Monday, 30 March
Sites Visited: Herakleion Museum
Where did we stay tonight?: Herakleion
Leaders: Joe Indvik and Ally Begly
6:00 a.m., Uncharted Waters (sort of)
We just anchored in the scurvy piratical haven that is Heraklion. After a long and restless night atop the fickle waves, in a vessel full of the wild and hormonal calls of Greek teenagers on vacation, we finally sighted land. It felt good to be on terra firma once again. We quickly sent three away teams of intrepid adventurers to scout the local inns for lodging. While we kicked back and enjoyed the high-life, eating bougatsa (a cinnamony custardish pastry-like delight of local origin), they scoured the city. Many of the knaves returned empty-handed. One team, however, was able to navigate these hostile lands and cajole the local innkeeper into housing our motley crew for two nights.
8:00 a.m., Lobby of Hotel Kronos
Feast. The innkeeper made the mistake of letting 14 famished sea-goers dine at his buffet. After two loaves of bread, two-dozen eggs, and enough yogurt to feed a small army (we’re assuming Greek armies eat yogurt), we retired to our quarters and let the dreams of the open sea overtake our minds again (what was in that yogurt?)
12:30 p.m., Streets of Heraklion
Captain Faro appeared and assumed control of the crew. She’s a hardened and seaworthy lass, accustomed to months on the sea with nothing to eat but dried fish and stale milk, second only to Blackbeard himself. She led us through the twisting and dark corridors of Heraklion to the Archaeological Museum. We walked along a coast once frequented by the most feared pirates of the Aegean (Crete was a haven for pirates under Arabic rule from 824-961 CE). At the museum, we examined the treasures of the ancient and mysterious Minoan civilization. As no good captain leaves his crew untested, we spent an hour writing about the long-lost tomb of an ancient nobleman (it was really a small sarcophagus).
5:00 p.m., Plaka Restaurant
Feast. We are not sick of Gyros yet.
8:00 p.m., Lobby of Hotel Kronos
The crew is entranced by the siren’s song of free Wi-Fi. Our captains left for dinner and we are contemplating a mutiny, given the early wake-up time tomorrow morning.
We probably will remain loyal to our captains, however, because we are promised a trip to the ancient site of Knossos.
Intro to day 9:
Working at the Herakleion Archaeological Museum:
Day 9 Photo Gallery: