Today we left the mainland for the island of Crete and arrived in the city of Heraklion. We flew in a small plane over the Aegean Sea—it was really cool to see the islands of Greece from above! After the short flight, we arrived at our hotel in time for a welcome drink. We tried sour cherry juice and cinnamon juice—both were so delicious and unlike anything we’d had before. We had some free time at the hotel before our guided sightseeing tour for the day, so we relaxed by the pool and had Greek salads for lunch—we’ve each had at least three Greek salads since we’ve arrived and probably won’t tire of them soon. The tomatoes here are so amazingly red and sweet, and the feta cheese is to die for.
Our sightseeing for today was at Knossos, which we had heard about yesterday. According to the myth, the Minotaur was the illegitimate son of King Minos, who was born when the Aphrodite punished King Minos for making his wife fall in love with a bull. The palace of Knossos was built with a labyrinth of rooms in the foundation to house the Minotaur. Knossos is considered the oldest city in Europe and it was amazing to think we were exploring the same grounds that had been lived in centuries and centuries ago.
Jessie and Jenna are making their way through Greece, from Athens to the islands of the Aegean. Follow along as they blog on tour!