7000 BC

After waking up (somewhat) early, leaving our bags with the concierge, and hopping on a bus – we headed to Knossos.

An ancient Minoan civilization, Knossos is the oldest city in Europe. Mostly ruins (some restored), the palace was used from about 7000-1000 BC. Now that is old.

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We toured in and out of old rooms – mostly for storage – and walked up enough stairs that it was a sufficient leg workout.

Each storage room had giant vases made from pottery, used to hold water, wine, and food. Some had tens of handles – suggesting a group of people would be required to move them.

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Restored Minoan frescos decorated the walls as art. Kind of creepy, it was impossible to distinguish which were drawings of males or females.

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We did a little more adventuring; this wasn’t our first castle.

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As we walked through the old stones we debated what each room was used for. It felt a little wrong not to have everything blocked off to protect future discoveries.

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We reached the end of the tour – a long stone road leading back to Heraklion. We joked about walking it back to the hotel, but knew it was way too hot and we were feeling much too lazy.

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Back to the pool it was – we had some books to finish!

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Dress – American Apparel (In Store) / Belt / Shoes / Bikini Top / Bikini Bottoms / Book