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August 31, 2007

Agricultural fair and folk music exhibition

Early in August we went to two exhibitions in town.

KAM had a celebration of Cretan folk music on, complete with the instruments used through the ages. They also had lots of photographs of famous musicians from the island. It is quite amazing, and a contrast to the UK, that these musicians from the late 1800s and early 1900s are still remembered and revered to this day, even, in many cases, without the benefits of recordings.

Cretan musicians

Also on at the same time around the harbour was the annual agricultural fair. This seems more like a trade show rather than something aimed at tourists. It only opened in the evening, and looked to be an attempt by local produce makers to get hotels and restaurants to stock their goods.


We did get to try some honey flavoured raki, and see lots of honey stalls that had bought some of their bees with them, but overall it was a bit intimidating if you weren't local.

And we were a bit worried that this chap had a touch of the Autons about him!

Cretan Auton?

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