Posted by: Gary Guertin | April 9, 2017

34 Heraklion (Iraklion), Crete, Greece–Apr. 6, 2017

Hi All, (Written Apr. 7, 2017)

Heraklion is the administrative center of the Greek island of Crete. Crete is the largest island and one of the 13 administrative regions (perifereies) 0f Greece.  The first European civilization was the "Minoan".  Crete was one of the centers of the Minoan civilization (as is Greece) and contains many remains and sites of those times.

Susy and I decided to just go into the town and walk around, but before that let’s look at the port from the ship: 

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As you can see this is not a typical Greek port where the city is built next to the port.  It’s flat for a mile or two around the port and we had to take a shuttle bus to the center of Heraklion.  The two photos below give you a since of how far out we were:

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As we headed out from the port we encountered this port sign:

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A look out to the bay gave us a look at one of the forts to defend the town:

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The first thing we found as we walked into the town was the local McDonalds:

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Susy stopped to rest at one of the first ruins we encountered:

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Now, some of the street scenes:

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A plaza:

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A lot of outdoor cafes (typical Greek:

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The Town Hall and it’s entrance:

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Another street:

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And now what Susy and I believe is the jewel of Heraklion, an old fort along side a lovely marina:

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We had to end our day by sitting at an outdoor café and having a Greek beer, while looking at this lovely marina:

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Now it’s on to Mikonos, Greece, another beautiful Greek island, Apr. 7, 2017.  Until then,

Love You All,

Gary (alias Gagu),

P.S. Ships Port Sign:

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