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Issue No 17 - August 2014

The local FREE paper for the Chania area

Offering a selection of local interest articles, interviews, news and other views from around the region of Chania and Western Crete.

With a local services section, a range of advertisers and pages of free classfieds, Chania Post is an essential resource for anyone living in or just visiting this area of Crete.

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Crete is... everywhere!

The most successful global destination 2014 seems to be the best year for Greek tourism, until... next one!

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The most picturesque place in Chania

Loutro

Public bus is the best affordable way to travel to Chania - Rethimno - Heraklion... and to all Southwestern Crete


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by Elpida “Hope” Katsarakis NEA TV Journalist

“Hope is...”

“Live@Love@Laugh”

Hope is to live each and every moment at the fullest. Great people confirm it. Such as...

Joy Rides…You? …This is the absolut “Gladiator” of this summer

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” - Oscar Wilde “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” - William W. Purkey “We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” - Friedrich Nietzsche “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” - Frank Zappa

by Pandelis Spiridakis KYDON TV Host - gelamou.gr

Are you looking for fun, something brand –new refreshing and inspiring just for sea, games and lots of fun?

Check this out! Try a ride around the majestic bay of Loutraki. SUP can be fun inside and outside of the water! This has come straight forward from Hawaii to Chania and is overall hot , hot, hot stuff. It’s the national sport of Hawaii but from the very first appearance , it has become the talk of the Loutraki bay…They all want to Sup their summer out! The beginner-friendly sport of standup paddleboarding was born in the 1940s when Waikiki surfers stood on boards and navigated their way through the waves with a long paddle. Standup paddleboard yoga (or SUP yoga, as it’s known to its devotees) is asana practiced on 10- to 12-foot-long boards in the most serene of settings:

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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You

“We all give up great expectations along the way.” - Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel’s Game “None but ourselves can free our minds.” - Bob Marley “That was all a man needed: hope. It was lack of hope that discouraged a man.” - Charles Bukowski, Factotum

Between breathing fresh air, soaking up vitamin D and enjoying the natural landscape, it beats just about any gym or studio out there. “Yoga means ‘union,’” Hilary Kimblin, owner of Yoga Under the Trees in Beverley Hills, CA, told Yoga Journal. “When it’s practiced outdoors it seems like the union with nature, humanity, and the universe is truly felt.”

Elpida... (means hope in Greek language)

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Summer means Fun…Do it , before September comes… Time counts! Have fun and the best summer ! Pantelis

The first Cretan news portal web site in English is here! It all started on April, 2013. That’s when the first issue of Chania Post was published. by Pandelis Giaitsis CHANIA POST chief editor 15 months later something new is ready for the Cretan WWW. CHANIAPOST.EU... the first news portal web site in English language for Crete has began its journey on the internet. It’s our new baby, our new member of the family of FTP Publications. All of us in Chania Post and chaniapost.eu hope that you will join our new “adventure”. So, read us, visit us, see as, share us, follow us, like us, write to us... we will keep walking!!! A big THANK YOU from our heart!

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Owner/Publisher: FTP Publlications Web: http://www.chaniapost.eu E-mail: info@chaniapost.eu http://www.facebook.com/chaniapost Editors: Pandelis Giaitsis, Elpida “Hope” Katsarakis Pantelis Spiridakis (www.gelamou.gr) Petros Chatzistavros (building and constructing) John Kriaras (real estate agent), Nick Lazakis (optical expert) Miltiades Markatos (pneumonologist) John Venetakis (zootechnician), John Xamonakis (www.apokoronasnews.gr) Petros Marinakis (theme parks - flora and fauna) Niki Voulgarakis (nutriotionist), Antonia Tsakirakis (cook) Costas Nitse (sports)

(by Pavlos Mpouzis)

an ocean bay, a glassy lake, even a slow-moving river. In recent years, water-loving yogis—some with board sport experience, like Gibree, some without—have embraced SUP yoga as a practice that brings a sense of joyful freedom to an otherwise earth-bound yoga practice. Your ride to Loutraki can be a simple choice to roll in the summer…You just pick – up your bus and you make your sup crash – test! • Hania - Loutraki - Marathi 09:00 11:00 13:00 15:00 17:00 • Loutraki - Marathi - Hania 09:40 11:40 13:40 15:40 17:40 The cost of the ticket is 2,40 per route and the travel time something less than 30 minutes! This is the new fashion , the next generation of surfing Greeks do it better? No way …Stefanos Averkiou and the coaches are there to show you all the details …Just have fun and enjoy the summer in Loutraki bay. It’s a secret that will surprise you…and as Huffigton Post claims... 10 Reasons You Should Try Yoga On A Stand Up Paddleboard • It’s a better workout • It will refine your technique • It’s more calming • It will help you focus on your breath. • It’s empowering • It’s fun • It’s just a touch scary • It teaches you to get back up • It’s more challenging • It’s beautiful

“The reality of what we really are is often times found in the small snips, way down at the bottom of things.” - Jean Shepherd

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“We live and we learn to take. One step at a time. There’s no need to rush. It’s like learning to fly” (Jordin Sparks)

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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Crete is... everywhere!

Global Find Arthur campaign launched Arthur Jones still missing

The most successful global destination 2014 seems to be the best year for Greek tourism, until... next one! Crete is believed to be the most successful destination worldwide. Why? let’s check it out! Greek islands among most popular in the world Trivago analyzed its users’ travel interest for July and August and rounded up 30 of the most popular island destinations this summer. Ten of the most popular islands this summer are in Greece with Crete (6th place) and Santorini (8th place) included in the top 10. Also found on the list are the islands of Rhodes (12th place), Mykonos (13th place), Corfu (15th place), Zakynthos (21st place), Kos (23rd place), Paros (24th place), Milos (26th place) and Ios (27th place). Out of all the islands on the list, Greece’s Mykonos and the Spanish island of Formentera are the most expensive this summer as the average price per night in local hotels on both islands is 267 euros. Skyscanner: Crete is a Med destination you can’t miss The Mediterranean is most people’s first choice when planning a holiday, and justifiably so. Golden beaches, scorching sunshine and a variety of cities, resorts and landscapes to suit all tastes – it is the ultimate summer destination. Although there are endless places to discover and explore in this diverse area of Europe, here are 10 you can’t miss. • • • • • • • • • •

Languedoc-Roussillon, France Cadiz, Spain Cinque Terre, Italy Majorca, Spain Dubrovnik, Croatia Corsica, France The Algarve, Portugal Adriatic Coast, Montenegro Crete, Greece Ionian Coast, Albania

Skyscanner writes for Crete: Crete’s 1000km of coast-line make Greece’s largest island a hugely popular place to visit – and rightly so. It is an incredibly diverse island with fine beaches and incredible mountain ranges. The cities of Hania and Rethymo have charming Venetian architecture and outside the capital (Iraklio) you’ll find the ruins of the Minoan palace of Knossos. Crete 2nd best beach destination for families When it comes to holidays, it’s hard to find a destination that keeps everyone happy – especially if you are travelling with children. We reveal the five top beach holidays with the best attractions and facilities that will keep you and your family entertained. • • • • •

Lisbon, Portugal Crete, Greece Ajaccio, France Split, Croatia Canary Islands, Spain

Skyscanner notes that: The island of Crete is one of Greece’s

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most popular destinations. Beaches such as Georgioupolis, Agia Galini and Elafonissi are well equipped for families with infants and have plenty of sports activities going on for older children. There are also several great waterparks on the island, the largest being Water City that is a colourful maze of slides and flumes. For a more cultured experience take a day-trip to the Palace of Knossos, that was supposedly home to the infamous Minotaur of Greek mythology. Loutro and Chryssi on top destinations with… no cars As greekreporter.com reports, there are six magical greek destinations where there are no cars and among them is Loutro (Sfakia, Chania) and Chryssi (Ierapetra, Lassithi). Greekreporter.com notes that… “Greece is full of natural beauty, territorial diversity and a myriad of unique, beautiful destinations. Some of these famous destinations have remained pure and there is no way a car could reach them.” Loutro is a small, picturesque, seaside resort on the south coast of Chania, west of Sfakia and east of Agia Roumeli in the island of Crete. It is a place where cars are not able to reach, simply because there are no roads. It is a small village with a few residents that is only accessible by boat. Chrysi is one of the 81 uninhabited islands of Crete and it is located 8 nautical miles south of Ierapetra. The locals call it “Gaidouronisi” which means donkey island. It is the paradise on earth where one can find beaches with white sand, crystal clear waters, cedar trees and countless small shells! To get there, visitors need to board one of the boats making the trip from Crete and the only way to tour the island is by foot. Santorini, Crete and Mykonos… top Greek islands Greek islands have again been placed among the world’s top destinations, according to the results of the Travel + Leisure (T+L) annual poll “World’s Best Awards 2014.” T+L readers voted Santorini as their favorable island in the world, while Crete and Mykonos took the third and fifth place respectively among European islands. In last year’s poll, Santorini took the fourth place, while Crete maintained the same ranking. Balos Lagoon in the best pink beaches Pink Beach Balos, Crete, is a special beach. It has white and pink sand and many-many seashells – actually, the pink colour of the sand comes from old seashells that have been transformed by the power of the sea. The waters are shallow, crystal-clear and warm. As Balos is a lagoon, swimming there is like swimming in a vast, very picturesque pool! Business Monitor: Greek tourism is expected to grow Business Monitor published an analysis for showing that the future is looking positive for Greek tourism and the number of annual tourist arrivals to Greece is expected to increase despite the economic uncertainty. Moreover, according to the analysis, development of tourism in Greece will be stable and a 5% increase is expected on an annual basis. In fact the number of arrivals to Greece is expected to reach 19.9mn up to 2018, from 15.8mn in 2013. According to Business Monitor, as capital mentions, hotel industry in Greece is well-developed and can provide a wide range of options for tourists.

A worldwide campaign has been launched to help find missing Denbigh pensioner Arthur Jones. It was started by Lee Hadwin, who is an advocate for the charity Missing People, and Leah Roberts from Denbigh. It’s hoped people flying into UK airports will be able to help. The 73 year-old pensioner has not been in contact with his family since June 17th when he was last seen on Crete. It emerged that the former soldier had signed a war memorial book at the Souda Bay Cemetery the day before. Superintendent Steve Williams of the North Wales Police who travelled to Crete to help with the search, said that despite confirming Arthur was present at the cemetery it did not provide officers with any further lines of enquiry to help identify his future plans for his time in Crete. Arthur’s son also Jeff travelled to Greece to search for his dad and people in Denbigh have helped raise around £20,000 to help cover the “spiralling” costs being incurred by members of the 73-year- old’s family, including son Jeff, who have been scouring large parts of Crete for more than three weeks. Key UK airports will be targeted in the campaign. Arthur Jones, from Denbigh, was staying in the city of Chania, but has not been seen since 19 June, say his family. They say he is a keen walker and it is possible he went out walking in the hills in the surrounding area. Mr Jones’s son Jeffrey Jones from Prestatyn said the family first learned he was missing when they visited his home. The father of four arrived in Crete on 17 June and sent his family a postcard in the first few days saying he was planning a walking trip. His son described him as a man who is used to coping with the outdoors and said he would have been well equipped. North Wales Police confirmed Mr Jones had been reported missing and said police in Greece were leading the investigation, working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Interpol. If you see Athur Jones contact the local police or the Silver Alert Hotline 1065.

Cruise tourism expected to rise by 15% next year Cruise tourism officials are expecting the number of passengers visiting Greece to increase by about 15% in 2015 compared with the running year, given data compiled to date. Industry insiders are anticipating that the number of passengers coming to Greek ports aboard cruise liners next year will rise from 2.1 to 2.3 million, although the figure forecast for 2014 is the same as that for last year. An annual survey carried out by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) showed that the Greek market proved to be the third most popular in Europe for 2013.


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TUIFLY flights for/from Chania and Heraklion for 2015 TUI group is giving a new boost to greek tourism, and especially in Chania, as for the 2015 season the German tour operator starts flights to Chania from Hannover, Stuttgart and Dusseldorf after many years. The flights will be available via TUIFLY. Meanwhile, TUI is reinforcing flights from Austria, but also from other cities of Germany, to Heraklion, Rhodes, Araxos, Kos and Corfu. Also, for first time, TUI Group incorporates in its program Karpathos, Lesvos and Thassos. More specifically, TUIFLY’s flights are as follows: • Vienna-Rhodes: The route will be twice a week and the first flight will take place on May 21. • Vienna-Heraklion: The flights are scheduled to begin on May 2 and will be once a week. • Vienna-Araxos (Patra): The flights begin on May 22 and the route will be once a week. • Hamburg-Kos: We begin on May 25 with a frequency of once a week. • Vienna-Corfu: Flights to the island of Corfu will be once a week from May 26. • Stuttgart-Chania: The flights will be operated once a week from May 27. • Düsseldorf-Chania: Will begin July 1, 2015 and will be once a week. • Hanover-Chania: Will begin on July 1 and will be once a week.

Aegean: Best regional airline in Europe for 2014 Aegean Airlines, a member of Star Alliance, continued its winning success at the 2014 World Airline Awards held, as part of Farnborough International Airshow 2014, on 15th July 2014, scooping the award for the Best Regional Airline in Europe. 2014 Skytrax World Airline Awards are based on 18.85 million completed customer surveys, with more than 100 customer nationalities from over 160 countries participating, voting AEGEAN for its high quality services delivered to its passengers. AEGEAN wins this award for the 4th year in a row and for the 5th time since 2009.

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RyanAir’s Family Extra announced for Greece RyanAir’s Marketing Manager for Italy, Croatia and Greece, John Alborante announced from Chania that the “RyanAir Family Extra” program will also be availabe for Greek customers. “From the 17June 2014 Ryanair is offering 50% discounts off checked bags, allocated seating, Priority Boarding and travel insurance for children (under 16) when the accompanying adult(s) in the same booking, purchase a corresponding fully priced service. • Family Extra discounts are only offered when making a new flight booking from the 17June onwards. • There are 50% discounts off checked bags, allocated seats, Priority Boarding and travel insurance for up to a maximum of 2 children when 1 accompanying adult included in the same reservation purchases the corresponding fully priced item. • There are 50% discounts off checked bags, allocated seats, Priority Boarding and travel insurance for up to a maximum of 4 children when the 2 accompanying adults included in the same reservation, purchase the corresponding fully priced item. • Adults and children must be booked in the same reservation to receive Family Extra discounts.

Fly & Save – 20% discount Customers who fly twice (return flights) with us using Family Extra discounts within a calendar year should apply for a 20% discount off their third flight when travelling with children via our webform selecting the Family Extra dropdown option. If the application is approved a unique discount code will be issued via email. The Fly & Save 20% discount code which can be redeemed online will expire 4 weeks after issuance and travel can take place between October and March inclusive with blackout periods during peak periods (Christmas/Easter etc.)”

The annual Blue Flag meeting will take place in Chania Chania will host the annual international meeting of itnernational program “Blue Flag” from October 15th until October 19th, 2014, as it was announced by the Mayor, Manolis Skoulakis. In the metting there will be representatives from 51 countries from around the world. The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 4000 beaches and marinas in 48 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil,

Canada and the Caribbean. The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing with Water Quality, Environmental Education and Information, Environmental Management, and Safety and Other Services. The Blue Flag Programme is owned and run by the non-government, non-profit organisation the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

Cretan hotels unaffected by Russian tour operator’s bankruptcy Cretan businesses were not expected to be affected by the bankruptcy of Russian tour operator Neva, according to Nikos Chalkiadakis, president of the Herakleio hotel owners’ association. The Saint-Petersburg-based travel agency announced its bankruptcy, reportedly leaving thousands of Russian travelers stranded in different parts across the globe. Meanwhile, Russian tourism on Crete was down 5 per-

cent this year compared to the previous year when some 525,000 Russians had visited the island, while travelers from Ukraine this year were expected to show a 50 percent decrease from the 45,000 of Ukrainians who visited last year. Making up for these losses was a 20 percent rise in visitors from Germany this year, as well as an increased number of travelers from Italy and Israel.


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The Spirit of Apokoronas

by Yiannis Xamonakis www.apokoronasnews.gr

“When everything goes wrong, what a joy to test your soul and see if it has endurance and courage! An invisible and all-powerful enemy - some call him God, others the Devil - seem to rush upon us to destroy us; but we are not destroyed.” Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

When I realised that I’ve reached the stage in life where I say goodbye to the day each sundown and thank the universe for each new day when I wake up in the morning - not so much for my good fortune of being in a truly beautiful place, but mostly for the fact that I’ve woken up at all in this life for another day - I got a bit concerned; for even though I like to think of myself as an open-minded individual, I have never been spiritually, how should I put it? … ‘compliant’. People who know me superficially would go even further; they would call me cynical and they would be very surprised indeed to hear of my current state of being. People like Alison, a former colleague, who was very upset by my reaction to her announcement on her return from the summer holidays that she is adopting the Native American name of Honori because it expressed her better as a person, because in the language of the Hopi people it means something. “Not BEER, it’s DEER, Strong DEER” she screamed at me in the noisy refectory after I innocently misheard her translation of her new name (like I said, it was noisy). I think she never spoke to me civilly again after that. She didn’t even sign my leaving card when I left some years later. My only regret was that I never got to ask her how taking the name of an animal would express her better as a person. Something that I guess will remain unanswered. Anyway, finding my spiritual side has less do with being in my spiritual home, Apokoronas, where most of the locals associate the word spirit with the local aperitif, tsikoudia, or by living more in tune with nature; it is more of a global trend, it would seem. I’ve spoken to a number of my friends and acquaintances around the world on SKYPE and strangely enough, the same inexplicable change has come over them, even though they live in different parts of the world, in urban settings, are of different ages and have not suffered any recent significant bereavement that would cause them to re-examine life. Of those who were not untraceable because they moved to Thailand to learn how to build eco-friendly spherical clay houses or bought a farm in a remote part of Scotland to live off the grid, some have become fanatical Yoga disciples or Ayurvedic healers, and some have managed to balance hectic work schedules with courses in Feng Shui or crystal healing instead of visiting the gym three times a week. They are now getting ready to go on alternative holidays to mystical places, to take stock of their lives and look at themselves in a new way that will somehow make them better. “Why do you do it? What do you hope to become by continuously improving yourself?” I ask each one of them, and more than once my friends respond by volunteering their opinion that I should get out more, which I find annoying. But, after considerable thought, I’ve reached the conclusion that perhaps the universe is trying to tell me something through the words of my friends and I’ve decided to act upon it. It is said that there are places where sacred energies have accumulated, places where history and events have left an energy trace which can often be felt or accessed by visitors and inhabitants. And Apokoronas, like the rest of Crete, has been inhab-

ited for over five thousand years and has a long and turbulent history, and its fair share of tragedy. There is also a wealth of places of worship here that have survived wars and the passage of time, some of them hidden from view but still there for those who know where to find them. And even though Crete is not considered to be a place of pilgrimage and meditation compared to, for example, Tibet, as I went out more I discovered a whole world of ‘alternative’ activities on offer and an embryonic but rapidly growing network of yoga retreats, meditation centres, eco buildings and healing workshops. I met people who have come to meditate, heal themselves and dive into themselves to access something different, with help from the sacred energies that have built up in this place over thousands of years, and the healing properties of traditional food and herbs. But while tourist trends are evolving towards enrichment, the local population is also evolving into what, at first glance, appears to be an abandonment of traditional values, of community and the spiritual restlessness that inspired the great Kazantzakis. Cretan people, however, whether in peace or war, never gave up music and dance, traditions which are still alive to date, even though, on occasions, the music has become unbearably loud. In the summer, there is hardly a day without a village festival somewhere in Apokoronas. Events are organized throughout the summer by the village cultural associations with dance and song and always with food and drink. Being under an obligation to get out more, I visited one or two and I did not have to go very far to find them. Sadly, with all the crisis-led doom, Cretans have become less jolly lately – they almost consider it bad luck to be joyful and in the swirl of colour and music and dance costumes I could hear people complaining about high taxes and the cost of milk, the lack of rain and government lies and corruption, the local council still being very slow in repairing the erratic water supply network and always, always the crisis, which they see as destroying their country. Still, Cretans are a hardy bunch of people who have weathered turmoil before: Minoans, Saracens, Byzantines, Venetians, Turks, Franks, British, Germans have all passed through the island as invaders, occupiers or liberators, all leaving their mark on the culture and life of the island. Though Cretans do not talk about the past too much any more, keeping it locked up at the back of their minds, they are aware that the history of the island is a history of survival through adversity. And even though some of the traditional values that attract alternative tourists to Apokoronas have faded, the spirit of the land passed down through the millennia and the determination to survive are still evident, and in some respects is re-emerging strengthened, as I discovered on one of my outings to a festival in a small village near me in Apokoronas. Where the amount of food served was not extravagant - ‘wasting food in these times is criminal’ the organisers said, and where the music was good and the local homemade wine better than usual. And where the young volunteers wore t-shirts with a mandinada of their own making, a folk 15-syllable rhyming couplet (8-7, 8-7) that read: “all of us [together] here in Tsivaras, we’ll find a solution. With lyra, dance and wine, we’ll see off the crisis”. And that very aptly expresses the spirit of the people of Apokoronas. They have passed the “Zorba test”. And perhaps encouraging spiritual and wellness tourism will help further towards driving off the crisis. Otherwise, something a lot stronger than dance, music and wine will be needed quite soon, when the summer’s over.


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After “Sifis” the crocodile... “Manolios” the shark

Northern Road Link of Crete: a history of grief and... garbage

A strange visitor appeared in the Venetian Harbour of Chania, leaving speechless all those who were drinking their coffee and of course all fishermen of the harbour. As creteplus.gr reports, a small shark (about 15 kg) went close to a fisherman, who was trying to catch another fish. It is considered that it was a specific kind of shark and not a common dogfish as all others which have been caught by fishermen around Chania. After “Sifis” the crocodile, “Manolios” the shark is trying to get some minutes of publicity.

It was only a few days ago that I was sent to cover a news story about Crete’s main national road, which unites Kissamos with Sitia, the two corners of the island. by Christos T. Panagopoulos Until that day I have known that this NEA TV journalist is one of the most dangerous roads in the whole European Union. But after the story’s coverage, I realized it was more than that. In the region of Chania, between Platanias and Tavronitis, garbage is being overstacked at the left and the right lane of the National Road. Drivers passing by think that the road is their garbage bin. Some people also think that the road’s parking lane is the most suitable place for someone to urinate (!) or even to throw away their litter. This image honors no one at all. And yet no one seems to care even to take responsibility for that. It was a month ago when Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, while visiting the island that promised to the Governor of Crete, Stavros Arnaoutakis, there would be an initiative to begin changing Crete’s highway image once and for all. Words, words, it always had to do with promises… Still, the road is dangerous; with a lot of “traps” for the drivers, with reversed-slope curves, potholes, and wrong road signs. No road lights are working, there are no organized rest areas for the drivers.

A Tribute to Crete’s Abundant Nature The Austrian newspaper, Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, made a tribute to Crete titled “Minoan civilization, ancient trees and abundant nature.” “In northeastern Crete apart from relaxing, travelers can discover the history, the gastronomy and the abundance of nature. Being on holidays on the north coast of Crete, it is worth leaving the sandy beach and experience the pure culture from the “Monastery of the Resistance,” Arkadi, the island of the lepers in the gulf of Elounta, even the dough for baklava, prepared by the older gentleman, Giorgos, in the old town of Rethymnon,” reported the Austrian newspaper. As mentioned in the tribute, Crete is not a far away destination from Europe and invites travelers even before the start of the season for different kinds of vacations in Greece such as: the ancient Minoan Civilization, rocky landscapes with endless olive groves, and hotels that are almost reminiscent of Greek ancient temples. Some of the most impressive locations in Crete are also mentioned. The gulf of Elounda and the island of Spinalonga with its castle, which was a fortress of defense and later a quarantine facility for leprosy patients, as well as the Monastery of Arkadi – surrounded by olive trees as old as 2,000 years - where only five monks reside today with the 93 year-old abbot. In conclusion, the tribute also refers to products of the region and the engagement of the residents in agriculture and animal husbandry.

Traffic cameras are offline, some of them being “shotgunned” by some “brave” (mark the word “λεβέντες-levendes”) people. The road is polluted; with garbage and dry leaves consisting a danger for a potential fire burst, especially at summer. In my opinion, this whole case is inadmissible. No wonder why so many get killed in car accidents in this highway. And then you observe the local and regional authorities’ laments crying out that “we should do something about

that”. So, do it! It’s easy to bury one’s head in the sand and say “yes, there’s a problem, but we have no jurisdiction”. Car accidents and a National Road’s grim image do not know anything about jurisdiction! Eventually, I end up thinking the deadliest weapon is not nowadays a gun or a rifle: but people’s indifference. It’s a shame!


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Google’s Steve Vranakis in Heraklion

Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence for Samaria’s Gorge

Executive Creative Director of the Creative Lab of Google, Steve Vranakis, with origin from Sfakia, had a meeting in Heraklion with representatives from FORTH Science and Technology Park, University of Crete, Technical University of Crete, Technological Educational Institute of Crete, ELKETHE, MAICH and “ELGO Dimitra“. “I am very pleased to attend a meeting with such brilliant scientists and scientific research institutions of Crete. Crete has an enormous potential through research and its scientific institutions. The island can become a new Silicon Valley”, said Steve Vranakis, manager of Googles’s Creative Lab. He was asked about the use of internet and answered that he is a web “lover” of the internet. “With the right usage of internet, it can serve democracy, culture and economy. Especially young people can have access in technology, entrepreneurship and the ability to convey their ideas.”

Samaria’s Gorge gathered high ratings and good reviews from users of the famous tourist web site Trip Advisor. The Certificate of Excellence was presented today at the Info Center of Omalos. It’s the second distinction for Samaria’s Gorge after the certificate of the European Council a few years ago. The Samaria Gorge is a National Park of Greece on the island of Crete – 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, at which point tourists sail to the nearby village of Sougia or Hora Sfakion, where they could spend a night there, or they could catch a coach back to Chania. The walk takes five to seven hours and can be strenuous, especially at the peak of summer.

Best 19 nudist beaches in Crete If you are a fan of nudist, then Crete is your place to be! Most of the beaches in south Crete are ideal for nudist and cretanbeaches.com presents the best. Make your choice: • east part of Sougia • east and west part of Agia Roumeli • Glika Nera • east part of Orthi Ammos • Kedrodassos • east part of Plakias • Ammoudi • Ligres • Akoumiani Gialia • east part of Agia Galini • Kommos • Kokkini Ammos

Giant vegetables in Ierapetra, Lassithi

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Diskos nudist beach of Hersonissos Chryssi Gavdos Vritomartis Fylaki

LED lights in Chania and Heraklion airports Region of Crete forefronts once again. It is the first region in Greece and Cyprus to implement European program for saving energy and economic resources, by putting LED lighting in parts of the island where high electric consumption has been redorded.

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Stavros Arnaoutakis signed a contract for 600,000 euros for saving energy on access roads towards airports of Chania, Heraklion and the tunnelin Stalida. The contract consists of the replacement of light bulbs with energy saving LED lights.

Two producers from Ierapetra, Lassithi are ready to participate in a contest for the biggest vegetable. A few days ago there was a talk about a giant beetroot-2.610 g by producer Kostas Lazakis. But it seems that ti is not the only giant vegetable in Lassithi. There are other even bigger! In cafe Ammos, another producer, Mr Thodoros Manoussakis had a beetroot exceeding 5 kg! Also, there was one purslane over 2 kg Mr Dimitris Cunenos. Both vegetables were produced naturally. The beetroot and the purslane were placed at the entrance of the cafeteria and several people stopped to take a picture. The competition for the biggest vegetable will be completed in late August.


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Shocking! She died because PPC cut off electrity A 56-years old woman in Chania died, when workers from PPC cut off electricity in her house. She was quadriplegic, supported by medical devices. She had been suffering from serious health problems for the past 15 years and was dependent on three electrically powered medical devices for life support. Workers came to the house when the nurse who was taking care of her was not there. They cut off electricity and the life supporting machines started beeping loudly. But no one could hear it and the woman died helpless. Her sons went to the police and sued anyone responsible from DEDDIE about the death of their mother. What does PPC say Sources at PPC say that it was practically impossible for corporation to know the status of the decedent’s health. They say that they had no notification that the woman was in need of 24-hour mechanical support. They point out that in such cases PPC never interrupts the electricity supply.

More than 3.5 million tourists in Greece this year The number of foreign visitors in the country was up 17 percent in January-May this year, exceeding 3.5 million, while tourism revenues jumped 10.6 percent compared with the same period in 2013. Tourist arrivals from the EU 28 reached 2.069 million, up 18.7 percent compared with the same period last year. Arrivals from third countries increased 14.7 percent to 1.497 million, while arrivals from Eurozone countries increased 12.6 percent and arrivals from other EU countries increased 28.2 percent. Tourist arrivals from Germany dropped 5.8 percent, while arrivals from France and the UK increased 13.9 percent and 25.5 percent respectively. Arrivals from Russia increased 39 percent at 146,000 and arrivals from the United States rose 33.4 percent at 124,000. Tourism revenues from EU member-states increased 14.5 percent at 1.1 billion euros, while revenues from countries other than the EU28 rose to 738 million euros, recording an increase of 5.1 percent, compared with the same period in 2013. The Greek travel balance recorded a surplus of 1.13 billion euros increased 6.7 percent, compared with the same period last year.

Crete Attracts One In Five Visitors To Greece Crete is one of Greece’s most attractive destinations as one in five tourists arrive in the country to vacation on the island, recent data has shown. More specifically, 20.1 percent of the country’s total tourist arrivals last year – which translates to over 3.6 million tourists – vacationed on Crete and the figure is expected to rise further this season. The data was released on 24 July and comes from a report on the regional distribution of annual tourism spending in Greece, conducted by the Research Institute for Tourism (ITEP) and commissioned by the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels. The report revealed that the most money spent in Greece

last year by tourists was in the Region of the South Aegean (mainly Rhodes). The amount spent was 3.49 billion euros, a figure that corresponds to 29.8 percent of the country’s total expenditure. According to ITEP’s report, tourists spend an average of 519,8 euros each during their visit to Attica, an amount which is 20.43 percent less than the average cost of a tourist visiting the country. In the Region of the Ionian Islands, foreign guests spend 9.6 nights in an accommodation on average, a figure which is 6.91 percent higher than the average of nights a tourist spends in the country.

Couples dream of a wedding under the Greek sun Hundreds of couples from around the world come to Greece in order to have the wedding of their dreams, as the islands of Santorini, Crete and Rhodes are considered idyllic for a summer marriage ceremony. Newspaper Kathimerini reports that Greek authorities estimate that 1,100 couples decided to tie the knot in Greece during 2013 and that the same trend has continued during this year as well. Greek weddings are very popular among the Chinese, the British, Americans, Russians and Indians. Most couples opt for a wedding in Santorini, Crete or Rhodes but during the past couple of years many decided to go for the unconventional and get married on the islands of Skiathos, Symi, Paros and Mykonos as well.

In the beginning of the summer, 16 young couples got married on the island of Crete and another group wedding has held on Paros.

“Crete is exceptional in many ways” In its holiday guide for Crete, the largest Greek island which stands far to the south of the country, Canada Press site focuses on three areas: Makrigialos, Elounda and Neapoli. The Canadian news site provides information regarding the accommodation, the best restaurants and the main attractions in these areas and also regarding the prices one should expect to encounter on the island. According to the guide, “Crete is exceptional in many ways.”

However, specific mention is made of the breadth of its history: from the mysterious Minoans with their labyrinthine palaces, through Venetian control, to the daring deeds during the German occupation. Some of the main attractions of Crete are also highlighted, such as: - The White Mountains -The island of Spinalonga -The Lasithi plateau -The Diktaean Cave near the village of Psychro


MEET... CHANIA in 20 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

Elafonissi

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

Agii Apostoli

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

Falassarna

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

Balos

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

Georgioupolis


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.


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Venetian Old Harbour

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Venetian Old Harbour

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The Halepa Neighborhood


water and at the same time to swirl in a triple slide which looks like a strand, ending diving to the cool water like a missile? There are no limits here, be prepared to increase your heartbeats! Find two fearless friends and share the three choices of classified swirl for your starting. Don’t loose this unique experience that makes you feel like a living maypole in the water!!!

Limnoupolis is the largest waterpark in the Mediterranean and the only one in West Crete. Based on safe entertainment of visitors it operates as a point of reference for our area and it is ranked 2nd in the list of the most important tourist attraction following the Samaria gorge! It’s an investment which supplements the local touristic product and contributes to the improvement of the touristic image of Chania. Out of town but not faraway, in the countryside without the disturbing traffic noises, with easy access from the city centre – only 10 minutes distance- with large free parking place. This is the place we chose to project our summer suggestions and share them with all those who love good music, theatre and any beautiful and creative idea. Here we dare against the sad and difficulties times… We aspire to create a venue which will be the alternative suggestion for summer activities (concerts, theatre, etc.) VISITORS The impressive total of the 1.200.000 visitors throughout the seven operational periods of Limnoupolis is the reward for careful and hard work. A customer satisfaction research proves that 95% of the visitors are satisfied due to the successful way the park operates. Same research showed high rates of repetitive visitors, a fact that proves the highly qualitative services offered in the area. INFRASTRUCTURE Limnoupolis is a water city covering an area of almost 100 yards, lying on the emerald roots of the White Mountains. All facilities were implemented and completed with the use of the most updated technological infrastructure, in consistency with natural surroundings and environmental issues. The water amusement park has cutting edge technology facilities and technical equipment of the finest quality. The architectural study and design were executed by a well-known international office and the games supplies are imported from a company located in Canada and provides supplies and games to Disneyland as well. SERVICES The visitor of the park has the possibility of choosing among a multitude of entertaining and educational water-games and not only these. Central swimming pool 1.500 m2 You will be impressed by the size of this pool at first sight. Don’t tell me it’s not the first time you have swum in a 1500 square meters pool. An enormous aquatic oasis with classified depth and separate really deep area of 3.80meter which will make you feel like swimming in the sea. Try to dive from the springboard and submerse in deep blue. You won’t reach the bottom anyway… You can enjoy the view of the beautiful trees, grass and flowers all around the pool and the artificial island in the middle which gives you the sense that you are far away from everything…

There are many comfortable sun beds and umbrellas in the pool area, waiting to provide you with a nice relaxing shadow, even in the most hidden spots, under trees, so that nobody disturbs you. Have a nap, chat with your company, enjoy your drink or snack from the pool bar, stay as long as you like, though you will soon miss the cool water!! Childrens Pool Have you ever seen a pool with an island inside? You will in Limnoupolis!! An island with funny games for little fellows: a wooden barrel that turns around and splashes you with water, little falls, climbing, Lilliputian slides and many more to keep your kids busy and excited!!! You can get there through the Fun rope Bridge. Hold on to the ropes and try to reach the other side without splashing into the water. Can you do it? Another little challenge for you and your friends! Beside is the children’s pool with shallow water where kids can swim safely and enjoy the action around them. Black Hole This will be the most fled black hole you have ever imagined of! You slide so fast for 80 whole meters, inside a fascinating, swirl waterslide-tunnel, living the absolute “lost” feeling!!! Scream as loud as you want, enjoy your fear and at the end have a fast steep dive into the cool water. Finally it’s over; or it’s time to do it again???? Free Fall Are you bold enough to try a vertical free fall of 55 meter off the ground? Or to be more specific “off the water”.  Because, you will end in the pool after this breathtaking slide. There are two routes of  Free Fall, so that you can share the absolute fear feeling with your friends.  Multi Slide - Rainbow An endless downhill multi slide of 5 routes, in the colors of the rainbow, to “fly” down from above with your friends or family.  For 60 whole meters, water takes you down through multiple tosses, lifts you off and deplanes you, transforming the entire slide experience into a real launch. The end of this?? … a long splash into the cool water!!!      Triple Twist How does it feel to slide down impetuously pushed by

Giant Slide If you belong to those who don’t like to risk, but still want to feel the heartbeat, be prepared for a giant water delight! You will live the excitement of the continual turns of an endless declivity for 130 meters, “falling” from the left to the right, testing your resistance.  The water will drift you in a sense of a “lift off” despite the fact you are going down.  Once you splash into the pool in the end, you will have the smile of happiness in your face!!! Crazy River Wouldn’t it be an absolute madness to rush like a tornado into the eddy of a swirl river and, at the same time to enjoy a breathtaking view? Have you already started feeling dizzy? It’s absolutely normal, since you have to run through 100 meters of intense thrill and surprises, because the crazy river makes you dive suddenly into unexpected lakes throughout the way. Take advantage of these little breaks to get ready for more . Hold on tight and no doubt so ever, you will ask for more as soon as you reach the end!!! Lazy River Maybe you are exhausted from all this endless, adventurous action of the previous games, or maybe you just came to Limnoupolis to enjoy the cool water in a more relaxing tempo. Take your own float, take your time and travel around the lazy river for 260 meters. It’s one of the most impressive places in Limnoupolis, of 5 meters width and a spectacular decoration of natural stones, caves and falls. Here you are free to feel lazy, listen to music, lounge around; take pictures even enjoy your drink while floating away… Whatever your age, the carefree of Lazy River is exactly what you need after an intense day in Limnoupolis! Tarzan Game Do you want to live for a while like Tarzan in the jungle?? In the big pool, you will find a multicolored wooden platform with the game of Tarzan. Dry your hands, hold on to the pulley and enjoy your air ride over water. Don’t worry if you can’t hold on any more just let go and splash into the pool, next time you will go further!! Jacuzzi Do you like bubbles? There is a separate area in the pool where you can live the experience of a relaxing Jacuzzi or just leave the water gently tickle your body. Kids or grown ups, all agree in one thing: they must get into that Jacuzzi! Besides we all deserve a little luxury in our vacations, don’t we??? Additional services - 2 bars - 1 fast food - Traditional restaurant - Locker rooms - First Aid - 500 seat parking LIMNOUPOLIS has been selected by distinguished Greek artists and many performances have been accomplished in a series of manifestations, like concerts, fashion shows, t.v. programs e.t.c.


PLATANIAS THEN AND... NOW!!! (photos taken by the book of Timoleon Fragakis “Platanias of History and Memories“)

A very rare photo of Platanias from Henri Turot (1897)

Platanias coming from the east by the old road (1900)

Pano Platanias and the island of Thodorou (1975)

The restaurant “MYLOS TOU KERATA” (1982)

The village of Platanias (1916)

That’s where you can find “MYLOS CLUB” today (1889)

A view of Platanias and Agia Marina (1972)

Panoramic view of Pano Platanias from the yard of the school (1973)


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KOUKOUVAYA MUSIC CAFE THEN... AND NOW We would like to thank the owner of KOUKOUVAYA Music Cafe, Mr Aristidis Markantonakis, for giving us his photo archive


…where nature embraces the senses

The only one of its kind in Europe

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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.

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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.

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n entertaining, educational park, ideal for walks.

Crete… a small continent

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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!

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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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International mission ready to explore Antikythera shipwreck The Antikythera Shipwreck (circa 60 B.C.) is the richest ancient wreck ever discovered. Greek sponge divers located the wreck by chance close inshore of Antikythera Island in 1900. They spent a year salvaging its treasures, with the help of the Hellenic Navy. The divers recovered hundred of works of art including the fabulous bronze and marble statues that now fill galleries at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. The wreck also relinquished a mysterious clockwork device, the Antikythera Mechanism. What does the wreck still hold? Locals on Antikythera tell tales of giant marble statues lying beyond the sponge divers’ reach. Records from the 1901 salvage indicate at least one large marble statue was dropped during recovery operations, and there are hints that others were dragged into deeper water under the mistaken belief they were just boulders. Meanwhile, ancient technology geeks like us wonder whether the site might be hiding another Antikythera mechanism, more pieces of the original, or at least some clues as to whom this mysterious object belonged to. Speculation abounds, because no scientific study has ever been conducted on the wreck. Only one officially sanctioned investigation has been allowed since the 1901 operation. Undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau and the Calypso crew worked at the site for several weeks in 1976, with the approval of the Ministry of Culture and under the supervision of Greek archaeologist Dr. Lazaros Kolonas. Cousteau knew where to dive, because he had previously visited the island in 1953, accompanied by MIT professor Harold “Doc” Edgerton. They dived for only three days in 1953, but saw enough to entice them back in 1976 to film a television show, Diving for Roman Plunder. The team dredged a section of the wreck to reveal more artifacts for the cameras. Since that expedition, no one has dived the wreck. Cue all-round excitement when in October 2012 our team of divers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Hellenic Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities went back for a proper look. The divers used James Bond-style closed circuit rebreathers and diver propulsion vehicles equipped, with high-resolution video cameras. In eight operational days, we circumnavigated the island at about 40 metres depth. At the wreck site, we found artifacts scattered over a wide area of the steep,

rocky sea floor. These include intact pottery, the ship’s lead anchor and some puzzling bronze objects. The team believes that hundreds more items could be buried in the sediment nearby. The Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports has directed our team to continue investigation of the wreck. Beginning in September 2014 and continuing for one month, we will map the site precisely with an autonomous robot carrying stereocameras and sonar. Our specially trained technical diving teams will begin excavation of the wreck. Our mixed gas closed circuit rebreathers will give each diver more than 30 minutes of bottom time per day, far in excess of the dive durations of any previous efforts on the wreck. The mission is expected to cost between $2 and $3 million and is being bankrolled by Swiss watchmaker Hublot and other Greek, American and Swiss companies. We will also deploy the Exosuit, a one-of-a-kind diving system made by Nuytco. Owned by JF White Contracting (a project sponsor), the Exosuit looks like something from science fiction: Ironman for underwater science. With Exosuit, our divers can safely descend to 1000 feet (300+ m) and stay for hours, without having to decompress on the way back to the surface. Aided by underwater metal detectors and an accurate site plan, we will assess the layout of the wreck and distribution of debris and material from it. We expect to locate and recover an assortment of artifacts. The recovery operations in 1901 and 1976 offer tantalizing proof of what remains: ceramic jars and galleyware, oil lamps, gold jewellery, silver and bronze coins, bronze statuettes, fine glass objects, remnants of the ship’s hull, elements of marble sculpture, and even human skeletal remains. Since the ship was transporting the highest quality of luxury goods, there is a very real possibility of unimaginable finds, similar in importance to the Mechanism.

Partners • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution • Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities We thank Dr. Aggeliki Simossi, Director of the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities. • • • •

National Archaeological Museum Antikythera Mechanism Research Project JF White Contracting Australian Centre for Field Robotics

We gratefully acknowledge the support and assistance of the Director of the National Archaeological Museum, Athens, Dr. George Kakavas and the Museum staff. Many of the images of Antikythera artifacts posted on this site are available through the generosity of the National Archaeological Museum. The expert staff at the Museum has patiently answered our questions about the artifacts under their care, has helped us devise strategies for handling expected finds, and has guided our plans for scientific analyses of recovered materials. antikythera.whoi.edu


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culture POST Cretan knife: A weapon of honor and gallantry The Crete dagger or Cretan daggers are traditional knives made in Crete. These blades are unique to this island and are an intrinsic part of the culture. The daggers have several uses for the wearer. They have served for personal self-defense, been used in war and even in sorcerer’s spells and wedding ceremonies. Cretan daggers are steel bladed, one-edged straight knifes with very sharp, thin points. Ancient cretan daggers were double-edged and very ornate. Modern blades are more practical. The handle of the dagger is called the “manika.” Daggers are made with three common types of manikas, the bird’s beak, the V-shape, and the classic style of ancient cretan daggers. Manikas are only made from animal horn, white bone or ivory. Cretan daggers are sheathed in highly decorated metal sheath of silver or gold. History The earliest examples of Cretan-like daggers were made in 1500 BC in Mycenaean Greece. Later, some of the best examples of cretan daggers appeared during the peak of the Minoan civilization. The highest quality daggers made for nobility were manufactured on Crete. The daggers became a major part of cretan culture and have been continually manufactured ever since. In the 18th century the typical dagger style solidified into its elongated, dart-like shape. By the mid-19th century over-sized, almost purely decorative daggers grew in popularity. These daggers doubled as sabers. Modern daggers are much smaller, twelve and a half to fifteen inches in length, at about half the length of the 19th sabers. Uses Cretan daggers have many uses throughout Crete’s history. Writings from the 14th century indicate that the daggers were used for military purposes in the revolution of

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the Psaromilingos. Even later, these daggers were worn and used by soldiers in battles right up to World War II. The dagger was also used to indicate a woman had a betrothed or husband. Traditionally, a man presented his fiance with a small silver dagger, which she wore tucked into her sash at balls and celebrations. It could also be worn daily in case she needed it for self-defense. A small black hilted dagger is also used in the wedding ceremony during rituals intended to keep bad spirits away. Small black-handled cretan daggers were used by sorceror’s on the island in their magic rituals and spells. Commonly, the sorcerers drew a circle around themselves with the daggers for protection when dealing with demons and other spirits. Manufacturing Process Cretan daggers are hand made by silver and metal smiths. The blades are hammered and formed from several layers of thin silver sheet metal. This metal is layered and rolled up using wires to secure it into place. Silversmiths hammer at the metal with wooden mallets and hammers to pound it together. Wire metal fittings are placed over the blade to form it into the appropriate shape as it’s being hit. The wires are removed. The smith finishes pounding it into the traditional shape. The blade is sharpened and then polished to a high sheen.

by Nikos Vassilatos

various types of Cretan daggers that one could encounter. Additionaly there are excellent quality color pictures of famous Cretan daggers that are located in museums in Greece. The book text is both in English and Greek language.

The book “The Cretan Dagger” by Nikos Vassilatos is an excelant reference book for those that are interested in learning the history of this quite rare to find dagger. The books gives information on the

Product Details • Unknown Binding: 191 pages • Publisher: Klassikes Ekdoseis (1993) • Language: Greek • ISBN-10: 9602204702 • ISBN-13: 978-9602204702

Book proposals for your free time “The Cretan dagger”

Greece has more archaeological museums than any other country Greece has more archaeological museums than any other country in the world. The sheer number of museums and sites is testament to Greece’s immense cultural heritage, a cornerstone of European civilization. A large number of monuments from a variety of periods are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. Since 1985, three Greek cities, Athens (1985), Thessaloniki (1997) and Patra (2006) have been selected as European Cultural Cities, a choice that reflects their significance for Europe’s cultural identity, but also Greece’s vibrant contemporary arts scene, with avant-garde theatre and cinema, a lively music scene, frontline visual arts, and some of the world’s most pioneering museums. It is worth mentioning that thousands of words used in European languages come from the Greek language. It is estimated that 12% of the English vocabulary is of Greek origin, while 25% is borrowed indirectly from Greek.

“Incredible Crete” continues its success The successful tourism campaign of Crete “Incredible Crete: Surprisingly yours!” continues to promote the island abroad. The 4th biggest tour operator in Germany, FTI Group, will show all commercials of Crete, entitled “See for yourself”, “Incredible Beaches” and “Incredible Flavours” via TV channel “SonnenklarTV”, which belongs to the group. The FTI GROUP has a large portfolio of hotels.

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Terra Creta in Sial 2014, Paris Meet Terra Creta in Sial 2014, in Paris. Find us in Hall 5A (Grocery), booth No. 5a T 224. The world’s no. 1 food exhibition will take place in Paris, from 19 to 23 October 2014. Make a date in your diary to attend this essential event, which focuses on the major challenges faced by the global food industry. 19-23 Oct. 2014 Paris Nord Villepinte – France. An event not to be missed for all food industry professionals Some 6,000 exhibitors from all over the world will be waiting for you to disclose their exhaustive lists of food innovations. SIAL not only provides the opportunity to taste food products and to pinpoint your future commercial successes but also to meet new business partners with a view to fruitful cooperation in the future. All sectors of activity are obviously well represented: grocery products, fresh produce and dry goods, frozen foods, semi-processed food products and ingredients, seafood products, organic foods, meats, and dairy products… not forgetting the wine exhibitors, producers and merchants who will enable you to explore a wide variety of wines, produced worldwide! SIAL reveals the latest food trends Thanks to the innovation that drives the food industry, the retail and institutional and commercial catering sectors are constantly regenerated. This is why innovation takes price of place at SIAL. As in past exhibitions, SIAL 2014 will hold the unique SIAL Innovation event, which is an exceptional communication springboard for exhibitors wanting to display new products. SIAL Innovation also aims to produce a precise assessment of the most promising food trends for its visitors. Another flagship event, the SIAL d’Or – organised in partnership with 29 world trade magazines specialising in agrifood – will reward products that have become commercial successes in their countries of origin. SIAL in a nutshell • 150,258 visitor entries • Food professionals from 200 countries • 5,890 exhibitors • 19 SIAL Innovation Awards • 250 highlights, conferences and debates

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Only love – olive oil It has been sixteen year since I travelled to Chania for the first time with my first boyfriend. The daily highlight was self-prepared breakfast: freshly baked bread with tomatoes and olive oil. It felt like a five star breakfast then and it still does now. I returned to Chania a few weeks ago with my new favourite companions: a camera and notebook. I wanted to learn more about the gold of Crete, olive oil, from every possible aspect. It was the adventure of a lifetime. I sweated my ass off by walking and biking through the olive tree orchards on the White Mountains, I prepared lotions with olive oil, I had a massage with olive oil and raki, I listened to jazz in Vamos and swam in the crystal clear waters as often as possible. I also I ate lots of olives, herbs and oranges with locals who invited me to their tables. Cretan people became my new Mediterranean family like in my favorite movie Mamma Mia. Being grateful of these experiences, I start my days now in Finland by dipping the dry bread into Terra Creta’s olive oil. Lesson learnt. Happiness is simple: eat something that is good for you and gives you a big smile. It’s something beautiful Crete island is still offering me after all these years: the best olive oil in the world served in thousands of different ways. Pick your favourite one. Mine? Cretan salad with Romeiko wine shared with my loved ones. You are invited! With love, Miss Wellness “Kunnotar” Eevakaisa Mölsä Journalist and communication professional Helsinki, Finland You can follow my adventures FB and Instagram: Kunnotar

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The Olive Oil Experience Tour - Don’t miss it! Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2014 Type: Factory Tours Owner description: Estate Farming, advanced olive mill, production and exports of top quality Extra Virgin Olive oil. World-winning products with innovative and on-line traceability “from the olive grove to the selve”. Experience a guided tour to the olive trees and nature of Kolymvari along with our facilities. A unique chance to become an expert in olive oil tasting. Organic, extra virgin and even olive oil in spray are available for better understanding of different flavors and healthy attributes of the natural juice, the olive oil. You will be able to discuss with our experts and get information from “inside”.


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What Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs Are in Season Now? Crete has everything you may need this time of the year Traditional Greek cooking is based on what’s in season at the moment. Meals are often planned at the last minute, depending on what looks irresistible at the market! So what’s in season by Petros Marinakis now? Botanical Park & Gardens In today’s world of refrigeration and hothouse-grown produce, the distinction among seasonal produce is often lost. However, each fruit, vegetable, and herb does have a season when it is ripe and ready to eat without the help of anyone except Mother Nature - better from both a nutritional and taste perspective. In Greece, these are the seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs we see in our farmer’s markets. Different varieties may be available at different times. AUGUST Vegetables and Herbs: • Beets • Cabbage • Carrots • Celery • Chard • Chicory • Cucumbers • Dill • Eggplant • Endive • Fennel leaves • Fresh beans • Fresh garlic • Green onions • Okra • Parsley • Peppers • Potatoes • Radishes • Romaine lettuce • Summer squash • Tomatoes

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Vlita (Palmer amaranth) Zucchini Fruits: Apples Figs Grapefruit Grapes Melons Nectarines Peaches Pears Plums Watermelon

If you visit Greece in the summer and stay a couple weeks there are two things that will happen to you if you are able to break away from the tourist restaurants and find

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yourself in the places the locals eat. The first thing is that you will eat the best tomato you have ever tasted in you life. Shortly thereafter you will eat the best melon you have ever eaten in your life. It may be a karpoozi (watermelon) or it may be a peponi (honey-dew melon) but you will look at your wife or husband or child and say “I had no idea something could taste this good and not be bad for you.” For some reason vegetables and fruits taste better in Greece than they do elsewhere. There are many theories of course. Some say it is the absence of pesticides. I have a theory of my own. Greece is made up of mountains and valleys. The farms are in the valleys. The water rains on the mountains and washes minerals into the valleys. The more rich a fruit or vegetable is in minerals, the better it will taste. Of course I can’t prove this and since many fruits and vegetables are now grown on large industrialized farms or even imported, without knowing what you are eating and where it comes from you have no way of knowing why it is good, or in some cases is not. Just because you may eat the best tomato or melon in your life during your stay in Greece does not mean that you will eat delicious vegetables rich in minerals at every meal at every restaurant. But I can say with confidence that those restaurants where the Greeks eat, great care is taken in choosing the fruits and vegetables that are served that day. The healthiest thing you can eat in Greece are the hortas, or wild greens which if you come in the winter and spring you will see women picking by the side of the road. In the summer they eat vleeta which is wild amaranth and has been eaten since ancient times. In the winter they eat horta, which can be any one of a number of wild greens. Horta is usually a little bitter but is still delicious. Wild greens are boiled and then served with olive oil and lemon and are high in anti-oxidants as well as vitamins and minerals. greekfood.about.com greecefoods.com

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How to design and build an energy efficient building? Energy efficient buildings (new constructions or renovated existing buildings) can be defined as buildings that are designed to provide a significant reduction of the energy need for heating and cooling, independently of the energy and of the by Petros Chatzistavros equipments that will be chosen to Civil Engineer (T.E.) heat or cool the building. This can be achieved through the following elements: • bioclimatic architecture: shape and orientation of the building, solar protections, passive solar systems • high performing building envelope: thorough insulation, high performing glazing and windows, airsealed construction, avoidance of thermal bridges • high performance controlled ventilation: mechanical insulation, heat recovery Only when the building has been designed to minimise the energy loss, it makes sense to start looking at the energy source (including renewable energy) and at the heating and cooling equipments. Bioclimatic architecture takes into account climate and environmental conditions to help achieve thermal and visual comfort inside. Bioclimatic design takes into account the local climate to make the best possible use of solar energy and other environmental sources, rather than working against them. Bioclimatic design includes the following principles: • The shape of the building has to be compact to reduce the surfaces in contact with the exterior; the building and especially its openings are given an appropriate orientation (preferably towards the south); interior spaces are laid out according to their heating requirements ; • Appropriate techniques are applied to the external envelope and its openings to protect the building from solar heat in winter as well as in summer; passive solar systems collect solar radiation, acting as “free” heating and lighting systems; the building is protected from the summer sun, primarily by shading but also by the appropriate treatment of the

building envelope (i.e. use of reflective colours and surfaces). Thermal insulation is a low-cost, widely available, proven technology that begins saving energy and money, and reducing emissions the moment it is installed. Well installed insulation ensures energy efficiency in every part of the building envelope including ground decks, roofs lofts, walls and facades. It is also well suited for pipes and boilers to reduce the energy loss of a building’s technical installations. Insulation is as relevant in cold regions as in hot ones. In cold/cool regions, insulation keeps a building warm and limits the need for energy for heating whereas in hot/warm regions the same insulation systems keep the heat out and reduce the need for air conditioning. • An exterior wall is well insulated when its thermal resistance (R value) is high, meaning the heat losses through it are small (reduced U value). Insulation is a key component of the wall to achieve a high R value (or a low U value) for the complete wall. The thermal resistance R of the installed insulation products has to be as high as possible. • To limit the thickness of the insulation within acceptable dimensions, Saint-Gobain Isover constantly improves the thermal conductivity of its materials (lower lambda value) thus allowing increased thermal resistance within the same space. Air tightness reduces air leakage – the uncontrolled flow of air through gaps and cracks in the construction (sometimes referred to as infiltration, exfiltration or draughts). Air leakages need to be reduced as much as possible in order to create efficient, controllable, comfortable, healthy and durable buildings With more stringent building regulations requiring better energy efficiency , air tightness is an increasingly important issue. • Details that are vital to achieving good air tightness need to be identified at early design stage. The next and equally important step is to ensure these details are carried over into the construction phase. Careful attention must be paid to sealing gaps and ensuring the continuity of the air barrier. It is far simpler to de-

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sign and build an airtight construction than to carry out remedial measures in a draughty home. Consequences of air leakages: cold outside air may be drawn into the home through gaps in the walls, ground floor and ceiling (infiltration), resulting in cold draughts. In some cases, infiltration can cool the surfaces of elements in the structure, leading to condensation. Warm air leaking out through gaps in the dwelling’s envelope (exfiltration) is a major cause of heat loss and, consequently, wasted energy. Most existing buildings, even those built recently, are far from being airtight and because of unwanted air infiltration generate huge costs to owners and occupants, in environmental, financial and health terms. A leaky dwelling will result in higher CO2 emissions. The additional heat loss will mean that a correctly sized heating system may not be able to meet the demand temperature. Draughts and localised cold spots can cause discomfort. In extreme cases, excessive infiltration may make rooms uncomfortably cold during cooler periods. Excessive air leakage can allow damp air to penetrate the building fabric, degrading the structure and reducing the effectiveness of the insulation. Air leakage paths often lead to dust marks on carpets and wall coverings that look unsightly. Ventilation is the intended and controlled ingress and egress of air through buildings, delivering fresh air, and exhausting stale air through purpose-built ventilators in combination with the designed heating system and humidity control, and the fabric of the building itself. • If you do not insulate properly and ventilate too little, you can risk warm humid air condensing on cold, poorly insulated surfaces which will create moisture that allows for moulds and fungi to grow. • A controlled ventilation strategy will satisfy the fresh air requirements of an airtight building. Air infiltration or opening of the window cannot be considered an acceptable alternative to designed ventilation. • As the saying goes: ‘build tight, ventilate right.’ with info from isover.com


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Here’s how to update your home, inside and out on August On August Paint Your Home Exterior Take advantage of August’s warm, dry days to paint the outside of your house. The average exterior paint job lasts 10 years, but you have to do it right. The key to a quality exterior paint job is in the preparation. Here are some tips: • Give the exterior of your house a good cleaning to remove loose paint and dirt. • Use a paint scraper, putty knife, or wire brush to remove peeling paint. • Replace rotten wood. • Prime any bare wood with a stain-blocking exterior primer. • Fill cracks with high-quality, exterior, paintable caulk. Let dry. • Apply two coats of high-quality, exterior latex paint. Importance of Preparation Painting the outside of your house needs to be done regularly to provide protection from the elements. But a good paint job requires a lot of prep work, which is as important as the painting itself. Treat Mildew Start by removing any mildew using a solution of one part bleach to four parts water mixed with a little detergent or trisodium phosphate (TSP) in a pump-up sprayer. Allow the bleach to remain on for 10-20 minutes then rinse off. Because bleach can damage plants, wet down and/or cover any shrubs or other plants in the area being sprayed. Give It a Good Cleaning Next, pressure wash the house to remove any loose paint and dirt. If used too aggressively, a pressure washer can damage wood, so exercise caution. Remove Loose Paint Use a paint scraper, putty knife, or wire brush to remove any loose or peeling paint. Repair or replace any rotten wood. Sanding Can Speed Up the Process Rotary sanders can speed up paint removal. The goal is not to remove all the paint, just the part that is loose or peeling. Feather out the edges so the finished paint will have a smooth appearance. Protect Yourself It’s important to wear a protective mask when scraping or sanding paint, particularly in homes built before 1979, which can contain lead-based paint. Prime Bare Wood Once the wood has been sanded, use a stain-blocking exterior primer on exposed areas to prevent knots and sap from bleeding through.

Fill Cracks Caulk any gaps or cracks with high-quality, exterior, paintable caulk. Allow caulk to dry thoroughly before painting over it. Use Quality Paint Apply two coats of a high-quality, exterior latex paint. Be sure to follow the directions on the can. Because the labor involved in painting your house is much more than the cost of materials, don’t be tempted to substitute inexpensive paint. Clean Rollers and Brushes Use the curved edge of a 5-in-1 painter’s tool on rollers to remove any excess paint before cleaning. If working with a paintbrush and latex paint, wash with soap and water, then run a wire brush through the bristles to loosen any dried paint. Materials Needed • exterior flat or eggshell paint • exterior semigloss paint • pressure washer • paint sprayer • paintbrush • painter’s tape • drop cloths • ladder • paint scraper • stain-blocking primer • epoxy filler • medium-grit sanding block • spackle knife • exterior caulk • caulk gun • plastic sheeting Easy Color Makeovers for Your Outdoor Furniture In less than a weekend, you can paint your exterior furniture in any of our thousands of colors to create an updated, fresh new look. Painting outdoor furniture pieces is an easy, fast way to transform and update the look of your deck or yard. Just follow these simple steps to achieve the best results. Surface Preparation The first step in painting outdoor furniture is to make certain that the wood is absolutely dry and free of mold and mildew. Be sure to check the undersides, too. If the old surface has mold or mildew, you can properly prepare the surface by using our premium cleaner with mildewcide. For mild cases, you can mix up your own solution using one part of household bleach to three parts water. (It’s best to do this outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.) Be sure to completely rinse the furniture and allow it to completely dry before applying paint or stain. If the weather is cold, move the furniture indoors to dry;

in milder weather, it’s enough to place the furniture in a garage, carport, or other shelter from the rain. Don’t cover the furniture with plastic or a tarp, as that will not allow enough air circulation for thorough drying. Sanding The next step is to sand the surfaces to be painted. If the old finish is in fairly good condition, it’s enough to just roughen the surface. Start with coarse-grade sandpaper, working with the grain. If you have an orbital hand sander, that is the perfect tool for this job. If the old finish is in bad condition, you may choose to remove all the old finish down to the bare wood. This can be accomplished with a quality wood stain remover. Priming If the old painted or stained surface is still intact after sanding, you can skip priming. However, if you’re going to apply a lighter color over a dark one, if the wood is exposed, if there are knotty sections, or if any stains remain, you should use a good primer formulated for outdoor use. Brush on the primer, working with the grain, using a good-quality Nylon/Polyester brush. Painting We recommend using a paint which is especially formulated to protect against weather and temperature extremes as well as UV rays. If you’ve primed the surface, one coat of stain will be enough. If you skipped the primer, you may want to apply a second coat. Let the furniture dry in a clean, dustfree, well-ventilated area. Don’t leave it outside to dry, as wind and air will deposit dust and particles onto the wet surface. Once the furniture is dry, you’re good to go. Situate your furniture where it won’t be under a drip line from a roof or tree limb. An occasional light wash with dish detergent and warm water will help you enjoy your outdoor furniture for years to come. hgtv.com bhg.com


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More Evidence Drug Combo Helps Smokers Quit Results of a new study support combination treatment with varenicline and bupropion for smokers who fail to respond to the nicotine patch. Investigators at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, also by Miltiades Markatos found that the study results support the Pneumonologist value of an “adaptive” smoking cessation paradigm, which involves identifying smokers unlikely to succeed on the patch and having them switch to varenicline/bupropion treatment. “Smokers who responded well to nicotine patch treatment could be quickly identified before their quit-smoking date; others who were unlikely to succeed using the patch could also be identified, and they responded better to alternative treatment (varenicline, or varenicline in combination with bupropion),” lead investigator Jed Rose, PhD, director, Center for Smoking Cessation, and professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke. “This adaptive treatment approach could be readily implemented by physicians using existing medications,” he said. The study was published online June 17 in American Journal of Psychiatry. Sex Difference The researchers identified 222 cigarette smokers who failed to show a reduction of more than 50% in smoking after 1 week on the nicotine patch. They randomly assigned 113 of these patients to 12 weeks of therapy with varenicline plus bupropion, and they assigned 109 patients to 12 weeks of therapy with varenicline plus placebo. The primary outcome was continuous smoking abstinence at weeks 8 to 11 after the target quit date. The investigators note that both treatments were well tolerated and that the 2-drug combination was more effective. Smokers who received varenicline with bupropion had a significantly higher abstinence rate (39.8%) than those who received varenicline with placebo (25.9%). The varenicline/bupropion combination had a significantly greater effect on the abstinence rate in men than in women. The combination also had a significantly greater effect in highly nicotine-dependent smokers than in smokers with lower levels of dependence. The finding in this study that highly dependent smokers showed higher success rates with the combination of varenicline and bupropion (vs varenicline alone) mirrors a recent study by Mayo Clinic investigators published in JAMA earlier this year. “Hence, it seems likely to be a consistent finding,” Dr. Rose said. “This is the first report, however, that male smokers showed greater benefit using the combination treatment than female smokers,” he noted. “In any case, treatment providers have at their disposal the means to implement adaptive treatments tailored to the needs of these different smoking populations,” Dr. Rose said. Reduced Cost, Increased Efficacy Reached for comment, Jaqueline Issa, MD, PhD, from the smoking cessation treatment program, Heart Institute, University of Sao Paulo Medical School, in Brazil, said the study provides more evidence that combining these 2 agents can be helpful. “I think we should use combination therapies for patients that need it. In our service, we start varenicline for the first 2 weeks, and we combine bupropion if the patient cannot stop smoking in this period or if the patient has moderate abstinence symptoms,” Dr. Issa said. “This is a pharmacoeconomic strategy way to reduce cost and increase efficacy.” “The efficacy of nicotine patches is very low in the patient with moderate to high nicotine dependence, so I think it was a good strategy to use nicotine patches in this trial in order to select patients with moderate to high level of dependence,” Dr. Issa said.

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Summer without Greek salad is like a sweet without sugar Greek salad is an integral part of the summer table, either a meal for those who want something light and refreshing on warm summer afternoons or a preferable dish for tourists. by Niki Voulgarakis Dietician - Nutritionist

Nutritional value of greek salad Fresh tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, onions, olives, feta cheese and of course virgin olive oil are the main ingredients of Greek salad with salt, oregano, capers or purslane, which is customary in many Greek islands. Tomato: A moderate tomato gives about 40 calories and it is one of the vegetables which is believed to have anticancer activity, due to lycopene containing. Lycopene is one of the carotenoids (pro vitamin A) with antioxidant activity. It is a very good source of vitamin C, a vitamin that exhibits strong antioxidant activity and contribute to the formation of collagen in the skin. Cucumber: The main ingredient of cucumber is water (97%), so it is quite low in nutritional value compared with other vegetables but with fewer calories. It is very pleasurable to eat in the summer, mainly because of its fresh taste. A medium cucumber gives 32 calories and contains no cholesterol and fat. Tip: Put in the salad without the shell, before of course wash thoroughly. If the peel is removed, the nutritional value drops to almost zero, as well as much vitamin A, C and fiber are there. Green pepper: It has few calories (one medium pepper gives 19 calories), but it is among the richest in vitamin C and contains many antioxidants. It is eaten raw like all vegetables, but it should be washed thoroughly before you put in the salad. Onion: A medium onion gives 60 calories. It belongs in vegetables which are known primarily for their antiseptic action, while various studies in recent years mentioned the protection which is likely to offer in your body from cancer. But the fact is that you may avoid it, due to the strong smell and taste, especially when it is raw. In this case, you can benefit from it without eating: cut it into the salad, after waiting a bit until it leaves the nutritious ingredients and soak the bread in the oil. Feta cheese: It holds a leading position in Greek kitchen, it is «our» national cheese, although it is not registered as’ product designation of origin. The traditional feta is made from goat, sheep milk or cow. Although it is extremely tasty, feta cheese should be consumed in moderation, as it offers enough calories (240 calories per 100 g.) Moreover, it is a high source of animal fat, cholesterol and sodium. Feta cheese is rich in calcium, has increased humidity compared to the yellow cheese, which is dehydrated, while it has less fat. Therefore, it is clearly preferable to replace it with another white cheese with less fat and salt, as for example cream cheese (anthotiros) or white cheese low in fat ( katiki Domokou or cottage) Tip: If you have a large amount that will not be eaten immediately, store it in brine or with milk and water. Olive oil: It is definitely the best oil that you can trust in your daily diet. It is rich in vitamin E, with potential anticancer activity. Olive oil is added to the salad and helps to reduce LDL (bad)

cholesterol by improving your lipid profile. In addition, the antioxidants in olive oil further enhance the cardio protective effect. Although it is extremely useful, olive oil has many calories (one tablespoon gives you about 135 calories). In a normal salad for four people, 3-4 tbsp is enough. Olives: Although it is the fruit which oil becomes, the nutritional value is not the same. The olives are rich in calcium and phosphorus, and they have three hundred times more vitamin A than olive oil. Five olives give about 45 calories. Furthermore, olives are rich in nutrients and compete with virgin olive oil. They contain significant amounts of vitamin A, carotenoids and vitamins in small amounts like B1, B6 and B12. Black olives are richer in total tocopherols in relation to green and are the only ones that contain beta-tocopherols and alpha-tocotrienols. Also, olives contain potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium. The olives preserved in brine thus contain large amounts of sodium - salt. Tip: The olives contain a lot of salt, and can raise the pressure. Prefer to take the salt off before eating or select olives preserved by salting and not in brine. Purslane: 100 grams gives only 16 calories which means that they have very low caloric content, so it should be used for you who care about your weight. The important thing is that it is a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids, similar to fish. It contains calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, copper, vitamin A, C, B and carotenoids. Eating purslane can reduce the risk for coronary heart disease and stroke. It has a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action and prevents from arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease. Purslane is best consumed as fresh, because in this way retains all the organoleptic components. Oregano: It prevents the action of free radicals and contains plenty of essential oils (thymol and carvacrol), which seems to prevent the action of various harmful microorganisms by protecting your body.

In addition, you should accompany your salad with:bread, rusk, crouton or roasted bread, so this will turn your salad into a complete and healthy meal and will provide you with all the necessary nutrients without causing you a feeling of heaviness or discomfort. Secret taste for Greek salad Cut all ingredients and after add olive oil, oregano, purslane and capers (if any), before serving, put the salad in the refrigerator for a while. So it will remain cool while the vegetables will leave their scent in the oil giving an excellent taste. Therefore, due to the fact that salad contains enough salty ingredients (feta, olives, capers), and vegetables with a strong and distinctive flavor (onion, pepper), it is good to put a little bit of salt. Finally, a salad is estimated to give about 300-500 calories (depending on the amount of feta and olive oil). Enjoy your vacations and try our Greek salad!!! Niki Voulgarakis Dietitian – Nutritionist / nvoulgaraki@hotmail.gr


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Prescription Sunglasses Are prescription sunglasses a good idea? You may sometimes find yourself driving down the road, sun shining in your eyes, as you search in vain for those clip-on or magnetically attached sun lensby Nick Lazakis es that came with your prescripOptical expert tion eyeglasses. At times like these, you might find that prescription sunglasses are much more convenient and more than worth the additional investment. Contact lens wearers, too, may find that wearing prescription sunglasses is sometimes a far more practical alternative outdoors. For example, you may not want to wear your contact lenses on the beach where your eyes can become itchy and watery as you battle the effects of sand, sun, wind and water. Even the non-prescription sunglasses you wear over your contact lenses may not provide enough protection. Also, wearing your contact lenses while swimming is a bad idea because of the possibility of potentially serious eye infections caused by microorganisms in the water. (Read more about swimming with contacts.) But with prescription sunglasses, you have the option of wearing them anytime outdoors without the need to search for clip-on sunglasses or deal with contact lenses. More Advantages of Prescription Sunglasses If you have a vision problem that requires corrective prescription eyewear, you have several choices when it comes to sunglasses.

Prescription sunglasses are available for virtually any lens prescription, including bifocal and progressive lens options if you are presbyopic and need lenses to help you read that magazine or book at the pool. These types of sunglasses also can help you if you need reading glasses only or if you wear contact lenses to correct only your distance vision and still need that additional boost for reading. You might also consider prescription swimming goggles when it comes time to take a dip. Prescription Sunglasses Come in Many Frame Styles The styling of prescription sunglass frames is nearly the same as with non-prescription sunglasses. Almost all of the same fashion, designer and celebrity eyewear options apply. Availability is limited when it comes to certain wraparound sunglasses that curve around the head. Prescription sunglasses made with extreme curves typically distort vision. However, several manufacturers offer wraparound prescription sunglasses with less extreme curves. Typically these are available in a limited prescription range, so you would need to discuss options with an optician. UV and Glare Protection As with non-prescription sunglasses, your primary concern when buying prescription sunglasses is that the lenses block 100 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays. UV protection is unrelated to the color and density of the tint in sunglass lenses, so you can choose any lens color and darkness you like, as long as your optician verifies that the lenses provide 100 percent UV protection. For added glare protection from light bouncing back from reflective surfaces (like water, snow, sand and concrete pavement), prescription polarized sunglasses also

A life changing visit to our pharmacy can make you change the way you see life and put your body and mind in harmony. Have you ever visited a pharmacy to taste health? A different pharmacy in the centre of the old town of Chania is waiting to share with you secrets of well being and longevity. Taste the biological honey, the royal jelly, tea from plants carefully chosen in therapeutic recipes, high concentration and purity juices of pomegranate, cranberry, aloe. Orthomolecular nutrition with suggestions on detox programs and a carefully selected range of supplements, vitamins an gluten free products from all over the world. In the same premises you can find a live homeopathic lab with 6.000 homeopathic remedies in stock and the ability to produce any kind of homeopathic form i.e. pills, granules, solutions etc Evangelia Sakka is the pharmacist in charge who has created that special pharmacy and will be happy to introduce you to that fantastic world but also suggest whatever will be more settable for you. Our philosophy doesn’t stop on food and supplements but we want you to think of your mind and body as well. That’s why we have created next to our pharmacy the Green Care SPA. A SPA that helps to uplift your mind and body with biological face an body treatments, reflexology, reiky, su jok and moxa treatment, Bach flower remedies, homeopathy sessions, bowtech as well as nail therapies. We are waiting for you to restart your life at Daskalogianni 43 - 45, SAKKA Pharmacy www.my-pharmacy.gr / www.greencarespa.gr

are available. Cost of Prescription Sunglasses: Maybe Cheaper Than You Think! Many optical shops offer special discounts on prescription sunglasses if you purchase them at the same time you buy your regular eyeglasses. Ask your optician for details. If you are budget-minded, try listing all the features you want in prescription sunglasses and then compare pricing of favorite brands that have just what you need. You could find a bargain. www.allaboutvision.com


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by John Venetakis Zootechnician

Safety tips for your dog at the beach Keep in mind that anything that can harm you at the beach – such as sunburn, riptides, or jellyfish – can also harm your dog. So follow these safety tips and you will enjoy your day at the beach together with your beloved pet: Protect your dog from warm temperatures Make sure that your dog has a shady retreat under a beach umbrella or tree since warm summer temperatures can pose a threat to a dog’s health. Bring plenty of fresh, cool water and a doggie bowl. Offer refills liberally, making sure that the water does not get hot in the sun. Sand can be scorching on sensitive paws, so provide a blanket or towel for your dog’s comfort. Signs of overheating in dogs include: - Excessive/rapid panting and drooling - Coordination problems - Vomiting and/or diarrhea - Collapse - Loss of consciousness Follow beach rules Check online to make sure your beach allows dogs before you go and take notice of any rules posted near the beach, which may include: - Clean up after your dog. Always carry waste bags. - Follow the leash laws. Many dog-friendly beaches have an off-leash policy, but always check. - Never leave your dog alone on the beach, even for a moment. - If your dog is sometimes aggressive, skip the beach. - Keep collar and ID tags on your dog at all times. - Check with your vet to make sure your dog is current on all vaccinations and licenses. - No females in heat – she could cause fighting among

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intact males and create unwanted puppies. - No puppies under four months – they can become injured or ill and don’t have all of their vaccinations yet. - Remove your dog if he’s barking excessively. Avoid sunburn Short-coated dogs, light-colored dogs, dogs with close summer haircuts, those with pink noses and hairless breeds can sunburn the same way that humans do. Even dogs with thick coats can get a sunburned nose. Sunscreen made specifically for dogs – generally found

online or at your local pet store in the summer months – is non-oily and contains ingredients that are safe for dogs. Do not use sunscreen that contains zinc because it can be toxic to dogs if ingested, and avoid sunscreens that contain fragrances. Apply sunscreen to your dog’s ears, nose, the inside of his

back legs and anywhere else that receives direct sunlight. Reapply after your dog takes a dip in the water. Practice the recall command Teach your dog to come to you when you call him, every single time – place your dog on a long leash (about 6-9 meters long). While at the beach, call your dog and give him a treat and praise every time he returns to you. You can let him play with a ball or toy for a reward as well. Allow your dog off leash at the beach only when you are reasonably sure that the recall command has become a good habit – and always keep treats on hand. Avoid beach hazards Discourage your dog from drinking seawater by offering him fresh, cool, clean water, and by removing him from the water if you see him drink it – seawater is a gastrointestinal irritant that can work as a laxative or cause vomiting. Bring a first aid kit with you in case of cut paws or jellyfish stings. Include cotton balls, ammonia (for stings, dilute with water before applying), peroxide and bandages. If your dog is a puppy, hasn’t learned to swim well or is a brachycephalic or a short-legged breed, give him a doggie life jacket to wear. Always supervise your dog while he’s in or near the water and be cautious of rip tides, sharks and deep water. Salt water on a dog’s skin and paws can be irritating, so a fresh-water rinse before leaving the beach or shortly after arriving home will help keep your dog comfy and his skin and coat healthy. www.animalplanet.com


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by Antonis Ntourakis wine maker

Wines of Crete at the “Top Wine China”

Wines of Crete at MISA festival in Shanghai

For the first time, “Wines of Crete”, a Cretan - Greek Wine Network participated at the international wine exhibition “Top Wine China” in Beijing, from the 3rd till the 5th of June. Cretan – Greek wines impressed the participants of the exhibition. More than 400 professionals of wine participated at the four Masterclasses about the Cretan Vineyard that took place. Mr Wei (Yesmywine.com), a Chinese wine professional, with the help of the Cretan Winemakers, presented not only the History of the Cretan Wines, the Cretan Vineyard and the exceptional indigenous varieties, but also the Cretan way of life, their dream about the wine and the Cretan philosophy of winemaking at the four wine masterclasses. This participation was supported from New Wines of Greece, campaign financed with aid from the European Union and Greece.

Wines of Crete sponsored the MISA (Music in the Summer Air) festival this summer in Shanghai! Cretan wineries presented a Master class about the wines of Cretan Vineyard, while on the VIP dinners the attendees tasted only unique Cretan wines. MISA festival is one of the most important events of the summer in Shanghai, where numerous visitors enjoy the fest.

Wines of Crete in USA «Wines of Crete» travelled to USA. New York was the first stop, where a masterclass was held to the Wine Media Guild Association, opinion leaders and journalists, specialized in wine and gastronomy. Next stop was Washington DC where a masterclass with PDO and PGI Cretan wines was organized for 40 wine professionals, importers, wine bloggers, gastronomy journalists, etc. Americans seemed to like the master classes and many articles have been written since. This participation was supported from New Wines of Greece, campaign financed with aid from the European Union and Greece.

American journalists in Crete «Wines of Crete» hosted American journalists, who visited Cretan Wineries and had the chance to taste PDO and PGI wines, and also local wine varieties. The winemakers gave the journalists a unique wine experience, in an island with 11 indigenous varieties and 12 PDO’s and PGI wines. This participation was supported from New Wines of Greece, a campaign financed with aid from the European Union and Greece.

About MISA A new summer befalls the magical city of Shanghai. MISA turns one year older. Let us love music and share happiness. Let us make it as natural as breathing. Let us relish the easy joyful atmosphere under the night sky in summer, in the close company of fellow music lovers. Since her birth, the Shanghai “Music in the Summer Air” (MISA) Festival has created an oasis of music for everyone in the city. Shanghai, like other major cities or top orchestras around the world, has her own featured summer music festival. As an annual cross-genre music festival centering on classical music, MISA is co-chaired by Long Yu (Music Director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra) and Charles Dutoit (Music Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra). For as long as two weeks in every July, there will be outdoor concerts in parks all over the city. This will be an occasion where various cultural elements: movies, animations, folk music, country music, jazz, and even pop music... fusing with classical music. Coupled with multimedia presentations, the charm of music will be thoroughly unleashed, driving people to communicate with each other more by sharing the enjoyment of listening to music. MISA has been regarded as a channel to make music more accessible and intimate to the audience. As a core brand in the education and promotion of classical arts in Shanghai, MISA exemplifies the rich and diversified aspects of music, and gathers more people to feel the pleasure of music. In 2014, together with co-directors Long Yu and Charles Dutoit, violinists Renaud Capuçon and Maxim Vengerov, trumpet player Alison Balsom, cellist Jian Wang and pianist Lise de la Salle, MISA devoted to classical music lovers the best concerts. Debuts on MISA by three world-class singers, the

“SSO & the Divas” series featuring Jessye Norman, Ute Lemper and Laura Fygi, created a unique perspective. Yann Tiersen, Dame Evelyn Glennie, and Jens Lekman were the fresh faces, while a concert by Ute Lemper and Laura Fygi awaits both the old and the new generations of nostalgia music cognoscenti. The Magic Flute and Hansel and Gretel performed by Marionettentheater Schloss Schönbrunn was a “mega-pack” of delights for the children. Last but not least, there were two multimedia concerts: Planet Earth in Concert (BBC) and Peter & the Wolf. Come join us in this amazing festival!


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by Antonia Tsakirakis cook “Tzaneris & Archontissa” photo by Spiros Zaharakis

Fried kalitsounia with onion Ingredients For the filling 2 cups olive oil 5 cups spring onions 1 large onion 2 cups spinach 2 tablespoons spearmint 2 tablespoons dill 2 cups sour mizìthra cheese 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon pepper

Ingredients • 1 kg beef • ½ kg green olives • 3-4 ripe tomatoes • 1 clove of garlic • Cinnamon • Salt, pepper • 1 cup olive oil

For the dough 3 cups all purpose flour 2 tablespoons lemon juice 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil 3 cups olive oil for frying 1 teaspoon salt

Preparation Wash the meat and cut into medium-sized pieces. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the meat until it browns. Add the chopped tomatoes, finely chopped garlic, cinnamon, salt and pepper and 1 cup of water. Leave to simmer for about 20 minutes. In the meantime, toss the green olives into scalding hot water and when the meat is half cooked, add them to the pan. Cook for about another half an hour.

Pork with Olives Ingredients • 1 kilo pork • 250gr red firm tomatoes • 500gr small round potatoes of equal size • 250gr sweet green olives • 1 wine glass EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL • Salt and pepper to taste Preparation Brown the meat in the oil and extinguish with wine. Add the grated tomatoes, salt and pepper. Boil briefly, until the meat is half cooked. Add the potatoes and when done, add the olives and boil a while longer.

Tepid water for kneading

Preparation Combine the spinach, spring onions, spearmint and dill, all finely chopped, in a bowl. Sprinkle with salt and work the greens by hand pressing water out, until they shrivel. Drain the water off and place in a clean bowl. Season with pepper, add the olive oil, sour mizithra cheese and finely chopped onion to the mixture. Mix all the ingredients by hand to obtain a uniform mixture. Cover, allow to stand in the refrigerator, until you have prepared the dough. In a clean bowl place the flour, make a hole in the middle and fill with olive oil, salt and lemon juice.

Gradually add some tepid water and continue working by hand into a somewhat soft dough. Allow to stand for 10 minutes. Then divide it into pieces and roll them out into fine pastry sheets. Cut small circles on each sheet and place a teaspoon of filling in the centre of each one. Shape into crescents and press the edges with the tines of a fork so as to seal the small pastry envelopes. Heat olive oil and transfer the onion pies one by one into it. Fry them until slightly brown. Remove with a perforated skimmer and place them on a paper towel to drain off the oil. Serve hot or cold.


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Cyberkid: New application for “smart” mobile

Europe’s First Center of Ancient Astronomy in Crete

The new application “Cyberkid”, which allows children, in case of danger or threat to communicate directly with the competent police authorities, was presented by the Director of Cyber Crime, Brigadier Manolis Sfakianakis, with the presence of Minister of Public Order and Protection Citizen, Vasilis Kikilias, and Education, Andreas Loverdos. This application is for smartphones and enables minors to communicate in real time with officers of the Department of Electronic Crime by calling or by sending an e-mail. Receptors, for their part, will manage the risk or threat, which comes through the internet, through of Internet Threat Operations Center (CYBER ALERT), which will be based at the Electronic Crime.

The Center of Ancient Astronomy in the Greek island of Crete has finally opened its doors. It is the first in Europe and one of the few across the world. Visitors are able to admire objects used in the 4th millennium BC. One of them is a replica carved on stone of what is considered as the first analog computer in the history of mankind, found in Paleokastro, Sitia district, in western Crete. The center, which is an initiative of researcher Minas Tsikritsis, is housed in a kiosk at the port of Sitia and aims to promote the Minoan civilization. Next to the replica of the Minoan analog computer, visitors can find a contemporary computer that predicts future eclipses and shows the Moon’s trajectory. The Center of Ancient Astronomy hosts copies of the frying pans from the Minoan cemetery of Agia Fotia in Sitia, dating to 2,700 BC, which were used as calendars to predict the position of the Sun and other planets. It also includes samples of the first Cretan scriptures (Cretan hieroglyphs, Phaistos Disk, Linear A and Linear B).

One out of three Greeks have never used a computer 34.4% of Greeks which is approximately one out of three states that has never used a computer or the Internet in their life, according to research by the Centre for Administrative Reform Information Society SA conducted in 2013 on the use of new technologies by citizens. Most are women (40.8%) who have never used the Internet, while the men at 35.9% have never used the internet. Correspondingly, Greeks who regularly use the internet show to increase in recent years at an accelerated rate, resulting to 81% of users to use it almost daily. Computer remains the most popular device for Internet access (percentage of 91.5% of users), while thanks to 3G technology and ‘smartphones’ it has increased significantly longer and is accessible through mobile devices (18.7%).

According to Tsikritsis, the Center was inaugurated at the most remote part of southern Greece and it should be a reference point, a unique tourist destination which will inform visitors on the origins of the technology that appeared in the middle of the 4th millennium, in the first Greek civilization.

Free Dishionary application, a Greek tour for taste buds Dishionary – an application that translates local cuisine into travelers’ own language – was launched by the father-and-son team of Israeli-based publishers who head “Books in the Attic”. This technology comes to break down language barriers for travelers eating in Greece, showing them that there’s more to the hellenic cuisine than Greek souvlaki. Specifically, it offers nine languages – English, Spanish, Russian, Italian, French, Hebrew, Arabic, German and Chinese. Each Greek dish comes with a picture, it lists ingredients and the history of the dish. Furthermore, it also gives the correct spelling and pronunciation as well as an interactive guide with other travelers who have tried the dish. The Israeli-based publishers are also known for their series of philosophy books and translations of J. K. Rowl-

ing’s Harry Potter into Hebrew. The focus on Greek cuisine is just the start with additional cuisines of Italy and Turkey to be available soon. And the best news yet – the application is 100% free! It is available at http://www.dishionary.com/ protothema.gr

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Superleague’s match program and transfers for Platanias F.C. PLATANIAS F.C. Stadium: Municipal Stadium of Perivolia Average age: 25,5 Legionaries: 10 Market value: 326 Th. € Head Coach: Giannis Christopoulos Age: 41 Years Appointed: Jul 1, 2014

Arrivals: - Thanassis Tsourakis (MSV Duisburg), - Alexandros Apostolopoulos (PAOK F.C.), - Walter Figueira (Chelsea’s Football Academy) - Theodoros Tsikoudakis (Kissamikos - end of loan) - Stefanos Martsakis (Episkopi - end of loan) - Georgios Giakoumakis (Episkopi - end of loan) - Herron Berrian (Kerkira - end of loan) - Bernard Onanga Itoua (SV Elversberg) - Azrack Mahamat (Lokomotiv Sofia)

Departures: - Antonis Georgallidis (Omonia Nicosia) - Anthar Yahia (Angers) - Manolis Siopis (Olympiacos - end of loan) - Panaghiotis Vlahodimos (Olympiacos - end of loan) - Aleksandar Katai (Olympiacos - end of loan) - Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro - end of loan) (info until end of July from transfermarkt.com)

Full match program 1/18 match day Veria - SKODA Xanthi OFI - Panetolikos A.O.K. - Panthrakikos Olympiakos - Niki Volos PAS Giannina - Asteras Trip. Atromitos Ath. - Platanias Levadiakos - Panathinaikos PAOK - Kalloni Panionios - Ergotelis

4/21match day Olympiakos - Veria A.O.K. - PAS Giannina OFI - Atromitos Ath. SKODA Xanthi - Levadiakos Panetolikos - PAOK Panthrakikos - Panionios Niki Volos - Ergotelis Asteras Trip. - Kalloni Platanias - Panathinaikos

7/24 match day Veria - Levadeiakos PAOK - Atromitos Ath. Panionios - PAS Giannina Ergotelis - Olympiakos Kalloni - A.O.K. Panathinaikos - OFI Platanias - SKODA Xanthi Asteras Trip. - Panetolikos Niki Volos - Panthrakikos

10/27 match day Ergotelis - Veria Panionios - Kalloni PAOK - Panathinaikos Levadiakos - Platanias Atromitos Ath. - Asteras Trip. PAS Giannina - Niki Volos Olympiakos - Panthrakikos A.O.K. - Panetolikos SKODA Xanthi - OFI

13/30 match day Veria - Platanias Asteras Trip. - Panathinaikos Niki Volos - Kalloni Panthrakikos - Ergotelis Panetolikos - Panionios SKODA Xanthi - PAOK OFI - Levadiakos A.O.K. - Atromitos Ath. Olympiakos - PAS Giannina

16/33 match day Panthrakikos - Veria Niki Volos - Panetolikos Asteras Trip. - SKODA Xanthi Platanias - OFI Panathinaikos - A.O.K. Kalloni - Olympiakos Ergotelis - PAS Giannina Panionios - Atromitos Ath. Levadiakos - PAOK

2/19 match day OFI - Veria SKODA Xanthi - A.O.K. Panetolikos - Olympiakos Panthrakikos - PAS Giannina Niki Volos - Atromitos Ath. Asteras Trip. - Leevadiakos Platanias - PAOK Panathinaikos - Panionios Kalloni - Ergotelis

5/22 match day Veria - PAS Giannina Atromitos Ath. - Olympiakos Levadiakos - A.O.K. PAOK - OFI Panionios - SKODA Xanthi Ergotelis - Panetolikos Kalloni - Panthrakikos Panathinaikos - Niki Volos Platanias - Asteras Trip.

8/25 match day PAOK - Veria Levadiakos - Panionios Atromitos Ath. - Ergotelis PAS Giannina - Kalloni Olympiakos - Panathinaikos A.O.K. - Platanias OFI - Asteras Trip. SKODA Xanthi - Niki Volos Panetolikos - Panthrakikos

11/28 match day Veria - Kalloni Panathinaikos - Ergotelis Platanias - Panionios Asteras Trip. - PAOK Niki Volos - Levadiakos Panthrakikos - Atromitos Ath. Panetolikos - PAS Giannina SKODA Xanthi - Olympiakos OFI - A.O.K.

14/31 match day Asteras Trip. - Veria Platanias - Niki Volos Panathinaikos - Panthrakikos Kalloni - Panetoliko Ergotelis - SKODA Xanthi Panionios - OFI PAOK - A.O.K. Levadiakos - Olympiakos PAS Giannina - Atromitos Ath.

17/34 match day Veria - Panetolikos SKODA Xanthi - Panthrakikos OFI - Niki Volos A.O.K. - Asteras Trip. Olympiakos - Platanias PAS Giannina - Panathinaikos Atromitos Ath. - Kalloni Levadiakos - Ergotelis PAOK - Panionios

3/20 match day Veria - A.O.K. Olympiakos - OFI PAS Giannina - SKODA Xanthi Atromitos Ath. - Panetolikos Levadiakos - Panthrakikos PAOK - Niki Volos Panionios - Asteras Trip. Ergotelis - Platanias Kalloni - Panathinaikos

6/23 match day Atromitos Ath. - Veria PAS Giannina - Levadiakos Olympiakos - PAOK A.O.K. - Panionios OFI - Ergotelis SKODA Xanthi - Kalloni Panetolikos - Panathinaikos Panthrakikos - Platanias Niki Volos - Asteras Trip.

9/26 match day Veria - Panionios Ergotelis - PAOK Kalloni - Levadiakos Panathinaikos - Atromitos Platanias - PAS Giannina Asteras Trip. - Olympiakos Niki Volos - A.O.K. Panthrakikos - OFI Panetolikos - SKODA Xanthi

12/29 match day Panathinaikos - Veria Kalloni - Platanias Ergotelis - Asteras Trip. Panionios - Niki Volos PAOK - Panthrakikos Levadiakos - Panetolikos Atromitos - SKODA Xanthi PAS Giannina - OFI A.O.K. - Olympiakos

15/32 match day Veria - Niki Volos Panthrakikos - Asteras Trip. Panetolikos - Platanias SKODA Xanthi - Panathinaikos OFI - Kalloni A.O.K. - Ergotelis Olympiakos - Panionios PAS Giannina - PAOK Atromitos Ath. - Levadiakos


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Ten things we learned from the 2014 World Cup From dealing with concussions and racism to finding competent referees, FIFA has many issues to resolve before the 2018 World Cup in Russia. National sides also need to take a look at the way they do things in light of Germany running roughshod to the title. The lessons learned on the field at this World Cup were every bit as illuminating, in their own way: 1.Jurgen Klinsmann apparently knows what he’s doing, even if he has a blind spot regarding Landon Donovan. The U.S. survived the Group of Death, despite looking like the third- or fourth-best team in the group. Meanwhile, the German team and coaching staff that Klinsmann birthed and nurtured won the whole thing. 2. Superstars don’t necessarily assure titles. The four biggest stars coming into this World Cup, based on club team performance, were Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Neymar. All but Messi were less than 100% healthy for this tournament. Suarez bit someone, Neymar suffered a fractured vertebra and Ronaldo was eliminated in the first stage. Of the bunch, Messi performed the best, but even that wasn’t good enough to defeat a more balanced, superstar-less German side. 3. FIFA must install an on-field protocol to deal with

concussions. As stupid as Blatter has looked in the past, he appeared infinitely dumber at this World Cup by allowing teams to return players onto the field just minutes after their heads were seriously banged. The ultimate outrage occurred in the final, when Christoph Kramer collapsed on the pitch after he was sent back into the match. It’s obvious that trained doctors independent of the teams need to be along the sidelines to make these decisions. 4. It still pays to try to score. Despite all the cautious organization we saw from teams like Argentina and Switzerland, an attacking side won the title. Germany scored 18 goals at this World Cup, the most since Brazil equaled that total in 2002. There is hope for watchable soccer, after all. 5. CONCACAF deserves more respect. Three of the four federation’s teams advanced to the second round, while Costa Rica very nearly made it to the semifinals. Still, the U.S. remains the highest-ranked CONCACAF team in the latest FIFA computer ratings at a relatively low No. 15, down from No. 13. 6. Soccer misses David Beckham. Only three goals, one a beauty from Messi, were scored in the whole tournament on direct kicks. Few are bend-

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.

ing them like Beckham anymore, which means defenders feel freer to foul outside the box. One possible cure that will never happen: Force the wall back another two yards, or at least enforce the rule that doesn’t allow defenders to anticipate the kick and charge forward. 7. Diving still pays off, unfortunately. Referees had been told to discourage such swan dives, yet only one player (Oscar) was carded for flopping in the entire tournament, and he was legitimately tripped. Arjen Robben made an art of the dive and got away with it. Which unfortunately leads to the conclusion that… 8. Referees still don’t know what they’re seeing, and there’s nothing that can be done about it. While the officials showed greater, smarter restraint in this tournament (only eight red cards were shown), calls were blown all over the field, often by some of the top-rated refs. In the third-place match alone, the referee Djamel Haimoudi called for a penalty on a foul outside the box shortly before an assistant ref failed to flag an offside that should have nullified a second goal. Suggestions of possible instant replays make little sense on foul calls, given the subjectivity of such judgment whistles. Offside calls, however, could be reviewed if FIFA were willing to stop matches for such replays. That might be good for business, too, if networks could sneak in a Pepsi commercial. 9. Racism remains a real issue in the stands. Even the ever-rosy Blatter had to admit on Monday, “I am not at all happy with the way we fought against racism.” Mexican and other fans stubbornly hurled gay slurs at opponents without any repercussions. Blatter said he planned to make this a priority for the next World Cup, assuming he’s re-elected as FIFA president next May — which he seems to think will happen. 10. Here comes Vladimir Putin… again. The sight of Putin hanging out with Blatter at the final was a bitter reminder that the next couple of World Cups figure to be relatively joyless affairs heavy on propaganda and light on sambas. The choices of overlarge Russia in 2018 and overheated Qatar in 2022 makefor unappetizing possibilities - and for the early retirement of this particular columnist. by Filip Bondy - NY Daily News

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Useful information and phone numbers 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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