Minotaur or No Minotaur… That’s the Question

Sleep was the only thing I could think of as we departed for our tendering to the main shore at Crete and the bus ride to Knossos for a tour of the remains and reconstruction of the legendary Palace of Minos at Knossos. This was another shore excursion that I had been looking forward to seeing, yet upon our return, our guide Renna said that the story of  Theseus and the minotaur is most likely a fabrication of the Minoan descendants who were inspired by bull-leaping games. It was also a bit disconcerting to discover that even some of the fresco reproductions within the Queen’s Megaron and Throne Room of Minos were thought to have been creations of Sir Arthur Evans and his archaeological team rather than actual Minoan imagery.

Following the tour, we did some shopping on the way back to the bus, then returned to the ship by the middle of the afternoon. Weather conditions had kept us from viewing most of the local port shops along the harbor in Heraklion, Crete’s capital city. A night of uninterrupted blissful sleep followed an evening dinner of Italian cuisine with friends. Tomorrow would be the final day at sea while returning to Venice.

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