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... of thousands of years old coins. Investment banker is my guess. Iraklion is a dirty busy little port city. But don't let her looks fool you. There's lots to do, see and appreciate. It's been around since the Neolithic age, some 10,000 years. A layer cake of time and surprise. We enjoy a stone-oven baked pizza watching the traffic and people. Motor bikes blur by, seldom a helmet but often a passenger on board. Buses jammed with people. Lives ...
... artifacts that we have ever seen.
There are fragments from 6500 to 5000 including a remarkable marble figure of a standing male.
The gold jewellery shows that they were far above being in survival mode.
One of the very unusual items was a banquet ware vessel with separate flowers attached to it from 1700 BC. found in Phaistous.
One of the most famous items in the museum was a disc with Linear A script which was the successor script ...
... an ancient, but still active, massive volcano that blew millions of years ago leaving this u-shaped island of wonder. The island is tall, very steep, full of dark stratigraphic rock layers (Blake was in geoscience heaven), with the all-white towns way up at the top. From far away, it almost looks like snow caps covering mountain peaks. The island is considered a 'caldera' which is a volcano that has had a major eruption, collapsing the mouth of the volcano. In the center of ...
Weather: glorious. Slip, slop, slap.
6.30am arrived at the Island of Crete where we disembarked at Ag. Nikolaos (means Saint Nicholas) where Olive Oil products are paramount. The Cretan diet is known as one of the healthiest diets in the world (1/3 largest).
We did a tour of the Palace of Knossos where the Monoan Civilization thrived in the Bronze age (roughly 3,000 BC) within the Aegean. The palace was ...
Today we had a long drive along the highway to Knossos, an archeological site. It was a Minoan palace which is nearly 4000 years old. It was home to a king who asked Apollo for a bull to sacrifice to honour Apollo. The bull was so beautiful though that the king sacrificed another one,which made Apollo angry. He then made the queen fall in love with the bull, which produced the Minotaur, a half human, half bull, which lived on human blood. A labyrinth was built to ...