As I look back on the five years we’ve lived here, I realize that this comfortable feeling I have is because I’m settled in here and have allowed this place to get under my skin. This feels like a home away from home to me. Sure, I’ll never be Greek, I’m an American, but somehow I’ve managed to ease into the interesting lifestyle of Crete which is characterized by a slow, easy pace punctuated by bouts of extreme chaos. Hania, Crete will always have a special place in my heart mostly because of the people that have colored my experience here. Besides our many dear friends from numerous cultures, we have surrounded ourselves with some of the “best of the best” service people. You know how it is when you face a big move and panic because you just realized you can’t take your favorite hairdresser, mechanic or doctor with you? That’s where I’m at, and so, with a grateful heart I want to give a shout out to these wonderful people who started out as favorite artisans/merchants and ended up as friends because of their generosity and helpfulness. We’ll miss you!
Martina at Elke’s hair salon – I’ve NEVER had a better haircut or so much fun getting to know my hairdresser. Can you fit in my suitcase?
George at Blue Planet Bikes in Kounipidiana – thanks for keeping us rolling and for sharing your bicycle expertise and enthusiasm with us.
The Traxalakis family baristas at our favorite “Feel Good” coffee cafe in Souda Bay – great service, great coffee, great, BIG smiles! I wonder what else they put in their coffee because they’re always so HAPPY…and it’s contagious.
Margarita and Mixalis Kerdelas at Margaritas Shop in Chania – we love visiting you in your shop over a cup of tea or raki. Your talented artistry is second only to your hospitality and friendship.
Eleni, the “modestra” (seamstress) – So much love sewn into every one of her beautiful creations, and always a sweet smile to match her sweet spirit.
Angeliki – the long, relaxing, amazing pedicures – WOW, just WOW.
Eletherias, the cobbler in leather alley in old Hania – he is almost as old as the city but still working hard at making boots and shoes that will last long after he’s gone.
Theodoris, the carpenter extraordinaire – your impeccable style and attention to detail make you a artist to be admired.
Stavros, Costas and staff – Vets in Kounipidiana – From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all you do for the animals on Crete; Both pets and strays are treated with respect and care, which is an admirable feat considering the number of ferrel cats and abandoned dogs on this island.
Petros – the “Eye Guy” in Kounipidiana. Professional, friendly and so accommodating. He always goes the extra mile in customer satisfaction.
Maria and family at the Sunset taverna in Tersanas – I will SOOO miss our meals of mushroom pie and Xarma beer under the grapevines.
Manto, the beautiful and talented artist/hotelier in Paleohora. A visit to our favorite beach town in all of Crete was always highlighted by your hospitality and your smile.
Babis, the “sweetest man in all of Crete” and the extraordinary creator and host of Villa Kerasia, our favorite B&B – elegant charm and THE best place for R&R on the island.
Thank you all for the years of service and your smiles of friendship! And on those days when you feel like you’re going to melt from the heat of summer and you need a quick getaway, grab a cold frappe, sit back and enjoy these photos of your beautiful island in the winter. Click on the photo to make it bigger….Feeling cooler already…
Warm regards, Melanie and Richard