About this blog

My name is Jean Bienvenu and I am a European. I have had a strong connection to Crete most of my adult life, kept coming back here until I finally decided to move to the island over 20 years ago.
Jean BienvenuUnlike many northern Europeans living on the island I am not retired but earn a living in web publishing, photography and as a walking guide.
As many of you know, life in Greece is not a bed of roses at the moment, but I have long ago discovered that many of the best things in life are free… so life is not too bad.

I always lived in the western part of the island so it is no surprise that the site I created in 1999 was called west-crete.com. Another reason for the name was that the domain name crete.com was already taken. The site is still growing (mainly with photos but I will also try to write more about excursions to specific destinations) but I’ve been wanting to add a more dynamic section to it for a while, something a little more spontaneous and allowing more interaction with viewers. That’s the main reason this blog is here.
I hope that eventually there will be plenty of discussions, interactions and contributions. Let’s see where it takes us.

5 Responses to About this blog

  1. Barry Cropper says:

    Hi Jean

    I’ve enjoyed reading your first blogs – now that I’ve retired & have time to spare they’ll join my regular visits to your photograph of the day. Hope that we might run into you again when we return to Sfakia in June.


  2. renate says:

    hi, jean,
    gute idee, dein blog, deine fotos sind eine wunderbare begleitung im grauen wetter.
    außerdem habe ich schon lange gedacht dass sich die innovativen griechen aufmachen könnten ihr wunderschönes und einmaliges land zu erneuern. mit dieser initiative ” yes we can” kann es ja klappen.
    (Mein Sam möchte gerne eine klitzekleines Inselchen kaufen – ha, ha)

  3. Leonid Dorfman says:

    Hi Jean
    I am a Russian from Latvia. But every year I and my family live in Crete in order to enjoy the Cretan landscape and the Cretan air. Your publications help us waiting to see the island. Thank you. Спасибо.

  4. Bodil Namaja says:

    Hi Jean,
    I’m really impressed by this website and blog of yours, it’s very well put together and I love the photos!!
    Some years ago I came on holidays to Santorini, Naxos and Paros and I’ve been in love with Greece ever since. This year I’ll be coming with my son, (who’s autistic and has never been on a sunny holiday..) I have a slight disadvantage not owning a drivers licence, so how do i get around on Crete? Is it really that easy to get around by bus? I’m a nature-freak and if it blooms or grows I want to see it. My son is more of a ‘sit in the shade and drink smoothies’ kind of type. I’m also hoping to make contact with some local residents and see other thing than the touristic sites.. Any tips..? I’ve been scouring the net for daytrips and small scale events, but I’m overwhelmed by the more commercial sites.
    I’ve seen that the last replies on your blog are from 2012, I hope it’s still up and running though.

    Kind regards,

    • Jean says:

      Yes it is easy to get around by bus but you are of course more limited than going by car or taxi.
      To see things other than touristic sites you need to get yourself to small places, stay there and walk around. You don’t want to be completely out of the way either otherwise you won’t find any place to eat and sleep. Places that come to mind in the West of Crete would be Anopolis, Paleochora (touristic but there are also plenty of locals living there), Kalyves, Douliana, Vamos. Start by checking those on the internet. Of course you’ll find mainly commercial offers but you also want to buy something (a holiday in Crete – you’ll need a place to stay and want to eat) so maybe what they are trying to sell you is of interest.

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