October 16: More On Our Crete Visit

We spent the day exploring the Minoan culture and civilization by visiting the Palace of Knossos and the Heraklion Museum of Archeology. These two places are a must see if visiting Crete. On top of that Heraklion, the capital of Crete, is beautiful in its chaos. It has an historical Harbour, whitewashed concrete or stucco buildings, beautiful fountains and a vibrancy that is hard to describe. Most of the inhabitants that we came across speak English and they are very friendly. Food is fantastic and the Mythos beer is very tasty.

There has been a great deal of speculation as to what happened to the Minoan civilization. Popular consensus states that the massive Thira (Santorini) volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami around 1600 BCE as the beginning of the end for the Minoans. After these events the Minoans no longer believed their priests and that, coupled with climate changes as a result of the eruption, reduced harvests and growing temperatures. The advent of the Greek Mycenais contributed to their demise. They just gave up.

Another interesting thing about Knossos is that it was home to King Minos and the Greek mythological half man, half bull Minitaur and the Labyrinth. If you were caught in the Labyrinth there was no way out and the Minitaur would devour you. Greek mythological hero Theseus eventually killed the beast.

To end this magical day Dot and I had a traditional Greek dinner in the vibrant city center, on a terrace watching all of the locals enjoying a balmy Sunday evening. Fantastic.

Mythos beer.

More tomorrow. Exploring the island.

Oh, and did I tell you? I love this country.

 

2 thoughts on “October 16: More On Our Crete Visit”

  1. That is a beautiful island and a perfect place to visit for you two history enthusiasts! I know Dot is enjoying that weather and beautiful blue water too! Not to mention the great Greek food and drink!
    Oh, and by the way, my BENGALS BEAT YOUR SEAHAWKS yesterday in case you didn’t know it! 😳

    Love and hugs,
    Margaret

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