The shepherds don't walk around with anything more than a shotgun nowadays and that is for the occaisional mountain hare.Sounds a great job.
I think Crete is beautiful. You must have bumped into many a Shepard tooting WW2 weaponry and also been caught out by the odd , heavy mist that rolled in?
Get invited back to their homes however and it is like a 400 year history lesson told with weaponry. A Schmeisser Uncle Giorgos took off a bloody German he killed; an ornate scimitar great, great etc Uncle Costas took from that bloody Turk he killed.
All this while being plied with home made raki, wine, cheese, grilled meat home grown veg.
I love the Cretans, great friends, fierce enemies. An island race.