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Λαϊκή … Laiki

by mjpichette

We are now lucky enough to be around the corner from the weekly laiki (farmer’s market) that comes to our neighbourhood every Wednesday. The farmers, butchers, bakers, and fishmongers are there at the crack of dawn, but we try to make it over sometime before work begins… around 8:30 or so. The street is already bustling by then, full of elderly ladies wielding shopping carts for whom the gossip and chatter is as valuable as the produce.

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Fresh fruit and vegetables from our neighbourhood farmer’s market

A taste of springtime in Chania

by mjpichette

After an unusually cold couple of months here on Crete, this weekend it feels like spring is in the air. It is carnival season and we found several groups in costume singing and dancing. Click on the player to hear a binaural field recording of one of the carnivals. Listen with headphones for a 3D experience.

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Revellers dancing in front of Chania Market square

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Dancing in front of Chania Cathedral

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Water Music

by paulmichael

We spent the Orthodox Easter holidays in a village on the Cretan coast called Kalives. There was a lot of lamb but surprisingly little sunshine – guess you can’t have everything. The wind got up as well which caused some nice waves that I went out to record.

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Here I am, photographed by MJ, on a little jetty trying to record wave sounds from 2 directions at once with my binaural (in-ear) microphones. You remember them, right? And that the recording is best listened to on headphones?

 

Towards the end of the recording some party music from nearby intrudes, punctuated by what I think is celebratory gunfire…

Kalo Pascha!

Paul

Weekend Wanderings

by mjpichette

We spent the weekend exploring the Chania old town and the harbour area. We were here two years ago, so some of the places were familiar, but lots of new things to discover, too.

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The perfect place for a meal after a walk through the old town.

This was my second visit to The Well of the Turk. We arrived early Friday night, hence the empty tables… This restaurant has lovely Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food. There is a tapas plate with houmous, tzatziki, baba ganoush, and other lovely things that is just perfect with a glass of white wine.

The old mosque at the edge of the harbour functioned as a place of worship until 1923, but is now used for art exhibitions.

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Here are some more shots from around town.

And some from the Old Harbour area…

And the sea… I just love the colours of blue and green you see here.

 

The Gate of the Sand

by mjpichette

Thanks to the Internet, we are working in Chania this week. The Air B & B we are staying at  looks over Koum Kapi beach. The sun is shining, the sea is blue, and it is Friday! We’re off to explore what this warm and wonderful city has to offer. Here are a few photos from yesterday’s walk.

And a few from today… early morning and lunchtime. I love the bench with the sign saying “Free Internet Access.” It’s a reminder that we could literally work from the beach… although, in reality there is a bit of a glare on the screen, and the beach itself is a bit distracting 🙂

 

The Brighton Marathon

by mjpichette

The 2016 Brighton Marathon took place today, and we were pleased to have the runners running right past our house. I didn’t get out of the house soon enough to get photos of the elite men’s front runners, but here are the first two women to cross the finish line.

Here are a few more shots taken along the route. It really was a gorgeous day for it!

 

Montreux Jazz Quartet

by mjpichette

Here are a few of the drawings carved into the rocks along the lakeside promenade in Montreux.

The Montreux Jazz Festival  will celebrate its 50th year this July. The festival features both paid and free performances and there is plenty to eat and drink on offer. Click on the link if you’d like to find out more about the festival’s history and who will be performing this year. I’m not sure if we’ll be able to go this year… but I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

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