Tuesday, 29 April 2008
This is a very revealing image of the village-like suburb of Hania where I live, just 4km out of the town centre (which is, of course, the Agora). The trees are typical of the area - citrus and olive. The field and garden irrigation taps are common all over the province - they are always found on the side of the road (they aren't the ones that supply us with household water). The houses are a mish mash of old and new. On the left hand side, there is a cheaply built box house with an unfinished apartment on top (maybe for a child to inherit at a later age, or as an investment). On the right hand side there's a newly built house with Italian style arches. Most houses have an iron water deposit on the terrace (the flat roof of the house). A few of the older houses have a tiled roof, superseded by newer building methods. There's even a flag flapping in the wind (Greeks are very patriotic) on the right hand side.
My house is a little further up the hill, where I have a great view of the town, right up to the sea. Come on over for a visit, and I'll treat you to a cup of coffee.