Join me in another flashback to my early backpacking trip across Crete, when I camped in the Minoan ruins of Falassarna and heard whispers from the past.
NOTE: Of course, Thor and I had to make another trip to Greece, as he’s fallen as much in love with the islands as I am. This time, in addition to other island-hopping, I wanted to return to Crete after 37 years. My first months-long trip was as a hippie backpacker, camping in the ruins and falling under the spell of the mysterious, vanished Minoan culture. This time, I got to introduce Thor to “glorious Kriti” and research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT. This rerun of a 2019 blog series started August 26, 2023, and will continue every Saturday (with occasional diversions).
You can hardly escape the concept of the labyrinth on Crete (the motif of the ancient coin above), and most of the palace ruins have a mazelike structure. The famous myth of Ariadne and the Minotaur took place in the Palace of Knossos, where King Minos (Ariadne’s father) kept the bull-headed monster. Ariadne, most likely a priestess of the labyrinth, held the key to its twists and turns. The footings and reconstructions at Knossos are the most famous of the palace/ritual sites, but others such as Phaestos have a similar structure. We’ll visit both sites in upcoming blog posts, but for now a glimpse of Phaestos:
I often find inspiration in wild places, and where I felt the deep pull of the labyrinth most profoundly on my first trip was on the relatively deserted west coast of the island, at the site of the ancient city of Falassarna. Again, forgive the poor quality of the old photos….
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