Knossos

Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
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Thursday, August 3, 2006

One of Rick's history topics at high school was the Greek island of Crete which was part of the reason we decided to head out that way. He was very excited to have the opportunity to actually visit a place he had studied, Knossos Palace.

Knossos was one of the largest Minoan cities used as a palace more than three thousand years ago. Just one hundred years ago it was known only in mythology until Sir Arthur Evans was given permission to follow up on his `hunch' on it's whereabouts in the 1900's and unearthed it. It was said to have been built by Daedalus to contain a Minotaur, half man half bull, born to a local king. The Minotaur was confined to the labyrinth and men traveled from Athens to try to slay the beast but it was Theseus who eventually succeeded.

Well we can honestly say the crumbling ruins look to have been a maze back in the day. The partially restored areas, undertaken by Evans, can only begin to show the sheer size and depth to the structure. The only beast's we saw that day didn't live there contained by the labyrinth, they arrived by tour bus and took over the place, snarling at anyone who tried to see past them for a glimpse of the restored fresco's.

After reliving Rick's high school education (he wasn't much of a tour guide as after some quick math's we realised he studied it twenty years ago) we headed to a local beach. Whilst we were taking a dip we were surprised to see planes dipping to just above the water before landing at the airstrip on a cliff next to the beach. Not quite Saint Kitts in the Caribbean but close. After a refreshing swim we headed for the bus stop where we had to wait for an hour for the next local bus back to town.
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