Monday, July 18, 2011


I was only in Crete for two days, which seems very brief considering the 13-hour ferry ride to get there and the 5-hour ride to get away, but I wanted to see the remains of the Minoan civilisation. The Heraklion archaeological museum contains a Minoan collection second only to the national museum in Athens. It also, as I discovered, has been closed for five years for renovation. Lonely Planet needs to release an updated guide.

It does at least have a small but rich temporary exhibit open for €4 so I settled for what there was, which was very good. The following day was spent at the semi-reconstructed ancient Minoan palace complex of Knossos. It's just outside Heraklion and is justifiably its biggest tourist draw.

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