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June 2018, Issue No. 11 www.cretepost.gr


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The heart of wine beats in the heart of Crete Rethymno is celebrating the award of European Wine City 2018! Rethymno is celebrating the award of European Wine City 2018 by RECEVIN European Network, opening thus a new page for wine experience and wine-tourism.


is, without exaggeration, one of the most attractive towns inGreece, with it particular ‘colour’, its wealth of history and architecture – preserving one of the best surviving Venetian cities. In the Old Town Renaissance architectural elements of the Venetian era co-exist with Ottoman structures: the rich history of the city is in step with the development of modern tourism. In the summer, Rethymnon has visitors from all over the world, who base themselves here for the exploration of the Prefecture and indeed the whole island, whilst in the winter the students of the local University bring a buzz to the place. Rethymnon maintains its long cultural tradition with events such as the Renaissance Festival

that occurs every summer, bringing to life again that section of the city built then. The main attractions of Rethymnon are concentrated in the Old Town, which is worth exploring without any preconceived route, but by just walking along the narrow alleys and so discovering picturesque spots, architectural

treasures, old mansions and other signs of those conquerors who have passed through here. Setting out from the Megali Porta (Porta Guora),(the Main Gate or Porta Guora), one of the few remaining remnants of the city’s fortifications, our tour starts at Aghios Frangiscos, the Neratze Mosque (Conservatory) and the

Historical and Folklore Museum which are all to be found in the neighbourhood of the newly-created Asia Minor Square (Plateia Mikrasiaton). From this square we can see the Turkish School with its distinctive architectural style. Next we pass the Venetian Rimondi Fountain (or the Taps, as the locals call it!), from where we can wander through the narrow lanes of the Old Town to discover the church ‘Our lady of the Angels’ before going on to the Fortezza. From here we have the opportunity to look down upon the town and its beach front. Descending then to the Venetian harbour, we return to the shopping street (Arkadi) with its impressive Loggia, and other restored structures of really exceptional beauty, such as the Kara Mousa Pasha Mosque.

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LIVING ...is the answer to EVERY THING! S t a y i n g DOLCE Vita! Yeah ....Rethimno Things can be Really Simple!

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by Pandelis Spiridakis Journalist

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summer guys ... Where in that June’s Furious Sun are U??? Eh ???? Watch ou t and dont laugh ΡΕ ....Well let’s do our stuff now , no really ...LET’S ! So if you are on your favourite beach , enjoying hours sun , swimming and chilling this is Perfect, Awesome or what? Certainly Now , in the Beginning of the summer ...ADMIT IT... Moments here count if Only yoy pay antention. People that pay attention , never regret : sign that they have fully lived. So Guys RETHIMNO is this mysterious Land of Hope and

is the side of life , you return to play and Believe from the First Beginning Life is Funny ...Vacation don’t Fool Around ...And Great Believers ...WIN!!! The favourite island among the Greeks will be your favourite too when you come to it. Sunny beaches with crystal-clear water, national parks for a hike, Greek cuisine, traces of the Minoan civilisation... Rethimno has the best of every Greek island. What you want for your summer holiday you are going to get in Greece’s largest island. Take NOW advantage of this deal UNTIL you even re- think the Chance... Relax & leave worries behind. What else can you ask for?

CAN we Please Count all The Exciteful Reasons to Celebrate JUNE in Rethimno... -whistle to the girls...at the beach! -cheers screaming to the opposite company -selfie-ing with the Bar- Girl ...staring all people ....all night! -cocktail – talking...Daquirie staff AND tatsting the First Watermelon Piece of this season ....Add Vacation in Rethimno can be THE ADVETURE ...yoy want to live! So cheer up and Laugh – Time and Fun – Time is all yours! People created life – breaks to fulfill their batteries , forget their problems for a while! People from all over the world are visiting Rethymno with a plan : They are just good life –

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Tips For The Beginner Traveler

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Travel is full of major decisions — like which country to visit, how much to spend, and when to stop waiting and finally make that all-important airfare purchase. But beyond the big picture, it’s the little things that can make a trip easier and less stressful. Following are 8 simple but clever tips to smooth the way on your next vacation. 1)Get your phone sorted out There are few things more freeing than an unlocked smartphone. If your phone is unlocked you can get, probably, a local SIM on k c li card for cheap highc s .gr re new epost for mo ttp://cret speed data, wherever h you go. 2)The right luggage Buy a smaller bag than you think you might need (more on this in #5). Personally, I prefer a good travel backpack. Some people like the hybrid backpack/rolly-bags, but I find them cumbersome. Avoid regular rolly bags, they’re more trouble than their worth. Big suitcases should be avoided at all costs (unless you’re going skiing or something and need to bring a lot of bulky gear). 3)Pack light This will be the hardest thing about travel. There are few harder urges to overcome than overpacking. “But I might need this!!!” is so common there are industries built around needless junk and charging you for heavy bags. Aim for 30 pounds,

tops, for everything. If you don’t bring a lot of electronics, aim for under 25. You don’t more than a week’s worth of clothes. You can do laundry everywhere. Seriously, travelling light will change everything about how you travel. 4) Cloud data backup I had one friend drop her camera in a taxi and lose 3 weeks’ worth of photos, nearly her entire multi-country trip through Asia. Cloud backups are cheap and easy to use. I like Google Photos, but there are a ton of other options. 5)Apps for you Google Translate is the greatest app for any traveler, by FAR (download languages when you’re on WiFi, and it will work without a data connection). Google Maps is a close second (download an area on WiFi, and it too will work without a data connection). 6) Lock your phone Your phone, and what’s on it, is probably the most valuable thing you have on you. Phones are easily replaced. Personal data theft is way worse. Pictures, addresses… how many banking apps and websites do you have that automatically log you in?

Margarites... The Pottery Village Margarites, Crete – The tra- bourhoods within

ditional settlement, 27 km east of Rethymnon in the foothills of Mt. Psiloritis, is one of Crete’s four main pottery centres. Many craftsmen still use ageold traditional techniques and skills In the past, since these jars were not easy to transport, it was the craftsmen themselves who moved around. Groups of potters (from Margarites and Thrapsano in the Heraklion Prefecture) traveled around the villages, took orders and set up their workshops and kilns wherever there was a demand. Many villages on Crete that are still inhabited can be traced back to this period of Cretan history. In the style of the houses, enclosed courtyards and stone arches you can clearly recognize Venetian architecture. There are several neigh-

the village and, following the Cretan tradition, each neighbourhood features its own church dedicated to its own patron saint. Some of the churches are open, sometimes you can ask for the key of the locked ones in the nearest shop. Many of the houses are uninhabited at the time and they easily travel you back into times long gone by. Margarites also hosts a Pottery Collection which is housed in a hall owned by the Geropotamos municipality, was set up by the very active Margarites Cultural Movement, in cooperation with the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Pottery in Athens. The exhibition explains the entire process of pottery-making, a profitable but difficult craft that could be carried out for just a few months of the year,

Lock your phone. The swipey geometry designs may seem great, but after you use them a few times, the screen will be smudged in the exact shape of your passcode. Numbers and biometrics are safer. 7)Don’t make it easy for thieves Theft is rare, but don’t make it easy. Don’t leave your bag on a table at a sidewalk café. Don’t leave your backback on your back on a crowded train. You’d be surprised how often I see people not doing these things. There’s nothing wrong with being a little cautious. You don’t need to lash your belongings to your chest with steel cables every time you leave the hotel. Just, you know, be aware of your surroundings. If someone could casually pick up something, or pull it out of your hands without any effort, maybe that’s not the best place for it. 8)Mark your bags with an easily recognizable item The days of flower-pattern steamer thrunks are long gone; now we all buy our bags at the same stores from the same manufacturers. The result: an eandless stream of nearly identical bags on the

baggage carousel. The solution: mark your bags by tying a colorful ribbon, stitching a unique patch or putting a large sticker on your bags. You won’t see other passengers pulling your bags off the carousel to check for their tiny name tags, and you will be able to see your suitcases come out of the door from miles away. 9)Bring copies of your passport. If your passport gets stolen or lost you want to be sure that you can still get back into the country, or be able to prove your citizenship. 10) “If you can’t afford travel insurance, then you can’t afford to travel”. It’s that simple . Let’s face it. You don’t hesitate at purchasing car insurance when you buy a car , or house and contents insurance when you buy a home. So why not travel insurance?? Call it what you like – vacation insurance , trip insurance or holiday insurance, not having insurance is not worth the risk. Anything can, will and sometimes goes wrong. If it does and you are not insured, you can be up for a lot of money and inconvenience.

from May 21 (the last day of Saints Constantine and Eleni) until August 15. There are models of stone workshops and double kilns, explanations of the types of clays, their particular characteristics and the way they were dug out of the earth, the proportions used for the different kinds of pots, the way the clay was prepared in stone containers and how the craftsmen kneaded them by treading on them with careful circular movements. There are displays of pots and reproductions of designs, and photographs showing all the stages of jar-making.

Ceramics is the basic occupation of many inhabitants, who make not only decorative pottery but also utensils. Ceramics is a traditional art, the history of which is as old as the Minoan times. In the past, the pottery workshops flourished in the prefecture of Lasithi, producing storage objects of every day use. Today, potters at Thrapsano, Kentri and Margarites mold clay just like the Minoans did thousands years ago. Hundreds of vessels, identical to those found in the Minoan palaces, are still used for storing olive oil, grains and other agricultural products.

The heart of wine beats in the heart of Crete Rethymno is celebrating the award of European Wine City 2018! Great news for wine-lovers!

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Rethymno is celebrating the award of European Wine City 2018 by RECEVIN European Network, opening thus a new page for wine experience and wine-tourism. Wine has always been a very important part of the daily life and the culture of Cretan people. It is the signature and seal of friendship in social gatherings and an indispensable element in the famous Cretan diet. It is also a symbol of on k c li c s .gr composition, continuire new epost for mo ttp://cret h ty, coexistence and harmony in our relation with the earth, the natural environment and other people. The fertile soil, the sun and many years of experience, have made Cretans know how to produce wine artfully. The local producers, based on the high quality of the indigenous varieties, such as the white - Rethymnian Vidano and the red Liatiko, among 11 original cretan varieties and by combining the tradition with the modern know-how, continue to produce an excellent raw material. This year’s Cretan Diet Festival (1-7 July 2018), is oriented towards wine and its important role in gastronomy: wine-tastings, wine-pairings with the famous Cretan cheese and other Cretan products, seminars and wine classes, recipes based on wine, finger food pairing, back to back tastings, special restaurant menus, and many other special events have been planned, in order to make locals and visitors have an exquisite wine experience, full of music and fun!

Apart from the Cretan Diet Festival, many cultural and culinary actions are planned, both for professionals and the public, throughout the year: you can follow a wine-route, visit a winemaker, taste special cocktails based on wine and served in the best bars of the city, attend art events and exhibitions inspired by wine’s journey throughout the centuries and explore the enchanting pro-

cess of wine-making through seminars, workshops and conferences. Certainly Rethymno is not only a vacation place to come and visit but a safe destination full of cultural and nature experiences, with its clean sea and its unspoiled environment. The beautiful landscape, the vibrant small villages, the hospitality and the numerous options for filling the agenda of

your visit, make the city the ideal all-season destination. And this year, Rethymno will be the meeting point for both, foodies and wine-lovers! Don’t miss the chance to be part of the celebration! For more information:

www.cretandietfestival.gr www.rethymno.guide facebook: Rethymno European Wine City instagram: @ rethymnowinecity

How do we really find out a good hotel? Is it good enough to adjust

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to your needs and carry your wishes without even thinking ? This is a hotel – test... We dit it and we found Odyssia beach Hotel and OMIROS BOUTIQUE HOTEL But first let’s keep up with the top – 5 characteristics of A Good HOTEL 1. Staff provides genuinely warm service 2. Staff extends extra on assistance in case of s click re new st.gr o m r emersgencies fo po /crete http:/ 3. Guests feel at home 4. They are loacated at convenient places 5. They count what visitors need Odyssia beach Hotel is a family made three plus star hotel situated in the north side of Crete. The renovation of the hotel has made a whole new achitecture development that has upgraded the area and satisfied visitors and the staff. The new bulding and the internal configuration has created a whole new place more functional , modern and contemporary. And the hotel rooms are now settled in the same concept... The ‘’DE LUXE’’ rooms are the best way to enjoy your vacation with the exceptional priviliges : De Luxe residents visitors dinner on the new bar place enjoying a special atmosphere and services that provide a pure pleasure experience! Odyssia beach Hotel has 104 rooms with availability to ac-

commodate up to 350 people. One of its great advantages is that it has immediate access to the beach giving the impression that you are still in the hotel even when you are in the sea having your bath or enjoying the sun at the beach. Odyssia Beach Hotel 18 Mandilara Str, 74100 Missiria, Rethymno, Crete, Greece Tel: +30 28310 27874, 50020 | Fax: +30 28310 54906 | E-mail: info@odyssia.gr

Quality of service is paramount to business success in any industry, but particularly for hotels - a perpetual client-facing industry. Rather than offer standardized service and practices with rote protocols and rigid systems, such hotels can really focus on providing an outstanding, memorable ser-

Carob... The lost treasure of Crete Carob has a long history in 50 years. It does not bear fruit human consumption. The Greek Theophrastus recorded in 4BC that his fellow Greeks called the carob the Egyptian Fig. There is also evidence that Ancient Egyptians used carob. Both the pods and seeds have been found in Egyptian Tombs. Further, the Romans ate the Carob pods when they were green and fresh for their natural sweetness. Thus, Carob is no newly discovered food. As the founder of Creta Carob, Elias Manousakas states “It is the lost treasure of Crete”. Cretan Carob In Crete, the carob trees thrive in difficult soils and like arid conditions that are naturally free of fungus and pests. Thus, the uses of chemical sprays are not necessary on Crete Island. The tree grows 15 m in

for the first 15 years. However, once fruiting, it will yield one ton of beans in one harvest. Carob pods are harvested in the middle of September. The growing carob pods look like green broad beans but they turn to a dark glossy brown as they age. Each pod can contain up to 15 seeds. Products you can’t even believe ou can taste from carob are: -Whole carob -Carob coffee -Carob Tea -Carob Biscuits -Carobcake Creta Carob was established in 2006 and started its operations in 2011. It is a family company that main focus is the production of different biological products from the Carob Pods. Creta Carob is located in Crete Island in a little village called

vice experience. Service that goes the extra mile is increasingly rare, which offers independents another opportunity to stand out. If you are looking for something special that will make you feel privileged.... As llong as you are a brave ann artistic checker and finder...Are you? And the answer in your research is Find Quality in JUST ONE WORD... OMIROS. OMIROS BOUTIQUE HOTEL is The One And Only The Omiros Boutique Hotel is located in the north of the Rethymnon district in the Misiria region, 150 meters from the beach and 3 km from downtown Rethymnon. The coastal road and the footpath start 200 meters from the hotel. Stretching for 3 km along the coast,

the footpath is ideal for a stroll, leading straight to the heart of the old Venetian town of Rethymnon and the Venetian harbour.

Argyroupoli. Carob is a healthy alternative to cocoa. Carob, unlike cocoa, is free from caffeine and theobromine, that are both stimulants. • Also, carob does not contain amine and phenylethylamine which can trigger migraines and allergic reactions. • It has no oxalic acid which prevents the body using calcium and zinc. • Oxalic acid in cocoa may be connected to the onset of spottiness in some teenagers eating larger amount of chocolate. Carob is gluten free thus it is a great treat for those who suffer

from a condition called celiac disease. • All of our carob products are gluten free, high in protein and low in fat. • They contain twice as much calcium than dairy milk. • They are rich in Vitamins A, B, B2, B3 and D and offer many traces of minerals. • They aid digestion, lower cholesterol levels, relieve diarrhoea in infants and adults, relieve asthma (whether or not caused by allergies), act as an expectorant, are caffeine free, ease coughs and colds, contain Gallic acid, and help prevent polio.

OMIROS BOUTIQUE HOTEL Ionias, Rethymno Town, 74100, Crete, Greece Tel: +30 28310 27874 or +30 28310 50020

Good hoteliers are able to spend all their time and resources to invest exclusively on their hotel. Their knowledge of their business is more intimate, as well as their awareness of the local market. These hotels can make quick strategic and tactical decisions and follow through similarly on execution. This is a massive advantage that this type of hotels have and make you feel like home.

Crete View... can be The One and Only Lifetime Pleasure The real pleasures of travel-

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ling aren’t ticking things off a list from the guidebook. It’s the feelings and emotions you have as you experience something new. The moment you get off an aeroplane and walk into a wall of heat (or cold) and you know you’re far away from home. Nothing says ‘you’ve arrived’ as that first step you take in the new place; even in airports where everything is pretty much the same n click o news .gr e r o but you still notice the for m retepost /c http:/ differences! Crete view is a transfer services company located at Rethymno Crete. We arrange tours all over the island and also support any need of transportation, providing high quality services

for our customers. Crete view transfer services created for you six special excursions inspired from the roots of Crete. • Departure time upon request (anyhow not after11:00a.m) • Excursions or transfers take place up to 4 people with Mercedes Taxi and up to 8 people with a brand new luxury Mini Van Mercedes V-Class • Tickets to caves or museums, are not included in price of excursion but our company has arranged a discount of them We transfer you from/to ports or airports of Chania and Heraklion. Eleftherna Museum, Margarites pottery village, Arkadi Monastery This excursion will be very popular because of the brand new Archaeological Museum of Ancient Eleftherna which is

located at the archaeological site of ancient Eleftherna and opened doors to the public just this June. The exhibition

tain village Margarites, which is famous as a pottery center because the area is rich in clay soil and water favoring this art. There are more than 15 pottery workshops each working a different style and we can see the artists the time they work. Last visit will be at the famous Arkadi Monastery. For sure the most sacred Cretan symbol of freedom, has been designated by UNESCO as a EUROPEAN FREEDOM MONUMENT. In 1866, 15.000 Turks with 30 cannons attacked less than 1.000 Greeks, most of them women and children the defenders took the decision to self-sacrifice than to surrender. There is also the ecclesiastical museum of Arkadi with findings from the Holocaust.

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Matala Beach Festival 2018 If you google hippie festivals

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in Europe – I have no doubts that one of the first results to pop up will be the amazing Matala Beach Festival. Matala is a tiny town located on the south coast of the Greek island of Crete, famous for its hippie history – more precisely the caves where hippies used to live in the 60s and 70s – the story that intrigued international media so much that they made this tiny little town to become basically one of the most famous hippie retreats in Europe. n o I’ve visited Matala a s click ost.gr re new ep for mo ttp://cret couple of years ago, h and I can confirm it – yes, it’s an awesome hippie-vibe place and this festival might be exactly what you’re looking for if you’re a fan of hippies and that kind of life philosophy… The festival was founded in 2011 when the Festos Munic-

ipality organized a festival on the beach with a goal to celebrate the launch of the Myth of Matala book that featured photos of the hippies who lived in

the caves during the 60s and the 70s. 35k people heard about it and rushed to Matala beach… The rest is history.

but it’s also more adventurous one: let’s say that you’re departing from Budapest – you should take a train to Belgrade (Serbian capital), then another

the island’s capital, and you can hitchhike to the place easily (or at least it’s what I did ) When: June 22-24, 2018 Where: Matala, Crete, Greece

How to get there: the fastest way to get to Crete Island is by plane – to the biggest city on the island – Heraklion. he alternative way lasts longer,

train to Thessaloniki, then the third train to Athens and finally a 9-hour long ferry ride to Heraklion. Matala is not that far away from

Why: It’s a spectacular hippie festival taking place in awesome Matala, and one of the most beautiful European countries – Greece.

Τhe foreign visitor’s interest increases They want to make their dream of owning a place in the sun come true ‘’I am considering buying

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a property in Crete but not sure how to proceed, where to look, which real estate websites are reliable, etc. I wanted to know if there’s anyone here who visited Rethymno and fell in love with the town and bought a property there. what are your thought? Any regrets? Was the process complicated? ‘’… This one so typical question for a foreigner that dares to believe that he could live in ...the place he chose for summer vacation!!! It is easy to fall in love with Crete. As time goes by you will find that you feel less and less like a visitor and ck on li c s more and more like a re new st.gr for mo p://cretepo resident. Every year Krehtt ta Eiendom receives many enquiries from people who want to make their dream of owning a place in the sun come true. There are many people who would like a home on Crete, or who see the opportunity to make a good investment. Kreta Eiendom s.a was established by Ellen Hansen in 2002, Kreta Eiendom has rapidly become one of the most reputable property developers on the island. The main office is located in the old town of Rethymno on the north coast. You can choose to have your dream house designed according to your own specifications.Again, this can be built on one of our plots or on your own plot of land. In this case a meeting will be arranged between you and the architect. Your ideal home can be de-

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Ingredients : • 0,5 kilo siglino people... A lot of valuable experience! • 1 tea cup xinohodro My recipe is with smoked-fried pork, which began to be produced • 1 kilo potatoes cut in quarters on mountainous Crete and specifically in Sfakia area ages before, • 1/3 cup olive oil potatoes and xinohodro, another traditional local Cretan product • 2 cups tomato juice from milk and wheat. I hope to enjoy it! • Juice of half lemon • Salt, pepper Serves 4

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Preparation... We saute siglino about 3’ and add the potatoes. After 5 ‘ we pour the tomato juice and leave to boil in low temperature for 10’ then we add xinohodro and leave to boil more 10 ‘. At the end we add the salt, pepper and the lemon. We serve it with strong local wine or beer with bitter flavour! Bon appetit! Eirini Flemetaki

‘’All visitors love to spend here the most special time of their tour... “ What about Hammam Relaxing? Walking on the Rethymno Old City’s you will not manage to resist watching , taking photos and getting in the unique historical buildinh with the ston surface and the wooden parts. The best architecture instant travel through the years... This is a Venetian building of the 16th century by Ottoman elements , in the heart of the old town of Rethymnon, where now is placed the Swan Beauty & Spa. A personal care area , relaxation and wellness... All visitors love to spend here the most different and special time of their tour... What about Hammam n o k c li RELAXING ? sc re new st.gr


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HAMMAM – Skip the Line Enjoy a unique experience of the renovated old Turkish Hammam of a bygone era and enjoy all its beneficial properties. (The hammam is not include treatment) Our hammam room is private for you and your company. Follow the internal voice by stepping inside SWAN beauty and spa enjoying it The baths are beautifully designed with resplendent venetian decor featuring candle-lit walkways, vaulted ceilings, benches and atmospheric chambers. Sure, there’s a lot to do in summer – grilling, gardening, traveling, you name it – but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still take care of you. In fact, massage is a terrific thing to treat yourself to during the summer months, when your body badly needs it. Hikes, picnics and park trips become the norm. Most people make more plans in the summer months. A massage is a great excuse to get some time for yourself. Live your favourite Massage Therapy in Swan Beauty & Spa 198, Arkadiou str, Rethymnon tel. (+30) 2831051828 mob. (+30) 6980971907 Full body massage The ultimate journey of senses into a rhythmic massage movements that releases the flow of energy and transports body & spirit to another level of relaxation. Candle Massage Within a peaceful atmosphere

flavored, massage with warm candles creates an unparalleled experience. Dainty creamy hot wax flows over the body nurturing in depth the skin, while a combination of massage, stretch, soft pressure and big continuous motion Massage Back & Neck Relaxing massage therapy concentrating on the back and neck muscles. The treatment is designed to relax and ease tension in the areas of the body where muscle problems most often occur. Aroma Massage In this ritual massage with authentic Monoi de Tahiti holy oil of Polynesia, is a full mo-

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(planetary nebulae and supernova remnants) 7. X-ray binary systems including High-mass X-ray binaries, black hole 8. Candidates and cataclysmic variables 9. Search for Novae in M31 10. Interaction of cometary tails with the solar wind Most of the above mentioned programs are done in cooperation between the research institutes of Crete and the Max Planck institute, but also in cooperation with other astrophysicists and observatories from all over the world. The idea to create a site of astronomical research at Skinakas was conceived in the summer of 1984. Soon after the construction of a road to the mountain peak commenced. The university of Crete, The Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH, former Research Center of Crete) and the Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany) agreed to build and operate together a telescope with the purpose of providing modern education in Astronomy to University students and also of support-

ing astronomical observations with emphasis on the research of extended sky objects like comets and gaseous nebulae. The expected arrival of the comet Halley in the Spring of 1986, after 76 years of wandering through the solar system, set the time schedule for the installation of the telescope, which having a wide field of view, and equipped with a highly sensitive electronic camera was especially suited for the observation of the comet. Indeed, after the construction of the road on the rocky mountain and the completion of the first stone-made observatory, hundreds of people from all over Greece, among them many officials, came to Skinakas in the Spring 1986, in order to participate in the inauguration of the Observatory as well as to observe of the comet Halley. In 1988 the construction of the guesthouse, also made out of stone, was completed and immediately hosted the First School of Observational Astrophysics in Greece. The successful installation and operation of the first rather small telescope confirmed the excellent astro-

nomical conditions at Skinakas characterizing it as one of the best sites for high quality astronomical observations in the Mediterranean area. Consequently, the cooperating institutions decided to further develop the Observatory by the installation of a larger and very modern telescope with a mirror diameter of 1.3m. The telescope, which remains the largest of the site, was inaugurated in Autumn 1995. The 1.3m telescope, seen on the right, was commissioned in 1995 and is the principal observing facility of Skinakas Observatory. It is a modified Ritchey–Chrétien telescope, that is it has a hyperbolic primary and a hyperbolic secondary mirror, in order to provide a large field of view with high image quality. The mirrors were built by Carl Zeiss Oberkochen. The telescope mount is equatorial, computer controlled and was constructed by DFM Engineering. There is also an autoguider with off axis guiding system, which was built by Baader Planetarium. skinakas@physics.uoc.gr


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is a research facility operated jointly by the Foundation of Research and Technology - Hellas (F.O.R.T.H.), the University of Crete and the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics of Germany. The Observatory location, at Skinakas peak on the Psiloritis mountain at an altitude of 1750m, offers excellent conditions for high quality astronomical observations of in the area of the Mediterranean. It is equipped with a variety of instruments which qualify it as one of the world’s best equipped telescopes, at least relatively to its size. Research Activities The research that is performed at Skinakas Observatory covers a wide range of different fields in Astrophysics. The main observational programs are: 1. Variability studies of Active Galactic Nuclei 2. Optical identification of X-ray sources 3. Structure of Spiral galaxies 4. Photometry of stellar clusters 5. RR Lyrae variable stars 6. Photometric and Spectroscopic research of gaseous

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cold & hot starters, soup, salads, main courses, cheese and desserts. Live show cooking & weekly theme evenings. The hottest meeting point of the evening is the Lobby Bar, near the Reception, where you can say goodbye to the sun with an ouzo or champagne, or enjoy a cool summer cocktail after dinner.

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The visitor shall get to know about the varieties, through the final product which shall reveal the characteristics of the places, as well as the personal touches of the winery, thus offering a unique result. The guests shall have the chance to taste seven (7) white and three (3) red varieties. In order for the characteristics of the varieties to be fully brought out, they shall be accompanied by individual Cre-

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since it follows specific rules, but preserves a sense of freedom that permits dozens of variations and different dishes. Food is prepared in simple ways, usually roasted, boiled or stewed. Combinations are modest but ingenious. The products used are always edible and seasonal, aiming at maximum utilisation and at bringing out their unique flavour. Othonas taverna at Tion k c li c tou Petihaki Square, in s .gr re new epost for mo ttp://cret Rethymno Old Town, is h the best choice for authentic, Cretan cuisine dishes. Knowledge , cretan authentic meze and quality is the secret combination that wins... Cooking wise, the authenticity of Cretan cuisine is what makes it that much different from all other cuisines, as it always

keeps it simple. No matter the plethora of ingredients used to get every dish prepared, mixed flavors are not typical of this divine cuisine. Thanks to the way of cooking, every ingredient maintains its identity, taste and independence. In a Cretan dish everything exists in harmony. Keep discovering the taste and still going day by day Three simple but diffficult to find things. You certainly find one or two everywhere ...but all the three in one place , no way! 1 when the chef is the owner creativity and quality is always the winner 2 local food in the historical center of the Old City Square gives the ultimate scenery 3 minoan cooking tradition has added to rthe menu the best

make tourists ask Othonas the recipe and write it down Do not miss this... • Try the Othonas spaghetti with apaki (smoked pork) and anthotiro cheese, lamb with artichokes, stamna, chicken with apples and walnuts, pork fillet with raki, feta cheese and mustard. • One of the recipes Othonas surpsise even the locals is the fried feta cheese with molasses and sesame. You will never believe the sense in the unbelievable yard with the kind welcoming open arms ...it makes everything different. So make it worth for your own memory!!! www.facebook.com/Othonas-Taverna-259602870814471/ T.Petixaki Square (Old Town Rethymno) tel. +30 2831 055500

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