Palace of Knossos

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Palace of Knossos A short bus ride from Heraklion Italy lies Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete. This 20th-century reconstruction of the 1,000+-room palace site is largely the interpretation of archeologist, Sir Arthur Evans. Although it may or not be totally historically accurate, it certainly provides a feeling for, in addition to [Read more …]

Crete Greece

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Just another Greek island with a more than 10,000-year history? Not quite. Crete is Greece’s largest island. It was founded a millennium before Christ and was home to the Minoans, one of the most advanced, sophisticated and artistically accomplished of any society of its era (about 3,500 to 4,000 years ago). It was a primary [Read more …]

Heraklion Crete Greece

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Heraklion Greece Heraklion, or Irakleio, is Greece’s Crete Island’s largest city and capital. It is also the gateway to one of the Mediterranean’s most impressive historical sites: the ancient Minoan palace of Knossos. Initially settle in the Neolithic era, the city grew primarily as the port for Knossos, its much larger, much wealthier neighbor. It [Read more …]

Rhodes Day Trips

While in Rhodes Greece, we took a few day trips from Rhodes Town. Lindos Rhodes’ oldest and most historic town, Lindos was first settled about 3000 B.C. and, on the quality of its harbors, became a wealthy, regional naval and trading power by about the 7th-century B.C. Its Acropolis was the home of a 4th-century [Read more …]

Rhodes Greece

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The island of Rhodes is the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese Islands. It is best known for its Colossus, a roughly 130-foot statue of Helios the Sun God, built in 305 B.C. to commemorate the island’s victory over Macedonia. Although it lasted less than 100 years, falling victim to a 227 B.C. earthquake, it had earned [Read more …]

Peloponnese Wineries

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Since we were in Greece, we had to visit some of the country’s premier wineries on The Peloponnese Peninsula. Although we tasted wines from a number of wines from Peloponnese wineries at restaurants, we had actual tastings at three wineries: Palivos Winery Our vineyard tour began with a very useful history of the Greek wine [Read more …]

Lousios Gorge

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Lousios Gorge For something totally different, we then drove to one of the most scenic places in the Peloponnese’s mountainous, central highlands, Lousios Gorge. The gorge, about 3 miles long and almost 1,000 feet deep, is reached after a tortuous drive on one, or if you’re lucky, one-and-a-half lane mountain roads that have far more [Read more …]

Mani Peninsula Greece

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Mani Peninsula Mani is the region that covers the southwest coast of the Peloponnese Peninsula in Greece. It is divided into two primary, and roughly four sub-regions. They all share a number of characteristics. They are all harsh and, mountainous regions that are ill-suited to agriculture. And while there are a few coastal towns, the [Read more …]

Gythelo Greece

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Gythelo Greece This town, in the edge of the southwestern edge of the Peloponnese Peninsula in Greece, is the gateway to the Mani Peninsula. Although it offers few sights, in and of itself, it is a lovely town, with well-maintained, subdued white and pastel buildings lining the harbor and streets that climb gently uphill. Everything [Read more …]

Nafplio Greece

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Nafplio Greece Nafplio is the first of the Peloponnese cities that we visited to explore the city itself, rather than a city that just happened to be near an ancient ruins. Although it is a relatively small city, it is loaded with charm. The city’s history effectively dates back to the 13th century, when its [Read more …]