Crete, September 2016
On a short drive from Zaos, we visited the Moni Vrondisi monastery
Century-old plane trees guard the monastery entrance.
That is one old tree.
The monastery Moni Vrondisi has a lovely 15th-century Venetian fountain.
Detail of the 15th-century Venetian fountain.
Inside the monastery courtyard, we were greeted by a very friendlyand very tiny kitty.
The church in the monastery courtyard
That was one friendly cat, who just wouldn't leave us alone.
The bell tower
We got lost looking for another monastery, but being lost in such smashing scenery is quite a pleasure.
What a landscape! Siv The mountain looming in the background reminds Siv os surrealist painter René Magritte.
In Zaros village, we visited the shop of this weaver -- and of course purchased a souvenir.
Lake Votomos is in fact a small reservoir just outside Zaros.
The only beach we visited on Crete was this one at Matala. It was used as a port by the Romans. Unfortunately, it is very crowded and very touristic. But the beach is nice.
The beach is lovely and the weather was good, so it was quite crowded.
The caves in the cliffs above the beach were originally Roman tombs, but were later occupied by hippies, so are now locked up at night.
Lots of people on this very pretty beach.
We just stopped and took a quick look at the ruins at Agia Triada, near Phaestos.
Agia Triada was destroyed by fire around 1400 BCE. It was a much smaller palace than those of Phaestos or Knossos.
Staircases and ruins are quite lovely under the trees at Agia Triada. In the Heraklion museum are many art objects which were found here.
We were amazed at the number of greenhouses covering the ground on the southern shore. Only a few are visible in this photo.
Don't know just what this is, but there is a gate and a very fierce-looking do-not-enter-under-risk-of-great-bodily-harm sign at the fence.
The small fortified 16th-century church of the Aghios Georgios monastery stands right at a bend in the highway.
Driving from Zaros back to Heraklion, we filled up the car tank at a gas station in a small town with a small church up on top of a huge rock.