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Anogeia is one of the most important villages in Crete. Being the closest one to the peak of Psiloritis (the tallest mountain in Crete, 2.456m) is not the only reason. It is a pretty big and lively village, whose inhabitants are well known for their talent in music, singing, dancing and writing "Mantinades", the traditional, short poems of the island. The village is divided in two basic parts: The upper one, around "Meidani", the beautiful square, is the place where most men have their shops. In the lower part, "Perahori" is where women have their shops selling mostly woven handicrafts, as this tired old lady does.

Sitting and having a talk with old men and women in Crete is always an excellent experience. First of all, they will always offer you something to eat and drink and they can't take "no" for an answer when they offer you Raki, the traditional drink of the island. Then, they tell you stories that can become a true lesson about life. When it's time for you to leave, they will say to you a thousand wishes, like if you were their true grandchild.

PS. Although, I left Crete when I was 18 for studies, and since then I am living and working in Athens, my heart is still there. I keep returning whenever I can, to see my parents, my brothers, my friends. I will never forget how my late grandmother used to say "goodbye" to me, every time I had to return to Athens. "You have all my wishes, from all my 20 nails"!!! It sounds better in the Cretan dialect, and accompanied by the passion in her voice and the tears in her eyes, it was the best wish I have heard in my life.

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