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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
A sunset skyline capturing local Greek island life.

What do you think of when you think of Crete, Greece? Beaches? A fun vacation spot? A romantic Island? Although Crete is all of those things, it's also home to many Greek islanders. Without having visited the beautiful Greek island, it is impossible to really understand its culture. Crete's economy centers around tourism, and the locals struggle to make ends meet even with the usual flow of international business. Their houses, old and worn but still functional homes, are built anywhere in the countryside, from rocky terrain to hilly mountains. The roads leading to the scattered homes are rocky, windy, narrow, and sometimes steep as they crawl up the mountain. The incredible sunset on the skyline does not fail to capture Crete's natural beauty, but neither does it disguise what local life is really like--Crete isn't just a beautiful vacation spot, its an island where people live and struggle just to put food on their table.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Near Agia Roumeli, Crete , Greece
Camera: NIKON D5300
Copyright: © Sonia Seguin