On the advice of my Greek language instructor -- yes, I am studying Greek -- I visited the village of Vamos, about 6 kilometers from my villa in Vryses, and noted how one is still a rural village much as it has been for centuries, while neighboring Vamos has begun promoting its picturesque and historic features for visitors.
Vryses is strictly a rural town serving the surrounding agricultural community with an attractive center square and the Vrissanos River bisecting the one-road business district. Its charming pastoral character attracts many visitors in the warmer tourist season, but if there's an office of tourism in town, I haven't seen any sign of it.
Vamos, meanwhile, has a bit more to work with and takes the tourist more seriously. It has a number of quaint old stone structures and cobbled streets that lend themselves to Instagramish snaps, and has a well-marked tourism office that actively promotes tours and cultural activities in the town and surrounding countryside.
Still, it's currently the off-season, and when I turned the doorknob to the office on a sun-dappled yet still cool Tuesday afternoon, it didn't budge. Yet an accommodating young lady did appear after a moment and let me in, "since you're here," she noted dryly. I said I was just looking for some brochures, which they had, and I even bought a wonderful map of Western Crete which is coming in handy.
So I ambled about the picturesque streets, took pictures, and had a delicious local-style lunch, all of which I present to you below -- the pictures, of course, not the lunch. I hope you enjoy them.
Now, I must get back to my homework before tomorrow's lesson. Sad to say it all still looks like Greek to me, but I probably shouldn't say that.
n ItaHere's my plate of Greek moussaka at the Cretan Traditional Family Restaurant in Vamos. It's a real local-style comfort food, like an Italian lasagna, with a bechamel sauce and parmesan cheese over ground beef (sometimes eggplant) cooked in a tomato-based sauce. Wow! With the local red wine and delicious homemade bread, I was comforted, and the short ride through the countryside back to Vryses was all the more enjoyable!
Quotes For A Good Life On The Road
"Smile a lot, talk to strangers, accept all invitations, eat everything offered.”
-- Sage advice from Rita Golden Gelman, author of Tales of a Female Nomad, an inspiring story of how a dramatic change of life led to her travels around the world, one of the first books I read on my journey. Now see my complete collection of travel quotes online by clicking "Quotes For The Road" under "More" in the menu above.
Solas "Best Travel Writing" Awards
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13th Annual Solas Awards for Best Travel Writing
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More About Me?
I'm a retired journalist from Hawaii who tired quickly of retirement and hit the road as a slow, solo world traveler in August 2016. I've spent time in 20 countries on four continents and right now I'm enjoying life on the Island of Crete, Greece.
I've been interviewed about my travels by Nomadic Matt, and Expat Focus, and here's a great story by veteran Borneo newsman and prolific author James Ritchie about our meeting in Kuching, titled, A Confluence of Adventure Writers .
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