Having happily lived in the countryside for the past
three years, and before that, the city for twenty-three
years, I still get the urge, especially in the spring, to revisit
its little patches of picturesque perfection. Understandably,
many may dismiss the building, above, as a dwelling
in dismal decay, but all I see, is storybook sweet.
Banks and other establishments conduct their business
in neoclassical gems, most of which echo Minoan patinas.
Is it just me, or does this beautiful building manage to
make money matters less daunting, and more bearable?
Amid all the commercial commotion, there is spiritual
calm, where churches, built stone by stone, still stand
strong, their steely, domed steeples greeting the heavens.
Slim, stuccoed columns, in a sienna stripe, attract the
attention of bustling passersby, who pause to ponder
what may be found behind flaky, wine coloured shutters.
In a parkette, Judas-trees glow in hot pink,
providing stimulating eye candy for sluggish coffee
house customers - a second wake up call, for those
still snoozing over their weak, morning brews.
The Loggia, Heraklion's Town Hall, constructed in 1628,
is one of the island's most ornate, architectural treasures.
A combination of both Doric and Venetian influence, it
is a favourite subject among visitors, who can be seen
studying its elaborate artistry, with guide book in hand.
On a quiet, cobblestone path, renovated relics, reminiscent
of romantic eras gone by, charm surprised shutterbugs in
passing. Squinting from the sun's harsh light, they spot
a floating figure behind the glass - perhaps the shadow
of a Shakespearean heroine? What say you?
In a cafe around the corner, I take a seat under a canopy
of frilly, fuchsia hued clusters, and sipping on cappuccino
with freddo flair, I await the arrival of a dear friend,
anxious to tell her about my exciting, new adventure,
in my nostalgic, old neck of the woods.
(all photos were taken in the city of Heraklion, Crete)
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