The tourist season has started which limits my time for walking since I am back at work. However, I am so lucky that a part of my job involves checking some walks that tourists can do on their own so I can inform them correctly.
So off I went today for a short and easy walk in the area of Tavronitis. This walk involves mainly unpaved roads or agrotiko as the Cretans say.
As it is early in the morning, it is still a bit damp and there are plenty of snails. I imagine Cretan women collecting them, just after a good rain. They are a delicacy and Cretans say they are good for the stomach. For sure they would pick maratho (fennel) too, which grows in large quantities here. It is a herb that I like to use in salads but it is also used for making marathopita, a delicious pita filled with fennel.
I walk along olive groves, fields dotted with yellow flowers. The only sound I hear is the singing of the birds. The scent of wild lavender.
Suddenly I spot a buzzard catching a mouse. Some hawks are searching for prey, high in the sky. Colorful butterflies flying from one fragrant flower to another. The view on the peninsula of Rodopou is impressive. The majestic Lefka Ori (White Mountains) which can be seen from here, have still a bit of snow on its peaks. I think how fortunate I am for living on this beautiful island.
After this lovely 2 hour walk I need to head back to my office. But I decided to leave my walking boots in the trunk of my car. Just in case that I have a spare hour to escape for a nice walk…