The plan was to visit the Heraklion archeology museum, rent a car and move on to Hania (leaving Knossos until our return), which we did.
Yet we discovered the heart of Heraklion was interesting, historical, approachable and very much worth a casual day and so we lingered.
Still, the museum is the highlight, without question. If you go to Crete, do not miss it. The beauty, quality and state of preservation of the Minoan artifacts rivals any museum in the world, … truely!
And Heraklion had another surprise for us. A hip dining scene oriented around locally grown, organic food and environmental sustainability. Peskesi turned out to be our favorite restaurant on the entire trip. We have returned a number of times (https://www.facebook.com/peskesi)!