Sannel Larson

Friday, August 9, 2013

Crete - An Island of Wondrous and Unspoiled Beauty

The Greek island of Crete, is a place with unbelievable natural beauty and old charm. A place that I consider unique. Crete is a place blessed by a people friendly climate of long hot summers and short mild winters. This island combines the clean, turquoise sea with rough mountains, lush vineyards, olive groves and citrus orchards.

Almyrida Beach

There is a small and picturesque mountain village named Plaka, which I have fond memories of. This charming village with the traditional stone-built houses and spectacular view, is just so lovely. At the break of dawn the neighbor's rooster wakes every one up, followed by the distant bleat of the goats and dogs barking. As the cool morning turned warmer the cicada sounds grew louder and louder.

The uneven and narrow roads are winding in-between the stone-built homes there cats and a salamander or two may cross your path. The life here is very simple with no stress. Here people say hello with a smile, and may even invite you to sit down for a leisurely talk over a glass of Raki, (a strong distilled spirit containing approximately 37 per cent alcohol per volume and is produced from the must-residue of the wine-press.) 

The Cretan locals are famous for its hospitality and generosity, so do not be surprised if they welcome you to join them for food and wine, or bring you vegetables and fruits from their garden.

The neighbors grapes 

Prickly Pears 

I sure miss this wondrous and unspoiled beauty, yes even the obnoxious rooster that woke me up way too early every morning.

The sunset from my window

Crete - Thank you for the lovely memories - I'll be back. . . . Someday.


  1. You should be working for Crete's tourism bureau! This is a lovely write up and the photos are simply beautiful. You really do need to spend some more time with your camera, Sannel. You've got the talent. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Thank you, Rick, you're too kind. I enjoyed taking pictures in Crete. So much colors, beautiful flowers and scenery. I'm planning to share more of my pictures in the future. Take care, my friend.

  3. Hi Sannel... so glad to hear you have had a great and relaxing holiday away. Thank you for sharing your words and photos. I can see where there will be some great inspiration coming from your time away...

    Love you lots and safe travel...

  4. Thank you for a window. I feel as if I were there. Thank You.


  5. Rolly, I had a wonderful and and peaceful stay in Crete. I collected much inspiration for future writing, and I'm looking forward to start working again.
    Hugs and love,

  6. Mitch, thank you for looking through my "window."


  7. It looks like you spent a beautiful couple of weeks in a wonderful spot. Very picturesque. I hope you carried home a suitcase full of sunshine and buckets full of inspiration.

    (being to lazy to sign in)

  8. Mike, yes it was two magical weeks. I had a wonderful time. The suitcase with all the inspiration is standing here on the floor still unopened and shall be unpacked little by little. However, the suitcase full of sunshine unfortunately got lost on the flight. Too bad, since it's been raining here ever since I got back home and I desperately need that suitcase. . .soon! lol.

  9. Sannel,

    These pictures make me yearn to see lush, peaceful and lovely in every way. Thank you for sharing this magical place with us.

    Love, Maria

  10. Dear Maria, thank you! It was a sheer pleasure to share my "little paradise on earth" with you.
    Love and hugs,


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