Beautiful Golden Crete ~ and Crete famous museum
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We caught the plane at about 7 AM the next morning. We got to the airport so early we saw the sun rise over the tarmack.... There was no direct flight from Santorini to Crete so we had to first fly to Athens, change planes and fly to Crete. I took pictures of unknown islands as we flew.... Oh, how I wish we had been able to "island hop" as we thought we were going to .... Next Time!.... (Note to self: don't go too late in the year)
David and I arrived in Crete early in the morning.
We had a guide book and began walking with our backpacks to find a motel. We began in the main square. We tried to get our bearings and figure out the streets... A really nice man came over and asked how we were doing and asked what we were looking up in our book. We told him and he told us what street to walk down and how to find the motel.... then he took a few minutes to tell us about the town and what was available. And a few more minutes to tell us about his family and what he did for a living.
After about one hour of searching we decided it would be best if David found the motel while I sat with the suitcases. We went down a cute little alleyway and stopped at an "outdoor" coffee restaurant in a covered piazza area. We had a cup of coffee together and David took off. He left the suitcases (actually our suitcases are backpacks)
I had coffee and chatted with the young lady who was my waitress about a vacation she had taken to Kalakari Island.
David had gone to the main square again and went to the nice hotel on the plaza. He spoke to the duty manager and told him the price range we were looking for and asked if he knew of a motel (in our price range) that the manager would take his wife to.
Eventually David came back with a motel reservation at Hotel Irini (see our review). He had already gone there and paid for the first night and gotten us a room with a view of the bay. Great. We walked down towards the harbor and went into the motel lobby. It was a huge open lobby with a fire place in one corner. It had a well maintained board with all of the local places and the hours posted. The personnel were friendly and efficient... We were really pleased. The room wasn't a fancy room but the bed was comfortable.
We dropped off our suitcases and walked down towards the wharf to find the archeological museum. We had already heard about it a few times so we were anxious to see it. It didn't take us very long to find it.... We had a wonderful time touring it. Pictures were allowed as long as no flash. We took as many pictures as we could although we felt a bit anxious about keeping the pictures straight. The museum closed before we felt ready but there was nothing we could do about it. We saw things from all over Crete: Knossos, Gortina, Malia, Phaistos.... We hadn't been to any of the places but we hoped we would see them all...
It appeared the most important was Knossos.