An award-winning travel story by Mihaela lica Butler, in which “the writer builds a strong, instinctive bond with a stranger – a fruit seller – and shows us a first-hand instance of ‘filoxenia’, the inexplicable Cretan ‘love for strangers’ which is touchingly contagious. “
They say the first Cretans were born from the tears of infant Zeus, the king of the gods of Olympus, son of Titans Cronus and Rhea, born on Crete. Let me take you where Zeus was born to see how the locals harvest the grapes and make the wine.
The Arkadi Monastery is one of Crete’s holiest sights. It is an impressive Greek Orthodox landmark and the site of a historic sacrifice. The sacrifice of the Greeks is embedded in stone and, if you close your eyes, you can almost feel the souls of the departed passing by.