The restored north entrance to Knossos Palace, with the charging bull fresco.
On our second day, we went to Knossos, which has the distinction of being the earliest inhabited site in Crete; the first settlers having arrived some time before 7000 BC. First excavated by Minos Kalokairinos in 1878, the major excavations at Knossos were carried out by Arthur Evans, a Victorian amateur archaeologist.
Dolphins were revered by the ancient Greeks and Romans. These were originally
a floor covering, which was later hung on the wall when restored.
This, the "royal road", is one of the oldest and best preserved ancient roads in Europe.
Here,we are listening to Çiğdem transporting us back in time!
This room in the museum looks as if El Greco has just stepped outside for a moment!
We wondered whether Black Adder got his inspiration from El Greco!
Here we are inside the Fortezza Mosque
Lunch over, we wandered through the old town of Rethymnon. Unlike Heraklion, this is an attractive town, with evidence of Ottoman and Renaissance-style Venetian architecture.
Evidence of Rethymnon's Ottoman past
We saw many fine old Ottoman buildings in Rethymnon
When we got to our hotel in Rethymnon, I followed the porter to my room along a long corridor. At the end, I could only see houses through the window. I had resigned myself to a room at the back, until I opened the curtains in my room, and saw this...
Wow! What a view!