DAY 4, SATURDAY, 19 APRIL, 2014
At 8:00 a.m. , soon after breakfast, we set off to eastern Crete. Our first stop was at the lush and verdant village of Fodele, birthplace of Dominikos Theodokopoulos, known as El Greco (The Greek). We walked to the Museum , at about 1 km from the central square of the village. El Greco spent most of his adult life in Toledo, Spain and that's where most of his original paintings are found. The small Museum at his birthplace houses reproductions of his greatest paintings. The fertile valley of Fodele is also known for its orange and lemon groves. On sunny days in winter and spring, Fodele is a popular destination for the people of Heraklion and nearby villages. After having coffee in the shade of the beautiful plane tree which predominates the central square of the village, we continued our journey eastwards to Elounda. On our way, we stopped briefly at Saint George's Church at the village of Selinari. Saint George of Selinari is said to be the patron saint of drivers.
Spinalonga was the last leper colony in Europe.
In the evening, back to Rethymnon, we attended the midnight Church service of the Resurrection at Saint George's Church.
To be continued