My childhood roots were in Yorkshire – but I’ve never really felt at home there,’ a friend of mine once remarked. ‘Strangely, I feel much more rooted in Crete. The first time I went there, I felt that I had come home. It feels like I belong there.

‘Right from the start I knew my way around “my” patch of Crete. Every lane and corner was familiar. For practical reasons, I can’t live there at the moment. But I go there often. Whenever I do, I always feel better afterwards.’

We both felt this was because she’d had at least one happy past life there. Her Cretan holidays gave her the emotional strength that kept her going through some tough challenges she had to face. She feels sure that one day she’ll go back to live in Crete – if not in this life, then in the next.