06.03.2011 - 06.03.2011 87 °F
As we had a lot of gas to burn in our car, we wanted to make today a full day and to see a couple different areas of the island. First off, we headed to Knossos, which is home to the Minoan palace of the same name. Knossos was the Minoan capital of which encompasses Crete as well as other Greek islands, and the Minoans were Europe’s first great civilization. The palace is the inspiration of for the Myth of the Minotaur, which according to legend, King Minos of Knossos was given a white bull to sacrifice to the gods but decided to keep it. This enraged Poseidon, who punished the King by causing his wife, Pasiphae, to fall in love with the bull. They then had half man, half bull babies, also known as the Minotaur, who lived beneath the palace and fed on young men and women.
When we got to the Knossos palace, we pulled into one of the first parking lots as Nate was sick of dealing with the traffic. They crammed us into what looked to be an olive orchard, and Nate wasn’t sure we would be able to get back out. As we headed up to the palace, the owner says “I do not charge, you come back and buy something when you done.” Fair enough, sure we would grab a soda when we came back.
I had high hopes for the palace as it THE thing to see on Crete, but similar to the Roman Forum in Rome, it required quite a bit of imagination to really picture it. They did have some replica frescos, which were put together from pieces they found as well as some rooms they kind of re-built to show what they think it would have looked at. At this point, it was yet another pile of rocks that we had to try and imagine into something more interesting, and we were a little disappointed in it. We headed back to our car, and the man stops us as Nate went to see if cars had moved to we could get out. “You buy something…” he said, yeah – we got it. Nate threw his bag in the car, and luckily some cars had moved so if we hurried we could get out. I grab a can of diet pepsi and Nate a bottle of pepsi. The lady rings us up and asks for 5.65 Euro. Keep in mind that this equates to roughly $8.25 USD for a can and bottle of soda. Now we get it. Nate laughs and says I don’t think so, we throw our sodas back in the cooler and make for a quick exit. Sorry man, if your prices were reasonable you might get a little more business.
From there we headed to Agious Nicklaus, another port town this time on the East side of the island. We had a lovely lunch of Greek salad (we can’t get enough of it!) as well as the sandwiches we brought with. After touring the marina, walking through town, we headed back to the hotel as we were hot and sweaty. It was in the high 80’s today, which is much warmer than Santorini, so we went for another swim but this time in the ocean. Right across the street from our place is a little sandy cove, perfect for a dip. From there we enjoyed a little happy hour on our patio listening to the waves crash, the locals goof around on motor bikes & atvs, and played a little cards. It was another relaxing evening on our balcony and we are really getting used to these great views and being so close to the beach, it is going to be a little hard to leave on Sunday.