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The end of capital controls in Greece
Greece further loosens capital controls, fully lifts restrictions within country
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Distinguished sommeliers visited the vineyards of Crete... p.14
Greek Airport Passenger Fee Set to Rise... after works completed in the Greek regional airports!... p.8
Marketing Greece launches campaign showcasing the beauty of Crete... p.10
Greece picked as top destination for 2018 at Condé Nast Traveller Awards gala... p.10
Travel report: Exploring Chania...
Greece’s leading summer destination in Crete
is by far one of the most wonderful cities in Greece and given its astonishing history, spectacular old town, stunning Venetian harbour, and not to mention some of the most breathtaking beaches in Europe, it’s easy to see why it’s one of Greece’s number one destinations for both locals and international visitors. Chania is the second biggest city in Crete, which is the largest island in Greece, and the fifth larg-
est in the Mediterranean Sea. Here, you can explore glorious beaches, a picturesque old town and the island’s rich gastronomical culture. Wandering around the Old Town’s maze-like alleys, beautiful Venetian buildings, fountains and elaborate churches will help you discover well-preserved historical monuments. You can easily become familiar with the city of Chania by wandering around aimlessly in its streets, visiting... read more... p.4
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The end of capital controls in Greece
Greece further loosens capital controls, fully lifts restrictions within country Greek
authorities announced the abolition of all restrictions on cash withdrawals and capital movements within the country with the further loosening of capital controls. They also further gradually lifted limitations in the transfer of capital abroad. Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos signed a ministerial decision which lifts all restrictions for any form of cash withdrawal from banks within Greece (starting October 1) and allows cash withdrawals of up to 5,000 euros a month in banks abroad (starting October 1). The decision also raises the ceiling for the transfer of euro currency or foreign currency abroad from 3,000 euros to 10,000 euros, facilitating transactions of legal entities or professionals abroad in the framework of their business activities by raising the ceiling for cash payments abroad from 40,000 to 100,000 per transaction per customer, per day. The decision also allows the transfer of sums resulting from capital gains from foreign capital invested in Greece, up to 100 pct of the invested capital annually. The ministry, in an announcement, said this decision was another step in the framework of a road map towards a gradual loosening of capital controls decided in May 15, 2017. The ministry aims to fully abolish all restrictions the soonest possible. Capital Controls in Greece Capital controls were introduced in Greece in June 2015, when Greece’s government came to the end of its bailout extension period without having come to an agreement on a further extension with its creditors and the European Central Bank decided not to further increase the level of its Emergency Liquidity Assistance for Greek banks.
As a result, the Greek government was forced to immediately close Greek banks for almost 20 days and to implement controls on bank transfers from Greek banks to foreign banks, and limits on cash withdrawals (only €60 per day permitted), to avoid an uncontrolled bank run and a complete collapse of the Greek banking system. As a result, the Greek government was forced to immediately close Greek banks for almost 20 days and to implement controls on bank transfers from Greek banks to
such as tourists could withdraw through ATMs higher amounts of cash. Other changes allowed time deposits to be terminated prematurely to cover real estate purchases and living expenses up to €1800 per month. Furthermore, resident Greeks making payments or remittances to foreign banks in which they had accounts in their name had the €1800 limit removed and businesses making payments abroad could send up to €5000 per day per client without seeking special permis-
“Capital controls were introduced in Greece in June 2015, when Greece’s government came to the end of its bailout extension period without having come to an agreement on a further extension with its creditors and the European Central Bank decided not to further increase the level of its Emergency Liquidity Assistance for Greek banks.” foreign banks, and limits on cash withdrawals (only €60 per day permitted), to avoid an uncontrolled bank run and a complete collapse of the Greek banking system. In September 2015, certain aspects of the imposed capital controls were relaxed. Four months after capital controls were imposed on 28 June 2015, two important modifications were published by the government: while still limiting withdrawals to €420 per week, account holders could withdraw the whole sum in one transaction instead of up to only €60 per day, thus significantly reducing the amount of time spent queueing at the banks and ATMs, and, furthermore, up to 10% could be withdrawn from funds deposited in Greece from abroad. To minimize the impact on tourism, people with foreign credit cards
sion. Still, the impact on business was dramatic as many exporters could not import the raw materials they needed for production as payments above the limits had to be approved by special committees who could approve imports of only €20 million per day in total with priority on medicines and food. Six months into capital controls saw a further easing of the rules. While full or partial premature repayment of loans was still not generally allowed, the premature repayment of loans could be made by loan holders either through funds from abroad or by taking out a new loan to cover the amounts due on previous outstanding loans; additionally, loan holders could pay back the whole loan if the property was to be sold. Moreover, although still limited to
€420 of withdrawals per week, special exemptions could be made to pay administration fees and debts to the state. In December 2015, the finance ministry also signed off on measures that were designed to bolster the ailing Greek stock markets. Investors could now use “old money”, (i.e. from their Greek bank accounts) to make transactions on the stock market in addition to the previously allowed “new money” from abroad or from the sale of stocks or other financial assets such as dividends from stocks. Following the first successful review of Greece’s 3rd bailout memorandum of August 2015 by the state’s creditors in June 2016 and in its “11th ministerial decision on capital controls” since imposition, on 22 July 2016 the Greek government’s Finance Ministry announced that “new cash” deposited in Greek banks from abroad would be free of any limit on withdrawals to encourage more of the money withdrawn (est. €50 billion, much of which found its way into safe deposit boxes or under mattresses) in the run-up to capital controls to find its way back into the Greek banking system which had already witnessed a €4.5 billion increase in deposits to €127 billion in the two months following the successful review as market jitters calmed. The decision also raised the limit on “old cash” withdrawals to €840 per two weeks instead of €420 per week. Finally, and in addition to first-year university students moving away from home to study and who already had previously been given permission to open bank accounts, Erasmus students and pensioners living abroad were also given permission to open new bank accounts in Greek banks. Still, the limit on cash for individuals travelling abroad remained at €2000.
Travel report: Exploring Chania... Greece’s leading summer destination in Crete
Chania is by far one of the most
wonderful cities in Greece and given its astonishing history, spectacular old town, stunning Venetian harbour, and not to mention some of the most breathtaking beaches in Europe, it’s easy to see why it’s one of Greece’s number one destinations for both locals and international visitors. Chania is the second biggest city in Crete, which is the largest island in Greece, and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean Sea. Here, you can explore glorious beaches, a picturesque old town and the island’s rich gastronomical culture. Wandering around the Old Town’s maze-like alleys, beautiful Venetian buildings, fountains and elaborate churches will help you discover well-preserved historical monuments. You can easily become familiar with the city of Chania by wandering around aimlessly in its streets, visiting museums and admiring the different architectural styles that are on display throughout the entire town. Chania is perfect for people of all ages and whether you are travelling solo, with a group of friends, on a romantic getaway, or on a family holiday with young children, there is something in Chania for everyone. BEACHES Seitan Limania boasts magical views and pristine water. It’s a bit of a hike to get there and you need to walk down quite a few steps to go for a swim, so maybe best for people without children. Please note it’s a remote location with no shops around, so don’t forget to take water, snacks and other essentials with you. For a morning swim and for a great frappe, go to Loutraki beach, with lots of sunbeds, you can sit back and relax all day. For those who love their beach parties go to Agia Marina where
the music is blaring and the crowd is there to have fun. And when the sun goes down, you can kick on at Villa, a popular night club in Chania, which is also located here. Marathi is an amazing beach for people with young children as you have all the family friendly facilities you need. From easy parking, to shops, taverns and bathrooms all close by and for families- don’t forget to add to your list Falasarna and Stavros Beach (where Zorba the Greek was filmed). Balos Lagoon, Elafonisi and Gramvousa Islet are by far Chania’s most photographed and picturesque beaches and you shouldn’t leave Chania until you have at least been to one. FOOD Bougatsa tou Iordani in Chania Town, make famous bougatsa (pastry with filling) using fresh Cretan Mizithra. This famous type of bougatsa can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Sea urchin (achinous) may be rare to come across in your average restaurant but in Chania you will surely find them in nearly every Fish Tavern (psarotaverna) you go to. Gamopilafo is traditional wedding rice dish, that has now been included in most Cretan tavern menus and is like a deluxe risotto prepared in a rich meat broth. Fried snails (saligaria tiganita) are very much loved by the locals and are served as mezedakia. Stamnagathis are a type of greens,
which are boiled and served with olive oil and lemon juice, it is a specific kind of Xorta (greens) which are grown locally. Cretan Dakos is a rye dusk topped with juicy grated tomatoes and crumbled feta, it is eaten here anytime of the day and is very popular. Kaltsounia are Cretan cheese pies with handmade pastry dough and can be found in each and every every Creatan bakery you come across. Arni me Stamnagathi is lamb with a wild green, where the meat is sautéed in hot olive oil and oregano, then served with either avgolemono (egg and lemon sauce) or a squeeze of lemon juice- it is served in most Creatan restaurants. If you love cheese, you should definitely try Graviera, which is a hard type, Pichtogalo Chanion, which has AOC protection and Myzithra, a young Cretan whey cheese. Raki or Tsikoudia is a Cretan Brandy made locally. Distilled from grapes and served in every Cretan taverna and kafeneio, this traditional beverage is definitely not for the faint hearted.
delicious. Patrelantonis Fish Tavern and cafe Metaksi Mas are located at Marathi Beach and have amazing mezedes and souvlaki, so if you are after a casual lunch or dinner this is the place to go. Ta Chalkina is a sensational restaurant at the Port, which offers the complete Cretan experience- from stunning views, to live music and traditional cuisine- you really can’t go wrong here. Tamam in set in the Old Town, where the décor is rustic, vibe is cool and wine is plentiful. The menu consists of a wide variety of traditional dishes. In Kaliviani village, which is on your way to or from Gramvousa Islet you will find Gramvousa Taverna. Here you can eat after a long swim and make sure to try the Dakos TIPS Wonder the Old Town, which is filled with colourful alleyways that lead to wonderful taverns, cafes and shops for visitors to explore. Visit the lighthouse at the entrance of the old harbor, this 21 meter tall lighthouse offers an amazing sea breeze, great views and the mystique of the old buildings create the ideal setting for a romantic, relaxing walk. Listen to live Cretan music and join in on some local Cretan dancing, which will be one of your most memorable experiences! If you wonder around the Old Port at night, you will find some taverns that turn into all-night music and dancing venues. Check out the local markets in the Agora, where you will discover the freshest local produce being sold. From herbs and spices, fruit and vegetables, to fresh seafood and meats, plus all other local delicacies, this is the place to grab some of your fave Cretan products to take home.
TAVERNS Nea Chora is a wonderful waterfront location filled with traditional fish taverns, which are popular with the locals. These include Akrogiali, Volakas and Achilleas. Taverna Mpourakis is situated in Kounoupidiana and its specialty is Xoirino Kotsi (pork hog), which is baked for hours and all their trawww.greekcitytimes.com ditional Cretan appetizers are also
PM in Chania: Works decided with regional bodies must be implemented Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras be-
gan his tour of Chania by visiting the headquarters of the regional authority. In his speech, Tsipras pointed out that this visit marks the beginning of a series of tours he will be making around the country in the autumn in order to inspect the progress of works decided at the regional development conferences. He noted that the government and local authorities will together check “how the implementation of works that we decided on together” and highlighted the importance of the regional conferences as an institution “that shows us how to discuss and reach conclusions for each region separately”. Tsipras said that it was important to register the speed at which the projects were progressing and tackle any bureaucratic problems
problems in order to start implementing important projects for the region,” Tsipras said. The prime minister was accompanied on his tour by Environment and Energy Minister George Stathakis, Health Minister Andreas Xanthos, Alternate Health Minister Pavlos Polakis and SYRIZA Secretary Panos Skourtetis.
that had arisen, in order to ensure benefits for each separate region. Referring to the local issues and addressing the mayor of Chania, Tsipras suggested they discuss the issue of the concession of the “Markopoulos” army base, saying this had to be speeded up. He also said that he would discuss the Crete
north road axis and the Kasteli airport issues with the region’s governor. “I know that the Region of Crete has initiated a satisfactory number of budgets in the last three years, much better than in previous years, but the issue is not just to initiate but also to overcome bureaucratic
Visit to Chania health centre The prime minister later visited the regional health centre of Chania, accompanied by Xanthos, Polakis and Skourletis. “A different health culture is being developed in regional health centres,” the prime minister said. Later he laid a wreath at the site of Kandanos village, which the Germans razed to the ground in 1941 after the residents resisted the occupiers.
Ariadne Group Officially Steps in as Crete’s Kastelli Airport Manager Ariadne Airport Group has of-
ficially been named contractor for the construction and operation of Crete’s highly-anticipated Kastelli Airport with works expected to begin next year. A consortium made up of Greek construction firm GEK Terna and India’s GMR Airports Limited (GAL), Ariadne Airport Group takes on the 480-million-euro project for a concession period of 32 years. The venture involves the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the airport slated for opening in 2022-23. Construction and renovation works are estimated at lasting five years. The key infrastructure project for Crete must first be examined by a court of auditors and then go to parliament for approval, which local media reports say will be by the end of 2018. The Kastelli Airport venture has
been delayed for months with the first competition for contractor announced in 2008, and re-launched under new terms in 2014. Ariadne Airport Group was tentatively named contractor last year.
To be erected in Heraklion, Crete’s capital, Kastelli Airport is expected to handle more than seven million passengers a year replacing the current Nikos Kazantzakis facility. Once the project moves forward,
Works on Chania market to commence in coming year The
mayor of Chania, Tassos Vamvoukas, is aiming to start work on the restoration of the municipal market, a 15 million euro project, in the next year, ANA reports.
The project is being supported with five million euros from Greece’s public investment program, with the remainder of the amount coming from the council’s budget that could include bank funding.
it is expected to spur works on a number of other key infrastructure projects on the island, including the completion of the so-called north road axis and several peripheral roadway networks.
UK couple found wallet with €7,000 and gave it to the Police A
British couple was enjoying a stroll in Crete’s Agios Nikolaos town, when they discovered something that looked like a woman’s wallet on the sidewalk. When they picked it up, they
couldn’t believe what they were seeing — €7,000 ($8,225) was inside.The couple didn’t hesitate at all, they headed straight back to their hotel and handed the wallet in the local police department.
Minoan Lines inaugurates new sea route Souda-Piraeus
The constant upgrading of the offered services in the area of coastal shipping is the main target of the Minoan Lines, stated on Sunday the managing director of the company Antonis Maniadakis during the inauguration ceremony of the sea route Souda-Piraeus with the ferry Mykonos Palace. He also referred to the company’s efforts to promote Crete mainly in the tourism sector. “This day is very important. We invest in the upgrading of the sea transport in Greece’s island complex. Our aim is to offer to the passengers upgrades high quality services”, said Maniadakis.
Eria Resort in Maleme in World’s Best Hotels for Wheelchair Users
deserves a vacation every once in a while, regardless of who you are, where you live, or your physical abilities. Finding an accessible hotel room used to be one of the biggest challenges for wheelchair users who love to travel. But these days, there are lots of great accessible accommodation options in top destinations worldwide. Fortunately, there are now many hotels around the world that keep the needs and wants of disabled travelers in mind. Eria Resort in Maleme, Crete, Greece While some hotels simply accommodate wheelchair users, other hotels truly embrace this type of traveler and design their hotel around accessibility. One great example is the Eria Resort in the village of Maleme, which is by the Cretan Sea and beautiful olive groves. There’s a wheelchair ramp that leads into the hotel’s swim pool, wheelchairs to rent for different purposes, and even planned excursions that are wheelchair friendly too. Some of the excursions you can take here include the historic city of Chania, the Knossos Palace and archeological museum, the White Mountains and Samaria Gorge, and a tour of Kastéli, the Orthodox Academy of Crete, and the Goniá Monastery. www.tripstodiscover.com
Greek Airport Passenger Fee Set to Rise... ...after works completed in the Greek regional airports!
Fraport, the managing company
of 14 regional airports in Greece, announced this week plans to increase a fee for all departing passengers as of April 1 from the current 13 euros. The fee, which includes a charge for using the airport and a “modernization and development tax” (spatosimo), which may reach 18.50 euros, will initially be implemented at the airports of Zakynthos, Kavala and Chania. According to Fraport Greece CEO Alexander Zinell, the increased passenger fee will then be charged at the airports of Rhodes, Skiathos, Kefalonia, Lesvos, Aktio and Samos, to be followed lastly by the airports of Thessaloniki, Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu and Kos – once the upgrade works there are completed. According to the 40-year concession deal the German operator signed with the Greek state, Fraport Greece can increase the said charge up to 18.50 euros per passenger upon departure but will have to consult with the airlines
ahead of its application, which Zinell said would begin in November. Speaking in Thessaloniki during an event for the presentation of Makedonia Airport plans, Zinell reassured that a fixed passenger fee
would be charged across all of the company’s airports in Greece and airlines operating out of these. At the same time, Fraport management said the charge remains competitive compared to corre-
sponding fees applicable at rival destination airports, which in many cases comes to 20 euros. news.gtp.gr
Ryanair launches new route from Naples to Chania! 53 new routes from Italy for 2019
Ryanair launched its Italy Sum-
mer 2019 schedule, with 53 new routes (over 450 in total), which will deliver 40m customers p.a. through Ryanair’s 29 airports in Italy. Ryanair is Europe’s favorite airline, operating more than 1,600 daily flights from 72 bases, connecting 189 destinations in 30 countries and operating a fleet of more than 300 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Ryanair has recently announced firm orders for a further 280 new Boeing 737 aircraft, as well as options for 100 more Boeing 737 MAX 200s, which will enable Ryanair to lower fares and grow traffic from 90m this year to over 150m p.a. in 2024. Ryanair currently has a team of more than 9,500 highly skilled aviation professionals and has an industry leading 30-year safety record. New routes: - From Bari to Bordeaux, Budapest, Prague - From Bologna to Amman, Corfu, Kaunas, London Luton, Marseille - From Brindisi to Memmingen - From Catania to Athens, Marrakech, Seville
- From Cagliari to Budapest, Baden, Porto, Seville, Valencia, Dublin - From Lamezia to Malta - From Milan Bergamo to London Southend, Sofia, Brno, Amman, Faro - From Milan Malpensa to Kaunas, Tenerife South - From Naples to Malaga, Bordeaux, Exeter, Marseille, Marrakech, Nantes, Cork, Chania, Rhodes - From Palermo to Brussels Charleroi, Cologne, Athens - From Perugia to Malta - From Pescara To Bucharest,
Prague - From Pisa to Brussels, Prague - From Rome Ciampino to Poznan - From Rome Fiumicino to Rhodes - From Treviso to Bordeaux, Fez, Prague, Manchester, Seville, Vilnius - From Turin to Fez - From Venice to London Southend In Rome, David O’Brien, Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are pleased to launch our program from Italy for the summer of 2019, with 53 new routes and over 450 connections, which will deliver 40 million passengers through 29
Italian airports. Italian customers and visitors can book their holidays for the 2019 summer season, with even lower fares. There is no better time to book a Ryanair flight. Ryanair is the only airline that offers 400 international connections to all Italian regions, supporting over 30,000 jobs at airports and creating important connections for both business and leisure travel, not only to Rome and Milan but also in the territories of Italy that most need this essential economic boost.”
Greece picked as top destination for 2018 at Condé Nast Traveller Awards gala
Greek tourism won another ma-
jor international distinction this week as the east Mediterranean country was chosen as the top destination in the “The World’s Top 100” category, which was announced at an annual Condé Nast Traveller 21st readers’ awards gala in London. Greece also ranked first in the “Best islands / Favourite island” category, and second in the ” Best countries / Favourite countries” category. The prestigious awards are voted for by CNT readers, honouring the best destinations, hotels, villas, spas, airlines, airports, cruises and
prefer to cast your net wider, to the warmer Indian Ocean, Caribbean or Mediterranean – and, increasingly, as far as the Philippines, which has more than 7,600 islands to choose
TUI Germany: Crete, Rhodes and Kos top last-minute destinations for summer 2018
According to TUI Germany, the
Greek islands of Crete, Rhodes, and Kos were among the ten most popular last-minute tourism destinations for German travelers during summer 2018. TUI unveiled that Heraklion on Crete ranked third in TUI’s Top 10 last-minute destinations, with Rhodes taking the sixth place, and Kos the taking seventh position. Antalya in Turkey was the second most favored last-minute destina-
tour operators. “Despite all those staycations, the Channel Islands are as close as you get to the UK when it comes to water-surrounded land masses: you
between. The Greek Islands were the classical winners though, and this year’s overall number one, scoring highly for scenery and people,” notes CNT. The Top 10 Islands in the world according to Condé Nast readers for 2018: 1. Greek Islands 2. The Maldives 3. Balearic Islands 4. Hawaii 5. St Lucia 6. Bali 7. Sicily 8. Mauritius 9. Koh Samui 10. The Canary Islands
tion with double-digit growth over last year’s numbers. The favored destinations for German tourists were Majorca in the Balearic islands, as it typical since decades now. TUI spokespersons added: “No other destination is so often booked on short notice by German TUI vacationers. Increased flight capacity compared to the previous year further boosted this trend.” The Top-10 last-minute destina-
tions for summer 2018 are: Majorca, Antalya, Heraklion, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Rhodes, Kos, Hurghada (Egypt), the German Baltic Sea coast, as well as the Spanish mainland, in that order. The leading German tour operator is offering last-minute package deals on hotels from Crete to Turkey starting as low as €264 euros. As an example, one Crete 7 night family package is for the beachfront Aquila Rithymna Beach Hotel,
which is slashed 28% to €491 euro per person for half board with a direct flight from Vienna. Other Crete offers from TUI include the fabulous five-star accommodations Anemos Luxury Grand Resort and Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas, just to name two. Earlier in September TUI also announced expanded flights to Turkey for winter, as well as TUI Magic Life moving forward with 16 clubs in 9 countries.
Marketing Greece launches new campaign showcasing the beauty of Crete
Marketing Greece has launched
a new campaign showcasing the beauty of Crete in an effort to increase average spending per tourist and extend the tourist season in Greek destinations. This is the 4th season of Wanderlust Greece, which visited Crete and for 15 days sought out and revealed all the reasons why travelers should add the popular island to their list of holiday destinations. From the old town of Chania to the mountain Mylopotamos, and from Heraklion to the island of Chrissi, “Wanderlust” presenter George Lentzas travelled around the island. Yoga overlooking the imposing landscape of Triopetra, mountain biking in Kapetaniana, a natural “balcony” with an endless view of the Libyan Sea, excursions to the picturesque villages of Crete, a
boat trip to Chrissi and Loutro, SUP boarding in Elounda Bay against the background of the historic island of Spinalonga, local traditions and customs to the accompaniment of the Cretan lyre, genuine Cretan gastronomic delights are just some of the experiences captured in the new video. “The trip to Crete has been a real challenge for us as the destination constitutes a top Greek tourist brand. One of our quests was to follow the promotion strategy of the Region of Crete, working in a supportive and fully harmonised way with its central message ‘The Island Inside You’”, Marketing Greece CEO Ioanna Dreta said and added: “Our goal was to create a list of experiences that highlight all those aspects of the product that make Crete a flagship of Greek tourism.”
Digging a deep hole in the sand
would quickly prove beneficial, for, with the large parasol in place, I could relax in the welcoming shade. Job done then; only it wasn’t. With the sudden increase in wind speed, common on Crete, I had to hang on with all my strength to prevent my bright umbrella from flying away. Those closest to me were laughing as I struggled to cope. Evil thoughts rushed through my brain as I manfully held on to the pole. Should I let go and watch the carnage unfold as my parasol took on a life of it’s own? Or perhaps I could let it drag towards them before bringing the unwieldy beast to a stop centimeters from their grinning faces? Choosing the latter option, the canopy edged ever closer and I couldn’t resist a wide grin as the two laughing girls dived for cover. My reassuring smile failed to quell
Α cynical tale about modern day life their fears as I slowly took control of the multi coloured beast and brought it back under control. That will teach you for sniggering, I thought. Brushing off the sand from her tiny bikini the petite blonde drew herself up and poked a finger in my chest. “You could have killed us.” The words, drama queen, came to mind. “Don’t be ridiculous, I had a firm grip on the parasol. It never got near you.” Many inquisitive faces were turned in my direction now. They were looking at the slim girl taking on the long haired monster holding onto a sun shade. With both hands on her slim hips and her taut breasts trying to explode from their imprisonment, she did look particulary attractive. I tried a softer tone. “Buy you a beer?” “Why?” “It’s the least that I can do. I’m Rob by the way.”
“Molly. That’s my sister, Kaye.” “I’m happy to buy you both a drink,” I took a casual glance at Kaye, but my eyes quickly turned back to the Venus in front of me. “I don’t think your mind is on a drink, is it?” Could she read my thoughts? “It’s only one drink. So what’s the problem?” Kaye joined her sister. “If you think we are going to have drinks with you at that broken down apology for a beach bar, you are so wrong.” “Way to go, sis.” Molly chipped in. It was time to play my ace card. “Who said anything about that crappy bar? Look out to sea.” I saw two pairs of eyes searching the deep green, two shouders shrugging and scorn written over two lovely faces. “There’s nothing out there apart from a couple of rowing boats and that yacht.” Molly sneered at me as if I was indeed a beach bum. “And the name on the yacht is …” “Rob Joy!” The two girls spoke as
one. I nodded. “You mean, it’s yours?” At last, Molly was beginning to believe. “It’s up to you but my yacht is yours to visit. What do you say?” Ten minutes later my crew chief arrived with the yacht tender, had given us life jackets, and was now steering his way back to my beloved floating home. As I looked at their long hair flowing behind them and their lithe bodies alive with excitement, I couldn’t help but notice their infectious giggling. As free as a pod of young dolphins came to mind. I tried, and failed, to surpress a broad grin from crossing my face. This was the life. I wanted to strike up a conversation but my lips refused to open for I, I was thinking. When you have money, lots of money, it really can buy you almost anything you want. Happy days. by Rick Haynes
Live Like a Cretan in Creta Maris Beach Resort Creta Maris’ guests got introduced to traditional Harvest and “Opsigias”, while they also learned the secrets of Cretan cuisine by making “Soutzoukia”
at the core of its philosophy the emergence of the Cretan way of life, culture and traditions of our country, Creta Maris Beach Resort organized two special events thus offering to its guests the chance to experience the authentic Crete. This first event included an interactive cooking class, where participants learned first-hand the gourmet culture of the island by making one of the finest and most delicious Cretan desserts “Soutzoukia”, under the guidance of Mrs. Theano Metaxa, wife of the found-
er of the Metaxas Group, Nikolaos Metaxas. According to Mrs. Theano Metaxa: ““Soutzoukia” is a rich dessert, mainly consisting of nuts (half walnuts preferably), grape must with flour, a thin thread, love, sun and air! Cretans used to make this dessert during this time of the year so to enjoy them also in the winter, as soutzoukia get preserved for a long time.” During the second event, Creta Maris Beach Resort guests and employees, guided by Maritsa, the donkey of Creta Maris, participated in the revival of one of the
oldest Cretan customs, “Opsigias” (traditional production of raisins), a custom that tends to disappear in recent years. The participants transported grapes from the vineyard to a central location of the resort, where they performed the immerse “lousidiasma” of the grapes in a large bucket full of water and potash and then proceeded to hang them in “opsigias” (a construction of parallel rows of metal joined together by wires), where they will remain hanged until they became raisins. At the end of the action the participants completed the authentic
Cretan experience by tasting the famous Cretan Sultanina raisin, accompanied by aromatic tsikoudia from the Cretan vineyard, as well as by local dishes based on raisins. These two actions where performed in the context of Creta Maris Beach Resort “We do local” philosophy and events. The fact that they were warmly embraced by the guest, who were thrilled to participate in them, justifies the continuous efforts of the resort to enrich the tourist experience, with authentic cultural events from the long Cretan tradition.
articles & opinions
A Symphony for Insects In
the last two issues of this newspaper I have written about the rapid decline in the numbers of flying insects (75% of biomass in the last few years). This decline has come about because of herbicides, pesticides and other chemicals, habitat destruction and fragmentation and as I stressed it is now known that light pollution is a contributing factor. There are a few flying insect species that we, humans, are trying to eradicate. The most obvious, I suppose, are all the mosquito species. There, is at the present time, no known benefit to the world or mankind from these insects. Chemical sprays have been used and in other instances males have been sterilised in the hope that there will be no reproduction and thus eventually extinction. Many people hate ants although they are some of the most interesting animals and have been used in computer analysis. A few people I know enjoy watching ants and the way that they tear apart a piece of flower or a dead insect and remove it from the surface of the earth. A logistics company in the USA used the exploratory method of a species of leaf-cutter ant to produce an optimum method of distribution for the whole country. A few months ago I wrote that ‘nurse’ ants tended wounded members of the colony in a couple of species. Despite the loathing from some these insects provide a very important service in removing debris and aerating soil. Most readers will know that many bee populations are being reduced heavily due to chemicals and disease. The production of honey from honey bees is only one of the many services that bees provide. Possibly more important is the service of pollination that is so important to the continuation of life on this planet. Wasp species, also disliked by so many people, are very important pollinators, Many types of insect spend parts of their lives in totally different habitats. Dragonflies and damselflies spend most of their lives underwater, once hatched. Most hide in the ‘mud’ at the bottom of the pond or stream feeding and growing until after, maybe, many years they climb a plant and become the aerial hunters that we recognise. Generally, the life out of water is very short in comparison to the months spent below. Approximately 40% of all known
insect species are beetles. In Europe the smallest species are less than 1mm in length while the magnificent Stag beetle can be as big as 7.5 cms. Beetles inhabit many habitats and vary considerably in size, colour, food, lifestyle etc. I guess that for the non-naturalist the favourite may be the 7-spot ladybird, but there are many other different species of ladybird. Ancient Greeks and Minoans considered the Scarab beetle brought good luck and provided protection in battle. The dung beetles always appear comical as they try to roll a piece of dung around and they are therefore usually found near livestock. The Devil’s Coach-horse beetle can provide a shock for people who have not encountered it before. It is a relatively long beetle but, if it suspects a threat, it mimics a scorpion and raises its back up and over the abdomen. Other well-known insects that are regularly encountered in the countryside are grasshoppers, crickets, stick insects and mantids (especially the Praying mantis). The large Egyptian grasshopper is seen regularly during the warmer months and often mistaken for its close relatives, the locusts. There are many different grasshopper species with various colours, sizes and habitats; I suspect that many are not noticed until they move. There are other insect species that are not favourites among humans. That list includes cockroaches, lice and many fly species. Generally
though, they do have a purpose in the Natural World, unlike mosquitoes (as we understand them). It is only when they come into contact with humans or human habitation that they are considered a nuisance. In general conversation insects are often referred to as bugs. But there are about 8,000 species of bugs in Europe. The species most often seen and recognised on Crete are the Shield bugs and Fire bugs. The former have a shield-like shape when adults and a triangular plate between the wings. Some have a smell and so the group is also known as stink bugs. Anyone who has tried to move one of the green shield bugs will recognise the odour. The Fire bug is seen on Crete in large numbers during the summer. It is red and black and often seen congregating on plants (especially in my area, the Stinking aster) often there will be many mating pairs. Residents near groves or other wooded areas are deafened by one of the species of cicada from June till September. I know that peace during the daytime will be difficult to come by for several weeks once I hear the first cicada of that species, usually in June. Worldwide there are about 2,500 species of cicada and in many areas of the world are used as food – I am sure you will have seen pictures of them at Asian street stalls. I keep thinking that there must be a market for them here! Perhaps, everyone’s favourite
group of insects are the moths and butterflies. As we move towards winter the number seen will reduce but there are still a few on the wing all year round. We will need to wait until spring for the festoons, cleopatras and swallowtails to be readily seen. However, there are many small and beautiful species of blue butterfly flying in October and the impressive (in colour and size) Plain tiger may be seen – I have a feeling that the latter may now be resident in the coastal area of East Apokorona but have not yet found proof. Many moths are active on winter nights and can be seen flying near lights. I have not mentioned insects such as thrips, mayflies, earwigs etc and it would take many years to write about all insect species found on Crete. However, as I have mentioned in the last couple of issues of the newspaper many species are under severe threat and especially those that pollinate the plants that we rely on. It is important that ‘we’ try to ensure their survival. Plus can you imagine a world without butterflies? (If you are interested in learning to recognise many species of European insects, a new book was published earlier this year – “A Photographic Guide to Insects of Southern Europe and the Mediterranean” by Paul D. Brooks and published by piscespublications. It contains over 2,000 photos and 1,500 distribution maps) by David Capon
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food & wine
Distinguished sommeliers visited the vineyards of Crete Aiming to get acquainted with Cretan wines, distinguished sommeliers from London’s famed private club “67 Pall Mall” travelled recently to Crete.
At the initiative of the Wines of
porter, Nikos Ioannides. “Our goal at Pall Mall 67 is to highlight it, as we do with every quality domain on the planet,” Kanelakis stressed. “Crete must rely on and invest in the incredible value-for-money dimension of its wines, the great variety of its native grapes, and the quantity that, contrary to smaller islands, it can produce,” he added. An internationally recognized wine spot, 67 Pall Mall is found at the center of London. Featuring a team of 17 distinguished sommeliers, the club counts among its members mainly people from the wine world: importers, sommeliers, and winemakers from all over the world.
Crete Network of Wineries and of the Crete Prefecture, they visited wineries in Chania and Heraklion, participated in thematic dinners and thematic wine tastings of local varieties, as well as in guided tours to the ancient wine presses in Vathipetro. The team of sommeliers’ included: Assistant head sommelier, Svetoslav Manolev; sommelier (Wset Diploma) Jitka Auermullerova; sommelier Blagoy Kuzmanski; cellar master Jan Fitl; and, from Greece, assistant head sommelier, Klearchos Kanelakis. “What impressed us in Crete is the variety of different styles of wine,” Klearchos Kanelakis told ert.gr’s re-
The Synopsis Of Mediterranean Diet In
recent years, the international scientific community has been increasing its efforts in the quest for the ideal diet in terms of health. Cretan diet lies at the centre of attention, as most studies present Cretan cuisine as the most typical example of high-quality Mediterranean cuisine. Cretans, admittedly, have the highest longevity rate in the world and the lowest mortality rate from conditions such as cardiovascular diseases and cancer. But what is the secret of the Cretan diet? Crete has one of the oldest and most tasteful cuisines in the world. It is the continuation of traditional flavours, aromas, ingredients and styles dating all the way back to the Minoan times. Archaeological findings show that 4000 years ago ancient Cretans consumed more or less the same products as Cretans today. Many large urns used for storing oil, wine, cereals, legumes and honey were found in the Minoan palaces. The recipe for longevity never tasted any better In the course of its long history, Crete’s gastronomy has been greatly influenced by the many people who tried at one point or another to conquer it. But if we examine this timeline more closely, we will find that Cretans had a way of filtering every dietary habit and adapting it to their standards, thus adding a special character to it. Century af-
ter century, the soul, the language and the cuisine of Cretans has remained unchanged! This continuity and the ability of the island to preserve its personal character, despite changes and adversities, formed a tradition which is now proven to be particularly valuable. Thus, the international scientific community not only speaks about Cretan cuisine, but also about the miracle of the Cretan diet! The Cretan cuisine is not considered rich in terms of variety of ingredients. It is a cuisine based on what the Cretan land has to offer. Focus is placed on the art of cooking and the processing of simple ingredients, rather than on using complex and rare combinations of expensive raw materials. The Cretan cuisine is different from other cuisines because it does not try to mix flavours, irrespective of the variety of the ingredients used for the everyday table. Each ingredient maintains its autonomy, its identity and its flavour. They all co-exist in harmony, highlighting this fine balance that defines the Cretan cuisine and the island in general. Each region in Crete has its own specialties. Cretans feed on the products of their land: plenty of fruit and vegetables, greens, and legumes. The use of meat is relatively limited in Crete, while cheese holds a special place on the table. Herbs and plants picked from the
island’s mountains add flavour to everyday food. As a rule, lunch or dinner is always accompanied with local wine and exceptionally tasty hand-kneaded bread. In general, one might describe Cretan cuisine as an imaginative, creative, and particularly aromatic proposition, based on simple seasonal ingredients, and the art that comes from the love for the land and the attachment to traditional cooking methods.
the highest possible quality of oil, with low acidity and a wonderful flavour. The fact that Cretans live longer and have the lowest disease rates seems to be directly connected to their being among the largest consumers of olive oil in the world. The second, yet as important, chapter in Cretan diet is wine. In recent years, it has been proven that two or three glasses of wine per day offer protection from cardiovascular diseases. Moreover, the substances contained in the skin of the grape interact with the barrel where the product is stored to create polyphenols, very powerful antioxidants with significant anticancer properties! Cretans, however, do not need medical studies proving that wine, when consumed in moderation, may have a beneficial effect on health. For them, there is only the traditional way of life, which dictates that wine should accompany dinner or lunch. Wine is a part of Cretan culture. Cretans never drink on their own. Wine is the basic ingredient of companionship and socialising. They drink together, they laugh and they talk. Modern wineries in Crete have put to good use the traditional vine varieties and the experience accumulated over the centuries. Tradition goes hand-inhand with knowledge and technology, for maximum enjoyment and good health.
Olive oil and wine: a holy alliance for good health If you go on a tour around the villages of the Cretan inland, wherever you turn your head, you will see the holy alliance that lies at the heart of the Mediterranean diet: every vineyard is always next to an olive grove. It does not require much effort to understand that olive oil is a special nutritional product for Cretans, who, like the rest of the Mediterranean people, use it as their main source of fat. Olive oil has been used in Crete since the Minoan times, replacing butter or other kinds of oil used in other regions of the world. Its value is immense, given that it is the most powerful antioxidant found in nature. Olive trees have been cultivated in Crete since 3000 BC. The Mediterranean climate of the island and the favourable composition of the soil allow olive trees not only to grow everywhere, but also to provide (end of part 1)
Minoan palace of Zominthos yields exciting B.A. finds The Minoan palace of Zominthos was a complex with three-story buildings grounded in the rock at 1,200 meters above sea level.
As early as 2000 BC, worship-
pers began placing offerings in clefts in the rock, such as “egg cups” – simple cup-shaped vases with a disc-like base – both painted and plain. The honorary director of the Antiquities Department, Dr Efi Sapounas-Sakellarakis, spoke enthusiastically to Greek Kathimerini newspaper about the results of the annual excavation of the Archaeological Society at Zominthos, a small plateau in the northern foothills of Mount Psiloritis on Crete. The palace of Zominthos, she notes, had more than 150 rooms. “It was a brilliant architectural combination in both design and construction. The large limestone floor slabs, which look like marble, have not been found elsewhere in the area,” she pointed out, adding that “they were brought there from a quarry 20 kilometers away.” “It was a religious, political and economic center that was also in use in the post-Mycenaean era, as shown by the separate ritual vase found in one of the rooms on the west side. Fragments of a rhyton in the shape of a bull’s head, 30 centimeters high, were found by the late Yannis
Sakellarakis east of this building, but we did not find such religious objects.” This section yielded bronze daggers, seals, stone vessels and a fragment of a chalice with a small bronze spoon, dated to before 1750 BC. Sapounas-Sakellarakis also points out that, in excavation terms, it is the first time a multistory building has been found on a rock in a center of habitation. Interestingly,
a stone vessel with a relief depicting a worshipper placing an offering on an altar between rocks had previously been found in the area of Gypsades Hill at Knossos. Zominthos, where 20 years ago Yannis Sakellarakis launched the excavations that have been continued by his wife, is inexhaustible. This year, an entrance from north to south was found with a double door leading to a paved area built on a suitably shaped part of the
rock. In Minoan times it may have served as an outdoor area for sports or ceremonies, and later as a courtyard of the building that the Romans built on the Minoan ruins. Also interesting for the archaeologists was the discovery of a coin showing the Emperor Hadrian. This, together with another one featuring Marcus Aurelius that was unearthed last year, confirms a Roman presence at the site.
No transfer of Greek monuments or sites to Public Properties Company, HCAP says No Greek archaeological mon-
uments or other protected sites will be transferred to the Public Properties Company SA, according to an announcement issued by the Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations (HCAP) – the so-called privatisations ‘superfund’. Responding to press reports claiming that archaeological sites, museums, monuments and other protected properties were included in a list of 10,119 assets transferred to HCAP in June, the ‘superfund’ underlined that no property exempted from development under the law would be transferred while noting that all the items on the list would be rechecked. “It is crystal clear that there is no transfer, nor could there be any transfer, of archaeological monuments or real estate such as coastal areas, beaches, Natura areas,
forests and other categories that are exempt from any transactions, as the relevant finance ministry announcement said. The law 4389/2016 expressly and without reservations makes exceptions for such properties,” it said. It noted that an initial list had been drawn up based on the information available on the National Land Registry data base but because this was often partial or not fully updat-
ed, this was strictly conditional on doing all necessary rechecks to ascertain which of the properties can be transferred and which cannot. As stated in the government gazette, HCAP added, such checks would be carried out for all the properties on the list, with the involvement of all the relevant agencies (forestry service, antiquities ephorates etc) in each case. “The archaeological monuments
of our country are the cultural heritage of the Greeks and the next generations and there is no question of any concession. The exception under the law is clear and must not be misinterpreted,” it said. Based on the results of the rechecks, it said, the information in the land registry will be updated in order to create a full and accurate record of state property, while the creation of the list benefited Greek society rather than the contrary. “For the real estate that clearly and certifiably does not fall under the exceptions, a precise record will add value since, today, many properties are losing value or illegally occupied or remain entirely unused. Their exploitation will be carried out in the framework of a careful strategy to create value for the national economy and local communities,” the announcement concluded.
pets & vets
What Are the Signs of a Truly Hungry Dog?
Is your dog really, truly hungry or just bored? We go through the signs of a hungry dog and some guidelines for how much to feed your four-legged friend. When it comes to eating, most
dogs are seemingly bottomless pits. Not only are they used to having their meals at regular times, they’re also used to manipulating their owners into giving them snacks and treats between meals. The calories add up over time, and lead to weight gain, digestive problems and a host of other health issues. People have enough trouble making the distinction between need and desire for food, so how can we tell whether we have a hungry dog — or one who’s just bored? The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention‘s 2016 survey of veterinary professionals and pet owners reveals that the portly Pug you see on your daily walk is not an outlier. Indeed, the survey found that over half, or approximately 42 million dogs, are either overweight or obese. Since dog nutrition needs differ widely by size, age, breed and genetics, it can be difficult for dog owners to determine just how much food is ideal for their canine companions. Are you feeding your dog too much? Too little? If your dog feeding schedule has you filling a bowl even once a day, chances are your dog is not, by any definition of the word, “hungry.” According to veterinarian Dr. Lou
Budik, as long as they have ready access to fresh water, dogs that are “relatively healthy can go three, four, five days without food, many even longer than that.” A truly hungry dog, at least in a comfortable domestic setting, is a rarity. This doesn’t mean you should put an overweight dog on a starvation diet. But since over half of dogs are overweight, it does mean that one out of every two people reading this is probably over-feeding their dog on a regular basis. The differences between dog sizes, breeds and ages mean that the amount and frequency of feeding is spread between a number of factors. If you’re wondering, “How often should I feed my dog?”, here are some very basic guidelines: • Puppies: Three small meals per day. • Small adult dogs: Two small meals per day. • Medium to large adult dogs: Two well-portioned meals per day. • Large to giant adult dogs: One well-portioned meal per day. • Senior dogs: One to two smaller meals per day. These are sweeping generalizations. There is no universal dog feeding guide calculator. Much depends on the health and activity level of your individual dog — let’s look at those factors next.
How much food should your dog eat? Activity level matters! Does your dog sit on the couch so much that he practically has his own indentation in the couch pillow, fitted neatly to his curled-up girth? Daily, or at least regular, exercise plays a part. In many cases, a dog who seems hungry is actually just in need of more physical activity. I try to walk my dog, Baby, every day. Realistically, it works out to about 4-5 times each week. Movement uses energy, and energy expended means a dog needs nutrients to replenish it. Regular exercise affects digestion, too. A healthy dog eating wet food can move their bowels within 4 hours after eating. The same amount of dry food might take 8 hours. Each of these times to evacuation are affected by motility, or the operation of the muscles in the digestive tract. A dog that exercises regularly moves and processes the food he eats more efficiently than a sedentary dog.
touched when I get home from work. Summer heat drives dogs to cool resting spots where they do not need or use much energy. My dog’s need for food, her hunger, if you will, is diminished when she is less active. This year, I started feeding her one smaller meal during the dog days of summer, and found that she was better about finishing it. The same principle — energy expended guiding the amount of food you provide — can be applied to any dog, regardless of environmental conditions.
When it comes to dog hunger and feeding your dog — consult with the pros I learned, through a lot of wasted dog food over the last three summers, about how my dog’s need for food changes over the course of the year. If there is that much variance in my dog, imagine the task in trying to prescribe to all dog owners how much food their dogs need! Suggested portion sizes on dog food bags and containers are only that, suggestions, and vary by Environmental factors also influ- manufacturer. The surest and most ence dog hunger foolproof way to determine the inEven weather affects how much dividual needs of your dogs, at all a dog should eat! I typically feed times of year and at every stage in Baby twice a day. their lives, is to consult with your During the hot summer months veterinarian. I’ve noticed that a bowl of food I leave for her in the morning is un- dogster.com
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health & nutrition
What to eat in October for optimal health
Eat seasonal food -made with fresh, local and organic products- to reach optimal health
The thing about eating season-
ally is you’re guaranteed fresher produce. The other thing about eating seasonally is you’ve got to work with what’s available. In the health food world, we talk a lot about kale. But what good is kale, if it was picked days ago and transported hundreds or thousands of miles before reaching your kitchen? In October, you’ll find an abundance of locally produced, fresh kale in Greece. It’s one of the few greens that is actually more vibrant and flavourful during the colder seasons. So if you’ve got that “Don’t Kale My Vibe” t-shirt, now’s the time to flaunt it.
Talking of vibrancy, October is the perfect time of year to introduce deeply coloured beetroot into your weekly staples. If you don’t like beetroot, it’s probably only because you haven’t had it the right way yet. Juice it, steam it, roast it, grate it into yoghurt with some minced garlic and rich olive oil… The possibilities are endless. Butternut squash is reaching the end of its season, only to be proudly replaced by brightly coloured pumpkins of all shapes and forms, another beautifully versatile vegetable. If you’re into pumpkin pie –and why shouldn’t you be– don’t fall for the tinned variety, usually imported from across the Atlantic.
Buy a fresh, locally produced pump- more reliable supply. Yes, that inkin and all that’s left to do is plonk it cludes truffles, now in season. in the oven. Sea food: October harvests Wild specimen: October gather- When we mention seasonal foods, we tend to think of fruits and veging Ask anyone about autumn and etables. soon enough roasted chestnuts And isn’t a large sharing bowl of will pop up in conversation. hot steaming mussels a wonderful Perhaps not a nutritional power- thing to behold? house, chestnuts are a beautifully And what of the invigorating iodine joy of freshly opened oysters? As it warming comfort food. Eat them roasted straight out of the turns out, these are two nutritionalshell, or add them to any blended ly rich delights of Autumn. soup for some rich soul-food fla- Too much sea flavour for you? Try mackerel. vour. Wild mushrooms: another gor- This excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids is also rich in B12, a vigeous autumnal gift. If the time and knowledge required tamin which is not present in any to hunt them down eludes you, plant-based foods. swing by your local market for a motionnutrition.com
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