Crete was a fascinating place. Our tour took us around to tiny towns as well as the bustling city of Chania. The bus driver knew the roads well that circled through the mountains. When he came upon blind curves, he would blast the bus horn in warning to anyone approaching from the other direction. We passed rugged land with seemingly nothing on it, but then would see a herd of goats. Groves of olive trees dotted the countryside. Our guide told us it takes about 300 olive trees to support a family. That would provide enough for their use and a meager but suitable income for them.
In one of the small towns we stopped at, Hania, the best feature to me was the Women’s Cooperative. The cooperative handles handiwork made by the women of Greece. You can find there all kinds of linens, small rugs, and bath mats, some wooden items, olive oil soap, and spices. Also there was an elderly lady doing the art of bobbin lace. Making handmade lace is an art that is dying, so to see this being done is a treat. Completed pieces were also for sale.
Another town we were able to explore was Georgioupolis. It is small but has what you would need for “day to day” living. Just adjacent to Georgioupolis was an area that fishermen brought in their catch. Next to that was what was called Georgioupolis resort. There are several nice hotels, and a sandy beach with umbrellas on the beautiful Aegean Sea. There were a few small vacation homes built in a detached villa setting, with pools. The project was not complete, and no one was working on it. This started me wondering what the price of real estate is in Greece. I didn’t have to go far because there was a real estate office in town with pictures and prices. What I saw made me want to research more as soon as I could get to the internet. Because of Greece’s economic problems, it is one of the cheapest places in the world for beach property. The same can be said across the board, as far as food, accommodations, and souvenirs.
Then we traveled back to Chania. It is a large city. You would be able to get anything you need, but I would rather live in a small area that is reasonably close in case I needed something in the city.
In Chania there was an open mall located in a large old building that was shaped like a “T”. In that building was every kind of shop you could think of. There were wine shops, cheese shops, bakeries, small groceries, butcher shop, leather shops, dress shops, delis, shops selling coffee and tea, and of course lots of souvenir shops. Here are some pictures of what we saw.
I bought this and ate the whole thing myself. I didn’t even share, I was such a bad girl. No, not the pig’s head, the Baklava!
Then all too soon it was time to get back on the cruise ship and travel to our next destination.