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Palace at the Beach

Palace at the Beach

East of Hersonisos, situated near the sea on a rich agricultural plain that extends to the Lisithi Mountains, is the Minoan palace of Malia. While it is not as large and famous as Knossos, the palace was an important food production center and a major port for sea trade in ancient days. After experiencing the [Read More]

The Minoan Time Capsule

The Minoan Time Capsule

Every archaeological museum is a sort of time capsule that holds bits of history for us to examine. The museum of Iraklion is a particular delight for anyone interested in the Minoan civilization, because it contains the world’s largest collection of Cretan history. To get a better idea of the depth of this history, you [Read More]

Myth & History

Myth & History

It is often difficult to separate legend and myth from history. This is especially true on Naxos, because of the various groups of people who inhabited the island. Different peoples have diverse stories and legends, but these stories become entwined over the centuries. In an earlier posting, I mentioned the myth recounting how the god [Read More]

Piraeus . . . Once Again

Piraeus . . . Once Again

We have come to the last day of our visit to Kefalonia. Usually, we load our backpacks, carry them down to the ferry landing, and then compete with other passengers for available seats. Fortunately, upon arriving in Sami, we learned it is possible to take a bus to mainland Greece. All we do is take [Read More]

Caves and Villages

Caves and Villages

During the Stone Age, before anyone had houses (and long before castles were built), Kefalonians lived in caves. There was plenty of cave space to go around, because the island is mostly made of limestone, a rock that tends to dissolve when exposed to water for a long time. The action of water and frequent [Read More]

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Warrior Monks of Crete

Warrior Monks of Crete

A road trip with friends took us to the south coast of Crete and a monastery famous for much more than religious [Read More]

Creativity and the Stone House

Creativity and the Stone House

What is creativity? It is the act of turning a unique idea into something we can see, hear, smell, touch, or taste. We [Read More]

Windy Island — Day 1: Tradition

Windy Island — Day 1: Tradition

Traveling with Cretan friends, we boarded a ferry at the port of Iraklion bound for Karpathos — an island at the [Read More]

Windy Island — Day 2: History

Windy Island — Day 2: History

On our second day, we looked forward to exploring towns in the southern part of Karpathos.  All of these are very old, [Read More]

Windy Island — Day 3: Here and Now

Windy Island — Day 3: Here and Now

Shortly after breakfast, we walked up the street to an old stone well to meet our bus.  Pigadia is known for its wells [Read More]

El Greco: Old Becomes New

El Greco: Old Becomes New

Driving west of Iraklion on the E75 highway, we turned southward toward Fodele (pronounced Foe-deh-lay). The road runs [Read More]

Shadow Theater

Shadow Theater

Brightly colored posters went up last week announcing the “shadow theater” was coming to our village. Long before [Read More]

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