City: Heraklion, Greece

Address: 9 Epimenidou St

Date: August 2, 2013

Meal: Dinner

Tales from my travels: Another wonderful and final day in Crete. We first drove all the way up to Mount Ida, the highest mountain in Crete, and hiked up to Cave Idaion Antron, the supposed birthplace of Zeus. As mythology tells it, Rhea hid her son Zeus from his father Kronos in this cave where he was brought up by the nymph Melissa and the goat Amalthea until he was old enough to overthrow his father. We later ventured on to the palace and ruins of the ancient Minoan city of Phaistos; unlike Knossos, Phaistos has not been rebuilt to demonstrate its long-gone splendor. Finally we stayed a little while on Matala Beach where can be seen Neolithic caves that were later inhabited by hippies. We returned to Heraklion for dinner and chose Veneto, another restaurant located in a neoclassical building. We climbed up the stairs and sat by the window overlooking the Heraklion’s grandiose fortress and the sea. On the opposite wall, there was a mural depicting Venice. They have great service and boast Mediterranean cuisine that is elegantly presented on your plate. They have some vegetarian options and also offer a selection of local wines and liquor. I had the Penne with Two Cheeses and I need not add that the desserts sounded incredible.



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