Crete is about all I am thinking about at the moment. I stay in a small village just outside Rethymno called Gerani. I stay in the hotel at the bottom of the hill and the village is built up the hill as it rises away from the sea. As I always seem to go through the village during the afternoon hours the impression I have is of a very quiet, sleepy kind of place. I am positive this isn’t exactly true as many of the villagers come to the hotel bar in the evenings and I have been to the village in the evenings when it comes to life.
I will go into Rethymno several times whilst I am there but I have so much to say about the town that I will write about it another day.
I also head to Georgioupoli several times. This is a small fishing village that has turned it’s hand to tourism. The beach was smaller last year than previous years as the sea was higher so there were less sun beds along the stretch I usually explore although there were still a few along the further end. There are several shops, tavernas, hotels and other such things tourist need. The little road train runs trips from here to the lake at Kournas and other trips through the countryside and to other more traditional villages. There is a garden with a pool and restaurant as well. This belongs to one of the hotels and I have spent a few days here as the food is good, service exceptional and the pool is clean. I like Taverna Babis on one of the side streets for traditional food and I have friends who swear by the desserts in Sweethouse on the main square. Georgioupoli has spent a fair amount of money over the last couple of years to improve the square and other areas around. I have walked once along the causeway to the small church in the middle of the sea but I have some balance issues so I now leave that to others as it takes me far too long!
There are other places on my mind and I am sure they will spill out onto here at some point soon.