|River running through the village|
The village is a working agricultural village, olives and figs. The residents have sheep, goats, chickens, dogs, cats and rabbits in little pens in their gardens.
|Ready for picking|
The main village street itself was about 1 mile long and had several shops selling locally made tablecloths, jewellery, honey and olive oil. Also a few tavernas, bistro's and restaurants. We tried several of them and our favourite was one run by "Smoothy George" called Domenico's.
|Me and Smoothy George|
|Feta cheese salad|
Fodele is also the birthplace of "El Greco" the artist. Famous for his paintings of religious icons. He was said to be born in Fodele, but lived for a while in Italy and because they couldn't pronounce his name they just called him El Greco "The Greek".
|The Bride and Groom Arrive|
It was great sharing a meal with new friends. We were with Greeks, Albanians, English and Zimbabweans. A real mix but all great company and such fun.
From our balcony in our bedroom, we overlooked the local Greek Orthodox church, who's bells woke you up at 730am on Sunday morning and the service was then run through loud hailers for those elderly residents up the hillside who could not get to church.
We thoroughly fell in love with Crete and it's people. We travelled to Chania on the Western side of Crete, which is a beautiful resort set around a Venetian harbour. Full of great restaurants, shops, museums and a lovely little book shop.
Also we went to Iraklio the Capital (Heraklion), which was a good place for visiting the great museums and shopping. It's an industrial city but still beautiful in parts.
The beaches of Crete are beautiful, with one close by being Aghia Pelagia. The season starts in April and runs through to the end of October.
So whether you've been to Greece or not before, give Crete a try. We'll be going back again this year as there is so much else there we haven't seen, plus we fell in love with the people.
Books set in Crete
The Island - Victoria Hislop
Based on the Island of Spinalonga just off the coast near Elounda. Fishermans boats will take you over to the Island.
It's a beautiful setting near Elounda, with the little tiny village of Plaka with great restaurants where you can sit and watch the ferries travel over to the Island which is very close to the shoreline.
Zorba The Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
Set before the start of the First World War, this moving fable sees a young English writer set out to Crete to claim a small inheritance. But when he arrives, he meets Alexis Zorba, a middle-aged Greek man with a zest for life. Zorba has had a family and many lovers, has fought in the Balkan wars, has lived and loved - he is a simple but deep man who lives every moment fully and without shame. As their friendship develops, the Englishman is gradually won over, transformed and inspired along with the reader.