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The Great Man of Crete

Birth of Crete – Venizelos Eleftherios Venizelos – The Great Man of Crete Just two years before the Holocaust of Arkadi in 1864, a child was born in Mournies, a village just south of Hania....

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The Story of – Kandanos

and its return to life There is a large village in the southwestern central area of Crete which is called Kandanos. You can get there by following the route to Palaiochora. You will find...

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The Amari Valley

Lotus Land – The Amari Valley If you drive or take a bus from Rethymno south through Spili to Agia Galini or the Messara Plain, you will completely miss the Amari Valley. Likewise, if...

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The Fig Tree

(opens in a new tab) Ah the wonderful fig tree. It grows everywhere and the figs appear mostly in October and November, although there are, of course, winter figs, even spring figs, and summer...

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The Magnificent Cretan Poppy

One of the finest flowers seen in Crete is the wild Cretan poppy. So many people see so many flowers that the poppy is often ignored in favour of the wonderful orchids and the...

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My Little Cretan Owl

Owls are lovely creatures. They fly at night and eat up rats and mice. You hardly see them in Crete although they can be heard hooting from time to time. But recently I met...

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Recent Memories and Memorials

Deep in the heart of Crete, in the forever wonderful Amari Valley high in the hills south of Rethymno there are five or six villages on the western side of the valley on the...

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Sweet Chestnuts

Today is the nutty season in Crete. Perhaps we are all nuts for living on such a beautiful island, but I would live nowhere else. But now nuts are the thing. The lovely chestnut...

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Milking Sheep for St George

On Saint George’s day in the village of Asigonia in Crete, the shepherds bring all of the herds down from the mountains to have them milked. Shepherds milking their sheep From the other side,...