Heraklion, Crete – the delicate details

3 Nov

This post is part of our travels in Greece in the fall of 2013.  To see other posts in the series, please click here.

After a wonderful experience in Chania, we headed out early the next morning to the capital of Crete – Heraklion.  We took the bus and the views up and down the coast made us both want to get off and explore further.

Shortly after arriving at the hotel and checking in, we headed to the Archaeological Museum in the center of town.  The travel guides suggested we go there first before heading to see the ruins at Knossos because it would give us a better idea of how things should have looked in the past.

The museum was wonderful – it gave us a glimpse into the history of that area over 3000 years ago.  One thing that struck me was the delicacy of many of the items on display.  The attention to detail made many of them seem like I could take them home today.

There were crowns…

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and small bronze statues that looked like dolls, though I believe they were icons or offerings to the gods.


One of my favorites were the delicate murals on the walls


and then the mosaics lining the floor that were as beautiful as carpets.


I tend towards delicate jewelry and details.  The Minoan culture even though it was so long ago was very relatable and made me very excited to see the rest of Heraklion and the ruins of Knossos.

This post was inspired by Alisa at Where’s My Backpack.  Her travel theme this week is Delicate.  I am happy to participate again in one of her weekly travel themes.  To see how others define delicate, please click the link.

Have you ever felt that you could walk into another culture and feel at home?  What details do you need to see for that to happen?

8 Responses to “Heraklion, Crete – the delicate details”

  1. ladyofthecakes November 3, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    That crown would suit me. But I’d have to take off my tiara…

    • gkm2011 November 3, 2013 at 9:44 am #

      I suppose you could have a day look and an evening look. Don’t want to get too predictable!

      • Every Day Adventures in Asia November 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

        Haha! Would love to see that look! 🙂 Loving all the pics and stories from Greece 🙂

      • gkm2011 November 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

        Lots more to come. Heraklion that evening was very special.

  2. Sherri November 3, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

    We loved the museum at Heraklon and also of course Knossos. The only thing we didn’t like was the nightmare experience we had at Heraklion airport while waiting for our flight back home to Heathrow. Other than that, it is Crete all the way for us and can’t wait to visit again! Loved these photos 🙂

    • gkm2011 November 4, 2013 at 7:27 am #

      We flew in but took the ferry out so no airport memories here. Knossos was interesting, but for me the star of the show was Heraklion city.

      • Sherri November 4, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

        Be very glad and yes, I agree 🙂


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