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Issue No 14 - May 2014
The local FREE paper for the Chania area
Offering a selection of local interest articles, interviews, news and other views from around the region of Chania and Western Crete.
With a local services section, a range of advertisers and pages of free classfieds, Chania Post is an essential resource for anyone living in or just visiting this area of Crete.
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THE OLDEST OLIVE TREE IN THE WORLD IS IN CHANIA
A lasting symbol of culture and heritage Become familiar with the world’s oldest, but still living, olive tree of Vouves
Glyn Jones... R.I.P. 2, April... the actor, writer and director Glyn Jones, who for the last 20 years lived in Vamos, passed away. His last acting work was in a very successful spot advertising Crete, directed by Theo Papadoulakis. p.3
The best “photo spot” in Chania
Read also in this issue Rose weddings in Crete
16 Chinese couples were married in Chania p.3
European Historic Café Association
It was established in Chania on the 8th of April
Austerity in Greece caused more than 500 male suicides A study, by the University of Portsmouth and its Economics Lecturer Nikolaos Antonakakis, finds clear link between spending cuts and rise in number of men who killed themselves between 2009 and 2010 p.4
British Police “Must Investigate Murder” Two London MPs are asking the Prime Minister to intervene so that British police can help investigate the death of a teenager in Greece.
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 not a dream, it’s just a way to make dreams become true. We dream to give ourselves hope. To by Elpida “Hope” Katsarakis stop dreaming - well, that’ s like sayNEA TV Journalist ing you can never change your fate. So , hope begins with a dream. If you have dream or vision go out there and pursue it, let it not remain in your mind and rot. Go for action and let your dream become a reality. For what it’s worth ,the best way to create hope is to create opportunity. Step follows step, hope follows courage. Set your face towards danger. Set your heart on victory. The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope. On the other hand , faith, hope, and patience are the key to things getting better. Just give it another day. Sometimes, no matter how much you want for things to happen, all you can do is wait. And usually, waiting is the hardest part. Hold onto your hope and faith because one day you’ll see that it is what helped you get to where you are today. For there ’s a reason for which we rise daily and see a new day ahead of us. Something good is waiting for us. Hope is the name of that sun that is rising within us daily. Some see a hopeless end, while others see an endless hope. If you have a little hope, don’t give up so that someone who is completely hopeless may be encouraged to hold on as well. Our life is a test, and our courage is our force to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Remember...even if everything is wrong in your life today, as long as you are alive, you will always get another chance to start over tomorrow. A new beginning...a new dream...a new hope... As long as we have memories, yesterday remains and as long as we have HOPE, tomorrow awaits...
Summer fellows , what’s up? Your mood, your mind, your senses, your libido…are they all rising and by Pandelis Spiridakis KYDON TV Host - gelamou.gr waiting for the big , crazy summer party? You are certainly not alone in this planet… the Crete planet with the historical “kamaki”! Every possible human being from all the countries , men and women , the one thing they enjoy here is flirt and the famous ΄΄kamaki΄΄ So let’s check some scenes 1st scene: a handsome greek guy offers to put sun oil on the woman’s back …hmmm! 2nd scene: Mr Handsome calls the girl to play beach volley or tennis…That’s how it was first fixed : “Play boy, just play” 3rd scene: The stranger in the bar comes to the lady and
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Top 5 of SUPER WOW FIRST TOUCH 5-You re like Gillette…The best thing for a man 4-I donate my body, in case you need it! 3-Do you know what I like around you? My hands 2-Have you thought what would be perfect on you ? Me 1-Do you want to have a maths session? We will add me and you! And the kamaki …goes with good students, with the best infos. For example Swedish girl – You find her in Rhodes – Picks philosophical issues German girl – You find her in Crete – Offer to put sun oil in her back but don’t talk too much French girl – in Santorini – She wears DIOR bikini…Read LE MONDE and offer her a cigarette GAULOISES BLONDES. English girl – she mainly goes Corfu – Go unshaved, with a white T shirt, let the wind blow your hair and hold a beer in the one hand Greek girl - You find her EVERYWHERE!!! She is at the beach topless... to compete the tourist girls!!! ADVICE–Go there with your most fulfilled gadget…your wallet! And make her understand that you prefer things “MADE IN GREECE”.
(means hope in Greek language)
www.gelamou.gr... only the good news !!! Sports radio on the web... www.sportfmxania.gr
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Attention to all citizens... Elections are coming! 18th of May and 25th of May! Two Sundays full of candidates by Pandelis Giaitsis CHANIA POST chief editor and ballot boxes. I am sure that many of you out there were reached by some “people” saying that they are here to... solve your problems, once more. With the municipal election looming, we are approaching what some refer to as the silly season around City Halls. While the media looks to attract eyeballs for advertisers using the tried-and-true he-said-shesaid variety of political coverage, the mundane but vitally important job of taking care of our city continues. A new circular letter issued by the Greek Interior Ministry reminds all voters that expatriates and foreigners legally residing in Greece, as well as the citizens of the member states of the Europe-
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offers a drink Translation – Be my guest and show me the stars, the sky, the universe… 4th scene: He has an ipod, she has ear phones. He asks about the music she listens, new albums and before she realizes they have started chatting and laughing and… let’s not analyse it now 5th scene: He swims and suddenly picks the victim. He goes close to the “victim” and asks if the sea is cold , if she prefers sand or a clear piscine and the distance in the sea keeps getting smaller and smaller! And they play the BLUE LAKE
an Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) who hold a valid residence permit, are not entitled to vote or be nominated for any elected official posts in the upcoming local elections, held across Greece in May. Come on... we live here! So, if you vote... vote smart, vote for you, vote for a change in your daily routine... because elections come and go!
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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Glyn Jones... R.I.P.
Village with Highest Birth Rate in Greece
A friend of all Cretans, who decided to live and die in Vamos, Apokoronas 2, April... the actor, writer and director Glyn Jones, who for the last 20 years lived in Vamos, passed away. Glyn Jones was born in Durban, South Africa in 1931 and studied drama in South Africa before moving to London. In his long career as a writer, he created several pays and TV scripts and published ten novels. His last acting work was in a very successful spot advertising Crete, directed by Theo Papadoulakis. Glyn Idris Jones (27 April 1931—2 April 2014) was a South African actor, writer and director. Late in 1964, Jones was contacted by David Whitaker, the story editor on Doctor Who, with a view to the writer contributing a serial. Whitaker though, had been succeeded by Dennis Spooner by the time the scripts of The Space Museum were prepared for production. Jones was dismayed by the editing of his scripts. Spooner had cut much of the humorous content, feeling that such material was inappropriate in what he saw as a high-concept science-fiction story. This was Jones’ only contribution to Doctor Who as a writer. However, Jones would go on to play Krans in 1975’s The Sontaran Experiment. This was a rare example of a Doctor Who writer also acting on the programme. He would later write the novelization of his scripts in 1987. Jones’ contributed the narration script to A King’s Story (1965), a documentary feature film about the life of the former Edward VIII, which won an Oscar in the Best Documentary category. Jones contributed a half dozen scripts for the Children’s Film Foundation series The Magnificent
Six and ½ (1968-69), plus nine scripts for Here Come the Double Deckers (1970-71), on which he was also script editor, a TV series derived from the CFF films. Jones wrote an episode of The Gold Robbers (1969) around the same time. He wrote for the stage as well, with his plays being produced in both England and the United States: Thriller of the Year and Beautiful Forever published by Samuel French Ltd, London, and Red in the Morning by Samuel French in New York City. Rosemary, Oh Brother!, Champagne Charlie, Peter Pan - A Musical Fantasy and The 88, “Third Drawer From The Top all published by DCG Media Group. In 2006, Jones created a new private eye named Thornton King; charming, urbane and a little bit accident prone and in 2007 the first Thornton King book, Dead on Time was published by Raider International. Since then he has written 5 more in the series; Just in Case, Dead on Target, The Cinelli Vases, Celluloid and Tinsel, and still to be published “Men And Their Toys”. Other prose writings include No Official Umbrella (his autobiography), The Journeys We Make, & Angel. On 4 April 2014, it was announced on Jones’ official blog that he had died on 2 April. At the time of his death, Jones was the earliest surviving credited writer of the series and one of only two living writers from the Hartnell era of the programme, the other being Donald Tosh. References: - en.wikipedia.org - www.apokoronasnews.gr - glynjones.net
Your letters to our newspaper Hi, Many of us in Europe feel the need to improve our economic circumstances through making conscious changes in our own lives rather than waiting for political or outside economic forces to improve our circumstances. I decided to come to Greece for this April 2014 family holiday because of the influence Greeks have had on our culture. On our arrival in Chania, Crete, it was with great pleasure that I read the front page of the local free paper Chania Post, which announced that “Six out of ten of the most famous people of the past six thousand years are Greeks”. In todays world Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Alexander The Great, Homer and Pythagoras are more likely to get a public mention in a political sound bite than in a genuine call for individuals to reflect on how to improve their own and their families circumstances, but here in Crete I can not escape reminders of the importance of doing just that. My Insight Guides book to Greece has a chronology of decisive dates in history that whisper loudly, DREAM and ACT TO MAKE YOUR DREAMS A REALITY. On page two of that same (issue twelve) of Chania Post, Elpida “Hope” Katsarakis tells us to “Hope and believe that anything is possible”. Elpida, after this holiday I do, Thank You. Mick Kelly Dublin Ireland
The village of Livadia in the prefecture of Rethymnon in Crete, is the village holding the highest birth rate in Greece. The ongoing financial crisis, the austerity measures and the decreased births in big cities haven’t discouraged the residents of Livadia. An average family has at least 3 children and according to the locals, children are the key to happiness. The village has been holding the birth rate record for centuries and nowadays the multi-child families have become a tradition for the residents of Livadia. Despite a slight reduction in birth rate in the last decades, the locals continue to keep their traditional values of life and traditions which pass from generation to generation, such as hospitality. However, the fact that the young residents don’t abandon their birthplace and choose to stay permanently in the small mountain village is impressive. According to official figures from the election catalogues, out of a total of 2,000 voters, more than 1,500 are permanent residents and 800 to 1,000 of them are under 40. Most of them have started their families in Livadia and work as livestock farmers. greece.greekreporter.com
The Greek Beach That Makes Tourists Rave The Greek island of Crete has in the past participated in several competitions for the most beautiful beaches in Europe and the world. The latest placements on the best beach lists below, are sure to help attract even more visitors during the tourist season this year. Competitions organized by TripAdvisor placed Elafonisi beach located in western Crete in the 5th spot on Europe’s “best” list and a 17th overall ranking on the list of world’s most beautiful beaches. The beach is located on a small island which is 200 meters away from the Cretan coast. The best part: You can get from Crete’s coast to Elafonisi, just by walking through the shallow lagoon that exists between them. The sand in Elafonissi is white but in many places its tainted with a pink hue from the thousands of scattered broken sea shells. Anyone visiting this spectacular beach can expect crystal clear water shaded blue-green, reminiscent of an exotic paradise. What’s not to rave about? greece.greekreporter.com
2,500 children “embrace” the Acropolis and send message against racism More than 2,500 children formed a human chain and embraced the Acropolis on Friday morning on the occasion of World Day Against Racism.”We embrace the Acropolis, we embrace Democracy, we embrace Humanity, we embrace the World” was the message sent by the children to the world. There were children from several schools, children with different nationalities, children with disabilities. They sent their message of ” coexistence in peace without discrimination” singing songs. At the end of the action they released 2,000 colorful balloons that took the peaceful message across the Attica sky. The action was organized by the General Secretariat of Transparency and Human Rights.
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Austerity in Greece caused more than 500 male suicides, say researchers
A study, by the University of Portsmouth and its Economics Lecturer Nikolaos Antonakakis, finds clear link between spending cuts and rise in number of men who killed themselves between 2009 and 2010 Spending cuts in Greece caused a rise in male suicides, according to research that attempts to highlight the health costs of austerity. Echoing official statistics in the UK showing suicide rates are still higher than before the crisis, researchers at the University of Portsmouth have found a correlation between spending cuts and suicides in Greece. According to the research, every 1% fall in government spending in Greece led to a 0.43% rise in suicides among men – after controlling for other characteristics that might lead to suicide, 551 men killed themselves “solely because of fiscal austerity” between 2009 and 2010, said the paper’s co-author Nikolaos Antonakakis, who was born in Crete. “That is almost one person per day. Given that in 2010 there were around two suicides in Greece per day, it appears 50% were due to austerity,” he said. Antonakakis, a Greek economics lecturer, said he had been prompted to look into a potential link between austerity and suicide rates after media stories and reports of friends of friends dying from suicide. Although there had been studies into the health effects of negative economic growth, there was a gap when it came specifically to spending cuts and health, he said. Antonakakis and his co-author, economics professor Alan Collins, said they were surprised at how many suicides appeared linked to austerity and how clear the connection was. There was also a clear gender divide in the effects of austerity with no obvious rise in female suicide rates, according to the research published in the journal Social Science and Medicine. Men aged 45-89 faced the highest suicide risk in response to austerity because they were most likely to suffer cuts to their salaries and pensions, the research said. Antonakakis and Collins are considering work on the link between austerity and suicide rates in other countries most affected by the eurozone crisis, such as Spain, Portugal, Italy and Ireland. “These findings have strong implications for policymakers
and for health agencies,” said Antonakakis. “We often talk about the fiscal multiplier effect of austerity, such as what it does to GDP. But what is the health multiplier? We have to consider the health multipliers of any fiscal consolidation and austerity. The fact we find gender specificity and age specificity can help health agencies target their help.” Political economist David Stuckler and physician-epidemiologist Sanjay Basu pointed to soaring suicide rates, rising HIV infections and even a malaria outbreak in their book The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills, published last year. But they argued that such costs were not inevitable and that, in some countries, countermeasures such as active labour market schemes had softened the blow from cuts. In Greece, however, HIV infection rose by more than 200% from 2011 as prevention budgets were cut and intravenous drug use grew as youth unemployment reached 50%. Greece also experienced its first malaria outbreak in decades after budget cuts to mosquito-spraying, the authors said. The research - Title: “The Impact of Fiscal Austerity on Suicide: On the Empirics of a Modern Greek Tragedy” - Authors: Nikolaos Antonakakis / Alan Collins - Highlights: • Examine the effects of fiscal austerity on suicide in Greece over the period 1968-2011 • The effects of fiscal austerity and economic growth are gender- and age- specific • Fiscal austerity affects only the male population, and those between 45 and 89 years old • Remittances have suicide-reducing effects on the youth and female population • Results have important implications for policy makers and national health agencies - Abstract: Suicide rates in Greece (and other European countries) have been on a remarkable upward trend following the global recession of 2008 and the European sovereign debt crisis of 2009. However, recent investiga-
tions of the impact on Greek suicide rates from the 2008 financial crisis have restricted themselves to simple descriptive or correlation analyses. Controlling for various socio–economic effects, this study presents a statistically robust model to explain the influence on realised suicidality of the application of fiscal austerity measures and variations in macroeconomic performance over the period 1968–2011. The responsiveness of suicide to levels of fiscal austerity is established as a means of providing policy guidance on the extent of suicide behaviour associated with different fiscal austerity measures. The results suggest (i) significant age and gender specificity in these effects on suicide rates and that (ii) remittances have suicide-reducing effects on the youth and female population. These empirical regularities potentially offer some guidance on the demographic targeting of suicide prevention measures and the case for ‘economic’ migration. Who is Dr Nikolaos Antonakakis He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth’s Business School. Having previously held a position of Lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and also at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) in Linz, Austria. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Economics in 2010 at the University of Strathclyde. He lectures in a range of subjects including advanced macroeconomics, international banking and financial managements, financial economics and econometrics. He is an active researcher in a number of fields. His research interests and areas of expertise include: International Macroeconomics, International Finance, International Economics, European Integration, and Applied Econometrics. He has been awarded twice the “Top-Journal-Article Award” by the Vienna University of Economics and Business in 2012 and is included in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). References: - www.thegurdian.com - www.sciencedirect.com - www.port.ac.uk
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Living within the crisis… There is only one crisis. The various ‘episodes’ of US subprime mortgages, European and American banks, Greek debt, the recession of the Eurozone today, the trials and tribulations of Ireland, etc., all these are part of the very same, deeply by Katerina Polizou interconnected world crisis. NEA TV Journalist Pretending otherwise is fuel that gives this global crisis another lease of life, at the expense of life. Thus, it is imperative to stop pretending that Germany can escape ‘its’ crisis if Greece sinks further into its own. It is an illusion to imagine that the USA can steer a course out of its own mire if the Eurozone continues as it does. Yianis Varoufakis thoughts for the post-2008 world The first of the three deep sources is the rising real cost of the resources that we use, of energy and of everything that we use energy for. This was a problem that emerged in the 1970s and was then submerged again; it was deferred by new discoveries, by the geopolitical situation, and by the financial power of the western countries, which because of the debt crisis in much of the rest of the world had the effect of suppressing demand for these core resources. But this is a problem that can no longer be avoided. The cost of energy is roughly twice of what it was a decade ago and the future is far more uncertain. Both of these factors, cost and uncertainty, place a squeeze on the surplus or profitability in regions, continents, and countries that are importers of these resources. And as we confront, as we must, the problem of climate change and as we begin, as we must, to pay the price of climate change this problem is going to become more difficult. That’s just an economic reality that we have to cope with as we face the imperative before us. The second great underlying issue it seems to me is technical change, the particular character of which in our time is quite different from what is was before. If you take the digital revolution together with globalization, the ease of transnational
manufacturing and also to some degree the outsourcing of services, we find we live in an era where technology is radically labor-saving. It supplants workers. One thing that we can say without too much exaggeration is that the computer and the many associated technologies that have derived from it are now doing to the office worker what a century ago the internal combustion engine did to the horse. And the third great source of our problem is ideological. It is the neo-liberal idea that has given us deregulation and de-supervision; that has given us the notion that markets can function on their own without breaking down or blowing up. It is this notion as applied especially to finance. This is the great illusion of the last generation, and it fostered a form of economic growth that was intrinsically unstable and unsustainable. Why? Because it was based on declining standards for loans and on lax accounting of the proceeds of those loans. Or to put it in simple terms, it was based upon financial fraud, on
the most massive wave of financial fraud that the world has ever seen. And the world has seen a lot of financial fraud. It was known to be such to the lenders at the time. This was true of housing loans in the United States made by the tens of millions that were known to the lenders as “liar’s loans,” as “ninja loans,” no income, no job, no assets; as “neutron loans” destined to explode leaving the building intact but destroying the people. This was known at the time. These were loans that had to be refinanced or they would default.
“To know and respect my city” A journey in history, the alleys, the Memories and the Colors of Chania city For third consecutive year, citizens of Chania will have the chance to “know and respect” their city. This year’s program starts on March 9th, in collaboration with scientific and professional institutions of culture and tourism. The tours will take place every Sunday until the end of May, starting at 11.00 a.m. For more information you may contact with the Tourist Office of the Municipality of Chania, Monday to Friday, 10:00-13:00, or call at +302821341666 or by e-mail: t-tourismos@ chania.gr. THE PROGRAM FOR MAY 04/05/2013: Tour of the “Lighthouse & Permanent Exhibition of Ancient and Traditional Naval Architecture - Minoan Ship’’ (led by the President of the Maritime Museum of Crete, Mr Manolis Petrakis) Meeting Point: Shipyard Moro - Venetian Port Expected duration of tour: 3 hours. 11/05/2014: Tour of the “Christian Monuments of the Old Town
of Chania” ( led by the archaeologist Mr Constantine Psarrakis) Meeting Point - Starting Point: Municipal Market Square). Expected duration of tour: 3 hours . 11/05/2014: “Walking around Minoan Cydonia ‘’ (led by the archaeologist Ms Protopapadaki Eftihia) Meeting Point - Starting Point: Municipal Market Square). 01/06/2014: Tour of the “Maritime Museum of Crete’’ (led by the President of the Maritime Museum of Crete, Manolis Petrakis) Meeting Point: Entrance of the Maritime Museum of Crete - Venetian Harbour) Expected duration of tour: 1:30 hours. For more information and registration for the tours, please contact the Municipal Tourist Information Office of Chania, Monday to Friday 10:00am -13:00 pm, Tel.: 28213 41666 / e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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British Police “Must Investigate Murder” Two London MPs are asking the Prime Minister to intervene so that British police can help investigate the death of a teenager in Greece. Tyrell Matthews-Burton, from Leyton, was killed in the holiday resort of Malia, Crete, last July, in a fight which Greek police claimed involved nearly 30 British people. Myles Litchmore-Dunbar, also from east London, is awaiting trial for the murder of Mr Matthews-Burton but denies stabbing him. Labour’s Heidi Alexander told the Commons that Litchmore-Dunbar’s family, who live in her Lewisham East constituency, have “very serious concerns” about the Greek authorities’ handling of the murder investigation and believe the support provided to them by the British Government has been “wholly inadequate”. Ms Alexander said: “And they passionately believe the British police should be involved in investigating Tyrell’s murder.” Fellow Labour MP Stella Creasy (Walthamstow) insisted the case of Mr Matthews-Burton stood in stark contrast to other British nationals, such as that of missing girl Madeleine
McCann. Ms Creasy, who represents Mr Matthews-Burton’s family, said measures were in place to ensure the British authorities could seek to bring the case to the UK for trial. But she explained a senior investigating officer was only appointed following an intervention by Prime Minister David Cameron although added they say there is nothing they can do as the Greek police have refused their help. The case was raised during an adjournment debate on access to justice for British citizens involved in serious crime abroad. Moving the debate, Ms Creasy said the Greek authorities had caused continuous distress to Mr Matthews-Burton’s family and she questioned the role of British consular officials. On the potential involvement of British police, Ms Creasy said a memorandum of understanding had been signed. But the Foreign Office Minister did reveal that the victim’s mother had now secured access to a Greek lawyer and legal funding following a meeting with Ms Creasy and Prime Minister David Cameron.
A “souvenir” of traditional Greek products and delicacies A common background in tourism industry and the close relationship with tourists visiting our country, made us realize that the Greek land and its treasures are greatly valued abroad as well. The appreciation they showed for Greek products, the unquestioned belief of their quality and the enthusiasm for their taste, were always proud moments for us and made us believe even more in the potentiality of our country. The idea The aim was to create a product that would speak to everyone’s heart by honoring Greece’s natural wealth and project its unique virtues. We wanted for Naturally Greek to have a story to tell and a product experience to offer. The action By travelling around Greece and collecting the best each land has to offer, allowed us to create a collection that will give our customers the opportunity to taste a little bit of Greece no matter where they are. The most wonderfully unique delights from the Greek nature and tradition have been selected making sure that the best quality is delivered in a sweet and loving packaging. The target Our products are an excellent gift for friends, relatives, business associates and tourists or even for someone’s own pleasure. They can also stand as wedding favours or as giveaways on various events. Our specially designed packaging is a practical, all-inclusive package, specially designed for a safe transportation, perfect for companies, travel agencies, wedding planners and hotels that wish to give a delicious souvenir of Greece to their visitors. Additionally, we offer a variety of unique packaging ideas for all tastes and purposes.
The vision Our vision is the collection to be attentively enriched by more products, so that Naturally Greek will build a reputation of excellence in the range of Greek traditional delicacies. In the near future, our aim is to introduce our product range abroad and be accepted as a guarantee of quality and taste among foreigners as well. Our Products - We offer products that are pure and natural, born from our Greek land and produced based on each crop years’ potentials. - We differentiate ourselves by our handmade approach to everything we offer - We recommend hand crafted gift packages and custom made ideas - We can cover a big range of requests from wedding giveaways, corporate gifts, tourist souvenirs, event custom made gift packages to personal housewarming gifts. - We mix together traditional recipes with modern gastronomical ideas to make unique recipes that will surprise every home.
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The perils of keeping chickens All during April, I kept meeting people who were telling me that there is too much written (and talked) about politics. “You’re getting too political” was the phrase that followed the greeting and the general query into by Yiannis Xamonakis www.apokoronasnews.gr my life, adding that they would prefer to hear less about politics - please. And maybe all these people are right. I know we are in the middle of a local election campaign, but on the whole, people do not expect the local election results to bring about spectacular changes in their lives and with the six mayoral candidates competing for votes in Apokoronas with almost identical programmes, people have started to suffer from over-exposure to the political campaign. (And this was before the dirt started flying amongst former allies in split coalitions with rumours of some of the mayoral candidates not able to recruit the desired 140 candidates for the council). There are a lot of reasons why people chose to live in Apokoronas, but evidently , politics is not one of them. People from developed countries, from as far back as the older ones amongst us can remember, dreamt of getting out of the rat race to live as far as possible off the land in a beautiful place and stress free life. Back to the basics, preferably with the backing of a healthy bank account, just in case. The European residents chose to live in Apokoronas for the simple life. To retire or to live The Dream or both, to live The Dream in Retirement. Apokoronas is the place where people can escape the urban sprawl and the stresses of life and work and commuting in North-West Europe, and settle down in the countryside where the air is cleaner and life is quieter. Both groups, those retired and those who are not yet ready to retire, can have a more comfortable, healthier lifestyle here (well, apart from the smoking and the drink). So, who needs politics when you grow your own olives, your own vegetables, live by sea, enjoy some of the finest sunshine you can get, be next to the nicest local people you can imagine and even, if you’re adventurous enough, live off the grid. (unless of course you’re off the grid because your builder failed to connect you). At this point, we need to remember that there cannot be
A Dream without chickens. Keeping chickens is at the bottom rung towards producing your own food, only a step up from the ground where you grow your tomatoes. There is nothing more satisfying – I was told – than to discover a freshly laid egg somewhere in the coop and taste it soon afterwards. It was with all this in mind that in the months preceding Easter - February to be precise - I decided to get my own chickens. My own Easter truly freerange, organic eggs and fluffy chicks in one go. So, I put together a flat pack mail order chicken coop and got the week old chicks from a good hatchery west of Chania. Five weeks later however, while I was out and the chickens were savaging the oxalis in the garden they were savaged themselves, in broad daylight, by – I suspect - one of the increasing number of stray dogs in the area. On my return I found only little piles of feathers where my little chickens should have been. Phase two involved a meter high pretty white fence around the coop, and a new batch of chicks. They lasted only four weeks before one of the said dogs managed to scale the fence, kill the chicks and disappear. I did not manage to get a very good look of the beast disappearing up the drive, but it looked like it had a collar (that says abandoned dog). Trouble enough to get my mind off politics. But, hold on a minute. Isn’t the management of stray animals the responsibility of the municipality? The municipality that has limited financial capacity, as we’re constantly told, but also legal responsibilities? Furthermore, the issue of stray animals is one with moral, social, cultural dimension - also affecting tourism - and the number of stray animals is constantly increasing. Four years ago,
before the last local elections I seem to remember there was a lot talk of a municipal animal clinic and a neutering programme to reduce the population of stray animals, as well as some form of information campaign to raise awareness about and deter irresponsible dog ownership. Nothing much happened. Apologies for being political again, but maybe now, before the forthcoming local election is the time to resurrect the issue of stray animal management with the local candidates. As for me, my plan of keeping chickens has entered phase three. “This is crazy” a good friend said to me as I was building Fort Chicken with steel and timber and chicken wire. “Is it worth the effort?”. I considered the cold logic of the question for a moment, before replying “I know it’s crazy, but I need the eggs”.
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New Gold Award for our organic olive oil in BIOL 2014 Deep knowledge, passion and quality driven practices are always appreciated, as in the recent organic olive oil competition “BIOL 2014” in ITALY where Terra Creta Estate, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil has been selected as one of the world’s-best olive oils and received the BIOL GOLD award. 425 of the world’s best organic olive oils, from 17 countries, were judged by an international jury composed of over 20 expert tasters from different countries (Spain, Italy, Greece, USA, Germany, Japan, Great Britian, and Tunisia). Terra Creta Estate Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil was awarded the Gold medal and the only entry from Crete to receive an award. The award qualifies Terra Creta Estate Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil to be included in the 2014 BIOL Guide to the best organic extra virgin olive oil in the world.
Kind Green Giant Van Vlahakis Dies The Greek-American dream has lost its best ambassador, Dr. Eftichios “Van” Vlahakis, who passed away at his Florida residence on April 6. He died at age 79 after suffering a heart-attack, leaving behind his rich legacy of generosity, compassion, and dedication to protecting our precious planet. One of the most successful Greek immigrants in the United States, Vlahakis was the founder and CEO of Earth Friendly Products, the largest green cleaning products manufacturer in the world. Born in Crete on January 14, 1935, Van Vlahakis came to the US as a young man ready to change his life and the world; and he did. He left Greece in 1953 to escape poverty after World War II had torn apart Europe, and went to Chicago, IL to study chemistry at Roosevelt University. He was going to school in the morning and straight to work after his classes in order to make a living. The man who was forced to live in homeless shelters when he arrived in the States, ten years later founded the green giant known today as Earth Friendly Products. Vlahakis ‘ life was the epitome of the “American Dream”. His story, which is not just about transforming his life but also the lives of the ones around him, became the basis for a motion picture titled “A Green Story.”
Sixteen weddings, one city and unlimited opportunities A few days ago, we witnessed a wonderful ceremony in the Koule Fort surrounding the ancient city of Aptera in Chania. Sixteen couples from Shanghai gave by Christos T. Panagopoulos oaths of eternal love and devotion NEA TV journalist under the fresh breeze of the Cretan Sea. But, verily, how much do we know about this “Aptera”? A small flashback… The ancient city-state of Aptera (it is either pronounced as Άptera or Aptéra) overtops the Gulf of Souda in the region of Chania, a unique monument reflecting the glory and the greatness of the ancient Greek civilization. With a history that begins in the 8th century B.C., nearly touching the Geometrical Era, Aptera was one of the most powerful city-states in the Cretan territory. According to tradition, its name originates from the Sirens, who lost their wings in desolation after their defeat by the Muses in a music competition, which had taken place at the exact point, where the city-state was to be built. In fact, Aptera took its name from the homonym surname given to goddess Diana (Άρτεμις – Άrtemis), who was being worshipped at that time, and was beautifully inscribed in the city’s currency. The city-state flourished during the Hellenistic Era and continued to excel until the Arab invasion, when it was obliterated and then abandoned. But, it was the Roman influence that made the ancient city-state to regain its former glory. City walls were built during the 3rd century B.C. to protect its citizens from barbarian surprise attacks, who wanted to
conquer and pillage this Cretan jewel. During the Turkish domination, two fortresses were built near Aptera: the first in Palékastron (Παλαίκαστρον) and the second in Itzedin, which was meant to be used later as a prison for convicts. The legacy of Aptera in the future Nowadays, Aptera stands imposing, resonating throughout the centuries the splendor of its initial role. In the context of the Chinese wedding ceremony held in its premises a few days ago, one cannot possibly underestimate the possibilities rising from its exploitation, always in a good purpose and with the utmost respect to its history. In times of great need, when new models of economic development, especially in the crucial sector of Tourism, are presented as great opportunities, we need to remain more open-minded as possible. Indeed, we must protect and respect the sanctity of an ancient monument or landmark. But we also need to promote the gifts given to us by our ancestors. They do not belong solely to us, but to the whole wide world.
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Rose weddings in Crete
16 Chinese couples were married in Chania Sixteen Chinese couples tied the knot on the idyllic Greek island of Crete on Friday, April 25th. The wedding took place at the ‘Koules’ fortress in Chania. The couples were greeted by traditional Cretan folklore music bands, while priestess-dressed girls sprinkled flower petals, turning the ceremony into a traditional Cretan wedding. The ceremony was organized as part of the annual Shanghai Tourism Festival with the municipality of Huangpu. The event will be broadcasted at the 2014 Shanghai Cul-
tural and Tourism Event Week, while the TV advertisement is expected to reach an audience of 350 million spectators living in the wider Shanghai region, giving Greece mass exposure to an ever-growing tourism market. The 16 couples were accompanied by relatives and friends, as well as members of the organizing committee and the Chinese tourism office and 20 Chinese journalists who covered the event, following the newlyweds as they visited Chania’s Venetian port and ancient market.
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“Almyrida beach. Who is to blame?”
Nikitas Paizis, chairman of the local council in Almyrida and Plaka, issued the following press statement “There has been a lot said about the loss of the Blue Flag award and access to the beach in Almyrida lately by candidates in the forthcoming local elections. The attempt to shift the blame for the loss of the Blue Flag and access to the beach from those in charge, to the chairman of the local council is laughable. The ‘facts’ presented to the non Greek speaking community on this matter are, at best, repeating mistranslated rumours and at worst, a deliberate attempt to mislead a section of the community that has limited access to local information. In either case, the intention is to entice residents to vote for the same people who have run the council in the last four years. These ‘facts’ are specially packaged for the non Greek speaking members of our community; no one tries to tell the story of who is to blame for the loss of the Blue Flag or the out of control spread of sun beds and umbrellas to
the Greek speaking community as they are already aware of who is really responsible. They know that in this country a mayor (any mayor) would not delegate any powers to a member of the opposition. Those elected chairs of local councils (TOPIKOS) who are members of the opposition had powers taken away from them and were marginalized. It is possible that the people who persist in circulating rumours about the Almyrida and Plaka topikos, Mr Paizis, innocently believe the information translated to them and do not question its sources. However, one would expect that candidates who are seeking to represent a significant part of the community and ask for their trust would have checked their information before they publicly malign a locally elected representative. Perhaps the following questions need to be answered: • Are there any other members of the council / residents who
Attacks of Orthodox Churches on Crete continuing
NATO’s Naval Exercises Massacre Whales in Crete
After the interval of just one month, unidentified blasphemers have desecrated one more Orthodox Church on Crete, reports AgionOros.ru with the reference to the Romfea.gr agency. This time, the Orthodox Church of the Mother of God Kardiotissa (“Of the heart”) in the village of Profitis Ilias became the target of vandals. The police suspects of the crime individuals of the Arab origin, as anti-Christian slogans, written with coal in Arabic, were discovered on the church walls. This crime has become a new episode in the series of arsons and attacks of Orthodox churches, with vandals leaving graffiti in Arabic at the scene of crime. The previous act of vandalism took place late in February, when unidentified persons in broad daylight broke into the Churches of St. Spiridon and St. Parasceva, situated within 500 meters from each other in the municipality of Minoa Pediadas. Then they set both churches on fire, having broken several pews and having desecrated icons and holy liturgical vessels. Fortunately, local residents saw smoke at the right moment and called the fire brigade, who managed to put out the fire at the early stage.
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The photo that the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki published, depicting stranded whales along the south-east shores of Crete has brought forth a great deal of concern. According to the local environmental organizations, a NATO naval exercise is most likely responsible for this incident. In particular, this naval exercise is named Operation Noble Dina and is ongoing in the area, involving US, Greek and Israeli forces. One of the ongoing areas of contention between environmental advocates and the US Navy and federal regulators is whether sonar training (and naval live-fire and explosion exercises creating loud and potentially harmful noise) should be planned to avoid areas with known concentrations of marine mammals, especially those, such as beaked whales, known to be sensitive to noise. As it turns out, the area of this stranding is one of a large number of areas recommended as Areas of Special Concern for beaked whales by that the Scientific Committee of ACCOBAMS (Agreement for the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black and Mediterranean Seas, a consortium of governments in the region). As reported by a long-time chair of the Scientific Committee, the recommendation fell on deaf ears when presented to the
follow council matters, who support Mr Paisis’ version of events? • What was the involvement of topicos in the Blue Flag awards in other parts of Apokoronas? (eg Kalyves or Georgiopolis, where the council leadership claimed the credit for the awards ). Did the topicos in these areas had anything to do with the BF awards? • Is it true that more BF awards have been at risk because of council inactivity and would have been lost had it not been for the last minute intervention of an influential business person? • What has the council done to ensure that the same thing does not happen again? To take control of the situation? To make up for the things that have not been done? To ensure that everyone is doing their job? Is the council rushing to make any improvements on the beaches or control the situation of access to the beach?”
full ACCOBAMS meeting of the parties last year; military preparedness was the explicit reason for the rejection. For Greece, none of this is new. In 1996 and again in 1997, dozens of beaked whales of the same species turned up along the Peloponnesian coast; in 2011, they were stranded on the island of Corfu as well as the east coast of Italy, across the Ionian Sea. In each case, navies were training with high-powered sonar in the area. Indeed, according to the Smithsonian Institution and International Whaling Commission, every beaked whale mass stranding on record everywhere in the world has occurred with naval activities, usually sonar, taking place in the vicinity. Now experts are despairing that with many consecutive strandings, the region’s beaked whale populations are being decimated.
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16 Food Reasons Greeks Are Better At Life We have the Greeks to thank for so much of our modern day society. They paved the way for great philosophical minds to keep pushing us forward intellectually. They gave us the Olympic Games, and a desire to strive for athletic excellence. And, well, then there’s democracy. Clearly, we owe a lot of who we are to Greece. We’re thankful for all of it, but most of all, we’re thankful for the feta. The Greeks have singlehandedly shaped our modern society, and they have also -- and just as importantly -shaped a way of eating that no country can rival. Not only is their cuisine swimming in fruity olive oil, drowned in red wine and full of mezedes, but it’s also a diet that nutritionists across the board tout as the way to eat healthy. While we all try to eat like this, and happily so, the Greeks do it best. It’s just their way of living, which explains why they’re so much better at life than the rest of us. 1 Two words: fried cheese All cheese, no bread necessary. In Greece, this grilled cheese is known as Saganaki. 2 Starbucks has got nothing on the Greek frappe They did it first, and well, they do it best.
12 Tzatziki is their ketchup Made of yogurt -- so it’s healthy -cucumbers, garlic, dill or mint. 7 This is dessert Hello, Loukoumades! These are a Greek donut soaked with honey.
8 They’ve taken bar food to a whole new level It’s known as meze, and it’s almost always paired with ouzo, wine or beer.
13 They know that food and drink tastes better when surrounded by friends and family Food with family is extremely important. 14 Honey flows freer than the wine in Italy Their honey mainly comes from the nectar of fruit and citrus trees.
9 They’ve never let tentacles scare them Grilled octopus is something we thought was only possible in our dreams.
3 They’ve turned eating LOTS AND LOTS of olive oil into a healthy pastime We can never repay them for this. 4 NO ONE makes a better salad, so don’t even try Greek salad has it all: feta, tomato, cucumber, oregano, olives, olive oil.
11 They’ve perfected the art of lingering over a meal There is no logical reason to rush through it.
5 Wine comes first, water second Greeks know that wine is an important part of one’s daily diet, along with olive oil. 6 Feta is their national garnish Who needs parsley sprigs when you have feta?
10 No one’s pastry is as buttery, or as flaky, as their filo pastry So, spinach pie, baklava, it makes only the best of things.
15 Their land is reserved for only important crops: olives and grapes They do produce A LOT of wine and A LOT of olives. 16 THE YOGURT Guys, where would we be without Greek yogurt? Breakfast just wouldn’t be the same.
MEET... CHANIA in 16 pages
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A few things you have to know about Crete
Crete, the 5th biggest Med Island, lies in the southern frontier of Europe. Crete combines mountains and sea, the new alongside with the old and ancient with contemporary history. It is a cultural crossroad due to its strategic geographical position. English, German, French, Russian and other languages are widely spoken in tourist resorts. The climate is a factor that greatly contributes to its attractiveness. It is mild Mediterranean – dry and warm, which means high sunshine all year round, very small seasonal changes in temperatures and no extreme weather phenomena. Tap water is safe for consumption, the consumption of bottled water is recommended. The international call code for Greece is +30.
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Välkommen til l vackra Chani a, ett himmel och äkta land skt fullt med natu rlig skönhet, toria, minnen hisoch kultur. Det är en plat s där besökare n kom turen i all dess majestätiska sk mer att få uppleva naönhet och möt enastående va ckra platser. as av Ändlösa sträck or av fasciner ande kust bild gränser i norr ar dess , söder och vä ster. In i mellan m öts man av ex otiska stränder i vissa fall gö och öar, mda bakom st ora imponera Likaså finns nde berg. här fantastiska raviner som genom bergen skär sig ut mot haven, liksom heliga spännande stal grottor med agmiter och al agmiter.
Velkommen til smukke Chania, en paradisisk og ægte egn fyldt med naturlig skønhed, historie, minder og kultur.Her vil den besøgende opleve naturen i dens fulde pragt, og komme til at stå overfor steder der tager vejret fra en. Endeløse bugtede kyster, eksotiske småøer og gemte sandstrande ved foden af de vilde bjerge. Ufremkommelige men fortryllende kløfter, hellige grotter, velsignede floder, og fredlige dybtgrønne sletter, beplantet med oliven træer og citrusfrugter. En egn selvforsynende med alt og rig på sjældne dyr og planter. I Chania vil den besøgende blive imponeret over de menneskelige værker. Velkommen til vakre Hania, et paradisisk og rent land full av naturskjønnheter, historie, minner og kultur. Det er et land der de besøkende vil oppleve naturen i all dens prakt og se steder som gjør en stum av begeistring. Endeløse kyststrekninger med skummende hav, små bukter og øyer av eksotisk skjønnhet og skjulte sandstrender ved foten av avskrekkende fjell. Vanskelig tilgjengelige, men majestetiske fjellkløfter, hellige huler, velsignede elver og rolige grønne sletter dekket med oliven- og sitrus trær. Et land som er selvnærende på alle måter, rikt på dyreliv og planter, endemiske (stedegne) og sjeldne.
Museums | Musée | Museen | Mузеи | Museer | Μuseot | 博物馆 Archaeological Museum of Chania 25 Halidon str. - Tel. 28210 90334. Open: 8.30-15.00 (except Mondays) Maritime Museum of Crete Akti Koundourioti, Venetian Harbour. Tel. 28210 91875/74484. Open: 9.00-16.00 (1/4-31/10), 9.00-14.00 (1/11-31/3) Μinoan Ship Moro dock, Venetian Harbour. Τel. 28210 91875. Open: Μay-Οct. Mon.-Fri. 10.00-15.00 & 19.00-22.30 (except public holidays) Historical Archives of Crete 20 I. Sfakianaki str., Tel. 28210 52606. Open: 9.00-14.00 (except Sat. & Sun.) Folklore Museum Gavalochori, Apokoronas. Tel. 28250 23222. Open: 9.00-20.00, Sat. 9.00-19.00, Sun. 10.00-13.00 Folklore Museum “Cretan House” 46b Halidon str. Tel. 28210 90816. Open: 9.00-15.00 & 18.00-21.00 Byzantine collection Theotokopoulou str. Tel. 28210 96046. Open: 8.30-15.00 (except Mondays)
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Bienvenue. Bien qu’elle ait été bombardée pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, La Canée est considérée comme une des plus jolies villes de Crète, particulièrement le vieux port vénitien avec son phare du XVe siècle et la mosquée des Janissaires. La Canée bénéficie d’un climat typiquement méditerranéen caractérisé par des hivers frais et humides et des étés chauds et secs. Le marché couvert datant de 1913, basé sur les plans de celui de Marseille, est aux abords de la vieille ville et est populaire aussi bien auprès des touristes que des habitants locaux.
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Sights | Spectacles | Sehenswürdigkeiten | Достопримечательности Att göra | Nähtävyydet | Seværdigheder | Attraksjoner | 景点
Ekklesiastic Museums - Monastery of Holy Trinity of Tzagarolon, Αkrotiri. Tel. 28210 63310. Open: 8:00-20:00 - Gouverneto Monastery, Αkrotiri. Tel. 28210 63319 - Monastery of Chrissopigi, Chania. Tel. 28210 91125 - Monastery of Gonia, Kissamos . Tel. 28240 22313
Centre of Mediterranean Architecture Chania, 31 Αkti Tombazi, Venetian Harbour. Tel. 28210 40101/40201
War Museum Tzobanaki Cassern. Tel. 28210 44156. Open: 9:00-13:00 (except Sat. & Sun.)
Villa Koundourou (Youth Centre and Municipal Cultural Workshop) Chania, 2 Iroon Politechniou str. Tel. 28210 53730/40896. Open: 9:00-14:00 and 18:00-21:00
Chemistry Museum 34c Eleftherios Venizelos str. Tel. 28210 42504. Open: 9:00-13:00 (except Sat. & Sun.) Byzantine and Folklore Museum of Spilia, Kissamos Tel. 28240 22080/22357. Open: 17:00-18:00, Sat. 11:00-12:00
Institute of Cretan Justice Nearchou str., Chania. Open: 10:00-14:00
“Chrissostomos” Literary Association Chania, 83 Halidon str. Tel. 28210 53879 Municipal Art Gallery Chania, 98 Halidon str. Tel. 28210 92294/92419
Typography Museum, VIOPA, Souda Tel. 28210 51003. Open: 10:00-18:00
Venizelion School of Music 5 N. Foka str. Tel. 28210 43067/52582. Open: 8:00-14:00 and 17:00-21:00
Museum of National Resistance, Therisso Open all year round
Lyceum for Greek Girls 1 K. Mitsotaki str. Tel. 28210 42465/59444
House of Eleftherios Venizelos a. Mournies, Kydonia. Tel. 28210 93132/95250. Open: 18:00-21:00. b. Elena Venizelou sqr., Halepa, Chania (Eleftherios K. Venizelos Foundation). Tel. 28210 56008
Cultural Centre of the Metropolis 2 Ant. Giannari str. Tel. 28210 27807-9 Intellectual Centre of Chania 70 A.Papandreou str. Tel. 28210 40525
Mosque of Kioutsouk Hasan (Yali-Tzamisi) Venetian Harbour. Tel. 28210 83235/83232 Park for the Preservation of Flora and Fauna Technical University of Crete, Akrotiri. Τel. 28210 55988. Open: Mon.-Sat. Arts & Crafts Village, VIOPA, Souda Τel. 28210 80132/81410. Open: 10.00-14.30 School Life Museum, Νerokourou Τel. 28210 74764. Open: Mon.-Fri. 9.00-13.30, Mon. & Wed. 18.00-20.30, Sat. 10.00-13.00 Archaeological Museum of Kissamos Τel. 28220 83308. Open: 8.30-15.00 (except Mondays) Olive Museum-Institute of Olive & Subtropicals Τel. 28210 83476/83428. Open: 8.00-14.00 via phone arrangement Sea Life & Fishery Museum, Kolimbari Τel. 28240 23299. Open: 10.00-18.00 (exc. Sat.-Sun.) An. Skalidis Museum, Perivolia, Kissamos Τel. 28220 61052. Frontier Museum of Europe, Paleochora Τel. 28230 42265.Open: Οct.-Μay Mon.-Fri. 10.00-13.00, June-Sept. Wed.-Sun. 10.00-13.00 & 18.00-21.00
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
General Tzanakakis str.
Band playing music just outside Papadakis Patisserie
The Old Town Hall at Santrivani Square
The Halepa Neighborhood
AND... NOW!!! (same places but different time by P. Mpouzis)
Venetian Old Harbour
General Tzanakakis str.
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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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.
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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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culture POST European Historic Café Association It was established in Chania on the 8th of April The most famous European Historic Cafes embraced the time honored combination of coffee and culture, having at times shown their hospitality to many important people of literature, art, politics and to those who have defined, in their own way, the history of their era. European Historic Cafe Assiciatiion is a bridge of communication for the exchange of opinions and organization of events with prestige, which will help the promotion and the cultural approach of every country in which these cafes are established.
Aiming at a better communication and establishing a business network between its members, the Association is to promote the history, culture, products and tourist interest, so as to create the desire to all friends of gastronomy and coffee around the world, to visit the city where each of its members is located. Through events with prestige, the Association will have many to offer, not only to its members but also to the place in which a cafe-member is situated and hosts one of the events.
Members of the Association with the Mayor of Chania, M. Skoulakis
Members of the Association with the Vice Prefect of Chania, A. Voulgarakis
Book proposals for your free time “Crete Mediterranean Micrography” Authors: Anastasios Sakoulis Julius Glampedakis Publisher: Mystis ISBN: 978-960-6655-94-4 Description: Photos of the wild nature of Crete
Prologue... for the land, the air, the sea... An island that is surrounded by abysmal seas, lies where tectonic plates collide and it actually is consisted of peaks of mountains whose feet lie thousands of meters beneath the surface. This is today’s Crete... ...Land and water in an unstable equilibrium, with thier borders always dynamically changing, provide wildlife with opportunities to flourish with one form, to be lost with another, to overcome obstacles ot to perish, with every single organism, from the smallest to the most highly developed, to fight for survival and reproduction, adding to what we, petically, call the “miracle of life”.
The owner of Kipos Cafe V. Stathakis is signing the articles of the Association
The first members of the Association in Kipos Cafe
Traditional... Post Cretan dances and organs
Laouto or Laghouto is a long necked lute and a member of the cordophone family of stringed instruments. In Greek language the name laouto means lute. The laouto is played with a long plectrum now made from flexible plastic held in between the pointer finger, index finger and thumb. While the precise origins of the laouto are unclear, there is a parallel history shared between the laouto and the oud. The laouto is played in both Mainland Greece and the Greek Islands. In the Mainland the type of laouto played is called a Sterianos laouto. In Crete the laouto is referred to as Kritiko laouto. Traditionally the laouto plays an accompanying role to other lead instruments, particularly in Crete where it accompanies the Cretan Lyra. Laouto can be found in other regional ensembles and is also played as a solo instrument.
Toledo Exhibition Commemorates 400th Anniversary of El Greco’s Death The Museum of Santa Cruz in Toledo, Spain, is hosting an exhibition dedicated to the famous Greek painter El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos), in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of his death on April 7, 1614. The exhibition is held in different spaces across Toledo, which are known as El Greco Venues. Visitors have the chance to see the places where El Greco carried out his work: - the Vestry of Toledo Cathedral, - the Chapel of San José, - the Convent of Santo Domingo el Antiguo, - the Church of Santo Tomé and - the Tavera Hospital. The exhibition is presenting El Greco’s work before he arrived in Spain, in Candia, current Heraklion, Venice and Rome. It is based on an analysis of his early training in Crete, and the influence that Italian painters Titian, Tintoretto, Giorgio Giulio Clovio and Michelangelo had on his work. The exhibition also puts an emphasis on his work as a portrait painter, the only genre in which he obtained fame and the recognition of his contemporaries. El Greco was born in Crete, Greece, in 1541. In 1577, he moved to Toledo, Spain, where he lived and worked until his death. In Toledo he produced his mature and most fa-
(photostory by Pavlos Mpouzis)
mous works. El Greco is considered as the precursor of Expressionism and Cubism, while his personality and works inspired many poets and writers such as Nikos Kazantzakis. Modern scholars characterize him as an artist so individual that he belongs to no conventional school. He is famous for his dramatic and expressionistic style, and his tortuously elongated figures. eu.greekreporter.com
Dancing traditional Cretan dances
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A lasting symbol of culture and heritage
Become familiar with the world’s oldest, but still living, olive tree of Vouves Not a thousand kilometers away, but close to the city of Chania, there is a living monument - the oldest olive tree in the world, The Monumental Olive tree of Vouves. With a Greek name “Elia Vouvon” by Manolis Karpadakis (Greek Ελιά Βουβών), the MonTERRA CRETA Marketing Manager umental Olive Tree of Vouves is among the 20 ancient olive trees of Crete and is probably the oldest olive tree in the world that still produces olives. The use of tree ring analysis has proven the tree to be at least 2,000 years old and scientists from the University of Crete have estimated it to be as old 4,000 years old.
Due to its special aesthetic, ecological and historical characteristics the tree was declared a natural monument in 1997. The impressive olive tree of Vouves has grown for centuries in the village Ano Vouves, near Kolymvari, 30 kilometers west of Chania. It has a diameter of 4.67 m and a perimeter of 12.5 m. It started life as a wild olive tree and was later domesticated with the ‘Tsounati’ olive tree variety.
Olive trees are hardy and drought, disease and fire resistant, part of the reason for their longevity and their widespread use throughout the Mediterranean region. The natural monument attracts 20,000 visitors each year. The famous olive tree starred in a travel documentary for Crete, broadcasted by German channel Arte/ZDF. The age of the tree was revealed to the journalists by Professor of pomology from the Technological Institute of Crete (TEI), Spyros Lionakis who confirmed that some of the ancient olive trees of Crete go as far back as the Minoan Age. In addition to the famous tree in Vouves there are 10 other ancient trees in the surrounding area. This natural wealth is what the Olive Museum of Vouves tries to preserve, promoting the age old symbiotic relationship of the olive tree with man. Among the other important exhibits, you will find also fossilized leaves from olive trees, with an estimated age of 50000 years. Located next to the Monumental Olive Tree of Vouves the Museum was the vision of local ex-Mayor Polychronis Polychronides. The next phase is the development of the Museum into an Olive Museum and Mediterranean Centre for the Study of Monumental Olive Trees. Since 2004, when we had the Olympic games in Athens, olive branches (“kotinos”) from the ancient olive tree of Vouves, have been used for the wreath of Marathon winners in every Olympic games. In 2012, the Municipality of Platanias and Terra Creta organized for the first time a special harvesting event where 55 Kgs of olives were collected and 5 Kgs of fine olive oil produced in a specially designed olive mill. You may visit the ancient olive tree by car (about 40 minutes driving time from the city of Chania), heading west from Chania on the main highway take the exit to Tavronitis and then follow the signs towards the village of Ano Vouves, or you may use one of the organized visit through a local travel agent. There is no charge to visit either the ancient olive tree or the Olive Museum and there is a small taverna close to the tree where you can enjoy refreshments. References: http://www.olivemuseumvouves.com/pages.aspx?id=2&lang=en - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olive_tree_of_Vouves - http://www.oliveoilsource.com/page/olive-tree-prun-
ing - http://en.goodnews.gr/Articles/The-world%CE%84smost- ancient- olive-tree- aged-3000-years--is-inCrete_1574.html http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/photos/the-worlds-10-oldest-living-trees/olivetree-of-vouves - http://www.terracreta.gr/downloads/conference/images/00_content/galleryalbums/5/index.html
Tip of the month
For this month we can take care of the wild plants growing beneath the olive trees. Please remember than there is no need to destroy everything, just the larger or the most annoying weeds. For a healthier environment and a more natural crop, it is far better to use a suitable grass trimmer or tractor, than spraying with chemicals
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Island of herbs and honey
Nature meets tradition in Botanical Park of Crete
BOTANICAL PARK OF CRETE
Fournes, 15th km Regional Road Chania-Omalos
Nearly 20 hectares of land are waiting to welcome you, full of fruit trees from all over the world, herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants in a park different from others, where the land’s by Petros Marinakis formation and the region’s microcliBotanical Park & Gardens mate make it a paradise for hundreds of plants and animals! In the midst of this colorful and vivid landscape stands a burnt centennial olive tree, a memorial and a reference to the dismal fires of 2003, the park’s history and origin. The newest and one of the most interesting sites of the Prefecture of Chania lies only 18 kilometers outside the city, on the feet of the White Mountains. It is ideal for visitors of all ages, combining enjoyments that only Crete can offer! Shortly after you pass Fournes village and before the historical Lakkoi-Skordalou, a sign will direct you towards the Botanical Park, to an unprecedented tour of the region’s magical nature and the creative imagination of the four brothers who dreamt of and realized this unique heaven on earth! When you first see the park and its facilities, it is impossible to imagine that this is the same expanse of the 15-20 hectares which burnt to the ground in the fires of 2003, today literary reborn from its ashes. In the place of the grey landscape stands a walking, educational and entertainment park-unique in its kind in Crete – waiting for
young and old, locals and foreigners, to get acquainted with the more than 150 species of fruit trees together with the dozens of herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants it hosts, while enjoying their walk through a lush natural environment. The secret of enjoying your visit to the maximum is to wander through the paths of the Botanical Park slowly and leisurely, making many stops for rest in the various suitable rest points available. Thus you shall have the opportunity to truly appreciate the beauty which you will encounter. During the summer months, the best time to schedule your visit is early in the morning, avoiding the strong heat, and having the opportunity to complete your experience with an excellent meal in the park’s restaurant. Its totally local, organic and seasonal philosophy will be unforgettable. Flora The nearby Balkan Peninsula is one of the richest areas in the Mediterranean for plant diversity. On Crete especially there are 210 plant species per 600 square miles. Cretan consumes four times more fruit than the average southern European and six times more than the northern European The fruit trees are completely adjusted to the temperate climate of the island and produce fruit of excellent taste. The aromatic herbs constitute another great tradition in
Crete. Botanical researches have discovered that the island has one of the most interesting and rich ecosystems in Europe. The European travelers who visited Crete in the 19th century praised the cretan orange. The Greek mythology narrates that the citrus fruits was Gaia’s (earth’s ) gift for the marriage between Zeus, the father of the Gods and Hera. The island enjoys perhaps one of the best Mediterranean climates, with mild temperatures prevailing all year round. Testimony to this is the abundance of tropical plants. Crete, marked by its position on the crossroads of North, South, East and West, has played an important role in the spread of the grapevine and the wine. As a matter of fact, it has been the bridge for the grapevines to pass from Egypt to Greece and then to Europe. Climate Crete is in the Mediterranean climate zone, which is the most important aspect of its climate. It has a temperate climate. The atmosphere may be quite humid, depending on the area’s proximity to the sea. Winters are quite calm and wet, with many rains – most of which in the western parts of Crete. Snow is rare on plains but often on the mountains. During the summer, median temperature ranges between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius, and is definitely lower than the temperature in mainland Greece.
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Formula 1 Grand Prix in Greece? Why not? Greece’s economic problems may continue, but the Greek government is now backing an effort to bring a Formula 1 race to Piraeus. It’s a great idea and shows the economic force that a Formula 1 race can bring to an area such as Drapetsona. A race brings tax revenue, jobs for local residents and big money when race fans crowd a city to watch an F1 race. Greece can use all those things, along with the positive image hosting a Formula 1 race conveys. The current Greek F1 proposal launched in June 2011 by the architect Athanassios Papatheodorou with a group forming to fund the race and design the circuit. The Greek track would be a 3.23 mile, counter-clockwise road circuit on a vacant area that was once a cement factory. The facility would hold about 130,000 spectators. Piraeus looks like a perfect setting and photos remind a lot like Monaco. It’s a typical European resort port town with a harbor filled with yachts. It’s also a popular cruise ship port, and where cruise ships dock for shore excursions to Athens. This means the area already has an excellent tourist infrastructure. Piraeus is the largest port in Europe and the third-largest port in the world. There was a proposal to stage a Greek Grand Prix on an existing track in the city of Patras in 2011, but the project has not proceeded and also not received the support of the Greek government like the Piraeus project. Greece’s Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, has written to Loukas Tzanis, mayor of Keratsini-Drapetsona, supporting the building of a Formula 1 racetrack, saying the project would kick-start economic activity in the region. The project will be funded by private investors, Samaras noted. “We wait the relative study of the mutual ministry committee of strategic investment in order for the project to proceed further,” he concluded.
Public works... discounted
In recent years and particularly in the last three years, it has almost become axiomatic that it is necessary for all contractors to offer high discounts at the auctions for public works, with the excuse that the municipality “takes” the money from by Petros Chatzistavros these discounts . Civil Engineer (T.E.) Unfortunately, the result of this policy is totally different than expected and all citizens can see in their everyday life all painful consequences. All roads are in a tragic situation… almost ruined, with our local authorities trying to intervene without knowing what they are doing. Lots of projects have stopped as sudden as they begun, although they cost millions of euros, and for reasons which could be -at least- characterized as… funny. When Public works contractors are forced to bid to a rate around 60% to get the project it is more than certain that the very next day they will sign the contract, they will try to reduce this rate to have some profit, either by finding legal obstacles, or by using materials and manufacturing processes in order to save money. The result is to have many unsafe projects for all citizens, which will certainly need repairs in the forthcoming years. The current municipal authority and the Mayor of Chania will be charged that signed many projects reaching a 82% discount, which stopped suddenly and they asked for even more funds, bringing the discount down to 25%. The above procedure is obviously unethical to all other colleagues, because their bids obviously have not en-
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tered the new era. Unfortunately, lots of projects have been assigned to specific contractors and many others have never been assigned to anyone. Many projects assigned to contractors who do not have the expertise to make a full restoration work, but they simply take the job via the… discount way. Many public works will remain as… models. Many projects don’t have the safety standards. The Technical Services of the municipality of Chania will be charged these horrible mistakes in public works and not the political “foremen”, as it should really happen. The correct and efficient way of all public works auctions
can only have positive results and benefits if the new municipal authority will have in mind the common interest, the best for all citizens of Chania. * Petros Chatzistavros is a candidate as municipal advisor of Chania with Aris Papadoyiannis (100/5).
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Honey was the food for gods in ancient Greece
Honey was the food for gods in ancient Greece and a valuable medicine for Egyptians. Melissa, Mythological figure, nymph nurse of Zeus. She was the daughter of the first king of Crete, Melisseas, and named Melissa, who discovered and taught the use of honby Niki Voulgarakis ey. It is from Melissa that bees were Dietician - Nutritionist believed to have received their name - and from where the Greek word for honey (Meli) comes. Scientific researches confirm the healing properties attributed to honey and have analyzed its composition. However, no one has been able to prepare honey so far, only bees can do it. The Cretan honey is completely natural and is produced in areas with endemic vegetation. As is known, the bio-system of the island is rich in herbs, from which the bees create honey.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Recently, new strains of the disease have emerged that are resistant to commonly used drugs. Like other bacteria, mycobacteria can by Miltiades Markatos undergo genetic changes (known as muPneumonologist tations), which can make them naturally resistant to an anti-TB drug. New advanced forms of the condition are known as multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) or extremely-drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB). This resistance is likely to occur through human errors, such as choosing the wrong drugs to treat the condition or people stopping treatment before the full course has been completed. The more an antibiotic is wrongly used, the more likely it is that the bacteria will mutate and be resistant to the drug.
Types of honey: 1. Flower honey: it is made from the nectar of flowers, thyme, chestnut, orange 2. Honey Honeydew: produced from the juice of pine, fir and other forest plants The color of honey varies from nearly colorless to dark brown. As far as the composition is concerned, it can be fluid, viscous or not, partly or wholly crystallized. The flavor and aroma vary and depend on the plant source. Moreover, crystallization is a natural phenomenon that causes no change in nutritional and biological value of honey. Royal jelly is a creamy natural substance secreted from the glands of bees. It is rich in minerals, especially calcium, magnesium and potassium. It is also a source of vitamins and enzymes, provides energy, strengthens the immune system and contributes to healthy skin and tissues, with antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Nutritional value of honey Honey is a complete product. It gives energy, rich in nutrients (180 different substances), natural flavorings and antioxidants. Α jar of honey contains: simple carbohydrates(fructose, glucose, maltose, sucrose, lactose), plethora of amino acids such as proline and phenylalanine, antioxidants, vitamins B1, B6, C. D E, folic acid, proteins, enzymes which are necessary for digestion, minerals and trace elements such as iron, calcium, chloride, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, aluminum, northern, chromium, lithium, titanium, lead and others and water 15-18%. The sugars of honey are simply and absorbed immediately. For that reason, honey is a quick source of energy, suitable for children, athletes, pregnant women, sick people and every tired body. The minerals of honey help to boost your metabolism and nutrition, as components of bones and cells, also regulate the acidity of the stomach. It has antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anticancer activity. Furthermore, it has antiseptic properties, reduces stomach ulcer problems and generally contributes to the proper functioning of body. Because of its high content of choline, it is used as a natural laxative in people who suffer from constipation due to sedentary life. Addi-
tionally, it relieves insomnia and sore throat and helps significantly to a rapid metabolism of alcohol, so it is used when you are intoxicated. Generally, the dark honey is more beneficial in relation to light one. Nutritional needs of honey It is recommended for adults to consume 10 - 60 grams of honey per day and for children 5 -15 grams of honey per day. A tablespoon of honey yields 64 calories. What do you need to do in order to be careful as a consumer? You should prefer honey which is packaged in glass containers, airtight and protected from exposure to light. The label should bear the date of standardization, the producer’s name with complete data and the type of honey. It should be kept in tightly closed containers in a cool, dark and dry place. It is advised to avoid honey in jars, which is exposed to the sun. Suggestions / ideas for snacks with honey - Whole meal bread or toast with honey or tahini and honey - Local yogurt with honey and walnuts - Local yogurt with honey and wholegrain cereals - Local yogurt with fruits and honey - Waffle or pancakes or donuts with honey and cinnamon - Pie with tahini and honey - Pie with oat and honey - Cretan cheese (graviera) with honey - Sesame with honey (pasteli) - Pie with Cretan cheese (mizithra) and honey «sfakiani pita» - Small pies with Cretan cheese (mizithra) and honey «kaltsounia» - Traditional sweet for Christmas with honey and nuts «melomakarona» - Traditional sweet for celebrations with honey «xerotigana» or folds - Cereal bar with honey - Fruit salad with honey - Baked apples with honey and cinnamon - Smoothies with skimmed milk, fruits (banana or strawberry) and honey - Lukewarm milk with honey - Tea with honey or drink with Cretan herbs (malotira,sage) and honey For your salads: dressing sauce with honey, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar or – mustard, honey, mayonnaise and lemon juice. For cooked food: sweet and sour chicken or pork with honey and orange. Conclusively, honey is still an important part of the Cretan Diet due to its health qualities but also as a symbol of health, purity and well-being. Honey is a central part of Cretan weddings - a gift of honey with walnuts is given to each of the guests as a symbol of fertility and well-being of the couple. Cretan honey is used in baking instead of sugar by modern-day housewives and mouth-watering syrup sweets such as baklava. Enjoy your vacations and try our Cretan honey!!!
Symptoms Any organ of the human body can be affected by the disease, although the condition is most commonly diagnosed in the lungs. The main symptoms of TB are: • Fever • A reduced appetite • Weight loss • Night sweats • Persistent cough • Coughing up blood in an advanced stage Causes TB is an airborne infectious disease. It is spread through droplets in the air, via a sneeze or a cough from people infected with the mycobacteria. The highest risk of developing the disease is among people who are closely and regularly in contact to someone with the disease. Research has found that children who have close contact with a contagious case have a 30-50% chance of developing TB. Once persons are infected with the bacteria, they can rapidly develop the disease, where they are infectious, experience symptoms and require treatment. This generally occurs in children and people who have a weakened immune system. This is termed “primary TB”. Otherwise, a person will have a latent infection when they are not infectious and do not experience symptoms. 5-10% of people with a latent infection can develop active TB disease. There are a number of factors that increase the risk of developing TB, including diabetes, exposure to drugs that suppressive the immune system and tobacco smoking. The most important risk factor is infection with HIV. The WHO states that the risk of developing tuberculosis is estimated to be between 20-37 times greater in people living with HIV than among those without HIV infection. Prevention A vaccine known as BCG vaccine was introduced in 1921. This is known to help prevent some severe forms of the disease in children but it has unpredictable success in protecting against the lifelong risk of developing TB. BCG is used to varying degrees across Europe with some countries vaccinating all children as they are born and others having discontinued mass vaccination programmes. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that the best way to prevent TB is by successfully identifying cases and using antibiotics to treat the condition. TREATMENT Samples of mucus or phlegm are taken from a person with
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It’ not only a matter of price Fake sunglasses can cause serious damage to your eyes
by Nick Lazakis Optical expert
suspected TB and tested for the bacteria. A chest x-ray, and sometimes an additional CT scan are helpful to confirm the disease is present. Other tests such as the tuberculosis skin test and a whole-blood test, known as Interferon-Gamma Release Assay (IGRA), are helpful in diagnosing latent TB. Treatment Treatment is aimed at curing the condition and avoiding the transmission of the disease to other people. Treatment is usually characterised by an intensive phase of treatment for 2 months, followed by a continuation phase for 4 months. The first phase usually includes four different drugs (isoniazid, rifampicin, ethambutol and pyrazinamide) and is designed to stop the bacteria growing. The second phase is designed to kill the remaining bacteria. MDR- and XDR-TB require the so-called second-line drugs for at least 20 months; however, they are expensive, toxic and difficult to manage.
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 warn and add that they can only 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
Burden Although the number of TB cases has decreased over the past decades, mainly in high economic countries, it is still an important public health problem, particularly in low and middle-income countries. The treatment process for MDR- and XDR-TB takes much longer and is more expensive than for the usual form of the disease. • The World Health Organisation estimated that in 2011 there were 8.7 million new TB cases of which 1.0-1.2 million were HIV positive • The total number of patients dying of TB in the world in 2011 was estimated to be 1.4 million • In Europe incidence is estimated to be 42 per 100 000 with a strong gradient from east to west • Each year, almost 400,000 new cases of TB are diagnosed in Europe and more than 40,000 people die of the disease • TB is particularly problematic among the former Soviet Union countries , where MDR-TB is highly prevalent • The majority of people with untreated pulmonary TB die within 1.5 years after the development of the first symptoms.
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.
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by John Venetakis Zootechnician
Summer pet safety
What you have to know for your pet’s safety and health Those of us who have pets know how important they are in our lives. As the summer months approach and the heat rises, we must make sure that we prepare for our pet’s safety and health. Just as humans take precautions to make warm weather safer, we must do the same for our pets. This will ensure that they are happy and healthy and can continue to bring joy to our lives. As the heat rises, many of us become uncomfortable. Many of the things that we do to ensure our own comforts need to be applied to the comforts of animals as well. We have to remember that the heat can take a toll on an animal’s well being. If it is hot for you, it is most likely even hotter for your pet. Many animals, including cats and dogs, cannot sweat like people do. You may have noticed dogs panting when it is hot. This is their way of expelling heat from their bodies; they breathe out the heat through the moisture in their breath. If we do not provide a safe, summer environment for them, their process for cooling off is often not enough to prevent heat stroke and can even lead to death. Some animals are more sensitive to the heat than others, including the following: older pets, puppies, kittens, overweight animals, pets with respiratory or heart problems, pets with short muzzles, pets who have a tendency to over-exert themselves, pets with dark fur and pets with thick fur. These animals may be extra sensitive to hot weather, but ALL animals should be provided with the absolute essentials for summer time weather. Every pet that is in an outdoor situation should have access to plenty of shade and water. Even if they have this, pets need to be checked on often and given a break from the heat as frequently as possible. Some signs that your pet may be struggling with the heat are: rapid breathing, loud panting, anxious or vacant expression, staggering, listlessness, excessive drooling, dark or bright red tongue or gums, body temperature of 104110 F degrees, and bloody diarrhea or vomiting. This is not a comprehensive list of all negative signs, however, so watch your pet closely to ensure their safety. If your pet does seem to need cooling off, bring them to a cool or shady area and help them cool off by sponging them off with cool (not cold, as cold may shock) water, offer your pet ice cubes to lick and Pedialyte to restore electrolytes. If heatstroke is suspected, contact your veterinarian immediately. If in doubt or if you have questions about your pet’s hot weather behavior, PLEASE call your vet for advice and
help as soon as possible. There are definite DOs and DON’Ts of summer pet safety – review them carefully below (AKC, MSNBC). DON’T’s: · Do not leave your pet in a parked car on a warm, sunny day. On a 70-degree day, temperatures inside the car can reach over 150 degrees in a matter of minutes, even if you leave the windows cracked open. · Do not leave your pet chained up in your yard, limiting their access to shade, movement, and cool water. This can leave your pet vulnerable to heat stroke, sunburn, and extreme discomfort. Pets cannot survive hot weather without the ability to move around, find ample shade, escape from the heat, and have plenty of fresh water available. · Do not exercise with your pet in the hot parts of the day. Try to schedule walks, runs, etc. that involve your pet before 7 AM or after the sun has started to go down at night. The key is to wait until the air and the ground temperatures have cooled. We have to remember that while we have shoes on, animals have sensitive pads on their feet that can burn on hot asphalt or sand. We can also alter our clothing to help us stay cool while animals cannot. Please remember that just because your dog/other animal is willing to be out exercising with you does not mean they are not suffering the heat. Many will push through to make you happy and stay with you all while they are damaging their health in the heat. You must make the safe decision for them. · Do not forget that sand can be strenuous. Beaches are a fun place to be, but make sure if your pet is out of shape, that you start them slowly with on the sand exercise. Running on sand can be strenuous and cause injury to pets that are not used to it. Start slowly with slower, shorter walks and increase to your pet’s ability. · Do not use air travel with your pets during extreme weather seasons, whenever possible. When pets are checked onto an airplane, the animal is exposed to extremely hot temperatures for an extended period time. Baggage compartment temperatures are regulated during the flight, but the temperatures soar into the 80s-90s when the plane is on the ground. Also, many animals have to sit on the searing pavement as they wait to be loaded as baggage. Check with the airline for their procedures to ensure your pet’s safety if you must travel with your pet during hot weather.
DO’s: · Do ensure that ALL pets have plenty of cool and clean water to drink (keep in mind that if you would not drink it, why should your pet). Cool and clean water is essential during the hot weather season. When we need extra beverages to help us cool off, your pet needs even more. · Do provide outdoor pets with lots of shady places to rest. If it is really hot, think about getting one of those inexpensive hard-plastic shallow kids wading pools and keep it filled with clean water to help pets keep cool. · Do provide shelter other than a doghouse. Doghouses are NOT good shelters during the summer months as they trap heat and do not provide a cool place for your animals. · Do bring your pet inside. Animals should not be left outside unsupervised on long, hot days, even in the shade. Shade can move throughout the afternoon, and pets can become ill quickly if they overheat, so keep them inside as much as possible. · Do help your pets stay cool by wetting their fur with towels or sponges. · Do give your pet a haircut. Longhaired animals often appreciate a summer-time haircut. The less hair will help them stay cooler. Also, if your pet has several tangles and mats, the fur can trap in too much heat and needs to be trimmed. Just be careful not to cut too close to the skin so you do not cut them, nor leave them susceptible to sunburns. It may be something many do not think about, but animals ARE susceptible to sunburns. · Do watch out for sunburns. Though all that fur helps protect her, your pet can get sunburned, particularly if she has light skin and hair. Sunburn in animals can cause problems similar to those it can cause in people, including pain, peeling, and skin cancer. So keep your pet out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and when you do go out, rub a bit of sunblock on unprotected areas like the tips of her ears, the skin around her lips, and the tip of her nose. · Do watch out for antifreeze. Hot weather may tempt your pet to drink from puddles in the street which can contain antifreeze and other chemicals. Antifreeze has a sweet taste that animals like, but it is extremely toxic. When you are walking your pet, make sure she does not sneak a taste from puddles. References: http://www.isfoundation.com
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Vines and wine in Crete
The new generation of Cretan wines The rise in the quality of Greek wine, its improved image and its wider acceptance both in Greece and abroad are indisputable facts, witnessed in all the vine-growing and wine-producing regions of the country. The evolution of Cretan wine was the most substantial and impressive, compared to any other region in Greece, resulting in the fundamental improvement in its quality, image and acceptance. The developments that have already been recorded, in addition to those that are still being recorded, can be interpreted quite clearly in terms of historical, social, production-related and economic factors. Knowing how things were in the beginning helps depict more clearly the impressive course that led to the present state of affairs. Thus, this article will attempt to describe these factors and the transitional stage towards contemporary bottled Cretan wine. C rete hosts one of the largest vineyards in Greece, in terms of both size and production. The Cretan vineyard has the longest history and continuous presence in Europe, if not in the entire world. Archaeological findings and historical sources have proven that the Cretan vineyard has never ceased to produce wine from the Minoan times to the present day. Therefore, it is only natural that vine-growing and wine are such an inseparable part of the everyday life of Cretans, inextricably interwoven with so many aspects of their public and private life. Wine is present on the everyday table, in the feast of Saint George, in Cretan folk songs and myths. Thus, up until two or three decades ago, in addition to the few organized wineries of the time, the main bulk of wine production came from domestic vinification, a most widespread tradition among Cretan households. This production was mainly intended for private consumption. In each household, wine was their passion and glory, while the temperament of producers and their pride for their land in general added to the various myths surrounding it. However, the lack of technical infrastructure and the unfavorable wine conservation conditions in the warm climate of Crete quickly
downgraded the quality of these wines. But these were the wines Cretans knew and were proud of, and every home had the best wine in the world. The somewhat older wine lovers, like myself, who have visited Crete must have had several similar experiences. Even today, it is quite possible to find homemade wines with rustic features and vinification-conservation issues. It would be utterly wrong to conclude that all wine production in Crete had similar features. In addition to the products of organized units, quite often one found and still can discover domestic vinification wines made with knowledge and passion. Besides, we must not forget that certain Cretan wines were quite famous, just like Malvazia in the past. Even today, there are traditional Cretan wines, like Marouvas or the sweet wine of Maza made from Muscat of Spina, that still preserve their popularity and momentum. We should also add tsikoudia, the traditional Cretan spirit, with all its surrounding folklore and rituality. Around the end of the ’70s, two significant developments took place in Crete, causing many changes. The first was the sudden and explosive rise in tourism, which made many people turn to non-agricultural activities. As far as vine-growing was concerned, it should be taken into account that vine-harvesting and the start of the winemaking process coincide with peak tourist season. People had no spare time, or even the disposition, to engage in vine-growing and to make their own wine. Inevitably vineyards were reduced in size and so was production. At the same time, the growing number of tourists, the majority of whom came and still comes from Europe, made it all the more imperative to produce wines closer to European standards. The second major change was a logical and expected consequence of the first. The main bulk of wine production in Crete was gradually passed on to organized wineries. Many new small- and medium-sized vineyards were gradually added to the few winemaking units of the past, many of which were updated. All the more types of wine started being produced with increasing care to meet the growing demand of tourists. At the same time, the wine
preferences and views of Cretans themselves also started to change. From then on, the developments were swift and impressive. The next issue’s article will discuss in depth these developments and all the underlying factors of the new generation of contemporary Cretan wines. It will focus on all the latest vineyard developments and the new Cretan varieties coming back to life, on the state-of-the-art wineries that are open to the public, on the new generation of producers, who are making wines based on their university knowledge, and the old ones, who are wise enough to trust them. So, it will clearly demonstrate the validity of the conclusion reached by all the wine experts, both Greek and foreign, which is the following: “If your view about Cretan wines is based on memories and knowledge of the past, then it is imperative that you reconsider. The new generation of Cretan wines is not what you once knew or what you remember. Contemporary bottled Cretan wines have nothing to envy from the wines of any other popular wine region in Greece. The new generation of great Cretan wines is here and it forms an integral part of the most highly-regarded local cuisine in Greece, the Cretan cuisine.” It might be that it does not rain much in Crete, but the downpour of distinctions and medals awarded to Cretan wines in competitions all over the world keeps getting stronger! Stay tuned to the enjoyment that the new generation of Cretan wines has to offer.
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POST Kalitsounia (with cretan herbs)
by Antonia Tsakirakis cook
Lamb cake (kreatotourta) Ingredients 1 ½ kg baby lamb 850 gr. flour 1 kg sweet mizithra ½ kg staka 1 egg 1 yoghurt-cup 250 gr. fresh butter a bunch of mint salt, pepper, sesame
For the dough 1 kilo flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup olive oil 1 glass milk 2 eggs Some coriander, pounded Some mastic, pounded For the filling 2 kilos mizìthra cheese 3-4 eggs Mix of cretan herbs or other greens Preparation Prepare the dough and let it rest for approximately 1 hour. Beat the olive oil and 1/2 glass of water and combine them all with the yeast. Mix well and add the milk and eggs. Continue kneading by gradually pouring the remainder of the flour and the rest of the ingredients for the dough. Knead the dough well and leave it aside. Mix well all ingredients for the filling. Then roll out a pastry sheet and cut circles in the size of a saucer. Place a tablespoonful of mizithra cheese on each circle and fold into squares. Brush with egg, sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake in the oven.
Preparation Wash the meat and boil it in water for 1 to 1 ½ hour. Bone it, put it in a large flat dish and season with salt and pepper. Prepare a dough using the flour, yoghurt and butter. Roll out a pastry sheet (½ cm thick), put it in a baking pan and line it with butter. Pour a layer of mizithra and half the staka and some mint
over it. Put the meat on the mizithra, lay the rest of the mizithra and staka and the remaining mint over it and cover with a second pastry sheet. Press the pastry sheets’ ends together, in order for the filling not to spil during baking, baste the pastry sheet with egg yolk, sprinkle with sesame and open small holes on the pastry sheet with a toothpick. Roast the food for about 1 hour at 180° C.
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Six ways GPS can help make your vacation great This year, don’t waste any time being lost (or disagreeing on directions) while you’re on vacation. Speaking of things not to do on vacation; remember that time you forgot where you left your car by Fred Zahradnik in a giant amusement park lot? About.com GPS will help you make sure that doesn’t happen again. While you’re at it, use a car GPS, or GPS-enabled smartphone to find the cheapest gas, spot every AAA discount near your location, and look up free Zagat restaurant reviews. Read on for much more on how to use GPS to save money and time and have the best possible vacation.
fect device for this task. Most GPS devices provide ways for you to plan and program routes and pre-select multiple destinations. Google and GPS maker TomTom have partnered to make it easier to upload destination information into your in-car GPS.
Smartphones aren’t the best devices for turn-by-turn directions as you drive (dedicated GPS devices are still the best and safest option for that). However, smartphones’ maps and directions features are handy when you’re walking.
3. Get GPS with your rental car. Most rental car companies offer in-car GPS as an option. Prices are fairly consistent, at about $12 per day, or $60 per week. In most cases, you specify that you would like
5. Geotag your vacation photos. Geotagging marks your digital image files with precise position data. A number of iPhone apps handle this task, and some high-end DSLR cameras, such as the Nikon D90, can accept GPS accessories. Even if you don’t have a GPS-enabled camera, free photo services such as Panaramio can organize photos by geolocation (you click on a map to assign a location to a photo). Apple’s iPhoto makes excellent use of geotagged photos and will help you create a custom travel map and story when you return from vacation.
1. Find the cheapest gas, wherever you are. Wouldn’t you like to know the best gas prices within a few miles of wherever you are when you’re on vacation? Or even better, the cheapest gas right on your route? Both of these options and more are possible with the latest generation of connected GPS units that can do research for you while you’re on the roll. The MSN Direct service, when paired with Garmin car GPS devices, offers many ways to search gas prices. TomTom has made gas price searching easier than ever with its GO 740 Live GPS. Even GPS-enabled smartphones have gotten into the act with apps like Cheap Gas! for the iPhone3G. Speaking of gas, studies have shown that you use less of the stuff when you drive with a GPS.
the GPS option when you reserve the car, whether you book online or over the phone. The Hertz “NeverLost” system lets you pre-plan and upload trips to your rental GPS via a USB drive.
2. Pre-program all of your destinations. Time is precious when you’re on vacation. You want to maximize your fun time, and minimize your “lost” and “finding and inputting addresses” time. A GPS is the per-
4. Use your GPS-enabled smartphone. A GPS-enabled smartphone is great for helping you make the most of your vacation time (as long as you don’t succumb to the temptation of checking your work e-mail).
6. Find your car in a giant parking lot (or unfamiliar town). We all know the sinking feeling of not remembering exactly where we left the car in a giant parking lot of an amusement park or other vacation destination. Sometimes street parking locations can be forgotten, as well. Most GPS devices, whether they are dedicated car GPS units, handhelds, or smartphones, have an easy way to mark a waypoint. Learn how to do that before you start your trip. Mark your parking spot as a waypoint before you leave your car, and carry your GPS with you. Even better, some car GPS units feature an automatic waypoint save when you remove the GPS from its windshield mount. For the iPhone, apps such as “Where’s My Car” make car-finding simple. References: http://www.about.com
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Platanias F.C. ... still going strong!
Our team will play for third consecutive time in Super League Platanias F.C. will play once more in Super League. With a four-win streak and a point in Nea Smyrni against Panionios for the last match day of the championship, our team managed to stay in the division. The players of the team and the head coach Aggelos Anastassiadis are now enjoying their vacations. By the end of June thay will be gathered in Maleme Sports Centre for the new season. Until then, the chairman of the board Stelios Varouxakis, together with all the other members and the head coach will try to search for the appropriate players available in transfer market and make their plans for next season. Meanwhile, enjoy our photostory of another successful season for Platanias F.C. in Super League (2013-2014).
Players celebrating the biggest win of the season against Kalloni (7-0)
David Torres scoring the winning goal against Panetolikos
CEO Stelios Varouxakis celebrating with players after the last match
David Torres scoring against Skoda Xanthi at Pigadia Stadium
Fans of the team at Perivolia Municipal Stadium
The head coach of Platanias F.C., Aggelos Anastassiadis
Platanias F.C. official store
Fans of the team celebrating after the last match against Panionios
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Your football looks... familiar Barcelona’s time is coming to an end, something we all knew after Pep Guardiola left for Bayern Munich. Pep is already at the top, winning... everything. A simple question for Pep. Is it all a matter of luck or he has also his by Costas Nitse CHANIA SPORT FM Journalist own philosopy in Bayern? We are in the semifinals of Champions League and Bayern reminds me a lot the way Barcelona was playing all these years. Lots of fans think that this is a success, but not the honorary president of the team Franz Beckenbaue who accused Guardiola for this style of playing. The question is that everyone on Bayern’s board knew the way Guardiola wants its teams to play. He won Bundesliga, the team is at the semifinals of Champions League, he
Football Calendar of May won C.L. last year... what else can you expect Mr Franz? Can anyone tell me where can I find the truth? I believe that Pep gives his “identity” to the team and Beckenbauer not seems to like it. Bayern is not Barcelona but Pep Guardiola is the same man and coach. He ‘s doing what he knows better, using his mind as noone else... as he did when he used to play football for Barcelona. For sure, Pep will never risk by playing in a “run and gun” tempo, so, wherever he may go, everyone will say... “Your football looks... familiar”.
Sifu Dana Wong (Chief Instructor of Wing Chun Academy of Chania) Sifu Dana Wong was born in the 1950’s, in Boston, Massachusetts in the USA. Being slight of build and from the only Asian family in his neighbourhood, he was a constant target for the school bullies. by George Christoulakis Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy He began his martial arts training like so many of his generation, from watching the great Bruce Lee on television, in The Green Hornet. Wong studied many different martial arts over the ensuing years, but when he found Wing Chun kung fu as a teenager, it became his passion for more than half his lifetime. So much so, that it eventually took him to Australia, where he trained and taught at the World Wing Chun Kung Fu Association in Melbourne. During that time, Blitz Magazine, Australia’s premier martial arts publication, awarded him its Hall of Fame Kung Fu Instructor of the Year in 1997. But Sifu Wong wanted to reach even further in his Wing Chun quest, and so left the World Wing Chun Association in 2002 to form the Qian Li Dao Academy. The objectives and ideals of the Qian Li Dao Academy provided him with a better opportunity to continually evolve and improve his understanding and knowledge of Wing Chun, and to share and exchange that knowledge without restrictions, with those who choose to follow him on a continuing path to self-mastery. Sifu Wong has affiliate branch-
es in Europe (Cyprus, Italy, Greece), the USA (Pennsylvania) and New Zealand (Wellington), and has Wing Chun friends and colleagues of many different lineages around the globe. In 2007 and 2008, Wong travelled to Foshan, China, the hometown of Wing Chun, to visit and train with late Master Kwok Fu, one of the first-generation students of the late Grandmaster Ip Man, and his son, Sifu Kwok Wai Jarm. Some of Sifu Dana Wong’s achievements: • State Chairman of Kung Fu Wushu Victoria, Inc (the state branch of Kung Fu Wushu Australia Inc – the national group officially recognised by the Australian Sports Commission and the International Wushu Federation as the peak governing body for all Chinese martial arts in Australia) • President of the Yip Man/Kwok Fu Wing Chun Association of Melbourne, Inc • Victorian State President of the Shaolin Chan Wu Yi Association of Australia Inc • 1997 Blitz Magazine Kung Fu Instructor of the Year Award recipient “Qian Li Dao is my contribution to those wanting to better themselves through their martial arts training. It is my way of saying thanks to all those great masters and guides who taught and inspired me over the years, and who brought me from a skinny kid with no self-esteem and discipline, to a respected martial artist and contributing member of society.
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.
Football League Play Off - Chania F.C. 4/5: 7/5: 11/5: 14/5: 20/5: 24/5: 28/5: 1/6:
Olympiacos Volou - Chania F.C. Iraklis Psahnon - Chania F.C. Chania F.C. - Kerkira Iraklis - Chania F.C. Chania F.C. - Niki Volou Eginiakos - Chania F.C. Chania F.C. - Fostiras Chania F.C. - Olympiacos Volou
First two teams are promoted to Super League and the third team of the Football League play off is playing another match with the 16th of the Super League.
3rd Division - Kissamikos 4/5: 11/5: 18/5: 25/5:
Kissamikos - Rouvas Mykonos - Kissamikos Kissamikos - Atsalenios Giouhtas - Kissamikos
FIFA World Ranking (April 2014) Last Updated: 10 Apr 2014 Next Release: 08 May 2014
p. 47 CHANIA POST Your local free paper
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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
This is the April's issue for Chania Post the one and only newspaper in english language for Chania Prefecture.