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Greece “returns” to bond markets!
Greece sold debt to private
investors for the first time in three years, a significant step towards gaining financial independence and exiting its third international bailout next year. The deal comes a month after eurozone finance ministers signed off on a new loan and sketched out measures to chip away at Greece’s debt mountain after the current bailout finishes in August 2018. A tender of old bonds run
alongside the sale will help lower its repayments in the years following its bailout exit. The deal did not initially attract as much demand as the country’s brief foray into markets in 2014, but it looked set to be successful and price at what investors said was a very competitive level with a yield below 5 percent. “It’s extremely positive that they have come below 5 percent. Greece is now able to fund itself,” said Louis Gargour,
chief investment officer of hedge fund LNG Capital, who said he was considering buying the new bond. Analysts said some investors would be put off by Greek government bonds having the lowest credit rating in the eurozone and not being eligible for purchase by the European Central Bank under its quantitative easing scheme. When Greece sold 3 billion euros of five-year bonds with a coupon of 4.75 percent in 2014,
demand reached over 20 billion euros from 600 investors. It followed that with another sale a couple of months later, but then quickly lost market access again as a newly-elected leftist government quarrelled with creditors over debt relief. That experience, and the lingering concerns around Greece’s debt mountain which stands at 180 percent of economic output, may have dented demand somewhat this time, analysts said.
Party island Malia bans 10,000 Britons The party town of Malia has
banned 10,000 British visitors as it attempts to shed its wild “sex, drugs and anything goes” reputation. In a massive crackdown, local hoteliers have turned away some 10,000 UK bookings in a bid to rid themselves of debauched stag and hen parties. Malia, on the island of Crete, is notorious for its decadent parties and nightclubs, and was the setting for the first Inbetweeners film. But local residents, business owners and government officials say they have had enough of their rowdy British visitors. They now hope to reinvent the town’s image as a safe and friendly holiday destination for German, Austrian and Dutch families, The Times reports.
Key to this is quashing the pub crawl party operators, who use whistles to lead groups of young Brits through as many as 17 establishments in an evening.
Deputy mayor Efthymios Moutrakis told the paper: “We’ve given these tour operators a free hand in branding an image completely alien to what Malia really is.
“Malia isn’t about sex, drugs and everything goes. It’s the prime tourist destina- for more new s click on tion in Crete, bringing http://cre tepost.gr in millions of euros to the island.”
expensive destinations in the west of Europe. The average costs of a total of 15 destinations were estimated by aggregating 12 typical beach items. The total cost for food and drink in Crete is estimated at £81,39, while buying beach extra comes to £69,88, a 5.4% drop from last season. Corfu is a more expensive option than Crete, as food and drink is calculated at £116 and beach extras at £87,22.
Report from Post Office Travel Money includes Crete and Corfu islands in Greece as two destinations for families that offer the best value for money regarding food and drink. The report unveils that British holidaymakers who want to keep spending on children’s beach extras would be well advised to consider resorts in the Eastern Med or the Balkans where the price tag can
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Crete and Corfu among top value for money destinations for UK families be under half the cost in more The 2017 Family Holiday
The most beautiful plane lands on Crete!
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beautiful airplane landing on Crete this summer! It is different than all other planes landing in Heraklion airport. Sun Express’ plane carries all our favourite… Smurfs!!! It takes off from the airports of Stuttgart or Dusseldorf and lands… all around Europe!
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TUI: Extensive project on sustainable food and agriculture launched on Crete W ith the opening of the The project is supported by portance of the project for the makers to good causes, the TUI
“Local Food Workshop”, an extensive project for sustainable food and ecological agriculture on Crete has now been launched. Stavros Arnaoutakis, Governor of Crete, Thomas Ellerbeck Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the TUI Care Foundation, Michael Mavropoulos, Regional Director East Mediterranean of TUI Destination Services, as well as Angeliki Chondromatidou, Chief Consultant of the Greek Tourism Ministry, welcomed more than 80 local wine-growers, olive-growers as well as representatives of different hotel groups, two winery and an olive mill at the TUI Sensatori Resort Crete by Atlantica (Atlantica Caldera Palace ) near Heraklion. The objective of the joint project on Crete is to link the island’s most important economic factors – tourism and agriculture. To this end, the TUI Care Foundation, Futouris and the local agricultural consultancy The Local Food Experts, link local agricultural producers with the local tourism sector, helping to turn the Greek island into a showpiece for sustainable food on holiday.
the Greek Ministry of Tourism and the regional government of Crete. “The project shows how great the potential of tourism is for local value creation and employment in the holiday country. In order that everyone benefits from this – guests, local businesses and the local population – a close networking of the economy, agriculture and the tourism sector is important. We need to develop a common understanding of what guests value when visiting a holiday destination. And in the tourism industry we need to promote the fact that we are open to local products, influences and experiences. We are bringing this together in our project for sustainable agriculture and sustainable holidays in Crete”, according to Thomas Ellerbeck. The focus of the project is on the two main products of Crete – wine and olive oil – and ecological cultivation and processing methods. In addition, seven traditional Cretan vines are particularly promoted by the production of local wines. Bart Lyrarakis, managing director of the Lyrarakis vineyard on Crete, emphasizes the im-
preservation of local wine varieties. His vineyard was already involved in the pilot phase “Sustainable Viticulture”, which was implemented in 2016, in which sustainable cultivation practices were implemented in collaboration with the local wine-growers. In order to allow visitors to visit local production sites and have direct contacts with the wine and olive-growers, an innovative and interactive excursion program is being developed. Awareness and communication measures accompany the project. In the long term, the aim is to improve regional food quality and quantity in holiday hotels, to reduce the negative environmental impacts of agriculture and to strengthen the local economy. In addition, guests will benefit from an expanded regional menu in hotels and on excursions. ABOUT TUI CARE FOUNDATION Building on the potential of tourism as a force for good, the TUI Care Foundation supports and initiates partnerships and projects which create new opportunities for the young generation and contribute to thriving destinations all over the world. Connecting holiday-
Care Foundation fosters education and welfare of children and youth, the protection of nature and the environment and sustainable tourism in destinations worldwide. TUI Care Foundation works global and acts local – it builds on strong partnerships with local and international organisations to create meaningful and long lasting impact. The charitable foundation values transparency and the efficient use of funds. Therefore 100% of the donations go to partners and projects with all operating costs of the foundation covered by TUI. TUI Care Foundation was founded by TUI, the world’s leading tourism business, and is based in the Netherlands. Tornos News
Ryanair threatens to change its hand baggage policy M ore
passengers than ever are ducking baggage fees by taking hand luggage only on flights, according to Ryanair. The low-cost airline says that travellers are bringing more and more into the cabin, and this could lead to a change in its baggage policy. “I’ve seen two-year-olds wheeling a bag up to the plane as people try to take advantage,” Ryanair’s chief financial officer, Neil Sorahan, told The on s click ost.gr w e n e Guardian. r ep for mo ttp://cret h As it stands, a twoyear-old child has a free luggage allowance of a 10kg suitcase and second small bag – just the same as an adult. “We’re very generous with our cabin baggage allowance,” added Sorahan. “If ev-
eryone does that there’s no issue. It’s the people coming with the kitchen sink that could change the policy.” The company upped its baggage policy from one case only back in December 2013, as part of a PR campaign to improve Ryanair’s image. Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said at the time: “We are very excited at these significant improvements in what is already Europe’s number one customer service airline.” However, four years on, the airline is saying it might have to make its policy less generous again. The vast majority of people play by the rules but some don’t. “Unfortunately some bring massive backpacks and things that don’t fit under the seat. We’ve been a little bit lax or nice – we are vic-
tims of our own niceness.” said Sorahan. Those who bring bags bigger than 55cm by 40cm by 20cm and/or heavier than 10kg as hand luggage risk being charged £50 at the airport for it to be checked into the hold instead. Ryanair also ruffled feathers recently by warning that, unless a deal is struck soon, there would be no flights from the UK after Brexit. It said it could move its planes out of the country if no aviation deal is reached by next year. Ryanair has almost 90 aircraft based at British airports, and flies them to dozens of European destinations under the EU “Open Skies” agreement. Announcing its first quarter results, the Irish airline warned: “There may not be sufficient time, or goodwill
on both sides, to negotiate a timely replacement bilateral. “If we do not have certainty about the legal basis for the operation of flights between the UK and the EU by autumn 2018, we may be forced to cancel flights and move some, or all, of our UK based aircraft to Continental Europe from April 2019 onwards.” In fact there will be no problem flying between the UK and Europe, as indeed many airlines based outside the EU already do. There may however be some problems with intra-European flying by a UK based airline, such as EasyJet, if Europe decides to be difficult which will mean that UK based airlines may need an EU based subsidiary. The Independent
New Apokoronas App to help keep municipality clean
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new app to help keep the municipality clean is now available. The new mobile app enables residents and visitors to sent photos and comments directly to the council’s cleaning department of uncollected rubbish and large items left at the side of the road or by household waste bins.
Residents can search and download the app Δήμος Αποκόρωνα from Google play store and the Apple Store. You can then sent photos and messages to the council cleaning department and and by filling name surname and email you can get an immediate acknowledgment from the council.
The app has also a map of all available wifi hotspots in the municipality . Mayor Koukianakis calls on residents and visitors to help the council keep the municipality clean for the summer season. For those residents or visitors who experience problems with the technology the mayor would like to re-
mind residents of the telephone numbers of the council’s cleaning department - 6944573801 – Deputy Mayor Koukourakis - 6987065027 – Deputy Mayor Kotsifakis - 2825340522 – Apokoronas Cleaning Department Unfortunately the App appears to be only available in Greek at the moment.
“Sid’s Place“ by Rick Haynes As usual, Sid’s was buzzing. welcoming arms of a lovely now cease. June and
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The dance floor was full of wall to wall girls all dancing to the Motown beat. On arrival, I always stood just inside the door taking my time looking at so many beauties in one place and making mental notes of any that caught my eye. Looking back, I realise that the girls played the same game – the semi-concealed glance, the quick smile on and the flash of soft r s click re new cretepost.g o m r / eyes were all designed fo http:/ as a come-on. At the time I didn’t realise just how good my chat up lines were, for it was rare not to take a girl home. I had put it down to a dose of good luck but now I see that my simple method had real meaning to the young ladies. If I fancied a girl, I told her how good she looked and meant every single word. I was fussy though, for I rarely asked darkhaired girls to dance. Natural blondes with long hair were my prey. I had no idea why. I never started with any preconceived ideas but my mind seemed to always steer me in a blonde direction, my eyes taking in the curves on offer. I walked to the bar joining my mates in a pint of real ale, having a laugh, yet scanning the room, ready to make a move on some lucky, yet unsuspecting girl. And when the Four Tops -Reach Out I’ll Be There – screamed from the speakers, I made my move into the
blonde.But this time would be different, for emotions would run high and my attitude to life would change forever.Her name was June, she lived in nearby Balham and she had one sister. Two years younger than June, Angela Tayler had the type of face that would grace the front page of any glossy magazine.She had a body that other girls would die for and a look that would drive men crazy with an incurable ache. Angela was one very desirable girl.
Yet Angela didn’t stir me like her older sibling did. June had this special look, a look of a million experiences, so serene, so caring, and so unique that my mind whirled as never before. I noticed little else as I spoke to her, not even Angela desperately trying to attract my attention.We danced, our limbs flowing as one as we moved around the floor, the flashing lights enhancing our bodies. And did we dance. She was a perfect match for me and as she told me later, I for her.Yet these sisters were closer than conjoined twins, with June being Angela’s guardian. It eventually made sense when I realised that every boy and man lusted after the beauty of this unblemished girl of seventeen summers.But, alas for me, Angela had fallen in love.
I started courting and my life changed. Even my parents told me that my selfish side had all but disappeared. And it was all down to the loving June Tayler, a girl with endless patience and the heart of an angel. She could understand my every move as I could hers.June and I had made plans for the future, there was no doubt that we would be together, our forever love was growing day by day.
slashed one wrist and ran to her parents.June’s world collapsed in an instant. Fearing for her sister’s state of mind she clung to me for support, yet her feelings for Angela bordered between Yet the spectre of Angela re- love and hatred.Within days I fused to disappear from my life, saw my beautiful girl change to for June told me that her sis- an older woman, her deep-set ter’s infatuation with me now eyes full of hurt and the stress bordered on an all-consuming tearing her apart. obsession. Angela believed she was head over heels in love It took some weeks for us to with me, hated June for being discuss our futures rationally, my girlfriend, and the heated but in the end there was only rows were tearing their close- one option.We held each othknit family apart.Something er tight, unable to break away, had to give.After another huge our tears flooding over each row with Angela accusing her other’s face.We both tried to sister of stealing her boyfriend, speak, to find the right words June decided to move out. and say our goodbyes as genWe would look for a small flat, tly as possible but I only heard live together, eventually marry her sobs and she mine.June and have kids. Her parents ap- pulled away. I felt her hand proved, not least because the stroke my face as her beautiful arguments would now fade caring eyes looked deeply into away, but also because they mine.‘I’m so sorry my love.’ The liked me. Walking into their front door slammed and June house was like going home, was gone. they had always made me feel so welcome from the first time I never saw her again.And with I entered their home. my life in turmoil these days, I
My mates began giving me earache when I told them that my Friday night outings would Angela had other ideas.She
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AUGUST - 5 / Georgioupolis Sq. / 6p.m.: The Municipality of Apokoronas, in cooperation with the Women’s Association of Georgioupolis and the European Citizens Group, organizes a Rock Festival in Georgioupolis, Municipality of Apokoronas. A charitable event to support the Social Supermarket of the Municipality of Apokoronas. - 5 / Vryses: The Cultural and Educational Association of Vryson organizes a Traditional Festival in the yard of the Cultural Association, with the band of Giorgos Patsourakis. - 6 / Fres: The Fres Association “Our Lady of the Two Rocks” and the “Women’s Club Fres” organize sports events. - 7 / Kalyves - Tsivaras / 7p.m.: Kalyves Association of “Saint Paraskevi”, in cooperation with the Cultural Association Tsivara, organizes the well-established race of Peace-L ove-Health from Tsivaras to Kalyves. - 7 / Douliana: The Traditional Musical Club of Apokoronas (Charilaos) in cooperation with the Cultural Association of Douliania organizes his annual concert in Douliana, Municipality of Apokoronas. - 9 / Melidoni: The Melidoni cultural association (above water) organises Cretan night with the renowned artist of Cretan music: Adonis Martsakis - 9 / Kefalas / 9p.m.: The Cultural Association organizes Theatre Kefalas, Apokoronas, titled ”With halloumi and tsikoudia” folk tales of Cyprus and Crete from the theatre company: The shoe up the tree. - 10 / Vryses: Dance groups from Crete and the rest of Greece participate in an evening of traditional dancing. Free entrance - 10 / Gavalohori / 9.30p.m.: The Cultural Association of Gavalohori organizes Cretan Night with the band of Nikos Zodakis - Manolis Konaros. Entrance 15 € with full menu. - 10 / Kalyves / 8.30p.m.: The Municipality of Apokoronas in collaboration with the Kalyves Kindergarten Parents and Parents Association organize a puppet show from the puppet art theater “Prassein Horses”. Free entrance - 10 / Emprosneros / 9p.m.: The classic, beloved Fairy-tale comes in the summer to win the interest of young and old, offering fun to children, but also modern messages. A children’s play with a fascinating plot, flooded with beautiful melodies that transform at the same time into a musical tale. The performance with charismatic actors - singers, smart sets and costumes, directed in detail and with a delightful story, is sure to win the interest of all viewers, regardless of age. Entrance 10 € Pre-sale 8 € - 11 / Tsivaras / 9.30p.m.: The Cultural Association Tsivaras organizes a theatrical performance with Valentina Papadimitraki and Vangelis Liodakis “With halloumi and tsikoudia”. Entrance 5 € - 11 / Provincial Institute of Press / 9p.m.: The Municipality, and the public welfare Business of the municipality, Apokoronas, presenting her book is Alkynois Papadaki “A Unending Exodus - 12 / Kalyves: The cultural Association of Kalyves “MANOLIS RAFTOPOULOS“ organizes the famous Beach Party in Kalyves Apokoronas Municipality - 12 / Kalyves / 6p.m.: The Association of “Agia Paraskevi”, organizes Panapokorionio Vespers all the priests in Apokoronas will attend) in the Sanctuary of Agia Paraskevi - 12 / Sellia / 9p.m.: The Association Souri-Sellia-Likotinaria invites you to the annual event - 12 / Kalyves / 7p.m.: The Kalyves Association “Agia Paraskevi”, organizes “Youth Festival”. During the event, the athletes who excelled in the Peace Love - Health race and the other athletic events, as well as the Kalyvianakia and Tsivaranakia winners in Higher and Higher Education Institutions and those with a degree, will be honored. The event is under the auspices of the Municipality of Apokoronas. - 12 / Fres / 9p.m.: The Municipality, in collaboration with the Association Fres “Our Ladyof the Two Rocks”, and the “Women’s Club” organizes Puppet shows with Niko Blazakis - 13 / Armeni / 7.30p.m.: Monumental Plaque unveiling that the first Constitution of Greece and the place of Assembly in the 19th century revolutionary meeting chaired by the Ethnarch Eleftherios Venizelos - 13 / Vamos / 9p.m.: Charity Concert with Melina Aslanidou. €12 presale ticket price €10 - 13 / Fres / 9a.m.: Union of Fres “Our Lady of the Two Rocks” and the “Women’s Association Fres” organize a Memorial for the Dead in the Holy Temple of Evangelistria - 14 / Alikambos: The Cultural Association of Alikampos “Archaili” organizes a Great Cretan feast, on the Eve of Our Lady, with Stelios Vamvakas and his band at the Cultural Center of Alikampos - 14 / Fres / 9p.m.: The Union of Fres “Our Lady of the Two Rocks” and the “Women’s Association Frés” organize a Cretan night with the band of Manolis Kontaros - 14 / Pemonia: The cultural association Pemonion organises a Cretan night with Peroylakia in Pemonia - 14 - 18 / Gavalohori: The Cultural Association of Gavalochori organizes exhibition of Vangelis Tsinaraki. Born in Armeni, at 19-06-1965 and here and years residing in Chania. With the painting deals about 15 years occasionally ... The themes are man, scenery (nature) and abstract painting. OPENING HOURS: 18.00-22.00 - 15 / Pemonia: The cultural association Pemonion organises Cretan night with his band Giorgo Manwlioydi and Giorgo Chalkiadaki in Pemonia - 15 / Fres / 9p.m.: The Union Fredianon “Lady of the Two Rocks”, and the “Women Club Fres” organize Cretan evening with the band of the Afon Blamaki - 16 / Kournas: The cultural Association of Kourna “Ag. George “organises Cretan night with his band Niko Zwidaki - 16 / Tsivaras: The cultural Association organizes children’s Puppets karagiozis with Niko Blazakis. FREE ENTRANCE - 16 / Xirosterni / 8.30p.m.: The Association Xirosterianon “the VIOLA” and youth organize a puppet show from the Visual Theatre of puppets “Prassein Aloga”. FREE ENTRANCE - 17 / Kefalas: A special presentation of two humorous stories in the Cretan dialect to texts of George g Stamataki, who perform in theatrical format. With actress Marinella Vlachaki and musician Leonidas Maridakis.. Organisation of Apokoronas. FREE ENTRANCE - 17 / Vryses: The cultural Educational Association organises a Puppet Show “marriage of Dragon” from shadow puppet play of Nikos Blazakis. FREE ENTRANCE
- 17 / Kokkino Horio / 8.30p.m.: The Cultural Association of the Kokkino Chorio “PETROS AND PAULOS” organize a puppet show from the puppet theater “Praseen Horses”. Free entrance - 18 / Tsivaras: The Tsivaras Cultural Club organizes a concert with “Hainides” - 18 / Kalyves / 6 - 9p.m.: With the generous sponsorship of ETAF-SAMARIA we will transform water bottles into dolls. A workshop from the Puppet Art Show “Prassein Horses”, trained by Emmanuela Capokaki with the help of the Municipality of Apokoronos and the Kalyves Kindergarten Parents Association. For children over 8 years old and adults. Bring with you an old baby t-shirt with sleeves. FREE ENTRANCE - 19 / Gavalohori / 9p.m.: The Municipality of Apokoronas, in collaboration with the Cultural Association of Gavalohori, organizes a theatrical show “With Halloumi and Tsikoudia”. Free entrance - 19 / Vafes / 10.30 a.m.: The Cultural Association of Vafe organize in Krionerida Cave and by the memorial of Vafe’s an event of honor and memory to the victims of the cave of Kryonerida Completing 196 years of their sacrifice in 1821. - 20 / Kefalas: Organizes the 37th Celebration Day in honour of the elderly - 20 / Kefalas: The Association of Kefalas organizes athletic games to honour the fighters of freedom and culture from Kefalas - 21 / Fres / 9p.m.: The Municipality of Apokoronas in collaboration with the Union of Fres “Our Lady of the Two Rocks” and the “Women’s Association Fres” organizes a theatrical performance with Valentina Papadimitraki and Vangelis Liodakis “WITH HALOUMI AND TSIKOUDIA “. Free entrance - 21 / Kalyves / 7-9p.m.: The Municipality of Apokoronas invites you to admire the dolls that we created with the gracious sponsorship of ETAA-SAMARIA in the workshop from the “Prassein Horses” puppet theater with Emmanoula Kapokaki’s on 18/8. If you like it you can buy it at a symbolic price and all monies go towards the Social Supermarket. With the help of the Kalyves Nursery School Parents Association. Free entrance - 22 / Nio Horio / 7p.m.: The Cultural Association of Athens of the Descendants of the former Community of Paidochori “Panagia” in collaboration with the Agia Sofia Public Benefit Foundation, the Federation of Associations of Apokoronas, organizes an event for the former bishop of Kissamos and Selinos Irene Galanakis. - 23 / Nipos / 7.30p.m.: The Municipality of Apokoronas, the Regional Unity of Chania, the Agia Sophia Public Benefit Foundation and the Kakatsidon Family organize an Event of Honor and Remembrance for the Chieftain of the Cretan Revolution Theoklis N. Kakatsis (Kakatsaki) in Nippos, where they will unveil a bust in the square of the village square. (Hero’s area). The main speaker will be the philologist-historian Stella Aligizaki - 24 / Vryses: The Cultural and Educational Association of Vrysson organizes “Evening Astronomy” with the Association of Friends of Astronomy of Crete. Uranography and mythology of summer constellations. Free entrance - 25 / Plaka: An International Chess Tournament “Apokoronas 2017”. The tournament will be held in Plaka, Municipality of Apokoronas, with a gold sponsor ETANAD SA “SAMARIA” and a sponsor of the CONSTRUCTION COMPANY TH. KYRIAKIDIS & CO. - 25 / Vamos / 9p.m.: The “Striftalia” musical format consists of Elias and Dimitris Vlamaki and Kostas Koukounakis. The three musicians, having parallel musical trails in the Cretan and Rebetiko repertoire. Free entrance - 28 / Douliana: The Cultural Association of Douliana, organizes a Classical Art Lecture - 28 / Almyrida / 9p.m.: The Municipality of Apokoronas in collaboration with the Cultural Association of Plaka organizes a concert with the Vamos Music Set at Almyrida Beach. Free entrance - 28 / Vafes / 9p.m.: The Cultural Association of Vafe is organizing a Cretan night with the band Haris and Giorgos Panterakis - 29 / Douliana: The Cultural Association of Douliana, organizes the well-known festival of Agios Ioannis - 30 to 9 / Gavalohori: The Cultural Association of Gavalohori organizes a Lace exhibition at the Cultural Association Hall. With this exhibition, we aim to make Lace known to local and foreign visitors. The works that will be hosted illustrate the evolution of Lace art from the beginning of the last century until today. Guides to this exhibition will be the inspired creators of this art to enrich the visitor’s knowledge. OPENING HOURS: 18.00 22.00 - 30 / Georgioupolis / 9p.m.: Τhe Municipality, in cooperation with the Association of Women of Georgioupolis is organizing a mixture of Cretan and Flamenco dancing . The virtuoso dancers of Crete (John George Megalakakis) & and the outstanding dancer of flamenco Argyro Tsapoy inspired by the title ‘ between two rivers, “a musical piece of the legendary guitarist Paco de Lucia join forces and create a performance high artistic level. FREE ENTRANCE - 31 / Vryses / 7p.m.: Τhe cultural and Educational Association of Hania, in cooperation with the municipality, Apokoronas, organize “Memorial Service at the Monument of the battle of Vryses of 1866”. With this battle locals stopped conquering Egyptian army. It resulted to give strength, courage and hope to the Cretans to continue fair fight against the Turks. - 31 - 4 / Agii Pandes: A Joint Symposium for the Province of Apokoronas, will be held from 31 August to 4 September 2017, on grounds of “Agia Sofia” Foundation and the provincial Press Institute, Agios Pandes, Apokoronas. During the Conference will be held parallel events, which will include visits to different villages, and in places: archaeological sites, museums, monuments, culture and history, sites of outstanding natural beauty. SEPTEMBER 1 / Agii Pandes: The Municipality, Apokoronas, organizes a concert with the Vamos Ensemble at Agia Sophia, Agios Pandes Municipality, Apokoronas, FREE ENTRANCE 2 / Asi Gonia / 6.30p.m.: The Municipality, in collaboration with the cultural Association of ASI Gonia < < Agios Georgios > > organises representation of “real” Cretan Wedding in ASI Gonia, Apokoronas, with music, dance groups and rizitika songs. Those who visit the village of Assi Gonia on 02 September will feel that there was a marriage in good old times in the villages of Crete. The wedding procession with musical accompaniment will result in “Watering Can” where will follow traditional revelry. FREE ENTRANCE 3 / Alikambos / 7p.m.: The Municipality of Apokoronas in collaboration with the Cultural Association of Alikampos “ARCHAILI” organizes an event to Honor and Memory for the protestors of the post-revolutionary revolution. 3 / Embrosneros / 9p.m.: The European Permanent Residents of Apokoronas in collaboration with the Municipality of Apokoronou organize a charity concert
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our yearning for a state of being in heavenly domains, our incarnate experience binds us to the material world and its pleasures, the latter of which are so many that we can hardly imagine any kind of afterlife without the functions of our bodies; hence all the religions promisn o k ing not only the eters clic ost.gr re new ep for mo ttp://cret nity of our souls, but h also our reunification with our flesh in its pristine form. Wishful thinking? Perhaps. For the time being, those of us who enjoy absolute health could also take pleasure in that which we are, that is to say, the only creatures on the planet who can act as Harmoi (nexuses) between the material and the spiritual worlds. Our bodies are the sensors of the former and our souls of the latter. The brain (our intelligence) works as a conduit of information between the two and is, therefore, the harmos/nexus which links material to spirit. Blissful, therefore, is he/she who balances between the spiritual and material worlds without over-correction either way, like a golden mean between the two. The greater the balance, the greater the cohesive substance of the harmos. This naturally requires constant re-assessment of current conditions, which I call “harmoscopesis”, through which we achieve self knowledge admitting to ourselves that we are both body and spirit and that we should function as such, astride the golden mean between the two respective worlds. That being said, incomplete beings are those who neglect the body and reject its pleasures for an absolute bond with the spirit (like religious fundamentalists), just as half beings are those that allow themselves to fall prey to all the base pleasures of the flesh without exercising self control and intellectual development. “Walking the line” requires a lifetime of discipline. The only culture and civilization to have captured in art
the poignant yearning for such an ideal is that which once flourished in Greece. It is clearly manifested in all the statues of the great Greek sculptors, like that of Myron’s ‘discus thrower’ and Polycleitus’ ‘spear bearer.’ The Greek word for statue, ‘agalma,’ is by far more appropriate than the English word which stems from the Latin ‘statua’ whose semantic field limits itself to the static immobility of the work; for, as already stated, “agalma” literally means ‘that which soothes and uplifts the onlooker’ laying out the dictates of what he should strive towards. In fact, Greek is the only language which distinguishes between a statue representation of a historical figure (like George Washington, let’s say...) and the ideal human form like Myron’s “Discus Thrower,” the former called ανδριάντας (andriantas) and the latter an άγαλμα (agalma). By removing all possible imperfections that usually accompany the human form and its trial by the onslaught of time, the Greeks immortalized absolute beauty as it may be emanated from a human whose intellect, spirit and body function in absolute harmony. The tranquility manifested in the faces of these works along with the grace and virility of their bodies for ever dictate the measure of human dignity towards which we must always strive. These forms stand as a constant rebuke to those whose bellies are larger than their chests as indications of decadence and lack of discipline and self control. Until the end of time agalmata will condemn alterations and deformations to the body (as the temple of the soul that it is) declaring that tattoos, perforations and excessive jewelry are barbaric practices by individuals who lack spiritual and intellectual development. In fact, so repulsive was tattooing in the eyes of the Greeks and the Romans, that it was applied as a form of punishment for deserters and slaves. The irony is that today tattooing serves the same purpose, the difference being that the bearers are now self-inflicted in absence of any historical memory or high culture that might cultivate them other-
wise as non-slaves… In a nutshell, the pristine human form as represented by the Greek ‘agalmata’ will always remind us of our cretinism and inadequacies when we deviate from their dictates, as they act as compasses pointing to ‘kalokagatheia’ - beauty, goodness and human dignity. As things stand, nine out of ten people are far cries from acting within this “golden mean”, and they look it! For humans have an inherent dislike for work and commitment that would refine them into the best of their potential. And although nothing could be more beautiful than a fit, healthy body, ideally accommodating an equally balanced intellectualism and refined spirit, the sheer difficulty of the task produces a subversive mindset that the masses embrace: Fashionable ugliness. The forms of most humans who inhabit the planet are so distant from such perfection that they hardly suffice to act even as shadows of the Greek works. The very few who have approached the forms of Greek ‘agalmata’ are perhaps some of the world’s finest crosstrained athletes, and at that only if they have been genetically endowed with the proper proportions, not to mention “racial characteristics (at the risk of being “politically incorrect”). What is even harder to find is such an athlete with a face that is not a far cry from the tranquility and intellectual completeness as depicted in the Greek forms; for most gym buffs are i-pad-totting, tattoo-bearing buffoons nowadays, more interested in playing “Call of Duty” than cultivating any spirit-nourishing intellectualism. A freak parade of stigmatized flesh and unkempt appearances can be enjoyed in any public place nowadays. There seems to be a demented sense of “belonging” among the adherents of “sloppiness.” Besides, idiots league together to deal with things they cannot understand or are daunted by.
ence of its opposite, then, the decline that aging imposes on the body is not felt so intensely by anyone as it is by welltrained athletes. The vitality of youth is taken for granted during its short-lived period of our primes. While the galloping strides of the soul and spirit carry on undeterred by aging, the body eventually wanes like the dying flame of a consumed match. Aware of the volatility of our earthly substance, many place their hopes for some kind of permanence in the divine; hence our desire to reunite with the immaculate forms of our eternal bodies. However, the question that will forever torment our whimsical arrogance is this: What permanence can be achieved in any form, seeing as the divine is in perpetual flux and motion? Besides, the very word for “god” (θεός) in Greek means he who runs, who is in “continual motion.” For the time being, therefore, the only thing of which we may be certain is that in our present form we should strive for excellence as con-nexuses of the physical world and the spiritual/intellectual realm, “attended by the vision splendid” as it is portrayed in the timeless Greek form, the “agalma”. AGING ATHLETE I’ve spent a lifetime sculpting you, preparing you for war in tune with patterns offered me by heroes sung in lore. Such Apollonian discipline I’ve striven to apply, instilling in you vigour, strength, propelling legs to fly. Polykleitus’ and Myron’s works were in my soul engraved. What fool was I to think that you could time survive unscathed. Oh mortal insignificance of water, earth and flesh, why have you failed to reap rewards and with my efforts mesh? Despite endeavours to sustain you equal to my soulthat burning immaterial force so distant from your goalI dread to see that in your worthy effort to attain perpetual orbit you have proved unworthy of its flame.
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Which are the Telegraph’s best boutique hotels in Chania? The Telegraph’s choice of boutique hotels in Crete, including the top places to stay for 14th-century Cretan cloisters, private infinity pools, antique furnishings, panoramic views, eclectic art collections, excellent service and trendy bars in locations including Rethymnon, Chania and Sissi. But, which are the best in Chania? boards. Smooth adobe-style walls in brown and beige are covered with the owners’ collection of antique paintings and prints of minarets. The effect is cosy and luxurious, without being precious. Up a narrow flight of steps from the main courtyard, the Aisha suite has its own small terrace with distant sea views, whilst Constantinople has a separate lounge area.
Serenissima Boutique Hotel The hotel is housed in a Venetian building built round a small interior courtyard. Its carefully renovated with lots of open stonework, wooden floors and La Maison Ottomane high ceilings. Entering this charmingly reno- There are seven rooms and vated property along a narrow suites decorated in light khaside street fringed with crum- ki, grey and cream colour bling buildings is like stepping schemes, with parquet floors, back in time. open stonework or exposed It’s owned by a well-travelled brick walls, high ceilings with collector of antiques and heir- dark wooden beams and miniAmbassadors Residence Bou- loom items embellish every mal furniture. tique Hotel room. Three suites have period One spacious suite has its own Once the private residence of furnishings inspired by the Ot- terrace, with mountain views, 19th-century German Ambas- toman period, such as antique and the hotel’s largest suite is sador R. Krüger, this delightful faded carpets on wooden tiled on two levels with a downstairs little boutique hotel in a taste- floors, ancient overstuffed so- lounge/living space, upstairs fully renovated Venetian abode fas with plenty of cushions and mezzanine-style bedroom and fronts Chania’s lively café-lined large beds with ornate head- private terrace.
A small restaurant, open in the summer, serves Cretan fusion cuisine and there is a small, but atmospheric wine bar serving a good selection of Greek vine juice. Casa Delfino Hotel & for more news clic k on http://cre Spa tepost.gr This long-established, family-owned hotel offers 24 smartly presented rooms, plus a marble-clad spa and roof terrace bar. Interior style is a contemporary take on heritage, designer fittings and chrome banisters juxtaposed with recycled timbers. The premises have been renovated by a sixth-generation descendant of the 19th-century Genoese Delfino family who originally built the mansion. All rooms have handmade Italian furniture, premium Apivita toiletries for the bath and marble or wood flooring. Most upper-storey suites have balconies of varying sizes; the ground-floor Master Suite has a vaulted ceiling, while the Ottoman Suite has its own hammam. Top choice in all senses is the Presidential Suite, with its private, panoramic roof terrace.
harbour, set beneath the city’s old Venetian Arsenal. The interior is a sympathetic blend of old and modern, with bare stone walls and huge wooden beams in reception, walls decorated with the ambassador’s photos and a pretty roof garden for guests. Nine double rooms, junior and senior suites are all decorated in different materials. Rooms on lower floors have property and garden views. Spacious suites on upper floors have high ceilings, large windows, lounges and roof terraces/gardens with panoramic views over Chania’s pretty harbour.
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Monastery Estate This comfortably furnished complex of five spacious self catering apartments is a blend of Spanish finca and traditional Cretan home. It is an old house, sympathetically renovated in rustic style with open stonework, huge eucalyptus beams, bare stone floors and antique Deco touches. Surrounded by olive groves and hiking paths in the tiny village of Moni, this laidback hotel attracts guests who come here for the hiking or to sample a slice of authentic Cretan lifestyle. Rooms have been renovated in a rustic style with open fireplaces, rough whitewashed walls and antique touches. All rooms have large courtyards with outside dining and relaxation areas, big whirlpool baths and stunning views of the surrounding Lefka Ori mountains.
Travel and Leisure: Greece dominates Top – 10 Islands category Santorini ranks 1st. Crete comes 4th Greece has dominated ‘Eu-
rope’s Top 10 Islands’ category at this year’s Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, with Santorini taking first place, Crete ranking fourth, Paros in fifth place and Rhodes following in at number six. Travel + Leisure (T+L) is a travel magazine based in New York City, and is known as one of the world’s most influential travel brands. Every year T+L organizes their World’s Best ck on li c r s Awards survey, ask.g re new epost for mo ttp://cret h ing millions of readers worldwide to weigh in on travel experiences around the globesharing their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. In the category of ‘Europe’s
Top 10 Islands’, readers valued islands according to their activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value. “Rhodes and the Dodecanese, Páros, and Crete are all places where you can choose your own adventure: ruins or lazy basking in the sun, with a spec-
town of Oía just before evening falls, you can see why. Hotels built into the steep cliffs offer views out over the sea that are so captivating, there’s no reason to leave your suite and its private plunge pool until dinnertime,” notes the publication.
tacular meal of fresh fish at the end of the day regardless. But Santorini is another animal altogether, which is why it’s claimed the number one spot in this category an astounding 14 times. Sunset hero shots may have become a cliché on Instagram—and here, as everyone gathers in the cobblestoned
Top 10 European Islands, according to T+L 10. Menorca, Spain 9. Skye and the Hebrides, Scotland 8. Sicily, Italy 7. Azores, Portugal 6. Rhodes and the Dodecanese, Greece 5. Páros, Greece 4. Crete, Greece 3. Hvar and the Dalmatian Islands, Croatia 2. Ischia, Italy 1. Santorini, Greece
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Mosquitoes and Chemicals by David Capon Last month I watched a new ers. Some orchids have evolved deodorants etc have no doubt, canolide’; hard enough to spell hour-long documentary on mosquitoes. It was good to see a lot of information all at the same time although nothing new was revealed. I expect viewers who knew little about mosquitoes would have been shocked. The programme emphasized the spread of mosquito populations because of Climate Change and that spread plus increased global travel was extending deadly diseases into new areas of the world. The documentary showed aircraft spraying pesticide in the USA as a means of reducing mosquito numbers. Not only are some humans affected by the chemical spray but as with most pesticides the spray is not specific for the one insect. The chemicals used in that pesticide to control mosquitoes are devastating so many important insects such as bees and butterflies. For many people, mosquitoes are considered to be the deadliest animals in the world. Personally, I do not agree as I consider the most dangerous animal is Homo Sapiens. Chemical signals used by animals were discovered less than 60 years ago and were given the name of pheromones. It is important to understand that pheromones are signals sent deliberately in the hope a receiver will understand the intention. Often the signals are sent in the hope of finding a mate; other signals may be sent as a warning to possible intrud-
to mimic the pheromones of the specific insects they require for pollination. There are other chemicals emitted by animals that are not pheromones but are just what are signified as cues. An example of this is the carbon dioxide breathed out by humans that is a ‘cue’ for mosquitoes; we are not deliberately sending signals to the mosquito population as we are not trying to announce our location, because we do not wish to be found! Pheromone research has become a very intricate and important branch of science. Scientists now understand that signals are being released by so many animals for various reasons. Of great importance is that they are able to untangle the chemical formulae. Recognising the formula is one thing: being able to synthesise the formula is another. Why is recreating a specific pheromone important? If we can create replicas of pheromones we will, to some extent, be able to control the activities and in some cases, reproduction, of many pests without affecting beneficial animals or the environment. Some pheromones have already been used to try to control pest species, mainly insect pests. But the pheromones are complex chemical combinations. I assume that as humans we have strayed away from natural pheromone reception. The introduction of soap, colognes,
over a few generations, altered our views on the odours of other people,. What may have been considered a very desirable and sexually attractive smell in the past is now usually considered a sign of uncleanliness. As an example, whilst Napoleon was away he is said to have written to Josephine saying “Don’t wash, I am coming” about two weeks before they would meet. I have often wondered why some people are more susceptible to mosquito bites than others. Additional chemical cues must be the reason as we all breathe out carbon dioxide and should be affected equally. Therefore there must be other cues and these chemicals must be contained in the expelled gas, be existent on the body or a combination. If scientists could identify these chemical cues and if they could synthesise them they could be used to attract female mosquitoes to ‘killing areas’. Culex mosquitoes use oviposition pheromones to lay eggs at sites of successful egg masses. This reduces predation but the pheromone is not produced by the eggs for the first 24 hours so that only surviving eggs send a signal of ‘success’. This pheromone is also used as a signal by some other species of mosquito so if synthesized it could be used as a means of controlling these insects. But to give you some idea of the complexity the pheromone emitted is ‘(5R,6S)-6-acetoxy-5-hexade-
correctly! Let us hope that using pheromones may be a safer way forward in decimating mosquito populations without harming beneficial wildlife. I do see a major problem in that production companies are receiving money for their pesticide products so why would they spend a lot of money researching the production of specific pheromones for which the financial rewards may be small. Mosquitoes and Bacteria On the 18th July I read that a company in America (Verily) is going to release a million male mosquitoes that have been implanted with the bacteria Wolbachia, every week for 20 weeks in two neighbourhoods in California. Males do not bite and the bacteria have a huge affect on the reproductive process as the eggs laid by mated females are non-viable. If successful this process could be used across the world. I am not sure that this will be a complete success. Wolbachia is common in nature. The information from the company indicates that male mosquitoes that carry Wolbachia can fly around normally and mate with females, but the eggs those females lay are not able to hatch — unless the females are infected with the same strain of the bacteria as well. It is that very last part of the statement that concerns me.
Greek Airports See Passenger Traffic Up 10.3% in First Half of 2017 A total of 21.9 million pas-
sengers, up by 10.3 percent, compared to the same period in 2016 at 19.9 million, have gone through Greek airports in the first six months of the year, according to data released on Thursday by the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA). The number of travelers going
through Greek airports in June rose by 14.1 percent at 7.3 million – a 8.7 percent increase in domestic travelers and a 15.8 percent rise in international visitors. Meanwhile, the number of flights touching ground at Greek airports during the January-June period came to 192,396 (86,466 domestic
flights and 105,930 international flights), up by 0.6 percent, compared to 2016 at 191,2014 flights. In June, the largest passenger traffic was recorded at Athens, Heraklion, Rhodes, Thessaloniki and Corfu airports with 2.168.155, 1.080.803, 784,484, 649,589 and 471,668 passengers respectively.
In June, the airports of Paros, Sitia and Naxos recorded the highest percentage increase in passenger traffic. According to HCAA data, passenger traffic at Paros airport grew by 275 percent, at Sitia airport increased by 121.4 percent and at Naxos airport grew by 45.7 percent. news.gtp.gr
New EU Travel System Causes Concerns About Fundamental Rights
Tips for a fun family vacation on Crete Crete is the largest island The maze called “Trojan horse” in Greece and its coastline of 1,046 km or 650 miles makes for some extraordinary beaches, which is a great way to pass the time on your family vacation on the island, greekreporter.com notes and offers the following tips for a fun family vacation on Crete: There is a lot more to do on Crete than meets the eye. Whether traveling with young children or your grandparents, a family vacation on Crete can be an amazing experience — you just need to know where to go! Let’s look at some great tips and activities that you can do while on Crete for an unforgettable family vacation. 1. Labyrinth Theme Park Here you will find a new hi-tech “laser maze” inspired by Greek Mythology which is the perfect way to pass your time while on Crete — using everything from hi-tech lasers, haze effects and unique designs at Labyrinth Park!
enter the EU. Border controls will still apply but should be much simpler for ETIAS-authorised travellers. The European Parliament recently asked FRA for its Opinion on the fundamental rights impact of the ETIAS proposal. The FRA expressed concerns regarding the collection of sen-
your family this summer on Crete is Agios Nikolaos. Agios Nikolaos is quaint and quieter than many other places on the island, and there are unique and stunning beaches such as Tsifliki beach that you can visit. Also, depending on where you stay, you can have fun-filled days with activities organized by your hotel, do water sports or go out exploring on your own.
video that reconstructs the famous Minoan Palace! The video tour allows you to walk through the halls and enter rooms of the palace. Check out the video below before you visit the ancient ruins! The magnificent palace sprawls over 20,000 square meters on the hill of Kefalas, and is the setting for many well-known myths such as the Labyrinth with the Minotaur and Daedalus and Icarus.
4. The Ancient Ruins of Knossos While on Crete you must visit the ancient ruins of Knossos and the Minoan Palace! Every year people visiting Crete stop by the ruins of the ancient city of Knossos to experience what remains from the capital of Minoan Civilization. Experiencing Knossos in person is an amazing way to pass the day with your family. Also not to be missed is expe3. Agios Nikolaos riencing Knossos as it once was This is another fabulous vaca- in its glory days thanks to a tion destination for you and the latest technology and a 3D
5. The Samaria Gorge Something ideal for families with older children is a trip to visit the Samaria Gorge. It is 16 km long, and starts at an altitude of 1,250 meters at the northern entrance, and ending at the shores of the Libyan Sea in Agia Roumeli. It was declared a National Park in 1962 and attracts thousands of trekkers throughout the year. The entrance to the gorge is located at Aghia Roumeli, at the southern side of the park.
recently opened on May 15, 2017 and is a great family destination in Herakleion, Crete as not only do you get to enjoy the latest in hi-tech interactive games, but you also get to experience a bit of history while you are transported back to ancient Troy sent on a mission to capture the beautiful Helen and return her home.
2. Kokkini Hani Kokkini Hani is located 14 km east of Heraklion and is a popular holiday destination for families. The area remained quite untouched until the 1960s when full electricity and telephone services reached this part of Crete, and several hotels were built. The beaches are beautiful and the hotels that are in this area cater to families with activity schedules, pools, social events and beachfront access.
for Fundamental Rights (FRA) recently expressed various concerns regarding the European Commission’s proposal to create a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) that would be aimed to ease travel to the EU and simplify border
checks. The Commission has proposed the creation of a new largescale EU-wide information system that will apply to all Schengen countries. Similar to the US’ ESTA travel system, ETIAS will screen people from visa-free countries before they travel to check whether or not they can
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sitive personal data, who can access the data and how long the data are kept. The FRA listed a number of observations that include the need to embed fundamental rights into ETIAS, only collect data that is necessary, prevent discriminatory profil- for more new s click on http://cre ing, review when law tepost.gr enforcement agencies can access ETIAS data, respect the right to asylum and allow users to complain, appeal decisions, and amend the data in the system. FRA issues Opinions on specific thematic topics, following requests for advice from the European Parliament, the EU Council or the European Commission. These Opinions are part of the agency’s fundamental rights assistance and expertise that it provides to EU institutions and Member States.
Did the UK Prime Minister, Teresa May, Bring Her Downfall on Herself ? The opinion of an Englishman by Hobson Tarrant voter turned to question... To do a deal with the NorthWell let’s start I suppose by Ear’ of it all?
admitting that I come from a long line of conservative voters and so my emotions by reasons of history lay with the UK Tory party and my wishes are that they should do well. In contrast I have a deep seated distrust of the Labour party which particularly peaked with the Tony Blair and Brown governments, with particular emphasis to their ineptitude with finances and a reckless desire to shackle ck on li c r s business enterprise by .g re new epost for mo ttp://cret h the creation of regulations, which stifle all profit and growth to the benefit of the employee beyond all reasonable justification. Furthermore, I was at one with the notion that at the offset of the recent UK election Jeremy Corbyn was all but unelectable, and thus taking to the country for a stronger mandate with which to hammer Europe for a strongly favourable Brexit deal, appeared on paper to be a case of excellent timing. So who was to know that our Teresa would make such a ‘Pigs
Where did she go wrong? Where didn’t she? Firstly with the NHS health service in an almost imminent state of collapse, she failed to recognise that finding a solution to such problems might just be of a slight interest to the British public. With household poverty rising, lack of social housing, support for the elderly and mentally ill disappearing by the day, she glibly looked the other way with emotionless utterances of “We are doing all that we can.” Then in the wake of no less than three terrifying terrorist attacks that resulted in numerous fatalities and casualties on British soil, she still stood tall to announce, “What a wonderful job our support and police services provided.” But then almost by continuation appeared to add, “But don’t worry, we will soon be significantly reducing these self-same service structures, so they won’t be there for next time.” Is it any wonder that the British
“Is this the leader our country needs?” Yet whilst Teresa from her position of privilege could only see Brexit as her primary task of importance, with reducing the countries debt repayments a nagging afterthought, that unelectable scoundrel Jeremy snuck in to do the dirty by offering the struggling poor, besieged pensioners and working nation as a whole, every glimmer of hope that they could ever have wanted. It didn’t matter that if the Labour party had slipped into power, they would never have been able to finance the shopping list of goodies placed on offer. The attraction lay in the fact that here was a political party that appeared to actually see the deep routed problems that the country was currently suffering from. So where do we go from here? The truth is Mrs May has almost single handed taken a stable and successful British government to the edge of imminent collapse.
ern Ireland DUP, risks sending the Irish peace agreement into freefall with the reopening of the old troubles under Jerry Adams. To run as a minority government would soon be followed by a vote of no confidence leading to a new election that would result in sending the markets into a downward spin. Then if the Labour party should finally come to power as would seem likely under some form of coalition, how long before the Brexit negotiations falter through lack of interest, or even get reversed, leading to some punitive twist of terms by the European machine? When recently asked in an interview what was the most daring and dangerous thing Teresa May had ever done she had answered “ Running through a field of wheat!” Now if asked the same, she can add... “Taking my country up to the brink of disaster!” And yes, it is my opinion that she brought her downfall squarely upon herself!
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Shut-ins And Suicide: Recognizing The Signs by Marie Miguel E ach year, especially during American residents. This infor- especially when there is no giving back to the community. the summer and winter months, there are reports of deaths of elderly individuals. Sometimes, these deaths are related to extreme temperature or suicide. The suicide rate is especially startling for those who have reached retirement age and have either voluntarily retired or been transitioned out with a retirement package. Loneliness is a key factor related to a decline in mental health of the elderly. Elderly suicide deaths are often attributed to a lack of necessary familial and social support systems. Assisted Living vs. Abandoned Living Recent studies show there is a tremendous increase in the number of assisted living homes throughout the United States. The baby boomers have now become geriatrics. This phenomenon of assisted living facilities is common only in the United States where elders are not often held in high regards as they are in other cultures. Any visit to an assisted living facility will reveal a very low number of Asian, Hispanic, African American/Black, or Native
mation raises the questions regarding prevalence of mental and physical health issues present among White Americans versus other ethnic groups, or if the reasons for the disparity are cultural. While leaving the family home to move into an assisted living facility can be heart breaking and can lead to difficulties regarding transitioning, at least there are other residents and of course, the staff there provide social outlets, activities, and to assist with changes. Older citizens who have little to no family, who are otherwise healthy or simply have not been identified as in need of services are at great risk. The risks are greater when these individuals do not venture out much or have regular social connections, because there is no one to notice when they do not leave their homes. Generally, it is when bills, rent, or mortgage goes unpaid that anyone is alerted to a lack of activity.
baseline. This is especially true with shut-ins without social circles. It is one of the reasons that this is important - community and social services are aware of older residents living on their own and that there is someone designated to make regular contact. Many elderly people may prefer keeping to themselves for fear of being placed in a nursing home or assisted living facility. When this occurs, they lose control over their physical, as well as financial independence. Many older Americans live on very little as it is, but when declared incapable of caring for themselves, this is absorbed to cover the cost of care and daily expenses. Without concerned family to oversee their finances or medical care, many experience rapid decline in their cognitive abilities.
Remedying the Problem There are actions that can be taken by communities to assure that older citizens are not They Have to Be Seen to left alone to either die from starvation, heat, cold, or suiKnow It is often difficult to identify cide. Signing up as a volunteer signs of depression and suicid- for such programs as Meals on al thoughts in older persons, Wheels is an excellent way of
Many high school and college students find volunteer work through elder outreach programs to be very rewarding. Whether it is Meals on Wheels, or giving an afternoon to read, play games, or simply talk to an older person, these are ways of providing them an outlet that means someone knows their schedule and their moods. Regular contact and activity not only ensures their safety, but also improves their mood and general outlook on life. For families, making the decision to place an older family member in a nursing home or assisted living facility is not one that should be taken lightly, and it is certainly not an easy one. The transition is not only difficult for the older parent, but also for the adult children and their children, as well. Seeking support through group or individual counselling is a means of learning how to cope with the changes, and even the guilt related to having made the decision. The most important thing to remember is that regular contact through visits and phone calls will help all involved, not just for the elderly family member.
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Crete hoteliers propose 10 euro entry ticket for famous beaches The opinion of our readers in CretePost.gr Charging H oteliers in the prefecture Our readers’ opinion
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of Chania are proposing a 10 euro entry fee for the world-renowned beaches of Balos and Elafonisi. The proposal which has been submitted to the relevant local authorities in charge of the beaches says that the imposition of a fee is necessary for the protection of the environment. “These beaches are at risk from the uncontrolled flow of people,” the proposal by the Association of Hoteliers of Chania on k c li c s notes. re new t.gr for mo /cretepos :/ It adds that the 10 p htt euro ticket would discourage overcrowding and enhance the experience for those who would be prepared to pay. The proposals include a 12hour ticket office operating at the perimeters of the two beaches, as well as a complete ban to caravans and free camping. “It is our responsibility to protect these areas as they are a center of attraction for thousands of visitors and can be a reference point for the tourist development of all Crete,” the hoteliers stress. Correspondents add that it is a radical proposal that would perhaps anger the local population which is enjoying beaches of extraordinary beauty free of charge.
for the beaches will structure. hopefully stay a joke. Koen Huybens The last time I went to Elafonisi Jennifer Benhert-Manos we were targeted on arrival by If the money is used to improve sunbed operatives competing Dirty beaches with rip off prices. facilities and clean up the envifor our euros. Personally wouldn’t use them ronment I am all for it. Highest prices for sunbeds in out of principle. Brian Lewis Chania. I suggest travelling further up We were charged for disgusting the coastline - loads of beautiful For this tiny amount per visitor filthy toilets with no hand wash unspoilt bays , that are free of they have proper chance to orwater and no toilet paper. charge no salesmen pestering ganise the facilities of these faThe shed cantina’s had only pre you (buy your own telescopic mous beaches. wrapped mass produced sand- umbrella €10 ) Hanne Koivuranta wiches and carton fruit juice. Michelle Jackson No fresh orange, tyropitas etc. I Not to much to ask for have not returned since. I ve been in chania and the next Anne Hendseth Balos (we paid an extra charge beaches around chania. at the port for conservation). The tourists are soooo pissed off, Balos is also overrun... The boats kindly offered dirty you can see their faces! Go there very early in the mornrags and buckets of solvent to I am Greek and just viseted my ing before all other tourists remove oil from bikinis, feet and mother. come. shoes. No shade so obliged to pay 5 eu- But the tourists really seem to be Elafonissi at 7 o’ clock in the morning is fantastic. ros for an hour of umbrella (and angry. when we passed our receipt to Because they have to pay for the Beate Druse new arrivals as we departed the sunbeds etc.. but crete is beautiDisgusting money grabbers. operator refused to accept it for ful.. full day- thus the man must have Dear tourists: go to a store and The authorities responsible made on every bed at least 36 buy an umbrella for the beach for tourism in Crete should be and just lay down in the sand ashamed for allowing anything euros a day) . and chill your life. which drags down the reputaDirty beach!!! I did it and really had fun at the tion of beautiful Crete. Elisabeth Martin Edge beautiful beaches. Just a towel, Leigh Jones Have been to elafonissi yester- maybe a chair and an umbrella Bubu Diab We used to go there in 70s. Nothday. ing there. 50 cent for toilets but only if you 10 euro for entry beach and We camped and it was the most had money with you. No charge for kids but long lines. sunbeds, seems to me a good beautiful place. idea. I have been back since but only Totally overrun beach. The money can be used to pro- once and no more. I am not a fan. Will try it one time off season but tect the beaches Balos and Ela- There were so many tourist busfonisi, I already visited, and to es and I hated it. So very sad! never again during the season. Going to Balos tomorrow. provide them with a good infra- Linda Cunningham Bibo
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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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Välkommen til l vackra Chani a, ett himmel och äkta land skt fullt med natu rlig skönhet, toria, minnen hisoch kultur. Det är en plat s där besökare n kom turen i all dess majestätiska sk mer att få uppleva naönhet och möt enastående va ckra platser. as av Ändlösa sträck or av fasciner ande kust bild gränser i norr ar dess , söder och vä ster. In i mellan m öts man av ex otiska stränder i vissa fall gö och öar, mda bakom st ora imponera Likaså finns nde berg. här fantastiska raviner som genom bergen skär sig ut mot haven, liksom heliga spännande stal grottor med agmiter och al agmiter.
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
Beaches | Plages | Strände | пляжи | Strande | Strender | Stränder | Rannat | 海滩 Numerous beautiful beaches with soft sand or coloured pebbles are found in the prefecture of Chania. All beaches have crystalline waters and look like paradise. Afrata: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 28km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, parking, cafe, snack Agia Marina: Type: Sand - Distance: 9km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all Inclusive Hotels, pharmacies, doctors, ATM cashpoint machines, super markets, shops, car rentals Agia Roumeli: Village on the south coast of Chania prefecture, between Chora Sfakion and Sougia. Type: Pebbles - Facilities: Showers, umbrellas and sunbeds, cafe, snack, tavernas, accommodation, mini market, ferry boat trips Agioi Apostoli: Type: Sand - Distance: 3km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, lifeguard, free parking area, cafes, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, taxi station, bus stop, mini markets, super markets, tourist offices and car rental offices Almirida: Type: Sand - Distance: 23km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, windsurfing school, cafes, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets, ATM cashpoint machines Balos Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 55km west of Chania town Facilities: Canteens, umbrellas and sunbeds Chora Sfakion: Type: Pebbles - Facilities: Restaurants, cafes, shops Crissi Akti Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 2.5km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, volley ball courts, children’s playground, parking, cafes, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, super markets, taxi station Drapanias: Type: Sand - Distance: 33km west of Chania town Facilities: Showers, umbrellas and sunbeds, cafe, snack, restaurants, tavernas, accommodation, campsite, bakery, mini market Elafonissi: Type: Sand - Distance: 75 km from Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, canteen, cafe, taverns, accommodation, mini market Falasarna: Type: Sand - Distance: 59km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, volley ball court, lifeguard, parking, cafes, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation Frangokastello: Type: Sand - Distance: 80km southeast of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, cafes, restaurants, fish taverns, shops, mini market, accommodation Georgioupoli: Type: Sand - Distance: 38km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguards, water sports, cafes, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets, super markets, shops, ATM cashpoint machines Gerani: Type: Sand - Distance: 15km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, bars, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, all Inclusive hotels, shops, pharmacy, super markets Gialiskari/Anidri Beach: Type: Sand/Pebbles - Distance: 74km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, two canteens
Kalathas Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 13km north east of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafes, snack, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops Kalives: Type: Sand - Distance: 19km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, windsurfing school, cafes, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets, ATM cashpoint machines Kedrodassos: Type: Sand - Distance: 74km south west of Chania town Kisamos (Mavros Molos): Type: Sand - Distance: 36km west of Chania Facilities: Showers, umbrellas and sunbeds, cafes, snack, restaurants, tavernas, accommodation, shops, mini markets, super markets, ATM’s, doctor’s offices
Kolymvari (Kolymbari): Type: Sand/Pebbles - Distance: 23km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafe, snack, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets Koundoura/Krios Beach: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 80km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas, sunbeds, parking, canteen Kyani Akti Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 18km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, parking, canteens, restaurants, tavernas Loutraki Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 16km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, parking, cafes, snack, restaurant, accommodation Loutro: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 71km south of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, cafe, snack bars, restaurants, fish taverns, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops Maleme: Type: Sand - Distance: 17km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops, pharmacies Marathi Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 16km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafes, snack, restaurants, accommodation
Marmara Beach: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 85km south of Chania town Facilities: Pachia Ammos: Type: Sand - Distance: 71km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas, sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, beach bar, cafes, restaurants, taverns, accommodation Platanias: Type: Sand - Distance: 10km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafe, snack, beach bars, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all inclusive hotels, pharmacies, doctors, ATM cashpoint machines, super markets, shops, car rentals, playgrounds, mini golf courts Sougia: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 60km south of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, parking, cafes, bars, restaurants, taverns, fish taverns, mini markets, bakery, accommodation
Stalos Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 7km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, beach bars, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all inclusive hotels, pharmacies, doctors, ATM cashpoint machines, super markets, shops, car rentals
Glyka Nera Beach: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 75km south of Chania Facilities: Canteen, umbrellas
Stavros Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 17km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafe, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets
Grammeno Beach: Type: Sand/Pebbles - Distance: 75km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, parking, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation
Tavronitis: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 18km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, beach bars, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all inclusive hotels, mini market
Kalamaki: Type: Sand - Distance: 4km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, lifeguard, parking, cafes, snack, beach bar, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation
Tersanas Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 13km nort east of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafe, snack, restaurant, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops, pharmacies
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Cretan flora and fauna | Flore et la faune crétois | Kretische Flora und Fauna | Kритские флора и фауна | Kretiske flora og fauna Kretensiske flora og fauna | Kretensiska flora och fauna | Kreetalainen kasvisto ja eläimistö | 克里特岛动植物 The climate and t he conf igurat ion of t he l and ma ke t he count y of C hani a a p aradis e for t hous ands of pl ants and anima ls. L i lys of t he s e a (p ancrat ium mar it imum), l avd ano (l avd anum), c ycl amen (c ycl amen cret ic um), Cret an tu lips (tu lip a cret ic a), maple (acer cret ic us). The endemic and unique ditt any (or iganum dic t amum), ma lot ira (f ider it is cret ic a) and matzourana (or iganum maiorana), are me dicina l b oi ling pl ants w hich are abund ant. On t he pl ain of Oma los you c an f ind st amnagat hi (ci hor ium spinosum). Dr ie d or f resh ly c ut, t hes e sp e ci a l me dicina l herbs
c an b e found in t he Public Market or lo c a l shops. O ver 1742 unique Cret an pl ants c an a ls o b e found, 10% of w hich exist on ly in t he count y of C hani a. The proud Cret an b e ast (c apra aegag r us cret ic a) lives f re ely on ly in t he Samar i a G orge. There and els e w here, you c an s e e Cret an e ag les (aqui l a chr ys aetos) and p ar t r idges (a le c tor is chukar). Fer rets, skun ks, we as els, hares, haw ks etc. c an a ls o b e s e en in op en pl aces. There is a ls o an ende avour to prote c t an are a on t he nor t h shores of t he count y esp e ci a l ly for t he tur t les (c arett a-c arett a) t hat live t here.
Conference tourism | Le tourisme de conférence | Konferenztourismus | Конференц-туризм Conference turisme | Konferensturism | Conference matkailu | 会议旅游 St. Sofia Foundation - Agii Pantes Tel.: (+30) 2821057043 Orthodox Academy of Crete in Kolympari Tel.: (+30) 2824022060 Fax: (+30) 2824022245 Email: email@example.com Http: www.oac.gr Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania Tel: (+30) 28210 35081, 35080 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org και email@example.com http://confer.maich.gr Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/
Cultural Centre Of Chania 70, A. Papandreou Street, Hania Tel.: (+30) 28213 44400-4 Cultural Center of the Metropolis - Hania Tel.: (+30) 2821027808 Fax: (+30) 2821027823 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Http: www.imka.gr Centre of Architecture of Mediterranean (Megalo Arsenali) Tel.: (+30) 2821040201 Fax: (+30) 2821027184 Http: www.kam-arsenali.gr
Information | Informationen | информация | Tiedotus Informasjon | 信息 Emergencies 112, 100, (+30)2821028746/25791 Police (+30)2821025700 Tourist Police (+30)2821028750/25931 Ambulance Service 166 Hospital of Chania (+30)2821022000-9 Naval Hospital of Souda (+30)2821082538/82414 Gavrilakis Clinic (+30)2821070800 Kapakis Clinic (+30)2821052688 Tsepetis Clinic (+30)2821027633 Health Centre of Vamos (+30)2825022580 Health Centre of Kandanos (+30)2823022550 Health Centre of Kissamos (+30)2822022222 Fire Brigade 199 Airport (+30)2821063171/63264 Tourist Information Centre (+30)2821092943/92624
Tourist Information Centre of the Municipality of Chania, (+30)2821036155/36204-6 Weather Forecast 1448 Οrthodox Cathedral (+30)2821043802 Catholic Church (+30)2821093443 Evangelist Church (+30)2821022365 Synagogue (+30)2821086286 Mountain Rescue Club (+30)2821044647/44359 Foreign Embassies: Great Britain (+30)2810 224012 Denmark (+30)2810 243714 Finland (+30)2810 284270 Norway (+30)2810 225991 Sweden (+30)2821060605
Transportation | Transport | Tранспортировка | Kuljetus | 运输 - Airlines: a. OLYMPIC AIRWAYS, 88 Tzanakaki str., tel. 80111 44444, airport: 28210 63818/63633/66088 (www.olympicair.com). b. AEGEAN AIRLINES, 12 El. Venizelou str., tel. 80111 20000, 28210 51100, airport: 28210 63366 (www.aegeanair.com). - Sea Lines: a. ANEK LINES, Sof Venizelou sqr., tel. 28210 27500 (www.anek.gr). Souda to/from Pireas daily. Ticket office (Souda port) tel. 28210 80050/1.
b. ANENDΥΚ (20.30 Promitheos str. VIO.PA Souda), tel. 28210 95511/95530 (www.anendyk.gr), e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org . Sea links between the south ports of the county. - Port Authorities: a. Chania, tel. 28210 98888, e-mail: email@example.com b. Souda, tel. 28210 89240, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org c. Kissamos, tel. 28220 22024, d. Paleochora, tel. 28230 41214, e. Chora Sfakion, tel. 28250 91292. e-mail: email@example.com
- Local buses (blue): Departures from Municipal Market sqr. and 1866 sqr. to all districts of the town and surrounding areas, Akrotiri, Souda (port), beaches, etc. Tel. 28210 93345/98115.
- Car and motorbike rentals: There are many international and domestic companies. Information at the Tourist Information Centre of the Greek National Tourism Organisation, 40 Kriari str., tel. 28210 92943/92624.
- Long distance buses (green): Main Bus Station (KTEL), Kydonias str. To Rethimno-Iraklio, Vrisses-Chora Sfakion, Kasteli, Εlafonissi, Kandanos-Paleochora, Sougia, Omalos-Samaria etc. Also to Thessaloniki (via the port of Pireas). Tel. 28210 93306/93052.
- Taxi: Tel. 18300, 28210 94300 (service for disabled people too). - Aeroclub of Chania: Magical flights around the county and the Aegean islands by qualified pilots (or using your own license) in Cessna 4-seat aircraft. Tel. 28210 27272 (www.aer.gr).
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.
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.
Elafonissi When the weather is fine it is possible to walk to the island through the shallow water. The island is a protected nature
Culture | Kultur | Kультура | Kulttuuri | 文化 A first-time visitor to Chania is surprised by the great number of buildings and monuments on which can be found traces of its great history and rich civilisation. The old town, on and around the hill of Kasteli, was built upon the ruins of Minoan Kydonia and is surrounded by the Byzantine wall, the Venetian wall and the sea. The Minoan civilisation left behind grand tombs, interesting ceramics and objects. During its occupation by the Venetians and the Turks, people of different nationality, culture and religion co-existed. Christians (Catholic and Orthodox), Jews and Muslims, have left discernible traces and produced particularly interesting creations. In the neighbourhood of Topanas with its narrow paved streets, the visitor meets Venetian manors with elaborately decorated facades and Turkish houses with architectural protrusions. There we can find Fort Firkas, the Naval Museum and the church of San Salvatore of the Francheskan Monks (15th - 17th cent. AD) which hosts the Byzantine collection of Chania. The collection of ΙLΑΕΚ and many shops offering traditional
handicrafts can also be found there. In the old Jewish neighbourhood there is the synagogue and on Halidon street the folklore museum (Cretan house) and the church of St. Frangiskos. The church hosts the town’s archaeological museum and houses treasures from the Minoan to the Hellenistic period. Opposite there is the Metropolitan temple of Isodia (representation of the Virgin Mary) with its exquisite hagiographies and close to that are the old Turkish baths. In the area of Sintrivani, around the homonymous square, there is the mosque of Kiuchouk Hasan (1645) and opposite that the quay with the Venetian lighthouse. A little further away, 7 out of the original 17 docks (Neoria) can be found (14th-16th cent. AD). Eye-capturing is the Great Arsenal, which today is used as a convention and exhibition centre. Along the harbour, small cafeterias and restaurants create an inviting atmosphere. On the hill of Kasteli there are still parts of the old Rector’s palace and its court and the engraving on a lintel over a door
reminds us of the existence of Venetian Archives. Near there, the excavation of ancient Kydonia and the ruins of the church of St. Maria of Mirakoli (1615) are located. At the “stivanadika”, which is still characterised by Eastern features, one can buy leather goods. Next to that is the building of Chrisostomos and the new public Art Gallery. In the old Turkish neighbourhood Splantzia is the square of the former monastery οf St. Nicholas (1204) with a bell-tower and minaret. The small church of the period of enlightenment’s of St. Rokkos (1630) can also be found there. Near that is the church of St. Anargyroi (16th cent. AD) with its priceless hagiographies and St. Catherine’s church. Outside the walls, to the east of the old town, we come across Koum-Kapi where during the last years of the Turkish occupation, Beduins built a village. Today the area is a favourite meeting place for young people. In the neighbourhood of Halepa there is the palace of Prince George, the house of Eleftherios Venizelos, the French School
(1860), the church of St. Magdalea (1903) and the church of Evangelismou. From later periods the following places are of interest: the manor “Villa Koundourou”, a workshop of fine arts and a youth centre, the municipal park (1870) with its clock, the market (built 1913, cross-shaped building with hundreds of small shops), the park of peace and friendship of people, the court house, the prefecture, the Venizelion School of Music, the Historic Archives Museum, the War Museum and the Museum of Chemistry. In the neighbourhoods outside the walls there are many neoclassical buildings with beautiful gardens which smell of hyacinth, honey suckle and rose trees. At the border of the town with the cape (Akrotiri) are the graves of Eleftherios and Sofocles Venizelos. The town of Chania, the first capital of Crete, kept its historical heritage of so many centuries almost unaffected. Its atmosphere attracted scientists, philosophers, poets and artists of different origins and it became a cultural centre.
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.
Can you imagine what else you can do in Platanias? Have you ever thought what
you can do more in Platanias, except... sea, sun, food and fun? Platanias also offers various kind of activities for all of you, because it covers an area of a particular terrain with exceptional natural beauty. It reaches from the northern cosmopolitan beaches of the island to the scenic paths of the Lefka Ori (White Mountains) and the Omalos Plateau.
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The Botanical Park & Gardens Nearly 20 hectares of land are waiting to welcome you, full of fruit trees from all over the world, herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants in a park different from others, where the land’s formation and the region’s microclimate make it a paradise for hundreds of plants and animals! In the midst of this colorful and vivid landscape stands a burnt centennial olive tree, a memorial and a reference to the dismal fires of 2003, the park’s history and origin. The newest and one of the most interesting sites of the Prefecture of Chania lies only 18 kilometers outside the city, on the feet of the White Mountains. It is ideal for visitors of all ages, combining enjoyments that only Crete can offer! No matter how you see your visit here, whether as a scenic trek, or an interesting tour of nature’s paths, the Botanical Park is the ideal alternative proposal for a day’s escape from the city’s noise and the fashionable beaches. The dramatic scenery here is composed of rare samples of the local flora and fauna, as well as tropical and subtropical species from all over the world, with new samples added daily, changing the look of the Botanical Park and providing visitors with a motive to enjoy it over and over again! This adventure in nature which lasts one to two hours, follows paths of unique natural beauty and provides visitors with the opportunity to get acquainted with the numerous different plants and trees that grow on the two hundred square kilometers of the well-designed planted hillside. The appropriate signposting of the paths leads the visitor to various sections of the Botanical Park (tropical trees, fruit-bearing
trees, citrus trees, herbs and vineyards). The lush landscape is completed by the lake in the lower part of the part, offering accommodation and protection to ducks, geese and other water birds (and rare species), even to hawks that fly in the area. The park also has an open-air, stone atmospheric amphitheatre suitable for small (capacity for approximately 250 persons) events. During the summer months, the best time to schedule your visit is early in the morning, avoiding the strong heat, and having the opportunity to complete your experience with an excellent meal in the park’s restaurant. Its totally local, organic and seasonal philosophy will be unforgettable. Operating Hours: Twenty-tree of March to Noveber every day. Entrance is allowed starting at 9 am, all through the day , with the last entrance allowed no later than one hour before sunset. Orthodox Acxademy of Crete The Orthodox Academy of Crete is a public welfare institution in the category of National Foundations. It functions in canonical relationship with the Holy Metropolis of Kissamos and Selinon, and it operates under the spiritual auspices of His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. The OAC is administered by a 10-member board under the presidency of His Eminence, the Metropolitan of Kissamos and Selinon, Amphilochios. The basic mission of the OAC is the dialogical witness and the liturgical ministry of Orthodoxy in the modern world; therefore, it is devoted to the cultivation of the spirit of dialogue between Orthodoxy and other confessions and religions, but also between faith, science and culture. Inspired by the platon-
ic tradition of symphilosophein (philosophising together), the OAC aspires to be a place for dialogue and spiritual exchange in the service of God and humankind. The OAC: a. Organizes and hosts local, national and international conferences on its own initiative or in cooperation with churches, universities or other organizations. b. Runs various programs and activities of an educational and/or practical nature (e.g. seminars introducing Orthodoxy, iconography, Cretan cuisine and nutrition, seminars about Crete, its history and culture). c. Produces scientific work in the fields of theology and the environment. The War Shelter of Platanias The war shelter was constructed by the German troops in 1942 on Platanias hill, below the Church of St Dimitrios. It consists of an underground complex of booths and tunnels that was used to store ammunition and military materiel during the World War II.In recent years the Shelter is preserved as a monument in memory of the Cretan Resistance the Nazi Occupation. Once the entire island of Crete came under the control of the occupying forces, part of the German forces moved into the village of Platanias. The typical village’s hill was chosen in the first place as the strategic location for controlling both land and sea. Despite other military constructions, like trenches and machine guns sites, the Germans also decided to build the war shelter. The exact spot, below the village’s main church, was chosen because the temple itself provided a natural protection to air bombings and as the rare soft rock was easy to dig. Within six months period,
local forced workers managed to dig a 120m long underground tunnel. The booths, a main shelter entrance and two exist were also constructed. Sixty years later, the Platanias Church Committee and citizens of the village decided to reconstruct the war shelter and utilize it as a small World War II museum in memory of the Battle of Crete. The construction of the shelter itself is related to an interesting local story. During the Battle of Crete a heavily wounded German pilot died in Platanias after he was nursed by locals for several days. The strong fear for Nazi reprisals and executions of innocent civilians forced the villagers to bury the German soldier in a secret grave near the church. Unfortunately, some days later this exact spot was chosen by the German officer in order to begin the excavations for the shelter construction. Mihalis Stamatakis, a smart church commissioner, persuaded the Nazis to move the tunnel entrance thus not revealing the secret soldiers grave and consequently saving the village from certain massacre. He invoked the holiness of an olive tree that stands in the same place at the main entrance of the war shelter to this day. Cretan Brewery Cretan Brewery S.A is the first microbrewery in the prefecture of Chania Crete.The brewery is located in Zounaki village, in the municipality of Plataniasjust 25 km away from Chania city center, on the way to the most popular beaches in the area like Balos, Elafonisi and Paleochora. Here in Cretan Brewery we are eager to share the delights of the brewing process with all of you! Take a relaxed stroll around our facilities in the heart of the Cretan countryside, sit back and savor one of our delicious and refreshing handcrafted beers on our spacious balcony surrounded by olive groves and orange trees. If you wish to learn more about beer brewing just book your guided tour, from Monday to Sunday between 11:00 and 18:00, and experience a beer tasting with 4 fresh beer samples (100ml each) straight from our tanks. Accompany your tour and beer tasting with local Cretan meze prepared with fresh ingredients from the area.
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cooker/stove which uses natural gas, propane, butane, liquefied petroleum gas or other flammable gas as a fuel source. Prior to the advent of gas, cooking stoves relied on solid fuel such as coal or wood. The first gas stoves were developed in the 1820s, and a gas stove factory was established in England in 1836. This new cooking technology had the advantage that it was easily adjustable and could be turned off when not in use. However the gas stove on s click r w e n re t.g did not become a comfor mo /cretepos http:/ mercial success until the 1880s, by which time a supply of piped gas was available in large towns in Britain. The stoves became widespread on the European Continent and in the United States in the early 20th century. Gas stoves became less unwieldy when the oven was integrated into the base and the size was reduced to fit in better with the rest of the kitchen furniture. By the 1910s, producers started to enamel their gas stoves for easier cleaning. Ignition of the gas was originally by match and this was followed by the more convenient pilot light. This had the disadvantage of a continual consumption of gas. The oven still needed to be lit by match, and accidentally turning on the gas without igniting it could lead to an explosion. To prevent these types of accidents, oven manufacturers developed and installed a safety valve called a flame failure device for gas hobs and ovens. Most modern gas stoves have electronic ignition, automatic timers for the oven and extractor hoods to remove fumes. History The first gas stove was developed in 1802 by Zachaus Winzler, but this along with other attempts remained isolated experiments. James Sharp patented a gas stove in Northampton, England in 1826 and opened a gas stove factory in 1836. His invention was marketed by the firm Smith &
Philips from 1828. An important figure in the early acceptance of this new technology, was Alexis Soyer, the renowned chef at the Reform Club in London. From 1841, he converted his kitchen to consume piped gas, arguing that gas was cheaper overall because the supply could be turned off when the stove was not in use.
kitchen furniture. In the 1910s, producers started to enamel their gas stoves for easier cleaning.
A gas stove was shown at the World Fair in London in 1851, but it was only in the 1880s that the technology became a commercial success in England. By that stage a large and reliable network for gas pipeline transport had spread over much of the country, making gas relatively cheap and efficient for domestic use. Gas stoves only became widespread on the European Continent and in the United States in the early 20th century. Early gas stoves were rather unwieldy, but soon the oven was integrated into the base and the size was reduced to fit in better with the rest of the
ensures even heat distribution for single and multi-level roasting and baking, without flavor crossover. It also allows you to lower the temperature setting, reducing weight loss in the food and preserving nutrients. For traditional cooking, such as baking and recipes that require conventional heat, the oven operates without the convection fan. The full-width infrared electric grill gives powerful searing and grilling over a large surface area. Ovens have a large capacity and four or five rack positions. Telescopic glides help make loading and unloading shelves easy.
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The living and the lost by Linda Talbot From a sick man who had a symbols of the soul that would ground to sanctify it before a lonely chapel ? He seems a
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black cat slit open, laid over his stomach and left to rot, to a small glass eye allegedly giving protection, superstition has taken strange turns – not least when embroidered on traditional clothes. In Linda Talbot’s exhibition THE LIVING AND THE LOST at the Monastery of Karolos in Chatzimichali Daliani, Chania, from September 5th to 9th, “PATTERNS OF PROTECTION” is one section of the show, exploring these bizarre beliefs. From geometrics and trees of life, to fish, dragon k c li ons and birds, items c s re new t.gr for mo /cretepos have been stragetically http:/ placed on fabrics, from China and Africa, to eastern Europe and positively held to protect from bad luck or worse. Nonsense of course, but inspiration for these mixed media works. Evil spirits were suspected everywhere. Animals could transform into them, there were jinns, witches, liver eaters. They only had to eye you to cause disaster. It was thought fertility, for instance, could be protected by appropriate decoration, so embroideries were carefully placed in patterns of mystical power. Here there is a dark goddess with bright birds that represent the spirit and were seen as messengers from heaven, bearing dead souls to the afterlife, where they too would become birds. Some Siberians tattooed birds on their shoulders to keep the soul in the body and carved birds on cradles so the children would not sleep walk in the wild. Birds were embroidered on fish skins for bridal robes –
lodge in future children. In the show is a picture of two decorated hands with human eyes. The “evil eye” was a constant threat and many devices were ranged against it. The hand containing an eye was prominent; the “Hamsa” or the Hand of Miriam appeared among the Jews. Miriam was the sister of Moses and Aron and as Moses led the Israelites for forty years from Egypt through the desert, she had the knack of finding water all the way. In the Moslem world, the hand and eye are the “Khamsa”, the five fingers representing the five pillars of wisdom. The eye in the centre is the “all-seeing eye that misses nothing.” Brides and babies were thought to be particularly susceptible to the evil eye and wore patterns arranged to defy it. They dazzled with bright colour, coins, mirrors, sequins and objects with sharp corners, such as triangles, in an attempt to pierce the eye. Then there was the Great Goddess, whose association with fertility was often depicted, frequently related to trees. The Tree of Life was vital, symbolising, birth, maturity and death with its trunk linking heaven and earth. In Russia and the Ukraine, a lone birch tree, representing the goddess, was clothed in a woman’s dress and a ritual towel, hung on a branch. There is an unframed work inspired by geometry and the spiral. The spiral found in much protective pattern was the symbol of the cosmic force and its shape trodden on the
building a city. The triangle defined a woman’s sexual parts, evoking fertility. On embroidery it was often used as a zig-zag along edges. Circles, like spirals, were symbols of the cosmic force of the sun and moon and of the motion of the wheel. They were thought to protect from evil spirits and the square was thought to be magically protective by the Chinese, Indians, Arabs and Persians. Another unframed work was prompted by the “Boteh”, or as we know it, “Paisley” which was thought to hold the soul bird as the sun held the soul, and was believed to have powers of witchcraft. It developed in Mughal India from a Persian droplet-shaped vegetable design. In the 18th century, it was called “Persian Pickles” by American traditionalists, especially quilt makers and “Welsh Pears” in Wales. The town of Paisley in Scotland was a major textile centre and there the shape flourished. From Sassanid times in Persia, it became a prevailing design on Royal regalia, clothes and gifts and even street dress. It was woven using gold and silver threads on silk and found on objects from paintings and carpets to jewellery. “LOST” is the second part of this exhibition. Everyone is lost at some time in the landscape of a lonely mind. Landmarks are alien, disconcerting, dispelling equilibrium. In this selection, the lost are hapless in literal or subtly perverted locations. Who is the masked man by
symbol of unmitigated isolation. And there is a young man trapped in a claustrophobic land of dark veils and hard rock; the manifestation of a troubled mind. And what of two women who are aliens in a land of lightening and creatures that have strayed from Earth? While Yayoi Kusama, the celebrated Japanese artist, whose audacious work has amazed and delighted, is lost in a forest of flickering colour and grotesque growth. There is an unframed work of a woman enveloped in more strange growth, while elsewhere, Ophelia, trapped behind rock, glimpses Shakespeare encased below. Equally displaced are two elephants buried by snow. “ODALISQUE” is the final section in this exhibition. An odalisque – from the Turkish “odalik”) was a chambermaid, slave or concubine in aTurkish harem – particularly for the women at the court of the Ottoman sultan. Here we have a contemporary odalisque seeking enlightenment through books and pictures in her spare time, an odalisque as a carnal goddess crawling with miniature men and the unearthly profile of an odalisque with decorative pots. Unframed is one with stylised flowers, another bent on grisly revenge and one trying on a stack of hats. The exhibition, with free entrance, is open daily from 7pm to 11pm. And the opening party, where all are welcome, is on Tuesday September 5 from 7pm.
Wi-Fi at 20 archaeological sites and museums in Greece, three of them on Crete! Twenty of the largest the island of Santorini, The project is an invest- ological sites at Knossos, museums, the Acropo-
Greek archaeological sites and museums will have Wi-Fi internet access as of this summer, the Greek culture ministry announced. They include Akrotiri on
Delphi and Delos, the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens, the Archaeological Museum in the Medieval Town of Rhodes and the Athens Acropolis.
ment by Greek mobile service provider Cosmote amounting to more than 2.0 million euros. Next in line to get WiFi installed are the archae-
Apokoronas ‘Life Line’ for stray animals Apokoronas council has welfare organisations and
made huge progress on the the continuing support of issue of strays, thanks to mayor Koukianakis. the tireless efforts of dep- Apokoronas is leading the uty mayor Terezaki the sup- way in the care of stray aniport of a large number of mals by having started a muvolunteers and local animal nicipal animal surgery staffed
on Crete, and Sounion in Attica, the Royal Tombs in Vergina, the National Archaeological Museum, Ancient Olympia, the Iraklio and Thessaloniki archaeological
by volunteer vets and having a comprehensive neutering and release and rehoming programme. After several consultations with animal welfare organisations and other agencies
lis on Lindos, Rhodes, Ancient Epidaurus, the Mycenae Acropolis, Spinalonga, the Byzantine Culture Museum, Ancient Dodoni and Ancient Corinth.
Apokoronas council took the decision to start a ‘Life Line’ for stray animals. The telephone numbers are 28253 40519 and 28253 40522 during office hours only.
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Stokesia: The ideal “wild” plant for Apokoronas What
makes stokesia the ideal plant for your yard in Apokoronas? Stokesia laevis is an erect, evergreen (in warmer climates) plant with mid-green leaves that have obvious white ribs and is commonly known as Stokes Aster. For a long period beginning in midsummer, cornflower-like blue flower heads top upright stems. These plants have a fluffy appearance due to their fringed ray florets in shades of purplish blue, pink, or white. Grow in a warm location in a herbaceous border. The seeds of Stokes Aster (Stokesia plants) can be sown outdoors in either early spring or early autumn.
Seeds should be sown in either a sunny or partially shaded part of the garden and then lightly covered. Stokesia likes to grow in a rich soil and it is very important that the ground that the plant grows in has very good drainage. If starting off indoors then start about 10 weeks in advance. Seeds should take about 3 to 4 weeks to germinate at 20 to 22 degrees Celsius. The young Stokesia plants can be put outside either early in autumn or just before the last frost of spring. Small species of Stokesia should be planted at about 25 cm apart, whilst larger varieties should be planted about
45 cm apart. It is easy to look after the Stokesia; do not let soil become drenched as they do not like wet soil; cut back to ground level at the end of the season in autumn. If you require more plants then propagate by division in the early months of spring.
• Spacing 12-15 in. (30-38 cm) • Sun Exposure Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade • Bloom Color Purple White/Near White • Bloom Time Mid Summer • Foliage Herbaceous What you have to know • Propagation Methods • Bloom Characteristics This plant is attractive to bees, By dividing the rootball From seed; direct sow outbutterflies and/or birds Flowers are fragrant doors in fall From seed; winter sow in vent• Water Requirements Drought-tolerant; suitable for ed containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse xeriscaping Average Water Needs; Water • Seed Collecting Allow seedheads to dry on regularly; do not overwater plants; remove and collect • Height seeds 6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
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Safeguarding Cultural Heritage Project in Crete (STORM) Ephorate of Antiquities meeting that started in the improved and effective strate-
of Rethymno, in collabora- town of Rethymno – Crete, tion with the Foundation on July 18, 2017 and ended for Research and Technolo- on July 20, 2017. gy (FORTH) welcomed the The “STORM” was financed partners of “STORM” (Safe- by the European programme guarding Cultural Heritage HORIZON 2020 and has a dual through Technical and Orga- objective: firstly, to define the nizational Resources Man- risks posed to heritage due to agement) in an executive climate change and natural disasters and, secondly, to offer
gies, systems and technologies for the protection of cultural heritage monuments. The programme’s 20 partners included public and private bodies involved in the management and protection of cultural heritage, research institutes and technology specialists from seven countries:
Italy, Portugal, United Kingdom, Turkey, Greece, Germany and Austria. Greece participated with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Rethymnon, the Foundation for Technology and Research (FORTH) and Piraeus University of Applied Sciences (Technological Education Institute of Piraeus).
100 posters for Crete in summer exhibition A one of a kind exhibition is in Greece, Cyprus and abroad the money raised will support
held from July 27, to August 18 at the stunning Firkas fortress, in the heart n o of the old harbour of s click r re new t.g for mo /cretepos Chania, on Crete. http:/ It’s the exhibition “100 posters of Crete” organised by Omen Art Shop Gallery which will showcase 100 posters made by 100 graphic designers that live
nia. who were invited to create a the Department of ELEPAP in 27/07/2017 – 18/08/2017 poster about Crete with any Chania and HORIZON, two of • Location: CRETE, CHANIA. kind of technic; 100 unique the most active nonprofit orFirkas Fortress, at the buildposters that will reveal the dif- ganisations for children with ing of the barracks. • Op. HOURS: From 10a.m ferent cultural, tourist, anthro- disabilities. pological, ecological and gas- The exhibition is co-organised to 5p.m and from 7p.m. to tronomic aspects of the island. by the Region of Crete, the Re10p.m. Copies of these posters will be gional Unit of Chania, the Mu- • MORE INFO: https://www. available at the end of the ex- nicipality of Chania and the facebook.com/100postershibition at a very low price and Ephorate of Antiquities of Chaforcrete/
“Travelling… England” A five-day art and literature festival “Travelling … England” opened in this “Year of Kazantzakis” this is an inspired initiative by the Kazantzakis Museum and partners to dedicate this year’s event to his travels, particularly in England. The events ook place in Heraklion and Myrtia from 12 to 16 July 2017 and the British Embassy is represented by the Vice-Consul Claire Fragaki. Many tourists on Crete did not miss the
five days full of Literature and Art, readings, theater, dance, music, exhibitions, events and children’s activities. Nikos Kazantzakis was in England at the invitation of the British Council shortly before the outbreak of WW II. Initially residing in London, he travels to the industrial cities of the north, Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield, as far as Peterborough, Eton and finally Stratford, the birthplace of Shakespeare.
He writes about his impressions of this trip while on the island of Aegina in the summer of 1940. The keen eye of the Cretan writer brings to readers today an image of the country and its people in a transitional period. It is another opportunity to highlight the multifaceted and long-standing ties of the two nations that constitute a fixed point of reference in a changing world.
Unsavoury secrets Family secrets. They fester declines, becoming careless and feed on silence and resentment. They may lie buried for years, poisoning and distorting everyday life. Hercules Papadakis – writer, artist and therapist – has dug deeply beneath the obsessive distress of his characters in NOTHING BAD….. his new novel launched in Athens and Chania, Crete, with forthcoming presentations in Rethymnon and Iraklion. “My aim was to explore the secrets people keep and bad habits in society that corrupt and are encouraged but which should be stamped out,” he explains. His story is told by different people; a series of compelling interactions with a complexity of viewpoints and impetuous responses which, after much tribulation, are eventually resolved. Principally there is Anna, who becomes addicted to internet dating with a married man. He proves elusive and she rapidly
and depressed until she cannot even leave the house. Vera, her vivacious friend, decides to help her. She is computer illiterate and seeks enlightenment from someone who warns her of the dangers of internet dating; how someone may claim to be what they are not and a whole life may be ruined. Vera begins to change character and ends up in conflict with her conscience. Says Hercules, “I have treated people with similar problems to those in my story. There is a fear Anna may have inherited a mental health problem from her mother who lost a child after falling from a tree. It turns out she killed the baby intentionally, afraid the child would cause her husband to stop loving her. This has been a secret in Anna’s family for years.” Anna’s plight coincides with Hercules’ practice of Family Constellation – an established therapy in which people represent family members to dis-
close personal problems and ruptured relationships. Hercules – who also offers alternative treatments, from Reiki at Al Hammam Turkish baths in Chania and a range of other healing massages - has developed a unique version of Family Constellation, using chessmen to represent family members. Anna has nightmares and Vera enlists the help of Alexis who cared for Anna in the past and an outing is arranged, during which it is hoped he can discuss the problem with her. In this fast moving story, scary secrets lie just below the surface of social interaction. There is too a case of rape and the emergence of bad social
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habits – such as Vera offering payment to a doctor to secure an operation. Eventually problems are resolved. But this novel leaves a potent legacy; urging the reader to probe the pain and perversion of relationships and the furtive faults of society. The book is at present printed only in Greek. “I hope it will soon be translated into other languages,” says Hercules. (INSERT WHERE BOOK MAY BE BOUGHT!) His previous book SOULEZ is a collection of short stories about relationships, strongly influenced by gossip. And he has another collection of short stories ready for publication.
Nana Beach Hotel Adds ‘Nami’ to Group of Restaurants
The Nana Beach Hotel, lo-
cated in Heraklion, Crete, recently added the new Nami à la carte restaurant to its variety of dining facilities and now offers a “wave” of Asian tastes and flavors to its guests. “The flavors of the Far East will impress the visitors of the Nana Beach hotel, who will be able to enjoy this type of cuisine besides Greek flavors that are mainly served in the hotel’s restaurants,” the hotel’s management said in an announcement. (“Nami” means “wave” in Japan o k c nese) s cli .gr re new epost for mo ttp://cret Nana Beach also serves h unique Italian recipes at the Firenze restaurant while the Poseidon offers fresh fish from the sea of Crete as well as a variety of culinary creations by chefs Lefteris Lazarou and Lefteris Soultatos.
Zorbas wins ‘Quality Label of Cretan Cuisine’ Moreover, the hotel’s newly renovated Zorbas restaurant was recently honored with the “Quality Label of Cretan Cuisine”. The label is awarded by the Region of Crete and the “Agronutritional Cooperation of the
Region of Crete”, an organization which includes private food companies, producers and agricultural cooperatives and aims to upgrade Crete’s food industry. The Zorbas restaurant was certified for remaining true to the Cretan cuisine and for highlighting its flavors with
the use of fresh, local high quality ingredients. Owned by the Karatzis Group of Companies, the Nana Beach Hotel counts more than 30 years of operation and is always seeking ways to upgrade its hospitality services and promote Cretan traditions.
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Αn interactive confectionery class in Creta Maris Beach Resort On Friday, July 21st, Creta Maris Beach Resort organized an interactive confectionery class on fig spoon sweet preparation, in the context of the resort’s operation according to the “We do local” standard. The interactive confectionery class started from the resort’s garden, where the guests, were informed about the importance of the fig in the diet of the Mediterranean people from the ancient times. The guests collected figs, which then were transported to the resort’s organic farm. The Executive Chef of Creta Maris, Dimitris Makrakis, welcomed the participants in the farm and informed them about the necessary ingredients they need in order to perform the recipe of the fig spoon sweet, the appropriate proportions, the right way of making it,
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tunity to taste the spoon sweet they created in the accompaniment of aromatic tsikoudia from the Cretan vineyard. This action is an integral part of the Creta Maris’ overall opera-
tion, which aims to support the economy and workforce of the local community and to promote the Cretan way of living, the Greek culture and the traditions of our country.
Care of the vineyard and Wine tasting at Creta Maris Beach Resort On Wednesday July 12th, a dual action on the Cretan Vineyard was held in Creta Maris Beach Resort, in the context of its participation in “TUI Care Foundation, FUTOURIS Project: Crete, First steps towards a sustainable food destination 2017-2019”. The resort’s guests were introduced to the Creta Maris’ Vineyard, performed all the necessary seasonal works and then learned about the special characteristics of the Cretan wines during the Wine Tasting event that was held later. The action began at the resort’s vineyard, where the guests were informed about the proper care of the vineyard that is
cultivated on the basis of the requirements of EU Regulation 834/07 (on organic farming) and includes 13 indigenous varieties. During this action, the guests were informed about the art of cultivation through the per-
ect. During the wine tasting, the Creta Maris’ staff created a friendly atmosphere, and the participants had the chance to discover the secrets of the production of the Cretan Wine and to smell its fragrances and feel its multifaceted taste. The aim of this double action was to introduce one of the most ancient Cretan rural work to the guests, while also to sonal experiences and memo- inform them about the initiatives of developing sustainable ries of a hotel staff member. Lately, the guests had the nutrition structures in Crete. chance to participate in a wine The participation of the guests tasting of the indigenous va- was noteworthy, giving them a rieties of the island that are valuable experience of the Cremaintained by producers par- tan lifestyle, culture and ticipating in the Futouris Proj- traditions.
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Retsina: The Greek resinated wine you should try
the pine tree, in the winemaking process. These wines take on a distinctive resinous taste, which some find very attractive indeed. Greek Retsina is the world’s best known resinated wine. Interestingly, the term “Retsina”
is a protected geographic origin according to the European Union. Much like with Champagne or Pomerol, this is a legal designation that means winemakers from other countries and other regions cannot label their wine
ing in popularity, even though it’s not likely to enter the mainstream any time soon. The wines of Greece come in a variety of styles, and the white Assyrtiko grape in particular has been turning sommeliers’ heads for a while now. Retsina is a very particular type of Greek wine, made partially from the trendy Assyrtiko grape. The Retsina style is no flash in the pan, though – its historical roots go way back at least 2,000 years! Retsina is a resinated wine from Greece. Resinated wine is a peculiar style of wine that uses tree resin, mostly that of
as Retsina. True Retsina wine can only come from the country of Greece. Historically, the Greeks made their Retsina wine in much the same way as any other wine, with the main difference coming in ageing and maturation. Most wine today is aged in oak barrels or stainless steel, though the Greeks would use amphorae, old clay containers. To make Retsina, they would seal the wine inside the container using a layer or pine resin to protect the wine from oxidation. The resulting wine had a strong colour and pronounced flavours of pine and resin, not often associated with white wines.
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Dog... Tips For A Hot Summer In warm and hot weather we must make sure that our dogs are happy, healthy and not suffering from the heat.
Shade Always make sure that your dog has access to a shady area, whether it is indoors or out. You can be prosecuted for cruelty to animals if you leave your dog without adequate shade and adequate water. This ingenious pop-up pet sun shelter is an easy way to provide a shady spot for your dog to relax in, wherever you are.
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Heatstroke Always bear in mind that your dog has a fur coat on that is designed to trap heat. Also, they cannot sweat to cool down and have to rely on ck on ws cli post.gr e n e r e panting to regulate their for mo ttp://cret h body temperature. Be particularly aware of vulnerable dogs such as shortnosed breeds, overweight dogs, youngsters and older dogs. These will all feel the heat more. Learn to recognise the signs of heatstroke: 1) At first the dog will pant more than usual, become agitated and may seem uncomfortable or distressed. 2) Panting will become excessive and difficult and drooling may also start. 3) The dog will struggle to breathe and may appear glassy eyed and have dark red gums.
4) Body temperature has risen to a point where cell death in the brain results in seizures, coma and ultimately death. In these later stages, even with intensive veterinary care, your pet will probably die. To deal with the early stages of heatstroke, move the dog to a cooler area and start gently cooling them down. Gently cover them with a cold wet tea towel. Don’t use ice or very cold water. This can be a massive shock to the system. If you are out and about with your dog on a hot day, take some wet cold towels with you in a cool bag. But remember that prevention is better than cure. Don’t put your dog in situations where heatstroke is likely to occur. Keeping Cool In warm and hot weather I always walk my dogs in a cool coat. They can prevent a dog from becoming overheated on warm walks or during activities and can also help cool down an already overheated animal. Another highly recommended product for keeping your dog cool is a cool mat. Within a few moments of lying on the mat your dog will feel the cooling effects. It absorbs heat, reducing your dog’s body temperature. Most dogs adore splashing about in the water and it is a lovely cooling activity. These pop-up baths also make a great dog pad-
dling pool for lots of water fun.
walking in long grass or wooded areas, removal must be Sunburn & Paw Burn done correctly. An incorrectly Dogs love to sit in the sun but removed tick can increase the don’t let them bake them- likelihood of your dog catchselves. If necessary, restrict ing a nasty disease. access to directly sunny areas and provide plenty of acces- In the Car sible shady places for them to If you take your dog out in the relax. Pets with light or white car then bear in mind that it coats or exposed skin can get is hotter in the back than it is for you up in the front. Keep a sun burnt. Use a sun block on exposed careful eye on your dog and if areas and on the tips of ears, the car is very hot or you will forehead and nose or any area need to leave them in the car then don’t take them with you feel could burn. Don’t walk your dog on hot you. Never leave your dog in surfaces such as pavements, the car on even just a slightly tarmac, parking lots etc. as this warm day. can burn their pads. If it is too Leaving the window open a hot for the back of your hand, it few inches for them, parking is too hot for your dog’s paws. in the shade, or leaving them a bowl of water in the car is NOT Walkies should be early in the adequate. morning or after the heat of A dog left in a car on a hot or the day has passed and hot even warm day can suffer heat walking surfaces have cooled. stress and ultimately fatal heat Walk on the grass where posstroke within just 10 minutes. sible as that won’t burn your The temperature inside the dog’s feet. If hot surfaces can’t car might not seem excessive be avoided, buy your dog when you first stop but the some comfortable and protec- temperature inside a stationtive outdoor dog boots. ary car can rapidly increase to Ticks and Fleas The warm weather brings out undesirable pests such as fleas, ticks and mites. Make sure you have a flea and tick procedure, whether you use natural remedies or offthe-shelf drops, collars and sprays. Find your preferred method and use it. If your dog picks up a tick from
double the outside temperature - phew. This can happen very quickly, within six to ten minutes. If you come across a dog that has been left in the car on a warm day, call the Police. They will be able to take appropriate action, if necessary breaking into the car to release the dog. dfordog.co.uk
How to Step up Your Drywalling Technique
Indicate the Stud Centers When you’ve finished hanging your first sheet, use your pencil to mark the center of each stud. This will help in knowing where to secure the screws. You can use a chalk line or a laser level to draw in the lines.
space in order to be able to see any screw dimples. In order to secure your panel tightly, you’ll need to drive your screws the correct depth into the drywall. By placing your lighting properly you will be better able to see the position of the screw head. A screw that is sunk incorrectly will create problems during the mudding process so it’s important to secure them accurately.
Remove Protrusions Use the hammer head to pound any protruding nails that might interfere with the way the drywall hangs. You will want your drywall to lay flat, but protruding nails Selecting Drywall can lead to bumps in your wall. There are three basic drywall thickness options. Use Proper Drywall Screws The ½ inch panels are used for It’s important to use drywall framing maximum lengths of screws with the correct thread 16 inches. and length. The 5/8 inch boards are used Screws with coarse threads for ceilings and areas up to 24 Mark the Vertical Studs Use a pencil to indicate the are best for securing drywall inches. center point of each of the ver- sheets into wooden studs be- This type of board is fire-recause they drive into wood sistant. The ½ inch panels are tical studs. water-resistant and best for huPlace the marks on the floor more easily. You’ll need 1-1/4 inch screws mid spaces. and at the ceiling. If marking the surface with a for ½ inch drywall sheets. pencil is not possible, place a Shorter screws will not secure Get Mechanical Help small piece of painter’s tape the panels properly and longer If you plan on doing some or to indicate the position of the screws are difficult to get to the all of the drywall work without proper depth. any help from friends or family, stud. consider renting a drywall lift Once the drywall sheet has Position Your Work Lighting to lessen the load. been hung, you will need to Visit your local rental shop and secure it to a stud to keep it in Properly Place your work lighting to the speak with a professional to place. side or bottom of your work learn more about using one.
These devices will help you hoist the panels into the proper position. While we’re on the topic, never try to install ceiling drywall on your own. You risk injuring yourself or damaging the drywall panel.
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Cutting Your Wallboard In order to cut your wallboard lengthwise it’s best to score along one side of the panel first. Once you have scored a line where you want to separate the board, go to the back side and snap it over your knee. Use a utility knife to cut through the backing paper. This will enable you to quickly and easily separate the board into the size you need for your wall. Finish Properly Whenever possible, use full sheets of drywall to cover your walls. Putting together leftover pieces may seem cost-effective, but the end result will be less than visually appealing. Be sure to join your boards so that the cut edges meet. Do not use cut edges for outside areas. Finally, run your putty knife over all the screws and make sure they are properly set.
other home renovation jobs may require precision work, hanging drywall is not necessarily an exact process. There are, however, some facets of drywall hanging that you can finesse. Even though drywall compound and a few coats of fresh paint can cover many surface imperfections created during the installation process, your best bet is to hang in the drywall correctly so that there’s no need to hide flaws. The following tips will help to make your job of installing drywall much easier and the results more professional-looking.
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Stay Safe At the Beach
13 Tips for Preventing Injury and Illness Few things scream “sum- to remain alert). Not all beaches by Miltiades Markatos Pneumonologist
mer” more than soaking up some rays with the scent of salt water in the air and sand between your toes. But it’s not all about fun in the sun (sorry). A relaxing beach weekend can turn sour with just one rogue wave or one angry sea creature. While most bad beach days end with little more than a sunburn in need of a good soak in aloe vera gel, serious injuries are more common than we’d like to believe. Here are a few tips to help you keep your end-of-summer beach trips as safe as can be.
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Your Action Plan Before hitting the waves, there are a few on r s click re new cretepost.g o things to keep in mind. m r / fo :/ p t ht Even if you’re heading to the pool or lake instead of the ocean, listen up — many of the tips below apply to hanging out near any body of water. No matter where you’re headed, we’ve rounded up some tips to help you keep safe at the shore. 1. Watch for warning flags (and know what they mean). Different beaches (and states) have different colored flags and assigned meanings, so be sure to ask the lifeguard if you’re not sure what the flags signify. Generally, red flags indicate strong surf and currents (i.e., “Be Careful!”). At some beaches, red means “beach closed” — so be sure to check before entering the water. Yellow flags indicate moderate surf and currents — the water is likely to be rough but not exceedingly dangerous. Exercise caution and stay near the lifeguards. Green flags indicate the ocean is calm or clear (though it’s always smart
are suitable for swimming, so know the rules before you set foot on the sand. 2. Check the weather. Remember how electric devices and the bathtub don’t mix? Neither do lightning and large bodies of water. Check the weather report before heading to the beach. Avoid the beach if there’s lightning in the forecast and wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunder boom before heading back out to the sand. The beach will always be there tomorrow! 3. Know how to swim. Swimming skills make a big difference: Giving children aged one to four formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by as much as 88 percent. If you can’t do the doggie paddle (at the very least), don’t go near the water. Ocean swimming is different from swimming in a calm pool or lake — be prepared to deal with strong surf before running in. If you’re at the beach with a child or adult who can’t swim, make sure everyone has a well-fitting lifejacket handy. If you’re going boating, every passenger should wear a properly-sized lifejacket at all times. Also keep in mind that the ocean floor is not flat and beaches can change drastically from year to year. When heading into the water, be aware that the ocean floor can drop off unexpectedly, so don’t move out quickly without being prepared to swim in water over your head. Last, but certainly not least, obey the buddy system while swimming. Keep a friend near-
by in case either of you ends up needing help (see section on “rip currents” below). 4. Pick a swimming spot close to a lifeguard. Lifeguards are there for a reason — they know and can see things about the beach that most beachgoers don’t. Take note of where they’re stationed on the beach and stay near them when swimming — most drownings occur at unguarded sites. Also be aware that currents will naturally push you down the shore, so make note of where you started (say, by remembering a stable landmark like the lifeguard’s flag or your brightly-colored umbrella on shore) and which way the current is moving. Return to that spot in the water regularly so you’re never far from a lifeguard. 5. Be aware of the waves. They’re much more powerful than you think. A recent study out of Delaware found that injuries resulting from strong waves can range from simple sprains, broken collarbones, and dislocated shoulders to more serious injuries including blunt organ trauma and spinal injuries (which can lead to paralysis). Shorebreaks — or waves that break directly on shore (rather than breaking a few yards out and rolling in more slowly) — in particular have the potential to cause serious neck and spinal injuries. When in the water or near the water line (where the water hits the shore), never put your back to the waves. Also be sure to check in with the lifeguard before hitting the surf to ask about the wave conditions at
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 biolo gical 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
your beach. 6. Stay sober. Alcohol doesn’t only affect judgment; it can also dehydrate you, increasing the likelihood of heat-related sicknesses. Among drowning-related injures of people aged 15 years or older, almost 22 percent were alcohol-related. We know it’s tempting to enjoy a few Pina Coladas while baking on the beach, but if you’re going to imbibe steer clear of the surf and hydrate properly. 7. Save your skin. Just one blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chance for developing melanoma later in life. Racking up more than five sunburns at any age also doubles the risk for melanoma. Keep the red at bay by slathering on a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher, and make sure you have a source of shade — think hats, umbrellas, tents — readily available (especially during the sun’s peak hours of 10am to 4pm). Remember — eyes can get sunburned, too, so don’t forget some shades. 8. Hydrate and fuel up. Extended exposure to heat and the relaxing effects of waves can easily lead to disorientation and reduced energy. Be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks down to the sand with you, and use them. And finally, remember: The conditions, rules, and intricacies of each beach vary from place to place. Ultimately, the lifeguards on duty should be your go-tos for any questions. They’re there to help!
Greek teenagers on top of Europe… again!!! The national Under-20 team
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is the new European champion, after defeating Israel 6556 in the final match, hosted in “Dio Aorakia” indoor sports hall at Heraklion. Yet another golden generation for Greek basketball has made the most of the home advantage to win one more trophy in these categories of FIBA Europe competitions, before beginning to feed the men’s team with fresh talent and quality. This is the same team that two years ago won the U18 championship at Volos. The players of coach Ilias Papatheodorou took great strength from their quarterfinal victory over Lithuania, when they came back from 15 points down, to thrash Spain in Saturday’s semifinal with a 77-56 score and then impose themselves on Israel in the final at the Dio Aorakia arena on Crete. After a slow start, which Israel capitalized on to lead 14-2, the Greek teenagers worked hard in defense and played a composed game in attack that allowed them to unfold their talent and lead 26-23 at halftime, before breaking away in the second half. Players such as Vassilis Charalampopoulos, Antonis Koniaris, Nikos Diplaros, Michalis Lountzis and Vassilis Christidis are guaranteeing a great future for Greek basketball, both on national team and on club level. “These guys are making me so proud…” said Papatheodorou.