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Crete

27 May

Staying at the Kronos Hotel in Heraklion on Crete. Using the Lonely Planet guide book for history details, hotels and restaurants, the DK guidebooks for museum details and color pictures (easier for us to decide where to go when we can see the pictures!!)
The first afternoon here, the hotel staff recommended a restaurant next door (Mapavto/Marando) so we had fantastic lunch there, in fact so good went back for dinner. Both times gave us free dessert and after dinner brought out liqueur. We were both feeling no pain, and Joe started singing 60’s and 70’s tunes, a sure sign of being over served!!
Spent time between walking around town and getting our barrings. Stumbled into the Museum of Archeology and got combo ticket for Knossos. Went to Knossos today and hired a guide for tour which was well worth the extra money to have someone explain the layout of the ruins. Knossos is the oldest known site of civilization in Europe.
All the shops are closed from noon to around 4 pm, opening at 8 am and closing at 8 pm. The island isn’t overrun with tourists – yet. We’re here during the ‘low’ season.
Heraklion is very unusual in that the downtown has huge pedestrian zone, very nice since there is a lot of traffic here.
Dinner at Ouzeri tou Terzaki, again they brought us free dessert and drinks with the bill!

Tomorrow we’re going to brave the very, very narrow roads and crazy motor bikes; renting a car to see the rest of the island (of at least some of it).

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