Crete, Greece

In this episode, travel expert Samantha Brown touches down on the Greek Island of Crete and discovers its overwhelming presence! Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands. It sits at the crossroads of three continents; Europe, Asia and's the mythological birthplace of the god Zeus, but perhaps its most fascinating fact is that Crete is home to the very first European civilization - the Minoans. Samantha's first stop is the harbor town of Chiana - its colorful collection of architecture reflects the many cultures that have invaded this remote island and made it their home. She gets a tip for the top souvenir - a Cretan knife, and orders up some authentic local fare from a unique restaurant in a former Turkish bathhouse. She'll visit the countryside to experience what 17th farm life might have been like, and she'll toast Crete's traditional drink, Raki, straight from a working still. For some insight into island culture, she's invited to a special baptism, and Samantha will team up with a Greek tour guide to uncover ancient treasures at the famed Archeological Museum, and then walk through the Palace of Knossos - one of the most visited archeological sites in all of Greece, second only to the Acropolis in Athens. Samantha finds out that just like archeologists and historians when it comes to discovering Crete you are only scratching the surface.

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