Knossos

Knossos is an archeological site located in Crete just outside the capital city of Heraklion. The palace complexes built here by the ancient Minoans peaked around 1700 BC with a population of over 100,000 residents.

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Around Heraklion

Our final destination in Crete was the capital city of Heraklion (also spelled Iraklio). We used the city as a base to visit the Palace of Knossos before flying back to Athens to begin our journey home. Heraklion is the busy capital of Crete and it doesn’t get a lot of love from locals or tourists, but we found it an easy place to spend a couple days.

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Fortezza of Rethymno

Rethymno may be smaller than Chania, but its Venetian Fortezza (fortress, aka castle) is much more impressive than the Firka in Chania. We’d been warned the Fortezza might be closed due to recent rainy weather, but we wandered up anyway, if only to take some photos of the outside.

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Chania Old Town

Chania’s old town surrounds the Venetian Port. Remnants of the original Venetian fortification walls can still be found in some places, along with the typical narrow streets and old stone buildings common to historic centers across Europe. The area also includes the Firka Fortress, now home to the Maritime Museum.

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Koum Kapi

Koum Kapi is a stretch of the Chania waterfront just east of the Venetian Harbour. It’s a low-key, lined with modest cafes. The waves come in harder due to a lack of a breakwater and it makes for some great photos.

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Chania Lighthouse Walk

The focal point of Chania’s Venetian Harbour is the lighthouse, which sits at the tip of a very long breakwater. This breakwater wall protects the inner harbour from the full force of the crashing waves from the Aegean to the north.

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Benaki Museum

We visited the Benaki Museum in Athens. The museum is housed in the former mansion of the Benakis family, who donated their vast collections of Greek art — along with the house — in 1931.

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Ancient Delphi

Temple of Apollo at Delphi

On our second and final day in Delphi we woke up early and made our way to the archaeological sites of Ancient Delphi, located roughly ten minutes by foot from the town center along the main road.

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Gazi

The neighbourhood of Gazi in Athens is not far from our place in Thissio. It’s just a short hop over a railway bridge… and then across a wide avenue filled with speeding cars and smog-spewing scooters. It’s a bit reminiscent of the waterfront in Toronto, so close yet so far.

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Anafiotika

An Anafiotika street

Anafiotika is a small yet distinct neighbourhood in Athens. It’s hidden in plain site in one corner of the larger Plaka neighbourhood, just underneath the steep northeast slope of the Acropolis. We took a wander through one morning and found it to be very quiet, well-kept, and populated by some of Athens luckiest cats.

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