I love cruising! It was a real eye opener for me and I would recommend it. I thought I'd be sick, but no I didn't get sick. If the ship got rocky, I closed my eyes and pretended I was in a hammock, swinging. The kids took gravel which helped them a lot, Layla especially.
I loved visiting the Knossos's Palace, unfortunately for us, it was closing in 15 minutes, so I got to see very little. Layla, being the teen she is, was able to get to the entire site and take lots of pictures. I am still not sure of the entire history of this Palace, but some places were in excellent condition. After we left the Palace grounds, we went across the street to get some gifts for people. The clerk was really friendly and they had some awesome gifts. I wish I purchased more. They had lovely little perfume jars with little lids for under E5. We got back in the taxi to return to the ship but on the way we had to buy little Rialey some new shoes because he wore them out when we went on the night river cruise in Cairo. We bought him new shoes there, but they fell apart. Wait till I post that video of Rialey dancing with the belly dancer, that will tear you up!
According to Greek mythology, the palace was designed by famed architect Dedalos with such complexity that no one placed in it could ever find its exit. King Minos who commissioned the palace then kept the architect prisoner to ensure that he would not reveal the palace plan to anyone. (see link above)
Enjoy the pictures of the Palace, we did! The only exception to our enjoyment of the Palace, is that I wish we had a guide to tell us about what we were seeing. Instead, we were pushed to leave after 15 minutes. Thank goodness for Layla taking these pictures. There were two more pictures she took of wall murals which I cannot put on this family travel & review site!!
|Here's little guy Rialey walking towards the entrance of the Knossos's Palace|
|Entrance to Palace with lots of stray dogs and cats|
|neighborhood around the Palace|
|beautiful peacocks are around the Palace grounds|
|gift store across the street from the Palace, wish I had bought more items|