So, now that my new artist website www.mikidegoodaboom.com is online, I can breathe a little bit, and will do some posts about my time in Crete. I was there in April this year (2012) for 3 weeks. Prior to arriving in Crete we had spent 3 weeks in Cyprus, a wonderful trip about which I have reported much in this blog. 12 posts altogether, in words and paintings, which you can see here if you are interested.
We took a plane from Larnaca to Heraklion with the Cypriot flight company “Cyprus Airways”, the national airline company founded in 1947. No wonder they lasted so long: great compliments to them, one does feel welcome and spoiled on board! We landed about one hour later in Heraklion, it was the second time in my life that I was on Greek soil, but the first time was a very long time ago, and I really was very excited. For those who don’t know exactly where Crete is and are too lazy or busy to google themselves, here it is
Our first contact with a Greek person was the guy from whom we rented the car, and he was very pleasant, a good start! As I asked him what was the speed limit in Crete, he answered with a smile:
Wonderful relaxing and refreshing “about”!
We had planned to stay about 4 days around Heraklion and booked a lovely family hotel in Aghia Pelagia, a little sea town by the beach about 20 kilometres west of Heraklion. As we would often experience on this Cretan holiday, we were the first guests of the season. They all said that it was because Easter was late this year and the season had not started yet, but even later on, in the middle of Easter, we didn’t notice big changes… the economic crisis probably!
We spent the first day wandering around Heraklion, and although I am normally not a fan of big towns, I just loved that one!. The atmosphere there was incredibly lively, vibrant even. Full of happy looking people everywhere and certainly no signs of economic crisis depression!!! The reason why it was so vibrant was probably the crisis itself, I suppose many of the people filling the cafes were jobless.. One of the first things I saw in Heraklion, as we were walking towards the harbour, was a window with some kind of “sculpture” meant to convey the crisis. I did a fast sketch, as I found it very funny
The “Tyred” written on the car is from me though, I couldn’t resist the play on words!
The harbour, what they call a “Venetian harbour”, was really very beautiful and of course I enjoyed doing some sketches there, like the one above. If you search for it, you will find enough info about it, stuff like
“… In the Venetian harbour of Heraklion stands the fortress of Koules. Here begins the long mole of the new harbour. The mole is a favourite spot for a stroll, especially on warm summer evenings, when the sea breeze offers some relief from the heat. The people of Heraklion jokingly call the mole “Bypass Avenue”, as many of those walking along the long mole are heart bypass patients taking the constitutional recommended by their doctor. All along the mole you will see amateur fishermen waiting patiently for a bite, both day and night. In the middle of the mole is a canteen selling soft drinks, ice cream and fast food. The Venetian harbour also contains the Venetian Arsenals or shipyards, where ships were repaired…”
And indeed that first day we did a lot for the health of our heart, walking many kilometres on the mole and in the town. It was simply exhausting, and certainly not easy to find the energy to make some sketches. But I was a brave girl and made some efforts, as you can see
And in the middle of this marathon, we had of course our beloved and sacred coffee break, in a wonderful cafe by the yacht harbour. As we were in Cyprus, at least at the end of the trip, I had started a series featuring our coffee breaks. I love mugs, and I love painting them, and I find interesting the different ways how a milk coffee gets served, depending on where one is in the world. And I wanted to share it by painting them. Here is the first from Crete.
If you can’t afford to go to Crete, but want to be there somehow, simply go to my online gallery and buy some prints! They are available directly online as Giclee print in many different dimensions, on paper or canvas, and also as greeting cards. Just click on the widgets below to access my FAA Gallery