Hi everyone!!!

So, in this article I’ll talk about the second trip I had made on Crete 

I’ll share with you what I had found about the oldest locations that had a unique impact at their time. I’ll post some pictures and videos too and I’ll give you a piece of advice. So, let’s begin!


Two trips in one! Who would miss such an occasion?

Before I’m going to start sharing with you details about every location of the trip, here is a video with Malia, a short video, but enough to make an idea of how beautiful is Malia, the region where I had stayed while I was on the island. There were lots of hotels, taverns and restaurants and also shops from where you could buy souvenirs. The mountains were behind them so yeah, the scenery was very but very beautiful.


Firstly we had visited the biggest knife factory on the island. Here our guide told us the history of the place and also of the factory. After we had around half an hour to look around and to buy some knifes. I bought a small knife, as a souvenir too and I already used it in the kitchen and I have to admit that it is very efficiently.

Also, outside the factory there were some ram’s skeletons that were collected in years & years. Here are some photos and a video with the knifes and the factory.😋


After we drove up on the Lassithi plateau at the karst cave where, as the legends say, Zeus was born. In the cave wasn’t very warm, like there were 16 degrees Celsius and outside of it were 31 degrees Celsius. But I have to admit that it was so worth it to go down there because the cave was really but really beautiful.


That day we had visited also the ceramic products workshop from the Psychro village.

Firstly we had taken a look in the shop. There were wine tasting and olive pasta tasting too. After our guide took us in the cellar where he showed us with what machines was wine prepared in the past. After, here, in the cellar, was a workshop of a potter.

Independently, sometimes with the help of the very talented potter , we had created an unique souvenir for free. I created for example a little vase .❤

Those days I’m going to paint it and put some little flowers in it. Love is in the details right?:)


Right after we continued our trip to the monastery Vidiani.

The monastery of Vidiani is located at the foot of the mountain Louloudaki, near the village of Kato Metohi in Lassithi Plateau.

Access is very easy, as the peripheral road of the plateau runs just next to it.

 

 

The monastery is dedicated to Zoodochos Pigi (Life-Giving Spring) and does not remind anything of the abandoned site of the previous decades. Today the monk cells and the other buildings of the complex have been restored and the monastery operates as male monastery. Flowers are everywhere throughout the summer, while a small fountain in the yard with the huge cypress trees symbolizes the spring of Life.

The monastery hosts a small natural history museum, in collaboration with the University of Crete. The monastery and the church are not very old as they were built in the 19th century. It is likely to have been built on the ruins of an earlier monastery. The church is stone built with very elaborate masonry, stone carved windows and an exquisitely carved temple.

The area was a dependency of the family Vidon (hence the name Vidiani), who were descendants of a Venetian family that had been given a part of the plateau as a fief.


That day we had lunch , a traditional one, at a very beautiful tavern. I want to tell you that I’m in love with what Cretan people can cook. Really, in the next articles I’m going to show you a lot of food besides the travelling photos and videos , so if you’ll get hungry, I’m sorry from now:))

He had an hour for that. The tavern is situated up in the mountains, so we had a magically view from where we were . After we had eaten, we went to take some photos because of course the scenery was so worth it. Near where we were , the old and traditional windmills complemented the wonderful landscape.

In the end we had taken a look at the souvenir store which was exactly next to the tavern and we finally got back on the road.

yup, that's my mom^^


We had visited Knossos . It is well known as the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and has been called Europe's oldest city. Settled as early as the Neolithic period, the name Knossos survives from ancient Greek references to the major city of Crete. The palace of Knossos eventually became the ceremonial and political center of the Minoan civilization and culture. The palace was abandoned at some unknown time at the end of the Late Bronze Age. The reason why is unknown, but one of the many disasters that befell the palace is generally put forward.

The palace is an old construction of more than 4500 years, where it happen to be the legendary labyrinth. In Greek mythology, King Minos dwelt in a palace at Knossos. He had Daedalus construct a labyrinth, a very large maze (by some connected with the double-bladed axe, or abrys) in which to retain his son, the Minotaur.


In the end, I want to give you a piece of advice. The prices vary from one location to another. So you might have some money in plus with you because the souvenirs are souvenirs and not just that, the entry for an adult at the Knossos castle costs 15 euros ( for children and teenagers is free).

At the tavern, if you wanted to buy something , that wasn’t in the trip’s price, you should had have some money in plus, because the prices weren’t very low… like yeah, 9 euros for a cappuccino. :)) At the souvenir shop, next to the tavern, the prices were good enough . Every location that we had visited, had at least one souvenir shop near it, and the prices were good enough.

Yes, Crete isn’t the cheapest island , really, it’s far away from it, but it’s so worth it to visit it once in your life. I have some spots that I couldn’t make it in time to arrive to see them, but in the future I’ll go back one more time because those places are very rare and beautiful.

This trip was a success too, like the others :) I felt so good , I enjoyed my time with my family, made new friends and also I get to know earlier a new high school colleague. So yeah, I really had a good time there.


The next article will be “Cretan night” and I have one question. Are you ready? ~Much love,

~Lore^^