Category: Crete

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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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Lassithi

High in the mountains of Crete, there is a plateau that once, some years ago, was famous for windmills. The scene of so many fluttering windmills was a sight to see. It used to...

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Kalamaki Sunset

Kalamaki, a village just north of Matala on the Messara coastline of Crete is a place that we have known for many years. Just over twenty years ago we, my wife and I, were...

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The Jalopy

Here in Crete we have a fairly large collection of jalopies – most of them still on the road. Some of them go back forty years and consist basically of a rotovator without the...

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Shine on Plakias

Plakias is a nice fairly small beach resort in the south of Crete. All summer long there people sunbathing and a plethora of beach umbrellas. In the early spring, in March, I took this...

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Carnival Day

Tomorrow is clean Monday, the first day of Lent, and the day that all Greeks go and fly a kite on the beach or a high hill. But today, today was Carnival Day. Here...

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Spinalonga – The Island off Crete.

The island of Spinalonga (actual name Kalidon) lies just off the coast of the village of Plaka, near Elounda, Agios Nicholaos, in Crete. The name Spinalonga is Venetian meaning ‘Long Thorn’. It came to...