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In 2001, my husband Alan and I bought a small house in the back streets of Kritsa, a hillside village in the east of Crete. Our breath-taking view looks out across cluttered rooftops, a huge church, olive groves, and the distant sea, all framed by the Thripti Mountains.
Of course, at that time, our thoughts went no further than a few weeks holiday per year, with a vague hope that ‘one day’ we might spend more time in Crete. We never imagined just how life changing our decision would be.
Luckily I had the opportunity to watch a fellow Kritsa resident, the English sculptor Nigel Ratcliffe, work on his beautiful stone monument dedicated to ‘Kritsotopoula, Girl of Kritsa. Along with her rebel comrades, Kritsotopoula fought against Ottoman oppression in 1823. This carving became my ‘muse’ as I researched and wrote my first novel.
In 2014, we took another life enhancing decision, and I took early retirement allowing us to split our life between both countries. Although it is lovely to spend time with family and friends in the UK, it is while we are in Kritsa that we enjoy a real sense of community. There is a Facebook group called Explore Kritsa where you are very welcome to share your photos taken in Kritsa. To join this group Click Here .
I’ve now written two novels set in Kritsa plus a village guide featuring 15 local walks. To find out more, just click on a book cover below or go to the appropriate page of this site.
I also use this site to share my love of Crete, and I look forward to hearing from you if I can be of any help.