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Issue No 12 - April 2014
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Aristotle Six Out of Ten Plato Are Greeks Socrates MIT: Most Famous Alexander the Great People of the Past Homer 6,000 Years Pythagoras p. 3
48 + 1 reasons to love Greece
16 Chinese weddings in Chania
After a few tough years, Greece is resurgent once again. Greek-Canadian journalist Alexander Besant posted to the American website BuzzFeed a list of 49 awesome reasons to love Greece. p.6
The Fortress of Koules in Aptera was chosen by 16 couples from China to perform their wedding ceremony, uniting their lives, and is about to be held on April 25th. p.10
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by Elpida “Hope” Katsarakis NEA TV Journalist
Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies. Hope is a waking dream (Aristotle). And what is the meaning of this
…Life can be nice, when you are ΄΄cheating΄΄…
quote? Here, a dream symbolizes the belief that anything is possible. So, believing in that even when you are wide awake, and having belief that your wishes CAN and WILL come true... that is hope... Some say, it means that what hope is an idealized version of reality, just like dreams. The difference is that we hope when we are awake, we dream while sleeping. Never let go of hope. One day you will see that it all has finally come together. What you have always wished for has finally come to be. You will look back and laugh at what has passed and you will ask yourself... How did I get through all of that? The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be. Need to stop, think about it for just a moment and everything will be crystal clear. Remember, fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free. May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human enough hope to make you happy?
Spring rolls in our blood, mind, body and our girls. The best medicine, when summer calls you is get down to the sun, stand to the sand and holly molly oh these nice naked bodies remind you that life can be delicious. And we can be thrilled since spring is already here. What a photograph, such ladies giving their best shot in Chania. It’s a sign. The cabin crew of Ryan Air had the first shot in Chania and proved the simple truth. What did Tom Cruz said as a manager, is an epic slogan ΄΄Come on show me the money man΄΄. That is life … ΄΄cheating΄΄! In Crete we have this medicine for everyone and they ask by Pandelis Spiridakis KYDON TV Host - gelamou.gr
Chania... monthly shot
(by Pavlos Mpouzis)
for it all the thime, from all the coyntries. Hey big spender… spend a little time at paradise! Sun is here, Ryan Air tickets have already a new record and all the signs are giving the best for the coming summer. We will party all together all night long… In fact name another place who has the package. Lets count it together: 1. The best bodies walking around just with a tinny bathing suit! 2. The best even recently awarded beaches (Elafonissi) 3. The only cuisine with taste, guts and international yammi… ness! 4. People are crazy here and their hospitality is for plenty of photographs 5. A party is everywhere: the day in the beach bar, the noon at the taverna with traditionl dancers, the night at the seaside bars near the old harbor 6. Flirt is non stop The party starts when the sun whispers ΄΄Hey body ,time to wake up , the party is here΄΄. There is no one turning his back to joy and happiness! Things are simple, that’s our chance! Besides we already discovered the meaning of life …Life can be nice , when you are ΄΄cheating΄΄… And this summer in Crete numbers, places, people, shops, villages … absolutely everything is yelling! ΄΄Cheating my man can be tempting and enjoying…just do it with your heart΄΄. Pandelis
(means hope in Greek language)
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Swedish success story for Crete Here are the results of the Swedish site (Kalimera.se) annual vote on Greece’s most popular island for 2013. by Pandelis Giaitsis CHANIA POST chief editor The site received votes on more than 60 greek islands. Last year Naxos was the most popular island! But what happened this year? CRETE IS ON TOP FOR OUR FRIENDS IN SWEDEN! Other major changes since 2012 are that Skopelos and Santorini entered the top-10 list and Kalymnos and Kefalonia are out of the best 10 greek islands.
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Find CHANIA POST at the following points: CHANIA: Municipal Market, Airport, Public Bus Central Station, Old Harbour, Municipal Tourist Information Desk PLATANIAS: Central Square Infokiosk, Botanical Park KISSAMOS: Gramvousa and Balos boats, Elafonissi, Falassarna KANDANOS-SELINO: Paleochora Info Desk, Sougia, Kandanos SFAKIA: Hora Sfakion Infokiosk, Loutro, Agia Roumeli, ANENDYK boats APOKORONAS: Georgioupoli, Kavros, Vamos, Kalyves, Vrysses Also in Chania taxis, Limnoupolis Water Park and in selected cafes, businesses and shops throughout Chania Prefecture
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MIT: Most Famous People of the Past 6,000 Years are Greeks There are many varieties of fame. According to Australian writer Clive James, Jesus Christ was the first person to achieve it globally. Yet if all fame, like all politics, is to some degree local, how thoroughly it has been transmitted across the planet and through the centuries has been difficult, if not impossible, to quantify. Aristotle crowns the list, but the Greeks don’t stop there as historic Greek personages have taken over most of the lists top spots. Pantheon, a new project from the Macro Connections group in M.I.T.’s Media Lab, is giving that a stab. It has collected and analyzed data on cultural production from 4,000 B.C. to 2010. With a few clicks on its website, which just went live, you can swing through time and geography THE PANTHEON PROJECT Pantheon is a project developed by the Macro Connections group at The MIT Media Lab that’s collecting, analyzing, and visualizing data on historical cultural popularity and production. Because of the diversity of cultural production, Pantheon will always be -by construction- an incomplete resource. This incompleteness, however, is the fuel that drives our team to continue compiling, refining, analyzing, and visualizing new sources of data. To make these efforts tractable, Pantheon will not focus on culture, as it is understood in its broadest sense, but on cultural production. In a broad sense, culture can be understood as all of the information that humans -or animals- generate and transmit through non-genetic means. “At Pantheon, however, we do not focus on the entire range of cultural information, but in a subset of this information that we define narrowly as cultural production. That is, we do not focus on cultural information such as passed on family values or societal trust, but on cultural production as proxied by the biographies of notable historical characters. Moreover, we focus on the subset of cultural production that we can identify as global culture, meaning the subset of cultural production that has broken the barriers of space, time and language. By focusing on global culture we do not deny the existence of importance of local culture, but simply, choose to focus 7. Confucius He was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. 8. Julius Caesar He was a Roman general, statesman, Consul, and notable author of Latin prose. He played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.After assuming control of government, Caesar began a program of social and governmental reforms, including the creation of the Julian calendar. 9. Homer He is the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and is revered as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature. When he lived is un-
According to MIT, the top-10 of the most famous people around the world over the last 6,000 years are the following: 1. Aristotle
on global culture because it is a subset of the world’s cultural production that is relatively small, easy to map and of clear importance”, says MIT. The version 1.0 Pantheon-available started January 2014- builds on two data sources, but was constructed to accommodate future data sources. The two data sources included in this first version are: 1. The Pantheon Multilingual Wikipedia Expression Dataset (or Pantheon Data 1.0) by Amy Yu, Kevin Hu, Shahar Ronen, Defne Gurel and Cesar A. Hidalgo (2013) 2. Human Accomplishment. The pursuit of excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800BC to 1950. By Charles Murray (2003) The Pantheon 1.0 data measures the global popularity of historical characters using two measures. The simpler of the two measures, which we denote as L, is the number of different Wikipedia language editions that have an article about a historical character. The most sophisticated measure, which we name the Historical Popularity Index (HPI) corrects L by adding information on the age of the historical character -as a proxy for breaking the barrier of time- the concentration of PageViews among different languages -to discount characters with PageViews mostly in a few languagesthe coefficient of variation in PageViews -to discount characters that have short periods of popularity- and the number of non-english Wikipedia pageviews- to reduce any English bias even further. References: http://pantheon.media.mit.edu http://www.nytimes.com http://usa.greekreporter.com
He was a Greek philosopher born in Stagirus, northern Greece, in 384 BCE. His father, Nicomachus, died when Aristotle was a child, whereafter Proxenus of Atarneus became his guardian. At eighteen, he joined Plato’s Academy in Athens and remained there until the age of thirty-seven (c. 347 BCE). His writings cover many subjects –including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theater, music, rhetoric, linguistics, politics and government– and constitute the first comprehensive system of Western philosophy. Shortly after Plato died, Aristotle left Athens and, at the request of Philip of Macedonia, tutored Alexander the Great between 356 and 323 BCE. 2. Plato
He was a philosopher in Classical Greece. He was also a mathematician, student of Socrates, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with his mentor, Socrates, and his most-famous student, Aristotle, Plato helped to lay the foundations of Western philosophy and science.
3. Jesus Christ Also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth, is the central figure of Christianity, whom the teachings of most Christian denominations hold to be the Son of God. Christianity regards Jesus as the awaited Messiah of the Old Testament and refers to him as Jesus Christ, a name that is also used in non-Christian contexts. 4. Socrates
He was a classical Greek (Athenian) philosopher. Credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, he is an enigmatic figure known chiefly through the accounts of later classical writers, especially the writings of his students Plato and Xenophon and the plays of his contemporary Aristophanes. Many would claim that Plato’s dialogues are the most comprehensive accounts of Socrates to survive from antiquity. Through his portrayal in Plato’s dialogues, Socrates has become renowned for his contribution to the field of ethics, and it is this Platonic Socrates who lends his name to the concepts of Socratic irony and the Socratic method, or elenchus.
known. Herodotus estimates that Homer lived 400 years before 5. Alexander the Great his own time, which would place him at around 850 BC, while He was a king of the Greek kingdom of other ancient sources claim that he lived much nearer to the supMacedon. Born in Pella in 356 BC, Alexanposed time of the Trojan War, in the early 12th century BC. Most der succeeded his father, Philip II to the modern researchers place Homer in the 7th or 8th centuries BC. throne at the age of twenty. He spent most of his ruling years on an unprecedented 10. Pythagoras military campaign through Asia and northHe was an Aegean Greek philosopher, matheast Africa, until by the age of thirty he had ematician, and founder of the religious created one of the largest empires of the movement called Pythagoreanism. Most of ancient world, stretching from Greece to Egypt and into presthe information about Pythagoras was writent-day Pakistan. He was undefeated in battle and is considten down centuries after he lived, so very ered one of history’s most successful commanders. little reliable information is known about himPythagoras made influential contribu6. Leonardo Da Vinci tions to philosophy and religion in the late He was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, ar6th century BC. He is often revered as a great chitect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomathematician, mystic, and scientist but is mist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. His genius, best known for the Pythagorean theorem perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Rewhich bears his name. naissance humanist ideal.He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely References: http://en.wikipedia.org talented person ever to have lived.
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In Greece uproar over plan to dispose of Syrian chemical weapons in the Mediterranean From priests and environmentalists to trawlers and tour operators, thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Crete to protest a United Nations program designed to destroy Syrian chemical weapons in the Mediterranean, turning one of the most popular holiday hot spots in Europe into a potential graveyard of drifting, highly toxic agents. Staged in Arkadi, a small village tucked in the highlands of Crete and reknown for a bloody local revolt against Ottoman occupiers 150 years ago, the protest marks the latest show of local resistance to the international operation, which demonstrators deem the deadliest threat yet to the environment and their livelihood. Crete police and organizers contacted by phone, put the number of demonstrators at over 10,000, making the protest the biggest yet in Europe against the United States-led decommission plan. Under an agreement brokered by the United States and Russia, all of Syria’s chemical arsenal must be decommissioned and destroyed by June 30 — a goal that is becoming increasingly unlikely amid missed deadlines and foot-dragging by Damascus. Since the start of the year about half of Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons have been shipped out of the war-ravaged country, with vessels from the United States, Norway and Denmark ferrying consignments to several European locations hosting special land-based disposal facilities. The most contentious part of the project, however, includes a plan to neutralize some 20 tons of mustard gas and neurotoxic agents in international waters between Gavdos, a tiny island off the shore of Crete, and Malta, on board a 648-foot U.S vessel acting as a mobile station for destroying chemical weapons. Under the international agreement, Russian naval vessels have been enlisted to guide and mind the sea-based destruction on board the U.S container ship MV Cape Ray - a part of the project that has been call off for the time being. “This is an unprecedented exercise,” warns Evangelos Gidarakos, professor of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Crete. “The potential risks and dangers entailed are enormous. The toxicity of these agents is so high that if something goes wrong, especially during the critical loading phase when the chemicals have not been diluted, the scope of destruction could be disastrous not only to the environment and but to every living organism living in and around it.” For a cash-strapped country reeling from six years of brutal austerity, struggling to bounce back with the help of its biggest money-making industry, tourism, Cretans insist the government should give the contentious project a pass. www.washingtonpost.com
“Crete as seen through the eyes of a foreigner” “Always salute the pedestrian while riding your horse, so that he will salute you too, when you will ride off of it” (an apothegm of Nikos Kazantzakis) By the time that these lines are being by Chris Panagopoulos NEA TV journalist written, there will have been remaining about ten days before touristic season in Crete officially begins. Seeing all those multinational flocks bound to visit for the first time with astonishment, yet with great respect, this Aegean Sea’s jewel, makes me think that even I, in spite of having been living here for more than a year, still, feel as if I were a pilgrim in a blessed land. Verily, one could not squeeze into a single paragraph all those marvels and beauties, which are to describe Crete. From the astounding city of Chania in the western part, to the small traditionally-made port town of Sitia in the east, the island awaits, willingly to unfold its wonders to all visitors. Once, the renowned British novelist H.H. Munro (18701916) wrote in one of his books: “The people of Crete unfortunately make more history than they can consume locally”. I totally resent that quote; the people of Crete are proud; there’s a unique word we use here in Greece: “λεβέντης levéndis”, a word which engulfs bravery and pride in one single word. The citizens of Crete are hospitable. You can feel it. You can see it through their smiles, even hear it sometimes in their loud stentorian voices. One cannot walk through a Cretan village’s center and
“To know and respect my city” A journey in history, the alleys, the Memories and the Colors of Chania city For third consecutive year, citizens of Chania will have the chance to “know and respect” their city. This year’s program starts on March 9th, in collaboration with scientific and professional institutions of culture and tourism. The tours will take place every Sunday until the end of May, starting at 11.00 a.m. For more information you may contact with the Tourist Office of the Municipality of Chania, Monday to Friday, 10:00-13:00, or call at +302821341666 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bus Departure from the Municipal Market Square,). Duration of tour: 1 hour and 30 minutes. 13/04/2014: Tour of the “Byzantine Museum and Western fortifications of Chania“ (led by Mr. Michael Andrianaki / Meeting Point: Talo Square - Old Port). Expected duration of tour: 3 hours . 20/04/2014: Orthodox Easter
THE PROGRAM FOR APRIL 06/04/2014: Tour of the “Museum of Typography” (led by the head of the Museum Ms. Elia Koumi / 10:30 am - (10:40 a.m.
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not receive even a warm “kaliméra” or even “kalóston (=welcome)”. It’s a unique feeling: you are indeed a stranger, but they definitely do not make you feel so. And yes, their history is unequaled, reflecting the splendor of a noble civilization that lived thousands of years ago in this land. You cannot come to Crete and not plan to visit the Minoan palaces of Knossos in Herakleion, Phaistos and even Zakros. You cannot miss the supremacy of the Fortezza castle in Rethimno as well as its warmly-colored alleys in the Old Town. “Healthy” entrepreneurship is also another key element of Crete. I often hear the accusation that Cretan people apply localism in every aspect of their lives. This is bias. In fact, if localism equals a positive way of thinking in order to protect your own markets from being savagely ravaged by multinational companies, then I do not see why this consists a problem. Surely, we live inside a globalized economy, but this doesn’t mean that we should abolish every form of respect and protection as what has to do with local traditional markets. I am not Cretan, I come from another Greek city, approximately 816 km. away from Chania. Still, I have been living here for a whole year and already have felt as if I were back in my homeland. Lately, a good friend of mine told me: “You cannot come to Crete once, without coming back twice”. He was right.
27/04/2014: Tour of the ”Architectural Monuments of Chania-Tabakaria - Chalepa “ (led by the Architects Association of Chania / Meeting Point - Starting Point: Elena Venizelou Square, Chalepa - House Museum of Eleftherios Venizelos. Expected duration of tour: 2 hours and 30 minutes.
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48 + 1 Reasons To Love Greece
After a few tough years, Greece is resurgent once again 1. Greeks take their time. 2. They let beautiful moments linger. 3. They are passionate. 4. Like their ancestors, Greeks are still thinkers (and often big talkers). 5. They live closer to nature than we do. 6. For Greeks, time with family and friends always comes first. 7. … and they party like it’s their last day on Earth. 8. The Romans really loved it here.
12. …but the beaches are absolutely…crazily…ridiculously…ludicrously…breathtaking. 13. The towns look like this…
Astypalea. and like this…
Hadrian’s Arch built for the Roman Emperor in Athens in 131 A.D. 9. As did the crusaders.
Corfu (Kerkyra). and sometimes like this...
Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes built around 1309. 10. So did the Venetians.
Skiathos. but also like that.
Ermoupolis on the island of Syros. Methoni Castle in the western Peloponnese region.
14. The Mediterranean diet is from here.
And the Turks… well, let’s just say they overstayed their welcome.
The 18th-century mosque of Gazi Hassan Pasha on the island of Kos.
Horiatiki (village) salad with tomatoes, feta, Kalamata olives, peppers, oregano, and olive oil - never lettuce. EVER… where it is best enjoyed next to the Mediterranean.
11. Eighty percent of the country is picturesque mountains…
The White Mountains on the island of Crete.
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15. Greek food is so much more than souvlaki and gyros.
Middle Ages hang precipitously from the peninsula’s cliffs. Sadly, women are not allowed in the area. 36. The acoustics at Epidavros will blow your mind.
Clockwise: Grilled sausage and meats on the spit; fresh grilled sardines; Greek meatballs in tomato sauce with yogurt; loukoumades (honey doughnuts); portokalopita (orange pie); horta (boiled greens with lemon); and grilled squid with olive oil. 16. Feta. The real, salty, creamy, crumbly stuff. 17. Freshest. Seafood. Ever. 18. Figs grow wild. Lots of them. Everywhere. 19. Breakfast in Greece is something special. 20. Coffee breaks are serious affairs. 21. They make mighty fine beer. 22. Athens is one of the most underrated cities in the world. 23. Athens’ nightlife goes on till the wee hours every day of the week. 24. Athens’ central market is a wonderland of delicious food. 25. The Exarchia neighborhood in Athens will never gentrify and never surrender. 26. Greeks leave paradise intact, unlike their Mediterranean neighbors. 27. Over 1,200 stunning islands to choose from. 28. Most of Greece is hard to reach and that’s a very good thing. 29. From May to September you’ll almost never see a cloud. 30. Mykonos is summer’s biggest beach party. 31. This unsuspecting island village is home to an even more debauched party scene than Mykonos. Any guesses?
Built in the 4th-century B.C., the theater seats 15,000 people. 37. Rock climbing on the island of Kalymnos is some of the best there is. 38. Yes, yes, that famous sunset from the village Oia on the island of Santorini (Thira) is OK too. 39. The mind-boggling monasteries at Meteora. 40. The Greeks saved Western civilization right here. 41. This WAS Sparta.
The ruins of ancient Sparta with modern Sparta in the background. 42. Alexander the Great was from Pella, Greece. 43. Zeus once ruled the world from Mount Olympus in Greece’s Macedonia region. 44. The oracle worked its magic up here on Mount Parnassus in Delphi.
This village parties like it’s 1999 (every night). Photo circa 1975 but not much has changed. 32. Folegandros is one of the most enchanting places on Earth. 33. Lesbos is a real spot and it’s beautiful. 34. Crete has more history and landscapes on one island than some large countries have.
The oracle at Delphi. 45. …and Poseidon from Sounio, just south of Athens. 46. Icarus would have seen this beautiful place just before he crash-landed (The island of Ikaria, named after the mythical figure). 47. Theater was born here. 48. Philosophy too. 49. Democracy was conceived here on this rock.
Rethymnon, Crete. 35. Mount Athos is still mysterious nearly 1,000 years later.
The Pnyx, Athens.
The nearly two dozen monasteries dating back to the
Greeks have been through a lot lately. But the truth is while we worried about them, maybe they should have been worried about us instead. Out of a frosty winter, a warm Greek summer awaits.
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“From Great Britain to the Little Britain of Apokoronas” A comment on the local elections I moved to a small village in Apokoronas, this very beautiful part of Crete in 2010, the year of the Kalikratis reorganisation of local government and a few months before the first municipal elections under by Yiannis Xamonakis www.apokoronasnews.gr the new system. Apokoronas at that time received a lot of media attention for two reasons: the relatively large numbers of European citizens – mostly British – involved in the local election as voters and the candidacy of British citizens in the municipal council. National broadsheet Kathimerini, ran a 13 page supplement on the “Little Britain of Apokoronas”, while SKAI film crews in Vamos square were interviewing members of the British community about the local elections. I have managed to talk to a number of the 3000 British Apokoronas residents over the years, in village squares, in kafeneia and restaurants and in their homes. Some have lived in Apokoronas for many years, some come and go. Several have started businesses here, while others volunteer their time in charities, to help those in need, and in animal welfare. They all, without fail, love the place whey chose to live in and they will not let a few potholes in the roads, a broken street light or a pile of uncollected rubbish spoil their appreciation of the natural beauty of the place. But most are frustrated to see the simple things that can be so easily done to make the quality of life better, not done. And that is not to say they would like the place to be run like England. In fact, I would go as far as to say that many British find the local’s anarchistic disregard for laws and regulations quite charming. Naturally, that has its downside too, but on the whole, it is considered a good trade off for a stress free life where any small misdemeanour is absolved with a response of “ehhh den peirazei”. As the term of the first Kalikratis administration comes to an end however , the initial enthusiasm of the British community to get involved with local politics waned thinner with each pre election promise the council was unable to keep. The high expectations for the new local government municipal structure were met with the same wall of excuses, the same game of passing the buck and
the inertia of the elected administration. And as the next local election approaches the record number of mayoral candidates (six so far) have started to once again compete for the vote of the British community. Even with the number of people who have returned to the UK in the last few years for health, family or financial reasons, there should be at least the same number of British citizens registered to vote as in the last elections. With the numbers of candidates exceeding five hundred, attracting the 700 British votes is more important than ever for the prospective mayors who are busy promoting more or less the same programme. It is generally acknowledged by all the candidates that the British stopped the decline of small villages in the area and boosted the local economy in the years of the economic crisis. However the competing mayoral candidates who vie for the British vote need to be aware that the British are not great political animals in their own country, with local election turnouts of 35 % or less not uncommon. And this is not because they are not interested. It is rather because they do not see much difference amongst the politicians or their policies so it does not make much difference who is elected. And that same political fatigue is beginning to set in, in this election campaign here in Apokoronas. Political information meetings for non Greek speakers that attracted hundreds four years ago are now attended by ten or twenty people. “We have heard it all before” said in one of those meetings a resident who lived in an Apokoronas village for 16 years.
At the same meeting a village representative raised the issue of the 40 year old pipe network in his village which makes tap water undrinkable. And water supply has consistently been an issue in every local election as far back as anyone can remember. A comment made afterwards by an English woman who lived here for some years sums up the feelings of many of the British in Apokoronas. “The place is perfect” she said. “It would be the ideal life if it wasn’t for the unpredictability of central government legislation with the regular scares about property being illegal and unexpected taxes”. “And I don’t suppose local government can do much about that” she added. Maybe they can’t. But I’m sure that what the British expect, more than anything else from their municipality is to be informed, consulted and listened to when decisions that affect their villages and their environment are taken. And come to that, their Greek neighbours would appreciate the same courtesy.
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Russian arrivals to Greece expected to increase in 2014 Some 1.3 million Russian tourists are expected to visit Greece in 2014, according to the deputy head of the Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation, Evgeny Pisarevsky. Mr. Pisarevsky said “Russians opt for the country thanks to the positive attitude of the Greeks. He underlined that the common religion of the two countries plays an important role in boosting tourism traffic”. The tourist flow is also reverse – from Greece to Russia – since Greeks visiting Russia are estimated to increase by 35 percent in 2013 compared to last year. Russia’s deputy head of the federal agency for tourism said he hoped that with Greece holding the Presidency of the European Union in 2014, the Russian proposal on the visa issue will be accepted. The proposal aims to give Russians the ability to make transit visits lasting a maximum of 72 hours in 20 EU countries without visas. Mr. Pisarevsky also told the press that in five years from today, Greece could attract up to 3.6 million Russian tourists annually. He added that 2015 should be declared the “Year of Greek-Russian Tourism.”
Greece... Most expensive country The latest “Detailed Average Price Report” published in November 2013 by the European Commission reveals that Greek consumers are forced to spend three times as much as consumers in other European countries do for the same goods. Product prices in Greece are unfortunately not being constantly adjusted to the new incomes, which have been reduced as much as 30% during the last three years. Therefore, today’s prices may still relate to Greek incomes of 2009. Greek consumers are asked to spend €63.4 for filling their shopping basket with 20 basic products, such as rice, bread, milk, eggs and olive oil. With a minimum wage of €586, Greeks spend 10.81% of their monthly salary on food. Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, the same products total €50.3, which corresponds to only 3.7% of the monthly income in the Netherlands, where the minimum wage is at €1,478. For milk, butter, coffee, eggs and toilet paper in particular, Greek consumers pay the highest prices among other eurozone countries.
16 Chinese weddings in one day to be held in Chania ! The Fortress of Koules in Aptera was chosen by 16 couples from China to perform their wedding ceremony, uniting their lives, and is about to be held on April 25th. Yesterday, the project “Rose wedding” was presented to the competent bodies involved in the event including the Municipality of Chania, the Hotel Association , the E.V.E.CH. ,the Commercial Club, etc. The Rose wedding ceremony is organized by the Department of Tourism and the Municipality of Shanghai Huangpu under the Shanghai Tourism Festival and is advertised in the region of 350 million people through the media. According to the project presented yesterday, the 16 Chinese couples will be arriving in Chania on April 24 and will visit the Venetian harbour and the market, while the ceremony and the wedding reception will be held on April 25. As stated by Ms. Maria Zisouli the project Rose Weddings will be attended from 68 more people who will be accompanying the couples, i.e. members of the organizing committee and partners in the tourism sector, as well as
twenty journalists. The ceremony will be filmed and will be put into a promotional use to be presented at Tourism Week in Shanghai aiming at greater numbers of Chinese Weddings to be held in Chania. Regarding the area of Aptera which was qualified by the commission of marriages, Ms Zisouli pointed out that the delegation coming from Shanghai was thrilled with the towers of the Koules fortress in Aptera and asked to do there weddings overlooking the sea.
3 tavernas of Crete in top-10 of the Guardian.com Greece’s best beach cafes and tavernas: Readers’ travel tips An ouzo or a cold beer after a day on the beach, freshly caught sardines on a Greek island… Readers suggest their favourite seaside tavernas in Greece. Three tavernas of Crete are in top-10. Kanali Taverna, Elounda Its setting is right by the sea on Elounda Bay. It’s on a conservation “island”, past the old salt pans and across a causeway – 15 minutes’ walk from the main resort. The setting is unique: on the shoreline by an ancient sunken city of Olous, with ruined windmills, a picturesque church and a mosaic from an early Christian basilica close to your table. The atmosphere is laid-back and you can enjoy delicious Cretan cuisine while you relax. The Cellar Tavern, Kissamos Stelio’s Cellar Tavern is on the beach at Kissamos – on the stunning but untouristy western tip of Crete. He’s cheerful and welcoming – and always remembers us. His cook makes the best moussaka I’ve tasted, and last year we asked if she’d teach us how to make it. We were invited
into the kitchen the following morning; that evening we sat by the sea and ate the second-best plate of moussaka ever.
The Cellar Tavern, Kissamos
Sunset Taverna, Stavros This little place on Stavros beach is run by Malika, the friendliest host you can ever hope to meet. Sit with your feet in the sand around tables cleverly designed out of cable drums, watching the sunset and enjoying a cold Greek beer. Finish the night sitting under the stars with complimentary baklava, melon and honey raki.
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Chania... An underground city
A step by step... path photostory, from the Municipal Parket to Koum Kapi Could you ever imagine that there is another city below our feet? Follow the path from the Municipal Market to Koum Kapi and you will discover it! Thatâ€™s what we did and we bring it to you with our photo camera...
(by Pavlos Mpouzis)
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History and Culture of Olive Oil in Crete Olive trees have always been related to the Mediterranean area. According to archaeological and historical research studies, the olive tree is part of the indigenous flora of Mediterranean countries and researchby Manolis Karpadakis ers confirm its presence for, TERRA CRETA Marketing Manager at least, the latest 5000 years (Braudel:1985, Psilakis-Kastanas:2003). As expected, the first olive trees were not intentionally planted. Wild olive tree was the first of the kind and can still be located in some places of the Mediterranean, including Crete (Psilakis-Kastanas:2003) However, evidence shows that, quite soon, the need appeared for the population to control the cultivation of olive trees; there is a clear evidence of the fact that olives and olive oil – the products which come from olive trees – had already become part of people’s diet. Crete is one of the first potential regions where locals found ways to domesticate the wild olive tree during the prehistoric period (Faure:1973). In the region of Kolymvari / Chania, and at the village “Ano Vouves”, stands one of the oldest domesticated olive trees, the “Monumental Οlive Τree of Vouves”. It is considered one of the oldest olive trees in the world with an approximate age of at least 2500 years. Archaeological findings confirm the fact that the great first Cretan civilization, the Minoans, not only was based on agricultural economy, but also had broad commercial relations in the East Mediterranean based on its agricultural products (Treuil-Darcque-Poursat-Touchais:1989). One of the most important products traded was olive oil. (Sakellarakis:1988). However, olives and olive oil was not just a means of survival or economical transactions. They were used, as well, in other cultural activities, apart from nutrition, pointing out its great importance for Cretan culture and way of living. Often, olive seeds have been found next to the dead in Minoan graves, in order to be used
in life after death. Moreover, combining the worshiping character of the olive tree with their artistic abilities, Minoans have passed on to us great mural paintings portraying the holy tree either by itself or next to worshiping symbols (Psilakis-Kastanas:2003). Moving on to the Mycenaean Period, olive oil is proved to be part of many activities not only for the local population, but also for the broader population of southern Greece. The decoded writing of Mycenaean’s and the new scientific methods of analyzing remainders in amphora (storage vessels) confirms the widespread use of olive oil, which seemed obvious from earlier archaeological excavations: Cretans had developed methods of storing olive oil and, in addition, they used it broadly when cooking vegetables, legumes or meat (Tzedakis-Martlew:1999). Moreover, olive oil is mentioned as a product for cosmetics or as a way of honoring gods (Psilakis-Kastanas:2003). There is no doubt that, during the centuries, olive tree products kept playing their role in the life and economy of Mediterranean, as well as Greek and Cretan population. The growing transactions of agricultural products among the countries surounding the Mediteranean sea became even more intense during the great empires’ periods. The Roman Empire promoted monetary trade and agricultural products became a means of wealth accumulation (Alfoldy:1984). It was then that olive oil became a product of wider exportation in places out of the Mediterranean sea. Moreover, the growing urban population of those years demanded more imports, in order to prevent a potential lack of olive oil for the citizens of towns or of Rome itself. The same goes for the following Byzantine Empire. In its capital, Constantinopolis, olive oil was transferred in huge amphora by ships. The broad use of olive oil in nutrition, illumination or even cosmetics
was the reason of oil shortage from time to time, which resulted in occasional prohibition of olive oil exports (Psilakis-Kastanas:2003). Moreover, during the Byzantine Period, Christian religion had already become widespread. It was then that olive oil started to be used in Christian masses and was, once more, a product related to god worship. Baptism, confirmation and extreme unction are three of the most typical Christian sacraments, in which olive oil has a domain role. Crete remained an important olive oil production region through those centuries. However, during the latest Venetian Period (17th century), exports became more systematic, due to the organization of trading methods adopted by the Venetian state. Olive oil and wine were the leading exported products of the island (Detorakis:1990). During the 19th century, in addition to the existing uses of olive tree products, came the development of soap industry. In fact, one could say that the transition to the dominance of olive oil production in Crete has its foundation on the 19th century. The exclusive use of olive oil in Crete combined with a growing economy based on products and exports of olive oil, resulted in a vast increase of olive groves on the island (Psilakis-Kastanas:2003, Detorakis:1990). Cretans have been called to regularize what they did for the latest five millenniums: to grow olive trees and produce olive oil. References: http://www.terracreta.gr
Tip of the month You may visit the “Monumental olive tree of Vouves’, the oldest olive tree today, located just 25 klm west from the city of Chania. A small museum dedicated to olive oil and olive tree cultivation can be found at the same place.
MEET... CHANIA in 12 pages
by Chania Post in collaboration with Chania Prefecture
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A few things you have to know about Crete
Crete, the 5th biggest Med Island, lies in the southern frontier of Europe. Crete combines mountains and sea, the new alongside with the old and ancient with contemporary history. It is a cultural crossroad due to its strategic geographical position. English, German, French, Russian and other languages are widely spoken in tourist resorts. The climate is a factor that greatly contributes to its attractiveness. It is mild Mediterranean – dry and warm, which means high sunshine all year round, very small seasonal changes in temperatures and no extreme weather phenomena. Tap water is safe for consumption, the consumption of bottled water is recommended. The international call code for Greece is +30.
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Velkommen til smukke Chania, en paradisisk og ægte egn fyldt med naturlig skønhed, historie, minder og kultur.Her vil den besøgende opleve naturen i dens fulde pragt, og komme til at stå overfor steder der tager vejret fra en. Endeløse bugtede kyster, eksotiske småøer og gemte sandstrande ved foden af de vilde bjerge. Ufremkommelige men fortryllende kløfter, hellige grotter, velsignede floder, og fredlige dybtgrønne sletter, beplantet med oliven træer og citrusfrugter. En egn selvforsynende med alt og rig på sjældne dyr og planter. I Chania vil den besøgende blive imponeret over de menneskelige værker. Velkommen til vakre Hania, et paradisisk og rent land full av naturskjønnheter, historie, minner og kultur. Det er et land der de besøkende vil oppleve naturen i all dens prakt og se steder som gjør en stum av begeistring. Endeløse kyststrekninger med skummende hav, små bukter og øyer av eksotisk skjønnhet og skjulte sandstrender ved foten av avskrekkende fjell. Vanskelig tilgjengelige, men majestetiske fjellkløfter, hellige huler, velsignede elver og rolige grønne sletter dekket med oliven- og sitrus trær. Et land som er selvnærende på alle måter, rikt på dyreliv og planter, endemiske (stedegne) og sjeldne.
Museums | Musée | Museen | Mузеи | Museer | Μuseot | 博物馆 Archaeological Museum of Chania 25 Halidon str. - Tel. 28210 90334. Open: 8.30-15.00 (except Mondays) Maritime Museum of Crete Akti Koundourioti, Venetian Harbour. Tel. 28210 91875/74484. Open: 9.00-16.00 (1/4-31/10), 9.00-14.00 (1/11-31/3) Μinoan Ship Moro dock, Venetian Harbour. Τel. 28210 91875. Open: Μay-Οct. Mon.-Fri. 10.00-15.00 & 19.00-22.30 (except public holidays) Historical Archives of Crete 20 I. Sfakianaki str., Tel. 28210 52606. Open: 9.00-14.00 (except Sat. & Sun.) Folklore Museum Gavalochori, Apokoronas. Tel. 28250 23222. Open: 9.00-20.00, Sat. 9.00-19.00, Sun. 10.00-13.00 Folklore Museum “Cretan House” 46b Halidon str. Tel. 28210 90816. Open: 9.00-15.00 & 18.00-21.00 Byzantine collection Theotokopoulou str. Tel. 28210 96046. Open: 8.30-15.00 (except Mondays)
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Bienvenue. Bien qu’elle ait été bombardée pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, La Canée est considérée comme une des plus jolies villes de Crète, particulièrement le vieux port vénitien avec son phare du XVe siècle et la mosquée des Janissaires. La Canée bénéficie d’un climat typiquement méditerranéen caractérisé par des hivers frais et humides et des étés chauds et secs. Le marché couvert datant de 1913, basé sur les plans de celui de Marseille, est aux abords de la vieille ville et est populaire aussi bien auprès des touristes que des habitants locaux.
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Sights | Spectacles | Sehenswürdigkeiten | Достопримечательности Att göra | Nähtävyydet | Seværdigheder | Attraksjoner | 景点
Ekklesiastic Museums - Monastery of Holy Trinity of Tzagarolon, Αkrotiri. Tel. 28210 63310. Open: 8:00-20:00 - Gouverneto Monastery, Αkrotiri. Tel. 28210 63319 - Monastery of Chrissopigi, Chania. Tel. 28210 91125 - Monastery of Gonia, Kissamos . Tel. 28240 22313
Centre of Mediterranean Architecture Chania, 31 Αkti Tombazi, Venetian Harbour. Tel. 28210 40101/40201
War Museum Tzobanaki Cassern. Tel. 28210 44156. Open: 9:00-13:00 (except Sat. & Sun.)
Villa Koundourou (Youth Centre and Municipal Cultural Workshop) Chania, 2 Iroon Politechniou str. Tel. 28210 53730/40896. Open: 9:00-14:00 and 18:00-21:00
Chemistry Museum 34c Eleftherios Venizelos str. Tel. 28210 42504. Open: 9:00-13:00 (except Sat. & Sun.) Byzantine and Folklore Museum of Spilia, Kissamos Tel. 28240 22080/22357. Open: 17:00-18:00, Sat. 11:00-12:00
Institute of Cretan Justice Nearchou str., Chania. Open: 10:00-14:00
“Chrissostomos” Literary Association Chania, 83 Halidon str. Tel. 28210 53879 Municipal Art Gallery Chania, 98 Halidon str. Tel. 28210 92294/92419
Typography Museum, VIOPA, Souda Tel. 28210 51003. Open: 10:00-18:00
Venizelion School of Music 5 N. Foka str. Tel. 28210 43067/52582. Open: 8:00-14:00 and 17:00-21:00
Museum of National Resistance, Therisso Open all year round
Lyceum for Greek Girls 1 K. Mitsotaki str. Tel. 28210 42465/59444
House of Eleftherios Venizelos a. Mournies, Kydonia. Tel. 28210 93132/95250. Open: 18:00-21:00. b. Elena Venizelou sqr., Halepa, Chania (Eleftherios K. Venizelos Foundation). Tel. 28210 56008
Cultural Centre of the Metropolis 2 Ant. Giannari str. Tel. 28210 27807-9 Intellectual Centre of Chania 70 A.Papandreou str. Tel. 28210 40525
Mosque of Kioutsouk Hasan (Yali-Tzamisi) Venetian Harbour. Tel. 28210 83235/83232 Park for the Preservation of Flora and Fauna Technical University of Crete, Akrotiri. Τel. 28210 55988. Open: Mon.-Sat. Arts & Crafts Village, VIOPA, Souda Τel. 28210 80132/81410. Open: 10.00-14.30 School Life Museum, Νerokourou Τel. 28210 74764. Open: Mon.-Fri. 9.00-13.30, Mon. & Wed. 18.00-20.30, Sat. 10.00-13.00 Archaeological Museum of Kissamos Τel. 28220 83308. Open: 8.30-15.00 (except Mondays) Olive Museum-Institute of Olive & Subtropicals Τel. 28210 83476/83428. Open: 8.00-14.00 via phone arrangement Sea Life & Fishery Museum, Kolimbari Τel. 28240 23299. Open: 10.00-18.00 (exc. Sat.-Sun.) An. Skalidis Museum, Perivolia, Kissamos Τel. 28220 61052. Frontier Museum of Europe, Paleochora Τel. 28230 42265.Open: Οct.-Μay Mon.-Fri. 10.00-13.00, June-Sept. Wed.-Sun. 10.00-13.00 & 18.00-21.00
Churches/Monasteries | Eglises/Μonastères | Kirchen/Klöster | Церкви/монастыри | Kirker/Κlostre | Kyrkor/Κloster | Kirkot/Luostarit | 教堂和修道院 The Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of Chrysopigi lies a short distance from the town of Chania on the route to Souda harbour. Operation Hours: 08.00-12.00 and 15.30-18.00 Telephone: (+30)2821091125, (+30)2821029840 The monastery of Agia Triada of Tzagarolon is one of the richest and most beautiful monasteries in Crete. It is built near the airport of Chania, in the position Tzobomylos of the Cape Melecha and at the foothills of Stavros Mount. The distance from Chania is only 15km. Gouverneto Monastery. The actual Monastery complex was built from 1537 till 1548. According to tradition, it was connected with miraculous St John the Hermit, and was used for the housing of the Saint’ s pilgrims. Telephone: (+30)2821063319
Katholiko monastery is located 20km east of Chania, near the northern shores of Cape Akrotiri. It is located near the exit of the gorge Avlaki, at a short distance from the sea. The monastery of Panagia Chrisoskalitissa is located 72km south of Chania, very close to the magnifi cent lagoon of Elafonissi. It operates as a nunnery and reminds of a fortress, perched on a 35m high rock with boundless sea views. The Monastery of Saint George in Karydi (in Apokoronas Province) is located about 2km east of Vamos village. The monastery was abandoned for many years but was restored in 1996 and today it is operating normally. Monastery of Pasinos. It is a complex of monasteries built during the Venetian rule (16th century). It architectural style is western, the church being placed in the centre of the complex.
St George of Mythimna - Kisamos. The single-room, vaulted church of St George in the archeological site of Methymna, near Drapania of Kisamos, was built during the fi rst half of the 15th century, in the place of a late Roman Bath. The Holy Monastery of Partenon or Life-Giving Spring was founded by the Bishop of Kisamos & Selinon Anthimos Leledakis in 1905-1910. It was renovated between 1962 and 1965, by Bishop Irineos Galanakis. Early Christian Basilica at Almyrida Apokoronou. It is an early Christian three-aisled basilica of the second half of the 6th century. The church of St George in the centre of Kournas, a settlement with interesting folk architecture. It was built at the end of the 12th century.
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Ancient Aptera This site is located 15 km South-east of Chania, near the village Megala Chorafi a. The strategic location of the city with two ports, Minoa (modern Marathi) and Kissamos (near Kalives today) at the entrance of the natural bay, which guaranteed the possibility to control the movement of trade, boosted its growth. Ancient Falasarna The site of the ancient Falassarna located on the western edge of Cap Gramvousa the west coast of Crete. The town was surveyed again in the 19th century by English tourists, who identified the village and closed the port. Ancient Lissos The ruins of Lissos are saved between Paleochora and Sougia. It
was the port city of Dorian Elyros. It fl ourished in the Hellinistic, Roman and the fi rst Vyzantine period and destroyed by the Saracens Arabs. It also issued its own currency, as Lissos. Ancient Tara (St. Roumeli) The ruins of the ancient city Taras found at south coast of Crete near the village of Agia Roumeli. The city fl ourished particularly during the Roman era. They found the remains of a temple, possibly dedicated to Artemis and Apollo. Souda’s Castle The castle is built on the islet of Souda, and protected the port of Souda and Chania. It occupies almost the entire island. Built in 1715 and surrendered to the Ottomans in 1715. On February 14 the Greek fl ag was raised, lowering the Turkish and giving the signal that there is now the Greek sovereignty over
the island of Crete. Archaeological site of ancient Anopolis The archaeological site of ancient Anopolis located 87 km south of Chania. Anopolis was an independent city during the classical times and fl ourished during the Roman and Byzantine times. Firkas Castle Castle Firkas was built in the 16th century by the Venetians to protect the city of Chania. There Venizelos declared the offi cial union of Crete with Greece. Today it hosts the Maritime Museum and a small theater. Intzedin Castle Located 14 km east of Chania. Has been characterized as his-
torical monument. Built in 1872 in the position of the tower was built in 1646 by the Turks, who drove the Venetians. The name comes from the name of the son of Sultan Abdul Aziz Intzedin. Has been used as a prison for political prisoners, among them which has been the El. Venizelos. During the dictatorship of Pangalos many dissidents jailed, and when the dictatorship fell, Pangalos was imprisoned there too. Finally, from the isolation rooms of Yaros, in 1948, the fi rst communist political prisoners were moved there.
Ancient Polirinia The ancient city was Polirinia in place of the village Polirinia Kissamos, 49 km west of Chania. At the top of the hill was the citadel of which was T-shaped, from where the view was immense, from Crete to the Libyan Sea, which stretched the realm.
Cultural events | Evénements culturels | Kulturelle Veranstaltungen | Культурные мероприятия | Kulturarrangementer | Kulturelle begivenheder | Kulturevenemang | Kulttuuritapahtumat | 文化活动 May: - Celebration of the battle of Crete. It includes events commemorating those who were killed and several cultural events. - “Koresia” athletic games Canoe kayak at Kournas Lake. Beginning of summer: Venizelia - Track events at the National Stadium of Chania. May - September: Athletic events in Nea Kydonia which include: Beach volley Beach Soccer - Beach Handball and racket games. July - August - September: - Cultural Summer Events of the municipality of Chania. It includes music and stage performances at the theatre of Eastern Trench, Public Garden, Venizelio music school, Park of Peace and Friendship and other events in several neighbourhoods of
the town. - Cultural summer events are also organised by the municipalities of Kisamos, Apokoronas and Kandanos-Selino. June: - Cherries Festival in Karanou. - 24 June: Festivity of St. Ioannis Klidonas, in Fres, Akrotiri, Perivolia, Therisso, Vamvakopoulo. - 29 June - 6 July: Naval week festival. July: - Festival of Kalitsouni cheese pie, in Kandanos.
Religious events | Evénements religieux | Religiöse Veranstaltungen Религиозные события | Religiøse begivenheder | Religiøse begivenheter Religiösa evenemang | Uskonnollisiin tilaisuuksiin | 宗教活动
Asi Gonia, St. George’s Day, April 23rd or after Easter Day: A big festival. All the shepherds of the area bring their animals to the mass in order to be blessed, then they milk them and distribute the milk to the pilgrims. Agios Ioannis Sfakion, St John’s Feast, May 8th: Traditional festival of Sfakia. Azogyre, The Holy Fathers’ Feast, October 7th: In the beautiful village with the visitable impressive cave of the Holy Fathers. Elos, Agios Dikaios,May 6th: Extraordinary view and a unique fair. Lissos, St Kyrikos, July 15th: The pilgrims start arriving ancient Lissos on foot or in boats from Sougiaγια early in the afternoon of the previous day. A real fair of Selino in a mythical place. Sembronas, Apopigadi, St. John’s, June 24th: One of the feasts, that take place on a very high location, with an incredible view. Sougia, Harey, St. Antony 1-2 of July: Unique traditional fair at the seaside small church which is situated in Harey. The route on foot from through the E4 path that lead from Sougia to Agia Roumeli lasts two hours with the unique background of the Lybian sea and piney slopes. It is possible to go there also by boat from Sougia. Overnight stay outdoor.
Therisso, Assumption of the Mother of God, August 15th: In the beautiful village where Eleftherios Venizelos declared the revolution of 1905.
- Naval week in the old harbour and every second year in Palaiochora and Georgioupolis. - 21-28 July: Elafonisia - Municipality of Kissamos. Including memorial service at the monument of Elafonisi, athletic games, performances, festivity in honour of the elderly and traditional treat. - 26 July: “Promotion of Kisamos” - Club, Grambousa pilgrimage excursion from the port of Kisamos to Balos and to
the island of Grambousa. - 30 July: “Pottery Festival” in Nohia.
- 30-31 July: Wine festival in Vouves. August: - First Sunday of August: Blessing of the fruit of the earth at the Monastery of Archangel Michael (Rotonda) Kato Episkopi. - 8-9 August: Wine festival in Vouves. - 1-10 August: Venetian Harbour of Chania photography exhibition for Chania Music Tradition. - 16 August: Honey Festival in Afrata. September: - 1-10 September: Sardine festival in Nea Chora and in Souda. - 27 September: World Day of Tourism. Festive events at the old harbour of Chania. End of October or beginning of November: - Chestnut festival in Prases and Elos.
<< The little sea village of Loutro, just 30 minutes from Chora Sfakion by ANENDYK Ferries. Excellent choice for a weekend “escape”. Great beach and good tavernas all over the place.
Sfakia, Thymiani Panagia, last Sunday of May. Chrysoskalitissa, the Assumption of the Virgin, August 15th: At the beautiful monastery, which is a real «balcony» to the Lybian Sea a famous festival takes place. Frangokastello, St. Nikitas’, September 15th: Big festival during which riding races take place. August 6th, the Transfiguration: Ksirosterni, Tzitzife, Karres of Kissamos, Sassalo August 15th the Assymption of the Virgin: Voulgaro Panagia of the Summit, Kolympari Gonia, Pemonia, Fre, Eksopolis, Litsarda, Alikampos, Kefala, Kalikrati, Koustogerako August 29th,John the Precursor’s: Rodopou Gionas, Douliana, Stylos, Kournas September 8th, Birth of the Mother of Christ: Gavalohori, Tzitzife, Sassalo September 14th, Feast ofthe Holy Cross: Nippos, Rodovani September 15th St. Nikitas’: Kampia
Imeri Gramvousa . There is an old ^^ shipwreck of a small cargo ship dating from 1968. << Everyone who comes to Crete is going to Platanias, the most famous place in Chania Prefecture. Full of tourists every summer, with sandy beaches, lots of stores, night clubs, restaurants and cafes.
Beaches | Plages | Strände | пляжи | Strande | Strender | Stränder | Rannat | 海滩 Numerous beautiful beaches with soft sand or coloured pebbles are found in the prefecture of Chania. All beaches have crystalline waters and look like paradise. Afrata: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 28km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, parking, cafe, snack Agia Marina: Type: Sand - Distance: 9km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all Inclusive Hotels, pharmacies, doctors, ATM cashpoint machines, super markets, shops, car rentals Agia Roumeli: Village on the south coast of Chania prefecture, between Chora Sfakion and Sougia. Type: Pebbles - Facilities: Showers, umbrellas and sunbeds, cafe, snack, tavernas, accommodation, mini market, ferry boat trips Agioi Apostoli: Type: Sand - Distance: 3km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, lifeguard, free parking area, cafes, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, taxi station, bus stop, mini markets, super markets, tourist offices and car rental offices Almirida: Type: Sand - Distance: 23km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, windsurfing school, cafes, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets, ATM cashpoint machines Balos Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 55km west of Chania town Facilities: Canteens, umbrellas and sunbeds Chora Sfakion: Type: Pebbles - Facilities: Restaurants, cafes, shops Crissi Akti Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 2.5km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, volley ball courts, children’s playground, parking, cafes, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, super markets, taxi station Drapanias: Type: Sand - Distance: 33km west of Chania town Facilities: Showers, umbrellas and sunbeds, cafe, snack, restaurants, tavernas, accommodation, campsite, bakery, mini market Elafonissi: Type: Sand - Distance: 75 km from Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, canteen, cafe, taverns, accommodation, mini market Falasarna: Type: Sand - Distance: 59km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, volley ball court, lifeguard, parking, cafes, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation Frangokastello: Type: Sand - Distance: 80km southeast of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, cafes, restaurants, fish taverns, shops, mini market, accommodation Georgioupoli: Type: Sand - Distance: 38km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguards, water sports, cafes, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets, super markets, shops, ATM cashpoint machines Gerani: Type: Sand - Distance: 15km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, bars, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, all Inclusive hotels, shops, pharmacy, super markets Gialiskari/Anidri Beach: Type: Sand/Pebbles - Distance: 74km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, two canteens
Kalathas Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 13km north east of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafes, snack, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops Kalives: Type: Sand - Distance: 19km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, windsurfing school, cafes, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets, ATM cashpoint machines Kedrodassos: Type: Sand - Distance: 74km south west of Chania town Kisamos (Mavros Molos): Type: Sand - Distance: 36km west of Chania Facilities: Showers, umbrellas and sunbeds, cafes, snack, restaurants, tavernas, accommodation, shops, mini markets, super markets, ATM’s, doctor’s offices
Kolymvari (Kolymbari): Type: Sand/Pebbles - Distance: 23km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafe, snack, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets Koundoura/Krios Beach: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 80km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas, sunbeds, parking, canteen Kyani Akti Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 18km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, parking, canteens, restaurants, tavernas Loutraki Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 16km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, parking, cafes, snack, restaurant, accommodation Loutro: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 71km south of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, cafe, snack bars, restaurants, fish taverns, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops Maleme: Type: Sand - Distance: 17km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops, pharmacies Marathi Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 16km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafes, snack, restaurants, accommodation
Marmara Beach: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 85km south of Chania town Facilities: Pachia Ammos: Type: Sand - Distance: 71km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas, sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, beach bar, cafes, restaurants, taverns, accommodation Platanias: Type: Sand - Distance: 10km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafe, snack, beach bars, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all inclusive hotels, pharmacies, doctors, ATM cashpoint machines, super markets, shops, car rentals, playgrounds, mini golf courts Sougia: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 60km south of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, parking, cafes, bars, restaurants, taverns, fish taverns, mini markets, bakery, accommodation
Stalos Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 7km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, beach bars, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all inclusive hotels, pharmacies, doctors, ATM cashpoint machines, super markets, shops, car rentals
Glyka Nera Beach: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 75km south of Chania Facilities: Canteen, umbrellas
Stavros Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 17km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafe, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets
Grammeno Beach: Type: Sand/Pebbles - Distance: 75km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, parking, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation
Tavronitis: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 18km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, beach bars, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all inclusive hotels, mini market
Kalamaki: Type: Sand - Distance: 4km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, lifeguard, parking, cafes, snack, beach bar, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation
Tersanas Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 13km nort east of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafe, snack, restaurant, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops, pharmacies
Gorges/Caves | Gorges/Grottes | Schluchten/ Höhlen | ущелья/ пещеры | Kløfter/Huler | Klyfta/ Grottor | Rotkoja/Luolia | 峡谷/洞穴 The area enables the individual hiker to explore the nature and the beauty of the county via routes that are unparalleled beauty. The most appropriate to inform the interested visitor is the Mountaineering Club of Chania. The E4 Path begins in the Pyrenees mountains across Greece, arrives at Kissamos, across Crete to Kato Zakros and finally arrives in Cyprus. As far as the track is part of the prefecture of Chania, it passes from coastal areas and the White Mountains. The main routes of the European path are the following : Kasteli Kissamou – Sfinari (Length: 22,5 km, Best season: Spring – Autumn) Sfinari – Chrysoskalitisa Monastery (Length: 32 km, Best season: Spring – Autumn) Chrysoskalitisa - Palaiochora (Length: 22 km, Best season: Spring – Autumn) Sougia – Agia Roumeli (Length: 13 km, Best Season: All year) Loutro - Fragokastelo (Length : 19,5 km, Best Season: All year) Sougia - Koustogerako-Omalos (Length: 24,5 km, Best season: Spring – Autumn) Agia Triada - Gouverneto – Katholiko (Route Difficulty: Very Easy, Route Duration: 2 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) Gorge of St Irene – Sfakia (Route Duration: 3 Hours, Route Length: 8 km Visit Period : All Year , Route Difficulty: Normal) Paleochora - Sougia (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Length: 14,5 m Route Duration: 6 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) National Park of Samaria (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 6 Hours Route Length: 16 km, Visit Period : May-October) Gavdos (Route Difficulty: Very Easy, Visit Period : May-October) Douliana – Gavalohori (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 1 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) On the Summit of Kigilos (Route Difficulty: Normal, Route Duration: 7 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) Agia Roumeli - Agios Ioannis (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 5 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) Gorge of Polyrrenia (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 3 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) Sasalos-Makronas (Halase gorge) (Route Difficulty: Normal, Route Duration: 4 Hours )
The Gorge of Imbros in Sfakia Route Duration: 2 Hours, Route Length: 8 km The Gorge of Agia Irini in Selino Route Duration: 3 Hours, Route Length: 7.5 km The Gorge of Aradena in Sfakia Route Duration: 2.5 Hours, Route Length: 5.5 km The Gorge of Elygia The Gorge of Trypitis Route Duration: 8.5 Hours The Gorge of Diktamou Route Duration: 3.5 Hours The Gorge of Therisso or Eleutheriou Venizelou Route Length: 6 km The Gorge of Chalase or Sasalou Route Duration: 4 Hours The Gorge of Prasse Route Duration: 2 Hours The Gorge of Kavi or Iligga Route Duration: 3 Hours The Gorge of Asfendou Route Duration: 3 Hours The Gorge of Kalikrati Route Duration: 3 Hours The Gorge of Katholikou Route Duration: 0.5 Hours Mountain Shelters Kallergi Capacity: 45, Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 1 Hours Visit Period : April-October Svourikti - Holiopoulos Capacity: 20, Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 3 Hours Tavri Capacity: 40, Route Difficulty: Very Easy, Route Duration: 1.5 Hour, Route Length: 7.7 km Volikas Capacity: 30, Route Duration: 3 Hour Caves Cave of Panos or Lera The cave “Panos or Lera” is developed in Mount Vardies, at an altitude of 70m., in the settlement Stavros Kydonias. It consists of an “antechamber” and four rooms with chiselled cavities, which have been explained as places for the welcome of statues. Cave of Asfentos The cave “of Asfentos” is situated at the position”Skordolakia”, at the westeastern part of the beginning of the gorge of Asfentos . Cave of Agia Sofia The cave of “Agia Sofia” is at the western walls of the gorgo of Topolia, at a distance of 47 km from the city of Chania. It consists of two rooms on different levels.
Gorges The Gorge of Samaria Route Length: 18 km, Route Duration: 7 Hours, Visit Period : May-October
We propose... you choose | Nous vous proposons ... vous choisissez | Schlagen wir vor, Sie wählen ... | мы предлагаем ... вы выбираете Vi foreslår ... du vælger | Vi föreslår ... du väljer | Foreslår vi ... du velger | Ehdotamme ... valitset | 我们建议...你选择 MUNICIPALITY OF CHANIA Municipal Market The Municipal Market of Chania, the large building of 4000 square meters in a surrounding area of 17.200 square meters, is the “heart” of the city. It is an original building that, apart from a business activity center, also provides a concrete image of the ancient Greek marketplace. Great for shopping tradiotional Cretan products. Venizelos Tombs One of the most popular spots offering a panoramic view of Chania are the Venizelos family tombs, a few kilometres east of the city, on the road to Akrotiri and the airport. Old Harbour Chania’s old Venetian Harbor is the most picruresque and world wide known site seen of the hole Crete. Lots of choices to drink your coffee, to have lunch or dinner in the restaurants or enjoy shopping time. Stavros Stavros is located on Akrotiri, only 13km from Chania, 3km from the airport and 10km from Souda harbour. One of the finest beaches for swimming. British Commonwealth War Cemetery in Souda Bay The War cemetery is a quiet and restful place for the allied forces who lost their lives here on the Battle of Crete in 1941. Aghia Marina Agia Marina is one of the most important tourist resorts of Chania. Great beach for swimming and lots of choices for shopping, eating and clubbing. MUNICIPALITY OF PLATANIAS Thodorou Just a few miles to the north west of the port of Chania. The island is a nature reserve and it is therefore forbidden to go ashore, except that is for one day a year (8 June), when visitors are allowed to take the path to the church and back in order to worship. Platanias The heart of tourism in western Crete. Everything can be found in Platanias... swimming, eating, clubbing, shopping. A “must” place to visit or stay. All days and all nights are different in Platanias and you will find out why. Maleme German Cemetery The cemetery is 3km south up the winding paved road. The 4,465 men buried here fell in the Battle of Crete in May of 1941. The Germans landed at the small airport of Maleme when they
attacked Crete. Samaria Gorge If you come to Chania and you don’t pass through the Samara Gorge then your visit is just... incomplete. The Samariá Gorge is a National Park of Greece, a major tourist attraction of the island and a World’s Biosphere Reserve. A must for visitors to Crete is to complete the walk down the gorge from the Omalos plateau to Agia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea. The village of Samariá lies just inside the gorge. It was finally abandoned by the last remaining inhabitants in 1962 to make way for the park. MUNICIPALITY OF SFAKIA Frangokastello The castle of Frangokastello stands since centuries. It reminds of the Venetians, Turks and Greeks, battles and blood, slaughters and sacrifices. The legends are still alive, taking us in their own world and left the “Drosoulites”, visiting us again some magic mornings. Sfakia The south-eastern region of the Prefecture of Chania is called Municipality of Sfakia and includes the villages Hora Sfakion, Anopoli, Agios Ioannis, Agia Roumeli, Asfendou, Loutro, Patsianos, Skaloti, Impros, Askifou and Fragkokastello. The distamce to Chania is about 70 kilometres. Entire Sfakia is characterized by the natural beauty of wild mountainous landscape which is combined unique with the sea. Loutro The village was named by the baths that were found there. The water was coming from Anopoli. Between the old buildings that you can see there, there is also the goverment building that was used during the revolution at 1821. From Loutro you can visit the ruins of ancient Aradenas with the Byzantine church of archangel Michail and Anopolis. Perfect place for a weekend escape. Aghia Roumeli It is a coastal settlement in south-western Crete and it allocates a wide beach while the access is feasible only with boats from Hora Sfakion, via Loutro and from Palaiochora or Sougia, while the village does not allocate road access. Constitutes popular tourist destination because it is located at the southern entry of the Gorge of Samaria, the biggest gorge in Greece and one of the biggest in Europe with a length of 18 kilometres. MUNICIPALITY OF APOKORONAS Kalyves Picturesque village located about 20 kilometres east of Chania, in one of the greenest areas of Greece. The village It is surrounded by wonderful sandy beaches with crystalline waters
like Kalyves and Kiani Akti. Good place for shopping with lots of traditional tavernas. Just 3 km away is Almyrida, with traditional travernas to enjoy lunch after your swimming. Georgioupolis A resort village 43 km east of Chania, about 22 km west of Rethymno. Formerly a small fishing village, Georgioupolis is very much a tourist town now, with many cafés, tavernas and small hotels and apartment blocks. MUNICIPALITY OF KANDANOS-SELINO Sougia Located in a distance of 70 roughly km south-western of Chania. It is built in the ruins of the ancient Syias where mainly in the Roman and first Byzantine period people lived here. Saved ruins are vaulted graves and water reservoirs from the Roman period and a church from the 4th century with eminent mosaics. Nice beach where you can have free camping. Paleochora Located in the south-western part of the prefecture. The distance to Chania is about 70 kilometres. It is built on a peninsula between two beautiful bays where it is rained by the Lybian Sea and it is right to consider it the “Nymph of the Lybian Sea” and “Land of the sun”. The movement in the region is high in summertime, on one side from the excursionists choosing it as the harbour of departure to the Island of Gavdos, Sougia, Agia Roumeli, Loutro and Sfakia and return from the Samaria Gorge, on the other from the holiday-makers that select it as a place of their summer vacations. Palaiochora has all the benefits the visitor needs as banks, doctors, supermarket, drugstores, police, post, Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, port authority, custom, cinema, bars, disco, and rented cars. Elafonissi When the weather is fine it is possible to walk to the island through the shallow water. The island is a protected nature reserve. On the mainland the 17th century Chrysoskalitissa Monastery is approximately 5 km from the island. One of the best places for swimming in the whole world
MUNICIPALITY OF KISSAMOS Falassarna May be the best beach on earth, as awarded by its visitors. The place to be for swimming. Also, don’t miss the great party the first weekend of August. Gramvousa-Balos At the north western point of Crete you will find Gramvousa, a small island with an impregnable castle, a fortress, a masterpiece of the 16th century, and Balos, the unique lagoon of Crete, with its blue green waters, it pink sandy beach and famous shells! An impressive and unique environment of steep rocks and cliffs, an immense blue sea and hidden sandy beaches, and the serene lagoon of Balos, combines with the remains of the long lasting history of the region: monasteries, churches and the imposing castle of Imeri Gramvousa. MUNICIPALITY OF GAVDOS Gavdos is a small island which is located 26 naval miles (48 kilometres) southern of Crete and it’s extent is 27 square kilometres. It is the most southern Greek and simultaneously European point with population of 98 residents. Perfect for a daily cruise.
…where nature embraces the senses
The only one of its kind in Europe
το μοναδικό στο είδος του στην Ευρώπη
The area was reborn from its own ashes after the great fire of 2003.
undreds of different types of fruit trees, herbs and flowers in a uniquely landscaped area, offering you the opportunity to experience and get to know the blessed island of Crete in the most ideal way.
e are waiting for you in an area of approximately 200,000 m² to discover trees from all over the world, bearing edible fruit, as well as herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants.
n entertaining, educational park, ideal for walks.
Crete… a small continent
he area of the Botanical Park of Crete, 18 km from the city of Chania, at the foot of the White Mountains with its terrain and microclimate becomes a unique paradise for thousands of cold- and warm-climate plants!
he restaurant of the Botanical Park of Crete combines the revival of traditional recipes with cooking methods such a s t he he a rt h, wo o d burning oven, baking plate, etc, and flavours and products from the rich ground of the park such as vegetables, fruits, greens, garden produce, pulses, cheeses and bread... all flavoured with herbs from the park.
18th km of the National Road Chania-Omalos, Chania, Crete, Greece tel. +30 6976 860573
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Smells like... spring spirit
A photostory to Botanical Park and Gardens of Crete Walking in the Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete offes spiritual tranquility and visual pleasure in addition to knowledge on plants and their material. by Petros Marinakis Walking around a green-clad environBotanical Park & Gardens ment, you will come across over 150 species of fruit trees, dozens of herbs, pharmaceutical and ornamental plants.
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Things to do to your house in April With spring in full swing, get inspired to make the most of the month! The great thing about April is we can finally stop hibernating! Winter has turned the corner and headed out of sight until the end of the year. It’s not just time to get out into the fresh airit’s time to let it in as well. by Petros Chatzistavros So, let’s do what we got to do... Civil Engineer (T.E.) - Open up the windows and let the fresh breezes flow through the house. At the end of the month when temperatures are warmer, it’s a good time to give the outside a cleaning. - Another way to make the house fresh and clean after months of being locked up tight against the elements: clean the carpets. Especially if you’ve got kids, who knows what´s been tracked through the house over the winter? Rent a carpet steamer or call in a professional. - April is a good time (and safe bet) to put away the winter woolies and bring out your summer clothes. Whether you move them to an extra closet or pack them up in a chest, wash or dry clean everything so they´re ready for wear in 6 months. - As soon as weather permits, get out into the garden and clean up all the leftover leaves and debris that has accumulated over the winter. Turn the soil to let it breathe, in readiness for planting. And start planning your garden. Changing it a little each year will keep tending to it fresh and exciting. - If you´ve never planted tulips, now’s the time. Be playful and whimsical. There is nothing that says winter’s over better than a bright, colourful bed of tulips. - Pre-plant your herbs. You can get them started in small indoor pots. When the time is right, transplant them into bigger outdoor pots or flower beds. They’ll be stronger and heartier by this point. And since most herbs grow prolifically, you’ll be able to start using them sooner. - Get ready for long, leisurely bike rides in the warm weather. Get your bike out of the shed, dust it off and get it tuned up by a pro. - Paint any rooms you’ve been meaning to. The temperature’s warm enough to keep the windows open. And rooms will feel fresh and revived. It’s also a good idea to
give your front door a fresh coat. It´ll be cleaner and more inviting. - For a real seasonal shift in the house, change over cushions, sheets and throws to lighter or brighter colours. It doesn´t have to be a drastic change to your decor. Pick colours that complement what’s already there. Gardening Tasks and Projects for April April is the month for planting summer flowering bulbs like Dahlias, Gladiolas and Lilies. Mix bulb fertilizer, processed manure and peat moss into the planting soil. Tuberous Begonias and Canna should not be set outdoors until all danger of frost has passed, so wait until next month. Plant annual seeds of Asters, Cosmos, Marigolds and Zinnias in the garden. A wooden storage house for your garden A shed is typically a simple, single-storey structure in a back garden or on an allotment that is used for storage, hobbies, or as a workshop. Sheds vary considerably in the complexity of their construction and their size, from small open-sided tin-roofed structures to large wood-framed sheds with shingled roofs, windows, and electrical outlets. Sheds used on farms or in industry can be large structures. The main
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The days of Easter are also like the other days of the year Our body does not need anything different and... extra The meal plan is specific: breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner. However, each table in Crete is a rich feast. Especially, if you are planning to have your holidays in Crete during Easter, you should attend a festive meal but be by Niki Voulgarakis careful, everything in moderation. Dietician - Nutritionist The Easter table is composed of foods high in calories, saturated fats, cholesterol, salt and sugar. For this reason, people who suffer from cardiovascular/renal disease, hypertension, bile problems, diabetes, uric acid, lethal obesity is necessary to pay particular attention to their diet that day and avoid the increased consumption of fat and sugar. Small but “miraculous” tips 1. Eat breakfast. It helps you to control your appetite. 2. Frequent small meals will reduce your need for sweet and large portions at main meals. 3. At the concentrations you don’t need to go with an empty stomach. The method of “eat something beforehand to less hungry”, “save” as well the holy days of Easter! 4. Consume sufficient amount of greens which will cause a significant satiety because of fiber and will prevent large amounts of the main meals. It is advisable to begin your meal with a delicious salad before the main course. 5. Make your plate like above, ½ of plate with vegetables, ¼ of plate with lean protein and ¼ of plate with starch. 6. Drink a glass of water before your meal. According to researches it decreases the amount of food that you eat. 7. Drink alcohol in moderation. The recommended daily intake for women is one drink and two drinks for men. Prefer wine or beer. How to avoid indigestion? Indigestion occurs when you consume food very quickly and/or when consuming a lot of food. In order to avoid the hassle of indigestion in the Easter table, enjoy your food by eating slowly, avoid ‘ overload ‘ your stom-
ach with large quantities of fatty foods and limit alcohol consumption. If you have fasted the days before Easter, honor the traditional soup “magiritsa, which is easily digestible and will prepare your stomach for the consumption of meat and milk for the next day. If you desire to make a light “magiritsa” either remove the egg yolks from the recipe and use only the egg whites, limit olive oil and take care to enrich vegetable weight of meat or cook vegetarian version with mushrooms. From a nutritional point of view it is preferable to roast goat in the oven rather than lamb, because lamb is richer in cholesterol and in saturated fat. For those who eat lamb, choose the leanest cuts, the leg and the saddle. But whatever you prefer, put a portion on your plate (smaller than your palm, that corresponds to 100 grams of meat) with no visible fat and skinless. Additionally, red meat, liver and intestines, as well as eggs, cheese and sweets on Easter Sunday are the main source of fat and cholesterol. The brioche buns and Easter biscuits are certainly tempting, but after so food is unnecessary. If you want to eat sweets for a change after the lamb taste limited to a small portion. Instead of these you should prefer to end your meal with fresh fruits or a fruit salad combined with local yogurt. In the following table you can see Easter foods with caloric value and their content of cholesterol.
Food/100g Cal Total fat (%) Saturated fat (%) Chol/ol (μg) Lamb 310 (with skin) 15 36 80 Goat 200 (with skin) 4,2 10 70 Food Calories Cholesterol 1 serving soup 550 Increased 1 serving (200g) lamb 450 220 mg 1 serving kokoretsi(100g) 200 200 mg 1 egg 80 220 mg 1 piece of brioche (30 g) 170 78 mg Cookies (3) 210 61 mg 1 chocolate egg (100 g) 530 10 mg
Conclusively, the risk groups who should pay particular attention these days are people with - Elevated levels of uric acid: Be careful in eating meat, intestines and alcohol. - Diabetes: Avoid large meals, overconsumption of alcohol and foods with simple sugars like white bread and sweets. - Cardiovascular diseases: Avoid the large consumption of fatty, salty and large meals. Please, do not forget that fun is not just food ... but also a good company... “All good things in life are not things”. I wish you a Happy Easter and enjoy your holidays in beautiful Crete!!!
Patient and public involvement As a patient or relative or carer, you have a unique perspective on the impact of a medical condition on life, work and family. This experience is invaluable to healthcare professionals, policy makers and researchby Miltiades Markatos Pneumonologist ers. Speaking up for yourself and others with your condition can make a huge difference to how healthcare is delivered in the future. This process is formally called “patient and public involvement” or PPI. What is it? PPI is the active input of patients into healthcare decisions, not just as a participant in a research study to test a new treatment or as a person being treated by a doctor, but as equal partners. Patient and public involvement can also be called patient and public input or engagement. Also, rather than using the term ‘patient and public’ some people use service-user or consumer. There are different areas of healthcare in which PPI can be important. Two examples are guideline development and scientific research: Guideline development Guidelines summarize the best available evidence, and advise healthcare professionals on the best way to treat and care for people with specific diseases and conditions. Groups of professionals study the latest evidence to decide on what is currently known from trials about the best treatment for a condition. However, what they might not know is what patients want from their treatment, which treatments they prefer, how their condition affects their daily lives, how patients and carers think their care could be improved and the needs of different groups of patients (for example, in relation to their sex, age, or ethnic background). Patients and carers can get involved by: • Suggesting areas in which guidelines should be developed • Being part of a guideline committee or guideline development group that oversees or develops a guideline • Joining focus groups of patients set up to look at specific topics related to the guideline • Responding to a survey as part of the research that is informing the development of a guideline • Making sure that a guideline is worded sensitively • Helping to develop easy-to-understand versions of a final guideline so people with a condition can understand what treatment they can expect • Raising awareness of a guideline through patient networks and organizations Scientific research Scientific research and clinical trials are carried out to test procedures, treatments, diagnostic tests and services to support patients or to understand more about how a disease develops. As a patient or carer, you may be asked to take part in a
p. 31 CHANIA POST Your local free paper trial as a participant. However, there are other ways in which you can use your unique perspective of a condition and your experience of various treatments and health services to help health research. As a PPI representative, you can get involved in research by: • Helping to identify important issues for research • Contributing in the early stages of trial development to ensure studies directly address patients’ concerns • Providing feedback on the structure and design of a study to ensure it is relevant and ethical for other patients to be involved • Providing advice to ensure successful patient recruitment and participation in a study • Evaluating and commenting on the findings of the research and its impact for patients • Raising awareness of the project’s aims and results once completed Why get involved? For patients and carers As an expert in your condition, you have daily experience of the impact it has on your life and the effect of different treatments. If patients or carers take a more active role in decisions around healthcare it can lead to: • Development of healthcare systems that are more patient focused, which could improve the management of a condition for all patients • The ability for patients to manage a condition independently • Better understanding of conditions and the impact of treatments • Better explanations of research studies and communication of the results to the public • The ability for carers to represent the people they support • An increased awareness of a condition across the whole society For healthcare professionals PPI can also help healthcare professionals. Examples of possible benefits include: • Greater insight into a condition and the experience of living with a condition • Patients being happier with their treatments and more likely to adhere to them, which optimizes the use of resources and help healthcare professionals to treat patients better • More relevant research, making sure the outcomes are genuinely useful for patients • Improving recruitment for research by adapting the design of research study to ensure it is patient friendly • Improving dissemination of research findings via active patient organizations and patient networks How is PPI developing across Europe? Healthcare systems across Europe have shown increased awareness and efforts to introduce PPI, although the extent to which it has been formally accepted varies considerably between countries. Here are two examples of PPI in Europe.
How to take care of your ears Ears not only let us hear, but they also play a role in maintaining our balance, which is vital to our ability to function in daily life. Yet, we ignore them. We can’t even see our ears, except in by Dimitris Xepapadakis a mirror. Hearing specialist We take for granted what they do for us day in and day out - until we notice something’s wrong, such as when an earache strikes or when we start having to ask people to repeat what they say. This article will tell you all the vital information you need about preventing any problems when you are swimming. Swimmer’s Ear Warm, sunny days on the beach are fun. Coping with swimmer’s ear is not - nor is it inevitable. Swimmer’s ear (called otitis externa) is an infection of the outer ear canal, usually caused by common bacteria, sometimes by a fungus. The condition can crop up when bacteria nestle into an outer ear canal that is warm and moist - conditions bacteria love. Being in the water a lot not only creates those conditions, but it tends to wash away the natural oily, waxy substance that normally lines and protects the ear canal. Bacteria can then get the upper hand, and you get an infection. Actually, other activities besides swimming can trigger a case of otitis externa. For instance, water can be left in your ear after taking a shower. Or water may not be involved at all. Poking around with a bobby pin or cotton-tipped swab can scratch the delicate skin in the ear canal and break down the barrier against bacteria. Whatever the cause, swimmer’s ear usually starts with an itching or tingling in the ear. Resist the urge to scratch; that will make the problem worse. In more severe cases, you may experience pain and discharge, or even have some hearing loss due to swelling of the ear canal. One way to tell if the infection is in the outer ear - and not deeper inside - is if your ear hurts when you gently pull on it and wiggle it. But swimmer’s ear isn’t an inevitable outcome of a day at the pool or beach. Here are a few simple preventive measures: - Avoid swimming in dirty water where there will be more
bacteria. - Don’t let the water sit in your ear. Usually you can feel it swishing around in there. Shake the water out after a shower or swim. - Use over-the-counter antiseptic ear drops if you’re a frequent swimmer to prevent infections from occurring. Or whip up an antiseptic mixture of your own using equal amounts of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar. Don’t do this if your eardrum is not completely intact. Check with your doctor before using this technique to be sure it’s safe for you. - Use a swimming cap to keep the water out. - Don’t poke around in your outer ears with anything. Doing so will remove nature’s protection against bacteria. Checkups Most people only get their ears checked when they’re bothered by them. There may be nothing wrong with that. Hard and fast rules don’t exist on how often to get a hearing exam, but there are a couple points to keep in mind. Cleaning Contrary to what many people think, most of the time it’s best to just leave earwax alone. It’s in your ear for a good reason: to trap dust, bacteria, and other particles that might cause injury, irritation, or infection. Sometimes, however, earwax builds up. Even so, ears are self-cleaning for the most part. Jaw movements when you eat and talk eventually push wax to the outer ear, where you can easily remove it by wiping with a damp piece of cotton. References: http://health.howstuffworks.com
YOU HAVE TO KNOW THAT... If you feel a sudden, sharp pain in you r ear after a traumatic event, such as an explosion or a diving accident, you may have a perforated eardrum . See your doctor immediately. Even if the pain occurs only at the time of the accident and then stops, you may have some type of middle-ear damage. A small perforation of the eardrum heals itself within a few weeks if infections are kept at bay . A large perforation may require surg ery.
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Effects of the 2008 recession on health A first look at European data
A great debate over the catastrophic consequences of austerity measures in people’s lives and health has been brought up in Europe and most intensely in Greece the past few weeks. by Katerina Polizou George Hatzimarkakis, a Cretan libNEA TV Journalist eral euro parliament representative – elected in Germany- made an effort to indicate the above within the parliament. The experts themselves, gave their point in a recent article: “Two years ago, we published a paper in The Lancet reviewing the mortality experience of 26 European countries during economic crises over three decades. We showed how increases in unemployment had been associated with increased suicides among people younger than 65 years and with fewer road-traffic fatalities (reflecting lower car use). On the basis of our analyses, we predicted that the economic crisis that began in summer, 2008, would have similar consequences. To what extent have our predictions been fulfilled? We can now offer a preliminary assessment based on data on mortality in several European countries for 2009. We extracted mortality rate data by age-group and cause from the WHO European Health for All database, and adult unemployment trends from EUROSTAT. Unfortunately, complete data for the period 2000—09 are currently only available for 10 of the 27 European Union (EU) countries: six in the pre-2004 EU (Austria, Finland, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the UK) and four in the post-2004 EU (Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, and Romania). We combined data from countries in each group, weighted by population size. The figure shows changes in rates of adult unemployment and suicide in people aged 0—64 years in each part of the EU, indexed on 2007, the last complete year before the economic crisis. In both old and new EU Member States, official unemployment did not increase until 2009, after the banking crisis. Job loss then increased rapidly, to about 35% above the 2007 level in both parts of Europe (about 2•6 percentage points in the EU overall). However, the steady downward trend in suicide rates, seen in both groups of countries before 2007, reversed at once. The 2008 increase was less than 1% in the new Member States, but in the old ones it increased by almost 7%. In both, suicides increased further in 2009. Among the countries studied, only Austria had fewer suicides (down 5%) in 2009 than in 2007. In each of the other countries the increase was at least 5%. These changes are at the upper limit of the estimates in our 2009 paper,1 in which we noted that an increase in unemployment of more than 3% increased suicides in those younger than 65 years. Indexed changes in adult unemployment and in age-standardised suicide rates (age 0-64 years) in old (pre-2004)
and new European Union Member States 2007 is the index year, and y-axis values represent proportional change relative to that year. Road-traffic fatalities also fell substantially, especially in new member countries where they were initially very high. The webappendix shows three countries with high (Lithuania), medium (Hungary), and low (Netherlands) death rates before 2008, indicating that the scale of the post-crisis decline is related to the initial level. Thus, the rate of road-traffic fatalities in Lithuania fell rapidly, by almost 50%. However, when rates are already very low, as in the Netherlands, there is little scope to fall further. Overall, consistent with our earlier predictions, we found no evidence of a major deviation from past trends in allcause mortality rates, since the short-term mortality fluctuations were mainly driven by suicides and road-traffic
fatalities. This initial analysis is inevitably limited by the many gaps in the mortality data, a reminder of the contrast between the substantial efforts expended by governments to collect up-to-the-minute financial data while health data lag by several years. This situation means that our population weights are heavily influenced by the UK among the old member states, and Romania among the new. Once data from elsewhere become available, our analysis will need to be updated and the differences in experiences across Europe explored. However, we can already see that the countries facing the most severe financial reversals of fortune, such as Greece and Ireland, had greater rises in suicides (17% and 13%, respectively) than did the other countries, and in Latvia suicides increased by more than 17% between 2007 and 2008.
On the basis of our earlier work, we argued that formal and informal social protection such as active labour market policies and strong social support networks could mitigate the predicted increase in suicides. 1,4 In this context, we note that Austria, with a strong social safety net, had a slight decline in suicides despite an increase in unemployment of 0•6 percentage points between 2007 and 2009. However, unexpectedly, Finland, also with strong social protection systems, had an increase in suicides of just over 5% in the same period, by contrast with previous recessions. Our findings are also consistent with evidence from countries that were not included in our data. Thus, the USA reports traffic deaths declining by more than 10% to the lowest level ever reported, although strangely, given our findings, commentators have described the reasons as “something of a mystery”.5 Availability of organs for transplants, which are dependent on supply from motor-vehicle accidents, have fallen substantially in Spain6 and Ireland7 where, as we have seen, road-traffic deaths fell by more than 25% between 2007 and 2009. These findings also reveal the rapidity of the health consequences of financial crises. Critics of our earlier work8 asked how changes in mortality could coincide with changes in unemployment, even though individual-level studies show the adverse effects of anticipating job loss and job insecurity.9 However, in the pre-2004 EU, we see that suicides increased both before and during periods when unemployment rose, at a time of significant economic insecurity across Europe. This is also consistent with historical studies that show immediate rises in suicides associated with “early indicators” of crisis, such as turmoil in the banking sector, which precipitates later unemployment.10 We are currently engaged in a much more detailed analysis of the health effects of the ongoing economic crisis and the responses to it,11, 12 using aggregate mortality and individual-level data from European household surveys, coupled with analyses of policy responses. In particular, we want to understand better why some individuals, communities, and entire societies are especially vulnerable yet some seem more resilient to economic shocks13 as well as the extent to which the very different policy responses being pursued by European governments affect health. There is clearly much more to be written on the health consequences of the events of 2008. We declare that we have no conflicts of interest.”
How to Pick Good Sunglasses
Here’s tips for choosing shades that will protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful effects Like sunscreen, sunglasses should be worn whenever you’re outdoors, year round. Sunglasses are especially important for children, says Peter Kehoe, OD, an Illinois optometrist who specializes by Nick Lazakis in children’ vision. Optical expert “UV eye damage is cumulative over a lifetime,” Kehoe says, “so it’s important to make wearing sunglasses a habit early in life. What’s more, children’s eyes are especially vulnerable because they’re still developing.” Protecting your eyes from the sun begins with picking the right pair of sunglasses. Here’s advice from eye care experts. Choose sunglasses that provide full protection against ultraviolet light. Look for a label or a sticker that says one or more of the following: - Lenses block 99% or 100% of UVB and UVA rays - Lenses meet ANSI Z80.3 blocking requirements. (This refers to standards set by the American National Standards Institute.) - UV 400 protection. (These block light rays with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers, which means that your eyes are shielded from even the tiniest UV rays.) The coating that blocks UV radiation is clear, so a darker lens isn’t necessarily more effective than a lighter one.
But hue does play an important role in color perception. Yellow or rose tinted lenses can make it difficult to distinguish changes in traffic lights. Gray, green, and brown lenses minimize color distortion, and are a better choice when you’ll be behind the wheel. Polarized lenses reduce glare by filtering out the reflected sunlight that bounces off surfaces like water or pavement. They’re a good option for boaters or water skiers, and they can cut down on glare from flat, smooth surfaces like road pavement or the hoods of cars. The downside: It can be difficult to read your cell phone, GPS device, or a liquid-crystal display on a dashboard or ATM machine with polarized lenses. Be aware that polarization has nothing to do with UV protection. So check the label to make sure the sunglasses provide full UV filtering. Eye care experts agree that price isn’t a gauge of UV protection. But very inexpensive sunglasses are likely to contain lenses that are stamped out of a mold rather than ground and polished, and that can affect optical quality. To test optical quality, the FDA suggests focusing on a vertical edge or line. Move your head back and forth, allowing your eyes to sweep across the lens. “If there is any wiggle in the line,” the FDA guidelines say, “then the lenses may have an optical defect and you should choose another pair.”
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culture POST Easter customs and tradition in Crete
In Crete, the traditions of Holy Week are numerous and beyond the all known in other Greece, such as red eggs, Easter bread, preparations etc. Throughout the Holy Week you will not hear songs, singing or whistling, in cafés Cretans will not play cards with a spaouli (string) hang the knave of cards from the ceiling. The boys and the big men throughout Holy Week collect and cut wood branches, marjoram, thyme and other shrubs and on Holy Saturday they make up a gully, 3-4 meters high and 6-8 meters wide to burn the effigy of Judas. On Holy Thursday they make a human effigy of wood, the “Judas”, in which they cross the village, while women give old clothes to dress ”Dirty Judas “, which is stuffed with hay. The lambs are slaughtered for Easter in Holy Wednesday and Holy Thursday. The unmarried girls are gathering lilies, roses, lime blossom and other flowers to decorate the Epitaph on Holy Thursday. In Crete, especially on Good Friday, the custom is to be mention by the priest in the Church, before the procession of the Epitaph, the names of all the departed villagers of every family, even many generations back. Of course, the people follow the liturgical celebrations throughout the Holy Week. The evening of the Resurrection, when church’s bell tolls for the Risen Christ, the girls set Judah on fire. That day, even enemies, give the kiss of love in the church yard. The main food produced by housewives of Crete for Easter Lent is wild greens like kalitsa (sweet early wild chicory), askolymproi (askolympra thorns wild-greens), tzochoi
(zochoi), psikosirides (pikrodi wild greens), choiromourides (ugly in appearance, but delicious wild greens), stamnagathi (spiny chicory), horseradish and of course the snails (snails boiled boumpourista), various stew, the papoulias (boiled beans), the batter (with ground wheat), the vrouvopites ( pies with greens or sip), beans (boiled and mashed). On the morning of Holy Thursday, the women knead kalitsounia (handmade pies with cream cheese, which are not fried in the oven, as is currently done with lychnarakia), buns and lamprokouloures. Lamprokouloures have no hole in the middle, like small pretzels, and at the center of there are three red eggs. On the morning of Holy Thursday, women engaged with the painting of eggs with the colors of flowers, especially the red poppy. According to Adamantios Koaris, the red eggs are symbolizing the blood of sheep with which the Jews painted their houses. Others say that red eggs are symbolizing Christ’s shed blood from the spear of the Roman soldier or because this color is an expression of joy due to the spring and the Resurrection of the Lord. And of course, on the Cretan table there are different types of olives, many different types of cheeses (malaka, anthotiro, kefalotiri, etc.), vegetables and wild herbs (vrouves, radishes, kallitses, tzochoi (zochoi), tsimoulia, etc.), wine, especially red, which is found in every Cretan table and of course tsikoudia or raki. The bazaar of Voukolies It is organized every year on Holy Friday. In its current
Serenata Kriti in Rethymno and Megala Chorafia
Serenata Kriti is a classical music festival which began in 2013. Moira Webber, former BBC Symphony Orchestra Senior Music Librarian, created the idea of the festival after visiting her friend Janelle Tresidder in 2012, who had been living in Crete for several
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years. Moira noticed that despite a very healthy calendar of cultural activities in the Apokoronas area there was a lack of classical western music. During discussions with Janelle, Moira became aware that the economic situation had impacted severely on the lives of many Cretans. With this in mind, on her return to London, Moira found there was a very positive response by musicians from top London Orchestras to her idea of a classical festival in Crete. They were keen to give up their time and come to Crete to help raise money for charities, and so Serenata Kriti came into being. The first festival took place in September 2013 when players from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Blythe String Quartet, performed concerts to great acclaim in Chania, Rethymno and the lovely outdoor space of the Loutro Taverna, Vrysses. All three concerts were greeted with standing ovations for this immensely talented and likeable string quartet. Due to the success of this inaugural event there will be two festivals in May and September, 2014. On the 2nd May the very experienced Emmanuel String Quartet will be performing at The Santa Maria Hall, Rethymno, on the 3rd May at The Cultural Centre, Chania and 6th May at Aidoni Taverna, Megala Chorafia. The programs will include works by Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Britten and the remarkable Greek composer Skalkottas. In September The Blythe String Quartet will make an enthusiastic return to perform in these same three venues. Next year Serenata Kriti will vary the format using woodwind, brass and other combinations. “There is certainly no shortage of enthusiasm amongst classical musicians in London to come on a working holiday in Crete,” Moira stated. After the 2013 festival, fans of Serenata Kriti were full of praise, “We have the unique op-
Burning of Judas
form the traditional bazaar brings together hundreds of vendors and people from every corner of Crete. The traditional bazaar of Voukolies has its own story. Voukolies before and after the Second World War was the commercial center of central and eastern part of Kissamos and central Selino. This bazaar is unique in Crete. It began at the time of Turkish occupation. The bazaar of Voukolies was one of the key areas for economic transactions and social relations. In the past, according to testimonies of older residents, the bazaar was mainly a trade of animals and vegetables. The days the bazaar was reaching its top were the eve of the Assumption and Holy Friday. On Holy Friday, girls from the villages of the area were going to Voukolies to find out... a husband. References: http://www.kritikipradosi.gr http://omogeneia.ana-mpa.gr
portunity to hear world renowned musicians here in Crete without having to travel overseas.” Moira and Janelle are very keen for Serenata Kriti to become a regular annual musical event. “The present economic crisis in Greece has been a major reason to organize these festivals and give the population some pleasure in these difficult times.” Full details of each of the programmes and ticket information can be found on the website: serenatakriti.org
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POST Making a delicious kokoretsi
by Antonia Tsakirakis cook
The Traditional Spit-Roasted Lamb of Greek Easter
Ingredients: - Guts of lamb. You might need guts from more than one lamb. Ask for 2 hearts, 2 spleen, liver and 1 lungs, 2 testicles - Bowels (intestines) of lamb. At least 4 are required for a medium size kokoretsi - Oregano, Salt, Pepper - Olive oil Preparation: - Wash the guts very thoroughly and cut them in small pieces. Be careful not to cut them in too small pieces because you will no be able to skewer them. - Wash the bowels very carefully and try to clean them from inside. - Leave them in a washbowl and keep the ends of each bowel in one side in order to be able to seperate them. - Prepare the souvla (iron stick). - Start skewering the guts in the iron stick until all are passed to the iron stick. - Pin one end of the first bowel in the one side of the souvla and wind the intestine around the skewer. - If the bowel reaches its end tie it with the end of the next bowel and continue to wind until all bowels are wrapped and no guts are visible (you should only see the bowels along the souvla). - Season with salt, pepper and oregano. Prepare the fire and roast on all sides until guts are brown and crispy. - Check that “kokoretsi” is ready and remove from fire. - Cut the kokoretsi in cylinders of 5 cm wide in order to remove it from the souvla in pieces. Put in platter, oil the kokoretsi pieces, season with extra salt, pepper and oregano and serve.
Roasting the lamb is a task that is usually carried out by the men of the family who happily tend to the spit or souvla while sipping ouzo and enjoying mezethes or appetizers. Roasting a whole lamb is a lengthy process so plan to spend at least 4 - 5 hours depending on the size of the lamb. - Light one bag of charcoal in the center of the spit and while the coals are heating, prepare the basting mixture. Cover a table or large work surface with plastic trash bags. - Lay the lamb down on its side and rub the insides and outsides with the cut sides of two lemons. Brush with olive oil and then season liberally with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, dried oregano, rosemary and parsley. - Using the tip of a paring knife, make small incisions every few inches in the skin and insert slices of slivered garlic to flavor the meat. - Flip the lamb over and repeat seasoning process on the other side. - After the seasoning is complete, skewer and secure the lamb on the spit. - Stuff marinated herbs, lemon rinds, and sliced garlic into the cavity of the lamb. - Filling the cavity with sliced bread absorbs fat drippings and allows the wine to steam the meat from the inside. - Soak the bread slices with the remaining wine. - It’s important to stitch the cavity closed with twine so that the stuffing doesn’t leak out during cooking. You can use needle nosed pliers to push a thick needle threaded with twine through. - Be sure to wash hands and disinfect surfaces and any seasoning bottles you may have touched. - Place the skewered lamb on the notch lowest to the coals and begin roasting. Wrap more twine around the legs securing the lamb to the skewer. Cook at the lowest level for 30
minutes. - After 30 minutes of roasting close to the coals, raise the skewer to a higher position and continue roasting. Basting every 15 minutes keeps the meat moist. - Maintain even heat by adding 6-8 briquettes of coal to the grill every so often. You can also add hardwood to the coals for a smokier flavor. - You can expect to roast a 25 - 30 lb. lamb anywhere from 4 to 5 hours. The lamb can be removed from the coals when a meat thermometer inserted into the leg/shoulder registers 170 degrees F (63 C). - Allow the meat to rest for at least 15 minutes before carving. It’s hard to resist sneaking a slice or two of crispy skin and flavorful meat. Enjoy! greekfood.about.com
Traditional Tavern “Tzaneris and Archontissa”
Drakona Keramion, Chania, Crete
Tel. +30 28210 75997 Mob. +30 6973 786747
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by John Venetakis Zootechnician
How to Train a Dog
Thinking about getting a dog? Want to know what is expected of you to train a dog? Check this article out first Pick a dog that matches your lifestyle Many people choose dogs that are “cute” or “funny”, or purchase them on a whim. But that is not a good way to choose a pet. A dog, depending on the breed, can be a 15 year relationship. You want to be sure that the temperament of your dog matches your lifestyle. So do your research and be honest about what kind of activity level you have in your life. Don’t get a dog that needs a lot of activity because you need a reason to take a walk and lose some weight. You and the dog will end up frustrated. Also when choosing a dog I would recommend that everyone should write down their 5 favourite things and think are these things I can see my dog doing with me?
selves where they sleep or eat). As they become housebroken, get them a crate that is comfortable and place it somewhere near where the family is. Keep the crate wherever the designated “pack leader” sleeps. Forcing a dog to sleep away from his “pack” confuses him and makes him think he has done something wrong. Do not let the dog sleep in the bed with you until you have fully trained them to sleep in a crate. Breaking a dog of sleeping on the bed, once they are in that habit is almost impossible. Train your dog to use the crate by putting them in there for a few minutes at a time several times during the day,
Share your training rules with the rest of the family If you are training your dog not to jump on people and the kids let the dog jump all over them, this will undermine your training work. Once you have established your expectations with the dog, they need to be reinforced by everyone consistently but again, no one except the “pack leader” should ever train the dog. Your first training should be learning to sleep in a crate. You may think it’s cruel but in fact, dogs are den animals. They actually enjoy sleeping in a crate. When they are puppies, keep the crate very small so they cannot relieve themselves in it (animals generally will not relieve them-
Keep in mind that all dogs have different temperaments Just like kids, different breeds learn differently and at different rates. Some dogs are stubborn and will challenge you at every turn. Others will just about bend over backwards to please you. You may need to adjust your training techniques to meet the need of your dogs temperament. This is another good reason why you should research a breed before you purchase or adopt a dog to be sure you can handle them. Always reward success and good behavior with praise It isn’t recommended using “treats” as a reward for training as it teaches them to work for the treat, not for your praise. If no treat is offered when they perform, they will become confused but praise can always be given.
Plan to devote 10-15 minutes every day to training Puppies get bored very easily so make sure you keep them entertained or enthused in the training.This should create good results. Remember, training is not about dominating our pets, it’s about communicating with them. Give the dog a name that is practical The experts say that a dog’s name should end in a vowel because it is easier for them to understand. Don’t make it too fancy or long or the dog might not know you are talking to it. Use the dog’s name often when you are petting it and when you are feeding it. Do not use it as part of teaching them a new command or they may associate their name with that command instead. Use their name when you want their attention. Train them to look at your face by saying their name and gently turning their face up toward yours. When you are training it is important that they have all their attention on you. Calling their name should mean “look at the pack leader”.
them to come. Some sort of stopping command should be taught even before “come”. There are many videos and books available that can help you with this training.
Determine a “release” command for ending training When you are done training (and ended on a positive note) give your dog a command that signals you are finished. But make sure it’s not a common word. We made the mistake of using “okay” as a release command with our first dog and every time someone said it, she thought it was time to have fun and got all wound up!. Use a command like “Playtime” or “Recess” to let your dog know that the training part of the day is over and now they can just enjoy your company. gradually increasing the time they spend in there until they are assured that you are eventually going to come and let them out. Second lesson should be how to walk on a lead/leash This is important,especially if you do not have an enclosed yard. Your dog should understand that when they go outside, they are expected to behave while on the leash. There are many books and videos on training dogs to help you learn how to do this. The third training lesson should be “whoa” or “stop” or whatever you want to use as a command for your dog to stop moving This command is important as it could save your dog’s life. Do not rely on calling their name as a command to get them to stop. There may be times when you do not want them to come to you but instead stay right where they are. If you call their name, they may think you want
Always end your daily training sessions on a positive note If you have been trying to teach them something new and they are just not getting it, review something that they already do well and then praise them for that and end the session. Your dog will look forward to the training sessions if you always end positively, regardless of the success of that lesson. Once the training is over, then it would be okay to give them “treats” or “cookies” as long as it’s not as a reward for an accomplishment. If the dog barks at you, then turn around, ignore it for 30 secs and when it stops, reward it. If a dog jumps on you and does not stop after you say stop, turn and say no in a firm tone. Remember! Do not yell at a dog, it will not understand you and will continue to do the action, leading you to frustration. References: http://www.wikihow.com
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tech news - The iPhone 6, expected to launch later this year, will monitor the temperature, humidity and pressure of its surroundings, according to an Apple analyst based in China. - New HTC One M8 features two rear cameras so you can focus a photograph after you’ve taken it. The HTC One (M8) launch was as much about Sense 6.0 as it was about new hardware. The HTC One (M8)’s best feature is its design. - Apple has accused Samsung of “systematically” copying distinctive features such as “slide to unlock” from its devices. But Samsung said it was a “pioneer”, and that Apple was doing the copying. Apple is suing the South Korean firm - which is the market leader for up to $2bn (£1.2bn). - Turkey’s YouTube and Twitter bans show a government in serious trouble. The prime minister is panicking as corruption claims spill out across social media. - Troubled smartphone maker Blackberry has reported a net loss of $5.9bn (£3.5bn) for its latest financial year.However, in the three months to 1 March it recorded a smaller-than-expected loss of $423m, compared with a loss of $4.4bn in the previous quarter. - Microsoft had done some work on Office 2013 to make it more finger friendly, but with Office for iPad, it’s a fullfledged step forward. The look of Office isn’t radically changed, but many features have been subtly streamlined to make things less painful. - Apple and Samsung are heading back into the Northern District of California courtroom of Judge Lucy Koh Monday for another round in their ongoing patent smackdown in the center of Silicon Valley.
Olive oil + Water + Technology = Olive Water Greek Americans Launch New Beverage Have you heard of Olive Water? Probably not, because such a beverage it doesn’t exist, well, yet! Greek-American Yani Andrianos and his brother Thanassi just produced the first prototypes of Olive Water, a drink that promises to give you the benefits of olive oil without the fat. Andrianos came up with the idea for the beverage as he was doing research to import olive oil. “I realized that Americans do not consume much of it. No one here in the States is getting the nutritional value of olive oil, however Americans drink a lot of beverages. We tried to combine the two and came up with Olive Water,” says Andrianos who was born in Los Angeles but both his parents come from Greece. The nutritional benefits of Olive water are very similar to olive oil according to the inventor of the beverage. “It’e extremely good for your cardiovascular system, it’s anti-inflammatory, and it’s also good for your hair skin and nails,” states Andrianos during our interview at the Natural Products West Expo where he showcased Olive Water for the first time. “People are skeptical in the beginning but when they try it they become pleasantly surprised.” The first Olive Water comes in ginger-lime flavor but the company has plans to make more flavors available in the near future. “We will be doing our first production run in about a month
Yanni Andrianos and our plan is to have Olive Water available in beauty salons and spas and also in super markets.” “It’s a Greek-American fathers dream to have his son import olive oil,” says Andrianos who actually did not import oil, but invented an olive flavored drink which is made with olive juice, an oil extract. “Every bottle of olive water is equivalent to consuming the nutritional value of a quarter bottle of extra virgin olive oil without the calories, fat and taste“, says the young Greek-American certified public accountant – turned entrepreneur. usa.greekreporter.com
Five Facebook problems you need to fix right now These are great tips for you - and for your family. If there are kids in the house, make sure they understand the importance of these privacy protections early. And if there are less tech-savvy folks around, go over these tips with them, too. - First, you need to clear out your Facebook search history. Yes, it keeps track of all your searches. - Second, you want to make sure Facebook won’t use your picture to endorse or sell products.
- Third, we need to dive into privacy settings. We all have to take responsibility for our online privacy. - Fourth, a tip for parents. If your kids are minors, it’s a good idea to go in and adjust their privacy settings to make sure they are set to “Friends.” - Fifth, this is a tiny bit sobering, but if Facebook and your Facebook profile is a big part of your life, you should start thinking about what you want to happen if you were to pass away.
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Chania Post in FootbALL About Sports Expo in Athens
by Costas Nitse CHANIA SPORT FM Journalist
The 2nd International Conference FootbALL About Sports Expo took place in Athens (20-22/3) and Chania Post was there. Exhibitors and visitors had the opportunity to analyze the way of operation of some of the largest and most successful leagues, this
time in Europe. The President of the Polish league Boguslaw Biszof said that Euro 2012 was the best way for the league to increase sponsorship contracts by 23 %. The general secretary of the Premier League Nic Coward said that in the last 22 years the league has a stable governance model. “That’s the main reason of our success, but always based in cooperation between groups”, he said, mentioning that Premier League has invested 340 million pounds in facilities and academies. The Deputy President of EPFL & Director of Eredivisie CV Frank Rutten said that in the last five years the Dutch league has its own TV channel, broadcasting matches for viewers (pay per view). The CEO of the Swiss League Claudius Schafer mentioned that only ten teams are participating in the league, in order to remain attractive for fans, because the main income for the teams is from ticket sales (40 % ). Finally , the CEO of Bundesliga Christian Seifert said that teams may compete with each other but have a common goal. “European teams may be thinking about the next game but the leagues have to think of the next ten years”, said Mr Seifert, refering to the European leagues.
Mr Moralis (President of Super League) with Mr Sarris (President of HFF)
Chris Van Puyvelde, Technical Advisor at Belgian Football League
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Giuseppe Meazza, the Greeks and the 25th of March
Every great journey, it has been said, begins with a single step. That first step for a FIFA World Cup™ host now takes place in the Opening Match of the tournament, but that was not the case in 1934. On Sunday, 25 March 1934, a truly unique game took place when Italy played a World Cup qualifier – the only hosts in the history of the competition to do so. Qualifying began in June 1933 and ran up until USA’s final qualifier against Mexico – remarkably just three days before the finals themselves kicked off on 27 May. Two months earlier, the hosts had to secure a place in their home finals, and were drawn to face Greece. Despite Italy’s friendly defeat to Austria a month previously, and Greece’s win over Bulgaria in February, the Greeks went into the qualifier as huge underdogs. Italy had remained unbeaten in their seven games in 1933, while Greece’s victory over Bulgaria was their first victory since December 1930, a barren run going back over 11 matches. Italy lined up in front of 20,000 partisan supporters at the San Siro with the feared forward Giuseppe Meazza in Vittorio Pozzo’s starting XI. His heroics for the national side would later see the stadium renamed in his honour, and he would not disappoint the fans that afternoon. A few others in the lineup would go on to write their names into Italian history, with six of the team that began the game against Greece starting 77 days later in the World Cup Final in Rome. With the Italians dominating proceedings from the start, Greek resistance was finally broken after 40 minutes, with Brazil-born Anfilogino Guarisi opening the scoring. Meazza then delivered a sucker punch just before the interval to leave Apostolos Nikolaidis’s men facing an uphill task at halftime. Nereo Rocco was replaced by Juventus midfielder Giovanni
Ferrari at the interval, which is not particularly noteworthy by modern standards, but substitutions were only written into the laws of the game in the 1950s and Rocco’s withdrawal would have been due to a serious injury. What makes Rocco’s appearance all the more remarkable is that this 45 minutes constituted his solitary appearance for the Italian national team, which was the minimum requirement in the country for prospective football managers. The then Trieste midfielder would go on to achieve incredible success as AC Milan coach in the 1960s and ‘70s, winning two European Cups and securing fame as one of the first exponents of the catenaccio style that has had a long-lasting impact on the game. In the second half, the fresh Ferrari increased Italy’s lead before Meazza completed the rout minutes later. Daniil Danelian compounded the visitors’ misery by missing a penalty as Italy cruised to victory. As with the majority of the other qualifiers, a return leg was scheduled and expected to take place in Athens. However, the Greeks pulled out, discouraged after the Meazza-inspired hammering they had received in Milan. Two of the goalscorers against the Greeks would go on to form a crucial part of Pozzo’s squad at the finals, with Ferrari scoring against USA in the opening game as well as the equaliser in the hosts’ first quarter-final clash against Spain. Meazza also scored against the USA and grabbed the winner in the replay against La Roja. It was then decided by FIFA that future World Cup hosts would qualify automatically, starting with France in 1938. The heroes of that Greek victory played another key part in the country’s footballing history; Ferrari featured and Meazza captained Gli Azzurri in their 1938 Final win against Hungary to retain the Jules Rimet trophy.
If you want results from training and practicing in a martial art, what you have to do is place small and direct goals. With consistency being your main by George Christoulakis foundation (training at least 3-4 times Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy a week), what you should be interested in, depending on if what you are doing is a martial art or a combat sport, is getting acquainted with the martial art step by step. There can be quick progress, but for someone to expect that in 1-2 months they will have achieved maxima is utopian, as is expecting the process to be done without any labor (physical or spiritual). It is a process which has ups and downs mainly due to psychosomatic factors and other parameters in which the prac-
titioner must oppose with consistency and stability. On the days there are a load of personal problems, even the smallest amount of quality training is enough to keep you active with the martial art you have chosen. Moreover the human body has “memory”, the nervous system has the ability to remember movements which are repeated in the same manner over and over again and reacts in similar situations spontaneously. Therefore, performing the exercises slowly, separating the material in what the practitioner is training in each time, consistency in workouts are the necessary ingredients that will bring the maximum results. Finally, and perhaps most importantly consistency stems from the faith in the martial art that each one of us has chosen, and their passion for it and the benefits it gives them.
The right way of training. How to improve your skills
Wing Chun Kung Fu was created around 1700AD in China and is one of the top fighting systems, a complete concept of fighting. The goal of the practitioner is to develop their reflexes as well as the function of their body mechanics so that in random close range attacks they can react spontaneously,quickly,effectively and accurately. In short, the practitioner learns how to face any attacker in conditions that concern their survival and not winning a contest in a fighting match with rules and regulations. Who is WCKF for? That is obvious. It is literally for anyone who is looking to improve their self defence, regardless of gender, age, or whether they have any previous experience in martial arts. It is also for people who want to a new way of life that will give them confidence, a better physical condition, better reflexes and internal balance through the daily practice of this complete martial art.
Football Calendar... April
Super League - F.C. Platanias
6/4: FC Platanias - Panetolikos FC (Municipal Stadium of Perivolia) 13/4: Panionios GSS FC - FC Platanias (Municipal Stadium of Nea Smyrni)
Football League - Chania F.C.
The play offs program for Chania F.C. was not yet announced when the newspaper was ready for printing.
3rd Division - Kissamikos
13/04: Proodeftiki - Kissamikos (Municipal Stadium of Koridallos) 26 or 27/04: Atromitos Piraeus - Kissamikos (Municipal Stadium of Rentis)
FIFA World Ranking (March 2014)
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Happy Birthday Chania Post... We are one year old and still going strong... one year news in english... one year cover pages
Useful information and phones in Chania Prefecture Whenever you call a number in Greece, even if it is a local phone call, you have to use the (area code) + (0) + (phone number). For example, if you want to call a phone number in Chania you will have to dial: 2821+ 0 + phone number. If you call from abroad always use 0030 before the phone number. REGION OF CRETE....................................2813400300-5 PREFECTURE OF CHANIA....................2821340100-200 MUNICIPALITIES Chania............................................................................2821341600 Apokoronas..................................................................2825340300 Platanias........................................................................2821083570 Sfakia..............................................................................2825391540 Kissamos........................................................................2822340200 Kandanos-Selino........................................................2823349399 Gavdos...........................................................................2823041101 TRANSPORTATION Public bus....................................................................2821093306 City public bus...........................................................2821093024 ANEK Lines...............................................................2821027500-4 ANENDYK..................................................................2821095511-2 Airport...........................................................................2821083800 Aegean Airlines..........................................................2821063366 Olympic Air..................................................................8018010101 Ryan Air...............................................................00448712460002 Hermes taxi.................................................................2821098700
Kydon taxi....................................................................2821094300 GENERAL Police...............................................................................................100 Tourist Police...............................................................2821025931 Airport Police Station...............................................2821063033 Greek National Tourism Organization...............2821092943 Municipal Tourism Office....................................2821341665-6 Port Authority...............................................2821098388/98888 Fire Department.........................................................................199 First Aid..........................................................................................166 Rental Accomodation Union.................................2821043601 Chania Hotels Association.....................................2821060540 Customs Office...........................................................2821089277 Public Electricity Company.....................................................125 Municipal Water Company....................................2821036250 Telecommunications Organization......................................121 HOSPITALS/CLINICS Red Cross......................................................................2821052550 Aghios Georgios........................................................2821022000 Navy hospital..............................................................2821082000 “Iasis” Gavrilakis clinic..............................................2821070800 Kapakis Clinic..............................................................2821052688 Tsepetis Clinic.............................................................2821028828 Research and Training Institute of Alzheimer Senility Cases..............................................................2821076050 TV STATIONS Nea TV...........................................................................2821036700
Kydon TV......................................................................2821074978 Kriti TV...........................................................................2821083200 Kriti 1.............................................................................2821099119 Chania TV.....................................................................2821041440 NEWSPAPERS Haniotika Nea..............................................2821051003/70563 Dimokratis....................................................................2821099600 Agonas tis Kritis..........................................................2821099119 Kosmos tis polis.........................................................2821086786 Cretavoice....................................................................2821303095 Pyxida............................................................................2821074104 RADIO STATIONS Super FM......................................................................2821052010 Ant1 Dytikis Kritis......................................................2821055505 Chania Sport FM....................................................2821056800-5 Max FM.........................................................................2821055008 CONSULATES Germany.......................................................................2821068876 Denmark.......................................................................2821057330 Italy.................................................................................2821027315 Norway..........................................................................2821057330 Sweden.........................................................................2821057330 France............................................................................6944444757 CHAMBERS Chamber of commerce...........................................2821052329 EOMMEX.......................................................................2821042568 Economic......................................................................2821093001 Technical.......................................................................2821027900
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