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Giant Pithos... David is 6'6 and it's taller than he is

We decided to ride the bus to Malia. It was bus 141 and the cost was 7.60 Euro for both from Iraklio to Malia. The bus station was a large room with tables and chairs. Men were smoking and having coffee at most of the tables.   There were several things available for breakfast at the food stands.  We bought a sesame roll and a cup of coffee and sat outside to wait for the bus. We saw a delivery driver come up on his vespa with a tray balanced on the handle bars. His little girl was standing on the floor boards. She obviously spent the day with him. She jumped off as he did and walked inside.

getting back on after the delivery
When they came back he carefully stood her on the scooter in front of him and drove off.  It was so cute! 

The bus station had a number of hand made goods for sale. I tried to take pictures of them but most were a blurry mess.   I just couldn't get it focused.  I had never seen baked goods like the ones in the case. There were tiny roses and leaves made of dough . We were told the hand crafts were part of a program to employ women.   They had quite a few different patterns.  There were also candles that I really liked. 

Finally the bus came and we loaded up. I took quite a few pictures as we traveled through the interesting countryside. Although it didn't look like it from inside the bus windows tinted some of my photos purple.

The baked goods
very interesting to see later...

We arrived at Malia and paid the entrance fee. Malia is famous for being a huge palace much like Phaistos and Knossos but it was not rebuilt and occupied after the Mycenaean conquest. It was built around 1900 BC and abandoned around 1450 BC. Most of the structures were two storied. The outlines of the buildings were easily seen. We thought the tiny museum / display area was really well done. It explained the site and featured photographs of the more famous finds. The famous gold pendant with two bees holding a drop of honey was found there. Also, the leopard headed ax was found there.

The site was pretty easy to explore. It was laid out and the map we had was easy to follow as the walls were partially standing. There was an enormous pithos (terracotta jar) standing. There were storage pits, an alter and royal apartments in sort of a maze. At one point I found I had lost my sunglasses. We had a merry time trying to retrace our steps but we finally found them. We especially liked the "bloodless" altar that was a wheel with indentations that was likely ritual offerings of fruits and vegetables. It had one large hole in the middle and 33 hollows around the edges.

We looked and photographed for a while then went back to the entrance and had a cup of coffee.   The sun was pretty hot.  We were surprised to run into the same couple we had seen at Gortyna. They told us how much they enjoyed the ancient site of Gournia which was just down the road.   Hmmmmmm  sounds like we need to go!

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Giant Pithos... David is 66 and i…
Giant Pithos... David is 6'6 and …
getting back on after the delivery
getting back on after the delivery
The baked goods
The baked goods
sign at the bus station
sign at the bus station
Delivery drivers child entering s…
Delivery driver's child entering …
The bus station area
The bus station area
On their way
On their way
Homemade candle
Homemade candle
pottery
pottery
baked goods
baked goods
baked goods
baked goods
baked goods
baked goods
baked goods
baked goods
house from bus
house from bus
plants next to road
plants next to road
Hardware store
Hardware store
fruit stand
fruit stand
telephone pole with clouds
telephone pole with clouds
the ! sign means no overtaking
the ! sign means "no overtaking"
industrial site
industrial site
Malia
Malia
Malia
Malia
Malia
Malia
road with parking lot
road with parking lot
plant ....
plant ....
Palace of Malia
Palace of Malia
Malia: entry is 4 Euros and its o…
Malia: entry is 4 Euros and it's …
vines named Keysos
vines named Keysos
vines named Keysos
vines named Keysos
vines named Keysos
vines named Keysos
vines named Keysos
vines named Keysos
vines named Keysos.. provided shad…
vines named Keysos.. provided sha…
model of the palace
model of the palace
stone lamp
stone lamp
structure building
structure building
the famous bee pendant
the famous bee pendant
jar and amphora
jar and amphora
looking over the site
looking over the site
offering table
offering table
picture of the excavation
picture of the excavation
seals that were found
seals that were found
pillar
pillar
pillar
pillar
map of excavations
map of excavations
stairs
stairs
stairs
stairs
stairs
stairs
stairs
stairs
covered work area
covered work area
malia
malia
malia stairway
malia stairway
stairs in Malia
stairs in Malia
Malia
Malia
Malia
Malia
Malia
Malia
Malia
Malia
Malia
Malia
Giant Amphora in corner
Giant Amphora in corner
bleached snails on plant
bleached snails on plant
Malia surrounds
Malia surrounds
Malia surrounds
Malia surrounds
Malia
Malia
thistle
thistle
Malia
Malia
Malia
Malia
malia
malia
pathway
pathway
giant jar
giant jar
palace area
palace area
wave and spiral design
wave and spiral design
spiral design
spiral design
details
details
top
top
David with jug
David with jug
details
details
palace area
palace area
vessel
vessel
Malia
Malia
Malia
Malia
Malia
Malia
Malia
Malia
Malia
Malia
malia
malia
vessel?
vessel?
malia
malia
stairs to central courtyard
stairs to central courtyard
central courtyard
central courtyard
malia
malia
We appreciated the signs.... makes…
We appreciated the signs.... make…
central courtyard
central courtyard
malia
malia
royal apartment floor
royal apartment floor
Lustral bason
Lustral bason
stairs
stairs
royal apartment
royal apartment
royal apartment
royal apartment
apartment
apartment
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
What does it mean?
What does it mean?
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
smaller altar
smaller altar
small bloodless altar
small bloodless altar
altar
altar
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
south entrance
south entrance
grain silo
grain silo
grain silo
grain silo
Grain silo... there were 8 total
Grain silo... there were 8 total
grain silo
grain silo
grain silo
grain silo
malia
malia
courtyard
courtyard
malia
malia
malia
malia
south entrance
south entrance
malia
malia
malia
malia
vessel or altar
vessel or altar
offering table
offering table
offering table .... main one
offering table .... main one
offering table or altar
offering table or altar
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
pillar crypt
pillar crypt
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
stairs
stairs
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
pithos
pithos
pithos with circle pattern
pithos with circle pattern
pithos
pithos
grasshopper on the pithos
grasshopper on the pithos
malia
malia
malia
malia
central courtyard malia
central courtyard malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
ramp with drainage ditches
ramp with drainage ditches
ramp
ramp
flora
flora
malia
malia
Olive tree (I know I digress....)
Olive tree (I know I digress....)
malia ... out skirts by south entr…
malia ... out skirts by south ent…
malia
malia
malia
malia
beyond the main malia site
beyond the main malia site
pottery...
pottery...
malia flora
malia flora
gated area
gated area
cool barbed wire on top
cool barbed wire on top
A great rock I found & put back
A great rock I found & put back
rock
rock
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
alter
alter
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
malia
bush
bush
offering table
offering table
paved path to the exit.
paved path to the exit.
on the bus...
on the bus...
Crete hills
Crete hills
Crete hills
Crete hills
Crete church
Crete church
crete hills
crete hills
old windmill
old windmill
crete hills
crete hills
tower
tower
scenery
scenery
odd little truck
odd little truck
scenery
scenery
scenery
scenery
Malia
photo by: sylviandavid