My Travels To Crete Greece
If you are ever traveling to Crete and you are near the city of Rethymno you must try and stop by “Polio’s House” where there is a folklore museum and traditional Greek cafe. It is located in the village of Asteri which is a municipality of Arkadi and is on the way to the Holy Monastery of Arkadi.
I still can’t believe how lucky I was to have happened upon a person in Greece with the same interests as me. Too bad we did not speak the same language. My friend Argy interpreted for me. His name is George and him and his wife, Eleni, created the folklore museum which was a block from where I was staying in Crete. The front of the building was the original older part of the home and the addition in the back is an open air tavern. It has only been open for a year.
Two of the museum rooms display objects of George’s family history. One is decorated with his Father’s photos and another is dedicated to his Mom. The rest of the rooms are set up like a typical older Greek home. One of the rooms had looms for weaving. It truly demonstrates the importance of family identity.
I was eating lunch at the cafe the day before we were flying home and noticed a door to another room opened so I peaked inside. To my surprised I discovered George’s private collection of family history albums that he has been working on for many years. The back wall was filled, floor to ceiling, with binders. He had done the family history for many families in the area. He made a handwritten timeline for each person with photos of them through the years including wedding photos. Some were photocopies, some were original photos . . . what a labor of love! Bravo George for caring enough to preserve the areas history for generations to come.