This morning we loaded our bags onto our coach as we were leaving Crete for the mainland, but first we visited Heraklion and particularly the Knossos Palace. The Knossos Palace was so named by Arthur Evans, the archaeologist who discovered and excavated the site. However, there has never been any proof found that the Minoans actually had Kings etc. As the structure was so significant and so advanced for the time, Evans believed there was a throne room within the centre. Much controversy still is out there in the archaeologist world as to the way Evans went about the dig and the reconstruction. The Jury is still out on the best outcome and process.
Following our visit and lunch nearby we made our way to the Chapel on the hill overlooking Heraklion Airport, the scene in 1941 or some desperate action n as the 2/4th Battalion took on the German paratroopers and won handsomely. This was the third place on the island that had the paratroopers dropped in to secure the airfield but as at Rethymon, they failed and their casualties were high.
We have been visiting Father Nicholas for many years now and supportive in his efforts to retain the Chapel on the site. Maybe we have won. As he was aware of Alf Carpenter celebrating his 100th Birthday on the 22nd April, father Nicolas was going to phone Alf and wish him well.
We gathered the Raki, olives and other bits and pieces he always "forces" on us and made our way to the ferry. Prior to boarding, we had dinner in a local restaurant and then said goodbye to Colleen as she was staying on before flying on the other adventures.
We will arrive into Athens tomorrow early and then head out into the Pelopponese.