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  • Katina, Lakkos district, HeraklionKatina, Lakkos district, Heraklion© Stylianos Papardelas
Crete as we Live it

Katina (Lakkos, Heraklion)

Katina lives in a neighborhood that was once called "Lakkos" in Heraklion, Crete. Lakkos had a bad reputation since all the prostitutes of the city had their "houses" there.

Katina: "When my son Michalis was young, he was very curious. Our house was sharing the same wall with one of the brothels and we could listen to everything that was going on in there. So one day my son was up on his "room" and suddenly I hear him yelling: "Take of your bra!"

I grab him and slap him in the face. He turns to me and says "It's not my fault mom, I just heard it!"

Photo: Stylianos Papardelas

Story: Cretazine