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Friday, May 10, 2013

Day 21: Western Crete

We traveled to the West of Crete. Our first stop was to a little typical Cretan picturesque village where we bought some souvenirs and took pictures of the houses.

One of the shops

View from bus
Then we stopped to do a nature walk to a Hellenistic bridge in Eleutheria. We entered from the southern entrance and to our surprise we never found the bridge, however we did find a fortification tower, some Roman cisterns, a fountain area, cool plants and a couple skeletons of goats.



Fountain area

Cistern


Hiking!


Adventures with Lynn!

After our hike, we drove to the Arkadi Monastery. This was a place where some Cretans ended up blowing themselves up while fighting with the Turks, thus many people died here. We did get blessed by a nun.
Arkadi Monastery





The gun powder room where the people killed themselves, including Turks.



A part of the shrapnel was left behind in this tree.

Skeleton heads of the people who died there
Lunch was in Rethymnon at a local café. The rest of the day we relaxed and enjoyed the town.
Lunch table

View from hotel

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