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Enlargement of the road between Hora Sfakion and Anopolis - 18th January 2008

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Roadworks between Hora Sfakion and Anopolis - Click to enlarge

 

Roadworks between Hora Sfakion and Anopolis

 

Scarred landscape - Click to enlarge

 

Major road widening work has been going on between the villages of Hora Sfakion and Anopolis in the last year. One of my favourite winding mountain roads is being made safer (crash barriers) and a lot wider, losing a lot of its old charm and occasional adrenaline rush and leaving a massive scar in the landscape. Compare the second photo with one taken 11 months ago from more or less the same spot and you'll see the difference.

The posting of these photos occasioned quite a few comments, most of them a little negative about the changes taking place on the island. Let's not forget that Crete is not an amusment park for tourists or a museum and it is changing because people here want better road access, a better life and 'progress', whatever that may mean in the end. That road was over 30 years old and even though it was still functional and I loved it, it was probably in need of a good upgrade for the next 30 years.

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