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Issue No 16 - July 2014

The local FREE paper for the Chania area

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

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


It’s not all about sea and sun

MEET... CHANIA in 20 pages

by Chania Post in collaboration with Chania Prefecture

Welcome! Bienvenue! Willkommen! Добро пожал овать! Velkommen! Välkommen Välkomna! Tervetuloa! 文化的天空, 人类的天堂

Measuring our “tourism product”

A scientific research by the National Confederation of Hellenic Commerce and the four Commercial and Industrial Chambers of Crete The island of Thodorou at sunset from the beach of Nea Hora. Photo by Stratos Solanakis

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Flirting with the Chinese “Dragon”

Interest about airports, harbours and highways. China’s Prime Minister visited Crete

p.3 & 10

The most vistied place in Chania

Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” Best in Europe ACI announces Best Airport winners


Matala Beach Festival 2014

Over 60.000 people lived their “hippie” myth in Crete p.39

Is it difficult to rent a car in Crete?

Trust local car rental companies and compare quality, services and prices p.4

Safe and qualitative trasportation at the right price Samaria Gorge

Taxi and bus services in Chania are the best of the island

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



by Elpida “Hope” Katsarakis NEA TV Journalist

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“Hope is...”


So what? …That’s a slogan that leads everyone to live the summer in Crete with no guilts…

Hope is to live under great inspiration. Such as…

Hell On Love Island Is Definately Your Sexy… Version!


“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” - Bil Keane

by Pandelis Spiridakis KYDON TV Host - gelamou.gr

What is going on eventually? Flirt, summer, vacation and sexual revolution.

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” - Shel Silverstein

In other words the captain of freedom welcomes to the boat and wishes you the very best trip…

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” - John Lennon

Malia, Hersonisos and some other places are popular… the greek version of sexotourism, which means free flirt, games and lots of signed on the sand of the beach!

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” - Robert Fulghum

Everything is allowed and everything is possible…it’s like the joyful break from the routin of both work and life!

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Chania... monthly shot

1. 3.500 members at several facebook groups seek for this exact thing. And the photos give the best picture

(by Pavlos Mpouzis)

2. British people 18 – 30 years old are choosing sexotourism vacation , just for the joy of free and relaxing sex dates It’s not that we discovered America…The paradise of this tourism gets so many likes and the goal is “Live your dream with passion”

“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” - Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

The only fact is that people all over the world are looling for love, adventure, laugh and beautiful moments…just as simple as that

“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must of felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life. Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, ‘Wait and Hope.” - Alexandre Dumas

The recipe is yours …if you add too much salt , it won’t have your favourite taste… Your summer , your choice…! Rock your summer on the sand of your favourite beach!!!

“Hope is the thing with feathers. That perches in the soul. And sings the tune without the words. And never stops at all.” - Emily Dickinson

Elpida... (means hope in Greek language)

www.gelamou.gr... only the good news !!! Sports radio on the web... www.sportfmxania.gr

Owner/Publisher: FTP Publlications Web: http://www.chaniapost.eu E-mail: info@chaniapost.eu http://www.facebook.com/chaniapost Editors: Pandelis Giaitsis, Elpida “Hope” Katsarakis Pantelis Spiridakis (www.gelamou.gr) Petros Chatzistavros (building and constructing) John Kriaras (real estate agent), Nick Lazakis (optical expert) Miltiades Markatos (pneumonologist) John Venetakis (zootechnician), John Xamonakis (www.apokoronasnews.gr) Petros Marinakis (theme parks - flora and fauna) Niki Voulgarakis (nutriotionist), Antonia Tsakirakis (cook) Costas Nitse (sports) Advertising: Chania Post 73 El. Venizelou str. Tel. +30 6977295075 www.chaniapost.eu info@chaniapost.eu DTP: FTP Publications CHANIA POST... on the go

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A Global Brand... A Timeless Destination Greece is one of the top tourism destinations in the world. In fact Lonely Planet placed Greece by Pandelis Giaitsis among its top 10 destinations for CHANIA POST chief editor 2010 and Greece ranks second in England’s 2008 Telegraph Travel Awards in their Best European Country ranking. The number of tourism visits over the last decade has shown a steady increase. From 14.2 million international visitors in 2004, more than 17 million people visited Greece in 2008, and it is expected that in a few years this number will reach 20 million, almost twice the country’s population.


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A New Tourism Investment Era The increasing number of tourists and the evolving profile of today’s traveler demand a host of new tourism offerings and infrastructure projects. In Greece, investors will find a wide spectrum of opportunities,

a welcome environment for new investment, and some of the most beautiful locations in the world. A Core Economic Sector Tourism accounts for 18% of Greece’s GDP, directly or indirectly employs more than 900.000 people, and is the leading source of the country’s invisible receipts (36% in 2007). Approximately 85% of arrivals originate in Western Europe: 21.2% from the United Kingdom, 17.5% from Germany, 8.8% from Italy, 5.3% from France, 5.2% from Holland, and 7.5% from the Scandinavian countries. Priorities At present, 70% of arrivals are in the May-October period and visits are disproportionately concentrated in Crete (21% of total bed capacity) the Dodecanese islands, which includes Rhodes (17%), the Ionian Islands, which includes Corfu (12%), Attica, which includes Athens (9%), the peninsula of Halkidiki (6.5%), and the Cyclades islands, which includes Santorini and Mykonos (6%).

Find CHANIA POST at the following points: CHANIA: Municipal Market, Airport, Public Bus Central Station, Old Harbour, Municipal Tourist Information Desk PLATANIAS: Central Square Infokiosk, Botanical Park KISSAMOS: Gramvousa and Balos boats, Elafonissi, Falassarna KANDANOS-SELINO: Paleochora Info Desk, Sougia, Kandanos SFAKIA: Hora Sfakion Infokiosk, Loutro, Agia Roumeli, ANENDYK boats APOKORONAS: Georgioupoli, Kavros, Vamos, Kalyves, Vrysses Also in Chania taxis, Limnoupolis Water Park and in selected cafes, businesses and shops throughout Chania Prefecture


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Interest about airports, harbours and highways - China ‘s Prime Minister visited Crete Describing the Greek and Chinese economies as “mutually complementary,” the Chinese premier said he saw “huge potential for cooperation. Li noted in a letter, published in “Kathimerini” newspaper, his intention to “open up new prospects for a deeper China-Greece relationship.” Describing the Greek and Chinese economies as “mutually complementary,” the Chinese premier said he saw “huge potential for cooperation.” “Greece is speeding up privatisations and the development of infrastructure. China will encourage renowned businesses to play an active role in this process,” he said adding that they will work with Greece to make the Piraeus port the best of its kind in the Mediterranean.

a long-delayed privatization drive insisted upon by the Troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB) that put up 240 billion euros ($327 billion) in two bailouts. Samaras, who accompanied Li on a tour of the Crete’s archaeological sites, told reporters that the Chinese premier’s visit to the island would be a big boost. “The benefits for Crete will be very big and you will see them in the near future,” he said, anticipating more Chinese tourists, who already favor Crete. Samaras said growing cooperation with China in a number of sectors “will contribute to growth in Greece,” he said is needed to offset four years of harsh austerity measures that caused record unemployment and deep poverty. He’s hoping the Chinese will buy up state assets that have drawn little attention, even at rock bottom prices, which made the government far fall short of the privatization targets set by the Troika. Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang visited the archaeological site of Knossos, accompanied by his Greek counterpart Antonis Samaras. The two prime ministers toured the Minoan palace, accompanied by Culture Minister Costas Tasoulas, Culture secretary general Lina Mendoni, Crete regional governor Stavros Arnaoutakis and local deputies. After his visit to the archaeological site of Knossos with his Chinese counterpart, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras underlined that, in the following years, Crete will become one of the most popular destinations for Chinese travelers.

markets. “The country has turned the page because it escaped default and has achieved a primary budget surplus,” he said. He did not name the firms expected to bid for the project. One of the possible bidders for Kastelli is China’s State Construction Engineering Corporation, according to Greek media. Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang will visit Athens later this week to discuss possible investment projects. Chinese firms have already played a big part in Greek projects. Fosun is part of a group in a 7 billion euro development of a disused airport in the capital city of Athens, while Cosco has expressed interest in buying OLP , Greece’s biggest port. Chrysohoidis said a 75 km (45 miles) motorway expansion project in the southern

The Greek government is eying the prospect of greater Chinese participation in the Greek privatization program with interest, as well as collaborative investment ventures between Greek and Chinese firms. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Greek Premier Antonis Samaras visited Cosco’s facilities in Piraeus as the firm is aiming to acquire 67 percent of the Piraeus Port Authority’s share capital. Besides the port of Piraeus, China looks forward to further investment cooperation with Greece and even identifies areas: - airport, -railways, -roads Specifically, for the port of Piraeus Li says “The port of Piraeus, the operation of which involved Chinese business is a positive example of contributing to local economic development and employment. We will work together with Greece to turn the port of Piraeus to the best of its kind in the Mediterranean. China seeks greater cooperation with Greece in the areas of airports, railways, roads and other infrastructure. “Describing the Greek and Chinese economies as “mutually complementary,” the Chinese premier said he saw “huge potential for cooperation.”

Infrastructure Minister Mihalis Chrysochoidis on Reuters Chinese, French, German and Spanish firms are vying to build an 800 million euro ($1 billion) airport on the island of Crete, one of a number of projects planned by Greece as it recovers from a recession, the infrastructure minister said. Investment in new airports, motorways and ports are key to helping Greece’s ailing economy as it slowly emerges from a six-year economic slump. Crete is considered a prime spot because of its strategic location wedged between Europe, Asia and Africa. Athens re-launched the tender for the Kastelli airport in May, after plans to build the terminal were shelved at the peak of its debt crisis in 2011. The country hopes Kastelli and planned road projects will help kick-start its economy. Crete is one of the biggest resort islands in Greece, which is one of Europe’s top tourism destinations. The airport is expected to be completed by 2019 and would handle about 7 million passengers a year, mostly tourists. Kastelli will become Greece’s second-biggest airport after Athens in terms of foreign traffic. It will replace Crete’s outdated Heraklion airport, which is bursting under the strain of handling millions of tourists a year. “It’s a big deal, one of the biggest public investments in the country after the crisis,” Infrastructure Minister Mihalis Chrysochoidis told said in an interview. The winning firm will have a 35-year concession on the airport. Companies are expected to submit their bids on November 11, but it is uncelar when a winner will be announced. Chrysohoidis said the economy had improved since April, when in a sign of growing confidence in the country, investors eagerly bought 3 billion euros of Greek government bonds, ending Greece’s four-year exile from bond

Greece Peloponnese region estimated to cost 300 million euros will be tendered soon, part of a series of new infrastructure projects. The Peloponnese project is part of a nationwide, ongoing road-building program which has been recently resuscitated and which the minister expects to create 20,000 jobs by the end of the year. Unemployment in Greece stands at 27.8 percent. There were also plans for an expansion of the subway network in Athens, which will add 33 km to the existing 64 km grid at a cost of up to 3.5 billion euros that could be paid for through a combination of state funds and private banks, he said.

Chinese Prime Minister in Crete Mr Li Keqiang also visited Crete, where he repeated Beijing’s interest in the new international airport in Kastelli. Li and Samaras talked about developing closer relations between their countries and business was taken of too, with some 19 deals worth 6.5 billion euros ($8.83 billion) with a Chinese delegation the three-day stay that saw advances in trade and investments. The Chinese said they are interested in developing a new international airport near the Cretan port of Iraklio and are eying other state assets on the block as part of

The new airport The new airport at Kastelli in Iraklio, Crete is expected to start operating within four years and to avoid high charges. The Kastelli Airport will replace the existing one, whose only runway points in the wrong direction and has inadequate infrastructure for the second busiest airport in Greece. Moreover, due to the Kastelli airport’s concession agreement, which resulted in reduced traffic, the new airport will manage to avoid applying the same high charges as Athens International Airport. The airport’s concession agreement will last for 35 years, and took account of charges at other competitive Mediterranean airports such as Cyprus, Tenerife and Malta. This agreement aspires to help travellers spend no more than two percent of their total expenses on airport charges. with information from: www.greekreporter.com www.amna.gr


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Is it difficult to rent a car in Crete?

Trust local car rental companies and compare quality, services and prices One of the best ways to enjoy your holidays, if you choose Crete for your destination, is to rent a car. Choosing a car rental company during your holiday it can look very simple but in fact it is a sensitive and difficult choice.You do not know whom to trust and what will be waiting for you upon delivery. Most tourists think while searching for a car rental company in Crete: I don’t want to have any problems (the car is not the one I booked, its quality and appearance at the pickup is poor, the people of the rental company don’t help me and I don’t understand what they mean etc...) Driving in Greece is not for the faint of heart, particularly with the sometimes horrendous Athens traffic. But renting a car will give you free access to the country’s numerous winding roads, hilly passes and quaint villages. Car rental dealers in Greece do not carry the difficult restrictions found in some countries, so drivers should have a hurdle-free rental process. Some car rental companies in Greece do carry restrictions for certain drivers, however, and drivers should know a few of the country’s rules before hitting the road. What Car Do I Need to Rent in Greece? If you are using your rental car mainly to go out from a hub - visiting sites in the countryside around a town or city, then flying out of that spot or taking a bus, ferry, or train - you can get away with a small car since you will not be carrying all your gear with you for overnight journeys. But if you have several people all with full luggage allowances, you may find it is almost impossible to fit everyone into one vehicle comfortably. Take a look at the trunk before signing the final papers. Nobody likes seeing the beautiful Greek countryside over the top of the suitcase on your lap. Tips & Tricks - Compare prices for car rental dealers using an Internet-based agency. Major international car rental compa-

nies have branches and affiliates in Greece’s major points of entry, including at Athens’ airport, but if you visit other places in the country you can trust local car rental companies. - Check with the rental company for any special restrictions before booking. The standard minimum age for car rental in Greece is 21, but some Greek car rental companies might charge more for drivers under 25, restrict certain car classes for younger drivers or not allow drivers older than 70. - Decide whether you’ll need any supplementary insurance, such as collision damage waiver or theft protection,

or determine whether it will be provided by your credit card. Greece requires third-party liability insurance and fire insurance, and this will be included with the rental. - Check with the rental company for any restrictions or fees if you plan to leave Greece with the vehicle. Check also if you plan to return the vehicle in a different part of Greece than your arrival point, as this might carry an extra charge or not be allowed. - Familiarize yourself with some of Greece’s driving rules.

Speed limits are 50 kph in a city, 80 kph on the open road and 100 kph on highways. On a three-lane highway, the middle lane is for passing only. - Learn a few terms that will be helpful while driving. “Venzinadiko” means gas station; “diodia” means toll; “choros stathmefis” means parking; and “astinomia” means police. - Even if you don’t plan to drive abroad, an International Driving Permit is an easily recognizable form of identification in Greece. - Book as far in advance as possible during peak times, particularly if you need a certain class of vehicle, as supply in Greece can run low. - Always park in approved parking lots. Illegal street parking can carry a hefty penalty in Greece. Can I Take a Greek Rental Car on a Greek Island Ferry? The answer may be no. Many car rental agencies in Greece, especially those on smaller islands, do not want you to take their cars onto a ferry. First, there’s the risk that you may damage it maneuvering in the tight area (or be damaged by someone else doing the same), and secondly, they like to keep their cars on their home island. In practice, many people do rent cars and blithely take them onto the Greek ferries without mentioning their plans to the car rental agency, but if anything does happen, it’s one more strike against you. Remember that not all Greek ferries take cars anyway- and the limited slots may require reservations in advance. If you are planning on driving a Greek rental car across a national border, that’s an entirely different situation and you will need to clear that beforehand with the car rental agency. Also, if you know you are planning strenuous driving - lots of mountain roads, or dirt roads, more than a typical tourist in the area would attempt - mention it. You may be given a more powerful or more reliable car or be urged to upgrade into a more appropriate vehicle.

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The power of signs and the visitor One of the many advantages of living in Crete is that you do no longer need to travel to see your friends. You can just stay put and your friends will came to see you, thus saving you the hassle of waiting for hours in endless queues at security in one by Yiannis Xamonakis www.apokoronasnews.gr or more international airports. And so it was that my first summer visitor, a friend from England that I had not seen for many years came to see me for the first time. She is a well travelled lady who had, for all her travels, not been to Crete before. So we talked and we drunk the local wines and raki and we ate the local food and we visited the beach and caught up with gossip about common friends. We praised the beauty of the place and mused the way things are done here, and wondered as many people have before us ‘why do [unspecified] they make life so difficult?’ To which there is no real answer. By way of reply I did offer a lot of description of the situation as it is experienced by the local population, but could not really explain the ‘why’. But with every passing visitor, and with practice, deep reflection and thoughtful analysis, my attempts at explaining appear to be getting better at satisfying my guest’s curiosity. And as my first summer guest left, I did some more serious thinking, at the end of which I concluded that it has a lot to do with signs. You see, the first visitor’s questions usually start on the way from the airport, where the drive involves travelling on what is euphemistically called the ‘national road’, and it has to do with the road signs. Driving between the airport and Kalyves has become routine for me and I do no longer rely on the strategically hidden-behind-the-bushes direction signs or those ones obscured under layers of graffiti, to get home. “Why do they place the signs there?” my visitors ask, usually after the third set of signs lurking behind a huge oleander. And as they realise that the signs are rendered unintelligible by graffiti, a couple of other questions follow: “Who are these people who damage road signs?” and “Doesn’t the police do anything about it?” I am sometimes tempted to relay the explanation my builder, Honest George flippantly gave me when I first asked the same question a few years ago when my house was being built and I could not find my way around so easily. “They do it deliberately to confuse invaders” he said, referring to the waves of invaders that have occupied this island in its long history. But I know it’s not true and I do not wish to mislead my guests into thinking that we are at imminent risk of being invaded again. “Well they are youths really, they are bored and, well, they get on their motorbikes or in their cars and stop before every sign they can see, and they get out with their spray paint and step ladder and spray their tag or their undying allegiance to their favourite football team posse ”, I explain feebly being careful not to provoke those of my guests who have served as magistrates and hold very strong views on this kind of wanton vandalism. “But things have a way of working out here, without the need for police intervention. Given the price of spray paint, and with

the crisis being in full swing, few youths can afford to freely express themselves on road signs any more. So the problem will eventually fade away…”. It is little things like that, however that may give visitors the idea that the native population has a fanatical devotion to disregarding rules and regulations and flouting the law. But this notion stems from rather casual observations, which lead to a very superficial and often confused understanding of how regulations are interpreted in the context of the country. In a country where there are over two million, often contradictory laws and regulations and amendments and presidential decrees and ministerial orders, it is almost impossible for anyone not to be in breach of one or more of these at any given stage of their life. The people of this island and of the country as a whole are law abiding citizens; they are just a bit selective about the legislation they are familiar with and they observe. And it is only because of contextual differences in interpreting these signs that the casual observer can get the wrong impression. For example, when you see a group of people all smoking in an enclosed public space while there are signs all around clearly stating in bold red writing that smoking is definitely not allowed in the premises, it appears like the sign is ignored. In reality however the lighting up of the cigarettes is commonly preceded by a waiter or the owner asking the customer if they would like an ashtray. Likewise, road signs are disregarded or defaced either because they are considered unhelpful or because no one has ever been reprimanded for, let alone suffered the severe consequences of the relevant law, damage to road signs. It is interesting to see that when the very expensive speed cameras that idly adorned the national road for the last five years were recently brought back in use (as a revenue raising rather than a safety measure in one of the most accident prone roads in Europe), the majority of drivers observe the unreasonably low speed of 60 km/hour on straight stretches of road with good visibility, without complaining to the authorities or to the motoring organisations. Or, that an obviously home made no-parking sign outside a shop in Kalyves has managed to do what the local authority thinks unachievable, a no parking sign that is actually observed. Yet, strangely enough, while everyone is complaining about inconsiderate parking in the little town, there are no other no parking signs to be seen anywhere else in Kalyves high street. So it could be that signs work if only people are encouraged to respect them. And there is nothing to suggest that the local people are any less cooperative than anyone else. The fact that they have been patiently dealing with country’s public authorities, gathering certificates and stamps and signatures and following procedure all their lives without complaining, makes them some of the most obedient people anywhere. Which makes me think … why not make signs asking people not to throw their rubbish out of their car windows? And some others (preferably in English) saying: “Please do not ask why – you are in Greece’

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Contractors dig up archaeological site in Kalyves Kalyves residents were alerted by diggers working at the archaeological site of Castel Apicorno or Bicorna, the 13th century Venetian fortification on the Kasteli hill to the east of Kalyves. According to a statement by the management of the Byzantine Antiquities agency of western Crete ‘an inspection team was sent to the site next morning’ but ‘no one was there’. The inspection team confirmed that the diggers were operating in the area below the fortification walls at what is believed to be the arsenal of the castle. Vamos police was informed and after a brief investigation two men were arrested and charged. The castle had large garrison and a number of people lived around it for protection. It was destroyed in 1538 by the pirate Barbarosa. Because of its commanding position over the bay of Suda the Turks rebuilt it in the 18th century and but was again destroyed in 1821. The grounds and the remains of the castle have been declared a protected archaeological site. Some archaeologists believe that the castle fortress stands on the site of the Minoan city of Ippokoronas, from which the area of Apokoronas got its name.

Peter Economides: “Being Greek is Again in Fashion” “Being Greek is back in fashion,” claimed the socalled marketing guru, Peter Economides speaking in an event on the Greek crisis organized by the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) in Melbourne. Economides said that there has never been a better time to be a Greek and invited Greeks, philhellenes businessmen as well as students, to listen to his proposals on Greece’s recovery. He said that the crisis has helped a “new” Greece to emerge on the global stage, “a country that is creative and gives opportunities to innovative entrepreneurs.” Regarding tourism, he said that each person should be “an ambassador of Greece”. It’s people’s behavior and not advertizing that plays the key role in the promotion of a country. Economides stressed that although he wants to help Greece without expecting anything in return, the Greek State never reached him to ask for his opinion or help.

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Flirting with the Chinese “dragon” “Beware the sleeping dragon; for when she awakes, the Earth will shake.” – Winston Churchill

by Christos T. Panagopoulos NEA TV journalist

“Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes…” Virgil

The arrival of Premier Li Keqiang in Greece marks a new era in China’s presence in the European territory. With 19 bilateral agreements in crucial sectors such as the exploitation of airports, harbors and railways, as well as a dynamic presence in both the Greek touristic and energy industry, Beijing is bound to invest more than 6.5 billion euros proving that, when it comes to achieve profitable deals, money is no object. Escorted by the majority of his cabinet as well as by a large number of businessmen, Premier Keqiang, seems pretty determined to enhance his country’s profile; during the joint press conference he and Greek PM, Antonis Samaras, gave at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Keqiang stressed that China is ready to buy any new bonds issued by the Greek Ministry of Finance. This statement was enough to put a smile on his counterpart’s face. The meaning of it is quite simple: “I invest, help and support you, but we’ll do business”. The “China Development Bank” consists the juggernaut of Beijing’s financial armada: this financial institution, directed by a group of tycoons and billionaires, plans to revive all Greek harbors, such as Piraeus and Thessaloniki, by developing shipbuilding projects worth more than 2.5 billion euros. The image of Mao Zedong’s groupies holding red books back in the Revolution Era is fading against the reflection of businessmen eager to share hard, cold money.

One might say: this all sounds dithyrambic to me. But the truth is quite the opposite: China is not a country to trifle with. It demands land and water, by launching a vast investment campaign which is 100% genuine to its purpose, described in two words: economic insertion. Although the Greek government repeats in every occasion that the grim image of the financial crisis is now behind us, true growth cannot be achieved solely by wishful thinking; tough decisions are more than needed at this time. The keys elements of this discussion remain: what is the true red line that Antonis Samaras is tracing, while flirting infatuatedly with the “red dragon”? And on top of that, what is the exact negotiating power the Greek Government holds towards its Chinese counterpart? It is quite difficult to grasp whether the profits of this socalled “Leviathan” deal will have a positive long-term effect in Greece’s economy. In any case, moderation is more than needed.


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Safe and qualitative trasportation at the right price Taxi and bus services in Chania are the best of the island

While travelling to Greece, if you do not rent your own car, taxis and public bus services are the best way of transport in Greece, in cities and islands. Taxis Taxi cars in Chania are blue with illuminated sign marked “TAXI” on top. You may stop taxis in Greece by simply raising a hand or go to a Taxi stands (piatsa) which are located in many parts in Chania or call for a taxi service (+30 28210 94300. When the sign on top is lighted, the taxi is available for

hire. There is a minimum fare for the short taxi rides and then the price is settled by the meter. Taxis in Greece double their fares between midnight and 05:00 am. Also note that there is an extra charge for picking up from the ports, train and bus stations but also for luggages. “We are trying to do our best for the visitors and the residents of Chania. We try to offer a high quality service. This is our main prospect. We don’t see tourists as customers, but as friends of Chania, who will come again and again if we give them the best we can. Our effort seems to have results. There are a lot of articles in local and foreign newspapers, writing about us and what we really offer with our services. Can you imagine that we have no complaints from tourists for the last five years? That means a lot for us”, said Mr Ilias Karapatakis, Chairman of the Board of Taxi Union of Chania “St. Christoforos. In certain tourist areas and in the Greek islands, such as Crete, you may be asked to pay a predetermined (standard) amount for a ride to a specific destination. Thus, before boarding a Taxi Services taxi in Greece, make sure you ask the taxi driver for the exact fare of your journey. “One of the major problems we have as taxi owners is the illegal work. There are a lot of “drivers” offering a variety of trans-

portation services. Most of them, or may be all I assume, are illegal. I have to say to our tourists to be very careful and use only cars with the yellow sign of taxi on top of the car. In addition, we have placed many informational signs with the prices per route. We are charging the customer with the right fare and we cannot charge -in any way- something different and more expensive than the prices we have decided for”, said Mr George Fraggedakis, vice Chairman of the Board of Taxi Owners Association of Chania. Taxis are one of the most convenient means of getting about in Greece. There are around 300 taxis in Chania and they are not too expensive, compared to the prices you pay in other countries. Fares are controlled by the Greek state and are valid throughout the country. When getting a taxi in Greece you may say... taxi = taxi taxi stand = piatsa taxi taxi meter = taximetro tariff = tarifa Chania = Hania Heraklion = Iraklio Rethymnon = Rethimno airport = aerothromio port = limani where do you go? = pou pate? how much is it? = poso kanei? I want to go to... = Thelo na pao..., thank you = Efharisto keep the change = kratise ta resta Public Bus Services KTEL, the regular bus service between Hania, Rethymnon and Heraklion offers the best affordable and secure way to travel Western Crete. Tourists and locals alike are using “the bus” and take advantage of a fast and reliable transport service. The bus as a mean of mass transportation began its journey of success in West Crete in 1927. The first handmade busses of those days were still pulled by horses... The urge for a fundamental improvement of the service in general and for the best possible service for the passengers was the spiritual basis of a new law. So a regular bus service in different forms became established, until 1952 when the regular bus service of the prefecture KTEL was founded. Since 1973 the company exists in its legal form as it is today. Public Bus Service performs its social duty in providing special low prices for families with many children and for students on their way from and to their schools. It covers even the remotest villages of our prefectures in Summer and Winter. Moreover, routes have been extended to Northern Greece with two long distance destinations: Thessaloniki and Ioannina, where our locals go to study and work. The organizations KTEL were legally based on the Law 102/73. The are Legal Persons of Civil Law. There are sharehold-

ers who own the busses. “KTEL” means freely translated “Common accountancy of bus entrepreneurs”. The KTEL is controlled by the prefecture, generally by the Ministry of Transport for the state of Greece. In September 2003 KTEL Hania - Rethymnon changed its legal form based on Law 2963/2001 into a Coprporation called KTEL Hanion - Rethymnis S.A. maintaining all rights that it had with the older legislation. The seat of company remains in Chania. The fleet of the company has been renewed almost 100% with new modern technology buses built in 2005 - 2008.

“The company KTEL Chania - Rethymnon meets the demands of our times with even better organization of its services, with modern and ergonomic technical equipment and with the renewal of the fleet with busses of the latest technology. The main goal is to provide passengers with even more security and comfort at lower costs. The company’s fleet consists of 150 buses of the latest technology that meet the specified standards for safe and comfortable transportation of our customers and their baggage. We pay attention to cleanliness , interior and exterior of our vehicles, as well as quick service of our passengers with electronic ticketing equipment, which all of our vehicles have”, said Mr Ioannis Kapsanakis, Chairman of the Board of Public Bus Services Chania-Rethymno SA. The bus fleet of Public Bus Service of Chania and Rethymno SA is equiped also with six buses harmonicas and a large number of small mini bus which constitute an important part in transporting Public Bus our customers to nearer destinations. Services All vehicles in the fleet are equipped with the latest technology tracking system GPS, so we are at any time able to know the path of the vehicle, its exact position, and be able to accurately predict the date and time of arrival.


Lonely Planet: “Two Greek places among the top 50 secret European travel locations”

Milia settlement in Crete and Ithaca island are within the travel destinations proposed by the top travel publisher as the locations that retain their special character

Lonely Planet published a new guide with the best secret places in Europe which includes two destinations in Greece. The guide mentions popular and lesser known locations in Europe that are worth visiting. Milia settlement in Crete is ranked 12th. Milia is a village built according to the standards of ecotourism. It is located a few kilometers away from Chania, on a slope of Kissamos mountain and has recently been built in a traditional way with respect to the environment and the landscape aesthetics. The Greek island Ithaca was ranked 28th. The well-known home of Odysseus maintains its scenic landscape. Lush greenery, colourful houses with bright red roofs and turquoise waters create a unique setting for relaxed, ‘secret’ holiday. Lonely Planet sees Greece as top European destination in 2014 Editors of travel guide Lonely Planet are predicting that Greece will be the top travel destination in Europe this

year, as the country shows strong signs of bouncing back from a turbulent few years marked by political instability and anti-austerity protests. Destinations in the ‘Best in Europe’ top 10 list are chosen for being either ‘under-the-radar,’ generating buzz, or for being perennial favorites with reasons to visit in 2014. Last year, Greece received a record 20 million visitors, and officials are predicting that 2014 will be another bumper year for tourists-welcome news for residents who are still struggling to find work amid the sluggish economy. Greece was followed in the list by Slovenia,Southwest England, Italy, Viking Denmark, Seville in Spain, the Outer Hebrides, Plzen in the Czech Republic, Stavanger in Norway and Toulouse, France. www.ekathimerini.com en.protothema.gr

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Large increase in prices of Greek hotels Despite the Greek hoteliers assurances that the prices of hotel accommodation won’t increase more than 3% to 5%, trivago figures show that in many areas the hotel prices have doubled. According to trivago figures the hotel prices have risen compared to June 2013 with the highest increase being recorded in the island of Santorini. In Imerovigli village, a favorite destination for the international jet set, hotel prices have increased by 95% compared to June 2013. The average nightly rate for June stands at 501 euros, while last year the average nightly rate was at 257 euros. In the village of Firostefani, prices have increased by 51% compared to June 2013 with an overnight stay standing at 289 euros compared to 192 in June 2013. In Fira prices have increased by 77% while in Oia there is a rise of 10%. Mykonos, a popular summer destination both for Greeks and foreigners, has also presented a rise in hotel prices. The average nightly rate has increased by 46% with an overnight stay reaching 184 euros compared to 162 last year. The increased tourist arrivals in the island of Rhodes, have brought a rise of 7% in hotel prices. The average nightly rate is standing at 75 euros.An increase of almost 21% has also been recorded in Crete and specifically in Rethymno. The prices are reaching 109 euros compared with 90 last year.Finally, Athens which is a stopover destination for many tourists who visit Greece has presented an increase of 35% in its hotel prices. www.greekreporter.com


CNN Tribute to Greece: “Opportunity in the Crisis”

An American in Crete

A recent article by CNN entitled “From crisis to success: How Greeks won because they had “nothing to lose,” talks about the opportunities that have arisen from the Greek crisis. CNN spoke with the Greek brothers Thomas and George Douzis who are involved in the production and promotion of Greek products such as olive oil and honey, to foreign markets. The article states that Greeks believe that Greek olive oil is the world’s best. However, the Douzis brothers soon realized that the rest of the world doesn’t share the same opinion, inspiring them to set up their business in order to restore the image of Greek delicacies. Market researches show that shoppers prefer Italian and Spanish oils, despite 80% of Greek olive oil being extra virgin, compared to 45% in Italy. “The perception abroad is that Greek oil is the cheap one. Bottom of the shelves,” said Thomas Douzis. The two brothers are promoting olive oil, honey and other Greek delicacies under the brand “Ergon.” As Greece recovers, many innovative initiatives have emerged. Reload Greece, in London is a typical example. Reload Greece was set up in 2012 to create a hub for Greek entrepreneurs who want to help Greece from abroad. The company’s general manager, Markos Kiosseoglou said that his target is to “let people do whatever they do, and find ways to connect them to Greece and help Greek communities.” Manos Sifakis‘ Customedialabs is another example of the “Greek renaissance.” Sifakis started his multimedia marketing company as a part-time, one-man operation during his Greek army service in 2000. Since then it has evolved into an international agency and it is currently based in Philadelphia, where Sifakis lives with his wife, Maria.

Crete is fairly strewn with ancient ruins. Minoan Knossos is just south of the capital, Iraklio, and in every direction there are significant sites that offer details of life 4,000 years ago.... A reason for this early flowering was the climate of Crete: warm days and nights with ample sea breezes to cool the island from the scorching summer sun. It has spawned a people who are open, friendly and as warm as the breezes. The climate has also invited invaders as well as traders from the early Egyptians to the more recent swarms of tourists with Ottomans, Arabs, Nazis and hippies along the way. Today’s tourists find miles of beautiful, unspoiled beaches, as well as modern tourism resorts that specialize in a trendy treatment or a single nationality -- think Sverdlovsk South with zen hot rocks in volcanic mud. The mountains and coasts of Crete are also almost completely devoid of telephone lines, billboards and other signs of development. Vistas sweep miles to the sea dotted with red tiled, whitewashed villages for accent, or colored by the splendid oleanders and daisy patches as big as garages and as ubiquitous as the bees that carry their pollen. Few places offer so many options to picnic in splendor. Villages and town are tight collections of stone homes. They often center themselves on collections of olive farms. Because the island is one long mountain range (the highest peak is 8,000 feet), houses are perched on hillsides or on bluffs hewn from the limestone base. It seems every restaurant has a terrace and a wistful vista. In places, the island narrows to less than 8 miles, where you can stand on a mountain top and turn to see the Mediterranean to the north and the Sea of Libya to the south. The north coast is where the tourists come. The south is where quiet-seekers go. The northern coastal highway climbs and falls from the arid east to the windswept western coast through lush microclimates that resemble Colorado, eastern Kentucky or Hawaii. The new national road rises to breathtaking overlooks that show miles of rugged coastline and then falls to flank the golden beaches. The coastal highway is, itself, a treat with miles of oleander plantings that blossom with countless pink flowers from the first of spring to the last of autumn. In one stretch between the fortress towns of Rethymnon and Chania, the oleanders are paired with golden daisy bushes 10 feet across and nearly as high. There are varieties of lilacs and flowering ground cover that add to the color and the fragrance. One has to wonder why Indiana highway folk can’t do the same with our beautiful native plants? The south is where the hippies went in the 1960s to get away from industrialization and conformity. Joni Mitchell wrote “Cary” in Matala, where the winds do blow “in from Africa.” A brightly painted hippie VW bus stands


“Crete offers unspoiled beaches, mountain views and modern tourism resorts”

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as Matala’s principle landmark. To the south of the island, the beaches are remote. Nudists find privacy. Germans seem to have the greatest itch to undress and plunge into the gentle surf. Nobody cares. The south is less accessible, has fewer people and holds laxer attitudes. There are no great airports on the southern coast, and no great ports. The way to the south is by modern bus or nimble car. Often ferries are the only way from one coastal hamlet to another. The narrow roads from north to the south twist up mountains and then dive down through villages. Cyclists stop in small villages to drink local wine and taste the spanikopita. Statues dedicated to the most recent wars stand in public squares, flanked by even more flowers, small benches and sleeping dogs. As travelers drop southward to the sea, the countryside views are a copy of Arizona’s stony, scrub-covered mountains. Once on the coast, the villages and towns are small, quiet, friendly and hit with wind sometimes laden with sands from the Sahara. Villages with spectacular views of the coast and sea often specialize in a certain wine, traditional feasts and setting suns. Nights are starry. There are so few cities, so rare the light pollution, that the stars crowd the skies and shooting stars are seconds apart. Lie on the sand and drink a local wine with toasts to love and the heavens and peace; eat fresh olives, tomatoes and strawberries; and savor the salty cheeses and sweet yogurt. Smell the sea air. People linger, and become, like the young woman from Belarus or the couple from England, part of Cretan nature; they blend in, walk quietly, pause to examine stones or watch a distant freighter slowly pass. Seldom do you find Americans on Crete. It is just too far and airline connections too troublesome. The occasional American here is a representative of some business or an expert studying some aspect of the ancient world. Even the big cruise ships that dock in Iraklio or Chania seldom disgorge Americans; more often French, Germans or Brits walk the plank. In fact, there are colonies of Brits here with their clubs and specially stocked stores, same with the Russians and the Germans. On Crete, we are not the ugly American of the ‘50s and ‘60s, but rather welcomed by locals who often have relatives in the states. The “Ugly Americans” now are Russians who, as one waiter put it “haven’t yet learned to be tourists.” But the Cretans welcome almost everyone, even the Germans, the most recent invaders and the resented “grownup” of the ongoing European financial crisis. The crisis we have long since exited is still painful throughout Greece and here on Crete. But, if you want to get away to sample nature’s best tastes, to walk quiet, uncrowded beaches, to calm your mind and soul, to reflect and renew, then Crete is your sanctuary, if only a bit on the spectacular side.


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Athens International Airport Best in Europe ACI announces Best Airport winners

The 10th Annual ACI Europe Best Airport Awards were announced during the gala dinner of the 24th ACI Europe Annual Congress hosted by Fraport. The first award, recognising airports in the ‘1-5 million passenger’ category, went to London City Airport. The judges awarded the prize to the airport for its eagerness to innovate, as well as for its quality of service. The winner of the ‘5-10 million passenger’ category was Stuttgart Airport. The airport has proved to be a very good performer in all areas of operation but the judges singled it out for its focus on the quality of its services as well as on its hard work in strengthening relations with its local community. This year’s award in the ‘10-25 million passenger’ category went to Athens International Airport. Athens secured this award due to its high economic performance in a very challenging context, its excellent work in redeveloping its traffic base while keeping a strong focus on the quality of service. Athens secured the award for Best Airport in the ‘10-25 million passenger’ category, due to its ‘high economic performance in a very challenging context’. The CEO of Athens International Airport, Yannis Paraschis, said: “It is higly important that prestigious international bodies place the international airport of Athens at the top of Europe, at such a difficult time for our country. It is basically a Greek success, that not only demonstrates the high level of our services, but also reflects our commitment and contribution to the recovery of Greece.” In 2013, ACI-Europe had honored Athens International Airport with the “Eco-Innovation Award” for its innovative initiatives and actions on issues related to environmental protection. And in the final category, for airports with ‘over 25 million passengers’, this year’s ACI Europe Best Airport award went to Barcelona El Prat Airport. A previous winner in 2010, the judges deemed that the airport demonstrates a strong performance in key areas, thanks to its sound investment in its infrastructure and high commitment to environmental sustainability. The airport’s strong management team, passenger focus and impressive achievements in increasing in its route network in 2013 – despite difficult trading conditions also impressed the jury. ACI Europe counts over 450 airports in 44 European countries among its membership and this year’s competition saw a high level of entries in each of the five categories.

The ACI Europe Best Airport Awards cover 4 traffic categories of airports and aim to recognise achievement in core activities such as customer service, retail, security and corporate responsibility. There is also a separate award devoted specifically to airports’ environmental efforts. About AIA Athens International Airport S.A. (AIA) was established in 1996 as a Public-Private Partnership with a 30-year concession agreement. Ratified by Greek Law 2338/95, the concession agreement grants the right to use the airport site for the purpose of the “design, financing, construction, completion, commissioning, maintenance, operation, management and development of the airport”. AIA is a privately managed company, with the Greek State holding 55% of shares, while the private shareholders collectively hold 45%. AIA is a pioneer international Public-Private Partnership, being the first major greenfield airport with the participation of the private sector. The cost for the development of the airport was financed mainly from bank loans - with European Investment Bank being the major lender, while the remaining funding was provided through private shareholders equity and EU and Greek State grants. With a corporate goal to create sustainable value to all stakeholders by offering value-for money services, AIA has a successful developmental strategy, in both its aeronautical and non-aeronautical sectors. Offering one of the most advanced incentive and marketing support schemes, AIA ensures the sustainability and development of domestic, regional and international traffic, working closely with home carriers and international carriers, legacy airlines and LCCs. In the non-aeronautical sector, AIA boasts advanced and extensive development initiatives from the high-quality consumer-related products offered at its commercial terminals, to its real estate assets. AIA’s IT & Telecommunications system and business activities are stellar examples of technological and business expertise. True to its industry, AIA exports the company’s pioneering know-how to aviation partners around the world. AIA’s competitive advantages can be summarised as follows: • 24-hour operations from two independent runways and ample airside and terminal capacity • No delays on the ground or in the air

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State-of-the-art technology and equipment Highest standards in safety and security Efficient transfers offering a seamless and pleasant experience • Advanced cargo facilities operating on a 24-hour basis at dedicated, bonded terminals • Opportunities for new routes • Attractive incentive schemes for the airlines As a responsible company, AIA follows a balanced, stakeholder-focused approach, in accordance with the international standards and best practices. AIA’s corporate responsibility perspectives are defined in the areas of airport operator, corporate citizenship, environmental and employer responsibility. Thanks to its value-for-money services, Athens International Airport has earned numerous international awards and distinctions. Today, it forms a unique entrepreneurial entity of economic and social development in the Attica region. The airport community employs over 13,000 people and hosts approximately 300 companies, making it one of the largest employment engines in Greece. In fact, a relevant study by the Athens University of Economics and Business published in 2013, showed that AIA contributes to the national and local economy by 2.63% of the GDP. As a result, AIA has managed to record a healthy financial performance since 2001 and has delivered financial and non-financial value to all stakeholders involved. Although the airport has been impacted by the sovereign financial crisis, the company has addressed the market challenges. It protects its financial performance without jeopardising the quality of its services and safe and secure operations. As a result, AIA continues to deliver substantial value to all stakeholders and the Greek Economy and will remain an asset with a positive outlook for the future.


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CRETE: It’s not all about sea and sun. Measuring our “tourism product”

A scientific research by the National Confederation of Hellenic Commerce and the four Commercial and Industrial Chambers of Crete

Measuring the size and growth of the travel and tourism sector in Crete is critical for an understanding of its local economic contribution. The four Commercial and Industrial Chambers of Crete, with the help of the Scientific Research Institute of NCHC, have completed a qualitative and quantitative research on tourism in the island, presenting the results on an event held in Chania Chamber, on Saturday 28th of June. General survey data of the research - Method: Personally questionnaires to 1.500 tourists - Duration: August - October 2013 - Men: 49%, Women: 51% - Nationalities: Norwegians Swedes Finns Danes English French Germans Russians Dutch - Educational level: Most of them are university graduates Why tourists choose Crete It is difficult to choose between the various beautiful locations within Greece. According to the survey, three are the main reasons to choose Crete as either your only destination or major destination on your Greek holidays. First of all is that Crete has a variety and unique mix of landscapes found nowhere else in Greece. The scenery is constantly changing. Sometimes harsh and barren , and then wooded and gentle. In one place there are shores lined with forbidding inaccessible rocks in another endless sandy or pebbly beaches. It is the most contradictory place in Greece. You may find high rocky mountains with palm forests or cedar forests at their foot. Furthermore, the weather is always good. Secondly, is the hospitality of Cretans. Cretan people are completely different that the other Greeks. They are independent , “proud” and extremely hospitable. Since the first moment they make you feel most welcome by giving guests advises, directions, help and sharing even their goods with visitors. Locals hold this principle in the same way as the virtue and honor, thus combining ethical values that made both through friendship and through the family. Thirdly, is the quality of services provided. Quality of accommodations is considered to be a strategic tool for increasing the competitiveness of island destinations. Analysis of the data suggests that tourists rate the intangible elements of service quality higher than the tangible elements. Furthermore, the study indicates that perceptions of service quality in Cretan accommodations vary according to gender and classifications of accommodations. Where tourists choose to stay during their holidays As proven by the survey, most of the tourists choose to spend their holidays in villages and small cities close to the beach and not in a hotel in four major cities of the island. The facts are: Rethymnon: 13.3% Chania: 5,7% Heraklion: 5,4% Agios Nikolaos: 3,4% Rest of Crete: 72,2%

Booking vacations: Travel agent vs online booking In the past, planning a vacation meant calling a travel agent to book your tickets, hotel and activities. In the Internet age, it has become a common practice for travelers to book vacations themselves, as secondary websites tout their affordability. In response, travel agencies stress the service travel agents offer. Planning your vacation can be an exhilarating task and it starts right from booking your ticket to preparing your itinerary list. Many people debate between online booking and booking via travel agents. Each has its own pros and cons and depends on the comfort of the traveler. It is quite tricky to decide your preference over travel agents, as many opt for online booking on their own. With the help of internet, online booking and reservations are just a click away from your comfort zone. The travel agents work the other way in getting your tour organized and takes care of all the minute details. Figures show that more than four in ten people who took a holiday in the last year booked entirely online, believing that holidays are better value for money when booked online. According to the survey, 43% have answered that their vacations were booked over the internet. On the contrary, 32% have answered that a travel agent/ office arranged their holidays (tickets, hotels, visits, etc.) Most common holiday complaints Only 370 out of 6.000 tourists who answered the questionnaires had something to complain about. Traffic jam and lack of parking spaces are the most reported complaints by tourists. At the same time, many tourists complained about the revolting sight of rubbish on the beaches and street corners. Furthermore, the solicitation in many cases is the third major complaint. Data in detail Total of complaints: 370 1. Traffic jam/Lack of parking spaces: 92 2. Cleanliness: 43 3. Solicitaion: 40 4. Roads condition/Signage: 21 5. Public bus services: 21 6. Risky driving: 20 7. Customer services: 18 8. Noise/Crowds: 13 9. Many souvenir shops: 11 10. Quality/Hotel prices: 10 11. Quality/Restaurant prices: 9 12. Beggars/Hawkers: 9 13. Expensive products: 8 14. Condition of buildings: 8 15. Airport services: 7 16. Small variety of products: 5 17. Stray animals: 5 18. Exploitation of beaches: 5

19. Lack of info kiosks: 5 20. Few entertainment options: 4 21. Smoking in common areas: 4 22. Brand-name imitations: 3 23. Stores opening hours: 2 24. Thieves: 2 25. Non-payment capability with credit cards: 1 26. Museums opening hours: 1 27. Drunk tourists: 1 28. Lack of parks: 1 29. Police behavior: 1 Crete tourism is big business. Crete is the most popular holiday destination in Greece. The most important sections of economy are the tourism and the agriculture. The bigger section of the economy is based on the international, organised, mass tourism. Crete combines many characteristics which attract tourists from the whole world; the temperate climate, the natural beauty, the biodiversity in flaura and fauna, the excellent landscape, the hospitability of Cretans and its famous historical past. Finally, for the first time a comprehensive strategy was proposed for the direction in which the advertising of tourism in Crete will be headed and on which relevant actions are based.

MEET... CHANIA in 20 pages

by Chania Post in collaboration with Chania Prefecture

Welcome! Bienvenue! Willkommen! Добро пожал овать! Velkommen! Välkommen Välkomna! Tervetuloa! 文化的天空, 人类的天堂

The island of Thodorou at sunset from the beach of Nea Hora. Photo by Stratos Solanakis

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GMT +2 Welcome! Bienvenue! Willkommen! Добро пожаловать! Velkommen! Välkommen Välkomna! Tervetuloa! 文化的天空, 人类的天堂

A few things you have to know about Crete

Crete, the 5th biggest Med Island, lies in the southern frontier of Europe. Crete combines mountains and sea, the new alongside with the old and ancient with contemporary history. It is a cultural crossroad due to its strategic geographical position. English, German, French, Russian and other languages are widely spoken in tourist resorts. The climate is a factor that greatly contributes to its attractiveness. It is mild Mediterranean – dry and warm, which means high sunshine all year round, very small seasonal changes in temperatures and no extreme weather phenomena. Tap water is safe for consumption, the consumption of bottled water is recommended. The international call code for Greece is +30.

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Velkommen til smukke Chania, en paradisisk og ægte egn fyldt med naturlig skønhed, historie, minder og kultur.Her vil den besøgende opleve naturen i dens fulde pragt, og komme til at stå overfor steder der tager vejret fra en. Endeløse bugtede kyster, eksotiske småøer og gemte sandstrande ved foden af de vilde bjerge. Ufremkommelige men fortryllende kløfter, hellige grotter, velsignede floder, og fredlige dybtgrønne sletter, beplantet med oliven træer og citrusfrugter. En egn selvforsynende med alt og rig på sjældne dyr og planter. I Chania vil den besøgende blive imponeret over de menneskelige værker. Velkommen til vakre Hania, et paradisisk og rent land full av naturskjønnheter, historie, minner og kultur. Det er et land der de besøkende vil oppleve naturen i all dens prakt og se steder som gjør en stum av begeistring. Endeløse kyststrekninger med skummende hav, små bukter og øyer av eksotisk skjønnhet og skjulte sandstrender ved foten av avskrekkende fjell. Vanskelig tilgjengelige, men majestetiske fjellkløfter, hellige huler, velsignede elver og rolige grønne sletter dekket med oliven- og sitrus trær. Et land som er selvnærende på alle måter, rikt på dyreliv og planter, endemiske (stedegne) og sjeldne.

Museums | Musée | Museen | Mузеи | Museer | Μuseot | 博物馆 Archaeological Museum of Chania 25 Halidon str. - Tel. 28210 90334. Open: 8.30-15.00 (except Mondays) Maritime Museum of Crete Akti Koundourioti, Venetian Harbour. Tel. 28210 91875/74484. Open: 9.00-16.00 (1/4-31/10), 9.00-14.00 (1/11-31/3) Μinoan Ship Moro dock, Venetian Harbour. Τel. 28210 91875. Open: Μay-Οct. Mon.-Fri. 10.00-15.00 & 19.00-22.30 (except public holidays) Historical Archives of Crete 20 I. Sfakianaki str., Tel. 28210 52606. Open: 9.00-14.00 (except Sat. & Sun.) Folklore Museum Gavalochori, Apokoronas. Tel. 28250 23222. Open: 9.00-20.00, Sat. 9.00-19.00, Sun. 10.00-13.00 Folklore Museum “Cretan House” 46b Halidon str. Tel. 28210 90816. Open: 9.00-15.00 & 18.00-21.00 Byzantine collection Theotokopoulou str. Tel. 28210 96046. Open: 8.30-15.00 (except Mondays)

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Bienvenue. Bien qu’elle ait été bombardée pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, La Canée est considérée comme une des plus jolies villes de Crète, particulièrement le vieux port vénitien avec son phare du XVe siècle et la mosquée des Janissaires. La Canée bénéficie d’un climat typiquement méditerranéen caractérisé par des hivers frais et humides et des étés chauds et secs. Le marché couvert datant de 1913, basé sur les plans de celui de Marseille, est aux abords de la vieille ville et est populaire aussi bien auprès des touristes que des habitants locaux.

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Sights | Spectacles | Sehenswürdigkeiten | Достопримечательности Att göra | Nähtävyydet | Seværdigheder | Attraksjoner | 景点

Ekklesiastic Museums - Monastery of Holy Trinity of Tzagarolon, Αkrotiri. Tel. 28210 63310. Open: 8:00-20:00 - Gouverneto Monastery, Αkrotiri. Tel. 28210 63319 - Monastery of Chrissopigi, Chania. Tel. 28210 91125 - Monastery of Gonia, Kissamos . Tel. 28240 22313

Centre of Mediterranean Architecture Chania, 31 Αkti Tombazi, Venetian Harbour. Tel. 28210 40101/40201

War Museum Tzobanaki Cassern. Tel. 28210 44156. Open: 9:00-13:00 (except Sat. & Sun.)

Villa Koundourou (Youth Centre and Municipal Cultural Workshop) Chania, 2 Iroon Politechniou str. Tel. 28210 53730/40896. Open: 9:00-14:00 and 18:00-21:00

Chemistry Museum 34c Eleftherios Venizelos str. Tel. 28210 42504. Open: 9:00-13:00 (except Sat. & Sun.) Byzantine and Folklore Museum of Spilia, Kissamos Tel. 28240 22080/22357. Open: 17:00-18:00, Sat. 11:00-12:00

Institute of Cretan Justice Nearchou str., Chania. Open: 10:00-14:00

“Chrissostomos” Literary Association Chania, 83 Halidon str. Tel. 28210 53879 Municipal Art Gallery Chania, 98 Halidon str. Tel. 28210 92294/92419

Typography Museum, VIOPA, Souda Tel. 28210 51003. Open: 10:00-18:00

Venizelion School of Music 5 N. Foka str. Tel. 28210 43067/52582. Open: 8:00-14:00 and 17:00-21:00

Museum of National Resistance, Therisso Open all year round

Lyceum for Greek Girls 1 K. Mitsotaki str. Tel. 28210 42465/59444

House of Eleftherios Venizelos a. Mournies, Kydonia. Tel. 28210 93132/95250. Open: 18:00-21:00. b. Elena Venizelou sqr., Halepa, Chania (Eleftherios K. Venizelos Foundation). Tel. 28210 56008

Cultural Centre of the Metropolis 2 Ant. Giannari str. Tel. 28210 27807-9 Intellectual Centre of Chania 70 A.Papandreou str. Tel. 28210 40525

Mosque of Kioutsouk Hasan (Yali-Tzamisi) Venetian Harbour. Tel. 28210 83235/83232 Park for the Preservation of Flora and Fauna Technical University of Crete, Akrotiri. Τel. 28210 55988. Open: Mon.-Sat. Arts & Crafts Village, VIOPA, Souda Τel. 28210 80132/81410. Open: 10.00-14.30 School Life Museum, Νerokourou Τel. 28210 74764. Open: Mon.-Fri. 9.00-13.30, Mon. & Wed. 18.00-20.30, Sat. 10.00-13.00 Archaeological Museum of Kissamos Τel. 28220 83308. Open: 8.30-15.00 (except Mondays) Olive Museum-Institute of Olive & Subtropicals Τel. 28210 83476/83428. Open: 8.00-14.00 via phone arrangement Sea Life & Fishery Museum, Kolimbari Τel. 28240 23299. Open: 10.00-18.00 (exc. Sat.-Sun.) An. Skalidis Museum, Perivolia, Kissamos Τel. 28220 61052. Frontier Museum of Europe, Paleochora Τel. 28230 42265.Open: Οct.-Μay Mon.-Fri. 10.00-13.00, June-Sept. Wed.-Sun. 10.00-13.00 & 18.00-21.00

Churches/Monasteries | Eglises/Μonastères | Kirchen/Klöster | Церкви/монастыри | Kirker/Κlostre | Kyrkor/Κloster | Kirkot/Luostarit | 教堂和修道院 The Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of Chrysopigi lies a short distance from the town of Chania on the route to Souda harbour. Operation Hours: 08.00-12.00 and 15.30-18.00 Telephone: (+30)2821091125, (+30)2821029840 The monastery of Agia Triada of Tzagarolon is one of the richest and most beautiful monasteries in Crete. It is built near the airport of Chania, in the position Tzobomylos of the Cape Melecha and at the foothills of Stavros Mount. The distance from Chania is only 15km. Gouverneto Monastery. The actual Monastery complex was built from 1537 till 1548. According to tradition, it was connected with miraculous St John the Hermit, and was used for the housing of the Saint’ s pilgrims. Telephone: (+30)2821063319

Katholiko monastery is located 20km east of Chania, near the northern shores of Cape Akrotiri. It is located near the exit of the gorge Avlaki, at a short distance from the sea. The monastery of Panagia Chrisoskalitissa is located 72km south of Chania, very close to the magnifi cent lagoon of Elafonissi. It operates as a nunnery and reminds of a fortress, perched on a 35m high rock with boundless sea views. The Monastery of Saint George in Karydi (in Apokoronas Province) is located about 2km east of Vamos village. The monastery was abandoned for many years but was restored in 1996 and today it is operating normally. Monastery of Pasinos. It is a complex of monasteries built during the Venetian rule (16th century). It architectural style is western, the church being placed in the centre of the complex.

St George of Mythimna - Kisamos. The single-room, vaulted church of St George in the archeological site of Methymna, near Drapania of Kisamos, was built during the fi rst half of the 15th century, in the place of a late Roman Bath. The Holy Monastery of Partenon or Life-Giving Spring was founded by the Bishop of Kisamos & Selinon Anthimos Leledakis in 1905-1910. It was renovated between 1962 and 1965, by Bishop Irineos Galanakis. Early Christian Basilica at Almyrida Apokoronou. It is an early Christian three-aisled basilica of the second half of the 6th century. The church of St George in the centre of Kournas, a settlement with interesting folk architecture. It was built at the end of the 12th century.

Places to visit | Lieux à visiter | Orte zu besuchen | Места для посещения | Steder å besøke | Steder at besøge | Sevärdheter | Käyntikohteita | 景点

Ancient Aptera This site is located 15 km South-east of Chania, near the village Megala Chorafi a. The strategic location of the city with two ports, Minoa (modern Marathi) and Kissamos (near Kalives today) at the entrance of the natural bay, which guaranteed the possibility to control the movement of trade, boosted its growth. Ancient Falasarna The site of the ancient Falassarna located on the western edge of Cap Gramvousa the west coast of Crete. The town was surveyed again in the 19th century by English tourists, who identified the village and closed the port. Ancient Lissos The ruins of Lissos are saved between Paleochora and Sougia. It

was the port city of Dorian Elyros. It fl ourished in the Hellinistic, Roman and the fi rst Vyzantine period and destroyed by the Saracens Arabs. It also issued its own currency, as Lissos. Ancient Tara (St. Roumeli) The ruins of the ancient city Taras found at south coast of Crete near the village of Agia Roumeli. The city fl ourished particularly during the Roman era. They found the remains of a temple, possibly dedicated to Artemis and Apollo. Souda’s Castle The castle is built on the islet of Souda, and protected the port of Souda and Chania. It occupies almost the entire island. Built in 1715 and surrendered to the Ottomans in 1715. On February 14 the Greek fl ag was raised, lowering the Turkish and giving the signal that there is now the Greek sovereignty over

the island of Crete. Archaeological site of ancient Anopolis The archaeological site of ancient Anopolis located 87 km south of Chania. Anopolis was an independent city during the classical times and fl ourished during the Roman and Byzantine times. Firkas Castle Castle Firkas was built in the 16th century by the Venetians to protect the city of Chania. There Venizelos declared the offi cial union of Crete with Greece. Today it hosts the Maritime Museum and a small theater. Intzedin Castle Located 14 km east of Chania. Has been characterized as his-

torical monument. Built in 1872 in the position of the tower was built in 1646 by the Turks, who drove the Venetians. The name comes from the name of the son of Sultan Abdul Aziz Intzedin. Has been used as a prison for political prisoners, among them which has been the El. Venizelos. During the dictatorship of Pangalos many dissidents jailed, and when the dictatorship fell, Pangalos was imprisoned there too. Finally, from the isolation rooms of Yaros, in 1948, the fi rst communist political prisoners were moved there.

Ancient Polirinia The ancient city was Polirinia in place of the village Polirinia Kissamos, 49 km west of Chania. At the top of the hill was the citadel of which was T-shaped, from where the view was immense, from Crete to the Libyan Sea, which stretched the realm.

Cultural events | Evénements culturels | Kulturelle Veranstaltungen | Культурные мероприятия | Kulturarrangementer | Kulturelle begivenheder | Kulturevenemang | Kulttuuritapahtumat | 文化活动 May: - Celebration of the battle of Crete. It includes events commemorating those who were killed and several cultural events. - “Koresia” athletic games Canoe kayak at Kournas Lake. Beginning of summer: Venizelia - Track events at the National Stadium of Chania. May - September: Athletic events in Nea Kydonia which include: Beach volley Beach Soccer - Beach Handball and racket games. July - August - September: - Cultural Summer Events of the municipality of Chania. It includes music and stage performances at the theatre of Eastern Trench, Public Garden, Venizelio music school, Park of Peace and Friendship and other events in several neighbourhoods of

the town. - Cultural summer events are also organised by the municipalities of Kisamos, Apokoronas and Kandanos-Selino. June: - Cherries Festival in Karanou. - 24 June: Festivity of St. Ioannis Klidonas, in Fres, Akrotiri, Perivolia, Therisso, Vamvakopoulo. - 29 June - 6 July: Naval week festival. July: - Festival of Kalitsouni cheese pie, in Kandanos.

Religious events | Evénements religieux | Religiöse Veranstaltungen Религиозные события | Religiøse begivenheder | Religiøse begivenheter Religiösa evenemang | Uskonnollisiin tilaisuuksiin | 宗教活动

Asi Gonia, St. George’s Day, April 23rd or after Easter Day: A big festival. All the shepherds of the area bring their animals to the mass in order to be blessed, then they milk them and distribute the milk to the pilgrims. Agios Ioannis Sfakion, St John’s Feast, May 8th: Traditional festival of Sfakia. Azogyre, The Holy Fathers’ Feast, October 7th: In the beautiful village with the visitable impressive cave of the Holy Fathers. Elos, Agios Dikaios,May 6th: Extraordinary view and a unique fair. Lissos, St Kyrikos, July 15th: The pilgrims start arriving ancient Lissos on foot or in boats from Sougiaγια early in the afternoon of the previous day. A real fair of Selino in a mythical place. Sembronas, Apopigadi, St. John’s, June 24th: One of the feasts, that take place on a very high location, with an incredible view. Sougia, Harey, St. Antony 1-2 of July: Unique traditional fair at the seaside small church which is situated in Harey. The route on foot from through the E4 path that lead from Sougia to Agia Roumeli lasts two hours with the unique background of the Lybian sea and piney slopes. It is possible to go there also by boat from Sougia. Overnight stay outdoor.

Therisso, Assumption of the Mother of God, August 15th: In the beautiful village where Eleftherios Venizelos declared the revolution of 1905.

- Naval week in the old harbour and every second year in Palaiochora and Georgioupolis. - 21-28 July: Elafonisia - Municipality of Kissamos. Including memorial service at the monument of Elafonisi, athletic games, performances, festivity in honour of the elderly and traditional treat. - 26 July: “Promotion of Kisamos” - Club, Grambousa pilgrimage excursion from the port of Kisamos to Balos and to

the island of Grambousa. - 30 July: “Pottery Festival” in Nohia.

- 30-31 July: Wine festival in Vouves. August: - First Sunday of August: Blessing of the fruit of the earth at the Monastery of Archangel Michael (Rotonda) Kato Episkopi. - 8-9 August: Wine festival in Vouves. - 1-10 August: Venetian Harbour of Chania photography exhibition for Chania Music Tradition. - 16 August: Honey Festival in Afrata. September: - 1-10 September: Sardine festival in Nea Chora and in Souda. - 27 September: World Day of Tourism. Festive events at the old harbour of Chania. End of October or beginning of November: - Chestnut festival in Prases and Elos.

<< The little sea village of Loutro, just 30 minutes from Chora Sfakion by ANENDYK Ferries. Excellent choice for a weekend “escape”. Great beach and good tavernas all over the place.

Sfakia, Thymiani Panagia, last Sunday of May. Chrysoskalitissa, the Assumption of the Virgin, August 15th: At the beautiful monastery, which is a real «balcony» to the Lybian Sea a famous festival takes place. Frangokastello, St. Nikitas’, September 15th: Big festival during which riding races take place. August 6th, the Transfiguration: Ksirosterni, Tzitzife, Karres of Kissamos, Sassalo August 15th the Assymption of the Virgin: Voulgaro Panagia of the Summit, Kolympari Gonia, Pemonia, Fre, Eksopolis, Litsarda, Alikampos, Kefala, Kalikrati, Koustogerako August 29th,John the Precursor’s: Rodopou Gionas, Douliana, Stylos, Kournas September 8th, Birth of the Mother of Christ: Gavalohori, Tzitzife, Sassalo September 14th, Feast ofthe Holy Cross: Nippos, Rodovani September 15th St. Nikitas’: Kampia

Imeri Gramvousa . There is an old ^^ shipwreck of a small cargo ship dating from 1968. << Everyone who comes to Crete is going to Platanias, the most famous place in Chania Prefecture. Full of tourists every summer, with sandy beaches, lots of stores, night clubs, restaurants and cafes.

Beaches | Plages | Strände | пляжи | Strande | Strender | Stränder | Rannat | 海滩 Numerous beautiful beaches with soft sand or coloured pebbles are found in the prefecture of Chania. All beaches have crystalline waters and look like paradise. Afrata: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 28km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, parking, cafe, snack Agia Marina: Type: Sand - Distance: 9km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all Inclusive Hotels, pharmacies, doctors, ATM cashpoint machines, super markets, shops, car rentals Agia Roumeli: Village on the south coast of Chania prefecture, between Chora Sfakion and Sougia. Type: Pebbles - Facilities: Showers, umbrellas and sunbeds, cafe, snack, tavernas, accommodation, mini market, ferry boat trips Agioi Apostoli: Type: Sand - Distance: 3km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, lifeguard, free parking area, cafes, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, taxi station, bus stop, mini markets, super markets, tourist offices and car rental offices Almirida: Type: Sand - Distance: 23km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, windsurfing school, cafes, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets, ATM cashpoint machines Balos Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 55km west of Chania town Facilities: Canteens, umbrellas and sunbeds Chora Sfakion: Type: Pebbles - Facilities: Restaurants, cafes, shops Crissi Akti Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 2.5km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, volley ball courts, children’s playground, parking, cafes, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, super markets, taxi station Drapanias: Type: Sand - Distance: 33km west of Chania town Facilities: Showers, umbrellas and sunbeds, cafe, snack, restaurants, tavernas, accommodation, campsite, bakery, mini market Elafonissi: Type: Sand - Distance: 75 km from Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, canteen, cafe, taverns, accommodation, mini market Falasarna: Type: Sand - Distance: 59km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, volley ball court, lifeguard, parking, cafes, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation Frangokastello: Type: Sand - Distance: 80km southeast of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, cafes, restaurants, fish taverns, shops, mini market, accommodation Georgioupoli: Type: Sand - Distance: 38km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguards, water sports, cafes, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets, super markets, shops, ATM cashpoint machines Gerani: Type: Sand - Distance: 15km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, bars, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, all Inclusive hotels, shops, pharmacy, super markets Gialiskari/Anidri Beach: Type: Sand/Pebbles - Distance: 74km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, two canteens


Kalathas Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 13km north east of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafes, snack, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops Kalives: Type: Sand - Distance: 19km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, windsurfing school, cafes, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets, ATM cashpoint machines Kedrodassos: Type: Sand - Distance: 74km south west of Chania town Kisamos (Mavros Molos): Type: Sand - Distance: 36km west of Chania Facilities: Showers, umbrellas and sunbeds, cafes, snack, restaurants, tavernas, accommodation, shops, mini markets, super markets, ATM’s, doctor’s offices

Agii Apostoli

Kolymvari (Kolymbari): Type: Sand/Pebbles - Distance: 23km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafe, snack, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets Koundoura/Krios Beach: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 80km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas, sunbeds, parking, canteen Kyani Akti Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 18km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, parking, canteens, restaurants, tavernas Loutraki Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 16km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, parking, cafes, snack, restaurant, accommodation Loutro: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 71km south of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, cafe, snack bars, restaurants, fish taverns, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops Maleme: Type: Sand - Distance: 17km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops, pharmacies Marathi Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 16km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafes, snack, restaurants, accommodation


Marmara Beach: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 85km south of Chania town Facilities: Pachia Ammos: Type: Sand - Distance: 71km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas, sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, beach bar, cafes, restaurants, taverns, accommodation Platanias: Type: Sand - Distance: 10km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafe, snack, beach bars, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all inclusive hotels, pharmacies, doctors, ATM cashpoint machines, super markets, shops, car rentals, playgrounds, mini golf courts Sougia: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 60km south of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, parking, cafes, bars, restaurants, taverns, fish taverns, mini markets, bakery, accommodation


Stalos Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 7km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, beach bars, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all inclusive hotels, pharmacies, doctors, ATM cashpoint machines, super markets, shops, car rentals

Glyka Nera Beach: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 75km south of Chania Facilities: Canteen, umbrellas

Stavros Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 17km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafe, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets

Grammeno Beach: Type: Sand/Pebbles - Distance: 75km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, parking, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation

Tavronitis: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 18km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, beach bars, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all inclusive hotels, mini market

Kalamaki: Type: Sand - Distance: 4km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, lifeguard, parking, cafes, snack, beach bar, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation

Tersanas Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 13km nort east of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafe, snack, restaurant, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops, pharmacies


Gorges/Caves | Gorges/Grottes | Schluchten/ Höhlen | ущелья/ пещеры | Kløfter/Huler | Klyfta/ Grottor | Rotkoja/Luolia | 峡谷/洞穴 The area enables the individual hiker to explore the nature and the beauty of the county via routes that are unparalleled beauty. The most appropriate to inform the interested visitor is the Mountaineering Club of Chania. The E4 Path begins in the Pyrenees mountains across Greece, arrives at Kissamos, across Crete to Kato Zakros and finally arrives in Cyprus. As far as the track is part of the prefecture of Chania, it passes from coastal areas and the White Mountains. The main routes of the European path are the following : Kasteli Kissamou – Sfinari (Length: 22,5 km, Best season: Spring – Autumn) Sfinari – Chrysoskalitisa Monastery (Length: 32 km, Best season: Spring – Autumn) Chrysoskalitisa - Palaiochora (Length: 22 km, Best season: Spring – Autumn) Sougia – Agia Roumeli (Length: 13 km, Best Season: All year) Loutro - Fragokastelo (Length : 19,5 km, Best Season: All year) Sougia - Koustogerako-Omalos (Length: 24,5 km, Best season: Spring – Autumn) Agia Triada - Gouverneto – Katholiko (Route Difficulty: Very Easy, Route Duration: 2 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) Gorge of St Irene – Sfakia (Route Duration: 3 Hours, Route Length: 8 km Visit Period : All Year , Route Difficulty: Normal) Paleochora - Sougia (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Length: 14,5 m Route Duration: 6 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) National Park of Samaria (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 6 Hours Route Length: 16 km, Visit Period : May-October) Gavdos (Route Difficulty: Very Easy, Visit Period : May-October) Douliana – Gavalohori (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 1 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) On the Summit of Kigilos (Route Difficulty: Normal, Route Duration: 7 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) Agia Roumeli - Agios Ioannis (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 5 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) Gorge of Polyrrenia (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 3 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) Sasalos-Makronas (Halase gorge) (Route Difficulty: Normal, Route Duration: 4 Hours )

The Gorge of Imbros in Sfakia Route Duration: 2 Hours, Route Length: 8 km The Gorge of Agia Irini in Selino Route Duration: 3 Hours, Route Length: 7.5 km The Gorge of Aradena in Sfakia Route Duration: 2.5 Hours, Route Length: 5.5 km The Gorge of Elygia The Gorge of Trypitis Route Duration: 8.5 Hours The Gorge of Diktamou Route Duration: 3.5 Hours The Gorge of Therisso or Eleutheriou Venizelou Route Length: 6 km The Gorge of Chalase or Sasalou Route Duration: 4 Hours The Gorge of Prasse Route Duration: 2 Hours The Gorge of Kavi or Iligga Route Duration: 3 Hours The Gorge of Asfendou Route Duration: 3 Hours The Gorge of Kalikrati Route Duration: 3 Hours The Gorge of Katholikou Route Duration: 0.5 Hours Mountain Shelters Kallergi Capacity: 45, Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 1 Hours Visit Period : April-October Svourikti - Holiopoulos Capacity: 20, Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 3 Hours Tavri Capacity: 40, Route Difficulty: Very Easy, Route Duration: 1.5 Hour, Route Length: 7.7 km Volikas Capacity: 30, Route Duration: 3 Hour Caves Cave of Panos or Lera The cave “Panos or Lera” is developed in Mount Vardies, at an altitude of 70m., in the settlement Stavros Kydonias. It consists of an “antechamber” and four rooms with chiselled cavities, which have been explained as places for the welcome of statues. Cave of Asfentos The cave “of Asfentos” is situated at the position”Skordolakia”, at the westeastern part of the beginning of the gorge of Asfentos . Cave of Agia Sofia The cave of “Agia Sofia” is at the western walls of the gorgo of Topolia, at a distance of 47 km from the city of Chania. It consists of two rooms on different levels.

Gorges The Gorge of Samaria Route Length: 18 km, Route Duration: 7 Hours, Visit Period : May-October

We propose... you choose | Nous vous proposons ... vous choisissez | Schlagen wir vor, Sie wählen ... | мы предлагаем ... вы выбираете Vi foreslår ... du vælger | Vi föreslår ... du väljer | Foreslår vi ... du velger | Ehdotamme ... valitset | 我们建议...你选择 MUNICIPALITY OF CHANIA Municipal Market The Municipal Market of Chania, the large building of 4000 square meters in a surrounding area of 17.200 square meters, is the “heart” of the city. It is an original building that, apart from a business activity center, also provides a concrete image of the ancient Greek marketplace. Great for shopping tradiotional Cretan products. Venizelos Tombs One of the most popular spots offering a panoramic view of Chania are the Venizelos family tombs, a few kilometres east of the city, on the road to Akrotiri and the airport. Old Harbour Chania’s old Venetian Harbor is the most picruresque and world wide known site seen of the hole Crete. Lots of choices to drink your coffee, to have lunch or dinner in the restaurants or enjoy shopping time. Stavros Stavros is located on Akrotiri, only 13km from Chania, 3km from the airport and 10km from Souda harbour. One of the finest beaches for swimming. British Commonwealth War Cemetery in Souda Bay The War cemetery is a quiet and restful place for the allied forces who lost their lives here on the Battle of Crete in 1941. Aghia Marina Agia Marina is one of the most important tourist resorts of Chania. Great beach for swimming and lots of choices for shopping, eating and clubbing. MUNICIPALITY OF PLATANIAS Thodorou Just a few miles to the north west of the port of Chania. The island is a nature reserve and it is therefore forbidden to go ashore, except that is for one day a year (8 June), when visitors are allowed to take the path to the church and back in order to worship. Platanias The heart of tourism in western Crete. Everything can be found in Platanias... swimming, eating, clubbing, shopping. A “must” place to visit or stay. All days and all nights are different in Platanias and you will find out why. Maleme German Cemetery The cemetery is 3km south up the winding paved road. The 4,465 men buried here fell in the Battle of Crete in May of 1941. The Germans landed at the small airport of Maleme when they

attacked Crete. Samaria Gorge If you come to Chania and you don’t pass through the Samara Gorge then your visit is just... incomplete. The Samariá Gorge is a National Park of Greece, a major tourist attraction of the island and a World’s Biosphere Reserve. A must for visitors to Crete is to complete the walk down the gorge from the Omalos plateau to Agia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea. The village of Samariá lies just inside the gorge. It was finally abandoned by the last remaining inhabitants in 1962 to make way for the park. MUNICIPALITY OF SFAKIA Frangokastello The castle of Frangokastello stands since centuries. It reminds of the Venetians, Turks and Greeks, battles and blood, slaughters and sacrifices. The legends are still alive, taking us in their own world and left the “Drosoulites”, visiting us again some magic mornings. Sfakia The south-eastern region of the Prefecture of Chania is called Municipality of Sfakia and includes the villages Hora Sfakion, Anopoli, Agios Ioannis, Agia Roumeli, Asfendou, Loutro, Patsianos, Skaloti, Impros, Askifou and Fragkokastello. The distamce to Chania is about 70 kilometres. Entire Sfakia is characterized by the natural beauty of wild mountainous landscape which is combined unique with the sea. Loutro The village was named by the baths that were found there. The water was coming from Anopoli. Between the old buildings that you can see there, there is also the goverment building that was used during the revolution at 1821. From Loutro you can visit the ruins of ancient Aradenas with the Byzantine church of archangel Michail and Anopolis. Perfect place for a weekend escape. Aghia Roumeli It is a coastal settlement in south-western Crete and it allocates a wide beach while the access is feasible only with boats from Hora Sfakion, via Loutro and from Palaiochora or Sougia, while the village does not allocate road access. Constitutes popular tourist destination because it is located at the southern entry of the Gorge of Samaria, the biggest gorge in Greece and one of the biggest in Europe with a length of 18 kilometres. MUNICIPALITY OF APOKORONAS Kalyves Picturesque village located about 20 kilometres east of Chania, in one of the greenest areas of Greece. The village It is surrounded by wonderful sandy beaches with crystalline waters

like Kalyves and Kiani Akti. Good place for shopping with lots of traditional tavernas. Just 3 km away is Almyrida, with traditional travernas to enjoy lunch after your swimming. Georgioupolis A resort village 43 km east of Chania, about 22 km west of Rethymno. Formerly a small fishing village, Georgioupolis is very much a tourist town now, with many cafés, tavernas and small hotels and apartment blocks. MUNICIPALITY OF KANDANOS-SELINO Sougia Located in a distance of 70 roughly km south-western of Chania. It is built in the ruins of the ancient Syias where mainly in the Roman and first Byzantine period people lived here. Saved ruins are vaulted graves and water reservoirs from the Roman period and a church from the 4th century with eminent mosaics. Nice beach where you can have free camping. Paleochora Located in the south-western part of the prefecture. The distance to Chania is about 70 kilometres. It is built on a peninsula between two beautiful bays where it is rained by the Lybian Sea and it is right to consider it the “Nymph of the Lybian Sea” and “Land of the sun”. The movement in the region is high in summertime, on one side from the excursionists choosing it as the harbour of departure to the Island of Gavdos, Sougia, Agia Roumeli, Loutro and Sfakia and return from the Samaria Gorge, on the other from the holiday-makers that select it as a place of their summer vacations. Palaiochora has all the benefits the visitor needs as banks, doctors, supermarket, drugstores, police, post, Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, port authority, custom, cinema, bars, disco, and rented cars. Elafonissi When the weather is fine it is possible to walk to the island through the shallow water. The island is a protected nature reserve. On the mainland the 17th century Chrysoskalitissa Monastery is approximately 5 km from the island. One of the best places for swimming in the whole world

MUNICIPALITY OF KISSAMOS Falassarna May be the best beach on earth, as awarded by its visitors. The place to be for swimming. Also, don’t miss the great party the first weekend of August. Gramvousa-Balos At the north western point of Crete you will find Gramvousa, a small island with an impregnable castle, a fortress, a masterpiece of the 16th century, and Balos, the unique lagoon of Crete, with its blue green waters, it pink sandy beach and famous shells! An impressive and unique environment of steep rocks and cliffs, an immense blue sea and hidden sandy beaches, and the serene lagoon of Balos, combines with the remains of the long lasting history of the region: monasteries, churches and the imposing castle of Imeri Gramvousa. MUNICIPALITY OF GAVDOS Gavdos is a small island which is located 26 naval miles (48 kilometres) southern of Crete and it’s extent is 27 square kilometres. It is the most southern Greek and simultaneously European point with population of 98 residents. Perfect for a daily cruise.

CHANIA... THEN (a photographic journey through time by G. Fantakis-St. Aggelakis/ART STUDIO, 18 Dimokratias str., +30 28210 43150)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pano Platanias and the island of Thodorou (1975)

The restaurant “MYLOS TOU KERATA” (1982)

The village of Platanias (1916)

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

A view of Platanias and Agia Marina (1972)

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


We would like to thank the owner of KIPOS Historical Cafe, Mr Vassilis Stathakis, for giving us his photo archive




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

…where nature embraces the senses

The only one of its kind in Europe

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The area was reborn from its own ashes after the great fire of 2003.

undreds of different types of fruit trees, herbs and flowers in a uniquely landscaped area, offering you the opportunity to experience and get to know the blessed island of Crete in the most ideal way.


e are waiting for you in an area of approximately 200,000 m² to discover trees from all over the world, bearing edible fruit, as well as herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants.



n entertaining, educational park, ideal for walks.

Crete… a small continent


he area of the Botanical Park of Crete, 18 km from the city of Chania, at the foot of the White Mountains with its terrain and microclimate becomes a unique paradise for thousands of cold- and warm-climate plants!


he restaurant of the Botanical Park of Crete combines the revival of traditional recipes with cooking methods such a s t he he a rt h, wo o d burning oven, baking plate, etc, and flavours and products from the rich ground of the park such as vegetables, fruits, greens, garden produce, pulses, cheeses and bread... all flavoured with herbs from the park.

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Matala Beach Festival 2014 Over 60.000 people lived their “hippie” myth in Crete The Matala Beach Festival, perhaps in keeping with its hippie roots, has been transforming itself annually. Since its origin in June 2011 as what may have been the largest book-release party in the world for Arn Strohmeyer’s book ‘The Myth of Matala’, through 2012’s locally-hosted second edition, 2013’s official Municipality of Festos and Greek National Tourist Organization-sponsored event, and now 2014’s more “mature” festival, the small beach town with the rich hippie history has been attracting more and more visitors. Like another famous hippie event, Woodstock, it seems that everyone of a Certain Age is suddenly remembering that they too were there at the height of its hip hippiness and must return during the festival to catch up. The Festival has undergone three changes of name, one for each year, with variants. The first year was the Matala Reunion Festival - but that may have sounded too exclusive - what if you’d never been there at all? 2012’s event was just the Matala Festival, but now thepermanent title was the Matala Beach Festival. Possibly, that one will stick

as the event becomes more and more a part of the official calendar of tourism events in Greece. The 2014 festival itself run from June 20th-22nd and was free of charge to enter and attend. In 2014, it also fall on the Summer Solstice, just for some added power. There were some related events leading up to the festival or following on its heels.

Visitors were introduced to the Matala Philosophy: Today is Life, Tomorrow Never Come - supposedly painted on the seawall to welcome Beatle George Harrison, though it is unclear if he actually came to Matala. The odds are good - at various moments he would have run into Joni Mitchell (a definite admitted Matala cave resident), probably Bob Dylan, and a number of others who went on to musical fame. Over 40 musical acts performed during the festival, including some (mostly) 60s era tribute bands. After the bands finished, DJs kept the music coming until “sunrise”, or so the official site states. Looking for sleep? That was the only experience unavailable in Matala. The Road to Matala In 2013, the festival inspired satellite events elsewhere in Europe, under the umbrella of “The Road to Matala” as musicians from the UK travel to their ultimate destination of Matala. This was repeated in 2014. Rick Sweitzer, who has run kayaking trips out of Matala for decades, and who spent a summer living in the caves in the 1970s, reported that the 2013 event was jammed with huge crowds, enjoying perfect weather, and that the replay of “Dark Side of the Moon” kept the beach busy until dawn. Some of the bands played this year were the GB BLUES BAND, RENEGADE, CROSSROADS, VIVA CARLOS, CSD, as well as the Greek band Kitrina Podilata and Greek singer and songwriter Panos Katsimixas.

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“Extreme-Astrophysics in an Ever-Changing Universe”

The international conference was held in Ierapetra/Lassithi from 16th to 20th of June Since ancient times, astronomers’ attention has been drawn to changes in the sky. Today we know that most phenomena observed in “time-domain” astronomy are related to extreme astrophysical events or processes. Whether it is the explosion of stars in supernovae or the observations of flare stars, pulsars, gamma-ray bursts, blazars or active galactic nuclei, time-domain astronomy stretches across the whole electromagnetic spectrum and beyond. With increasing technical capabilities, the 21st century will see corresponding new instruments being developed or coming online, revolutionising our view of the ever-changing Universe. This conference connected the observations from the past with those from the present and future. Providing a forum to discuss the various signals and sources, the conference also celebrated the career of Prof. John Seiradakis, who has contributed to many aspects across the field. The ambition was to bring together different research communities and provide a platform for an exchange of ideas, experience and methods that may prove invaluable in promoting the unification, if possible, time-domain astronomy and approach them qualitatively similarly as probes of very different scale physics in which different effects become dominant at different systems. The discussions covered not only the sources to be observed but also the instruments to be used and the physics to be derived. Topics and sessions of the conference - Neutron Stars and Pulsars - Compact Objects (White Dwarfs, Black Holes, etc.) - Stellar Objects and Optical Astronomy - Transient Sky - Astronomical Instrumentation - Active Galactic Nuclei - Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology - Galactic Centre - Gravitational Waves and General Relativity


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culture POST Pentozali (s)... The War Dance

All you have to know about Crete’s trademark folk dance The Pentozali or Pentozalis is the trademark folk dance of the island of Crete. It takes its name from its five (“pente”) basic steps and its sprightly and ultimately very fast pace (“zalos” being a rare Greek word for “jump”). The name can thus be translated as “fivejumps”, its typically Greek wordplay implying that dancing it can make one jump five times over. Also in the spirit of wordplay, “zali” means dizziness, and the name of the dance can also be understood (“five-dizzy”) as one that can make the dancers dizzy five times over. The Pentozali is a war dance, vigorous, with high jumping movements and allows for much improvisation. It starts at a moderate pace and accelerates progressively. The dancers hold each other by the shoulders and form an incomplete circle, which rotates counterclockwise very slowly, or sometimes not at all, because most of the lively steps are semistationary. The first dancer is expected to improvise engaging in acrobatics; in this case he and the second dancer hold hands, rather than shoulders, and the second dancer stands still and rigid, so that the first dancer has a stable base on which to perform. Once the first dancer has finished his part, he is expected

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Book proposals for your free time “Zorba, the Greek” by Nikos Kazantzakis

The classic novel, international sensation, and inspiration for the film starring Anthony Quinn explores the struggle between the aesthetic and the rational, the inner life and the life

of the mind. The classic novel Zorba the Greek is the story of two men, their incredible friendship, and the importance of living life to the fullest. Zorba, a Greek working man, is a larger-than-life character, energetic and unpredictable. He accompanies the unnamed narrator to Crete to work

to break ranks and slowly dance his way to the back of the line, yielding his place to the second, and so on. Women also perform the dance, but their steps are more

restrained because their dress does not allow for high jumps. Traditional Cretan menswear, on the other hand, facilitates acrobatic dancing as it includes the black vraka, a in the narrator’s lignite mine, and the pair develops a singular relationship. The two men couldn’t be further apart: The narrator is cerebral, modest, and reserved; Zorba is unfettered, spirited, and beyond the reins of civility. Over the course of their journey, he becomes the narrator’s greatest friend and inspiration and helps him to appreciate the joy of living. Zorba has been acclaimed as one of the most remarkable figures in literature; he is a character in the great tradition of Sinbad the Sailor, Falstaff, and Sancho Panza. He responds to all that life offers him with passion, whether he’s supervising laborers at a mine, confronting mad monks in a mountain monastery, embellishing the tales of his past adventures, or making love. Zorba the Greek explores the beauty and pain of existence, inviting readers to reevaluate the most important aspects of their lives and live to the fullest.

variant of breeches that are worn tight around the waist and thighs and extremely baggy and loose around the hips. Pentozali music is instrumental: the main tune is played by the pear-shaped, bowed Cretan lyre, to the accompaniment of a lute, played not in a melodic but in a percussive-like fashion. It is the lyre player who usually directs the flow of the dance: he improvises to signal the first dancer to improvise too, and resumes the main tune when it is time for the first dancer to yield his place to another. It has often been suggested that this may be the descendant of a Minoan dance, perhaps that of the Kouretes, a mythical troupe of ancient warriors. There is a forgotten dance of the area of the Psiloritis Mountains where the Kouretes lived, called Empyrrikios (from the ancient dance Pyrrhichios), whose steps are very similar to Pentozali. The largest Pentozali(s) The largest Pentozali(s) dance was achieved by 2,705 dancers at an event organised by Planet Crete (Greece) on the central road axis in Crete, Greece, on 7 August 2010. Dancers formed a single line along the highway during the attempt.

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Nutritional Value of Olive Oil Extra virgin olive oil has been studied for decades by scientists around the world who have concluded that its value is essential for human health and well-being. Seven Countries Study. The Seven Countries Study was the first to sysby Manolis Karpadakis tematically examine the relationTERRA CRETA Marketing Manager ship between lifestyle, diet, and the rates of heart attack and stroke in contrasting populations. The study by American research scientist Dr. Ancel Keys, which began in the 1950’s, was conducted in seven countries and studied over 12,700 men, 40-59 years of age. His was the first study that clearly recognized the benefits of the Cretan Diet, with its main ingredient being olive oil. Cretan participants had the lowest rates of mortality, heart disease and cancer in comparison to the other countries. The daily consumption of considerable amounts of olive oil played a significant role in the results.

portunity to consume the most healthful diet. Researchers followed 7,447 people in Spain over almost 5 years. The magnitude of the diet’s benefits startled experts. The study showed a Mediterranean diet, with significant consumption of olive oil (4 tablespoons per day) and nuts (30 grams or 1 ounce per day), is similar to the effect of taking statins, the cholesterol-lowering drugs, which research has shown to reduce the risk of major cardiovascular events by about 25% to 30%.

Cretans consume an average of 93 grams of olive oil per day, or 34 kg per year.

New Study Results Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, February 25, 2013 A diet with lots of extra virgin olive oil and about an ounce of nuts daily, cuts the risk of stroke and other major cardiovascular problems by 30% among high-risk people. Those are the results of a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine and reported by the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. Because the benefit demonstrated by a Mediterranean diet high in olive oil was so striking, the study was stopped early because the results were so clear it was considered unethical not to allow all participants an op-

What are the elements that make olive oil so special? Olive oil has a high concentration of unsaturated fats and a low concentration of saturated and polyunsaturated fats. It also has a high concentration of vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), and other antioxidant substances, such as carotenoids and phenolic compounds (simple phenols such as hydroxytyrosol and complex phenols such as oleuropein). Other key compounds are oleocanthal and oleacein. Oleocanthal provides an anti-inflammatory effect similar to Ibuprofen, and Oleacein is a powerful antioxidant. All of these important, naturally occurring elements make it an excellent alternative for the treatment and prevention of many diseases, and is the reason olive oil has been recognized as a trully “functional food”. What exactly are its benefits for human health? • Primarily, the consumption of olive oil diminishes cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol and therefore helps in the prevention of arteriosclerosis.

At the same time, it preserves or increases the levels of HDL (good) cholesterol that protect the heart and contributes to lowering blood pressure. In the early 19’-90’s, Dr.Renaud and Dr.Longeril presented the Lyon Diet-Heart Study, in which they studied the effect of a Mediterranean diet pattern on patients who had a previous heart attack. Analysis showed a striking protective effect after 27 months of follow-up. Their very impressive finding was that 70% of the patients who followed the Cretan Diet survived, in comparison to patients who followed the diet suggested by the American Heart Association. • The high concentration of antioxidants, such as vitamin-E and polyphenols, aid in neutralizing free radicals and diminishes the risk of many types of cancer. Also, it generally strengthens our immune system. • Besides protecting our whole digestive system from cancer, olive oil has a mild laxative effect that helps in dealing with constipation. It also helps with other diseases such as gallstones and ulcers. • According to another study, by Dr. Trichopoulou, people who follow the Cretan diet and consume olive oil tend to live longer. The antioxidants help in protecting the cells of our central neuron system and brain, helping prevent diseases such as Alzheimer and Parkinson’s Disease. • The health benefits attributed to consuming olive oil don’t stop there. People who consume olive oil have a lower risk of diabetes. It is also proven to help stabilize blood sugar levels in those who have contracted diabetes. • According to studies the size and texture of bones are different in people who consume olive oil due to its mineral elements. It also supplies the proper proportion of saturated, mono-saturated and poly-saturated fats that children need in their first years of growth, contributing to normal growth and development. It is significant that the fats found in olive oil are similar to those of breast milk. Finally, olive oil is easier to digest in comparison to other fats. www.terracreta.gr

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Due to its nature and composition, Extra Virgin Olive Oil can be used as raw (salads, BBQ, etc) or for cooking and frying (for temperatures up to 190 oC)


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Summer Cretan Nature in the Botanical Park & Gardens One of its kind in Europe, offers spiritual tranquility and visual pleasure in addition to knowledge on plants and their material All through the summer months there is something special to be found in Crete. Plants that grow on Crete throughout the summer months, when other vegetation is in short supby Petros Marinakis ply, need to be well protected. Botanical Park & Gardens The nearby Balkan Peninsula is one of the richest areas in the Mediterranean for plant diversity. On Crete especially there are 210 plant species per 600 square miles. The local flora comprises of 2108 types of plants 210 of which are endemic, selfsown and growing mainly on mountain slopes , in ravines and on the so-called “madares”- very tall mountains with scarce vegetation especially in the area of Sfakia in southern Crete. The Cretan flora reminds of and revives the Minoan civilization , once flourishing on the island and which had a lot to do with nature as can be seen on many frescoes depicting the era and now admired in Knossos. Crete is famous for the herbs and aromatic plants growing all over its mountains, in cultivated fields and on coastal areas. Many of them are endemic, known since ancient times for their medicinal properties. Crete, well known for its rich flora ever since the Minoan Era, was a famous export centre for aromatic and medicinal herbs. This is proven by the clay plates dating back to the 13th century BC and engraved in a language called “linear B”, which were discovered in excavations carried out in Knossos. Over 15 % of these plates bear information on perfumes and aromatic plants. The landscape and the “micro climate” of the Botanical

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The aromatic herbs constitute another great tradition in Crete. Botanical researches have discovered that the island has one of the most interesting and rich ecosystems in Europe. Citrus garden The European travelers who visited Crete in the 19th century praised the cretan orange. The Greek mythology narrates that the citrus fruits was Gaia’s( earth’s ) gift for the marriage between Zeus, the father of the Gods and Hera. Tropical Garden The island enjoys perhaps one of the best Mediterranean climates, with mild temperatures prevailing all year round. Testimony to this is the abundance of tropical plants.

European. The fruit trees are completely adjusted to the temperate climate of the island and produce fruit of excellent taste. Mediterranean aromatic herbs garden-endemic plants of Crete We have created a little paradise of endemic and selfsown Cretan and Mediterranean herbs, trees and bushes in a perfect combination with unsurpassed scents, aromas, and tastes of the Mediterranean flora.

Vineyards Crete, marked by its position on the crossroads of North, South, East and West, has played an important role in the spread of the grapevine and the wine. As a matter of fact, it has been the bridge for the grapevines to pass from Egypt to Greece and then to Europe. The Cherry tree garden This is a part of the park which, in spring , is covered with pink and white cherry blossoms creating an enchanting sight for visitors. Then the trees produce plenty of cherries whose origin is probably from Minor Asia. The consumption of cherries results in the enhancement of the immune system while they are also said to have antiseptic qualities that help fight diseases and infections.

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Looking After Your House When You’re on Holiday Things to Remember to Do Before You Leave Going on holiday can be fun, but it is important to make sure you take a few simple steps to protect your home and belongings. by Petros Chatzistavros An unwatched home Civil Engineer (T.E.) can be susceptible to damage from crime or natural events. By following these steps, it will be possible to go on your holiday without worrying about the home or flat you’re leaving behind. So as its getting to summer, a lot of people are going on holiday, myself included. Usually I have someone to house sit, or it’s only a short trip, but not this time.

7. If you will be gone more than five days, make arrangements for someone to cut your grass. This service may only be needed during the spring and summer seasons. 8. Mute the ringer on the phone so unanswered calls go unnoticed to others. If you have an answering maching, shut off the volume so no one can hear a caller leaving a message. 9. Lock the garage door. If the door has an automatic opening device, unplug it. 10. Lock all gates or doors on your property.

- Should I leave curtains open or closed? - Should I leave a light on? Or even a TV or something? - Should I leave a window open? - Should I say on my answering machine that im on holiday? - Should I be moving anything from the garden in to the shed? (like chairs and things) 1. Inform your neighbors of the exact dates you will be gone on vacation. Ask them to watch for suspicious activity around your home. 2. Leave a key to your front door and emergency numbers for your vacation destination with a trusted neighbor or friend who is willing to watch your home and enter if needed. 3. If you will be gone more than two to three days, make arrangements to have your newspaper and mail deliveries stopped or picked up by a trusted neighbor or friend.

4. Set automatic timers for various lights inside and outside the house. Set them for your TV and radio as well. This will create the illusion someone is home. 5. Keep the air conditioner or heater on, but adjust the thermostat so that it saves energy by not running as often. Cold weather requires the heater to be set at a lower degree. Hot weather requires the air conditioning to be set a higher degree. 6. If you will be gone for longer than one week, remove items from the refrigerator that might spoil. Place these items in an outside garage receptacle. Ask a neighbor to take it out on your specified trash days.


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11. To conserve water and prevent flooding, make sure all faucets inside and outside the home are turned off and no water is dripping. If freezing weather is in the forecast, leave the faucets slightly dripping and cabinet doors open to prevent broken pipes. You also can ask someone you trust to turn on the faucets if a freeze is expected. 12. Place any valuables in a locked safe or safety deposit box. 13. If possible, leave a car in your driveway, or ask a neighbor to park there on occasion. 14. Do a final walk-through right before you leave to make sure you haven’t missed any of these steps. Make a check list from these steps and check off each item as you walk through your home. www.ehow.com



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The Food of Ancient Cretans The ancient language of food for modern people around the world, according to the American anthropologist and archaeologist, Mrs. Jerolyn Morrison According to the American anthropologist and archaeologist, Ms. Jerolyn Morrison, over 100 years ago, Cretans used to eat food that was more similar to the food of Minoan Crete than to the food of by Niki Voulgarakis modern Greece. Dietician - Nutritionist In order to demonstrate the Minoan and Byzantine cuisine of Crete, Mrs.Morrison organized a symposium which was held last weekend at the American Farm School. The attendees had the chance to taste the food of ancient Cretans, which had been cooked in replicas of the utensils used during that era. The menu consisted of lentils with coriander and honey, snails sautéed with rosemary and black pig fillet with carob, cooked in a clay replica of the Minoan grill. Furthermore, she noted: “There are many foods that we eat today, that they used to eat in Minoan Crete” she says. “During both the Minoan era, and modern Crete era, people have consumed food from the sea, such as small and large fish, barnacles, cuttlefish and sea snails. They also ate meat from animals they bred or hunted such as goat, sheep, hare, pigs and cattle, while in later Minoan periods they also ate wild deer. Excavations have brought to light the fact that they used to eat many legumes, such as lentils and beans, cereals such as barley and zea, fruits and nuts, such as figs and almonds and of course there was evidence of producing olive oil and wine! I believe than that Cretan diet from 100 years ago was more like that of the Minoan era than modern Greece. This is a result of the lack of refrigerators, forcing inhabitants to use various forms of traditional food preservation and also the small-scale vegetable crops formed their eating habits which may resemble those of the Minoan civilization.” “This is the exciting and creative side of archaeological studies! The Minoan civilization was prehistoric and we don’t have any written evidence concerning their food habits. Whilst we can learn what Minoans used to eat and how they cooked, we have limited knowledge of what the social habits or the customs in relation to food and organizing the house were. For example, we know that they cooked and ate both inside and outside of their homes, while they set up their tables in specific locations on the roof of their homes, but we have no

data yet on how many different dishes were offered during dinner, the amount of food that was served at diners, or how many times per day or week they used to cook. We don’t know if they preferred savory, sweet or sour flavors” said Morrison. Ms. Jerolyn Morrison has been looking into the ancient Minoan cooks for a few years now and based on current scientific knowledge, she creates culinary experiences which “translate” the ancient language of food for mod-

ern people around the world. According to the archeologist, Minoan cooking is not only about good products, one must also prepare the food with the same utensils used by ancient Cretans. www.greekreporter.com www.protothema.gr

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What are the Effects of Dust on the Lungs What happens when we breathe in dust? The lungs are protected by a series of defence mechanisms in different regions of the respiratory tract. When a person breathes in, particles suspended in the by Miltiades Markatos air enter the nose, but not all of them Pneumonologist reach the lungs. The nose is an efficient filter. Most large particles are stopped in it, until they are removed mechanically by blowing the nose or sneezing. Some of the smaller particles succeed in passing through the nose to reach the windpipe and the dividing air tubes that lead to the lungs. These tubes are called bronchi and bronchioles. All of these airways are lined by cells. The mucus they produce catches most of the dust particles. Tiny hairs called cilia, covering the walls of the air tubes, move the mucus upward and out into the throat, where it is either coughed up and spat out, or swallowed. The air reaches the tiny air sacs (alveoli) in the inner part of the lungs with any dust particles that avoided the defences in the nose and airways. The air sacs are very important because through them, the body receives oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. Dust that reaches the sacs and the lower part of the airways where there are no cilia is attacked by special cells called macrophages. These are extremely important for the defence of the lungs. They keep the air sacs clean. Macrophages virtually swallow the particles. Then the macrophages, in a way which is not well understood, reach the part of the airways that is covered by cilia. The wavelike motions of the cilia move the macrophages which contain dust to the throat, where they are spat out or swallowed. Dusts are tiny solid particles scattered or suspended in the air. The particles are “inorganic” or “organic,” depending on the source of the dust. Inorganic dusts can come from grinding metals or minerals such as rock or soil. Examples of inorganic dusts are silica, asbestos, and coal. Organic dusts originate from plants or animals. An example of organic dust is dust that arises from handling grain. These dusts can contain a great number of substances. Aside from the vegetable or animal component, organic dusts may also contain fungi or microbes and the toxic substances given off by microbes. What are the reactions of the lungs to dust? The way the respiratory system responds to inhaled particles depends, to a great extent, on where the particle settles. For example, irritant dust that settles in the nose may lead to rhinitis, an inflammation of the mucous membrane. If the particle attacks the larger air passages, inflammation of the trachea (tracheitis) or the bronchi (bronchitis) may be seen.

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


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The most significant reactions of the lung occur in the deepest parts of this organ. Particles that evade elimination in the nose or throat tend to settle in the sacs or close to the end of the airways. But if the amount of dust is large, the macrophage system may fail. Dust particles and dust-containing macrophages collect in the lung tissues, causing injury to the lungs. The amount of dust and the kinds of particles involved influence how serious the lung injury will be. For example, after the macrophages swallow silica particles, they die and give off toxic substances. These substances cause fibrous or scar tissue to form. This tissue is the body’s normal way of repairing itself. However, in the case of crystalline silica so much fibrous tissue and scarring form that lung function can be impair. The general name for this condition for fibrous tissue formation and scarring is fibrosis. The particles which cause fibrosis or scarring are called fibrogenic. When fibrosis is caused by crystalline silica, the condition is called silicosis. What are the factors influencing the effects of dust? Several factors influence the effects of inhaled particles. Among these are some properties of the particles themselves. Particle size is usually the critical factor that determines where in the respiratory tract that particle may be deposited. Chemical composition is important because some substances, when in particle form, can destroy the cilia that the lungs use for the removal of particles. Cigarette smoking may alter the ability of the lungs to clear themselves. Characteristics of the person inhaling particles can also influence the effects of dust. Breathing rates and smoking are among the most important. The settling of dust in the lungs increases with the length of time the breath is held and how deeply the breath is taken. Whether breathing is through the nose or mouth is also important. How can we protect the lungs from the Saharan desert dust? Adults and children with lung problems and adults with heart problems are advised to reduce exertion outdoors, in days when desert dust pollution is high. Those with asthma particularly are told they may find they need to use their inhaler more often.

The UV Index developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) has made many Americans more aware of the risks of sunburn and skin canby Nick Lazakis cer from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) Optical expert radiation. But did you know UV and other radiation from the sun also can harm your eyes? Extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays has been linked to eye damage, including cataracts, macular degeneration, pingueculae and pterygia and photokeratitis that can cause temporary vision loss. And new research suggests the sun’s high-energy visible (HEV) radiation - also called “blue light” - may increase your long-term risk of macular degeneration. People with low blood plasma levels of vitamin C and other antioxidants especially appear at risk of retinal damage from HEV radiation. Dangers of Ultraviolet Radiation to Your Eyes To protect your eyes from harmful solar radiation, sunglasses should block 100 percent of UV rays and also absorb most HEV rays. Frames with a close-fitting wraparound style provide the best protection because they limit how much stray sunlight reaches your eyes from above and beyond the periphery of your sunglass lenses. While many people refer to ultraviolet radiation as UV light, the term technically is incorrect because you cannot see UV rays. The three categories of invisible high-energy UV rays are: - UVC rays. These are the highest-energy UV rays and potentially could be the most harmful to your eyes and skin. Fortunately, the atmosphere’s ozone layer blocks virtually all UVC rays. But this also means depletion of the ozone layer potentially could allow high-energy UVC rays to reach the earth’s surface and cause serious UV-related health problems. UVC rays have wavelengths of 100-280 nanometer (nm). - UVB rays. These have slightly longer wavelengths (280315 nm) and lower energy than UVC rays. These rays are filtered partially by the ozone layer, but some still reach the earth’s surface. In low doses, UVB radiation stimulates the production of melanin (a skin pigment), causing the skin to darken, creating a suntan. But in higher doses, UVB rays cause sunburn that increases the risk of skin cancer. UVB rays also cause skin discolorations, wrinkles and other signs of premature aging of the skin. - UVA rays. These are closer to visible light rays and have lower energy than UVB and UVC rays. But UVA rays can pass through the cornea and reach the lens and retina

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inside the eye. Overexposure to UVA radiation has been linked to the development of certain types of cataracts, and research suggests UVA rays may play a role in development of macular degeneration. Various eye problems have been associated with overexposure to UV radiation. As an example, UVB rays are thought to help cause pingueculae and pterygia. These growths on the eye’s surface can become unsightly and cause corneal problems as well as distorted vision. In high short-term doses, UVB rays also can cause photokeratitis, a painful inflammation of the cornea. “Snow blindness” is the common term for severe photokeratitis, which causes temporary vision loss usually lasting 24-48 hours. The risk for snow blindness is greatest at high altitudes, but it can occur anywhere there is snow if you don’t protect your eyes with UV-blocking sunglasses. Because the cornea appears to absorb 100 percent of UVB rays, this type of UV radiation is unlikely to cause cataracts and macular degeneration, which instead are linked to UVA exposure.



by John Venetakis Zootechnician

Basic feeding guide for your dog Choosing the best feeding method Once your dog reaches maturity (which may vary with breed), it’s time to settle into a regular feeding routine. To maintain an optimal body condition, your dog’s diet needs to include the right balance of the five major nutrient groups: proteins, fats & oils, minerals, vitamins and carbohydrates. Any good-quality, manufactured complete pet food should provide your dog with this basic nutritional balance. Whether you serve wet or dry, or a mixture of the two, is really a matter of personal preference - yours and your dog’s, or may be influenced by certain medical conditions. How to feed Generally most dogs are fed once or twice a day, depending on breed. Smaller dogs may need more frequent feeding and large breeds in particular have a tendency to bolt their food which can lead to problems in the gut, and so may benefit from two smaller meals. If you are not sure how often to feed your dog, consult your veterinary practice. Your dog should be fed in a quiet place away from the hustle and bustle of the house. Choose a surface that can be cleaned easily, such as a tiled floor or a feeding mat. Always serve the food in a clean bowl; ceramic or metal bowls are preferable. If you have other dogs in the household, feed them separately to avoid bullying and fighting. Try to serve wet food at room temperature, as it smells more attractive and is easier to digest. This could take some time if the food is kept in the fridge, or you can microwave wet food for a short time until it’s warm (never hot) to the touch. Avoid leaving out wet food out as it can quickly go stale. Alternatively, dry food can be left out during the day and won’t spoil. If feeding dry food, store it in a clean, dry environment. Resealable packaging or an airtight container keeps it tasty by sealing in the aroma. Most dogs like to crunch on their dry food, but if yours prefers it moistened, or there is a medical reason to avoid hard food, leave the food in a bowl of water for up to 30 minutes before serving. If you do moisten dry food, consider feeding a regular dental treat to help remove the plaque some dry foods work to combat, but remember that regular brushing of your dog’s teeth is the best way to prevent dental disease.

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It’s not advisable to exercise your dog an hour before or after feeding. Large and giant breed dogs are particularly susceptible to bloating of the stomach and twisting of the gut (a condition called gastric dilatation and volvulus) which is a medical emergency. Signs of such a problem include a bloated tummy, retching and seeming very uncomfortable. Contact your vet immediately if you are concerned about your dog. How much? How much to feed depends on your dog’s breed, lifestyle and body condition. Generally follow the feeding guide on the back of the pack, but remember the guide is only there as a starting point. Every dog is an individual, so the most important consideration is to feed enough to maintain a lean, ideal body condition. If you are unsure how much to feed, consult your veterinary practice for advice. Always provide a bowl of fresh drinking water. Treats Every dog deserves a well earned treat from time to time, but remember when you do feed treats or biscuits reduce the main meal by an equivalent calorific amount to avoid overfeeding. How many it’s safe to feed, and how frequently, depends on the type of treat you choose. If a dog is on a vet-recommended diet and treats are forbidden, you can use a portion of their daily food as treats and for training. As a general rule limit treats, biscuits and chews to no more than 15% of your dog’s daily intake or just 10% if you feed smaller, meat-based rewards. Some functional treats, such as dental products, are a specific size in order to be effective and may supply up to a third of a dog’s calorie needs. However these treats are supplemented with essential vitamins and minerals to help keep the diet in balance. Packaging feeding guides will help you calculate more accurately how many and how often to give: consult your vet/vet nurse if you are not sure how many treats you should feed. What not to feed Whilst feeding table scraps and titbits is generally not advisable, it’s often difficult to say no! If you do decide to give in from time to time, be aware there are some foods

you need to stay clear of. Never feed raw meat, and reduce the risk of food poisoning by thoroughly cooking any fresh meat (without adding salt) to kill bacteria. Watch out for small pieces of bone, especially brittle chicken and fish bones, as they can damage teeth and cause obstructions in the gut. The same applies to larger bones: although traditionally fed to dogs, they are associated with obstructions to the gut and feeding them is not recommended. Meat and table scraps should never account for more than 10% of your dog’s total diet, otherwise you risk upsetting the value of a balanced pet food. Finally, never feed your dog human chocolate, onions or grapes/raisins as these can be highly toxic to dogs. Changing food There are occasions when you may need to change your dog’s diet. Nutritional requirements may alter as a result of changes in lifestyle, age or environment. A medical condition might require a special diet. Remember, your dog’s digestion can easily be upset if you change their food abruptly, whether between wet and dry, or between brands. A slow transition process (over 7-10 days) will help your dog to digest the new product more easily, by naturally adjusting the enzymes and bacteria in the digestive tract. - Put a little of the new food in with the current food and mix it all together, or offer both foods separately. - Over the course of 7-10 days, gradually increase the amount of new food added, whilst reducing the amount of the previous food until a complete change is achieved. If you switch from a wet to a dry food, your dog will chew it more actively, may take longer to eat and will certainly require more water. If switching from dry to wet, expect them to drink a little less and, if they are used to crunching dry food, consider mixing in a few biscuits for texture. It’s worth remembering that a portion of dry food may look smaller than a portion of canned food and, as dry foods are in general more energy-dense than wet foods, your dog may need to eat proportionally more wet food to gain the same calories. If your dog refuses a new food, even a vet-recommended diet, contact your vet to discuss the reasons for this and available alternatives. www.purina.co.uk


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by Antonis Ntourakis wine maker

Wines of Crete at the “Top Wine China” Cretan wines impressed all visitors of the exhibition For the first time, “Wines of Crete”, a Cretan - Greek Wine Network participated at the international wine exhibition “Top Wine China” in Beijing, from the 3rd till the 5th of June. Cretan – Greek wines impressed the participants of the exhibition. More than 400 professionals of wine participated at the four Masterclasses about the Cretan Vineyard that took

place, while many people where in queue to participate, but there were no empty seats. Cretan Winemakers and a Chinese wine professional, Mr Wei presented not only the History of the Cretan Wines, the Cretan Vineyard and the exceptional indigenous varieties, but also the Cretan way of life, their dream about the wine and the Cretan philosophy of winemaking at the four wine masterclasses. They also presented, food pairing with Cretan wines and Chinese gastronomy, matching the ancient wine culture of Crete with selected Chinese dishes. The indigenous grape varieties combined with international varieties with strong characteristics of aroma and

tasting, are the ingredients that Cretan Wines impressed during the wine tasting, and received many compliments about the quality of the wines. “Wines of Crete” Network, continue the effort to present Crete as a gastronomical – wine destination, while opening new markets such as China, a big market with lots of potentials. This participation was supported from New Wines of

Greece, campaign financed with aid from the European Union and Greece. About Top Wine China TopWine China 2014 was organized by Industrial Promotions International (I.P.I.) from the Netherlands, in partnership with Beijing Partnerworld Exhibition Co. They were responsible for the day to day organisation of TopWine China. The unique strength of TopWine China was that the exhibition was again co-organized by the China National Enterprises Association for Foreign Trade and

Economic Cooperation, a department of the Ministry of Commerce in China, a very influential body within the Chinese Government. TopWine China continued to play a major role in shaping the business in China as reflected in the very constructive feedback from exhibitors and visitors during and directly after the 2013 show. Therefore the China National Convention Center (CNCC) was booked again for 2014. And again the dates were be 4 - 6 June (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). According to our loyal visitors these were the best days for visiting. Most of the country pavilions presented at Top Wine China 2013 had already indicated to return to Beijing in 2014. It was therefore expected that TopWine China 2014 would again feature exhibitors from France, Spain, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Australia, Chile, Greece, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Romania, Hungary, Portugal, the United States and, of course, the Chinese mainland. The 2014 campaign once again focused on working closely with exhibitors to build attendance from their target markets.


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

Hen and Zigouri Pilaff Ingredients

Ingredients • 1 cup fresh fennel hearts • 1 cucumber, diced • 1 cup radishes, finely chopped • 2 cups yoghurt, strained • 1 tsp fresh mint, finely chopped • 1 lemon, juiced • Salt • White pepper, freshly ground

- 1 kg zigouri (two-year-old lamb) - 1 hen, weighting 1 ½ kg - 2 water glasses rice (not granular) - 6 water glasses broth - 2 tbsp. butter made of staka - 1/2 water glass lemon juice - salt

Preparation Chop the fennels and mix with the cucumber and radishes. Add the lemon juice, season with salt and pepper and transfer the salad into a deep bowl. Add the cucumber and mint and mix all with a spatula for 2-3 minutes. Top the salad with the yoghurt and serve it garnished with the mint leaves.


Ingredients • 1/2 kilo strained yoghurt • 1 or 2 tablespoons EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL • 2-3 tablespoons vinegar • 2 large cucumbers • 4-5 cloves of garlic • Salt • A little pepper • A little purslane and a little dill (optional) Preparation Wash the cucumbers and grate them. Then, squeeze out the excess water. Peel the garlic cloves and finely chop them. Combine all the ingredients and, finally, if you wish, add the finely chopped purslane and the dill.

Preparation Wash the meat well. Fill a saucepan with water, add a tbsp. salt and boil the meat at low heat for at least 1 ½ hour. When it is ready, take the meat out and strain its’ broth. Season the meat with salt and peper. Put the broth in a saucepan, boil it, add the rice and cook for about 20 minutes on medium heat, stirring continu-

ously in order for the food to stick until it absorbes almost all the broth. Sizzle the butter in a coffee-pot, pour it over the pilaff and leave it covered for 5 minutes. Serve the rice and meat separately. If you want, five minutes before the rice is done and before you add the butter, you can add 1/4 water glass lemon juice in the casserole.


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Greek high school teams enter European Space Agency competition in Norway Two teams, from Crete and Lesvos, were among nine entrants given the opportunity to have a first experience of a real space mission at Andøya Rocket Range in Northern Norway. The two teams, from Mytilene on Lesvos and Viannos on Crete, were selected to participate in a European Space Agency (ESA) rocket launch competition at Andøya 1-5 June. The team from Mytilene calls itself Aristarchus, after the ancient Greek astronomer and mathematician who maintained that the earth revolves around the sun. The team from Viannos simply calls itself Viannosat. However, it’s no NASA-style mission the two teams will be sending into space. Rather, the aspiring space engineers are to start with something a bit smaller – a soft drink can to be precise. “There’s lots of excitement among the team members,” says Manolis Protoulis, Aristarchus’ 16-year-old team leader. “We are thrilled that we have a chance to meet students from around Europe with whom we share similar interests. We just hope it isn’t too cold up there!” Last October, the ESA’s Education Office, in collaboration with the Norwegian Centre for Space-related Education (NAROM), invited high school students from ESA’s 14 member states to enter the 2014 European CanSat Competition. To be selected, each team of students had to demonstrate a simulation of a real satellite, integrated within the

volume and shape of a regular soft drink can – or a “CanSat.” Over 50 teams sent in results from their draft projects,

and nine teams were selected as entrants to the competition took place at Andøya this summer, among them Aristarchus and Viannosat. The teams had the opportunity to launch their satellite-

in-a-can from the missile launch base on Andøya. The challenge for the teams was to fit all the major subsystems found in a satellite, such as power and communications, into the soft drink can. Then, the teams had to release the can from a rocket or a captive balloon at about one kilometre up in the air, perform a certain mission, and land it safely back on the ground. With the help and expertise of NAROM and ESA, this gave the students the experience of a real space mission, in miniature, from start to finish, working through the stages of design, integration, testing, launching, data analysis and presentation of results. Also, it’s no secret that the Vesterålen midnight sun and the region’s jaw-dropping nature added to that experience. Aristarchus used its “CanSat” in competition to make observations of the sun. Viannosat was going to test deployment of a tethered satellite to measure the Earth’s magnetic field. The winners of the competition were chosen based on the team’s performances throughout the project, as well as the final flight operations and results. Panagiotis Raptakis, Viannosat’s proud team leader, says he and his teammates were ready to step up to the challenge: “We were quite determined to offer this competition the very best of ourselves. No matter what the odds were of us winning.”

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The other side of Brazil’s World Cup

The real winners and losers of the FIFA World Cup 2014 When the FIFA World Cup opened in Sao Paulo, the eyes of the world were glued to the action on the field - but recent developments off the pitch stole the spotlight. From the news of strikes and protests coming out of Brazil to the shadiness surrounding the awarding of the 2022 Cup to Qatar, it’s difficult to keep all of the scandals straight. The Other World Cup Story – The Brazil Protests and FIFA’s Future When Brazil and Croatia kickedoff, the eyes of the world will be on the host nation for the world’s most watched sporting event. The events outside the stadium, however, could be just as closely watched and the implications could be further reaching. As anyone who has spent any time on the Internet recently now knows, Brazil spent about $14 billion to host the World Cup. This spending at the cost of investment in human services has led to the widespread protests and strikes that have impacted Brazil for years. Now, with the “eyes of the world” on the country, they take on an even greater importance as the inconvenience moves beyond just Brazilians. We saw how the world and soccer fans reacted to these protests during the Confederations Cup, but that was a small tournament compared to the attention the World Cup receives, and over the next few weeks a narrative of the events both inside and outside the stadium will be written. How that narrative is written could determine the fate of the World Cup and Brazil itself. And this is not hyperbole. The truth is that Americans fail to truly understand events happening outside of the country until they affect us directly. We have no sense of wider world issues until it affects us Americans. The World Cup is exactly the right kind of event to introduce the public to a geopolitical issue. ESPN will undoubtedly spend time showing footage of the protests in-between match analysis because we saw them do exactly that in the Confederations Cup. Increase the

audience, focus coverage on the issue, and suddenly a large chunk of the populations begins to discuss what they saw on television the night before. The U.S. plays on a poor pitch that billions were spent to construct, or their bus is delayed because of protests and traffic in the streets. Suddenly we care about what is going on outside the stadiums, and we buy in. This is not an academic exercise. Already, the Belgium-U.S. closed door friendly was cancelled Wednesday due to massive traffic jams between the hotels and stadiums. A transit worker strike had shut down public transportation, leaving people to drive everywhere. In April, police staged a two-day strike and as a result crime spiked. When these incidents happen during the World Cup – and they will – a much larger audience will be paying attention and it will impact the team they care about. For the fans already into the World Cup, these are probably not new issues. But what about those people who know soccer only through conversations at work or because they saw the most recent John Oliver rant via Facebook? For them this will be new and will shape their perception of the game maybe even more so than what will occur on the pitch. Will these casual fans tune in to watch the World Cup after hearing these stories? Possibly, and this may gain the sport a few more fans. But I’d argue not likely, at least in the United States. Instead, this will feed into many people’s perceptions of professional soccer as un-American and corrupt, just like the IOC and other large non-U.S. based organizations. In the long run, these protests could hurt soccer in the United States by slowing or even temporarily stunting its growth in popularity. Why would someone who is ambivalent about soccer in the first place now want to support an organization that forces countries to deprive its citizens of basic human rights? For FIFA, this is a nightmare. The Qatar World Cup is eight years away, potentially plenty of time for those controversies to be managed. Russia’s problems are unknown. But Brazil’s are here now, and as the stories become main-

stream of exactly what FIFA demanded and what they are not paying for, the pressure will continue to build for change. Not from the federations themselves, because of their dependence on FIFA, but from the sponsors. Already Adidas, Coca-Cola, and Anheuser-Busch are putting heat on FIFA for the horrible stories coming out of Qatar and if pressure grows on FIFA and the Brazilian government to address the needs of these protesters, the sponsor will be just as quick to either distance themselves from the organization or quietly force change behind closed doors. We could see major changes to how the World Cup is funded and organized simply because the sponsors do not want to be viewed by millions of people worldwide as in-bed with Sepp Blatter or the police officers shooting tear gas. For Brazil the impact is obvious despite an ongoing charm offensive. This tournament was supposed to be their return to glory, a possible World Cup trophy won on their own soil. That could still be the narrative, but it could just as easily turn into one of choosing FIFA over its own citizens. The impact, especially if the protests are handled poorly, could reverberate into a social movement that could change the government during the next election. Interestingly, there is an argument that can be made that the economy during the stadium construction is improving, but such an argument would be overshadowed by images of a million protesters marching or a civil service strike as people travel to matches. (continue on p. 54)

p. 54 CHANIA POST The protests and strikes that occured in Brazil during the World Cup changed soccer and the host country. How much, how violently, and how long-term depend on the smart and humane responses of the Brazilian government and FIFA. Regardless, the world is a better place for the World Cup being in Brazil to highlight the tough debates on how much we should spend on sports versus other societal needs. Brazilians are really, really mad Over the course of the past few years, Brazilians have grown outraged at the government’s handling of the World Cup. Even in this soccer-obsessed country, people are deeply resentful of the government’s decision to spend as much as $14 billion on the Cup while millions of its citizens lack basic services - services the government promised to improve ahead of the Cup. On top of that, at least nine workers have been killed in accidents related to rushed World Cup construction projects; activists are alleging that more than 250,000 people faced eviction threats to accommodate Cup construction and preparations; and the presence of brand-new Cup buildings has raised rent in working-class neighborhoods, pricing longtime residents out. The streets of Brazil’s major cities have become chaotic battle zones. Tens of thousands, from the homeless to workers, have poured into the streets over the past few months to protest the government’s handling of the Cup and riot police have responded with rubber bullets and

tear gas. A series of strikes by public-sector workers demanding higher wages has paralyzed Brazil’s largest cities, bringing yet more protesters and police into the streets. Subway workers are the latest to strike, inspired by previously successful efforts by bus drivers and federal police, who threatened to strike. Bribery, corruption, and worker abuse have reached a boiling point in Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host The world was shocked when Qatar won the bid to host the 2022 World Cup in 2010. Of course, there’s the weather: the Persian Gulf state suffers temperatures well north of 100 degrees - sometimes over 120 - in the World Cup months of June and July. And there’s the fact that the tiny, oil-rich nation has little soccer history or presence on the sport’s international stage: It’s never sent a team to the Cup to compete. Turns out, there may have been more suspicious factors behind FIFA’s bizarre decision. The British press have alleged that Qatari billionaire Mohamed bin Hammam paid off FIFA officials in order to secure their votes to bring the Cup to his country. Emails obtained by the Sunday Times suggest that Qatar and 2018 World Cup host Russia cooperated to help each other win bids, and that bin Hammam used his connections in business and government to bribe officials from Thailand to Germany. If the allegations are true, FIFA Vice President Jim Boyce

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said he’d push to strip Qatar of the Cup and re-award it to another country. Another worry, especially for fans, is the cultural conservatism of Qatar. Gay fans have expressed concern about visiting the country, where homosexuality is illegal, and foreigners have been whipped and deported for violation. In 2010, FIFA President Sepp Blatter made headlines by suggesting that gays “should refrain from sexual activity” if they visit Qatar. He quickly apologized. What could push all this to critical mass is ongoing outrage over Qatar’s mistreatment of the construction workers tasked with building Cup infrastructure. The long hours of hard labor in unbearably hot conditions have proven lethal: It’s estimated that 1,200 workers have died in Qatar since the country was awarded the Cup. They are almost exclusively migrant workers from South and Southeast Asia and can only leave Qatar with the written permission of their employers - a system some watchers have compared to slavery. Five of the World Cup’s six top corporate sponsors (including Coca-Cola and Adidas) have voiced concern over corruption and worker abuse allegations, and publicly back formal investigations. Blatter, in a rare off-message moment, admitted that giving Qatar the bid was a “mistake.” Qatari officials have denied wrongdoing on corruption charges and promised to reform labor laws - but clearly, they have a lot more to worry about than air-conditioning their stadiums. BBC Panorama Exposes Poverty Of World Cup Host BBC’s Panorama news program debuted a new episode entitled “Brazil – In The Shadow Of Stadiums”, which examines the rampant prostitution and poverty that exists within view of the World Cup stadiums. It’s no wonder there’s a growing anger at Brazil for pouring billions of its money and resources into hosting the World Cup while the money could be better spent on the people, services and infrastructure of the country. According to the program description, “Next week, the ‘beautiful game’ is coming home. Brazil, the most successful nation in football history, is hosting the 2014 World Cup. But the build-up has been overshadowed by violent protests against the spiraling cost of staging the tournament. In a country where a quarter of the population live in extreme poverty, there’s widespread anger at what’s perceived as the increasing divide between the rich and poor. “The multi-million pound new stadiums sit alongside an epidemic of drug addiction and child prostitution. Tonight Panorama reveals the shame of a country where children as young as 12 sell their bodies for the price of a soft drink, where drug cartels control whole swathes of city centers and where the poor are feeling more dispossessed than ever before.” www.worldsoccertalk.com www.motherjones.com

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Useful information and phone numbers in Chania Prefecture Whenever you call a number in Greece, even if it is a local phone call, you have to use the (area code) + (0) + (phone number). For example, if you want to call a phone number in Chania you will have to dial: 2821+ 0 + phone number. If you call from abroad always use 0030 before the phone number. REGION OF CRETE....................................2813400300-5 PREFECTURE OF CHANIA....................2821340100-200 MUNICIPALITIES Chania............................................................................2821341600 Apokoronas..................................................................2825340300 Platanias........................................................................2821083570 Sfakia..............................................................................2825391540 Kissamos........................................................................2822340200 Kandanos-Selino........................................................2823349399 Gavdos...........................................................................2823041101 TRANSPORTATION Public bus....................................................................2821093306 City public bus...........................................................2821093024 ANEK Lines...............................................................2821027500-4 ANENDYK..................................................................2821095511-2 Airport...........................................................................2821083800 Aegean Airlines..........................................................2821063366 Olympic Air..................................................................8018010101 Ryan Air...............................................................00448712460002 Hermes taxi.................................................................2821098700

Kydon taxi....................................................................2821094300 GENERAL Police...............................................................................................100 Tourist Police...............................................................2821025931 Airport Police Station...............................................2821063033 Greek National Tourism Organization...............2821092943 Municipal Tourism Office....................................2821341665-6 Port Authority...............................................2821098388/98888 Fire Department.........................................................................199 First Aid..........................................................................................166 Rental Accomodation Union.................................2821043601 Chania Hotels Association.....................................2821060540 Customs Office...........................................................2821089277 Public Electricity Company.....................................................125 Municipal Water Company....................................2821036250 Telecommunications Organization......................................121 HOSPITALS/CLINICS Red Cross......................................................................2821052550 Aghios Georgios........................................................2821022000 Navy hospital..............................................................2821082000 “Iasis” Gavrilakis clinic..............................................2821070800 Kapakis Clinic..............................................................2821052688 Tsepetis Clinic.............................................................2821028828 Research and Training Institute of Alzheimer Senility Cases..............................................................2821076050 TV STATIONS Nea TV...........................................................................2821036700

Kydon TV......................................................................2821074978 Kriti TV...........................................................................2821083200 Kriti 1.............................................................................2821099119 Chania TV.....................................................................2821041440 NEWSPAPERS Haniotika Nea..............................................2821051003/70563 Dimokratis....................................................................2821099600 Agonas tis Kritis..........................................................2821099119 Kosmos tis polis.........................................................2821086786 Cretavoice....................................................................2821303095 Pyxida............................................................................2821074104 RADIO STATIONS Super FM......................................................................2821052010 Ant1 Dytikis Kritis......................................................2821055505 Chania Sport FM....................................................2821056800-5 Max FM.........................................................................2821055008 CONSULATES Germany.......................................................................2821068876 Denmark.......................................................................2821057330 Italy.................................................................................2821027315 Norway..........................................................................2821057330 Sweden.........................................................................2821057330 France............................................................................6944444757 CHAMBERS Chamber of commerce...........................................2821052329 EOMMEX.......................................................................2821042568 Economic......................................................................2821093001 Technical.......................................................................2821027900

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