainland. Then, I made my way down to the breakfast buffet line in the same place as yesterday. Apparently they saw how chaotic it was yesterday and they kind of restructured it better. It was a lot easier getting in and out of the breakfast this morning. Once again, everyone gravitated to the first buffet line even though there ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion October 1st 2016

Pääsimme aamutoimien jälkeen liikkeelle klo 12. Ajettiin suorinta reittiä ja päätietä pitkin saaren pääkaupunkiin, Irakleoniin. Varasimme hotellin Booking.comin kautta. Hotelli oli muurin sisäpuolella. Oltiin siis keskustassa. Päivälevon jälkeen käytiin katsomassa arkeologinen museo, sen jälkeen kävelyä keskustassa ja illallinen.... read more
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Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion May 21st 2016

We flew to Cyprus today - via Athens, so the trip took 'way too long. But before that we had an all-too-brief visit to Knossos, by far the largest Minoan palace on Crete. It's the legendary home of the Minotaur. Quite a contrast to Phaistos, which has been left in the state the excavators found it. Knossos, on the other hand, was in many places extensively reconstructed - including adding columns and creating new rooms - to suit what Arthur Evans, the Brit who excavated it, thought a Royal Minoan Palace should look like. It's very impressive, but our tour leader (an archaeology prof from UBC) was constantly cautioning us to take the appearance with a grain of salt. Anyway, even if it wasn't completely accurate, it gave more of an idea of what the original ... read more

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion May 20th 2016

I've fallen a little behind due to very full days, so it's time to catch up. Wednesday we spent much of the day on Santorini, visiting a site on the second-highest peak of the island that was continuously inhabited from about 1400 BC to 1500 AD, when the people there finally decided it was safe to come down from their mountain. In the afternoon we took a fast ferry (50 km/h or so!) to Heraklion in Crete. Thursday we visited Chania, a lovely seaside town in western Crete that was built by the Venetians. They occupied Crete for about 400 years and left their mark in many places. On the way back we stopped at a Renaissance monastery with buildings designed by a pair of Italian brothers. Apart from the icons in the church it felt ... read more

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion May 17th 2016

Happy Birthday to Patterson and Melody Brink! They are 6 years old today. Yesterday was Janet’s “pretend birthday” as far as the ship was concerned, but the twin’s really have their birthday today. Happy Birthday! Today is our first time ever in this country – Greece. So put another star on the map for us. The ship arrived on scheduled this morning and we had beautiful weather all day for a change. It was sunny all day, short sleeve temperatures, and only occasionally windy. So that was good. We started with breakfast in the dining room because we had time before we had to go to our excursions – plural. Today is the 2nd time that we have split up and gone to different tours. We had originally booked 2 tickets for the “Best of Crete” ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion December 16th 2015

November 26 2015 taking a southeastern route in the Aegean sea. The Aegean sea is connected with the Marmara sea in the North and the black sea. Through the straight of the Dardanelli and the Bosphorus, a famous branch of the sea that coasts along Istanbul. HERAKLION THE 4TH largest city in greece,the largest Island with 175,000 people. Heraklion, the hometown and resting place of Nikos Kazanrzakis, it distinguishes for its impressive castle, the Venetian port and the fish taverns along the waterfront. The entire area is beautiful. The history ofHeraklion started in the Minoan times, as shown by the close ancient town of Knossos, the most developed of all Minoan towns in Crete. Excavations in Knossos have revealed a flourishing ancient town with an impressive palace and a vibrant life. The town was found under ... read more
The winery
An old bridge
A town road

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion April 13th 2014

Temperature: 19C 66F Distance travelled: 3902 nautical miles Since we entered the Med there has been a distinct drop in the temperature. It's as if we have passed through a portal from hot to luke warm/tepid. There has been no gradual decline in weather. The clouds seem to hover around the eastern Med but there is some force field or magnetic force that is stopping the clouds from floating over the Suez Canal and in to the Red Sea. It was the last of the 6 performances by our Classical singers. Nessun Dorma was, of course, the grand finale sung by the Tenor. It got the ovation it deserved and after a curtain call by the singers and musicians, they all lined up and the overture to Nessun Dorma once again sounded. This piece was written ... read more
The Sea Fortress - Koules Heraklon
Column of  the Hall of the Double Axes.
Chris on the roof without a fiddle!!

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion September 5th 2013

Geo: 35.2711, 25.1231Something terrible happened today as we took an evening stroll through Herkalion, the capital of Greece's largest island, Crete. It's not known as being the best that Crete has to offer tourists as it's considered by many to simply be a dirty, overcrowded transport hub, but after arriving by ferry from Santorini in the early evening, there was a familiar feeling in the air as we strolled along the waterfront, past some beautiful old Venetian buildings. It wasn't until we found a place for dinner and sat down to our appetizers that we realized why this place felt familiar - it's the Greek Sicily! So why would this be something terrible, when we had such an amazing time last year in Sicily? Because it appears that Crete offers the best cuisine and the biggest ... read more
Sigalas Winery ...
Picnic at a Deserted Little Beach
Kamari Beach

Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion July 20th 2013

Well that was a very short night! We rested until about 8:30 and then went in search of an internet connection. Found one close to the apartment and I completed our Venice blog, checked emails and searched online to make sure we knew exactly what to do for our flights to Greece. Spent about 1 hour there and then wandered down the street. Heard a lot of singing and clapping so checked it out. It came from a little restaurant so we stopped to eat and join in. Was a great family experience for our last evening. 3 of the servers/owners? were the entertainers. The one man had an incredible booming voice. Such a warm evening so no jackets or sweaters needed even at 10 o'clock! Packed everything up and set out clothes for tomorrow. Set ... read more
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Munich Airport
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Europe » Greece » Crete » Heraklion May 7th 2013

Tuesday May 7th, 2013. Iraklion (Heraklion), Crete, Greece Once the centre of the Minoan civilization, as well as the largest of all the Greek Islands, Crete has a rich cultural history that forms a large part of the overall tapestry of Greece. According to Greek mythology, goddess Rhea hid the newborn Zeus in a cave on the Island where he was subsequently reared by nymphs who protected him from his enemies. It was also on Crete that Zeus took the form of a bull in order to seduce the maiden Europa. After another early posh breakfast we alighted the ship and walked to the main bus station where we purchased our tickets and caught the no 2 to Knossos which is about 5 km outside of the town of Iraklion. The Minoan Palace is the main ... read more
Minoan Frescos at Knossos
North Entrance Knossos
St Ayos Titos Church




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