Heraklion – the end of day 3

8 Dec

This post is part of our adventures in Greece in the fall of 2013, for other posts in the series, please click here.

It was mid-afternoon by the time we got back into downtown Heraklion.  The next day we were heading on the early ferry to Santorini for three days of white buildings nestled on cliffs.

We decided to find the main square and look at the church there and then wander back down to the port.  Unfortunately when we arrived the church was closed for the afternoon, but after poking around we were able to find out it would be opening soon.

Scouting the church before it opened

Scouting the church before it opened

We settled in the square outside to wait.  It was a perfect afternoon and Heraklion has free wifi throughout the city so it was a painless process.  After a thirty minute wait we went inside.  It was worth the wait.

The Greek Orthodox churches we visited during the trip are incredibly ornate – the murals, lamps and decoration all much more elaborate than the Roman Catholic churches of my childhood.  This one in particular was not that large but very grand.

First view of the inside of the church

First view of the inside of the church

Close up of the chandelier

Close up of the chandelier


To make it even more special, the stained glass windows colored the foyer shades of the rainbow as we left.  Outside in the square they were setting up for a concert to celebrate the end of the World Tourism celebration.

Light streaming in the foyer

Light streaming in the foyer

On Sunday, most of the shops were closed, but we followed a crowd of people to a square with a view of a fountain and went to try some special Greek sweets.  We both had a glass of fresh juice and delicate doughnuts dipped in honey.

Fresh juice, sweets and the lion fountain in the square

Fresh juice, sweets and the lion fountain in the square

Sated from the treat we wandered back to the port.  The sun dipped low in the sky washing the seaside with warm light.

Flowers for sale as we wandered through the streets

Flowers for sale as we wandered through the streets


It was a magical evening.

Viewing the sunset

Viewing the sunset

After walking along by the old fort, we headed back for dinner – a lamb schwarma meal right off another square.  As we ate a tumbling club set up their mats in front of us and we were treated to a thirty minute performance of ribbon gymnastics.


Smiling from the enthusiasm we started to wander back to the hotel, but stopped again at the site of yet another concert with traditional Greek music.  A night market had sprung up and we swayed and danced with everyone else in the square.


Go to Crete and go to Heraklion.  The city will draw you in, like it did us.  We went there on our honeymoon, but will have memories forever and it seems fitting to write about the trip given we just celebrated our first wedding anniversary.

The trip, however, wasn’t over – we had much more to see.  More to come.

17 Responses to “Heraklion – the end of day 3”

  1. jwbeach December 8, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    Great pictures and story. Making me wish to be there! Thank you for sharing.

    • gkm2011 December 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

      Glad to take you along on my journey!

  2. thirdeyemom December 8, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    Just beautiful! We went to Greece on our Honeymoon 13 years ago but never made it to Crete. It is still on the list for someday! I loved Greece. 🙂

    • gkm2011 December 8, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

      Keep it on the list for sure. Glad to give you a reminder of happy times!

      • thirdeyemom December 9, 2013 at 11:47 am #

        Thanks! I need those reminders now. It has been a very difficult five months in my life as my dad who I am very very close to (we travel a lot) has cancer. He is doing great and just had his first chemo. I was able to spend Thanksgiving out there in AZ with my parents and siblings, but sadly my children can’t seem them for at least 6 more months as my dad’s immune system is so down. It has been so incredibly hard. Yet I’ve learned a lot too through it all that you must enjoy life and love the ones you love. SO thank you indeed for reminding me of a very special, happy time in my life! 🙂

      • gkm2011 December 10, 2013 at 8:31 am #

        You had mentioned that previously and your father and your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I am glad to know my trip can take you out of the now for a few minutes and remind you that there is much good in the world.

      • thirdeyemom December 15, 2013 at 11:27 am #


  3. Every Day Adventures in Asia December 8, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    Amazing photos – the food is making me hungry! But particularly love both the pic of you and the one with the chandelier in the distance. Love these posts!

    • gkm2011 December 10, 2013 at 8:27 am #

      The food was excellent for sure. Photo credit for that shot goes to Li. He has the patience and talent to “see the photo”. Which means my life is pretty well documented!

      • Every Day Adventures in Asia December 10, 2013 at 11:35 am #

        Handy that. 🙂 My photo skills are crap… it also doesn’t help that my camera of ‘choice’ is a slightly worn blackberry!

  4. Valerie December 8, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    Its already been a year!?! Time flies! Congratulations and wishes for many more to come!!!!!

    • gkm2011 December 10, 2013 at 8:28 am #

      Thanks! It kind of snuck up on us – such a fast year! Looking at the photos from this trip brings back so many good memories with many more to come!

  5. Sherri December 9, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    Still enjoying reading about your trip to Crete and remembering so many wonderful times spent there, thank you!! 🙂

    • gkm2011 December 10, 2013 at 8:32 am #

      Glad to know my memories connect with others. Even though it is taking me a long time to get them up, each time I do I get to relive them as well!

  6. Naomi Baltuck December 10, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    Congratulations on your anniversary! These are really lovely photos. I have not yet been to Greece, but I would very much like to go.

    • gkm2011 December 12, 2013 at 8:10 am #

      Thank you! Would highly recommend Greece. We were enchanted.


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