Knosses-Coast Guard-Sacred Moment
23 August 2017 | Iraklion
The public bus station is a very short walk from the Harbor. We took the Bus 2 for 1.70 euros one way. As I said in the last post, buy the combined entrance ticket at the Archeological Museum. You have three days you can visit the museum and one entrance to the Knosses palace ruins for 16 euros. The bus ride took us through all the stops the locals make and gave us a better view of the city. Entering Knosses Palace is easy with a pre-bought ticket since the lines are over a kilometer long in the heat! We chose to view the palace without a tour guide. It was very crowded. We were glad we had seen the museum first because we had a better perspective on what we were seeing. An impressive site. But, I highly recommend also seeing Mycenea and Olympia in the Peloponnese. Across the street from Knosses is a long street lined with souvenir shops. Tucked within the souvenir shop was a little restaurant where we had moussaka and slouvaki for lunch.
A short trip back on the public bus and we made our way to the Coast Guard to give our papers. We had a joyful exchange with the two officers who handled our paper work. Every port we enter we turn in the same papers-boat registration, insurance, passports, crew list, transit log and every port they make photo copies of the same information. We paid a small fee for staying in the harbor-18 euros for three days. Tues-Th. We laughed and joked with them. They said we were the highlight of their day. Mike and the senior officer had a sarcasm rhythm going. She was so incredibly kind, funny, and a delight. We learned a lot from them about the role of the CG in comparison to the USCG.
Finally, I had my turn to visit the Church of St Minas. It had been severely damaged by bombs in WWII and has been restored. As I walked in a took and candle and lit it with a prayer for smooth seas and safe travel. This church is a must see. We went next door to St Catherine of Sinai which has been turned into a museum of Christian art. For 4 euros, it is also a must see. I bought a ring that has the Kyrie prayer on it. Satisfied, we found a grocery, bought some staples, cooked dinner and are preparing to move on in the am.