Stunning view on a November day of the route between Skinias and Agios Georgios (north coastline, Lassithi) separated by a hair-raising winding alpine type road with tight bends and sheer drops down the mountainside for a poor driver. Cretan sunlight is amazingly bright and clear due to low air pollution as seen in the unblemished blue hues as the sky merges with the sea on the horizon, set against the burned oak colour of the hillside. © Gerald Brown
Of the pea/bean family in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Carob's burnt yellow flowers burst into full bloom in the Autumn and turn to fruit from November. They brighten an otherwise boring looking tree. But looks can sometimes be deceptive. The Carob has been a staple in providing the large hard brown pea like pods for people to consume in times of famine to keep working animals alive, such as donkeys when other foods run out. The seeds in the pods have a majestic chocolate flavour and are full of nutrients and vitamins. The Carob trees are grown alongside olive trees and have a long life span also. Found all over Crete and the Greek islands. ©Gerald Brown
A modern day Greek goddess from Australia on a memorable return trip to the shores of Elounda, Lassithi, Eastern Crete rekindling memories of a carefree honeymoon many moons before. Elounda is known as Greece's Riviera. It is a place where the rich and famous and the Greek establishment intermingle with the artisans, writers and poets who are the "soul of Grecian culture". Any Grecophile must visit Elounda once in their life.