I was kind of sad that this was our last day in Crete and I was determined to try the last few Cretan food specialties on my “foodie list”. The last day was spent back in Heraklion, as its proximity to the airport proved to be convenient to catch the flight to Athens the morning after.
One thing I noticed about Crete was the ungodly quantities of roadkill you will come across. If you decide to drive in Crete, I’ll bet you there’s a very high chance you’ll come across at least a few dead animals. The majority were wild cats (along with a few goats) which seem to casually roam through the streets and tavernas and some unfortunately end up on the sidewalks. I mean where are the clean up people? Definitely not a sight for the faint hearted.
The itinerary for the third day was to visit the Palace of Knossos and then drive to Elounda, a tiny fishing town on the Northern coast of Crete. The Palace of Knossos was the center of the Minoan Civilization and the home of one of the most famous kings during this time; King Minos.
According to Greek mythology, King Minos angered Poseidon by not sacrificing the bull he promised to and thus Poseidon sent him the minotaur, a fearsome creature that’s half man half bull (this is the clean version of the myth). The minotaur ended up devouring many of the Cretan citizens and as a result King Minos had Daedalus, the talented architect construct a labyrinth to retain the minotaur. Androgeus, son of King Minos had many victories at the Panathenaic festival and was killed by the Athenians out of jealousy. In King Mino’s rage, he raged war on Athens and Aegus, the King of Athens pleaded for another solution. It was decided that every seven years, Athens must send seven of the most beautiful maidens and seven of the most talented men to be consumed by the minotaur.
I woke up the next day not feeling hungry but I changed my mind after seeing the breakfast buffet option. There were tons of options to choose from whether you like a savoury or sweet breakfast. There were custom made omelets and crepes, cakes, pastries, standard bacon/eggs, salads, fruits, yogurt, freshly squeezed orange juice and more! Here is what my first plate looked like (I had another fruit plate afterwards).