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The Palace at Knossos

The Palace at Knossos

After the road sign mix-up and unplanned road trip of the previous day, we decided to take a completely different approach to Knossos. Starting early in the morning, we drove to Iraklio and took the port exit. We knew Knossos tour buses departed from a station near the ferry dock, where we assumed there might [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]

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]

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]

Towers of Naxos, Part 2

Towers of Naxos, Part 2

We begin the day with preparations for another journey through the hill country of Naxos in search of old fortified towers built by the Venetians. Immediately after leaving the main ring road of Naxos Town we are traveling through rich farm country, where vegetables, olives and wine grapes are grown commercially. This is important to [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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