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The city called Heraklion, or if you like, Iraklio. Two names for the same place. It's the big island. Once treed and lush, it was clear cut for timber to build ships. The Minoans ruled the seas. It was the whole world then. 5,000 years ago. Give or take a thousand. Imagine deforesting an entire island the size of Crete. We do it every year in BC. Haven't learned much have we? Lisa and i have hit the seawall early. Walking along, we stop to ...
... to our "VIP" lounge. There were maybe ten people in the entire cabin, we had our own food bar with coffee machine, sandwiches, cold drinks, etc. (by the way the chicken burger was worse than what you get at McDonalds), massive windows opening to the entire front and sides of the ship, and big red cushy reclining leather seats. Oh, and Greek basketball on the TVs--I believe Athens was playing some Turkish team. The ferry barely seemed to move as we moved ...
... which uses up tons of satellite time both sending and receiving. I will use my iPad for photographs of Gallipoli on Friday as we sail by the memorials. Uneventful dinner. A cheese truce is in place, and the Kommondant is being very friendly. My entree tonight in lamb tenderloin en-croute. What I take as uncooked pastry is in fact a cabbage leaf wrapped around the tenderloin. None of our group have seen this before and I think ...
... cones and watched a hilarious "Sexiest Man on the Boat" contest. It was a day of rest for Blake and I, which was much needed. We finally didn't have to worry about food, sleeping arrangements, and transportation for the next 9 whole days.
The ship ported in Crete the following day, the biggest of the Greek Islands. We met up with the family after breakfast and hired a couple of taxi drivers to take us to a few ruins (which were closed, unfortunately, but we made ...
... storied building, spanning 5 1/2 acres, and was destroyed twice in its history, once from fire (roughly in 1700 BC), the second and later destruction from a major earthquake which ravaged Crete. Two factors are thought to have contributed to the end of the Minoan: the possible eruption of the volcano Thera and the rise of the Mycenean civilization upon Crete.
English archaeologist, Sir Arthur John ...