Crete is a highly agricultural island. In fact, Maria, our guide for this morning (May 23) told us that the people of Crete weathered the economic crisis that began in 2008 better than most of Greece, in part because small-scale farming is so much a part of life here, meaning Cretans have what they need to produce much of their own food.
Saturday is market day in Chania, and we got a guided tour by Maria, who teaches at MAICh and blogs about Greek food and life at http://www.organicallycooked.com.
The variety at the market was astonishing, and the produce beautiful. Some pics to prove my point:
We sampled lots of things: cheese, honey wine, even chickpeas fresh off the plant. They make a great snack!
I could say a lot about the market, but I think for this post the pictures say enough.
By the far end of the market, we had nearly reached the harbor. So we kept walking and spent a little time enjoying the views and the fresh sea air.
After one more shopping session, we returned to MAICh to get ready for a special evening: a Cretan night celebration incorporating ourselves and the conference participants.
And then dancing:
What a quintessentially Greek day: market, harbor and Cretan dancing. We loved every bit of it.