For lunch today for less than £15 the Mrs and I enjoyed two glasses of ouzo ( both me), a Greek coffee, mineral water, breads, a fine Greek Salad, some amazing mushrooms baked in vinegar and local sausage. I was not allowed any Dakos which is a Cretan speciality as the Mrs says I have had enough already. For those who have not enjoyed it Dakos is a creamy form of feta and oregano and chopped tomato on top of a barley rusk,a hard form of bread. It is quite magnificent. Simple Greek food is a delight and a reason to come here.
So imagine my horror as I arried at Heraklion yesterday to see a large poster celebrating the six MacIslands ( Crete, Rhodes, Kos, Zakinthos, Corfu and ne I cannot remember). Those are places you can fly to and enjoy a Big Mac and fries. As a rule those are places that have surrendered to the lowest form of tourism. They are places which it is perhaps - as a rule - better to avoid.
For what its worth the same sort of meal we enjoyed at lunch if ordered off the beaten track would be closer to a tenner.