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Sun-seeking in the Mediterranean | Crete, Greece

June 29, 2016

By Athena Mellor

A white-washed church perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean, clay plant pots filled with spiny succulents basking under the Mediterranean sun, colourful flowers of magnolia, violet, crisp white and lemon yellow sway vibrantly against stony, ancient walls.

I have my feet in the sand and my hair is knotted from the salty, ocean air. The sky is vivid and the sun is intense, darkening my skin. My eyes sparkle with the sun, reflecting off the ocean. I am content here, on this little Greek island in the middle of the Mediterranean.

We were escaping British weather and politics and seeking the sun, the warmth, a sky that was blue. But what we also found was a rich history, unique culture, delicious food and warm, open people.

It was an escape from reality for a few days, though a few days is never quite enough.

All photos taken on my Canon AE-1 film camera with Kodak Portra 400 film.

Crete 3

Crete 2

Crete 1

Athena Mellor is a writer, linguist and co-founder of ROAM Magazine. Her passion for travel lies in that which keeps you on the move – hiking, cycle-touring, road-tripping. After graduating from University College London with a degree in Modern Languages, Athena decided to spend 4 months solo cycle-touring around parts of the USA and New Zealand, before returning to the USA to explore more of California, Oregon and Washington. She shoots on a Pentax MX 35mm film camera and is constantly trying to learn new languages on her travels, also working as a freelance translator. She is based in Yorkshire, England.

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