Post-Minoan Pre-Tourism (Heathsnatches on tour)
Elafonisi island nature reserve is linked by a causeway to the south-western tip of Crete. Its shallow lagoons and sandy beaches are usually filled by tourists in the summer but just before Easter they were virtually empty.
The warm-(ish) seas and (burning) sun and gentle breeze provided the perfect relaxation at the end of a week spent stumbling over flower-covered Minoan ruins and rocky hillsides.
Just a few weeks ago there were heavy snow-falls on the Lasithi Plateau and the central mountains were still very white. But by Easter Spring was rampant and the water was clear and inviting. The charter flights had not begun but the swifts were flying and the countryside was in bloom.
We had left London at the end of the mini early summer and returned to steady (much-needed) rain.