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Aqueduct

Aqueduct

Returning from a visit to Knossos and some of the valley towns to the south, we see the remains of an aqueduct not far from the road. This one was built during the brief Egyptian rule of the island (1832-40) to provide water to Irakion. It is in the ancient Roman style, and along the [Read More]

When a Castle is Not a Castle

When a Castle is Not a Castle

Since the morning breeze is mild, we decide to visit the nearby island of Anti­paros. Wind can be an important consideration in such matters. Because the ferry that plies the channel between Paros and Anti­paros is small and flat-bottomed, high winds assure a bumpy passage. We drive to the landing at Pounda, leave the car [Read More]

Sunday in Iraklion

Sunday in Iraklion

We arrive at the bus station, beneath the Sabboniera Bastion of the old fortification, on Sunday morning. The city of Iraklio is very quiet. This seems rather odd, since the museums usually attract a big crowd – and they are only closed on Monday. We soon discover our error. Climbing the stone stairs to the [Read More]

Akrotiri – A Detective Story

Akrotiri – A Detective Story

While visiting Thera, I really should tell you about Akrotiri – a city buried in ash during the Bronze Age volcanic eruption that destroyed the island (see Volcano and Legend). It is a sort of detective story, which begins with the finding of small clues. The detective is a Greek archaeologist named Spyridon Marinatos. Many [Read More]

Iraklio – City of Hercules

Iraklio – City of Hercules

While the early morning breeze from the sea is cool, we drink our coffee, load our backpack with essentials (including two bottles of water), and walk down the hill to the bus station in Hersonisos. The bus arrives only moments after we purchase our tickets, and we are quickly on our way to Iraklio in [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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