Helena Smith is a friend of a friend of mine. (Also a journalist in Athens). It is a good, accurate, article and worth a read.
Life in Athens for many is really tough. Not enough money to pay for heating during the recent cold winter, no money to use their air conditioning this summer, no money to buy fuel.....therefore no family outings for the children to the beach, Greeks queuing at food banks. Every day is a struggle for many. Life on Kriti, especially in Iraklio, can be tough for those who are struggling financially, but many here in the countryside have land to grow vegetables and keep animals. As my friend pointed out the other day....you can't grow much in a windowbox in Athens!