|View from balcony toward sea, Village Heights Golf Resort|
We visited Heraklion, where we have been a few times before. We returned to the Archaeological Museum, which has been renovated since our last visit. However, the air conditioning was not being used, presumably for budget reasons, so it was rather hot. We saw various finds, ranging from Minoan to Byzantine. I recommend this museum to any visitors to Crete. We had lunch in a cafe in the pedestrianized shopping area, and while we were eating an accordion band walked by playing some sort of folk song. Then we went down the the Venetian harbour and spent a while trying to photograph the impressive waves, while preventing our sunhats from being blown away.
|Heraklion Venetian harbour|
|Waves on a windy day|
|Agios Nikolaos lake, view from above|
|Agios Nikolaos lake|
|Agios Nikolaos, taverna cats|
|Monastery at Kera|
Then we visited the Cave of Zeus, but after climbing up the hill we saw the long queue waiting to enter the cave, so we decided not to bother and returned to where the bus was parked and had a drink and looked around the souvenir shops.
We were taken to a potter's workshop to see a demonstration of pottery making. Then we had lunch in a taverna with windmills in its garden. These windmills were the traditional way of pumping water from the aquifer all over the Lasithi plateau, but there are not many of them left now.
|Windmills on the Lasithi Plateau|
|Ruth & Ivor with windmills|
|Knossos dolphin fresco|
|Church, Old Hersonissos|
|View towards the sea from Old Hersonissos|
In Piskopiano we visited the Museum of Rural life, which contained a collection of artifacts related to farming and village home life, and also an impressive collection of traditional Cretan weaving and embroidery.
|Household items, Museum of Rural Life, Piskopiano|
|Courtyard, Museum of Rural Life, Piskopiano|
|View toward the sea, Piskopiano|