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Unconquerable Lato

Unconquerable Lato

  While visiting the highland village of Kritsa, we decide to explore the fortress city of Lato, just a few kilometers away. In the late 19th century, a famous archaeologist examined its “cyclopean” walls (built with huge stones that only a giant Cyclops could have lifted) and declared Lato a Mycenaean city. That misguided assertion [Read More]

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]

Archaeological Digs – Part 3: Closing the Site

Archaeological Digs – Part 3: Closing the Site

What becomes of an archaeological dig after the digging is finished? Some are destined to become tourist attractions – we have seen a few of those – but that is only a small part of the story. While visiting at the archaeological research center, we discuss this subject with Jeffrey Soles of the University of [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]

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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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