Heraklion

What to See

Coming to Heraklion for the first time, the visitor nowadays may be somewhat surprised by the changes that are taking place in Crete”s capital city; Heraklion is celebrating its rich history and moving onwards to a future full of potential.

Where, at one time, the number of cars in the city centre would have made walking difficult, you will now find large city-centre spaces cleared of traffic. You can enjoy walking in one of the most historically and socially fascinating cities facing the Mediterranean, on streets free from traffic noise and rush. The city has opened up in so many ways, making the city a place of discovery. These changes bring a harmony too; between the traditionally warm, considerate people of Heraklion, and the fine buildings that surround us, the open public spaces and views over the ocean. Many landmarks tell their story about the city and the island that gave birth to gods, to rebellion, and to a place that inspires everyone who feels the spirit of Crete.

Heraklion today is living between the fast moving currents of regeneration and a deep desire to maintain links with a past. Both these strands define its character. In the last hundred years alone, we have seen huge changes, which can be quite easily followed, in buildings and streets that reflect the changing fortunes of Crete. The ‘old town” areas of the city, established from mediaeval times, now offer visitors some fantastic walks in the heart of the city. Continue reading “Heraklion”

The open market of Heraklion

The open market of Pateles

Starting early in the morning until about 2pm, the open market of Pateles is a sight on its own. This is because here you will not only find great stuff to shop, but you will also experience the melting pot of Heraklion society: Gypsies selling clothes and villagers selling their products, classy ladies checking out imitations of expensive brands, and family guys doing their weekly shopping. The fame of Pateles market has reached the tourist industry and it has become common to see passengers of cruise ferries wandering around with maps in their hands. But what can you find in this market? Well, apart from the typical fruit and vegetables (most of which are produced in Crete) you will also find spices, dairy products, olives, herbs and honey in very good prices. So far, so good…until you reach the clothing section! The first thing that will cross your mind is that everything you see is bad quality or fake (and in some cases it is true). However, most clothes you see are last season’s, sold to gypsies by the kilo and many come from popular (and expensive) stores. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you will not see imitations of popular brands, but the experienced eye of regular shoppers (and brand connoisseurs) have learned to tell the difference! If you are lucky, you will find original brands of clothes and shoes at very low prices, as well as other surprises, such as used books for 3 euros. Continue reading “The open market of Heraklion”

rent car in crete

Are you thinking of rent a car On Crete? You can rent a car and drive all around island from east to the west in 5 hours . The Crete highway is often referred to as the “national road” and if you rent car crete you have to follow that road and reach from one end to the other . The drive along the easily cleared two-path national expressway is fine generally. In the Greek Islands, there’s less traffic, but you have to be alert for goats and sheep wandering in the middle of highways, especially on sharp corners, or locals riding donkeys down country roads. But there are some particular perils to beware of. Greeks seem to drive very fast, and tend to drive closely behind other vehicles.Their tailgating isn’t much of an issue if you’re driving a vehicle with automatic transmission, but since those are few and far between on the islands, chances are good that you’ll be driving a standard — so when you’re forced to stop on a steep slope with another car just inches behind, it’s a big challenge to avoid a bumper bump. Continue reading “rent car in crete”

crete food

crete food

Laughter, battles, tattle … Such a large number of things happen around the kitchen table, and eating is the fuel for every last bit of it. I recollect the day I moved into my home in London; the main solicitation to the proprietor was a crete food table that could situate 10 in a generally empty property.

Amid my adolescence in Crete food , I spent most nighttimes in our family fish eatery. Instead of playing find the stowaway with the other youngsters, I’d more often than not be out back peeling a sack of crete food potatoes or gutting fish. By day, I would run around with my blue journal and record every one of the formulas I needed to get ready for my family.

It started with the insight of “the grannies”. In the mid year months, when schools were closed, I would get up in the morning and go down the stairs to thia (auntie) Koula’s home. She generally kicked her sustenance off in the morning. We would sit in the kitchen at her expansive wooden table secured with a plastic tablecloth and fake ribbon and taste on Greek espresso with sweet sesame rolls and plan the day’s cooking.

She cooked the purest nourishment I have ever known. She had creatures, a patio nursery, olive trees, grape vines and she knew all there was to think about wild nourishment in Crete. Everything on her kitchen table was developed by her or made by her hands – I understand now what an extravagance that was.
crete food
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