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Crete is TUI’s top holiday destination for European travellers this year Greece is TUI Group’s ular destinations for Ger- Greece and also in Italy,

second holiday country of choice for Europeans, after Spain, according to the holiday bookings made through the travel giant this year. Turkey this year has returned in TUI’s top 5 and is third most preferred destination of Europeans, after having seen a decreasing demand from many Western and Northern European markets. TUI’s top five includes Italy and Cyprus. According to an announcement, TUI vacationers from Europe this year rank Crete first in the destination list. The other top destinations are Majorca, Antalya, Rhodes and Larnaca in Cyprus. Three of the five most pop-

mans are found in Greece: Crete, Rhodes and Kos. Other most popular holiday regions of TUI holidaymakers from Germany include Majorca and Antalya. Greece is also very popular among Northern Europeans. For Norwegians, Swedes, Danes and Finns, Greece is even the number one holiday destination, as it also is for the Poles and French. The same is the case for Austrian holidaymakers. Austrians have a particular preference for Crete and Rhodes, with both destinations ranking first and second in the Austrian top five. According to TUI’s bookings, the French also want to spend their holidays in

with their absolute favorite destination being the Sicilian capital of Palermo. On the other hand, the British, Belgians and Dutch prefer Spain. With Majorca, Tenerife and Ibiza, three Spanish islands form the triumvirate of British and Irish dream destinations. Like the Dutch, British and Irish travelers are also traveling to more distant destinations in the summer. They are the only ones to rank long-distance destinations among the top five destinations: for example, Dutch people like to spend their holidays on the Caribbean island of Curacao in 2018, while the British and Irish are heading for the Mexican holiday paradise of Cancun.

are linked with Thessaloniki and Crete via a bi-weekly ferry service launched in late June,, announced Alternate Shipping Minister Nektarios Santorinios during the 15th Regional Conference held on Syrosrecently. The route, runs twice a week for three months and connects Thessaloniki, Skiathos, Syros and other Cyclades isles with

dized by government funds for remote island regions. “This ferry connection can create new markets for the Cycladic islands,” said Santorinios, adding that “every Friday and Sunday, a high-speed ferry was launched from Piraeus, which will twice a week link Heraklion with the Cyclades, go to Syros, and from there to Santorini. In this way, the problem of Syros’

is largely covered”. The minister also referred to the infrastructure works currently underway on certain islands as well as to a pilot program that aims to make the transport of goods and people cheaper for remote island regions. In this direction, Santorinios said the government was “meeting the needs of the islanders with 60 million euros in

funding for the first and second half of 2018, and with at least 150 million euros for each year after that”. Santorinios also mentioned the thorny subject of the Athinios port on Santorini, which is budgeted at 8.400.000 euros and was supposed to have been completed in 2012. The minister said action should be taken against those responsible for the delay.

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The Yesterdays of Crete (part 10)

Regime of the Colonels (The Junta) continued...

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The Regency The flight of the Greek King Constantine to Rome in December 1967, and taking with him Kollias his endorsed Prime Minister, left Greece with no legal government or head of state. This was not of particular concern to the military junta who instead erected a Revolutionary Council that was composed of the Colonels, Pattakos, Papadopoulos, and Makarezos, together with another member to the military administration, a Major General on s click ost.gr w e n e Georgios Zoitakis who r ep for mo ttp://cret h was appointed as Regent in the absence of a royal figurehead. Zoitakis then in turn appointed Papadopoulos as the new prime minister. This became the only government of Greece following the failure of the King’s attempted counter-coup. The Regent’s position was later confirmed under the 1968 Constitution, although the exiled King never officially recognised, or even acknowledged, the Regency as being legitimate in his name. But then in a legally controversial move, the Cabinet voted on the 21st of March 1972 to oust Zoitakis and replace him with Papadopoulos, thus combining the offices of Regent and Prime Minister. The reasons were due to Zoitakis proving to be troublesome to the government’s objectives and that he interfered too much with the military. Despite the Kings absence, and his failing to rule, his portrait however still remained on Greek coins, and in public buildings as the monarch, but slowly this institution of the monarchy was being chipped away. By way of example… -The royal family’s tax immunity was abolished. -Any royal charities were brought under direct state control.

- The royal arms were removed from coins, -The Navy and Air Force dropped their “Royal” names. -Newspapers were prohibited from publishing the King’s photo or undertaking any interviews with him. Yet during this period resistance against ‘The Colonels’ Rule’ was becoming better organized amongst exiles in Europe and the United States. In addition to the expected opposition from the communist left, the colonels found themselves becoming under attack by constituencies that had traditionally supported their rightwing regimes. By around 1971, there was becoming a complete mix of people who once again supported the king, pro-monarchists and businessmen who were concerned about Greece’s isolation in the economic world, and a middle class of citizens that were facing a downturn in personal finances. To add to this friction there also began to be a considerable amount of political infighting within the junta itself. But despite all of this, the junta appeared in firm control of Greece until well into 1973 and didn’t appear to be even likely to be ousted by any violent means. The colonels had contrived a new source of strength by referring to their coup as ‘A revolution to save the nation!’ which was a stance that appealed to the masses. The colonel’s official justification of this stance was that a ‘communist conspiracy’ had infiltrated Greece’s bureaucracy, its education systems, the media, and the military. They projected that this conspiracy had woven itself so deeply in, that drastic action had become necessary in order to protect the country from a communist takeover. In doing so the junta were in effect re-defining themselves as staunchly anti-communist which was a position that found

much favour with the Greek citizens of the day. Civil rights became an issue... The junta although trying to appeal to the fear of the masses, was still a hard and very militarily based regime with very rigid attitudes to controlling their subject’s minds. For example, the Greek radio would be allowed only to play mainly a martial style of music which was recycled almost continuously. Orders to the populace were also issued over the airwaves by simply interrupting a broadcast, these always started with the words “We decide and we order...” Also long-standing political freedoms and civil liberties that had been taken for granted and enjoyed by the Greek people for decades could be instantly suppressed. ‘Article 14 of the Greek Constitution’, which protected the freedom of thought and freedom of the press was suspended without warning. To follow, military courts were created, and all opposing political parties were forcibly dissolved. In fact many well thought out acts of legislation from the past were erased with just a sweep of the pen. The rapid dismantling of Greek democracy had begun. But the crackdown imposed by the junta was becoming so Draconian that countries like Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands went before the European Commission of Human Rights to accuse Greece of violating most of the recognised rights of a human being living in Europe. In addition, suspected communists and political opponents were also being imprisoned without charge or exiled to remote Greek islands. Torture had become a deliberate practice carried out both by the Security Police and the Greek Military Police. It was

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estimated that approximately 3,500 people were detained in torture camps by the Greek military police (ESA) at around that time. Meanwhile the citizens’ right of assembly had been revoked and no political demonstrations were allowed. Surveillance on citizens was becoming common place and the people became aware that when even partaking in common social practices they must never step beyond certain boundaries, both physical, or conversational for fear of arrest. Plus photography by ordinary citizens was banned in public places. But external relations complicated matters... Despite the Junta’s excesses, they were not going to be an easy power to remove as the military government was being supported by the United States as a Cold War ally due to Greece’s geographical proximity to Russia and the Soviet states. In addition President Truman and the US had given Greece millions of dollars in economic aid to discourage communism. It was this support, physical and financial for the junta that it is claimed gave rise to an anti-American attitude in the Greek people. But meanwhile Greece’s other allies in Western Europe became split in their attitudes toward the Junta. The Scandinavian countries went to the European courts, whilst the United Kingdom and the Federal Republic of Germany acknowledged the human rights abuses, but still supported the country’s status quo as it was a member of the Council of Europe and NATO, and had particular strategic importance to the western cause. (to follow – Part 11 – The Junta and Crete ) The Yesterdays of Crete is available in paperback from Amazon or ebook on Kindle.

Unsung heroines: Women during the occupation and in the resistance Historians have not devot-

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ed any books to their names and there will never be any biographies of them, as is the case for generals, prime ministers and presidents. Simple women, underage girls as they were at the time of the Nazi occupation, who did their duty as urged by their conscience. Actions which sound simple today but at the time could result in the firing squad; actions which boosted the hope of liberation. Ordinary women, women involved in the ck on li c resistance, speak to us r s .g re new epost for mo ttp://cret today about what they h experienced in those difficult times. The “angels” of salvation for the prisoners For the British prisoners, they were the “guardian angels”. The young girls who brought them food when they were starving in the Agii Apostoli concentration camp and who revived in these men the hope of freedom. Anna and Vera Tapeinakis, 12 and 11 years old in 1941, lived through the barbarity of war at its worst. They were living in Galatas with their family when, during the bombardment of the village, their younger sister Despina was seriously wounded in the face. She was taken to the hospital in Chania and every morning the two young children walked with their father from Galatas to visit her. Their route took them past the concentration camp for Allied soldiers set up by the Nazis at Agii Apostoli to house the British, Australian and New Zealand troops who, after the Battle of Crete, had not managed to escape to North Africa. “We saw their desperate faces because they were given hardly any food. They gestured for help. It was our father, Manolis Tapeinakis, who urged us to help because as children we didn’t arouse suspicion. Our father collected rusks, milk, bread, olives, as well as soap and toothpaste, from the abandoned British camps. We wrapped them in cloth and then tied the bundles to beanpoles so we could pass them over the barbed wire into the camp”, recount the women. This happened for months, offering many prisoners a respite. One day as they again attempted to use the pole to

pass food to the prisoners, a German guard spotted them. Vera had time to hide but not Anna! “He began to hit me with the butt of his rifle and to spin me around. On seeing the German hitting me, the prisoners reacted, showing their outrage and shouting ‘oh, oh, oh’. The German then let go of me, grabbed a large stone and threw it towards them. I had time to get away” comments Anna Tapeinaki-Loupasaki, while Vera Tapeinaki-Michalaki recounts “We weren’t intimidated; taking precautions, we continued to carry food. It was dangerous but worth the risk.” A meeting six decades later “What happened to the two girls who brought us food?” wondered Alf Smithard, a British veteran of the Battle of Crete who for two decades travelled every May to Chania for the anniversary of the battle. For years he searched for the two girls, finally managing to locate and meet them in May 2004. The meeting took place in Platanos Kissamou in Anna Tapeinaki-Loupasaki’s house and an article about it appeared in the “Haniotika Nea” – a first meeting after 63 years! “You are my family” Alf Smithard told the two sisters. “What they did was unbelievable! Thank God I managed to find them again. After my mother and my wife, it is the women of Crete I adore. The day that the German hit Anna we were all upset.” the “Haniotika Nea” heard from Alf, who has met them since every year. That wasn’t all that the girls

did. When prisoners escaped, usually by digging under the barbed wire of the Agii Apostoli camp, they would often end up at their house. There the escapees were washed because they were dirty, emaciated and hungry. They were given food and civilian clothing and then the girls’ father guided them into the mountains by way of Varipetrou. “Our parents were so patriotic at that time in the war, sending us to go for food, so too were their children”, comments Vera. International interest This meeting after 63 years and the report in the “Haniotika Nea.” with the accompanying photographs attracted the attention of news organisations around the world. The newspaper “ΤΑ ΝΕΑ” republished the “Haniotika Nea” article, after which the morning “Kalimera Ellada” programme hosted on Ant. 1 by G. Papadakis interviewed the two women live and there were subsequently stories and photographs in the Guardian in Britain and in dozens of British newspapers. In all such interviews with him, Alf Smithard spoke glowingly of Crete, its people and in particular the two girls. “The scraps of bread that these two girls gave me kept me alive” said the veteran in the Guardian interview, expressing eternal gratitude for their courage. The shepherdess messenger While she didn’t plant bombs or participate in battles, she was a valuable “messenger”. An underage shepherdess

who carried written messages between members of the resistance and their allies in the Apokoronas region during the difficult years of the Nazi occupation. Mrs Kostoula Palioudakis Skorthilis, was not awarded many medals or mentioned in dispatches, she never received the pension of a resistance member, nor in fact did she apply for one. All she received was some words of praise. She is herself illiterate, since “I never went to school and even now I sign with a cross” but her sparkling gaze and amazing vigour belie the fact that she is approaching 90! She grew up in a family of four boys and three girls, while her mother lost another seven children at birth. “What was my first impression of the Germans? They encircled the village one night because they had received information that the men had fought in the Battle of Crete. They marched us all off to Agios Panteleimenas – the women and children at the front and behind them the men. The men were not allowed to look around or to talk, they would be immediately struck with the Germans’ rifle butts. My dear departed mother was hugging me and they asked her what was wrong with me. “She is sick!” answered my mother. “She has to be beside you, don’t hug her” they said and then they insulted her and slapped her. My mother didn’t say a word, just took it and didn’t react. “The child is ill and I have to give her medicine” she told them. “You’re not going to

hit me on the head with a rifle butt and I fell face down. They hit me whether I cried or not. They started kicking me and a big German lout pointed his pistol at my head, saying ‘Aren’t you going to tell us now?’ Just then a villager arrived who was in league with the Germans and she said something to him in German. The scoundrel lowered the pistol and kicked me as hard as he could in the hand! It broke in three places and blood was gushing out everywhere. When the traitor went to touch me, I told her ‘Don’t you dare, because if I survive I will have your guts”. ‘It wasn’t your doing, I was the one who saved you.’ I responded ‘It would have been an honourable outcome, not through treachery.’ They took me home as if it were to hospital. Before she saw me, my mother started screaming, afraid the Germans had killed me. Then, together with my aunt, she tried to fix my hand. They made dressings, breaking eggs, grating green soap and adding raki. They beat these up to make an ointment which they spread on my hand. It was a bit like plaster and to help the hand knit they attached splints to keep it from moving. They left the dressing for two days and then replaced it. Fortunately, my hand did heal.”

“I didn’t tell them” She told us that as the occupation continued she went with the family’s animals each day to guard them as they grazed. “One day as I was doing so, I was approached by a man, an Englishman, looking for somewhere to hide, having escaped from the Germans. He spoke Greek and asked for help. ‘Child’ he said to me “where can I hide that I’ll be safe?” I pointed out a plane tree with a cavity inside it hidden by a sagebrush and told him to pull aside the sagebrush without uprooting it, go into the cavity and climb up into the tree, which is what he did. Soon afterwards the Germans arrived, with their guns. They began by asking me if I’d seen anybody, where he went and where he had hidden. ‘Nix’ I told them, meaning ‘nothing’ and gesturing that I didn’t know anything. That’s when they began to slap me. Real slaps not pulling their punches! ‘Nix’ I said and then “ENRAGED” didn’t say another word! They Her mistreatment did not dis-

courage her; in fact, it made her determined to beat the Nazis. “I was enraged by the beating I was given. As I say, it enraged me. I was driven by what they did to me to not give them a moment’s peace! That’s what I decided”, she stated. And the opportunity soon came. “A few days later I was again guarding the flock and I felt two hands blocking my vision. I stepped back and recognised the Englishman. ‘I saw you from the hollow of the tree! How you resisted!’ he told me and gave me a piece of paper to give to his compatriots after Crete was liberated so that I would be rewarded. Some days later I was in ‘Vlichada’ in Georgioupoli. We used to go there to collect celery to make small herb pies. A villager approached me, started a conversation and gave me a piece of paper to take to another villager. Later, yet another villager, Manousas Makrithakis, said to me ‘Go to Vlichada in Georgioupoli, hand over this note and take another one in return. As soon as you see our man, say ‘Daphne’ to him. He won’t speak to you! Say ‘orange’ and he will reply ‘mandarin’. Follow up by saying ‘sage’ and if he answers the same give him the note, take one from him and then leave immediately.’ That was when I realised that I was involved in ‘propaganda’, in the resistance. I did that many

times during the occupation.” Indeed, Mrs Paliouthaki was once forced to swallow the message. “An Englishman said to me at one stage ‘Do you know what to do with the piece of paper if the Germans approach you?’ I replied ‘I will tear it up.’ ‘No, because they will glue together the pieces, skin you alive and burn the village! Eat it!’ Not much later, as I was taking a note from the mountains to Georgioupoli, I was approached by a German. I immediately popped the piece of paper into my mouth and swallowed it.” As we were talking to Kostoula, she explained in detail the operation of Italian machine guns which she often dismantled and assembled when in 1943, after Italy’s surrender, she guided Italian soldiers into the mountains – this as well as other weapons of various kinds and every type of hand grenades. As we concluded our interview we asked her what it was that stopped her from giving in and betraying the English soldier. Kostoula explains it thus: “It was God’s will. If there is no evil in you, you will not become a traitor.” • •

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give her medicine, we’ll do it”, they replied with indifference. We were there for I don’t know how many hours. Then a higher-ranking German arrived and ordered the departure of the children and women. The men were taken to the kafenion and went through a terrible time! They were hung upside down and hit and beaten”, remembers Kostoula.

Hotels & Restaurants has recently announced the opening of a new luxurious 5 star hotel located in Heraklion. This event represents a unique concept in hospitality that offers, both locals and visitors, the opportunity to experience authentic Greek cuisine and a completely different type of accommodation. The bustling city of Heraklion leads the development of accommodation, with the creation of Legacy Gastro Suites ( w w w. l e g a c yg a s t ro s u i te s. com), a place that reveals the premium flavors of Greece. Moreover, the artworks of the local personalities of the Cretan past create a historical background in every room of the hotel. The gastronomic philosophy is explored at every moment of the stay, from check-in to check-out, and from the reception up to the rooms.

Suites are equipped with a sophisticated food station with exceptional Greek products of premium quality. Guests can taste traditional cheeses and cold cuts, bread baked in the traditional wooden oven, local pies, typical alcoholic beverages and some of the best wine labels in Greece. The gastro experience in-

pies are just one side to a concept that also includes the absence of frozen or processed raw materials, just as it was in our yiayia’s kitchen. The hotel opens its doors in an entirely refurbished building from the 1950s, maintaining all these elements typically found in the urban postwar period. The art and heritage of the Cretan artists Nikos Kazantzakis, Vincenzo Kornaros and Domeniko Theotokopoulos (El Greco), give life to the twelve cludes the Greek breakfast in boutique suites with the kind room, offered a là carte and of elegance and comfort that served in the dining room of relates to their unique work of each suite, or at the privacy of art: bookshelves, desks, paintings and poetry are part of the balcony. The restaurant of the ho- each room’s interior design. tel, My C. is a modern space The new Legacy Gastro where the culinary experience Suites is located at Eleftherias continues, mainly offered by Square, right in the centre of those simple Greek recipes of Heraklion, Crete. the past. by Gabi Ancarola Hand-made refreshments,

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Inspired by the light of the Cretan Legacy, a new gastro hotel opens in Ηeraklion herbal teas, and freshly baked The local group Karatarakis

Perverse Pooch (parts 1 & 2) Humans are very stupid

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creatures; I guess it’s in their genes. Just because I have four legs and frequently wag my long hairy tail, it doesn’t mean that I’m unintelligent. Knowing what they want was always easy. All dogs have the ability to read their owner’s minds for they wear their emotions like the clothes on their backs. Bright colours are a signal for a happy day but I’m not going to try to explain black tops and grey trousers. And any deep frown or sharp voice makes me want to on k c growl but my mother li c s re new r for mo retepost.g raised me better than /c http:/ that. If Melody would only think clearly for once, she’d soon realise that I could read her mind. It’s just as simple as understanding the desire of the Bichon Frise bitch, aptly named, Beauty, who lives next door. And at the moment, Beauty is nicely in season. If the neighbours haven’t repaired the hole in the fence by the time I’m allowed back into the garden, Beauty will soon be delivering them a litter of unexpected presents in time for, I think they call it, Christmas. Patience has always been necessary for canines. We try so hard to look after, play games and bark at the right time simply to please our owners, yet do they realise how much we protect them? Think about it. Someone comes to the door and I bark loudly. Why? It’s not because I want to as constant barking gives me a sore throat. I’d rather an intruder was overcome with stupidity and try to bribe me with a tasty treat. Now that would be fun. My fangs would sink deeply into the nearest part of their body and I’m not known for letting go. Simply pondering about it makes me drool. It hasn’t happened yet but I live in hope. It was time to scratch but turning over on the expensive sofa was more difficult that you could imagine. It was so soft and comfortable. Closing my eyes was sending me to sleep but someone, far, far, away, was calling me. Why did she have to name me, Magic? That’s bad enough but my full name on some pedigree paper was shown as, ‘It’s A Kind Of Magic.’ Apparently, she liked a group of humans that made loads of noise and I reminded

her of the singer. With her fingers stroking my face I’m wasn’t for moving but dangling a huge doggy biscuit under my nose was unfair. My eyes opened and I followed the hand holding the biscuit to the front door. She didn’t want to go out as the rain was pouring down, but apparently, I needed the exercise and a poo. Was I begging to be released from my comfortable doggie bed on the sofa? And has she checked her pristine lawn recently? Only a fool would continue walking in a thunderstorm, but what could I do? She who must be obeyed thought she had me on a tight lead, but along came a cat. Without thinking, I’d pulled hard on the lead. She fell into a large puddle and the spray from a passing lorry soaked her. Unleashed, my instincts took over yet I remembered my hesitation. Should I chase the cat or rush back and mate with Beauty? What do you think? ---------------------------You may recall my last escapade, the walk in the rain, the cat appearing, and my mistress, Melody, lying in a deep puddle of water shouting for me, Magic, to come back to her. The choice of chasing the speedy moggy was a nonstarter for why waste energy when the short trip back to mate with Beauty was on the cards. It didn’t take long to follow the trail as I could scent her long

before I heard her running towards me. Just like Melody talking to her man friend, Beauty was flirting outrageously. Has she no shame for such blatant behaviour? It was time to mate, but we had a problem as Beauty was so much smaller than me. Yet, love would always find a way. Feeling pleased with myself I sauntered back through the fence without a care in the world and entered the conservatory. With the sound of rushing water coming from upstairs I guessed that Melody was taking a shower. My tail was wagging as I tucked into some fresh chicken and a few doggie biscuits. Remembering my recent conquest, and now full of food, I quickly closed my eyes and fell into dreamland. Melody awakened me with a prodded toe for she was none too happy about me leaving her in the road. After she raised her voice several times she lowered her head, dropped her shoulders and lay down heavily on the sofa. She’d got the sulks, big time. I leapt up, and ran my tongue all over her face whilst furiously wagging my tail. It didn’t take long for the big hug, the kissing on my head and the patting on my back to start. Humans are always easy to please, so naturally, I was now back in favour. Job done then, yet I began to wonder what was cooking for a wonderful aroma was wafting from the kitchen. It hadn’t been long since my last meal but I never could say no to any food going

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begging. I remember Melody taking me to see some nasty bastard reeking of Ketamine as she thought my urge to eat anything and everything was unnatural. Silly girl, she should have saved her money. Being poked, prodded and have nasty things shoved in your mouth was bad enough but holding up my tail and pushing something up my bum was the last straw. I turned around and bit him on the hand. It was only a small bite but now I’m banned from seeing that vet. But what did I care. Melody was furious but I stepped out from the clinic with my head held high and my stride long. I barked triumphantly to the other dogs in the waiting room as nobody gets the better of Magic. What great memories. I sniffed. Hmm! That cooking smell hadn’t disappeared, so what’s for dinner? Melody’s got the sulks again and went to bed early. With her door shut tight and me doomed to spend the night in the conservatory, I’m really in the doghouse now. Thinking back, it was so unfair. Her meal had been on the table when the phone rang. She’d disappeared into the lounge and twenty minutes later she was still talking. I often get her leftovers so I genuinely believed that she’d finished. Melody forgot that you never need a one minute clean up when you’ve got a five second dog like me. It’s a kind of magic. rickhaynesauthor.com


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informs all foreigners residing abroad, who want to get married in Chania... If foreigners, residing abroad wish to comit a marriage in Greece, they should have: 1. Marriage license (prototype) from their country’s competent authority translated and certified, in which should be indicated the period of validity, by release date. (The marriage license gives us data about the person that is interested in marriage and with whom is going to get married in Greece on s click re new st.gr o m (Municipality of Char fo po /crete http:/ nia). In case the foreigner does not mention in the document the person with whom is going to get married, this document will not be a valid marriage licence and can’t be accepted from the department. 2. Recent Birth certificate (prototype) translated and certified. 3. Recent family status certificate (for countries that issue it certified and translated) 4. Recent passport prhotocopy certified by lawyer (with visa

e.t.c.) Furthermore for the commission of the civil marriage, you should inform us with the following data: 1. Residence adress before marriage: 2. Residence adress after marriage: 3. Religion 4. Profession 5. Citizenship 6. Education 7. Contact phone 8. Children surname identification statement (article 1505 C.C.) 9. Marriage application form (given by the municipality) 10. Solemn statement of L. 1599/86 (given by the munici-

pality) The above documents must be submitted on time in order to be checked, fulfilled and signatured and so to arrange with you the date and time of committing the civil marriage. Validation and Translation of Foreign Documents The foreigns (prototypes) documents, stamped with Hague APOSTILLE stamp for members States in the treaty of Hague. For the rest of the States, instead of this stamp, those who are interested in the marriage must get a solemn statement with the authenticity of the signature

from the greek consulate from the country the certificate was issued or from the consulate of that country in Greece and then from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (public relations dpt.). Official translation of foreigns (prototypes) documents in greek and latin with intonation in names and surnames, countersigned either from the greek consulate in the country the certificate was issued, or from the translation service in the Ministry of Foreign affairs, or also from a graduated translator of Foreign Languages Translation and Interpretation department of the Ionian University, or finally from a greek lawyer (of the Lawyers Assosiation), provided that the requirements of the article 53 of 3026/1954( 235 Α’ ) of the Lawyers’ Code, are fulfilled. Validations of foreign certifications, documents e.t.c. must be in prototypes and not in photocopies. P.S. We would like to inform you about the date of marriages, that civil marriages in our municipality, are being held ONLY every Thursday. For your best service, please send us a contact phone number.

“MEET... CHANIA” in 10 pages

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A few things you have to know about Crete

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

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Välkommen til l vackra Chani a, ett himmel och äkta land skt fullt med natu rlig skönhet, toria, minnen hisoch kultur. Det är en plat s där besökare n kom turen i all dess majestätiska sk mer att få uppleva naönhet och möt enastående va ckra platser. as av Ändlösa sträck or av fasciner ande kust bild gränser i norr ar dess , söder och vä ster. In i mellan m öts man av ex otiska stränder i vissa fall gö och öar, mda bakom st ora imponera Likaså finns nde berg. här fantastiska raviner som genom bergen skär sig ut mot haven, liksom heliga spännande stal grottor med agmiter och al agmiter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Museum of National Resistance, Therisso Open all year round

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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Kydonias & Parth. Kelaidi, Chania 73100 |Information : 2821 093052 |Storehouse : 28210 97497 Kefalogiannidon Street, Rethymnon |Information: 2831 022212| Storehouse : 2831 022659

Cretan flora and fauna | Flore et la faune crétois | Kretische Flora und Fauna | Kритские флора и фауна | Kretiske flora og fauna Kretensiske flora og fauna | Kretensiska flora och fauna | Kreetalainen kasvisto ja eläimistö | 克里特岛动植物 The climate and t he conf igurat ion of t he l and ma ke t he count y of C hani a a p aradis e for t hous ands of pl ants and anima ls. L i lys of t he s e a (p ancrat ium mar it imum), l avd ano (l avd anum), c ycl amen (c ycl amen cret ic um), Cret an tu lips (tu lip a cret ic a), maple (acer cret ic us). The endemic and unique ditt any (or iganum dic t amum), ma lot ira (f ider it is cret ic a) and matzourana (or iganum maiorana), are me dicina l b oi ling pl ants w hich are abund ant. On t he pl ain of Oma los you c an f ind st amnagat hi (ci hor ium spinosum). Dr ie d or f resh ly c ut, t hes e sp e ci a l me dicina l herbs

c an b e found in t he Public Market or lo c a l shops. O ver 1742 unique Cret an pl ants c an a ls o b e found, 10% of w hich exist on ly in t he count y of C hani a. The proud Cret an b e ast (c apra aegag r us cret ic a) lives f re ely on ly in t he Samar i a G orge. There and els e w here, you c an s e e Cret an e ag les (aqui l a chr ys aetos) and p ar t r idges (a le c tor is chukar). Fer rets, skun ks, we as els, hares, haw ks etc. c an a ls o b e s e en in op en pl aces. There is a ls o an ende avour to prote c t an are a on t he nor t h shores of t he count y esp e ci a l ly for t he tur t les (c arett a-c arett a) t hat live t here.

Conference tourism | Le tourisme de conférence | Konferenztourismus | Конференц-туризм Conference turisme | Konferensturism | Conference matkailu | 会议旅游 St. Sofia Foundation - Agii Pantes Tel.: (+30) 2821057043 Orthodox Academy of Crete in Kolympari Tel.: (+30) 2824022060 Fax: (+30) 2824022245 Email: oac@otenet.gr Http: www.oac.gr Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania Tel: (+30) 28210 35081, 35080 E-mail: baouraki@maich.gr και confer@maich.gr http://confer.maich.gr Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/

Cultural Centre Of Chania 70, A. Papandreou Street, Hania Tel.: (+30) 28213 44400-4 Cultural Center of the Metropolis - Hania Tel.: (+30) 2821027808 Fax: (+30) 2821027823 Email: imka@grecian.net Http: www.imka.gr Centre of Architecture of Mediterranean (Megalo Arsenali) Tel.: (+30) 2821040201 Fax: (+30) 2821027184 Http: www.kam-arsenali.gr

Information | Informationen | информация | Tiedotus Informasjon | 信息 Emergencies 112, 100, (+30)2821028746/25791 Police (+30)2821025700 Tourist Police (+30)2821028750/25931 Ambulance Service 166 Hospital of Chania (+30)2821022000-9 Naval Hospital of Souda (+30)2821082538/82414 Gavrilakis Clinic (+30)2821070800 Kapakis Clinic (+30)2821052688 Tsepetis Clinic (+30)2821027633 Health Centre of Vamos (+30)2825022580 Health Centre of Kandanos (+30)2823022550 Health Centre of Kissamos (+30)2822022222 Fire Brigade 199 Airport (+30)2821063171/63264 Tourist Information Centre (+30)2821092943/92624

Tourist Information Centre of the Municipality of Chania, (+30)2821036155/36204-6 Weather Forecast 1448 Οrthodox Cathedral (+30)2821043802 Catholic Church (+30)2821093443 Evangelist Church (+30)2821022365 Synagogue (+30)2821086286 Mountain Rescue Club (+30)2821044647/44359 Foreign Embassies: Great Britain (+30)2810 224012 Denmark (+30)2810 243714 Finland (+30)2810 284270 Norway (+30)2810 225991 Sweden (+30)2821060605

Transportation | Transport | Tранспортировка | Kuljetus | 运输 - Airlines: a. OLYMPIC AIRWAYS, 88 Tzanakaki str., tel. 80111 44444, airport: 28210 63818/63633/66088 (www.olympicair.com). b. AEGEAN AIRLINES, 12 El. Venizelou str., tel. 80111 20000, 28210 51100, airport: 28210 63366 (www.aegeanair.com). - Sea Lines: a. ANEK LINES, Sof Venizelou sqr., tel. 28210 27500 (www.anek.gr). Souda to/from Pireas daily. Ticket office (Souda port) tel. 28210 80050/1.

b. ANENDΥΚ (20.30 Promitheos str. VIO.PA Souda), tel. 28210 95511/95530 (www.anendyk.gr), e-mail: anendyk@anendyk.gr, info@anendyk.gr . Sea links between the south ports of the county. - Port Authorities: a. Chania, tel. 28210 98888, e-mail: chania@chg.gr b. Souda, tel. 28210 89240, e-mail: souda@chg.gr c. Kissamos, tel. 28220 22024, d. Paleochora, tel. 28230 41214, e. Chora Sfakion, tel. 28250 91292. e-mail: xsfakion@chg.gr

- Local buses (blue): Departures from Municipal Market sqr. and 1866 sqr. to all districts of the town and surrounding areas, Akrotiri, Souda (port), beaches, etc. Tel. 28210 93345/98115.

- Car and motorbike rentals: There are many international and domestic companies. Information at the Tourist Information Centre of the Greek National Tourism Organisation, 40 Kriari str., tel. 28210 92943/92624.

- Long distance buses (green): Main Bus Station (KTEL), Kydonias str. To Rethimno-Iraklio, Vrisses-Chora Sfakion, Kasteli, Εlafonissi, Kandanos-Paleochora, Sougia, Omalos-Samaria etc. Also to Thessaloniki (via the port of Pireas). Tel. 28210 93306/93052.

- Taxi: Tel. 18300, 28210 94300 (service for disabled people too). - Aeroclub of Chania: Magical flights around the county and the Aegean islands by qualified pilots (or using your own license) in Cessna 4-seat aircraft. Tel. 28210 27272 (www.aer.gr).

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

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

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

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

The cemetery is 3km south up the winding paved road. The 4,465 men buried here fell in the Battle of Crete in May of 1941. The Germans landed at the small airport of Maleme when they attacked Crete. Samaria Gorge If you come to Chania and you don’t pass through the Samara Gorge then your visit is just... incomplete. The Samariá Gorge is a National Park of Greece, a major tourist attraction of the island and a World’s Biosphere Reserve. A must for visitors to Crete is to complete the walk down the gorge from the Omalos plateau to Agia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea. The village of Samariá lies just inside the gorge. It was finally abandoned by the last remaining inhabitants in 1962 to make way for the park. MUNICIPALITY OF SFAKIA Frangokastello The castle of Frangokastello stands since centuries. It reminds of the Venetians, Turks and Greeks, battles and blood, slaughters and sacrifices. The legends are still alive, taking us in their own world and left the “Drosoulites”, visiting us again some magic mornings. Sfakia The south-eastern region of the Prefecture of Chania is called Municipality of Sfakia and includes the villages Hora Sfakion, Anopoli, Agios Ioannis, Agia Roumeli, Asfendou, Loutro, Patsianos, Skaloti, Impros, Askifou and Fragkokastello. The distamce to Chania is about 70 kilometres. Entire Sfakia is characterized by the natural beauty of wild mountainous landscape which is combined unique with the sea. Loutro The village was named by the baths that were found there. The water was coming from Anopoli. Between the old buildings that you can see there, there is also the goverment building that was used during the revolution at 1821. From Loutro you can visit the ruins of ancient Aradenas with the Byzantine church of archangel Michail and Anopolis. Perfect place for a weekend escape. Aghia Roumeli It is a coastal settlement in south-western Crete and it allocates a wide beach while the access is feasible only with boats from Hora Sfakion, via Loutro and from Palaiochora or Sougia, while the village does not allocate road access. Constitutes popular tourist destination because it is located at the southern entry of the Gorge of Samaria, the biggest gorge in Greece and one of the biggest in Europe with a length of 18 kilometres.

MUNICIPALITY OF APOKORONAS Kalyves Picturesque village located about 20 kilometres east of Chania, in one of the greenest areas of Greece. The village It is surrounded by wonderful sandy beaches with crystalline waters like Kalyves and Kiani Akti. Good place for shopping with lots of traditional tavernas. Just 3 km away is Almyrida, with traditional travernas to enjoy lunch after your swimming. Georgioupolis A resort village 43 km east of Chania, about 22 km west of Rethymno. Formerly a small fishing village, Georgioupolis is very much a tourist town now, with many cafés, tavernas and small hotels and apartment blocks. MUNICIPALITY OF KANDANOS-SELINO Sougia Located in a distance of 70 roughly km south-western of Chania. It is built in the ruins of the ancient Syias where mainly in the Roman and first Byzantine period people lived here. Saved ruins are vaulted graves and water reservoirs from the Roman period and a church from the 4th century with eminent mosaics. Nice beach where you can have free camping. Paleochora Located in the south-western part of the prefecture. The distance to Chania is about 70 kilometres. It is built on a peninsula between two beautiful bays where it is rained by the Lybian Sea and it is right to consider it the “Nymph of the Lybian Sea” and “Land of the sun”. The movement in the region is high in summertime, on one side from the excursionists choosing it as the harbour of departure to the Island of Gavdos, Sougia, Agia Roumeli, Loutro and Sfakia and return from the Samaria Gorge, on the other from the holiday-makers that select it as a place of their summer vacations.Palaiochora has all the benefits the visitor needs as banks, doctors, supermarket, drugstores, police, post, Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, port authority, custom, cinema, bars, disco, and rented cars.

reserve. On the mainland the 17th century Chrysoskalitissa Monastery is approximately 5 km from the island. One of the best places for swimming in the whole world MUNICIPALITY OF KISSAMOS Falassarna May be the best beach on earth, as awarded by its visitors. The place to be for swimming. Also, don’t miss the great party the first weekend of August. Gramvousa-Balos At the north western point of Crete you will find Gramvousa, a small island with an impregnable castle, a fortress, a masterpiece of the 16th century, and Balos, the unique lagoon of Crete, with its blue green waters, it pink sandy beach and famous shells! An impressive and unique environment of steep rocks and cliffs, an immense blue sea and hidden sandy beaches, and the serene lagoon of Balos, combines with the remains of the long lasting history of the region: monasteries, churches and the imposing castle of Imeri Gramvousa. MUNICIPALITY OF GAVDOS Gavdos is a small island which is located 26 naval miles (48 kilometres) southern of Crete and it’s extent is 27 square kilometres. It is the most southern Greek and simultaneously European point with population of 98 residents. Perfect for a daily cruise.

Elafonissi When the weather is fine it is possible to walk to the island through the shallow water. The island is a protected nature

Culture | Kultur | Kультура | Kulttuuri | 文化 A first-time visitor to Chania is surprised by the great number of buildings and monuments on which can be found traces of its great history and rich civilisation. The old town, on and around the hill of Kasteli, was built upon the ruins of Minoan Kydonia and is surrounded by the Byzantine wall, the Venetian wall and the sea. The Minoan civilisation left behind grand tombs, interesting ceramics and objects. During its occupation by the Venetians and the Turks, people of different nationality, culture and religion co-existed. Christians (Catholic and Orthodox), Jews and Muslims, have left discernible traces and produced particularly interesting creations. In the neighbourhood of Topanas with its narrow paved streets, the visitor meets Venetian manors with elaborately decorated facades and Turkish houses with architectural protrusions. There we can find Fort Firkas, the Naval Museum and the church of San Salvatore of the Francheskan Monks (15th - 17th cent. AD) which hosts the Byzantine collection of Chania. The collection of ΙLΑΕΚ and many shops offering traditional

handicrafts can also be found there. In the old Jewish neighbourhood there is the synagogue and on Halidon street the folklore museum (Cretan house) and the church of St. Frangiskos. The church hosts the town’s archaeological museum and houses treasures from the Minoan to the Hellenistic period. Opposite there is the Metropolitan temple of Isodia (representation of the Virgin Mary) with its exquisite hagiographies and close to that are the old Turkish baths. In the area of Sintrivani, around the homonymous square, there is the mosque of Kiuchouk Hasan (1645) and opposite that the quay with the Venetian lighthouse. A little further away, 7 out of the original 17 docks (Neoria) can be found (14th-16th cent. AD). Eye-capturing is the Great Arsenal, which today is used as a convention and exhibition centre. Along the harbour, small cafeterias and restaurants create an inviting atmosphere. On the hill of Kasteli there are still parts of the old Rector’s palace and its court and the engraving on a lintel over a door

reminds us of the existence of Venetian Archives. Near there, the excavation of ancient Kydonia and the ruins of the church of St. Maria of Mirakoli (1615) are located. At the “stivanadika”, which is still characterised by Eastern features, one can buy leather goods. Next to that is the building of Chrisostomos and the new public Art Gallery. In the old Turkish neighbourhood Splantzia is the square of the former monastery οf St. Nicholas (1204) with a bell-tower and minaret. The small church of the period of enlightenment’s of St. Rokkos (1630) can also be found there. Near that is the church of St. Anargyroi (16th cent. AD) with its priceless hagiographies and St. Catherine’s church. Outside the walls, to the east of the old town, we come across Koum-Kapi where during the last years of the Turkish occupation, Beduins built a village. Today the area is a favourite meeting place for young people. In the neighbourhood of Halepa there is the palace of Prince George, the house of Eleftherios Venizelos, the French School

(1860), the church of St. Magdalea (1903) and the church of Evangelismou. From later periods the following places are of interest: the manor “Villa Koundourou”, a workshop of fine arts and a youth centre, the municipal park (1870) with its clock, the market (built 1913, cross-shaped building with hundreds of small shops), the park of peace and friendship of people, the court house, the prefecture, the Venizelion School of Music, the Historic Archives Museum, the War Museum and the Museum of Chemistry. In the neighbourhoods outside the walls there are many neoclassical buildings with beautiful gardens which smell of hyacinth, honey suckle and rose trees. At the border of the town with the cape (Akrotiri) are the graves of Eleftherios and Sofocles Venizelos. The town of Chania, the first capital of Crete, kept its historical heritage of so many centuries almost unaffected. Its atmosphere attracted scientists, philosophers, poets and artists of different origins and it became a cultural centre.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- 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

- 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.

July: - Festival of Kalitsouni cheese pie, in Kandanos.

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

End of October or beginning of November: - Chestnut festival in Prases and Elos.

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.

In the beautiful village where Eleftherios Venizelos declared the revolution of 1905.

August 15th the Assymption of the Virgin: Voulgaro Panagia of the Summit, Kolympari Gonia, Pemonia, Fre, Eksopolis, Litsarda, Alikampos, Kefala, Kalikrati, Koustogerako

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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:

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:

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 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

Apokoronas Award for being “Senseless Beyond Belief” by Reginald Arkwright The citizens of a small vil- Chelsea beat United at foot- the festivities can continue. with broken tiles for the rest ball, it could however have been some form of re-enaction of fending off the German paratroopers that started the invasion of Crete at about the same time on May 20th 1941, yet I wonder if there are any survivors of that time, and if they would thank these comparative youngsters for recreating for them one of the worst nightmares of their lives. Now as a small villager we are mildly accustomed to jumping at the sound of a short burst of gunfire shot directly up into the sky as a celebration at a wedding, and once the injured guest has been wheeled to hospital and the stray puppy that the children played with thrown away over a wall with a punctured lung,

But to have magazine after magazine of AK47 assault rifle and assorted pistol shots ringing out for hours above our houses does tend to cause a modicum of concern for our safety, property and loved ones, be they human or animal. Now I’m no master on the teachings of Sir Isaac Newton, but I do recall the phrase, that “What goes up must come down!” Also that a lead bullet shot perhaps a kilometre or two into the air will drop under the force of gravity with a force fit to kill a horse. Now I don’t doubt that in the sober light of day, these men of arms would innocently say “It was only a bit of fun!” But what of the poor Granny who has to live with a leaking roof

How Renee and Henk arrrived at a Cretan village In May 1974 they spent their walking in Zakros, sometimes Renee and Henk started from honeymoon on Corfu. Junta time but nevertheless they enjoyed the greek lifestyle, the food, nature and music. With Mikis Theodorakis behind closed doors in the hotel. In the eighties they returned with their 3 sons several times to Corfu and other Ionian islands. The love for greece was awakening, but work, family and schools stood in their way. And then,1999, they went off to Crete to celebrate their 25 anniversery of their marriage. Henk organized a three months leave from his hospital and just with two backpacks and some vague ideas about walking all over Crete, they flew to Irakleio. In Paleokastro first 4 days rest to get used to a life without hectic. Then they started

hitch-hiking or with a bus they arrived in Hora Sfakion. Further with a small boat to Ayia Roumeli and the next day after walking all the way up and again down the Samaria gorge, they went further west with the ferry to Sougia. The day after a night before with nice company, good food and too much wine, they waked- up too late to catch the bus that went up the hills. Okay, then with a hitch-hike in old rusty white Fiat up to the villages on the hills. The driver a hippie like Greek liked to chat with Renee. He a beekeeper told that his wife an architect and he was on his way to pick up his small daughter from school. He suggested to walk another gorge, but that was too much after walking so many gorges!

the school at Rodovani and after walking through the village, Henk spotted a woman with a herd of sheep, so there much be a path up there. They scrambled through olive grooves and all of a sudden a beautiful view with an enchanting scenery. While passing a small village Renee said “here I want to live”. Henk did not answer. That evening in a taverne in Sougia, Henk asked Renee “you’re sure you want to live up in the hills?” Renee said, yes. Okay, than we have a challenge Henk said, great because tomorrow, 7 may, is the date of our marriage. But before we start, we have to realize that we must learn Greek and adept to the way of living in a greek village. “Waiter, do you know a hippie

of her days, what of the farmers sheep that are found dead the next day, who cares for the farm dog who already suffers a short chain in a hot barrel but now with a lacerated bullet torn leg. How many young children woke screaming with fear at the noise? Shell shocked veterans who shivered under the bed in uncontrolled terror, old folks whose weak hearts became that much closer to failing? How many cars are ruined, how many tiles shattered, water tanks punctured? Shooting into the air anywhere is dangerous, much more so in a built up area like a village and so we issue our “Senseless Beyond Belief Award!” Please think twice before there is a next time.

like Greek in an old rusty Fiat”? “Of course that is Yorgos, he lives by the riverbank with his wife Maria, an architekt”. At 22.00 in the evening we knocked on the door of Yorgos house, while he just started to tell his wife about meeting a dutch couple who didn’t want to walk another gorge! The next day, 7 may, we visited a village named Livada, the village where Renee whispered “here I want to live”. Maria designed the house and together with Yorgos supervised the construction of our house in Livada and we became lifetime friends. In november 2001, the house was finished and with all the builders, the villagers, friends, family and ballotes we celebrated it it the Cretan way. The rest is history.

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lage in the tourist area of Apokoronas would unanimously wish to award the “Senseless Beyond Belief Award” to the small group of Greek men that fired about 200 rounds of lethal bullets into the air above the village at the dead of night into Sunday 20th of March. The nationality was clear from the drunken voices that accompanied the shooting, plus that of a presumably anxious wife or mother who after the first hour of shooting was screaming for them to stop. The first shots we believe to have started at around 01:20 and then continued until almost 03:00, we know not of what they were celebrating, I doubt it was the UK Royal Wedding, or even the fact that

“Some fly, while others starve” by David Capon “Άλλοι πετούν, άλλοι I believe that the “Φύση χωρίς the subtitle, I thought, was I have not had time to assimΣκουπόδια” programme was started over 20 years ago to collect waste from the environment but expanded quickly as a means of educating students and through them an education of people and businesses in general in regards to waste management and a cleaner environment. There are many different initiatives from the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature using expertise that is available in the country but

very striking as it blends so well in the Greek language. In four words it emphasises (and perhaps indicates anger at) the schism between the haves and have-nots on this world and not just in Nature. My copy of the magazine arrived only a couple of days before my deadline but, by coincidence because of what I wrote in the previous issue of the Chania Post, most articles are about biodiversity in Greece and action plans and strategies for the future.

ilate everything as the magazine, quite rightly, is in Greek and has many pages; I have also to deal with the names of species in Greek; not so difficult when the Latin name is also shown. Yet another coincidence is that the beautiful photograph on the cover is of a Dipper (Cinclus cinclus); this bird is the emblem of the Devon Wildlife Trust in England that I was actively involved with.

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πεινούν”(Some fly, while others starve) was the subtitle of an article “Φύση χωρίς Σκουπίδια” (Nature without Rubbish) in the latest issue of “Η Φύση”, the members’ magazine of the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature. The Society along with the Ministry for the Environment and Energy leads many educational initiatives for schools and their staff and attendees of all ages.

Choosing A Wine On Your Travels Doesn’t Have To Be A Headache The nightmare scenario for pairs with fish or salad, and

many wine novices is trying to choose a wine when your familiar choice isn’t on the menu, especially on a date. But making a choice of wine doesn’t have to be hard. In Greece, you’re given the choice of some of the best wines in the world, and choosing wine like a pro doesn’t have to be difficult. Don’t panic - just follow a few simple steps.

Red, White, Or Rosé? It can be simple preference, or a choice to pair with a meal, but the most obvin click o s w e ous distinction between re n r for mo retepost.g c / wines is this one. Rosé, http:/ white, and sparkling wines are often considered feminine, because the majority of people who drink them are women. However, making assumptions on the basis of gender stereotypes is a guaranteed route to disaster. At a meal, the safest bet is to choose a wine that pairs well with your meal: generally, red wine pairs with red meat or chicken, white wine

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sparkling wine pairs well with fish. Following these simple rules will usually yield you a good wine and a satisfied date.

What Region Should I Choose? The most famous wine regions are generally French, South American, Australian, or Californian. The French Rhône Valley, for instance, is famous for producing Syrah (Shiraz) wine, where Argentina is famous for its Malbec. If there’s a particular type of wine you enjoy, you’re likely used to seeing the same few place names on the label. With wine, though, while regions are famous for a reason, it isn’t just the famous places that produce excellent wine. For instance, Rapsani blends from Greece are similar to Rhône wines, so if you like French Syrah, a Rapsani is a good choice. Getting into the world of wine can seem intimidating, but as with any drink, it’s just a case of finding what you and your date

like. There are a few general rules for wine, but if you prefer red wines even when you’re eating fish, don’t worry - wine isn’t about the rules, it’s about

the taste. Trying to impress a date by choosing the most famous or expensive wine on the menu won’t mean anything if neither of you likes it!


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Bird Censuses and Data by David Capon In recent years, April and data (species, abundance, lo- only two regularly recording bution of each species. May have been busy months for ecologists and environmentalists in Europe with an interest in birds. In Greece we have been involved with three surveys and censuses. The first is the Hellenic Common Bird Census (this is the translation into English). Many years of data provide information on fluctuations in species’ numbers, species and also their distribution. Most recorders will find the exercise a lot easier than me. The positions of the sites (or ‘points’ to use the correct term) that I have to record from, in the correct order, are easier to reach by walking the whole route. Because of the strict recording systems and statistical allocation of the points the surveys provide meaningful data that can be used in conservation and preservation, as well as education. Last year was the conclusion of data being recorded for a new (2nd) European Breeding Bird Atlas. Some of the recording for this was timed and thus a little ‘regulated’ but other ‘casual’ records were used. This was to try and provide a better coverage of the lands of Europe. The

cation and breeding status) that were recorded over the 4 years are now being used to produce very meaningful models of distribution, numbers and patterns of breeding and success. A map of Europe showing which 50 x 50 Km squares had data is very interesting. Great Britain shows striations – this is, presumably, because the people overseeing the recording felt that not all squares could be dealt with so used ‘sampling methods’ to try and cover as many areas and different habitats. Sweden shows a mosaic and it seems that they organised that every other square should be used. A few areas show virtually complete coverage: Italy, Switzerland, part of Northeast Spain, Eastern Eire, the Netherlands, the western, littoral zone of Norway and part of South-east Turkey. What was obvious, but surprising, when looking at the map was the lack of data from France and Germany. There was little coverage for Greece (including Crete) and the rest of the Balkans, despite being such an important area for birds. As far as I know I am one of

on Crete. The data are being used to provide different types of model. Although the models that have been produced so far are only ‘pilot models’ there are some interesting aspects. One model shows the number of 50 x 50 Km squares in which the bee-eater (Merops apiaster) was recorded in 2014 and 2017; it does not show breeding details or whether transient. Interpretation needs to be carefully considered; for example, differences may be due to lack of recorders in the right locations for that year or the fact that the bee-eaters are moving locations or, at the worst, the numbers are reducing. Another model shows the SDM (Species distribution model) for a bird that is common over much of Crete, the Sardinian warbler (Sylvia melanocephala). The map shows the probability of its distribution. However, as is stated in the legend, there seem to be a few inconsistencies and I consider that there may be some confusion with a similar species in area of far Eastern Europe. Eventually the final models will provide much information in respect of distri-

Another model type indicates the breeding status (possible, probable, confirmed) of a bird, such as the Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) and the estimated number of breeding pairs for each of the 50 x 50 Km squares where there have been records. The visual impact of the pilot maps is very informative for anyone with a slight interest in birds. The aim is for all inconsistencies and many gaps to be dealt with and the data sorted and mapped so that the book will be available by Christmas 2020. This is not that far away when the number of species, the area, the amount of data, etc. are considered. I am not sure whether there will be editions in all languages but the book should make for an impressive Christmas present in two years’ time. The final census, being carried out annually, is the same as was for the European Breeding Bird Atlas but solely for Greece and uses the same protocols. I am certain that all the data provided by so many people across Europe and Greece will help in our understanding of birds and their preservation.

Awards ceremony for the 4th international poster contest With 570 entries from the members of the jury (al- This year’s entries came around the world, a number that surpassed all expectations, the 4th International Poster Contest by the Museum of Typography was completed. The winners of the contest were unveiled on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm. in an event devoted to typography, at the amphitheater of the Museum. The first three winners received important prizes (1000 euros first, 700 euros second and 500 euros third), the 30 best posters selected by the jury were presented in the exhibition and their creators will receive honorary distinctions. Greetings were addressed by

phabetically) Dimitris Arvanitis, Graphic Designer, member of AG I – Alliance Graphique Internationale, Yiannis Garedakis, journalist – publisher, founder of the newspaper “Haniotika nea” and chairman of the Museum of Typography, Lila Kalogeri, illustrator, Antonis Papantonopoulos, printer, graphic designer, collaborator of MT, Tzanetos Petropouleas, designer, former chairman of the Graphic Designers Association of Greece. The sixth member of the committee, Juan Diego Restrepo, graphic designer, winner of the 3rd poster contest, was not able to attend the event.

from professionals, students and amateurs of graphic arts from 51 countries, literally from every part of the world: Azerbaijan, Egypt, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Vietnam, Bosnia, Herzegovina, France, Germany, Georgia, Ecuador, Australia, Canada, China, Kyrgyzstan, Cuba, Cyprus, Latvia, Belarus, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, Zimbabwe, United Kingdom, USA, Japan, Netherlands, Hungary, Ukrane, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Taiwan, Turkey, Czech Republic, Tunisia, Yemen, Finland. And of course, from every corner of Greece: Athens,

Veria, Volos, Drama, Heraklion, Thessaloniki, Ioannina, Kavala, Kastoria, Kozani, Larissa, Patras, Preveza, Chania. The distinguished posters will be exhibited at the Museum of Typography for approximately a year until the next contest. After the event, the names of the winners were announced from the museum’s website www.typography-museum.gr, the Museum’s facebook page, the “Haniotika news” newspaper and the website of the sponsors of the contest. The international poster contest organized by for m ore the Museum of Typoghttp: news click //cret o epos n raphy is an institution t.gr that began in 2014.

Midst the foaming roar of azure waves, They dissipate to tiny grains of sand, Crushed to soothe my aching soul, As I step, virginal, onto a foreign shore.

The process meant some nudity, That where she stood on now cool feet She had a good view of the street And thus it also might occur That someone on it might see her, She thought the odds were pretty low That anyone would catch the show. No passer-by would likely see That much beyond the lemon tree Since passing drivers in the main Do find her narrow, twisting lane Is quite a handful on its own (And they are mostly on the phone). But then, one hot and sunny day, A passing jogger came that way, Looked sideways, where his startled eyes Caught movement and – to his surprise– A woman stood there looking cute, And what’s more in her birthday suit! “Our gazes locked,” she later said “His legs, though, churned on straight ahead. However, fixed attention tends To be unwise where your road bends! Just then he sensed (I saw his shock) The fast approaching tons of rock And by a whisker, that was all, He managed not to hit the wall.”

Not taking care when in reverse; So his mistake – no need to curse The owner of the car he hit. It didn’t help things, not one bit! No wonder she was really narked – While his was moving, hers was parked! “Did you think you’re safe in Greek? Or gamble on my being meek? I heard you, and believe me mate, Your boorishness has sealed your fate! For since the damage seems quite slight If you had only been polite I might have said ‘it will be fine’. Ring your insurance! I’ll ring mine!” Since he was clearly in the wrong And witnesses had come along It seemed that things were going well But here in Crete you just can’t tell. For one thing, here insurers like To send a young man on a bike To take some photos on his phone And how indeed could she have known That “Lidl car park, Rethimno” Would mean the man would choose to go To quite a different Lidl store – An hour’s wait and further-

more The frozen foodstuffs, one by one, Were slowly melting in the sun. The photo taken, home at last. But is she finished? Not so fast – They say an expert needs to see The car in its entirety. She, at the garage, opts to stay Assuming that he’s on his way. Six hours, though, before they ring To say he’s been and she can bring The car back at a later date When she will only need to wait “An hour” till the work is done – Indulging in their sense of fun By not quite mentioning the part That this depends on when they start! A five-hour wait in fact ensues, Quite time enough to change her views On pristine bodywork and paint “A new-car island, Crete just ain’t!” *****

***** ***** Rebirth (by Frances Cooper) The rocks tumble down to the Sea, Thrown by the mighty hand of Zeus, From mountains, snowy white with age, Steeped in the wisdom of life eternal.

A soft, whispering kiss of a breeze Caresses my body, now burnished red From a gaudy sun - so high and haughty, Yet so constant in its celestial purpose. The fresh, innocent scent of the citrus Cleanses me of all earthly desires, That I may emerge anew, unblemished, From the cradle of this terrestrial paradise. *****



Brief encounter (by NIall Finn) There had been days when she had felt That any moment she would melt; When face and back and legs and arms (If not to mention other charms…) Just seemed a soppy stream of sweat But then she found a way to get Much cooler – yes, to re-empower – …Cold water from an outside shower! Although she knew that technically

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A dent with consequences (by Niall Finn)


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An overview of Crete food While I appreciate that the traditional Cretan diet is known as being one of the healthiest in the world, every time I look at our food photos from Crete I think back to our experience: “Damn. That was just awesome food.”


cuisine is one of foundation, not of complicated sauces. Its strength lies in the quality and freshness of its ingredients, the use of wild herbs and greens, and purity of taste. And not to be forgotten, the copious use of olive oil, Crete’s liquid gold. lick on t.gr c s w We’ll touch on the inre ne epos for mo ttp://cret h gredients and philosophy of Cretan food before diving into some of our favorite appetizers and sides, mains, desserts and drinks — and where we consumed them. The goal: so you don’t come to Crete looking only for gyros and souvlaki. Let’s dig in!

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Cretan Food: Ingredients, Approach and Philosophy When it comes to Cretan food, you could say it features the three F’s: freshness, fragrance and family. Wild Herbs and Greens As we drove from Heraklion, the provincial capital of Crete, civilization quickly yielded to nature. “Pull over here,” Viki implored us as we made our way into the hills. We did. She hopped out of the car and scampered off the side of the road, and returned a minute later with armfuls of wild sage, oregano, thyme and marjoram. The car filled instantly with fresh and fragrance. It was out of this world. She also pointed to several plants growing nearby: “You can pick those for wild salads. We have over thirty kinds of wild greens in our mountains.” The Cretan countryside smells of wild herbs and flowers. Oregano is perhaps the most common herb used, but sage, thyme, parsley, marjoram, basil (different than Italian basil), fennel, and dill also play a prominent role. On Crete, you’ll find them used on salads, in dishes and also in beautiful, cleansing blends of herbal tea. Cretan Fruits



One woman joked with us: “If you think this tomato is good, you should have tasted one from when I was a kid. Pure gold.” Maybe so, but we were still impressed by the selection of local produce in the markets. Every time we went to a restaurant we learned that the food came from a nearby farm or village. And it tasted that way, too. From pomegranates to peppers, Cretan produce is all about the crisp, the fresh, the retained flavor.

a firm sheep or goat cheese, and mizithra, the typical fresh cheese of Crete made from sheep’s milk (and when made from goat’s milk it’s called katsikithia). Graviera, the typical hard cheese of Crete is usually made with sheep’s milk. Although the name sounds suspiciously like gruyere, graviera is nothing like its Swiss sister namesake. Also delicious when fried and served hot. The best introduction to Cretan cheese is a walk through the market (preferably with some knowledgeable locals) Olive Oil and sampling visits to a handOlive oil is the most import- ful of cheese stands. We did ant ingredient in Cretan cui- our Cretan cheese deep dive sine. Virtually everything has at the Atsalenio Wednesday a spoonful (or two or three) of market in Heraklion. olive oil thrown on top. Some Cretan dishes even swim in Sarikopitakia the golden liquid, only to their Sheep’s cheese-filled pastries benefit. Savory pastries are fried in olive oil. Named after fried in olive oil. Try french the iconic traditional scarf, fries in olive oil and you’ll be of the same shape, worn by spoiled. the men of West Crete. We Crete features over 1.5 million ate these fresh at the womolive trees. If you are born on en’s cooperative of Idaia Gi in Crete, it seems like a birthright the mountainous village of that you own at least a few. Gergeri (on the way to PhaesTo place the importance of tos). olive oil to the Cretan diet in perspective, consider that av- Greek yogurt erage olive oil consumption Decadently rich and creamy, in Germany and the United this stuff is to die for. The local States runs about 0.5 liters/ Cretan yogurt variety is made person annually. In Crete, it’s with sheep’s milk instead of 25 liters per person per year. cow’s milk. Top it with honey, The best and healthiest olive nuts, and some fruit for one oil, natural to Crete, has acidity of the most beautiful (and levels of under 1, with 0.3-0.6 healthiest) breakfasts on the being the ideal. planet. Dakos A very typical Cretan dish. Rusks, a traditional dried bread that is baked several times and kept for months, is moistened in a bit of water, and topped with grated tomato, olive oil, cheese and oregano. Crunchy, light and full of flavor, it makes a perfect snack. Dolmades Stuffed grape leaves, usually with a rice, herb and ground meat mixture. This dish is not specific to Crete; it’s popular throughout this side of the Mediterranean. Crete cheese There’s certainly no shortage of cheese on Crete. Among the main varieties you’ll find: anthotiros, a sheep and goat cheese that’s mild and soft when it’s fresh and salty and earthy when hard; kefalotiri,

of sheep (we’re told older sheep are better for this dish) for hours and hours so that the meat becomes fall-off-thebone tender. Served with rice cooked in sheep broth. It may sound boring, but the richness and depth of flavor will surprise you. Bugatsa Pastry filled with cream and/ or cheese, and sprinkled with powdered sugar. The most famous bugatsa is served at Kipkop in Heraklion, founded in 1922 by Armenian immigrants who serve up the same recipe to this day. Raki It’s hard to visit Crete without drinking raki — a couple of times a day. Although raki is made in the same way as Italian grappa – from the remains of grapes (pits/skins) – it is fortunately smoother and less potent. And, it’s almost always served with food like savory little snacks or dessert. When it’s time to make the raki (October-November), Viki explained: “I can hear the smell of alcohol.” Yes, you can literally hear the crackling of the wood and the sound of raki stills piping away. Then you know it’s time to join friends and neighbors to eat, drink and fill up bottles of raki straight from the still.

Cretan Wine Crete is one of the Greece’s biggest wine producers. Most of the wine that we tried was Kalitsounia Kritis of the local village homemade A pastry crust stuffed with a variety. While most of it was slightly sweet Cretan cheese acceptable table wine, it didn’t mixture (often including strike us as exceptional. Howmizithra). Their sweetness im- ever, one of our guides gave plies dessert, but they are also us a bottle of her husband’s served as appetizers. red wine and we were convinced that Cretan wine could, Snails with Cracked Wheat in fact, be truly excellent. (Coclious me hondro) Fresh snails cooked with olive Herbal Tea oil, salt, onion and red wine In the middle of the day or at served in a cracked wheat its end, look for herbal teas. stew. You’ll never look at eat- Never thought you could ing snails in the same way make wild oregano tea? You again. Added bonus: you will can, and it’s nice. Mix and also earn serious Cretan cred match herbs, or better yet, let by eating this dish. We’re told your knowledgeable host do it many travelers shy away from for you. And stay on the look it. Not only did we enjoy eat- out for malotera, or mountain ing it, but we felt honored to tea. A great way to keep your have been served it. body hydrated and refreshed as you eat your way around Cretan Rice the island. A rich, filling staple of Cretan weddings. Cretan wedding Kali Oreksi rice is made by boiling a side uncorneredmarket.com

8 Ways to Follow the Mediterranean Diet Perhaps the world’s health-

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iest diet, the Mediterranean Diet is abundant in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and olive oil. Find out how to get started eating a Mediterranean diet and how to eat to reap the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet. It features fish and poultry— lean sources of protein—over red meat. Red wine is consumed regularly but in moderate amounts. Research suggests that the benefits of following a Mediterranean-style eating pattern may be many: on improved weight loss, r s click re new cretepost.g o m r o / f :/ p t t h better control of blood glucose (sugar) levels and reduced risk of depression, to name a few. Eating like a Mediterranean has also been associated with reduced levels of inflammation, a risk factor for heart attack, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. If the idea of overhauling your entire way of shopping and eating seems daunting, start small. Wiping the slate entirely clean may not be necessary. Instead, take steps toward eating more in the Mediterranean-style. Choose one of these strategies below, and make it a habit. When you’re ready, move onto the next strategy. No matter where you choose to start, these seven tips for starting a Mediterranean diet can help you makeover your plate so you can reap the benefits. 1. Switch Up Your Oil If you’ve been cooking with vegetable oil or coconut oil, make the switch to extra-virgin olive oil. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids which may improve HDL cholesterol, the “good” type of cholesterol. HDL cholesterol ferries “bad” LDL particles out of arteries, according to a 2017

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study in Circulation. Use olive oil in homemade salad dressings nd vinaigrettes. Drizzle it on finished dishes like fish or chicken to boost flavor. Swap butter for olive oil in mashed potatoes, pasta, and more. 2. Eat More Fish The go-to protein in the Mediterranean diet is fish. In particular, this diet emphasizes fatty fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel. These fish are rich in heart- and brain-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Even those fish that are leaner and have less fat (like cod or tilapia) are still worth it, as they provide a good source of protein. If you currently don’t get a lot of fish in your diet, an easy point of entry is to designate one day each week as “fish” night. Cooking fish in parchment paper or foil packets is one no-fuss, no-mess way to put dinner on the table. Or try incorporating it in some of your favorite foods, like tacos, stirfrys, and soups. 3. Eat Veggies All Day Long If you look at your diet and worry that there’s barely a green to be seen, this is the perfect opportunity to fit in more veggies. A good way to do this is to eat one serving at snacktime, like crunching on

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bell pepper strips or throwing a handful of spinach into a smoothie), and one at dinner, like these quick and easy side dishes. Aim for at least two servings per day. More is better. At least three servings can help you bust stress, Australian research notes.

4. Help Yourself to Whole Grains Experiment with “real” whole grains that are still in their “whole” form and haven’t been refined. Quinoa cooks up in just 20 minutes, making it a great side dish for weeknight meals. Barley is full of fiber and it’s filling: pair it with mush-

8. Savor Every Bite Eating like a Mediterranean is as much lifestyle as it is diet. Instead of gobbling your meal in front of the TV, slow down and sit down at the table with your family and friends to savor what you’re eating. Not only will you enjoy your company and your food, for m ore eating slowly allows http: news click //cret o epos n you to tune in to your t.gr body’s hunger and fullness signals. You’re more apt to eat just until you’re satisfied than until you’re busting-at-the-seams full. eatingwell.com

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tas and rice or mixing whole processed snack foods. grains half-and-half with a refined one (like half whole- 6. Enjoy Fruit for Dessert Generally a good source of fiwheat pasta and half white). ber, vitamin C and antioxidants, fresh fruit is a healthy way to 5. Snack on Nuts Nuts are another Mediterra- indulge your sweet tooth. If it nean diet staple. Grabbing helps you to eat more, add a a handful, whether that’s al- little sugar—drizzle slices of monds, cashews, or pistachios, pear with honey or sprinkle a can make for a satisfying, on- little brown sugar on grapethe-go snack. One study in fruit. Keep fresh fruit visible at Nutrition Journal found that if home and keep a piece or two people replaced their standard at work so you have a healthsnack (cookies, chips, crackers, ful snack when your stomach snack mix, cereal bars) with starts growling. Lots of grocery almonds, their diets would be stores stock exotic fruit—pick a lower in empty calories, added new one to try each week and sugar, and sodium. Plus, nuts expand your fruit horizons. contain more fiber and minerals, such as potassium, than 7. Sip (a Little) Wine

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rooms for a steamy, satisfying soup. A hot bowl of oatmeal is perfect for breakfast on a cold winter morning. Even popcorn is a whole grain—just keep it healthy by eating air-popped corn and forgo the butter (try a drizzle of olive oil instead). Supplement your intake with other whole-grain products, like whole-wheat bread and pasta. Look for the term “whole” or “whole grain” on the food package and in the ingredient list— it should be listed as the first ingredient. But if you still find it too hard to make the switch from your old refined favorites, phase in a whole grain by using whole-grain blends of pas-

The people who live along the Mediterranean—the Spanish, Italian, French, Greek, and others—are not known to shy away from wine, but that doesn’t mean you should pour it at your leisure. Dietitians and experts who developed the Mediterranean diet for the New England Journal of Medicine study advised women to stick to a three-ounce serving and men, a five-ounce serving, per day. When you do sip, try to do so with a meal—even better if that meal is shared with loved ones. If you’re a teetotaler, you shouldn’t start to drink just for this diet.

Keep your pets cool and safe this summer with these 5 tips tools are available at local pet supply retailers and online. Talk to your veterinarian as there are a number of medications available to prevent Lyme Disease. Stay out of long grasses, brush and leaf cover as these are areas where ticks tend to hang out.

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Prevent heat stroke It’s important to keep your pet cool. Around this time of year, officials take the opportunity to remind the public to never leave children and pets unattended in hot cars. Temperatures can rise quickly inside a vehicle, resulting in heat exhaustion and in some cases, death. Veterinarians often

treat heat stroke with intravenous fluid therapy to provide hydration directly into the bloodstream. It’s also a good idea to surround your pets with ice packs and cool blankets if they are overheated.

during the summertime, which can easily burn your pet’s footpads. Owners should give their furry friends an opportunity to walk on the grass.

Prevent bug bites While mosquitoes are repelled by citronella, dogs have a keen sense of smell and owners should be cognizant of using product that is overpowering. It’s a much better idea to spray insect repellent on a T-shirt or bandanna.

Water safety If your pup likes to swim, it’s always important to supervise Prevent Lyme disease and them in case they run into any ticks trouble. Owners can purchase Watch out for hot surfaces Black-legged ticks are known brightly coloured life vests so We have all walked on hot to spread Lyme disease. If you they can be visible to other pavement in the summer. find a tick, it’s essential to reswimmers and boaters. Ouch! It can get really hot move it right away. Tick twister

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9 Ways to Make More Kitchen Counter Space

1. Utilize the Space Above Use shelves to declutter. The open space above kitchen cabinets is a great place to store things you do not use often. If you have this option, moving these items out of the way should clear up some space on the counter. This can also give you more options on how you utilize storage and give you space for things you use on a more regular basis, like cutting boards and wood spoons. 2. Add Pegboard Storage Pegboard storage. If you have a free wall or space under the cabinets, consider installing a pegboard storing system. You can paint the board to match existing decor and store a variety of things for quick access, including spoons, cups, and jars. You can also hang small baskets to store

items that do not have a hook. containers, and canisters. The great thing about a pegboard is that you can get rid of 5. Build Wall Shelves those utensil jars, which should clear up a lot of space. Kitchen wall shelves Wall shelves are a good way 3. Transform the Oven Into to take things off the counCounter Space tertop while keeping them close at hand. You can install The oven is a great place for the shelves anywhere there is adding some additional count- an opening. The shelves can er space in a cramped kitchen. be used to place a spice rack, Lay a cutting board or some- dishes, coffee items, and even thing similar across the burn- appliances. Install the shelves er to create a flat surface. De- where you can access them pending on how you place the without having to use a step board, you should still have stool. access to two burners on the stove, allowing you to get the 6. Build an Island most out of the space. If you are comfortable working with Islands can maximize counter wood, you can even make your space.Finding ways to create own custom board that fits more kitchen counter space your stovetop perfectly. sometimes means utilizing the middle of the kitchen. If your 4. Use Windowsill Storage kitchen does not have a proper island, consider building one Storing items in the kitchen is to create additional counter one of the fastest ways to eat space. You can make the island up counter space. A good way as large or small as you like and to get around the storage prob- add storage underneath to lem is to use the windowsill for help alleviate clutter. overflow. Depending on the depth of your windowsill, you 7. Utilize Drawers can use it to keep things that do not get regular use, includ- Most people store silverware in ing cookbooks, carafes, storage their kitchen drawers, but they

can also hold additional items if organized properly. Use that extra space in the drawers for pantry items, spices, and other pieces that clutter the countertop. You can also use drawer organizers if you want to take things to the next level.

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8. Add Stackable Storage Stackable shelves. Stackable storage containers work by maximizing the amount of storage within a small area. These containers are great for small items like spices, coffee, and utensils — and are easy to access whenever you need them. 9. Double Up on Trash The stovetop is an obvious way to double up on unused counter space, but you can do the same thing over the garbage. Simply build a cutting board that features a trash chute. Lay the cutting board on top of the garbage whenever you are prepping veggies and discard the pieces through the hole. When you’re finished, store the cutting board away for later use.

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you’re a master chef or only make simple meals, having space to spread out in the kitchen is a huge plus. These tips will help you take back your kitchen counters and maximize space.

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Fewer Greeks smoking but health experts warn still much to be done The number of people quit-

ting smoking in Greece in recent years is encouraging, by Miltiades Markatos particularly among younger Pneumonologist Greeks. According to figures from the Hellenic Statistical Authority, the number of smokers among 16 to 24 year olds fell 33.3 percent between 2009-2014, while the number of cigarettes consumed annually between 2007 to 2017 fell 57 percent. The data was presented by the Institute of Public Health, the American College of Greece, to mark World No Tobacco Day. “Greeks have changed mentality. Greece is successfully moving ahead with a European response to the epidemic of smoking. on s click ost.gr w e n e r ep The target is for a new for mo ttp://cret h generation without tobacco,” he said.


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Cretan scientist sheds light on causes of aggressive behaviour A new scientific study head-

ed by a Greek scientist has shed light on the mechanisms in the brain that are responsible for aggressive behaviour. Aggression is a behaviour that occurs throughout the animal kingdom and is present in human beings from the earliest years of their life. Like all behaviours, aggression stems from the brain. To date, however, the identity of specific neurons involved in aggressive behaviour remains largely mysterious. Scientists, headed by Stephanos Stagourakis of the Department of Neuroscience at Karolinska Medical Institute, University of Stockholm, experimented with male mice and published their findings in the

neuroscience journal “Nature Neuroscience”, reporting that a previously unknown neuron group (PMv), located in the hypothalamus of the brain, plays a key role in initiating and or-

ganising aggression. Stagourakis and his colleagues used the modern technology of optogenetics (“manipulation” of the genes by means of light) and managed to control

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the aggressiveness of experimental animals by activating or suspending the action of these brain cells. As a result they were able to either make the mice attack, or hinder their attack.

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