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Staring Back At The Past And Beyond. Spinalonga (Σπιναλόγκα, Κρήτη) Crete.

13-07-2007 · Comments (20)
Categories: Crete  Fuji Provia 100  Holga  

I have some good news....I thought it was both my knees hurting and it would appear it is only my right one! Cause to celebrate I hear you all shout! I did manage the walk in to work but had 3 hours on my feet cooking 20 chicken legs. A very nice meal prepared of chicken legs, potatoes, broccoli and gravy! It was great cooking for those in need of a hot meal....small kitchen though and several chicken fat burns sustained! Note to self, don't wear sandals when browning meat...a recipe for disaster. We carried on regardless though...I'm sure skin grafts will make it OK!
So, an hours walk to work 3 hours stood cooking I thought my knee cap would explode when it was time to go home. Luckily there was processing to pick up and I was able to convince myself it was OK to take the bus.....I think the bus passengers thought I was a chicken supper the way I was smelling. I did enjoy it though and as you can see I can say enjoy...not every day though.

So, I got to pick up all my Cretan colour stuff today.....ah the sweet joy of looking at those contact sheets the first time, I love it. An added bonus this time was the fact most of it was on transparency....shit the colours pop!

I seem to have had a lot of interest regarding my first pinhole Polaroid self portrait. Well as you can see it isn't going up tonight...be patient my pretties! The photo I have put up is from the most recent trip, taken close to the town of Elounda (Ελούντα). A town that I dislike I have to say, a beautiful situation with wonderful views across the water to the island of Spinalonga. Which has a chequered history.
Kalidon, or The island of Spinalonga, has a modern recorded history dating back over 8 centuries. Acquired from the Byzantine Empire at the start of the 1200s it became a crucial part of the Venetian power base on Crete, for the next 400 years. Huge fortifications still dominate this small but strategically important outcrop of rock. It guards the entrance from the deep waters of the Cretan Sea into the sheltered and shallow bay. Such was the defiance and strength of this tiny dot of land that it managed to hold out against the Ottoman Empire for almost fifty years (1669-1715) after the fall of the rest of Crete. From 1715 until the turn of the twentieth century it was held by the occupying Ottomans, during this period it was used as a leper colony, finally closing its doors when the last sufferer departed in the 1950s.
As always I have tried to find a decent aerial shot of the area for you so have a wander and enjoy!

OK guys some of you have been wonderful enough to nominate me over at the Photoblogawards. I would like to thank all of you that have...but if you haven't then the link will provide you with a slightly easier way of doing so. I thank you in advance.

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