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Issue No 15 - June 2014
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And the Blue Flag Champion is... Crete!
Greece ranks 2nd on 2014 Blue Flag Awards p. 3
Great opportunities for investments All you need to know, but you are afraid to ask, for the real estate market in Crete. Exclusive interview with Giannis Kriaras, Owner and CEO of “Ktimatoemporiki Crete”.
The best beach in Chania
Read also in this issue University of Crete in global list of top 100
48th in the Times Higher Education annual list
Geia sou Ellada!!!
Greece in the World Cup of Brazil hoping to get into the 2nd round p.53
TUC Eco Racing participated for the seventh time at Shell Eco Marathon 2014
It was ranked among the top 4 teams of the Urban Concept category, achieving fuel consumption of 59Km/KWh p.13
Sunnyclist... hybrid-human solar power motorcycle Elafonissi
The revolution in green mobility is coming from Crete
Public bus is the best affordable way to travel to Chania - Rethimno - Heraklion... and to all Southwestern Crete
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“Hope is...” Hope is to always keep in mind that important people who are no longer with us, remain in our hearts through by Elpida “Hope” Katsarakis their unforgettable work. Like the one NEA TV Journalist that leaves as our legacy, Maya Angelou, the American author, poet, singer and fighter for the common good who died on the morning of May 28, 2014. To honor her memory this column reminds the reader some quotes of Maya Angelou’s work . -My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return. - Nothing will work unless you do. - Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. - Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends. - I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. - All great achievements require time. - We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. - You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive. - If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love. - I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. And I live it - I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it. - Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin - find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less. - What is a fear of living? It’s being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself - for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don’t know what you’re here to do, then just do some good… And as Harold Augenbraum, from the National Book Foundation, said: Angelou’s legacy is one that all writers and readers across the world can admire and aspire to.
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The myth of Matala is still alive...
by Pandelis Spiridakis KYDON TV Host - gelamou.gr
So make my summer, thank god i can get my antidot to euro - elections !
This year, 4 sunsets, 4 stages and 40 concerts are about to bring that sense from the past. 20-21 -22 of June Matala will bring us back to history. Hippies from all over the world are expected to come, see and remember their wild days... The popular hippie culture started in January 1967 at San Francisco with the legendary SUMMER OF LOVE!
pression were looking for their freedom !
Jipitecas were called hipiies in Mexico, in New Zeland they were living in the cars- houses and in Australia they all met in 1973 at the annual Canabis Law Perform Rally... In other words people in their own civilisation and ex-
Now in its 4th year over 100,000 fans of music and art have enjoyed ‘The Matala Beach Festival’ on the sands beneath the caves made famous during the hippie era of the 1960s and ‘70s.
Chania... monthly shot
(by Pavlos Mpouzis)
Matala attracted international attention in the early 70s when Joni Mitchell released her critically acclaimed album ‘Blue’ which detailed her experiences whilst living in the caves with the young hippie travellers enjoying the tranquility of Matala Beach. Matala’s culturally unique heritage continues to attract visitors of all ages. The Matala Beach Festival features a range of music from the 1960s to present day and will soon announce this year’s music theme and featured artists. Are you even thinking about it? To have your own walk to the myth of freedom? Why not? So Matala Beach Festival proudly presents “VIVA CARLOS” Santana Tribute - The Spirit of Woodstock on the 20th of June 2014!!! Share the Love!!! They even have their own fan page on facebook : facebook.com/matalabeachfestival Τhe fact is that these peple will remid us sopmething important. Be crazy once ia a time, feel free or make your things in your own way. This is an instant freedom ...magic!
Elpida... (means hope in Greek language)
Because we all carry inside us a Matala person... and guess what? That fellow brings joy and summer mood... for XTRA XTRA XTRA LARGE FUN... (size counts!)
www.gelamou.gr... only the good news !!! Sports radio on the web... www.sportfmxania.gr
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It’ s the elections and the chemicals of Syria you idiot... “Gavdos after meeting residents early March after being informed by Pandelis Giaitsis CHANIA POST chief editor of the crime Europe – UN said no to elections. From MEPs featured strict our response . From ordinary mortals characterized as effective intervention. The voice of Gavdos traveled throughout Greece and Europe, began to translate and travel throughout the Mediterranean participating in the fight against a crime . Crime nobody knows if it will eliminate direct human life or long-term danger of being destroyed after the breath nourishes us. And the sea, our water, our land, our air. Participated in the demonstrations in Sudan, Arkadi, Sfakia. Joined the voice with Crete but also the whole of Europe against foolishness. Gavdos-Abstain.
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Summer loving Pantelis Because only fools could take such decisions. And if those who decide remotely feel the safety distance, the ones who are here and are silent, what they think they can shield to protect them. How will they think will leave the water clean and the fish the unspoiled. What country thinks that defending… We acknowledge the effort of some MEPs and MPs who have opposed the fight against chemicals in the Mediterranean , but we regret the fact that the Greek MEPs who were involved and did not hide issues that was less than the fingers of a hand. Rresidents of Gavdos informed, discuss and shout: No more indifference, stupidity and arrogance. No more institutions and organizations who think that our vote gave him the right to decide against the people and in the interests of political and economic interests. The chemical war let’s digest the ones who sold and those who bought them. We turn our backs on such a Europe indifferent, who foolishly sells our lives”.
Find CHANIA POST at the following points: CHANIA: Municipal Market, Airport, Public Bus Central Station, Old Harbour, Municipal Tourist Information Desk PLATANIAS: Central Square Infokiosk, Botanical Park KISSAMOS: Gramvousa and Balos boats, Elafonissi, Falassarna KANDANOS-SELINO: Paleochora Info Desk, Sougia, Kandanos SFAKIA: Hora Sfakion Infokiosk, Loutro, Agia Roumeli, ANENDYK boats APOKORONAS: Georgioupoli, Kavros, Vamos, Kalyves, Vrysses Also in Chania taxis, Limnoupolis Water Park and in selected cafes, businesses and shops throughout Chania Prefecture
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And the Blue Flag Champion is... Crete! Greece Ranks Second on 2014 Blue Flag Awards The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (EEPF), the national operator of the international “Blue Flag” program, announced that 408 beaches and 10 marinas in Greece have benn awarded with the Blue Flag. Greece nudges past Turkey to rank second among 51 countries worldwide, behind Spain (571 beaches and marinas). This year, the Blue Flag International Jury awarded a total of 3,372 beaches and 650 marinas worldwide. Crete came top with 105 Blue Flags. The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 4000 beaches and marinas in 48 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean. The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing with Water Quality, Environmental Education and Information, Environmental Management, and Safety and Other Services. The Blue Flag Programme is owned and run by the non-government, non-profit organisation the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The concept of the Blue Flag was born in France. In 1985, French coastal municipalities were awarded with the Blue Flag for complying with sewage treatment and bathing water quality criteria. In 1987, the “European Year of the Environment”, the Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe (FEEE) presented the French concept to the Eurpoean Commission, and the Blue Flag Programme was launched as one of the year’s community activities. In addition to sewage treatment and bathing water quality, criteria for obtaining a Blue Flag on a European level included other areas of environmental management, such as waste management and coastal planning and protection. Marinas were also made eligable for the award. In 1987 the Blue Flag was awarded to 244 beaches and 208 marinas in ten European countries. In 2001 FEE became a global organisation and changed its name from FEEE to FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education). Since then, many organisations and authoriBlue Flag Awarded Beaches and Marinas in Crete CHANIA  Municipality Kandanou Selinou Voulismeni Grammeno Pachia Ammos Chalikia Sougia Municipality Kissamou Falasarna / Pachia Ammos 1 Falasarna / Pachia Ammos 2 Kasteli / Mavros Molos-Plaka Municipality Platania Platanias Platanias /Limanaki Kolymvari Rapaniana Municipality Chanion Stalos Ag. Apostoli 1
ties outside Europe wishing for cooperation on spreading the Blue Flag Programme have made applications to FEE. With the expansion of the program, the criteria has become more rigorous and unified. As of 2006 an international set of criteria is being used with some variation within to reflect the specific environmental conditions of certain regions. Criteria 1) Environmental Education and Information • Information about the Blue Flag must be displayed. • Environmental education activities must be offered and promoted to beach users. • Information about bathing water quality must be displayed. • Information relating to local eco-systems and environmental phenomena must be displayed. • A map of the beach indicating different facilities must be displayed. • A code of conduct that reflects appropriate laws governing the use of the beach and surrounding area must be displayed. 2) Water Quality • The beach must fully comply with the water quality sampling and frequency requirements. • The beach must fully comply with the standards and requirements for water quality analysis. • No industrial, waste-water or sewage-related discharges should affect the beach area. • The beach must comply with the Blue Flag requirements for the microbiological parameter faecal coli bacteria (E.coli) and intestinal enterococci/streptococci. • The beach must comply with the Blue Flag requirements for physical and chemical parameters. 3) Environmental Management • The local authority/beach operator should establish a beach management committee. • The local authority/beach operator must comply with all regulations affecting the location and opera-
Ag. Apostoli 2 Chrissi Akti Agia Marina Kalamaki Nea Chora Marathi Stavros Agios Onoufrios Kalathas
Adelianos Kampos A Pigianos Kampos Skaleta
Municipality Apokoronou Maistrali Kalyves Xyda Almyrida Kyani Kavros Perastikos
Municipality Agiou Vassiliou Damnoni Plakias Souda Rodakino
Municipality Maleviziou Ellinoperamata Fodele Ammoudara 1 Ammoudara 4 Ammoudara 5
Municipality Rethymnis Rethymno 1 Rethymno 2 Rethymno 3 Rethymno 4 / Myssiria Platanias Β/Rethymno 6 Perivolia
Municipality Mylopotamou Panormos/Limni Lianos Kavos Lavris Bali Varkotopos Bali Livadi
Municipality Chersonissou Limenas Chersonissou 5
Agios Georgios 1 Agios Georgios 3 Anissaras Agios Georgios 2/Panagia Rizi Drapanos Potamos Potamos A Kokkini Chani Agia Pelagia / Menopetra Kastri / Creta Maris Municipality Festou Matala LASITHI  Municipality Agiou Nikolaou Spiliada Poros 1 Poros 2 Elounda Pigaidakia Eloundas Schisma Elounda 1 Driros Chiona Plaka
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tion of the beach. The beach must be clean. Algae vegetation or natural debris should be left on the beach. Waste disposal bins/containers must be available at the beach in adequate numbers and they must be regularly maintained. Facilities for the separation of recyclable waste materials should be available at the beach. An adequate number of toilet or restroom facilities must be provided. The toilet or restroom facilities must be kept clean. The toilet or restroom facilities must have controlled sewage disposal. There should be no unauthorised camping, driving or dumping of waste on the beach. Access to the beach by dogs and other domestic animals must be strictly controlled. All buildings and beach equipment must be properly maintained. Coral reefs in the vicinity of the beach must be monitored. A sustainable means of transportation should be promoted in the beach area.
4) Safety and Services • An adequate number of lifeguards and/or lifesaving equipment must be available at the beach. • First aid equipment must be available on the beach. • Emergency plans to cope with pollution risks must be in place. • There must be management of beach users and events to prevent conflicts and accidents. • There must be safety measures in place to protect beach users. • A supply of drinking water should be available at the beach. • At least one Blue Flag beach in each municipality must have wheelchair and accessibility features. • Wheelchair access and accessibility features must be in place for at least one Blue Flag beach in each municipality. Chavania 2 Agios Nikolaos 1 Agios Nikolaos 2 Agios Nikolaos 3 Ammoudi Kitroplateia Ammos/Marina Almyros Ammos/Dimotiki Pilos Ammoudara Voulisma Agios Panteleimonas Karavostasi Chavania 1 Municipality Sitias Sitia 1 / Galliko Sitia 1 / Petra Vai / Finikodasos Kouremenos Chiona Kato Zakros Vourlia Limanaki Analipsi
Municipality Ierapetras Makrygialos / Langoufa Ierapetra 1 / Dimotiki Ierapetra 2 / Dimotiki Agia Fotia Myrtos Koutsounari / Agios Ioannis Koutsounari 2 Katharades 1
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Underwater wedding in Crete During the last years, Greece has become the favorite destination among foreigners who want to exchange vows of eternal love. The Greek islands of Santorini and Crete charm tourists who promise that they will return to these places for the happiest day of their lives.
However a wedding, held recently in Crete was meant to be unforgettable, both to the couple and to the residents of the island. A couple from Russia chose to get married under the sea. Renat Adykov and Maria Obryvalina from Russia decided to hold an underwater wedding, proving that love has no boundaries. The couple from Saransk in western Russia, won a competition to get married at the Kalypso Dive Center in Rethymno Crete. They had no experience in scuba diving but they had intensive courses to make their dream come true. After a short ceremony on the shore, they plunged into the sea and reached a special platform seven metres below the surface where they carried out a second ceremony lasting 20 minutes, in which they exchanged their vows with the help of plastic cue cards. Greg James who works in the Kalypso Dive Center said to the British Daily Mail, “I think this is the first underwater wedding ever to take place in Crete.” greekreporter.com
Twice as Many Visitors to Crete’s Samaria Gorge
According to local Cretan media, the number of tourists to visit Samaria Gorge this year has dοubled since last April. Chania forestry service stated that this April, 2,154 tourists undertook the hike - a 104 percent rise on last year’s number, making the gorge Crete’s top tourist attraction, and one of the most important environmental destinations in Europe.
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“Crete... The Greek Island of all-Year Round Beauty” The regional authorities of the Greek island of Crete have launched a new ad campaign. The video focuses on four colors, representing some of the island’s most stunning features. A touch of blue, for the Cretan sky and sea; a touch of green for the island’s olive trees; a bit of orange to depict the magnificent sun and some light blue to match with the crystal clear waters and the image of a woman in Minoan Civilization. Theodoris Papadoulakis, the creator of this video, says the moto of the campaign was “Crete, your first option, your second homeland.” In this video he managed to harmoniously combine all Cretan elements to create immensely beautiful scenery. This spectacular video is composed of picturesque scenes, historical monuments and traditional elements.
The four dominant colors represent the island through each season. “Crete, the island within you,” is the top allyear round holiday destination. greekreporter.com
Tourists rescue baby dolphin stranded on a beach in Rethymno A baby dolphin likely owes its life to a group of tourists who banded together to help rescue the youngster after strong waves caused it to become stranded on shore. Greek and foreign tourists in Rethymno City, Crete, noticed the baby dolphin struggling against strong waves on a beach near a hotel this past Saturday. According to the European News Exchange, the tourists wrapped the baby dolphin in wet towels and blankets,
and tried to keep it moist as it had become extremely weak and unable to swim out to sea on its own. For hours, a group of tourists stayed by the young dolphin’s side, their task made tougher by the fact that all stores and pharmacies were closed for the Easter holiday. ENEX reports that the tourists even gave the young dolphin a name: Anastasis. By morning the dolphin’s strength had returned, and they were able to shepherd the mammal out to sea.
Crete police seize fake €50 banknotes
Australian journalist praises Greece
Greek traders are warned to beware of fake 50 euro banknotes after police in Crete seized forgeries that experts say were likely printed in Bulgaria. Greece’s Financial and Economic Crime Unit claimed that the counterfeit banknotes seized in Crete were manufactured in Bulgaria and fully resemble forgeries found previously in other parts of the country, Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) reported Saturday. Police are investigating how the counterfeit money made its way from Bulgaria and whether some of it has been in circulation elsewhere in the country. Meanwhile, police in Crete also arrested a 30-year-old Bulgarian citizen and charged him with cultivation and possession of drugs after the authorities found cannabis plants at his home, BNR reports.
Australian based journalist Huw Kingston has become the most ardent ambassador of Greece, singing its praises to the Australian media. While in Greece, Huw was particularly impressed by the beauty of the country, its beaches and the hospitality of the locals. “The people I meet, although I do not know them personally, seem very excited to see me and many of them invite me to their homes,” he says. As part of his project titled ‘Mediterr Anee’, Huw set off from Gallipoli in Turkey on April 26 and intends to ride, trek, sea kayak and ski his way across 20 countries. During his stay in Greece he participated in Athens classic marathon and one day he dreams of crossing the Corinth Canal in his canoe.
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Reflections on a local election campaign Many years ago, during a friendly after work drink, a friend and colleague and I engaged in one of those philosophical pub discussions about art and life. You see my friend was an art historian and, at the time, he was discussing with his students by Yiannis Xamonakis www.apokoronasnews.gr the deep and meaningful question that apparently preoccupies all students of art history when they are not busy with other worldly student pursuits. The question of whether art can be a substitute for life. As we both loved a futile argument, it took us a couple of hours of discussion and several refreshments before reaching the conclusion that it rather depends on a person’s relationship to the production of art; that is on whether one is a producer or a consumer of art. Why did I remember that moment from my past as I was returning home from the election campaign, late one evening, as I did every day for two weeks before the first round of the local elections? Perhaps because it seemed apt to ask the same question about the use of my diminishing life. Except of course that in this case the question would be phrased differently, and the word Art would be replaced by the word Politics, which some people say is in itself, an art. In any case, my relationship to politics so far, had been that of a consumer. A consumer of political analysis and an avid follower of Election Night Specials since the days when the swingometer entered the age of colour television. This year however, when I accepted the challenge of becoming a candidate for the local council, I felt that I truly crossed over the line and moved over to the production side. And my life was really taken over by politics as I joined the two week long election campaign trail. Not that in these trails I did any electioneering as such. I just followed the leader with the other fellow candidates in a convoy of cars through the beautiful countryside, visiting old small villages the local authority had forgotten since the last election, where we were welcomed in village squares by small groups of people, fewer in numbers than the posse of visiting candidates, with offers of raki and snacks. The speeches were left to the team leader, the mayoral candidate. There were a lot of ‘turning-over-a-new-leaf’s and ‘yeswe-can’s. Blame Barak Obama if you must for the use of these popular sound bites, but the voters were to be more impressed by the number of people in the mayoral candidate’s entourage. And all five mayoral candidates with their teams went past the same villages within a few hours of each other, and our paths often crossed and we greeted each other cordially. The rest of the electioneering consisted of distributing pre filled ballot papers, calling in favours from voters who were under an ‘obligation’ and visiting long lost relatives to secure a vote. In other municipalities some more unusual methods have been employed. Discount coupons and food vouchers were distributed with the pre filled ballot papers, and fake texts claiming to be from the archbishop were sent to the faithful to entice them to vote for a particular candidate. A seat in the council must mean a lot to some people. Overall, being on the campaign trail was a worthwhile experience. I was intrigued by the things I observed and I’ve learned a lot about the oddities of the Greek enhanced proportional representation electoral system and its practices, I’ve made a few new friends and visited many new places.
Election day, Sunday 18 May was an ordinary spring day, rather cold for the time of the year with a chilly northerly breeze you could feel when out of the warmth of the sun. I started the day with my normal morning routine of opening the shutters to let the light in, together with the bundle of cats that rolled in wanting to be fed, this time complaining that they have been neglected lately and purring under my feet for attention while I was trying to get myself some coffee before getting down to the polling station. But by the end of the day, the election proved not as important for the residents of Apokoronas as it was for the candidates. Turnout was poor with an abstention rate of just over 37%. The Greek and the European electorate voted with their feet; in many cases for different reasons. As you may know, Apokoronas comprises a collection of small villages where everyone knows their neighbours. Many voters therefore had conflicting loyalties, with different members of their family and different friends being candidates for different coalitions, and conflicting ‘obligations’ to the five hundred candidates running. Where these loyalties and ‘obligations’ were equal, they did not want to support one over the other, so they did not vote at all. Additionally, the European voters suffered from a certain amount of political fatigue, given that they were the prime target of all the competing coalitions. And to that we have to add a certain amount of cynicism that has inevitably crept in to the suspicious minds of experienced voters. The kind of cynicism that was expressed openly in supermarket queues and kafeneia a couple of days before the election when people were joking about the flurry of last minute works councils were carrying out. “Don’t you wish we had an election every year? That’s the only time they get anything done”. Under the circumstances, it has been very difficult to convince voters who are caught up in a spiral of voting uncritically only to be critical of the actions of the leaders they voted in power, that there could ever be anyone in charge who would honestly represent the public interest. And it may take a great leap of faith on the part of the public to break out of that vicious circle. Anyway, to move from matters of hope and faith back to the philosophical question I considered earlier, I think that after two weeks on the campaign trail I have found an answer. Yes, being in politics can take over your life and, as such, it can become a substitute for life. I’m just not sure whose life, and if it is the kind of life I want. And thankfully, by the time the next election comes around I will be too old to be considered fit for office. But at least, as a senior citizen I will enjoy a free lift to the polling station and all the attention the next lot of candidates will lavish on me to get my vote.
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The restoration work on the Karyatides continues
Foreign policies vs. tourism An eternal duel with no winners
“The travel and tourism industry, it’s just a huge part of our economy.” Karen Hughes It hasn’t been very long since the President of the Hotel Owners Union in Rethimnon described a grim image about touristic arrivals in Crete from both Russia and Ukraine. The Ukrainian crisis, already tormenting two different nations, seems, in fact, to trouble even the sensitive sector of Greek Tourism, with estimates showing a decline by 35% for Ukrainians and a 65% for Russians visiting our country and most particularly Crete. And all this, despite the optimistic point of views, hoping for a new world record in Crete’s tourism this summer. But how does a foreign policy really affect a family’s holidays in a foreign country? Well, the answer is not as simple as it is seems; especially when there’s a feud evolving. Crimea’s annexation to Russia, apart from the acute and bloody conflict between Moscow and Kiev, has also affected the medium incomes: couples and families from both countries, which initially wanted to travel abroad, were forced to enter to this deadly spiral: Slovyansk, Donetsk, and Lugansk… No more travels, no more appetite for summertime, as families lose their homes, or flee into them in panic, with all those gunshot-whistling and caterpillar-humming. For a country, like Greece and moreover for an island, such as Crete, this consists a major drawback: massive cancellations in hotel reservations, smaller touristic circulation during summer and lesser commercial inby Christos T. Panagopoulos NEA TV journalist
A Karyatis is a support column of a temple, in the form of a woman. In ancient times, six karyatides graced the south column gallery on the Erechtheion. The Erechtheion served as a temple to Athena Polias, Poseidon, the hero Erichthonius, and perhaps the legendary king Erechtheus. The six statues currently on display on the Erechtheion are copies; five of the statues were removed during restoration of the building, and are now on in the Acropolis Museum in Athens where they are being restored and preserved. The Archaeology News Network reports that the makeovers of the statues that started in 2011 are well underway, and that the museum had released images and video of the process and progress. The restoration work is expected to finish in June are is executed by three goggle-wearing conservators making use of custom-designed lasers to burn away soot and grime from the karyatides. The process is a true marvel of ingenuity. The Network reports that it takes about seven months to cleanse each of the larger than life-sized statues, which were carved around 420 BC. Conservators use a technology developed especially for the Acropolis sculptures, by the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas in Crete, employing two infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths so as to avoid causing discoloration or abrasion, while leaving intact the patina, that orange hue that the statues took on with the passage of centuries. “The laser beam hits the black crust formed on the surface of the statues over the years, and that absorbs energy and disintegrates,” head conservator Kostas Vassiliadis mentioned.
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come for the locals. One might say: “Oh, come on! What if they won’t come? Big deal!” That’s not true. Ukrainian and Russian tourists remain even today the biggest money-spenders during their visits in our country. And this remains a crucial fact. The touristic product, no matter, how best it could eventually become, remains totally helpless when it comes to a conflict’s burst: as in times of war there are casualties, the same goes for Tourism. The juxtaposition of a nation losing its sovereignty, engulfed in a never-ending civil war, where interests come above all and Tourism losing its initial ground is more than obvious: in this battle there are no winners at all. The damage is collateral. We can only hope for an appeasement in the Ukrainian crisis, not only in terms of profit, but also in terms of solidarity. War equals nothing more than pain, sorrow and destitution. Prudency is more needed than ever before.
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Sunnyclist... hybrid-human solar power motorcycle The revolution in green mobility comes from Crete The SUNNYCLIST introduces an innovative, realistic and complete choice of a solar vehicle with no limitations in capacity and driving range. It is the first completely autonomously powered vehicle as it can charge its battery during the day and the year yield can reach 17000 km. It is the urban vehicle that can autonomously travel the world. The Sunnyclist it is a three- wheel hybrid human and solar powered vehicle of three seats. Though a photovoltaic generator of 690Wp and a power motor of 4kW, it can reach 45km/h speed with a unique driving range. The Sunnyclist can cover 200km using a small battery, while a small electric car would require quadruple battery in order to reach the same driving range. The concept There is a vital and undisputable need for eco-friendly transportation. The SUNNYCLIST is the solution, it breaks new ground as it has zero emissions by using solar and human energy and is completely autonomously powered. Its batteries can be recharged using sunlight and during the travel. Through its unique design, it introduces a new era in solar vehicles, as it promotes the healthy living while offering a comfort and safe transport with an exceptional driving range. Τhe SUNNYCLIST can be perfectly suitable for covering short distances in the city. By creating an international model for all European countries to follow, it can take the use of the bicycle to the next level and therefore be integrated into the public transportation system. As a result both the traffic jam and the air pollution will be
• Practical, small, light, silent and flexible for urban areas. Technology and design The Synnuclist was studied from concept to completion in order to become a threewheel, safe, light and at the same time durable solar motor cycle, which could offer its passengers unique comfort and driving range. The design process was accomplished using the most modern design and calculating mechanical engineering programs, while the whole concept is based in simple yet fundamental scientific principles. Through simplicity but also extensive study when required, the Sunnyclist exceedingly exploits the solar and human energy for a safe and eco-friendly mobility. Features • Light and firm aluminum frame optimized with Finite Element Analysis. • Low center of gravity near the rear axis providing maximum safety. • Use of the most efficient photovoltaic panels of hybrid technology in the market( 22,5% performance). • Solar charger with MPPT technology (maximum power point tracking) • High quality, light and efficient elements of transmission • Rotatable solar roof to face the sun while in parking position. • Regenerative Brake • Light DC Motor of high efficiency (92%). • Lithium Batteries • Travel Computer Safety During transport, safety plays a most important role. In this area, the Sunnyclist is designed according to TÜV SÜD standards, an organization specializing in the safety of electric vehicles.
markedly reduced whereas the public awareness for the environment will be increased.
Quality The sunnyclist is a result of a high quality manufacture as tested materials of high efficiency and durability were used. In this way, it’s guaranteed that passengers will enjoy unique safety, driving range and pleasure for many years.
Benefits • It can satisfy a large number of transportations with cost effective and eco-friendly way. • Ideal for countries in south Europe and all places where sunlight is present most months of the year. • Gives access to exercise during daily trips. • Completely autonomous-free mobility. • Zero emissions
Specifications Payload 3 Persons plus luggage Full Weight /Unloaded (Curb) Weight 570kG /250kG Maximum speed 45 km/h Motor axle torque - Starting Gradeability 250 Nm / 20% Energy Consumption 4-5 kwh / 100 km Battery type/ voltage/capacity LiFePO4 / 48V 100Ah (4,8kWh)
Dimensions Length x Width x Height 2,7x1,6x1.65 Pedal Drive 1-speed gearing Electric Drive DC Brush type motor 4 kW Charger 1kW solar charger (charge time ap. 6 hs) Frame aluminum (square and round beam space frame) Suspension rear spring oil schock absorer, front air suspension fork Tyre/Rim 16x8,5 Steering mechanical control Front brakes front hydraulic disk brake Rear brakes rear hydraulic disk brakes, rear parking brake, electrical brake (regenerative) Turning circle radius 3m The Sunnyclist presents us with a cost-effective solution which applies to a large part of transports with extremely low cost, since it uses free, clean solar energy in the most eco-friendly way. Consequently it fully covers the consumers need for a low-cost and eco-friendly transportation. Moreover, it is ideal for the urban areas as it is practical, small and flexible and at the same time, due to its uniqueness its owner will definitely stand out from the crowd. Ideal for tourism By perfectly combining exercise and entertainment, the sunnyclist stands an ideal tool for touring and sightseeing. After all, the touristic activity is at its peak during the summer, when the sunnyclist can be totally autonomous. • With a driving range of 200km during the day, the sunnyclist is ideal for transportation in the islands where there are short distances and low speeds. • It can travel through small traditional streets while generating zero noise-pollution as it is small, silent and eco-friendly. • Touring becomes quite enjoyable due to its silent and smooth driving • It provides its passengers with the option to contribute to its movement by cycling which in turn provides excellent physical exercise. • The tourist-passenger enjoys traveling with a 100% eco-friendly vehicle and feels the ultimate freedom of its driving range.
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TUC Eco Racing participated for the seventh time at Shell Eco Marathon 2014 It was ranked among the top 4 teams of the Urban Concept category, achieving fuel consumption of 59Km/KWh TUCer (Technical University of Crete Eco Racing) team develops zero emission urban vehicles since 2007. The first vehicle was built at 2008 and until 2012 two more one-seated urban concept vehicles followed. The vehicles are constructed entirely at Technical University of Crete labs and are used as research platforms for the development of innovative automotive technologies. At the same time the team participates in international fuel consumption competitions aiming at high autonomy and safety. At Shell Eco Marathon 2012, the team presented an entirely new vehicle (ER12), which was ranked fourth at the category of urban concept cars. The ER12 is the third vehicle manufactured by the group in five years. The last two years (2013 and 2014) the prototypes used are based on the same platform but with many new innovative components and systems. The team TUCER participated so far in the following competitions: • 2014, May: Eco-marathon Shell, Ahoy Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands • 2013, May: Eco-marathon Shell, Ahoy Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands (1st Prize at Shell Energy Challenge Award and People’s Choice Award) • 2012, May: Eco-marathon Shell, Ahoy Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands • 2011, May: Eco-marathon Shell, EUROSPEEDWAY, Lausitz, Germany (1st Prize at Safety Award for the second year) • 2010, May: Eco-marathon Shell, EUROSPEEDWAY, Lausitz, Germany (1st Prize at Safety Award) • 2009, May: Eco-marathon Shell, EUROSPEEDWAY, Lausitz, Germany • 2008, May: Eco-marathon Shell, Nogaro, France
fuel. Cars drive a fixed number of laps around the circuit at a set speed. Organisers calculate their energy efficiency and name a winner in each class and for each energy source. Off-track awards are given for other achievements including safety, team spirit, communication, and innovation. The competition inspires the engineers of the future to turn their vision of sustainable mobility into reality, if only for a few days. It also sparks passionate debate about what could one day be possible for cars on the road.
ergy-efficient car. At three events around the world hundreds of team compete to travel the furthest on the least amount of energy. Some achieve distances equivalent to driving from Paris to Moscow (that’s 2,485 km or 1,544 miles) on a single litre of fuel. How does it work? At three locations around the world, teams take up the challenge to drive the furthest on the least energy. 2014 sees all three events take to urban circuits: in Manila, the Philippines; Houston, Texas, USA; and Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The competition is split into two classes. The Prototype class focuses on maximum efficiency, while passenger comfort takes a back seat. The UrbanConcept class encourages more practical designs. Cars enter one of six categories to run on conventional petrol and diesel, biofuels, fuel made from natural gas (GTL), hydrogen, or electricity. Over several days, teams make as many attempts as possible to travel the furthest on the equivalent of one litre of
Winners of the off-track awards at Shell Eco-marathon Europe 2013 Shell Eco-marathon is not just about the excitement of competing on the track and honour of driving the furthest on the least energy. Teams are also encouraged to submit entries for a selection of nine off-track awards. The awards test the team’s creativity and technical skills, along with their approach to safety and sustainability. The winners are selected by a jury of 14 distinguished judges, all experts in their respective fields. Shell Student Energy Challenge 604 - TUC Eco Racing Technical University of Crete, Greece The team’s entry for this new off-track award showed a well-researched understanding of the energy challenge. The jury especially like the new green technologies proposed and the way the team presented best-case and worst-case scenarios for the future of energy.
The basic premise of the contest is simple: to cover the maximum distance while consuming the least amount of fuel. This initiative, incorporates values inherent in sustainable development: environmental protection, energy conservation and recognition of individual and cultural diversity.
Best Team Spirit 330 - Prometheus National Technical University of Athens, Greece The team was united and put a lot of effort into introducing their culture and country to visitors and other teams in the paddock. Everyone who passed the team’s booth was welcomed with open arms and given leaflets on Greece, Greek food and tourist sights.
About Shell Eco Marathon Shell Eco-marathon is a unique competition that challenges students to design, build and drive the most en-
More info can be found at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ecoracer.tuc Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/tucerTV
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Great opportunities for investments in real estate market in Crete
All you need to know but you are afraid to ask. Exclusive interview with Giannis Kriaras, Owner and CEO of “Ktimatoemporiki Crete” Today, more than ever, everyone has questions about the real estate market, especially in Greece. Are you thinking of buying a house in 2014? Despite the economic crisis, is it a good time to invest in property in Crete? There are a lot of questions you may have for a real estate agent! We asked Mr Giannis Kriaras, CEO and Managing Director of Ktimatoemporiki Crete, to answer many questions you may have about buying property in Crete. (by Pandelis Giaitsis)
People say that economic crisis gives new opportunities. Do you believe that it’s time for investors to start buying properties in Crete? Is property in Crete a good investment?
hundred fifty thousand Euros (€250,000) while the residence permit may then be renewed for the same duration of five years, if the property remains unchanged in its legal ownership status. As a result of the new law’s implementation, It is expected that prolonging of the tourist period throughout Greece, and reducing seasonality, promoting the country’s international appeal as a safe and attractive tourist destination, increasing the number of foreign visitors and reinforcing domestic tourism, are some of the goals that will be achieved.
Well, economic crisis is a fact. Sure it is a good time for investors to buy properties in Crete as the economic crisis has led to price reductions. So, the crisis, beyond the negatives, has helped, in a way to create new opportunities since a 25 to 35% drop in prices has been stated on land properties and real estate in general. It is also a fact that all around the world, there is a rise in real estate prices whereas in Greece the case is completely the opposite. I believe that indeed it is now the best time to start dealing with investments as properties could be obtained in sites publish many details of the properties for sale the past at a certain price and now can be purchased at a in Crete? lower one compared to the time before economic crisis. A low cost investment has become a reality. This is a very good question. I cannot tell you why other Crete has proven over the last years to be one of the most How is the Crete property market evolving? What Internet sites don’t publish many details of their proppopular destinations for Europeans that seek a holiday makes a property in Crete so desirable? erties, but I can tell you why Ktimatoemporiki Company home, a retirement home or an investment property. chooses to do so. Therefore, demand for the island is increasing at a rap- I believe property market in Crete is well evolving. During We hold an 18-years experience in the real estate market id rate and especially in the last couple of years that -as the first years of crisis investors were a bit hesitant toand we were the first to become involved with active inabove mentioned- economic crisis has decreased real es- wards investments in Crete and Greece in general. ternet advertising. What makes Crete such a desirable property hotspot? tate prices. Ktimatoemporiki has a complete network of staff and we With this in mind, more and more property buyers from Well, the reasons are many. I think first and foremost, the specialize in presentation services for the marketing of abroad are searching for the best in Greek real estate climate itself. Not to mention clear blue sky with an averreal estate. We give such a great emphasis to our propmarket, they are looking for investment opportunities, age of 310 days of sun, spectacular sunrises and sunsets erties’ presentation, believing that «the more details we although in the past they only seemed to act as window and brilliant star and moonlit nights. include the more enlightening we will be» towards our shoppers. The diverse landscape and environment is a second reacustomers and website visitors. Some complementary factors that have led to the in- son. Lovely beaches, majestic mountain peaks, impresOur Company also has the largest portfolio of real estate creased demand for the island sive gorges, hidden caves, ancient (comprehensive data base of available land, traditionof Crete, include the island’s im- “...it is now the best time to sites, picturesque and literally unal houses, luxury villas, developments, apartments and portant position in the eastern invest- touched villages of character and business opportunities), constantly updating of our webth wi ng ali de rt sta Mediterranean, its size, as betradition. site, giving as much information as possible to our clients ing the fifth largest island in the ments as properties could Living in Crete is also quite affordand helping them to have a representative opinion about Mediterranean, covering an area d in the past at able. The cost of living in Crete each property. ne tai ob be of 8.336 km² and also the temperabout 30% lower than Cyprus’ With first class reputation for customer satisfaction, we can iswhen Cyprus’ is 30% lower than ate climate of Crete, with a great a certain price and now choose the most progressive ways of presentation and amount of sunshine, considered be purchased at a lower one Spain’s and Portugal’s. marketing, we dispose the most advanced and efficient as one of the healthiest and genbefore And of course, we must not forget data base systems and we believe that with intensive e tim the to red pa com to mention the warmth and hospitler in Europe. marketing, the fastest cross-checking and exchange of Infrastructure improvements in economic crisis. A low cost tality of the Cretans. information for each offer – demand, we multiply the seaports and airports throughhas become a rent me probability of success for the most suitable transaction ( est inv Is there a proper land registraout Crete are offering excellent air either purchase - sale - rent). connections with the rest of the ality...” tion system in Greece? Is buying world and also making the island property in Greece protracted What is the procedure to buy a property and what accessible by ship, have also given a new incentive to a and difficult? Is property ownership secure in Crete? documents do I need? large number of tourists to visit the island, buy property in Crete and live a truly memorable experience. Owning property in Greece is simple and straightforOnce you find the house that suits you and you decide ward. Greek laws authorise foreigners to own properties to proceed with a purchase, you will then have to follow Do you believe that Greek Development Law is giving in most areas of Greece. Anybody, regardless of nationalsome basic steps. some real opportunities in the Greek Tourism Sector ity, can be a property owner. Property in Greece is under First and foremost, appoint a lawyer who will carry out and of course in real estate market? the protection of the State; all property owners in the any necessary legal checks and then appoint an attorney country have equal rights and reassist and represent you in the Greece’s new Investment Incentives Law responds to the sponsibilities. “...As Greece orients itself to process. diverse needs of today’s investor and, in parallel, creates Most properties in Greece are to the global economy and Then, an engineer needs also to a forward-looking investment environment. freehold ownership. A nationwide be appointed as to do the urban As Greece orients itself to the global economy and insti- Land Registry is underway; some institutes a green developplanning checks. tutes a green development model, both domestic and islands already have land regis- ment mo de l, Last but not least, the buyer bo th do me sti c foreign investors will find a new, open investment frame- tries, while properties in other arshould refer to a notary who will work that is welcoming, attractive, and rewarding. eas are registered in the Registry and foreign investors will prepare the contract to be signed. The new Law can boost private investment by making a of Mortgages. find a new, open investment The whole process should not rebroader range of projects eligible for fast-track licensing Once you have found your new framework that is welcom- quire more than 4 weeks. and by creating new opportunities for investors. home and secured financing, The buyer should get a copy of By providing significant financial support, the Law’s main completion of the process should ing, attractive, and rewardthe title deed and perform a title objective is to increase demand and upgrade the quality not require more than 4 weeks. ing...” search at the Registry of Mortgagof the tourist product and tourist services at all levels. If buying property in Greece is es. I would also like to point out that the new Law has given protracted and difficult? AbsoThe buyer must obtain the contract new investment motives to non-EU residents by granting lutely not. Having decided on your property and appointdeed (title) held by the vendor. a Residence Permit for five (5) years if they have required ed a lawyer, the deal can be finalized usually in 4 weeks. This can be done with the help of the lawyer. It is a lawand legally own a property in Greece. yer’s obligation to search the title deed at the registry of As for the above to be in effect, the minimum value of the Ktimatoemporiki’s web site gives a lot of information mortgages. The search must be carried out in order to property and the contract price shall be no less than two about property in Crete. Why don’t other internet
p. 15 CHANIA POST secure that: - The vendor holds the absolute deed of the property. - The property is unencumbered. - All property taxes, burdening the vendor, have been paid. - The construction was completed in accordance to all planning and building permissions. Only if the title deed is secure the buyer should proceed to the contract. Issue a tax registry number A tax registry number must be issued for the buyer, in order to be able to proceed with any transaction. The tax registry number is applied for and issued by the Inland Revenue Service. Pay the transfer tax 3% The transfer tax must be paid to the local Inland Revenue Service by the buyer prior to sign the contract. This can be done with the help of the attorney. Sign the contract The buyer’s attorney should ensure that the title is transferred to the buyer’s name by obtaining the relevant certificate from the Registry of Mortgages and notify the Land Registry respectively for the transfer (if applicable).
For the purchase of within residential area plots, the documents needed are: the contract and the topographical plan. For the purchase of off plan plots, the documents needed are: the contract, the topographical plan, urban planning certificate on the land property’s wholeness and build ability and cleared forestry land certificate. What about the property tax? How much tax is it necessary to pay on the purchase?
“...Ktimatoemporiki has a complete network of staff and we specialize in presentation services for the marketing of real estate. We give such a great emphasis to our presentation, properties’ believing that «the more details we include the more enlightening we will be» towards our customers and website visitors...”
If the buyer is interested in purchasing a house, the documents needed are: the contract, the building permit, the Energy Performance Certificates (EPC), legality certification and engineer’s certificate of completion and final inspection.
The property tax depends on a variety of criteria such as the area a property is located, the size (square metres), etc. The tax someone has to pay on the purchase amounts to 3%; it is important to mention that the transfer tax has been decreased from a 10% to a 3% giving a new incentive to new buyers and also attracting more investors. It’s now the right time for those having cash to invest to move in the property market. The fall in prices of real estate properties has reached a 40% since the beginning of crisis and it has created great investment opportunities.
So, those who think or plan to acquire properties at prices that will may never be the same in the years to come, should hurry up as to achieve best deals at lowest price!
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Greece is... No 1!
On top of the list of last minute holiday bookings ahead of several other tourist countries According to the Austrian Tourism Press Association, Greece ranks first amongst all popular destinations, as well as in last minute unscheduled bookings, as far as the upcoming summer holiday season is concerned. As stated by the Austrian Tourism Press announcement, Greece holds the first place ahead of several other tourist countries such as Turkey, Spain, Italy, Croatia, U.S.A, Egypt, France, Britain and Tunisia. Concerning the top island destinations, Greece once again holds first place in last minute bookings, followed by the Balearic Islands, the Maldives, the Canary Islands and Mauricius. ‘’Austrians do love Greece, as proven by the fact that they prefer it even in the nick of time’’, mentions the announcement. Furthermore, it is stated that Greece holds on to this popularity lead, as it was also nestled in the peak of the top ten tourist destinations the previous year, thus maintaining its dynamic momentum for yet another tourist season. Recently, the Austrian newspaper ‘’Die Presse ‘’, included a full page article entitled ‘’ Greece is once again number one in tourism ‘’. The article in question included an interview with Sena Utsgeren, head of the major tourist agency ‘’ TUI ‘’. As stated by Mr Utsgeren , Greece is bound to be the number one tourist attraction again. In accordance with further publications in the Austrian Press , various headlines go about mentioning: ‘’Greece has retrieved the first place in the preference of Austrians for the upcoming summer ‘’,‘’ Greece remains the top holiday destination ‘’, ‘’Greece marks the greatest tourist increase ‘’ and so on. Also mentioned in various parts of the press is the fact that almost half a million Austrians visit Greece every year. In proportion to the Austrian population which is about 8,5 million, for quite a few years now, the country has ranked first place as regards the total number of arrivals in Greece.
The winners of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Awards The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award has announced the four winners of the 2014 award who, in addition to sharing prize funding of up to €700,000, will be assigned an expert mentor and receive a range of business support services. The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award 2014 Winners are: - Annassa Organics: A new range of premium herbal teas and infusions. Anassa Organics selects the finest quality organically farmed Greek products with exceptional taste and fragrance. The products come with highly creative contemporary branding and unique, engaging presentation packs that turn preparation of aromatic herbal drinks into a ritual. The Anassa Organics range is targeted at international markets. Applicants: Afroditi Florou, Yanna Matthaiou. - e-satisfaction: The first independent platform that records e-shoppers’ entire online shopping experience from browsing through ordering to delivery. e-satisfaction seeks to become a widespread, trustworthy reference and information source for consumers – and a valuable interactive feedback mechanism for online retailers globally. Applicants: Stelios Eliakis, Xenia Kourtoglou, Katerina Pramatari. - Open Circle: A web-based community where visionary entrepreneurs present their business concepts and engage with investors who may wish to participate. Unlike traditional crowdfunding this ‘equity crowdfunding’ provides a clear pathway for equity participation in target companies. Applicant: Socratis Ploussas. - RTsafe: The result of extensive scientific research, RTsafe is designed to optimise the safety and effectiveness of radiotherapy for cancer patients. With RTsafe personalised radiotherapy cycles can be carried out with optimal clinical outcome and reduced treatment side effects. Applicants: Evangelos Pappas, Thomas Maris, Nikolaos Stergiopulos.
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University of Crete in global list of top 100
Ranked 48th in the Times Higher Education (THE) annual list of the top 100 universities founded in the past 50 years but the Cretan institution was classified significantly lower in a list of the world’s top 400 universities The University of Crete is included again in the second annual Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 league table, ranked #53 among the world’s best young universities under the age of 50. The THE 100 Under 50 complements the annual THE World University Ranking. It uses the same 13 performance indicators covering the whole range of a university’s mission (teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook) but carefully recalibrated to better suit the profile of a younger institution. That is, the THE 100 Under 50 gives less weight to the subjective indicators of academic reputation – closely associated with heritage and endowment wealth – which favour the dominance of the traditional elite of old universities in the rankings of research-led universities. As Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education Rankings notes: “The THE 100 Under 50 rankings highlight those institutions that have joined the ranks of the world’s finest in a matter of years, while many of their competitors have had centuries of development, or those that are showing great potential for future success.” Crete is thus part of ‘an elite group of some truly exciting and dynamic institutions.’ As Phil Baty points out: “The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 rankings highlight some exceptional achievements from fast-developing and exceptionally well-funded institutions in East Asia, notably in South Korea and Singapore. So for Crete, despite Greece’s well document-
ed and extraordinary economic challenges, to have held on well in the ranking against such tough global competition is a great achievement.” Overview The University of Crete is a young and dynamic academic institution committed to excellence in research & teaching. The University was established in 1973 and accepted its first students in 1977-78. It now has 17 Departments in 5 Faculties: Philosophy, Education, Social Sciences, Sciences & Engineering, and Medicine. Currently, around 13,000 undergraduate and 2,000 postgraduate students study here, taught by an outward looking faculty and support staff of over 630 with experience in higher education institutions worldwide. The international orientation of the University is reflected in its track record of collaborations with many of the leading research and educational organizations in Europe and by the opportunities offered to students and staff through its active participation in mobility and exchange programmes. Located at campuses in Heraklion and Rethymnon on the island of Crete, a site rich in ancient & modern Mediterranean cultures, the University offers a vibrant social and intellectual environment for research and education. As such, whether your contact with the University is brief or long-term, we trust it will be rewarding.
Olga Kefalogianni: “Greek tourism is here to stay” 2014 will be a record year, according to the Minister of Tourism. Speaking to SKAI TV, Minister of Tourism Olga Kefalogianni expressed her belief that “Greek tourism is back to stay in the global tourism map.” Commenting on the increase of tourist inflow to Greece in recent years, Mrs. Kefalogianni noted that 2014 “is off to a very good start… it is going to be a record year” and added that “in 2013 we had a 15% increase both in arrivals and in revenue, compared to 2012.” Ms. Kefalonianni also underlined that the Greek capital in particular, has great potential for developing cultural and conference tourism.
MEET... CHANIA in 20 pages
by Chania Post in collaboration with Chania Prefecture
Welcome! Bienvenue! Willkommen! Добро пожал овать! Velkommen! Välkommen Välkomna! Tervetuloa! 文化的天空, 人类的天堂
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A few things you have to know about Crete
Crete, the 5th biggest Med Island, lies in the southern frontier of Europe. Crete combines mountains and sea, the new alongside with the old and ancient with contemporary history. It is a cultural crossroad due to its strategic geographical position. English, German, French, Russian and other languages are widely spoken in tourist resorts. The climate is a factor that greatly contributes to its attractiveness. It is mild Mediterranean – dry and warm, which means high sunshine all year round, very small seasonal changes in temperatures and no extreme weather phenomena. Tap water is safe for consumption, the consumption of bottled water is recommended. The international call code for Greece is +30.
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Velkommen til smukke Chania, en paradisisk og ægte egn fyldt med naturlig skønhed, historie, minder og kultur.Her vil den besøgende opleve naturen i dens fulde pragt, og komme til at stå overfor steder der tager vejret fra en. Endeløse bugtede kyster, eksotiske småøer og gemte sandstrande ved foden af de vilde bjerge. Ufremkommelige men fortryllende kløfter, hellige grotter, velsignede floder, og fredlige dybtgrønne sletter, beplantet med oliven træer og citrusfrugter. En egn selvforsynende med alt og rig på sjældne dyr og planter. I Chania vil den besøgende blive imponeret over de menneskelige værker. Velkommen til vakre Hania, et paradisisk og rent land full av naturskjønnheter, historie, minner og kultur. Det er et land der de besøkende vil oppleve naturen i all dens prakt og se steder som gjør en stum av begeistring. Endeløse kyststrekninger med skummende hav, små bukter og øyer av eksotisk skjønnhet og skjulte sandstrender ved foten av avskrekkende fjell. Vanskelig tilgjengelige, men majestetiske fjellkløfter, hellige huler, velsignede elver og rolige grønne sletter dekket med oliven- og sitrus trær. Et land som er selvnærende på alle måter, rikt på dyreliv og planter, endemiske (stedegne) og sjeldne.
Museums | Musée | Museen | Mузеи | Museer | Μuseot | 博物馆 Archaeological Museum of Chania 25 Halidon str. - Tel. 28210 90334. Open: 8.30-15.00 (except Mondays) Maritime Museum of Crete Akti Koundourioti, Venetian Harbour. Tel. 28210 91875/74484. Open: 9.00-16.00 (1/4-31/10), 9.00-14.00 (1/11-31/3) Μinoan Ship Moro dock, Venetian Harbour. Τel. 28210 91875. Open: Μay-Οct. Mon.-Fri. 10.00-15.00 & 19.00-22.30 (except public holidays) Historical Archives of Crete 20 I. Sfakianaki str., Tel. 28210 52606. Open: 9.00-14.00 (except Sat. & Sun.) Folklore Museum Gavalochori, Apokoronas. Tel. 28250 23222. Open: 9.00-20.00, Sat. 9.00-19.00, Sun. 10.00-13.00 Folklore Museum “Cretan House” 46b Halidon str. Tel. 28210 90816. Open: 9.00-15.00 & 18.00-21.00 Byzantine collection Theotokopoulou str. Tel. 28210 96046. Open: 8.30-15.00 (except Mondays)
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Bienvenue. Bien qu’elle ait été bombardée pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, La Canée est considérée comme une des plus jolies villes de Crète, particulièrement le vieux port vénitien avec son phare du XVe siècle et la mosquée des Janissaires. La Canée bénéficie d’un climat typiquement méditerranéen caractérisé par des hivers frais et humides et des étés chauds et secs. Le marché couvert datant de 1913, basé sur les plans de celui de Marseille, est aux abords de la vieille ville et est populaire aussi bien auprès des touristes que des habitants locaux.
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Sights | Spectacles | Sehenswürdigkeiten | Достопримечательности Att göra | Nähtävyydet | Seværdigheder | Attraksjoner | 景点
Ekklesiastic Museums - Monastery of Holy Trinity of Tzagarolon, Αkrotiri. Tel. 28210 63310. Open: 8:00-20:00 - Gouverneto Monastery, Αkrotiri. Tel. 28210 63319 - Monastery of Chrissopigi, Chania. Tel. 28210 91125 - Monastery of Gonia, Kissamos . Tel. 28240 22313
Centre of Mediterranean Architecture Chania, 31 Αkti Tombazi, Venetian Harbour. Tel. 28210 40101/40201
War Museum Tzobanaki Cassern. Tel. 28210 44156. Open: 9:00-13:00 (except Sat. & Sun.)
Villa Koundourou (Youth Centre and Municipal Cultural Workshop) Chania, 2 Iroon Politechniou str. Tel. 28210 53730/40896. Open: 9:00-14:00 and 18:00-21:00
Chemistry Museum 34c Eleftherios Venizelos str. Tel. 28210 42504. Open: 9:00-13:00 (except Sat. & Sun.) Byzantine and Folklore Museum of Spilia, Kissamos Tel. 28240 22080/22357. Open: 17:00-18:00, Sat. 11:00-12:00
Institute of Cretan Justice Nearchou str., Chania. Open: 10:00-14:00
“Chrissostomos” Literary Association Chania, 83 Halidon str. Tel. 28210 53879 Municipal Art Gallery Chania, 98 Halidon str. Tel. 28210 92294/92419
Typography Museum, VIOPA, Souda Tel. 28210 51003. Open: 10:00-18:00
Venizelion School of Music 5 N. Foka str. Tel. 28210 43067/52582. Open: 8:00-14:00 and 17:00-21:00
Museum of National Resistance, Therisso Open all year round
Lyceum for Greek Girls 1 K. Mitsotaki str. Tel. 28210 42465/59444
House of Eleftherios Venizelos a. Mournies, Kydonia. Tel. 28210 93132/95250. Open: 18:00-21:00. b. Elena Venizelou sqr., Halepa, Chania (Eleftherios K. Venizelos Foundation). Tel. 28210 56008
Cultural Centre of the Metropolis 2 Ant. Giannari str. Tel. 28210 27807-9 Intellectual Centre of Chania 70 A.Papandreou str. Tel. 28210 40525
Mosque of Kioutsouk Hasan (Yali-Tzamisi) Venetian Harbour. Tel. 28210 83235/83232 Park for the Preservation of Flora and Fauna Technical University of Crete, Akrotiri. Τel. 28210 55988. Open: Mon.-Sat. Arts & Crafts Village, VIOPA, Souda Τel. 28210 80132/81410. Open: 10.00-14.30 School Life Museum, Νerokourou Τel. 28210 74764. Open: Mon.-Fri. 9.00-13.30, Mon. & Wed. 18.00-20.30, Sat. 10.00-13.00 Archaeological Museum of Kissamos Τel. 28220 83308. Open: 8.30-15.00 (except Mondays) Olive Museum-Institute of Olive & Subtropicals Τel. 28210 83476/83428. Open: 8.00-14.00 via phone arrangement Sea Life & Fishery Museum, Kolimbari Τel. 28240 23299. Open: 10.00-18.00 (exc. Sat.-Sun.) An. Skalidis Museum, Perivolia, Kissamos Τel. 28220 61052. Frontier Museum of Europe, Paleochora Τel. 28230 42265.Open: Οct.-Μay Mon.-Fri. 10.00-13.00, June-Sept. Wed.-Sun. 10.00-13.00 & 18.00-21.00
Churches/Monasteries | Eglises/Μonastères | Kirchen/Klöster | Церкви/монастыри | Kirker/Κlostre | Kyrkor/Κloster | Kirkot/Luostarit | 教堂和修道院 The Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of Chrysopigi lies a short distance from the town of Chania on the route to Souda harbour. Operation Hours: 08.00-12.00 and 15.30-18.00 Telephone: (+30)2821091125, (+30)2821029840 The monastery of Agia Triada of Tzagarolon is one of the richest and most beautiful monasteries in Crete. It is built near the airport of Chania, in the position Tzobomylos of the Cape Melecha and at the foothills of Stavros Mount. The distance from Chania is only 15km. Gouverneto Monastery. The actual Monastery complex was built from 1537 till 1548. According to tradition, it was connected with miraculous St John the Hermit, and was used for the housing of the Saint’ s pilgrims. Telephone: (+30)2821063319
Katholiko monastery is located 20km east of Chania, near the northern shores of Cape Akrotiri. It is located near the exit of the gorge Avlaki, at a short distance from the sea. The monastery of Panagia Chrisoskalitissa is located 72km south of Chania, very close to the magnifi cent lagoon of Elafonissi. It operates as a nunnery and reminds of a fortress, perched on a 35m high rock with boundless sea views. The Monastery of Saint George in Karydi (in Apokoronas Province) is located about 2km east of Vamos village. The monastery was abandoned for many years but was restored in 1996 and today it is operating normally. Monastery of Pasinos. It is a complex of monasteries built during the Venetian rule (16th century). It architectural style is western, the church being placed in the centre of the complex.
St George of Mythimna - Kisamos. The single-room, vaulted church of St George in the archeological site of Methymna, near Drapania of Kisamos, was built during the fi rst half of the 15th century, in the place of a late Roman Bath. The Holy Monastery of Partenon or Life-Giving Spring was founded by the Bishop of Kisamos & Selinon Anthimos Leledakis in 1905-1910. It was renovated between 1962 and 1965, by Bishop Irineos Galanakis. Early Christian Basilica at Almyrida Apokoronou. It is an early Christian three-aisled basilica of the second half of the 6th century. The church of St George in the centre of Kournas, a settlement with interesting folk architecture. It was built at the end of the 12th century.
Places to visit | Lieux à visiter | Orte zu besuchen | Места для посещения | Steder å besøke | Steder at besøge | Sevärdheter | Käyntikohteita | 景点
Ancient Aptera This site is located 15 km South-east of Chania, near the village Megala Chorafi a. The strategic location of the city with two ports, Minoa (modern Marathi) and Kissamos (near Kalives today) at the entrance of the natural bay, which guaranteed the possibility to control the movement of trade, boosted its growth. Ancient Falasarna The site of the ancient Falassarna located on the western edge of Cap Gramvousa the west coast of Crete. The town was surveyed again in the 19th century by English tourists, who identified the village and closed the port. Ancient Lissos The ruins of Lissos are saved between Paleochora and Sougia. It
was the port city of Dorian Elyros. It fl ourished in the Hellinistic, Roman and the fi rst Vyzantine period and destroyed by the Saracens Arabs. It also issued its own currency, as Lissos. Ancient Tara (St. Roumeli) The ruins of the ancient city Taras found at south coast of Crete near the village of Agia Roumeli. The city fl ourished particularly during the Roman era. They found the remains of a temple, possibly dedicated to Artemis and Apollo. Souda’s Castle The castle is built on the islet of Souda, and protected the port of Souda and Chania. It occupies almost the entire island. Built in 1715 and surrendered to the Ottomans in 1715. On February 14 the Greek fl ag was raised, lowering the Turkish and giving the signal that there is now the Greek sovereignty over
the island of Crete. Archaeological site of ancient Anopolis The archaeological site of ancient Anopolis located 87 km south of Chania. Anopolis was an independent city during the classical times and fl ourished during the Roman and Byzantine times. Firkas Castle Castle Firkas was built in the 16th century by the Venetians to protect the city of Chania. There Venizelos declared the offi cial union of Crete with Greece. Today it hosts the Maritime Museum and a small theater. Intzedin Castle Located 14 km east of Chania. Has been characterized as his-
torical monument. Built in 1872 in the position of the tower was built in 1646 by the Turks, who drove the Venetians. The name comes from the name of the son of Sultan Abdul Aziz Intzedin. Has been used as a prison for political prisoners, among them which has been the El. Venizelos. During the dictatorship of Pangalos many dissidents jailed, and when the dictatorship fell, Pangalos was imprisoned there too. Finally, from the isolation rooms of Yaros, in 1948, the fi rst communist political prisoners were moved there.
Ancient Polirinia The ancient city was Polirinia in place of the village Polirinia Kissamos, 49 km west of Chania. At the top of the hill was the citadel of which was T-shaped, from where the view was immense, from Crete to the Libyan Sea, which stretched the realm.
Cultural events | Evénements culturels | Kulturelle Veranstaltungen | Культурные мероприятия | Kulturarrangementer | Kulturelle begivenheder | Kulturevenemang | Kulttuuritapahtumat | 文化活动 May: - Celebration of the battle of Crete. It includes events commemorating those who were killed and several cultural events. - “Koresia” athletic games Canoe kayak at Kournas Lake. Beginning of summer: Venizelia - Track events at the National Stadium of Chania. May - September: Athletic events in Nea Kydonia which include: Beach volley Beach Soccer - Beach Handball and racket games. July - August - September: - Cultural Summer Events of the municipality of Chania. It includes music and stage performances at the theatre of Eastern Trench, Public Garden, Venizelio music school, Park of Peace and Friendship and other events in several neighbourhoods of
the town. - Cultural summer events are also organised by the municipalities of Kisamos, Apokoronas and Kandanos-Selino. June: - Cherries Festival in Karanou. - 24 June: Festivity of St. Ioannis Klidonas, in Fres, Akrotiri, Perivolia, Therisso, Vamvakopoulo. - 29 June - 6 July: Naval week festival. July: - Festival of Kalitsouni cheese pie, in Kandanos.
Religious events | Evénements religieux | Religiöse Veranstaltungen Религиозные события | Religiøse begivenheder | Religiøse begivenheter Religiösa evenemang | Uskonnollisiin tilaisuuksiin | 宗教活动
Asi Gonia, St. George’s Day, April 23rd or after Easter Day: A big festival. All the shepherds of the area bring their animals to the mass in order to be blessed, then they milk them and distribute the milk to the pilgrims. Agios Ioannis Sfakion, St John’s Feast, May 8th: Traditional festival of Sfakia. Azogyre, The Holy Fathers’ Feast, October 7th: In the beautiful village with the visitable impressive cave of the Holy Fathers. Elos, Agios Dikaios,May 6th: Extraordinary view and a unique fair. Lissos, St Kyrikos, July 15th: The pilgrims start arriving ancient Lissos on foot or in boats from Sougiaγια early in the afternoon of the previous day. A real fair of Selino in a mythical place. Sembronas, Apopigadi, St. John’s, June 24th: One of the feasts, that take place on a very high location, with an incredible view. Sougia, Harey, St. Antony 1-2 of July: Unique traditional fair at the seaside small church which is situated in Harey. The route on foot from through the E4 path that lead from Sougia to Agia Roumeli lasts two hours with the unique background of the Lybian sea and piney slopes. It is possible to go there also by boat from Sougia. Overnight stay outdoor.
Therisso, Assumption of the Mother of God, August 15th: In the beautiful village where Eleftherios Venizelos declared the revolution of 1905.
- Naval week in the old harbour and every second year in Palaiochora and Georgioupolis. - 21-28 July: Elafonisia - Municipality of Kissamos. Including memorial service at the monument of Elafonisi, athletic games, performances, festivity in honour of the elderly and traditional treat. - 26 July: “Promotion of Kisamos” - Club, Grambousa pilgrimage excursion from the port of Kisamos to Balos and to
the island of Grambousa. - 30 July: “Pottery Festival” in Nohia.
- 30-31 July: Wine festival in Vouves. August: - First Sunday of August: Blessing of the fruit of the earth at the Monastery of Archangel Michael (Rotonda) Kato Episkopi. - 8-9 August: Wine festival in Vouves. - 1-10 August: Venetian Harbour of Chania photography exhibition for Chania Music Tradition. - 16 August: Honey Festival in Afrata. September: - 1-10 September: Sardine festival in Nea Chora and in Souda. - 27 September: World Day of Tourism. Festive events at the old harbour of Chania. End of October or beginning of November: - Chestnut festival in Prases and Elos.
<< The little sea village of Loutro, just 30 minutes from Chora Sfakion by ANENDYK Ferries. Excellent choice for a weekend “escape”. Great beach and good tavernas all over the place.
Sfakia, Thymiani Panagia, last Sunday of May. Chrysoskalitissa, the Assumption of the Virgin, August 15th: At the beautiful monastery, which is a real «balcony» to the Lybian Sea a famous festival takes place. Frangokastello, St. Nikitas’, September 15th: Big festival during which riding races take place. August 6th, the Transfiguration: Ksirosterni, Tzitzife, Karres of Kissamos, Sassalo August 15th the Assymption of the Virgin: Voulgaro Panagia of the Summit, Kolympari Gonia, Pemonia, Fre, Eksopolis, Litsarda, Alikampos, Kefala, Kalikrati, Koustogerako August 29th,John the Precursor’s: Rodopou Gionas, Douliana, Stylos, Kournas September 8th, Birth of the Mother of Christ: Gavalohori, Tzitzife, Sassalo September 14th, Feast ofthe Holy Cross: Nippos, Rodovani September 15th St. Nikitas’: Kampia
Imeri Gramvousa . There is an old ^^ shipwreck of a small cargo ship dating from 1968. << Everyone who comes to Crete is going to Platanias, the most famous place in Chania Prefecture. Full of tourists every summer, with sandy beaches, lots of stores, night clubs, restaurants and cafes.
Beaches | Plages | Strände | пляжи | Strande | Strender | Stränder | Rannat | 海滩 Numerous beautiful beaches with soft sand or coloured pebbles are found in the prefecture of Chania. All beaches have crystalline waters and look like paradise. Afrata: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 28km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, parking, cafe, snack Agia Marina: Type: Sand - Distance: 9km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all Inclusive Hotels, pharmacies, doctors, ATM cashpoint machines, super markets, shops, car rentals Agia Roumeli: Village on the south coast of Chania prefecture, between Chora Sfakion and Sougia. Type: Pebbles - Facilities: Showers, umbrellas and sunbeds, cafe, snack, tavernas, accommodation, mini market, ferry boat trips Agioi Apostoli: Type: Sand - Distance: 3km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, lifeguard, free parking area, cafes, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, taxi station, bus stop, mini markets, super markets, tourist offices and car rental offices Almirida: Type: Sand - Distance: 23km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, windsurfing school, cafes, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets, ATM cashpoint machines Balos Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 55km west of Chania town Facilities: Canteens, umbrellas and sunbeds Chora Sfakion: Type: Pebbles - Facilities: Restaurants, cafes, shops Crissi Akti Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 2.5km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, volley ball courts, children’s playground, parking, cafes, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, super markets, taxi station Drapanias: Type: Sand - Distance: 33km west of Chania town Facilities: Showers, umbrellas and sunbeds, cafe, snack, restaurants, tavernas, accommodation, campsite, bakery, mini market Elafonissi: Type: Sand - Distance: 75 km from Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, canteen, cafe, taverns, accommodation, mini market Falasarna: Type: Sand - Distance: 59km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, volley ball court, lifeguard, parking, cafes, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation Frangokastello: Type: Sand - Distance: 80km southeast of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, cafes, restaurants, fish taverns, shops, mini market, accommodation Georgioupoli: Type: Sand - Distance: 38km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguards, water sports, cafes, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets, super markets, shops, ATM cashpoint machines Gerani: Type: Sand - Distance: 15km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, bars, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, all Inclusive hotels, shops, pharmacy, super markets Gialiskari/Anidri Beach: Type: Sand/Pebbles - Distance: 74km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, two canteens
Kalathas Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 13km north east of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafes, snack, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops Kalives: Type: Sand - Distance: 19km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, windsurfing school, cafes, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets, ATM cashpoint machines Kedrodassos: Type: Sand - Distance: 74km south west of Chania town Kisamos (Mavros Molos): Type: Sand - Distance: 36km west of Chania Facilities: Showers, umbrellas and sunbeds, cafes, snack, restaurants, tavernas, accommodation, shops, mini markets, super markets, ATM’s, doctor’s offices
Kolymvari (Kolymbari): Type: Sand/Pebbles - Distance: 23km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafe, snack, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets Koundoura/Krios Beach: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 80km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas, sunbeds, parking, canteen Kyani Akti Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 18km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, parking, canteens, restaurants, tavernas Loutraki Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 16km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, parking, cafes, snack, restaurant, accommodation Loutro: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 71km south of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, cafe, snack bars, restaurants, fish taverns, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops Maleme: Type: Sand - Distance: 17km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops, pharmacies Marathi Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 16km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafes, snack, restaurants, accommodation
Marmara Beach: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 85km south of Chania town Facilities: Pachia Ammos: Type: Sand - Distance: 71km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas, sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, beach bar, cafes, restaurants, taverns, accommodation Platanias: Type: Sand - Distance: 10km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafe, snack, beach bars, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all inclusive hotels, pharmacies, doctors, ATM cashpoint machines, super markets, shops, car rentals, playgrounds, mini golf courts Sougia: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 60km south of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, parking, cafes, bars, restaurants, taverns, fish taverns, mini markets, bakery, accommodation
Stalos Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 7km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, beach bars, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all inclusive hotels, pharmacies, doctors, ATM cashpoint machines, super markets, shops, car rentals
Glyka Nera Beach: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 75km south of Chania Facilities: Canteen, umbrellas
Stavros Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 17km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafe, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets
Grammeno Beach: Type: Sand/Pebbles - Distance: 75km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, parking, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation
Tavronitis: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 18km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, beach bars, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all inclusive hotels, mini market
Kalamaki: Type: Sand - Distance: 4km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, lifeguard, parking, cafes, snack, beach bar, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation
Tersanas Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 13km nort east of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafe, snack, restaurant, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops, pharmacies
Gorges/Caves | Gorges/Grottes | Schluchten/ Höhlen | ущелья/ пещеры | Kløfter/Huler | Klyfta/ Grottor | Rotkoja/Luolia | 峡谷/洞穴 The area enables the individual hiker to explore the nature and the beauty of the county via routes that are unparalleled beauty. The most appropriate to inform the interested visitor is the Mountaineering Club of Chania. The E4 Path begins in the Pyrenees mountains across Greece, arrives at Kissamos, across Crete to Kato Zakros and finally arrives in Cyprus. As far as the track is part of the prefecture of Chania, it passes from coastal areas and the White Mountains. The main routes of the European path are the following : Kasteli Kissamou – Sfinari (Length: 22,5 km, Best season: Spring – Autumn) Sfinari – Chrysoskalitisa Monastery (Length: 32 km, Best season: Spring – Autumn) Chrysoskalitisa - Palaiochora (Length: 22 km, Best season: Spring – Autumn) Sougia – Agia Roumeli (Length: 13 km, Best Season: All year) Loutro - Fragokastelo (Length : 19,5 km, Best Season: All year) Sougia - Koustogerako-Omalos (Length: 24,5 km, Best season: Spring – Autumn) Agia Triada - Gouverneto – Katholiko (Route Difficulty: Very Easy, Route Duration: 2 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) Gorge of St Irene – Sfakia (Route Duration: 3 Hours, Route Length: 8 km Visit Period : All Year , Route Difficulty: Normal) Paleochora - Sougia (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Length: 14,5 m Route Duration: 6 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) National Park of Samaria (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 6 Hours Route Length: 16 km, Visit Period : May-October) Gavdos (Route Difficulty: Very Easy, Visit Period : May-October) Douliana – Gavalohori (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 1 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) On the Summit of Kigilos (Route Difficulty: Normal, Route Duration: 7 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) Agia Roumeli - Agios Ioannis (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 5 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) Gorge of Polyrrenia (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 3 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) Sasalos-Makronas (Halase gorge) (Route Difficulty: Normal, Route Duration: 4 Hours )
The Gorge of Imbros in Sfakia Route Duration: 2 Hours, Route Length: 8 km The Gorge of Agia Irini in Selino Route Duration: 3 Hours, Route Length: 7.5 km The Gorge of Aradena in Sfakia Route Duration: 2.5 Hours, Route Length: 5.5 km The Gorge of Elygia The Gorge of Trypitis Route Duration: 8.5 Hours The Gorge of Diktamou Route Duration: 3.5 Hours The Gorge of Therisso or Eleutheriou Venizelou Route Length: 6 km The Gorge of Chalase or Sasalou Route Duration: 4 Hours The Gorge of Prasse Route Duration: 2 Hours The Gorge of Kavi or Iligga Route Duration: 3 Hours The Gorge of Asfendou Route Duration: 3 Hours The Gorge of Kalikrati Route Duration: 3 Hours The Gorge of Katholikou Route Duration: 0.5 Hours Mountain Shelters Kallergi Capacity: 45, Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 1 Hours Visit Period : April-October Svourikti - Holiopoulos Capacity: 20, Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 3 Hours Tavri Capacity: 40, Route Difficulty: Very Easy, Route Duration: 1.5 Hour, Route Length: 7.7 km Volikas Capacity: 30, Route Duration: 3 Hour Caves Cave of Panos or Lera The cave “Panos or Lera” is developed in Mount Vardies, at an altitude of 70m., in the settlement Stavros Kydonias. It consists of an “antechamber” and four rooms with chiselled cavities, which have been explained as places for the welcome of statues. Cave of Asfentos The cave “of Asfentos” is situated at the position”Skordolakia”, at the westeastern part of the beginning of the gorge of Asfentos . Cave of Agia Sofia The cave of “Agia Sofia” is at the western walls of the gorgo of Topolia, at a distance of 47 km from the city of Chania. It consists of two rooms on different levels.
Gorges The Gorge of Samaria Route Length: 18 km, Route Duration: 7 Hours, Visit Period : May-October
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attacked Crete. Samaria Gorge If you come to Chania and you don’t pass through the Samara Gorge then your visit is just... incomplete. The Samariá Gorge is a National Park of Greece, a major tourist attraction of the island and a World’s Biosphere Reserve. A must for visitors to Crete is to complete the walk down the gorge from the Omalos plateau to Agia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea. The village of Samariá lies just inside the gorge. It was finally abandoned by the last remaining inhabitants in 1962 to make way for the park. MUNICIPALITY OF SFAKIA Frangokastello The castle of Frangokastello stands since centuries. It reminds of the Venetians, Turks and Greeks, battles and blood, slaughters and sacrifices. The legends are still alive, taking us in their own world and left the “Drosoulites”, visiting us again some magic mornings. Sfakia The south-eastern region of the Prefecture of Chania is called Municipality of Sfakia and includes the villages Hora Sfakion, Anopoli, Agios Ioannis, Agia Roumeli, Asfendou, Loutro, Patsianos, Skaloti, Impros, Askifou and Fragkokastello. The distamce to Chania is about 70 kilometres. Entire Sfakia is characterized by the natural beauty of wild mountainous landscape which is combined unique with the sea. Loutro The village was named by the baths that were found there. The water was coming from Anopoli. Between the old buildings that you can see there, there is also the goverment building that was used during the revolution at 1821. From Loutro you can visit the ruins of ancient Aradenas with the Byzantine church of archangel Michail and Anopolis. Perfect place for a weekend escape. Aghia Roumeli It is a coastal settlement in south-western Crete and it allocates a wide beach while the access is feasible only with boats from Hora Sfakion, via Loutro and from Palaiochora or Sougia, while the village does not allocate road access. Constitutes popular tourist destination because it is located at the southern entry of the Gorge of Samaria, the biggest gorge in Greece and one of the biggest in Europe with a length of 18 kilometres. MUNICIPALITY OF APOKORONAS Kalyves Picturesque village located about 20 kilometres east of Chania, in one of the greenest areas of Greece. The village It is surrounded by wonderful sandy beaches with crystalline waters
like Kalyves and Kiani Akti. Good place for shopping with lots of traditional tavernas. Just 3 km away is Almyrida, with traditional travernas to enjoy lunch after your swimming. Georgioupolis A resort village 43 km east of Chania, about 22 km west of Rethymno. Formerly a small fishing village, Georgioupolis is very much a tourist town now, with many cafés, tavernas and small hotels and apartment blocks. MUNICIPALITY OF KANDANOS-SELINO Sougia Located in a distance of 70 roughly km south-western of Chania. It is built in the ruins of the ancient Syias where mainly in the Roman and first Byzantine period people lived here. Saved ruins are vaulted graves and water reservoirs from the Roman period and a church from the 4th century with eminent mosaics. Nice beach where you can have free camping. Paleochora Located in the south-western part of the prefecture. The distance to Chania is about 70 kilometres. It is built on a peninsula between two beautiful bays where it is rained by the Lybian Sea and it is right to consider it the “Nymph of the Lybian Sea” and “Land of the sun”. The movement in the region is high in summertime, on one side from the excursionists choosing it as the harbour of departure to the Island of Gavdos, Sougia, Agia Roumeli, Loutro and Sfakia and return from the Samaria Gorge, on the other from the holiday-makers that select it as a place of their summer vacations. Palaiochora has all the benefits the visitor needs as banks, doctors, supermarket, drugstores, police, post, Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, port authority, custom, cinema, bars, disco, and rented cars. Elafonissi When the weather is fine it is possible to walk to the island through the shallow water. The island is a protected nature reserve. On the mainland the 17th century Chrysoskalitissa Monastery is approximately 5 km from the island. One of the best places for swimming in the whole world
MUNICIPALITY OF KISSAMOS Falassarna May be the best beach on earth, as awarded by its visitors. The place to be for swimming. Also, don’t miss the great party the first weekend of August. Gramvousa-Balos At the north western point of Crete you will find Gramvousa, a small island with an impregnable castle, a fortress, a masterpiece of the 16th century, and Balos, the unique lagoon of Crete, with its blue green waters, it pink sandy beach and famous shells! An impressive and unique environment of steep rocks and cliffs, an immense blue sea and hidden sandy beaches, and the serene lagoon of Balos, combines with the remains of the long lasting history of the region: monasteries, churches and the imposing castle of Imeri Gramvousa. MUNICIPALITY OF GAVDOS Gavdos is a small island which is located 26 naval miles (48 kilometres) southern of Crete and it’s extent is 27 square kilometres. It is the most southern Greek and simultaneously European point with population of 98 residents. Perfect for a daily cruise.
CHANIA... THEN (a photographic journey through time by G. Fantakis-St. Aggelakis/ART STUDIO, 18 Dimokratias str., +30 28210 43150)
Venetian Old Harbour
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Band playing music just outside Papadakis Patisserie
The Old Town Hall at Santrivani Square
The Halepa Neighborhood
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Venetian Old Harbour
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No band playing music today, but our harbour is always magic
The Old Town Hall at Santrivani Square
The Halepa Neighborhood
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water and at the same time to swirl in a triple slide which looks like a strand, ending diving to the cool water like a missile? There are no limits here, be prepared to increase your heartbeats! Find two fearless friends and share the three choices of classified swirl for your starting. Don’t loose this unique experience that makes you feel like a living maypole in the water!!!
Limnoupolis is the largest waterpark in the Mediterranean and the only one in West Crete. Based on safe entertainment of visitors it operates as a point of reference for our area and it is ranked 2nd in the list of the most important tourist attraction following the Samaria gorge! It’s an investment which supplements the local touristic product and contributes to the improvement of the touristic image of Chania. Out of town but not faraway, in the countryside without the disturbing traffic noises, with easy access from the city centre – only 10 minutes distance- with large free parking place. This is the place we chose to project our summer suggestions and share them with all those who love good music, theatre and any beautiful and creative idea. Here we dare against the sad and difficulties times… We aspire to create a venue which will be the alternative suggestion for summer activities (concerts, theatre, etc.) VISITORS The impressive total of the 1.200.000 visitors throughout the seven operational periods of Limnoupolis is the reward for careful and hard work. A customer satisfaction research proves that 95% of the visitors are satisfied due to the successful way the park operates. Same research showed high rates of repetitive visitors, a fact that proves the highly qualitative services offered in the area. INFRASTRUCTURE Limnoupolis is a water city covering an area of almost 100 yards, lying on the emerald roots of the White Mountains. All facilities were implemented and completed with the use of the most updated technological infrastructure, in consistency with natural surroundings and environmental issues. The water amusement park has cutting edge technology facilities and technical equipment of the finest quality. The architectural study and design were executed by a well-known international office and the games supplies are imported from a company located in Canada and provides supplies and games to Disneyland as well. SERVICES The visitor of the park has the possibility of choosing among a multitude of entertaining and educational water-games and not only these. Central swimming pool 1.500 m2 You will be impressed by the size of this pool at first sight. Don’t tell me it’s not the first time you have swum in a 1500 square meters pool. An enormous aquatic oasis with classified depth and separate really deep area of 3.80meter which will make you feel like swimming in the sea. Try to dive from the springboard and submerse in deep blue. You won’t reach the bottom anyway… You can enjoy the view of the beautiful trees, grass and flowers all around the pool and the artificial island in the middle which gives you the sense that you are far away from everything…
There are many comfortable sun beds and umbrellas in the pool area, waiting to provide you with a nice relaxing shadow, even in the most hidden spots, under trees, so that nobody disturbs you. Have a nap, chat with your company, enjoy your drink or snack from the pool bar, stay as long as you like, though you will soon miss the cool water!! Childrens Pool Have you ever seen a pool with an island inside? You will in Limnoupolis!! An island with funny games for little fellows: a wooden barrel that turns around and splashes you with water, little falls, climbing, Lilliputian slides and many more to keep your kids busy and excited!!! You can get there through the Fun rope Bridge. Hold on to the ropes and try to reach the other side without splashing into the water. Can you do it? Another little challenge for you and your friends! Beside is the children’s pool with shallow water where kids can swim safely and enjoy the action around them. Black Hole This will be the most fled black hole you have ever imagined of! You slide so fast for 80 whole meters, inside a fascinating, swirl waterslide-tunnel, living the absolute “lost” feeling!!! Scream as loud as you want, enjoy your fear and at the end have a fast steep dive into the cool water. Finally it’s over; or it’s time to do it again???? Free Fall Are you bold enough to try a vertical free fall of 55 meter off the ground? Or to be more specific “off the water”. Because, you will end in the pool after this breathtaking slide. There are two routes of Free Fall, so that you can share the absolute fear feeling with your friends. Multi Slide - Rainbow An endless downhill multi slide of 5 routes, in the colors of the rainbow, to “fly” down from above with your friends or family. For 60 whole meters, water takes you down through multiple tosses, lifts you off and deplanes you, transforming the entire slide experience into a real launch. The end of this?? … a long splash into the cool water!!! Triple Twist How does it feel to slide down impetuously pushed by
Giant Slide If you belong to those who don’t like to risk, but still want to feel the heartbeat, be prepared for a giant water delight! You will live the excitement of the continual turns of an endless declivity for 130 meters, “falling” from the left to the right, testing your resistance. The water will drift you in a sense of a “lift off” despite the fact you are going down. Once you splash into the pool in the end, you will have the smile of happiness in your face!!! Crazy River Wouldn’t it be an absolute madness to rush like a tornado into the eddy of a swirl river and, at the same time to enjoy a breathtaking view? Have you already started feeling dizzy? It’s absolutely normal, since you have to run through 100 meters of intense thrill and surprises, because the crazy river makes you dive suddenly into unexpected lakes throughout the way. Take advantage of these little breaks to get ready for more . Hold on tight and no doubt so ever, you will ask for more as soon as you reach the end!!! Lazy River Maybe you are exhausted from all this endless, adventurous action of the previous games, or maybe you just came to Limnoupolis to enjoy the cool water in a more relaxing tempo. Take your own float, take your time and travel around the lazy river for 260 meters. It’s one of the most impressive places in Limnoupolis, of 5 meters width and a spectacular decoration of natural stones, caves and falls. Here you are free to feel lazy, listen to music, lounge around; take pictures even enjoy your drink while floating away… Whatever your age, the carefree of Lazy River is exactly what you need after an intense day in Limnoupolis! Tarzan Game Do you want to live for a while like Tarzan in the jungle?? In the big pool, you will find a multicolored wooden platform with the game of Tarzan. Dry your hands, hold on to the pulley and enjoy your air ride over water. Don’t worry if you can’t hold on any more just let go and splash into the pool, next time you will go further!! Jacuzzi Do you like bubbles? There is a separate area in the pool where you can live the experience of a relaxing Jacuzzi or just leave the water gently tickle your body. Kids or grown ups, all agree in one thing: they must get into that Jacuzzi! Besides we all deserve a little luxury in our vacations, don’t we??? Additional services - 2 bars - 1 fast food - Traditional restaurant - Locker rooms - First Aid - 500 seat parking LIMNOUPOLIS has been selected by distinguished Greek artists and many performances have been accomplished in a series of manifestations, like concerts, fashion shows, t.v. programs e.t.c.
PLATANIAS THEN AND... NOW!!! (photos taken by the book of Timoleon Fragakis “Platanias of History and Memories“)
A very rare photo of Platanias from Henri Turot (1897)
Platanias coming from the east by the old road (1900)
Pano Platanias and the island of Thodorou (1975)
The restaurant “MYLOS TOU KERATA” (1982)
The village of Platanias (1916)
That’s where you can find “MYLOS CLUB” today (1889)
A view of Platanias and Agia Marina (1972)
Panoramic view of Pano Platanias from the yard of the school (1973)
KIPOS HISTORICAL CAFE - THEN... AND NOW
We would like to thank the owner of KIPOS Historical Cafe, Mr Vassilis Stathakis, for giving us his photo archive
KOUKOUVAYA MUSIC CAFE THEN... AND NOW We would like to thank the owner of KOUKOUVAYA Music Cafe, Mr Aristidis Markantonakis, for giving us his photo archive
…where nature embraces the senses
The only one of its kind in Europe
το μοναδικό στο είδος του στην Ευρώπη
The area was reborn from its own ashes after the great fire of 2003.
undreds of different types of fruit trees, herbs and flowers in a uniquely landscaped area, offering you the opportunity to experience and get to know the blessed island of Crete in the most ideal way.
e are waiting for you in an area of approximately 200,000 m² to discover trees from all over the world, bearing edible fruit, as well as herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants.
n entertaining, educational park, ideal for walks.
Crete… a small continent
he area of the Botanical Park of Crete, 18 km from the city of Chania, at the foot of the White Mountains with its terrain and microclimate becomes a unique paradise for thousands of cold- and warm-climate plants!
he restaurant of the Botanical Park of Crete combines the revival of traditional recipes with cooking methods such a s t he he a rt h, wo o d burning oven, baking plate, etc, and flavours and products from the rich ground of the park such as vegetables, fruits, greens, garden produce, pulses, cheeses and bread... all flavoured with herbs from the park.
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Twelve Energy Projects Worth 7 Bln Euros Included in Fast Track Procedure Greek authorities on Monday decided to include 12 energy investments worth 7 billion euros to a fast track legislation procedure for strategic investments. The decision was reached during a meeting of the inter-ministerial commission headed by Greece ‘s Development and Competitiveness Minister Costis Hatzidakis. The Minister, speaking to reporters after the meeting, said that this development underlined the country’s ability to attract investments. All 12 projects were included in the fast track procedure on the recommendation of Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Yiannis Maniatis, who said that these project were already in an implementation stage and will create 17,000 new job positions. These projects were characterized by the European Union as Projects of Common Interest and are basically energy interconnections with the Caspian region and the Eastern Mediterranean region (Cyprus-Israel). More analytically, the projects are: Electricity Energy -NSI East Electricity (interconnections of electricity energy North-South in centraleast and southeast Europe). 1. Interconnection Israel-Cyprus-Greece between Hadera (Israel) and Attica, known as Euro-Asia-Interconnector. 2. Interconnection between Maritsa East 1 (Bulgaria) and Nea Santa (Greece). 3. Hydro-pumped storage in Amphilohia. Natural Gas 4. IGB Interconnector pipeline Greece-Bulgaria (Komotini-Stara Zagora)
5. Terminal (permanent reverse flow) at the Greek-Bulgarian borders (Sidirokastro and Kula). 6. Floating storage and processing terminal of LNG in Alexandroupoli. 7. Floating storage and processing terminal Aegean LNG import terminal. 8. Storage facility in Kavala. 9. TAP pipepline. 10. ITGI pipeline. 11. Natural gas pipeline from Cyprus to Greece (through Crete). 12. Natural gas compression terminal in Kipi, Evros. The interministerial commission meeting also agreed to issue a new presidential decree on the operation of The Mall shopping center, following a court decision saying that the shopping center’s license was illegal as no environmental survey had been drafted. greekreporter.com
Cretan Photographer Wins ”Planta Europa” Competition Nick Basias, a photographer from Chania, on the Greek island of Crete, has won the photography competition themed on the beauty of the wild plants of Europe. Basias’ photograph of a bee on a flower charmed the panel of judges from countries including Algeria, Armenia, Canada, Kazakhstan and Pakistan, who had gathered for the 7th Planta Europa conference on “Plants for People,
People for Plants”, held last week at the Museum of Cretan Flora of the Institute of Theology and Ecology at the Orthodox Academy of Crete. Planta Europa is a network of independent persons and organisations, non-governmental and governmental, who work together in order to conserve European wild plants and fungi. The joint goal of all Planta Europa members is to halt the loss of wild-plant diversity in Europe.
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A feature article on Crete and its authentic culture from an Austrian newspaper
Reference is made to the ancient Minoan civilization, rocky landscapes with endless olive groves and wellequipped hotels which remind of ancient temples. The Austrian newspaper Oberösterreichische Nachrichten features an article entitled “Minoan civilization, perennial trees and lots of nature”. The article on Crete starts by mentioning that “In northeastern Crete apart from the refreshing rest one can discover history, gastronomy and lots of nature. It is indeed worth leaving the sandy beach so as to enjoy authentic culture from the Arkadi monastery, which played an active role in the Cretan resistance of Ottoman rule, and the island of lepers in the Bay of Elounda, to the old town of Rethymnon where old George prepares the dough to make the “baklava” sweet”. As it is mentioned in the article, Crete is no more than two hours away by plane and invites Austrians to experience a different kind of vacation in Greece. The article encourages the audience to visit the land of the ancient Minoan civilization, the rocky landscapes and endless olive groves, the place where well -equipped hotels remind of ancient temples and where visitors can combine rest and exercise. The author describes a trip in the bay of Elounda and the island of Spinalonga with its castle which was originally a fortress and later a quarantine station for leprosy patients. The ruins of the village stand still since it hosted patients until 1957, whereas tour guides narrate the story of the place. Also, the impressive story of Arkadi Monastery is included in the article, where today only five monks live. It is noted that around the monastery there are trees that are more that 2,000 years old, while the article refers to the products of the region and the engagement of residents in agriculture and animal husbandry.
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Traditional... Post Cretan dances and organs
An Untold Story of Civil War by Colin Janes
There are many books in English which give an account of the civil war (1946-49) that took place on the Greek mainland following World War II. Until now, however, there has been nothing written in English about what happened in Crete in those years. “I read Classics at King’s College, London and then spent many years working in Greece, where I led walking holidays and taught English. One evening in 1995 I happened to watch an interview on local Cretan TV with a guerrilla who had taken to the mountains during the civil war and had remained in hiding until 1975. Intrigued by the story, I visited the former guerrilla in his village. We were to meet several times. I later visited other former guerrillas who had taken part in the civil war on the island and spoke to many villagers who had lived through that period of the island’s history. I also researched the story in the newspapers in Canea library which covered the period from 1946-75. The result is The Eagles of Crete: An Untold Story of Civil War.“ Available in paperback and ebook from Amazon.co.uk. You can find out more about his book from the www. civilwarincrete.co.uk website. A short review by RethymonBugle This is a recently published book that tells the story of the Greek Civil war (following World War Two) as it related to Crete. Here we bring you just a bit more information about the book, which we hope you will read for yourself! Received wisdom by outsiders has often been that the Greek Civil War barely touched Crete: indeed, this impression is supported (erroneously) by some of the most reputable guidebooks on the market. For fairly obvious reasons it is certainly not a period of history that people like to dwell
on, not least because wounds and family rifts remain to this day. The image of Cretan fighting to resist occupying forces is one that can be presented in a heroic light. However, it is far more difficult to paint this type of gloss when one starts to talk about Cretans fighting Cretans. Nonetheless, it is an important part of the island’s history and a story that needs to be told. The book is a fascinating read and also very readable! The reader is given a comprehensive overview of the global and historical context of the conflict. However, Colin manages to bring the conflict to life at an individual level. He provides us with many examples of ways in which individual villages and families were torn apart by the fighting. There are also some heart-breaking accounts of some of the moral dilemmas faced by individuals during this time - which Colin deals with sensitively (it should also be remembered that even without the Civil War to contend with, life for the majority of the islanders was very difficult, with many struggling to survive). Given that the book is drawn to some extent from personal histories related by the communists rebels and their friends and relatives, the book manages to be remarkably even-handed. Colin highlights the fact that atrocities were committed by both sides, and manages to avoid getting entangled in ideological debate. He gives one the necessary information about the political standpoints and background of the parties involved, but in a non-judgemental way, leaving the reader to form their own opinion (if any) about the rights and wrongs of the factions involved. About the author Colin Janes was born in Oxford and read Classics at King’s College, London. He lived and worked in Greece for thirty years, leading walking holidays in the Greek and Cretan mountains. Colin Janes now lives in Dorset.
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Book proposals for your free time “Ten Walks Around Paleohora by Bob Tait
The new edition of the popular “Ten Walks Around Paleohora” is a revision of the guidebook which Bob Tait and his wife Lynne published in 2001. It includes an easy walk around Paleohora itself, and visits to the nearby villages of Anidri, Azogires, Vlithias, Spaniakos, Mahia and Plemeniana. Two sections of the E4 path are covered, from Sougia via Lissos to Paleohora, and from Krios to Elafonisi. The Agia Irini Gorge, a shorter and less visited alternative to Samaria, but equally as scenic, is also described. Important-
ly, the book contains advice on safety, what to wear and take with you, how to get around (by car/taxi, ‘bus, and ferry ), and the best times of the year for walking. As well as directions, there is much about the locality the walks pass through, the history and legends of the area, which visitors will appreciate - the Cave of the 99 Saints, and the Turkish fort above Azogires, the beautiful stone bridge over the river below Mahia, the archeological site at Lissos, and the tragic events at Elafonisi island. The colour photographs, over 150, are stunning, of churches and wild flowers, gorges, beaches, kafeneia, and views to hills, mountains and the sea, which is never far away. Sadly, Lynne passed away in the summer of 2011 following a serious illness, and this book, a beautiful and fitting tribute, is written in her memory. At present the book is on sale only at the bookshop “To Delfini” in Paleohora (price 15 euros). More details from firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Cretan Lyra” The Cretan lyra is a Greek pearshaped, three-stringed bowed musical instrument, central to the traditional music of Crete and other islands in the Dodecanese and the Aegean Archipelago, in Greece. The Cretan lyra is considered as the most popular surviving form of the medieval Byzantine lyra, an ancestor of most European bowed instruments. The Cretan lyra is closely related to the bowed Byzantine lyra, the ancestor of many European bowed instruments and equivalent to the rabāb found in Islamic empires of that time. By the local tradition, the Cretan lyra has been spontaneous developed in the island of Crete some time before the year 961 AD and after the Byzantine invasion of Nikephoros Phokas it’s been adopted by the Byzantine panspermia among other treasures from Crete, to Instanbul, and from there, spred east and west. Over the centuries and especially during the island’s Venetian era, the violin exerted its influence on the music of Crete both under the organological and musical aspect, bringing about profound changes in the instrument’s repertory, tunning, organology, musical language and performance practice. Lyra has a body with a pear-shaped soundboard, or one which is essentially oval in shape, with two small semi-circular soundholes. The body and neck are carved out of one piece of aged wood (minimum 10 years old). Traditionally the body’s wood was sourced from trees growing in Crete such as walnut, mulberry and asfadamos, the local plane tree; today it is mostly imported. The soundboard is also carved with a shallower arch and is usually made of straight-grained softwood; traditionally made of the aged wooden beams of buildings (katrani) and, ideally the 300-year-old wooden beams from Venetian ruins. In the past, the strings were made of animal bowels and the bow (doxari) of horse-tail hair. In the past, the bow’s arc usually had a series of spherical bells, gerakokoudouna (hawk bells), to provide rhythmic accompaniment to the melody when the bow was moving. Today, most lyras are played with violin bows.
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Main differences between olive oil and other vegetable oils Fat components in our daily diet are important for a stable diet. All oils seem to have different health and cooking benefits, but what exactly are these benefits? Oils are composed of heart healthy or good fats, and artery clogging, by Manolis Karpadakis or bad fats. Good fats include TERRA CRETA Marketing Manager monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat, both of which lower total cholesterol and lower LDL cholesterol, the bad type of cholesterol. Bad fats include saturated fat and transfat, both of which raise LDL cholesterol. The Magic Olive Oil (for us Extra Virgin Olive Oil) Extra Virgin ( or Virgin olive oil) is the natural juice of the olives (Olea europaea; family Oleaceae), a traditional crop of the Mediterranean region, that today is produced also in other countries like USA, Australia, Chile, China etc. It is extracted only mechanically and can be consumed also freshly pressed from the fruit. This oil is edible, and has a distinctive flavor when used in cooking. Olive oil contains a significant amount of the fat-soluble vitamin E and vitamin A and K. Other beneficial ingredients are oleocanthal, squalene, triterpenes, etc. Also it is known to be rich minerals due to its non-chemical mode of extraction. It is believed to decrease the rate of heart disease due to its high content of monosaturated fatty acids (MUFA) such as oleic acids (an omega-9 fatty acid). This helps lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and raises HDL (good cholesterol) levels, and makes the arterial walls more elastic. Its anti-oxidative properties (contributed by presence of polyphenols in the oil) also help lower the cholesterol level in the blood and also protect the body from free radical damage. Olive oil has the largest amount of heart healthy monounsaturated fat compared to all other naturally produced oils. The taste varies by the variety of olives, region, altitude, time of harvest, extraction method and other factors. Because of its low saturated fat content, it is popular oil for baking, salad dressings and stir-frying. There is no cholesterol in olive oil, as this is not an animal-based product. Olive oil has a low smoke point, which makes it the preferred oil when requiring medium to high heat, such as when you are stir-frying or pan searing foods. Olive oil has a distinct taste that can add flavor to foods, like pastas or grilled vegetables. Each tablespoon contains 120 calories.
Olive oil must reach 190oC (or 375oF) to start emitting smoke. The smoke emitted will be less, as the fat in olive oil is less (ort as acidity is lower), making it the suitable oil for all kinds of cooking at medium temperatures. A good quality olive oil (Extra Virgin) should be preserved in an air tight and dark place at room temperature, as it tends to become rancid and oxidized if exposed. Olive oil is used for cooking, is good for the skin, and has some uses for medicinal purposes as well, such as being used as a laxative or in the preparation of some medications. In some religions like Christianity and Judaism, olive oil is used as a symbol for healing. FDA Approves Qualified Health Claim for Olive Oil in Fighting Heart Disease (2004). “Limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 2 tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the monounsaturated fat in olive oil. To achieve this possible benefit, olive oil is to replace a similar amount of saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day”. The Vegetable Oil Vegetable oils are produced from plants using industrial methods and solvent process to extract the oil. Most vegetable oil extracts are suitable for consumption and even though are considered to be healthy, they do have other components, like rancidity. Oil with a rancid property tends to lose their nutritious aspect, and it is less useful for cooking. Vegetable oils look lighter and thinner when compared to a few other types of oils, and they do not add flavor like that of olive oil. Different vegetable oils have different percentages of saturated, monosaturated and polysaturated fat. Coconut oil has the highest amount of saturated fat (92%) and mainly used in desserts, and as shortening. Canola and sunflower oil have the least amount of saturated fats (6% and 9%, respectively), and contain a higher percentage of monosaturated fat (62% and 82% respectively), but ist is not better than a good olive oil. One tablespoon of regular vegetable oil contains 120 calories. These numbers are approximate; there is a slight variation depending upon the source of data. Common varieties in vegetable oil include soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, canola oil, palm oil and peanut oil.
Vegetable oils are used for cooking, fuel, cosmetics & medicines and other industrial purposes. In conclusion: • Olive oil is mostly used, and it is the preferred oil, for cooking at moderate temperatures, • Olive oil is the preferred oil for health conscious people. • All varieties of olive oil, especially the Extra Virgin can be used for cooking, while only selected vegetable oils can be used for the same purpose. • Olive oil is produced only mechanically while almost all other vegetable oils no. • For cooking purposes, olive oil is superior to vegetable oils in taste, nutrition and integrity. References: - http://www.terracreta.gr/pages.aspx?lang=en&id=93#. U4jRFnL4LM0 - http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/culinaryreference/a/ fattable.htm
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A good olive oil must have a pleasant and fruity taste. Depending on the type of olive and the date of its extraction—mid-autumn to early winter—extra virgin olive oil can taste delicate and buttery, fragrant and fruity, olive-y and peppery, or leafy green and grassy.
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Herbs, Greens, Fruit The Key to the Mediterranean Diet
According to the Oxford dictionary herbs are all the useful plants whose leaves, roots, stems and flowers are valued as food or medicines by dint of their aroma or other characteristic. by Petros Marinakis This definition applies to a wide vaBotanical Park & Gardens riety of plants that are used in food, drinks, medicines, cosmetics, etc. However, in the last few centuries the term “herb” has been reserved strictly for a limited range of plants attributed with medicinal qualities and used for infusions, popular treatments, or as raw material in modern pharmacology. Herbs and their medicinal value The distinction of plants into herbs, vegetables, greens, and fruits is only a few centuries old. In antiquity, even up to the Middle Ages, the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Chinese and the Hindus, attributed to plants therapeutic qualities and included them in their daily diet. Plants were consumed raw or cooked and combined with fish and meat dishes. In any case, it has been proved that the above plant categories maintain their active ingredients and therapeutic qualities even when cooked. The Cretan nutritional model includes a wide range of plants (wild greens, vegetables, fruit and seeds) known as “herbs of the kitchen”. This qualification is used with the implication that these herbs, if consumed daily, promote health and long life. For a cook in ancient Greece or in the Middle Ages, the lettuce, saffron, bulbs, asparagus, radishes, even pomegranates and berries were in the same plant category as sage, marjoram,and dittany, although the former were not used for infusions. Extracts from ancient Greek texts prove that most greens, vegetables, fruit and herbs were attributed effective therapeutic qualities. Hesiod, for example, was urging the Athenians to consume nettles to shield themselves from common ailments for an entire year. Centuries later, John Evelyn (1699) wrote, “It (the borage)
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is known to enliven the spirit of hypochondriacs and relieve the mind of people steeped in study…”. Borage was used in salads, as is the case today. Charlemagne, king of the Franks (742-814 AD) commissioned the compilation of a list of the most valued aromatic herbs and named the list “friend of the physician and the pride of the cook”. He then ordered that the herbs on that list be grown in his lush gardens. The antioxidant qualities of herbs/Olive oil with herbs Vegetable oils scented with herbs and spices were extensively used in antiquity, but we have no knowledge of their application in the kitchen. We do know, however, that owing to their inherent qualities, vegetable oils were used for body care. Selected herbs were added to vegetable oils to lend them valuable curative, styptic and antioxidant qualities. During the reign of Byzantine emperor Constantine “the purple-born”, legist Cassianos Vassos is credited with a number of recipes for scented olive oil. Some of these recipes provide instructions for improving medium and low quality olive oils with the addition of aromatic herbs. There has been a lot of research in the plant kingdom for substances with antioxidant qualities, particularly in herbs and aromatic plants, the main sources of antioxidants. Independent investigation results concur on the significant antioxidant qualities of rosemary and oregano. In 1952 Chipault noted that consumption of salted meat should be combined with infusions of rosemary, sage, and thyme. In addition, he claims that oregano combined with mayonnaise acquires excellent antioxidant properties. Modern research is under way by the Aristotelian University of Athens with regard to the stability of olive oils mixed with rosemary, oregano, garlic and thyme. Tips for harvesting herbs and wild plants The proper harvesting of wild herbs is determined by the particular location of the plants as well as their subsequent culinary application.
In particular, - Leaves, shoots and blossomed tops should be harvested during the afternoon hours when most of the plants’ active substances accumulate in those sections. Similarly, roots and bulbs should be collected in autumn or spring, and fruits, flowers early in the morning all year round. - Never harvest plants/herbs, if you are not sure whether they are edible. - Herbs and wild greens growing on roadsides or curbs are not suitable for consumption. - Harvesting during the months of March and April requires caution since during that period most farmers spray their land with hazardous pesticides. - Harvest only the green and healthier looking herbs/ plants. - Do not uproot herbs/plants but trim the tender parts to give plants/herbs the opportunity to grow again. - Harvest only the quantities you consider enough to last you for 5-6 days. Herbs and plants loose their precious qualities after this period. - Never leave plants/herbs in nylon/plastic bags, closed spaces, under direct sun light or in the trunk of your vehicle. Tips for purchasing herbs and wild plants - If you live in the country, but do not have the knowledge required to identify specific herbs and wild plants, or the time to harvest them yourselves, look for them in your local market or greengrocer. - It is advisable to find out the origin of the herbs and plants you intend to buy. - Never purchase herbs/plants with obvious damage on leaves or fruits. References: ”Herbs, Greens and Fruit” by Myrsini Lambraki
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Home Exteriors Take Color Cues from Stone Stone, whether natural or veneer, is a popular way to add texture, pattern and interest to a home’s exterior, especially in houses all around Crete. But have you ever thought of using stone details as a jumping-off point for a home’s exterior color palette? Maybe by Petros Chatzistavros you should. Civil Engineer (T.E.) Since stone has a natural aesthetic, color schemes derived from it tend to be easy and noncoerced. Whether neutral or colorful, these schemes can work on nearly any style of home. Take color cues from the stones themselves or from grout. Restrict your palette to two or three colors for a polished effect. Use contrasting trim to offset architectural details. Use an existing stone structure as a springboard for updating an older home’s color palette. Or think about adding simple stone features (chimney, columns, porch) to a newer home for some colorful inspiration, not to mention added depth and texture. Just be sure to look at the big outdoor picture when choosing paint colors. Typically, you can get away with more deeply saturated colors outside versus inside.
How to choose color to match your stone You’ve just purchased the stone, tile or granite for your home project. You’ve spent umpteen hours researching collections, colors and textures to ensure that you have picked the right one. That was a HUGE undertaking and it took a lot of time, energy and money to choose “the perfect stone” for your home. Let’s say you’ve purchased this monochromatic Hyde Park™ stone for your fireplace. A short time later your installation is complete you step back and look at your room. Everything looks great but something doesn’t look right. You check the stone – it’s fine. You check the grout color – it’s fine. Everything is perfect but what looks odd about the room? Than you realize, the color of your room doesn’t match the stone! They are in no way, shape or form related to each other watch so ever. So what do you do? First of all, don’t panic. It’s very easy to choose the perfect
color for your room and I’ll show you how. The secret to choosing the perfect wall color is to pull a color or two directly from the stone itself. I’ve already picked three Benjamin Moore colors in the first photograph at the beginning of this post. There you can clearly see the stone is various shades of blue and gray, which in fact, compliments most decors. Soft blues and grays are trending high right now so those colors are a great way not only to match your stone but also to stay current in color trends. Not crazy about blue or gray? That’s ok because if you look very close, you’ll see that there are several colors in this stone. The ones you see first are the dominant or obvious colors but look at the colors that make up the subtle areas and you’ll see green, tan, peach and cream. All these colors would be great choices for wall color. How do you know? If the color looks great in the stone, it’ll look great on your wall. Mother Nature already hand picked the color scheme for you! A Guide to Color in Stone Veneer Color is an important part of our lives. It can give rise to different feelings and emotions, help us code and organize our surroundings, and allow us to be creative and express something about how we see the world. This explains why for many people, color options are the most important factor when considering interior materials or exterior cladding options like stone veneer. Since the color of stone veneer is so influential, it’s good to have a basic understanding of how color schemes work before designing your home’s exterior or interior project. Color Trends are another aspect to consider when choosing colors for your home’s exterior. Short term color trends take direction from fashion and popular media and work best for short term products. On your home’s exterior, these would be accessories and accents like shutters; inside the home, it may be a kitchen backsplash. Medium term color trends are best for products with lifespans that aren’t long or short, like automobiles and small appliances. Long term color trends work best for most interior or ex-
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terior home elements and longer-life appliances. They are often neutral or minimally chromatic. Putting a short or medium term color trend on a long term product is riskythink of the avocado colored refrigerator, whose lifespan greatly surpassed the trendiness of its color scheme. Architectural Style is also key to color selection. The vibrant schemes of a Victorian would look strange on a prairie-style Craftsman for example, whose clean lines are more suited to natural colors and textures with a few bold accents. How color works in stone veneer In stone veneer, color is created when a blend of mineral-based highlight pigments are painted onto the stone molds prior to casting. Usually the base color is a grey, brown, or cream hue with highlight colors that come in a wide range of colors, including purple, blue, red, green, black, gold and white. The cement that forms the stone’s base affects the color outcome as well. Manufacturers usually start with a base grey or white; grey being most common and white giving the stone a lighter, southwestern appeal. Consider the context of the stone and how it will affect the look you want to achieve. In what type of lighting will the stone will be placed? Will it be mostly in shade, or in full sun? Lighting has a dramatic effect on how we perceive color and can shift the tone of taupe to pink in an afternoon, for example. Also, choose the color and style of the stone’s grout backing as carefully as you choose the color and style of the stone. The shade of grout can change how the stone itself looks. Ask your installer to create a mock up board using your stone and your mortar as a sample of what your results will be. Identify your color goals When choosing the color of stone veneer for your project, it’s good to define your color goals before you start. Are you looking for stone with a strong primary color, or with a range of shades to work within your home’s existing color scheme? Is your stone an accent, a highlight, or a focal point? Also think about your home’s style and what you are trying to achieve.
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How to Build a Cheap Storage Shed Modular construction and inexpensive materials make this shed easy to build and easy to afford We’ll show you how to build this shed and provide you with the plans and materials list you need to get started. Don’t be intimidated by the size of this project. We use simple construction methods to make the building process as easy as possible.
We found all the materials to build this shed at our local home center Most of the construction is straightforward and requires only standard carpentry tools and a circular saw. To build the windows and door, you’ll also need a table saw, power miter saw and router. We used a Kreg pocket hole jig and pocket hole screws to assemble the door and windows. With a helper or two, you could have the platform and shell built in two or three days. Then expect to spend four or five more days completing the siding, trim, doors, windows and roofing.
Figures A: Shed B: Floor Framing Plan These illustrations show how the shed and the platform are constructed.
Assemble the end walls Build the end walls on the platform, using chalk lines as a guide. Start by nailing together the perimeter and adding the center stud. Then measure from the center stud to mark for the remaining studs.
Build the roof in two pieces
Stand the walls
Hoist the roof panels into position
Install the soffits. Add the soffit to the roof frame while it’s on the platform. That will save you the hassle of upside-down nailing in a confined spot.
Nail the walls in place. Stand the walls, starting with the back wall. Then add the sides and finally the front. Nail each wall to the platform as you go and lock the corners together by nailing through the overhanging siding into studs.
Lift the roof into place. Gather some helpers to help lift the roof sections into place. Don’t forget to toenail every rafter to the wall before you start the roof sheathing.
Build the door
Build the windows
Assemble the frames with pocket screws. Build two frames. Then glue and clamp them together to make a 1-1/2-in.-thick door. Use pocket screws to assemble each frame.
Mark the window arches. Mark out the arched window trim using a simple trammel. Use the same setup for marking the curved 2x10 header and the curved bracket support.
Required Tools for this Project Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start-you’ll save time and frustration. - Hammer - Clamps - Air compressor - Air hose - Brad nail gun - Cordless drill - Tape measure - Circular saw - Caulk gun - Chalk line - Level - Drill bit set - Hearing protection - Jigsaw - Stepladder - Pocket hole jig - Router - Sawhorses - Speed square - Tin snips
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Cretan diet... Unique and valuable!!! Cretan diet is a way of eating that promotes our health and is mainly based on dietary habits and traditions of the people of Crete in period of 1960. Furthermore, it is characterized by a high consumption of complex carbohydrates and fiber (such as fruits, vegetables, by Niki Voulgarakis whole grains and legumes), monounsatDietician - Nutritionist urated fatty acids such as olive oil and nuts. Namely, these foods are rich in antioxidants such as vitamins, flavonoids, carotenoids and recent studies have shown that they act beneficial for our health by themselves or synergistically. The Cretan diet has the following characteristics: - Abundant fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, bread, traditionally baked food - Herbs and plants (added to food) and they are from the mountains of Crete (thyme, basil, mint, fennel, oregano, etc.) - High consumption of fish – seafood - Cretan olive oil is a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids - Small to moderate consumption of wine from the local vineyards - Moderate consumption of dairy products and poultry - Limited consumption of red meat - Junk food and processed foods haven’t got a position in the Cretan table It is worth to mention “fasting”, which is followed by Cretans and which is an integral part of our food culture. So in this way the intake of antioxidants and fiber is increased while reducing the intake of saturated fats, which are characterized as “bad fat” and is a risk factor for all chronic degenerative diseases. The differences of the Cretan diet compared with those of other Mediterranean areas are relating to the amount of total fat in olive oil, the type of meat and dairy and wine consumption. Simultaneously, there is a high intake of antioxidants through fruits, vegetables (especially wild greens), nuts, grains (mostly in the form of whole meal bread with yeast) and pulses, higher consumption of olive oil and olives, lower consumption of milk, which is replaced with high cheese consumption, higher consumption of fish and less red meat intake (one to two times every two weeks). Cretan olive oil is the main source of lipids in the Cretan diet, which is a rich source of vitamin E and polyphenols. Also it is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids which are resistant to oxidation and low in saturated fat. Therefore, it protects the heart; it helps in proper functioning of many organs and acts beneficially for many diseases (eg hyper-
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tension, arthritis). Cretan olive oil lowers cholesterol, has antioxidants and protects against some cancers, helps liver function and it is ideal for the diet of people who are suffering from diabetes and so much more… Today it is believed that olive oil is the biggest secret of the Cretan longevity. Furthermore, the vast amount of vegetables and wild greens, fruits, nuts and legumes provides abundant selenium, folic acid, vitamins C, E, and other antioxidants. One of the most important differences of the Cretan diet lies in the enormous consumption of fruits. According to surveys, the Cretans are eating six times more fruit than the average resident of the other Mediterranean areas and six times more than the inhabitant of a northern country (eg the Netherlands). I would like to emphasize that the Cretan meat and dairy products come mainly from free-range animals, which ensures particular nutritional value and they have an increased content of valuable omega-3 polyunsaturated fats. Another important piece of the Cretan diet is seafood, which contain a high concentration of antioxidant, “selenium”. Investigations have been conducted in animals for the action of selenium, which indicates a protective effect against certain cancers. Moreover, Cretan snails, which are an important component of the Cretan diet, have been shown to contain more omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and fewer omega-6 compared with France snails. In addition, moderate wine consumption offers resveratrol, an excellent antioxidant, which presents a potent cardio protective and anticancer action. These are the basic rules for the Cretan Diet: • Use olive oil as the principal fat, replacing other fats and oils for frying and dressings • Include in your diet lots of food from plant sources, including fruits and vegetables, breads and grains, beans, nuts, and seeds • Eat plenty of fresh fruit as a typical daily dessert; limit sweets with a significant amount of sugar and saturated fat • Eat low to moderate amounts of cheese and yogurt daily • Consume low to moderate amounts of fish and poultry weekly; and limit eggs to a maximum of four per week • Include red meat rarely perhaps just once per week • Drink a moderate amount of wine, normally with an evening meal; about one to two glasses per day for men and one glass per day for women Consequently, Cretan diet contributes to an excellent health and longevity, a diet which is worth to be your attention and to follow. Enjoy your vacation and try our Cretan products – diet!!!
Bronchiectasis describes the widening (“ectasis”) of some of the airways. The airways normally produce a small amount of mucus (sputum or phlegm) which traps any germs that enter the lungs. by Miltiades Markatos This mucus is then carried up to the Pneumonologist throat by tiny hairs on the cells lining the airways, known as cilia, to prevent infection. The widening of the airways occurs in patches due to damage caused by infection. This prevents the effective clearance of mucus, which then increases the chances of further infection and inflammation. The smaller airways are thickened and narrowed due to the inflammation and this leads to breathlessness. Burden The number of reported deaths due to bronchiectasis is increasing. The cost of care for one episode in hospital is estimated to be €5,900. 50% of people with bronchiectasis have an existing condition, such as cystic fibrosis or an immune deficiency, which makes them more likely to develop the condition. Bronchiectasis is particularly common in people of Pacific Island descent, compared to European children Symptoms If you have bronchiectasis, you are likely to have one or more of the following symptoms: • Chronic cough • Excessive amounts of sputum which is often yellow • Breathlessness • Repeated infections in the airways and lungs and therefore common infection symptoms, such as fever or general tiredness Causes Several conditions can cause bronchiectasis but for some people the cause is unclear. People with certain underlying genetic conditions, such as cystic fibrosis or abnormal cilia (e.g. primary ciliary dyskinesia), are likely to develop bronchiectasis due to the nature of the mucus they produce or problems with the function of the cilia in their airways. People with problems with the function of their immune system often develop the condition as their immune system is unable to fight off infections. Some individuals with COPD, severe asthma or interstitial lung disease also may develop bronchiectasis, which can complicate their condition. Prevention Early diagnosis can help control symptoms and delay progression of the condition. Childhood vaccines against whooping cough and measles may protect against development of bronchiectasis and regular flu vaccines are advised to reduce the chance of complications to the condition from bacterial infection. Treatment Bronchiectasis is usually confirmed by a CT scan, which shows the abnormal airways more clearly than a simple chest X-ray. The condition is treated by: • Airway clearance techniques (physiotherapy) to assist coughing up the excess mucus from the lungs • Reducing airway narrowing with inhaled B2 agonists • Regular macrolide treatment (a class of antibiotics with anti-inflammatory effects) • Treating exacerbations with antibiotics Current and future needs Bronchiectasis, other than that due to cystic fibrosis (called ‘non-CF bronchiectasis’), is one of the most neglected respiratory diseases. There is currently no generally agreed classification of the condition, few specialist services and little information on the long term outcome of the disease. Significant research is needed to improve both understanding of the condition and the management of those who suffer from the condition.
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It’ not only a matter of price Fake sunglasses can cause serious damage to your eyes The sun has already begun to scorch the city and imitation goggles have begun appearing in roadside shops. However, these glasses which are tempting and affordable wouldn’t be protective, doctors by Nick Lazakis warn and add that they can only Optical expert cause more damage to the eyes. People buying sunglasses to protect eyes from Ultra Violet (UV) rays and heat would be better off, ophthalmologists say, opting for branded goggles instead of cheaper ones. In small shops there are simply unbelievable bargains to be had on designer sunglasses. Models by Calvin Klein and Burberry are selling for less than 10 euros. Or so it seems. A closer look reveals that sunglasses that appear to carry Calvin Klein’s logo actually read “GK”. And the Burberry offering bears a sticker that reads “Burderry”. It is hardly a revelation. Fake designer sunglasses can be found across Chania and indeed around the world. But health and eyewear experts warn that while such sunglasses may look like the real thing, many provide no protection from the sun’s UVA rays and may result in eye damage. With the strength of the sun in the region, it is important to buy sunglasses from reputable establishments ensuring 100 per cent protection from both UVA and UVB rays to avoid visual impairment later in life. All sunglasses, even fake ones, block against UVB rays. However, they might not block UVA rays, which are more damaging and more worrying as UVA damages the lens which causes cataracts in later life. Thickness of the lens is also important. There is a required thickness of the lenses for protection, and counterfeit
glasses have minimal thickness which break easily and risk trauma to the eye. Cheaply made counterfeit glasses can also have distorted lenses that cut visibility, create eye discomfort and lead to headaches. The tourist shops have many designer versions for sale, also including ones purportedly by Oakley, Calvin Klein and Emporio Armani. High-end sunglasses often retail for between 150 euros and 250 euros, or more. According to one of the world’s leading eyewear manufacturers and distributors, Luxottica Group of Italy, consumers cannot be guaranteed products are original unless they buy from the brand’s own shop or a medically licensed optical shop. Those who really end up suffering from counterfeit products are consumers themselves. The company, whose brands include Oakley, Ray-Ban, Burberry, Prada, and Chanel, also says it is pursues people and businesses selling the fakes - when it finds them. Laws of different countries and regions call for technical procedures that protect individuals’ eyes. Only when you buy the real product are you ensured that those standards are met. How to Avoid Purchasing Faux Designer Sunglasses Online 1. Look carefully at the wording 2. Examine the photos for packaging 3. Sometimes fake ‘designer’ items may say ‘designer inspired’ 4. Check that labels are the same as you’d find if you bought from a retailer 5. Beware of fake packaging 6. Check the barcode to match the sunglasses 7. Look at the code on the interior temple arm of the glasses 8. Beware of deals too good to be true 9. Research 10. Use caution if the auction seller is using official photos taken from the designer 11. Avoid any stickers on the glasses or either of the lenses 12. Skip any item with words like “-style” in the title 13. Get a guarantee 14. Ask the seller if something is not clear for you in the listing 15. Ask the seller if the items is 100% authentic by [de-
signer] and if you find the item isn’t authentic they will refund your money, shipping and handling 16. Check the sellers feedback 17. Beware of extremely new sellers 18. Report anyone selling fake goods as the real thing or by having item descriptions that turn out to be false once you learn the real story from the seller
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by John Venetakis Zootechnician
Traveling with Your Pet in Greece Can it be done? Should it?
Travelers to Greece are often confused about whether or not they can bring their dog - or very well-trained cat - with them on their travels. Here are some tips for traveling with your pet in Greece. Summertime? Wintertime? Forget it. This has nothing to do with Greece - it applies everywhere. If you are traveling by plane, there is always a risk that your cat or dog will be subjected to extreme temperatures. It’s safer to plan your pet travel for spring or fall, when temperatures are milder. And minimize stops and long layovers. Are you and your pet part of the European Union? Bravo! Travel with pets in Greece is much easier if you are already part of the European Union. What are the Requirements for Bringing a Pet to Greece from the United States? The American Embassy in Athens has a good page on what is required for an American citizen to bring a pet to Greece from the United States, with the intention of keeping it in Greece for some time. The minimum includes a rabies vaccination certificate, a microchip, and a good-health certificate. The good health certificate must be from a vet examination within the last ten days prior to your departure for Greece, and the rabies certificate must be no less than 30 days old and no more than 12 months old. There’s also paperwork which must be filed ahead of time with the Greek authorities. This page from the Greek government includes a version of the good-health form in Greek and English, but that doesn’t guarantee it will be exactly what is needed at the time of your trip. Please double-check prior to your trip.
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Is there rabies in Greece? Cases of rabies are extremely rare, and many islands, such as Crete, are considered to be rabies-free - something I was glad to learn when I was accidentally bitten by a startled street dog there a few years ago the night before my flight home.
What about Vet Care in Greece? Your chances are good for finding a vet in the major metropolitan areas, and some rural areas may have an animal doctor as well, but they can be few and far between. There is very little of the on-demand emergency care and advanced veterinary hospitals you may be used to having access to in the States. However, since many prescription
drugs for humand and pets may be available without prescription at Greek pharmacies, you may be able to get medication refills fairly easily. Bring a list of your pet’s medications with you and have the vet write down the generic versions. Even then, the generic terms may not be identical for the medications in Greece, but it can help a Greek pharmacist, who are generally very well trained and multi-lingual, narrow down the options. As a side note, the European Union has chided Greece for not having sufficient veterinary staff to handle animal inspections and other tasks. What do I need? The standard requirements for bringing a pet into Greece are that your pet must be micro chipped and registered, and must have had a rabies vaccination within the last 12 months, but more than 30 days ago. Throughout the EU there are standard rules for the issuing of a PET passport and animals travelling within the EU are required to have one. More information on the passport scheme and travelling with pets is available on the DEFRA Website: http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/ quarantine/pets/regulation/eu_reg. htm Pets must be transported by an authorised carrier. Aegean Airlines and other International scheduled airlines will transport pets to Greece. Make sure you locate a local Vet (‘ktiniatros’) and obtain an emergency telephone number as soon as you arrive in Greece with your pet. Unfortunately poisoning of animals is a fairly common occurrence. Dogs and cats may eat something coated in poison, or get poison on their paws and lick it off. If you suspect your pet has eaten poison contact your vet immediately. Intravenous drugs to counteract the effects must be given as quickly as possible.
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by Antonis Ntourakis wine maker
Glossary of wine tourism in Crete A brief summary of local varieties and more... Dafni: The various aromas of Dafni bring to mind the well-known plant dafni (laurel), hence its name. Quite a remarkable variety, whose scarcity is matched by the rarity of its taste character. Kariki: Line of vines in a linear vineyard. Kofa: Tall woven basket (with a capacity of around 50 kg) used to carry grapes from the vineyard to the wine-press. Kotsifali: Soft and mellow, full of plum fragrances, the fleshy Kotsifali can be described as the Cretan equivalent of Merlot. Jointly responsible for the wonderful PDO Peza and Archanes wines. Kourmoula: Grapevine plant. Koutsokorfizo: To cut the tip of vine shoots. Ksefilizo: To remove leaves from the base of the vine or entire shoots with no fruit. Liatiko: Excellent red variety which gives unique sweetness and character. The mind-blowing sweet and dry PDO Sitia and Dafnes wines are indisputable proof.
Logado: Vineyard with various local varieties. Malvazia di Candia: This special clone of the aromatic Malvazia has returned to the fore, offering a real scented bouquet to both sweet and dry wines of the island. Mantilari: Wild and untamed like the Cretan land and its people, Mantilari is considered to be the king of native red varieties. This is where the PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) Peza and Archanes wines draw their strength from. Muscat of Spina: This clone of Muscat is a small-grape treasure. In fact, its thin skin skyrockets the fine character of the dry wines it offers. Plyto: Yet another variety recently saved from extinction, Plyto completes the mosaic of Cretan aromas and tastes with its refreshing acidity, its lemon scent and its lightness. Romeiko: A particularly resistant variety which gives lively red wines with high alco-
hol content, average acidity and variable color – due to the distinctive variegated grapes growing on the numerous branches of the plant. The traditional wine Marouvas, which resembles sherry, is made out of this variety. Thrapsathiri: A variety grown everywhere in Crete, offering balanced wines, rich in flavor. This is where the white PDO Sitia wines draw their particular taste from. Tsaprazi: Saw-like, crescent-shaped folding knife with a wooden handle, used in vine-harvesting. Vidiano: Unique apricot aroma, rich body, transfixing creamy taste. These elements make Vidiano the rising diva of the Cretan vineyard and justify its qualifying as Greece’s Viogner! Vilana: The island’s white star, Vilana, makes an appearance in the PDO Peza or Sitia wines with its fascinating fine aroma, its light taste and its refreshing lemon-scented acidity.
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POST Pies with heather honey and walnuts
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by Antonia Tsakirakis cook
Courgette Pie Ingredients Filling ½ kg green courgettes ½ kg feta ½ kg cream cheese 5 eggs, lightly beaten A few mint leaves Salt
Ingredients 1 kilo flour (self-rising) 400g heather honey 3 teaspoons thyme honey 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 cup nuts, coarsely ground 2 cups baking powder 1 cup orange juice 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup sesame seeds Preparation Blend the olive oil with the heather honey and the thyme honey for 2-3 minutes in the mixer at medium speed. Add the orange juice, the nutmeg, the cinnamon. Mix the flour with the baking powder and pour it in the mixer bowl as well. Blend for 5-6 minutes into a uniform, relatively thin mixture. Stir in the nuts and scatter evenly into the mixture. Put the finished mixture into small, slightly oiled cake tins. Dredge their surface with plenty of sesame seeds and bake at 180°C on the centre rack of the oven for 45-50 minutes. Remove from the baking tins, when completely cold.
Pastry 2 cup kg flour 1 cup margarine yogurt
Preparation Grate the courgettes, sprinkle them with salt and leave them in a sieve to drain. Press out the water from them with your hands. Meanwhile, crumble the cheese and mix together with the beaten eggs. Mix together the courgettes with the cheese, finely chop and add the mint. Make the pastry as follows: beat together the margarine and yogurt in a bowl and add the flour. Knead into a dough suitable for rolling out into sheets. Form the dough into a ball, cover with a tea towel and
leave to rest for ½ hour. Divide the dough into two parts, one a little larger. Roll out into two sheets and spread the larger of the two in a buttered or oiled baking dish, so that the pastry covers the sides of the dish and hangs over. Spread the filling on top of the pastry and cover with the second sheet, pressing together the top and bottom sheets to seal. Oil the surface, score it and sprinkle over the sesame. Bake the pie in a moderate oven until the surface is wellbrowned.
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2014 FIFA World Cup Official Video Game
by Taylor-Williams FootballFanCast.com EA Sports’ 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is a must-have purchase for any genuine football fan who loves to bask in the splendour of the world’s biggest sporting spectacle. Released onPC, XBOX 360 and PS3 as opposed to fourth generation consoles given low-rate adoption rates in the host nation of Brazil, this means many more people can mimic some Messi magic, serve up some slick football with Spain or conquer the competition with Colombia. But isn’t it just FIFA 14 with more international teams I hear you cry? 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil offers gamers a fun-filled, arcade-like experience which captures the colour, excitement and nerves surrounding the tournament, all in one tightly-packaged offering. The gameplay feels different from FIFA 14 in the way that dribbling, increased accuracy in passing and players’ first touches play out. This is not to mention more game modes than ever before with the ever-popular Captain Your County returning, refined and slicker than previous instalments. With matches taking place within all of Brazil’s 12 official
licensed stadia, including the renovated football Mecca that is the Maracana, not to mention realistic manager graphics being retained – yes, you can see Roy Hodgson fall to his knees with joy – this all distinguishes the title from FIFA for cynical gamers. Each exhibition match is laced with caps of how shall we say – lively and colourful supporters bouncing up and down – with small previews of the ever-popular fan parks around the globe illuminating feelings of suspense and jubilation during the in-play. Sure; militant fans will instantly recognise that Diego Costa is missing from Spain’s roster and Steven Taylor features in England’s squad despite never making a first team appearance for the Three Lions but with the accurate roster updates to come, has
FIFA ever offered you the chance to play as China against Kyrgyzstan? A necessity for any true football fan, just like Panini’s sticker album! 8.5/10 Parents need to know EA Sports’ 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is a family-friendly soccer simulation based on the 2014 World Cup games that features digital versions of real soccer stars. There is little in the way of content that should concern parents, but be aware of strong consumerism (corporate branding). Keep in mind, too, that players who engage in online games can chat with strangers without any monitoring or filtering.
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Greece in the World Cup of Brazil hoping to get into the 2nd round The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be the 20th FIFA World Cup, that is scheduled to take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July. It will be the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the previous being in 1950. Brazil was elected unchallenged as host nation in 2007 after the international football federation, FIFA, decreed that the tournament would be staged in South America for the first time since 1978 in Argentina, and the fifth time overall. For Greece, it’s the third time to participate in a World Cup. World Cup 1994 The team’s success in qualifying for the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the USA, marked the first time they had made it to the FIFA World Cup finals. Greece finished first and undefeated in their qualifying group, surpassing Russia in the final game. In the final tournament Greece were drawn into Group D with Nigeria, Bulgaria, and Argentina. After the successful qualifying campaign, expectations back in Greece were high as no one could imagine the oncoming astounding failure. Most notable reason for this complete failure was the fact that legendary coach Alketas Panagoulias opted to take a squad full of those players – though most of them aging and out of form – that helped the team in the qualifying instead of new emerging talents seeing it as a reward for their unprecedented success. Furthermore, they had the disadvantage of being drawn into a “group of death”, with runners-up at the 1990 FIFA World Cup Argentina, later semifinalists Bulgaria, and Nigeria, one of the strongest African teams. It is worth mentioning that all players of the squad, including the 3 goalkeepers, took part in those three games, something very rare. In their first game against Argentina, Greece lost 4–0. Four days later Greece suffered another 4–0 blow from Bulgaria and in their final game lost to Nigeria 2–0. In the
end, Greece were eliminated in the first round by losing all three games, scoring no goals and conceding 10, thus making one of the worst records in World Cup history. 2010 FIFA World Cup Despite the scoring prowess of Europe’s top 2010 World Cup qualifying goal-scorer Theofanis Gekas—who produced 10 goals in as many games—Greece took second place to Switzerland in Group 2 of UEFA qualification,
thus advancing to a home-and-away playoff round, where they faced Ukraine. After a scoreless draw at home in the first match, the second leg in Donetsk saw Greece triumph with a 1–0 win, sending the Greeks to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. At the 2010 World Cup draw in Cape Town, South Africa on 4 December 2009, Greece found itself grouped with two familiar opponents from its first World Cup appearance in 1994. Argentina and Nigeria were yet again drawn into group stage play alongside Greece, this time into Group B with South Korea replacing Greece’s third 1994 opponent, Bulgaria. In its World Cup opener, Greece lost 2–0 to South Korea after a dismal performance characterized by excessive long-ball attacks and a lack of offensive creativity. In its
second fixture against Nigeria, Greece won 2–1 coming from behind after conceding an early goal. Dimitris Salpingidis scored Greece’s first ever goal in the World Cup finals in the 44th minute of the first half to tie the match at 1–1. Vasilis Torosidis scored the game-winning goal in the 71st minute, securing the first points and first victory for Greece in tournament history. In the third match against heavily favored Argentina, Greece needed a combination of results to advance to the next round. As expected, in what would be his final game as Greece’s national team head coach, Otto Rehhagel conjured up a very defensive-minded strategy, leaving Giorgos Samaras with nearly all offensive responsibilities as the lone striker. The strategy nearly paid off in the second half with the score still knotted 0–0 when Samaras beat the last Argentine defender on a quick long-ball counterattack and curled a rushed shot just wide of the far post. The Greeks held the Argentines scoreless until the 77th minute and ultimately lost 2–0, finishing third in Group B. Greece moved from 13th to 12th in the FIFA World Rankings following the tournament. Russia, Croatia and France dropped lower than Greece while Uruguay and Chile jumped ahead of the Greeks. 2014 FIFA World Cup To reach the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Greece had to contend with a team on the rise in Bosnia and a dangerous Slovakian side seemingly in decline since its memorable 2010 World Cup qualifying and finals performances. Latvia, a familiar qualification foe for Greece in its previous two major tournaments (2010 World Cup, Euro 2012), joined the fray as well. Ahead of those aforesaid tournaments, Bosnia twice narrowly missed out on its first major international tournament appearance due to consecutive playoff defeats at the hands of Portugal. No playoff would be necessary for Bosnia in 2013 as it won its qualifying group over Greece on goal differential. The decisive match was in Bosnia on 22 March, when
p. 54 CHANIA POST Greece succumbed to three restart goals (two free-kick headers and one penalty miss rebound) in a 3–1 defeat. Greece’s defense proved rigid throughout qualifying, conceding zero goals over the flow of play. Four goals were allowed by the Greeks in ten games, the first of which was a penalty by Latvia, and yet four goals were too many for a relatively unproductive Greek attack to overcome. Though Greece was shut out just once, the team managed to score 12 goals, an output Bosnia reached in its second game. Following group play Romania, which claimed second place over Hungary and Turkey in a group dominated by the Dutch, awaited Greece in a two-legged playoff. The last time the two sides met in late 2011, Romania came into Greece and dealt Fernando Santos his first defeat as Greece manager in his 18th game at the helm. The Greeks reversed the prior 3–1 result in their favor this time, converting each goal on skillful one-touch passing and finishing. Kostas Mitroglou accounted for three of Greece’s four goals in a 4–2 aggregate playoff victory, though none were actual game-winners. Dimitris Salpingidis notched the game winner in Piraeus while the second leg finished 1–1 in Bucharest. In 2014 FIFA World Cup, Greece will play in Group C against Colombia, Cote D’ Ivoire and Japan. The matches 14 Jun 2014 - 19:00 Greek time Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte Colombia vs. Greece 19 Jun 2014 - 01:00 Greek time Estadio das Dunas, Natal Japan vs. Greece 24 Jun 2014 - 23:00 Greek time Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza
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- Giannis Fetfatzidis (Age 23 - Genoa) - Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (Age 27 - Bologna) - Panaghiotis Kone (Age 26 - Bologna) - Panaghiotis Tahtsidis (Age 23 - Torino) - Andreas Samaris (Age 24 - Olympiacos) FW - Dimitris Salpingidis (Age 32 - PAOK) - Giorgos Samaras (Age 29 - Celtic) - Theofanis Gekas (Age 33 - Konyaspor) - Kostas Mitroglou (Age 26- Fulham) Coach: Fernando Santos
Greece vs. Côte d’Ivoire Greek National Team GK - Orestis Karnezis (Age 28 - Granada) - Panaghiotis Glykos (Age 27 - PAOK) - Stefanos Kapino (Age 20 - Panathinaikos) DF - Vassilis Torossidis (Age 28 - Roma) - Loukas Vyntra (Age 33 - Levante) - Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Age 25 - Borussia Dort.) - Giannis Maniiatis (Age 27 - Olympiacos) - Jose Holebas (Age 29 - Olympiacos) - Vangelis Moras (Age 32 - Hellas Verona) - Giorgos Tzavellas (Age 26 - PAOK) - Kostas Manolas (Age 22 - Olympiacos) MF - Giorgos Karagounis (Age 37 - Fulham) - CPT - Kostas Katsouranis (Age 34 - PAOK) - Alexandros Tziolis (Age 29 - PAOK)
Wing Chun Kung Fu was created around 1700AD in China and is one of the top fighting systems, a complete concept of fighting. The goal of the practitioner is to develop their reflexes as well as the function of their body mechanics so that in random close range attacks they can react spontaneously,quickly,effectively and accurately. In short, the practitioner learns how to face any attacker in conditions that concern their survival and not winning a contest in a fighting match with rules and regulations. Who is WCKF for? That is obvious. It is literally for anyone who is looking to improve their self defence, regardless of gender, age, or whether they have any previous experience in martial arts. It is also for people who want to a new way of life that will give them confidence, a better physical condition, better reflexes and internal balance through the daily practice of this complete martial art.
The key players Captain and seasoned midfield general Giorgos Karagounis remains the dominant figure in the Greek line-up but forwards Dimitrios Salpingidis and Mitroglou will certainly have a part to play and provide Santos with a variety of attacking options. He can also call on the experience of the likes of Theofanis Gekas and Giorgos Samaras, which will be key when the tournament begins. Incidentally, though, despite their array of attacking talent, it was Greece’s defence that stole the show in qualifying, laying the foundation for success by conceding just four times in ten matches.
FIFA World Ranking (May 2014) Last Updated: 08/05/2014 Next Release: 06/06/2014
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Useful information and phone numbers in Chania Prefecture Whenever you call a number in Greece, even if it is a local phone call, you have to use the (area code) + (0) + (phone number). For example, if you want to call a phone number in Chania you will have to dial: 2821+ 0 + phone number. If you call from abroad always use 0030 before the phone number. REGION OF CRETE....................................2813400300-5 PREFECTURE OF CHANIA....................2821340100-200 MUNICIPALITIES Chania............................................................................2821341600 Apokoronas..................................................................2825340300 Platanias........................................................................2821083570 Sfakia..............................................................................2825391540 Kissamos........................................................................2822340200 Kandanos-Selino........................................................2823349399 Gavdos...........................................................................2823041101 TRANSPORTATION Public bus....................................................................2821093306 City public bus...........................................................2821093024 ANEK Lines...............................................................2821027500-4 ANENDYK..................................................................2821095511-2 Airport...........................................................................2821083800 Aegean Airlines..........................................................2821063366 Olympic Air..................................................................8018010101 Ryan Air...............................................................00448712460002 Hermes taxi.................................................................2821098700
Kydon taxi....................................................................2821094300 GENERAL Police...............................................................................................100 Tourist Police...............................................................2821025931 Airport Police Station...............................................2821063033 Greek National Tourism Organization...............2821092943 Municipal Tourism Office....................................2821341665-6 Port Authority...............................................2821098388/98888 Fire Department.........................................................................199 First Aid..........................................................................................166 Rental Accomodation Union.................................2821043601 Chania Hotels Association.....................................2821060540 Customs Office...........................................................2821089277 Public Electricity Company.....................................................125 Municipal Water Company....................................2821036250 Telecommunications Organization......................................121 HOSPITALS/CLINICS Red Cross......................................................................2821052550 Aghios Georgios........................................................2821022000 Navy hospital..............................................................2821082000 “Iasis” Gavrilakis clinic..............................................2821070800 Kapakis Clinic..............................................................2821052688 Tsepetis Clinic.............................................................2821028828 Research and Training Institute of Alzheimer Senility Cases..............................................................2821076050 TV STATIONS Nea TV...........................................................................2821036700
Kydon TV......................................................................2821074978 Kriti TV...........................................................................2821083200 Kriti 1.............................................................................2821099119 Chania TV.....................................................................2821041440 NEWSPAPERS Haniotika Nea..............................................2821051003/70563 Dimokratis....................................................................2821099600 Agonas tis Kritis..........................................................2821099119 Kosmos tis polis.........................................................2821086786 Cretavoice....................................................................2821303095 Pyxida............................................................................2821074104 RADIO STATIONS Super FM......................................................................2821052010 Ant1 Dytikis Kritis......................................................2821055505 Chania Sport FM....................................................2821056800-5 Max FM.........................................................................2821055008 CONSULATES Germany.......................................................................2821068876 Denmark.......................................................................2821057330 Italy.................................................................................2821027315 Norway..........................................................................2821057330 Sweden.........................................................................2821057330 France............................................................................6944444757 CHAMBERS Chamber of commerce...........................................2821052329 EOMMEX.......................................................................2821042568 Economic......................................................................2821093001 Technical.......................................................................2821027900
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