Crete Island Tip
How's this for history in perspective? A precast concrete house built on a medieval wall constructed from collapsed Roman and Ionic pillars and resting on a Minoan foundation! Couldn't resist taking this snap when walking round Chania in 1985!
Driving tour of Crete part 2
Jet lag always causes me to wake up early in the morning a lot when I visit Europe, but morning also happens to be my favorite time to explore because it's so quiet and peaceful and because the morning Sun makes for some great photos. This is a lonely seaside church between Sfakion and Anapoli.
Port in Rethymno...
There two ports in Rethymno, the new one, for the modern and big ships and the old one, for small boats. The second is very nice to walk arround it or to stay for an ice cream or for a refreshment...
Even if it says everywhere that tips are included in the price, it is common to give tips if you're satisfied with the service. About 10% would be appropriate. But remember not to "over-tip", something that this little story explains well: Some friends wanted to tip the waiter at the hotel where they had stayed for 2 weeks, so they left 30 Euro the last evening. When they were 10 steps away from their table the waiter stood in front of them saying that they had mistaken the Greek money. They explained that they hadn't. The waiter then joined them in the bar, where they had coffee and Metaxa, and later, drinks and ouzos. When they called the barman for the bill, they found out that the bill, which was much higher than 30 euros, was already paid by the waiter they had tipped before.
Traditional, rich-in-history mountain village, true Crete hospitality, good food, lively kafeneio-lined square, great base for Mount Psiloritis and Nida plateau.
The air is mountain-fresh, the local Raki and food genuinely good and usually made with local ingredients. If lamb is to your liking, the savoury aroma of it cooking at the tavernas in the lower part of the village, is tempting indeed. The square of Agios Georgios is a splendid exhibition of local life and a good place to stop for coffee, buy local cheese and visit the small church of the same name.
To appreciate Anogia, give it some time, walk, stop for coffee or drink, eat and allow any kindness or generosity that might be offered you, to quench the thirst for offering hospitality that is a hallmark of Crete and has its source it often seems, in Anogia.