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Clues To A Past Life. Aghios Ioannis (Άγιος Ιωάννης, Κρήτη) Crete.

06-07-2008 · Comments (12)
Categories: Crete  Hasselblad SWC/M  Ilford XP2  

There is always a slight pain and joy when I utter those words 'I'm out of here' which indeed I am for a few weeks. The need for warmth and to replenish my photo stocks of Crete has become to great and so I'm off back to the beautiful Island of Crete! One of these days I'll manage to go somewhere else but for now I don't think this will do me any harm. I have to say my hayfever is not a problem there so I look forward to a slightly easier time with regard to that and as the English summer seems to have dissolved these last 2 years, (if in fact we ever had one) this seems to be the only way to guarantee some sun. I think if my memory serves me right we had a nice summer in 1976. We must be due another soon!

As always my base will be the beautiful mountain village of Kritsa (Κριτσά). Here is a map of where I am located, the little marker is just about where the house is. That's you looking at me and here is what I see looking towards the sea.

If you fancy some film goodness whilst I am away then you can do no better than popping over in the direction of the Filmwasters Blog. The images change there every day and you can access all of the blogs and sites via the images. Hell, if it's a little community that you are after then why not joint the Filmwasters Forum. A more positive thing you'd be hard pressed to do if film is your bag. Not into film?....well they may tempt you back from the dark side.

And so the photo. Aghios Ioannis (Άγιος Ιωάννης) is the village. Anyway this place was just wonderful for empty homes, as far as I could tell part of the problem with them sitting empty was an access problem, they needed major work and there was no vehicular access always going to put off prospective renovators. Half of the village that has access seems in very good shape. Perhaps these will be left to slip peacefully away. I need reasons to return!
I guess I could be shooting myself in the foot revealing where these gems are but as long as you promise to not tell anyone I will show you where Aghios Ioannis (Άγιος Ιωάννης) is. Here's an aerial view. Remember mum is the word!

When the room is quiet
The daylight almost gone
It seems there's something I should know
Well, I ought to leave
But the rain it never stops
And I've no particular place to go

Just when I think I'm winning
When I've broken every door
The ghosts of my life
Blow wilder than before
Just when I thought I could not be stopped
When my chance came to be king
The ghosts of my life
Blew wilder than the wind

Well, I'm feeling nervous
Now I find myself alone
The simple life's no longer there
Once I was so sure
Now the doubt inside my mind
Comes and goes, but leads nowhere

Listening to: "Ghosts" - (Exorcising Ghosts) Japan

Polly Chandler

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