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One aspect of travelling to different parts of the world that I really enjoy is experiencing the variety of cultures and ambiance that abound around the globe.
Germany has a very different vibe to the Caribbean for example!
But it's no use staying in a tourist resort for the duration of your holiday as you'll get a very manufactured impression of a culture that way.
so when my wife Liz and I venture to foreign climes we always get a hire car for the duration of our stay and spend most of our time exploring away from the developed touristic locations.
Such was the case for our two week stay on the beautiful island of Crete, where we spent most of our holiday driving around the rugged interior and coastline of the eastern half of the island.
We only needed to go a few miles inland away from the developed north coast to experience the much slower, more laissez-faire and relaxed atmosphere of rural villages, olive groves, donkey carts and so on.
Every now and then we would come across an effort on behalf of the local Cretans to attract any passing tourist that might come along, with varying degrees of vigour and sucess.
Such as this wonderfully dilapidated sign by the side of the road into Kera, offering an intriguing special offer at Maria's souvenir shop.
We drove thorugh Kera just a few minutes later, but never did find that special offer, or Maria's souvenir shop for that matter!
Filename - crete sign 01.jpg
Camera - Canon 6D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm
Exposure - 1/40sec @ f11, ISO100
Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance colours and darken the sky.
Location - Near Malia, Crete
This image - 800x533px JPEG
Conversion - Adobe Lightroom
Comments - Handheld exposure with lens stabilisation.
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