Category: Unknown Crete

Are the Cretans not Greeks?

Those tourists who have visited both Greece and Crete say that the Cretans differ from the mainland Greeks: not so much externally as internally. How to explain this? Perhaps because the Minoan civilization existed on the island long before the Mycenaean one on the mainland, and the Cretans were descendants of the ancient Minoans? The […]

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When will we arrive to Crete at the new airport?

On February 8, a crucial event for Crete took place—the start of the construction work at a new international airport in the town of Kasteli. The ceremony was attended by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis accompanied by a group of ministers. “I always feel better when I come to my homeland,” the Prime Minister said.—But […]

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Souda Bay: Crete is not just a holiday!

Souda Bay is a natural harbour in the administrative unit of Chania on the northwest coast of Crete. The bay is 9 mi long and 1 to 2,5 mi wide having a depth of 224 yards. Souda Bay is the deepest port of the Mediterranean Sea. Geologically, this is a large collapsed fissure formed 2 […]

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Potters of Margarites Village

One says that the gods do not burn pots. Our newspaper the New Crete (NC) found out who is responsible for this creative and at time-consuming process on Crete. It turned out to be craftsmen from the old Cretan pottery village Margarites. One of them is Georgios Dalambelos, a Master with a capital M. After […]

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Olive harvest season

On the calendar is November, on the thermometer—plus 20-23° C; and the Cretans say: “The winter has come—it’s olive harvest season”. The second autumn month is usually dull and gray in Russia and Central Europe. On Crete it has colors of sun and olives. Olive harvest begins on Crete in October and lasts all winter. […]

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Country of reptiles

One day, thirteen-year-old Stelios and his brother Spiros entered a pet-shop… A colorful beauty, a Californian royal snake, captured Stelios attention; and Spiros decided to donate it to his brother. The beauty turned out to be a handsome one and was called Diamantis. Soon Diamantis had a company: first an iguana, then pythons; and the […]

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Pirate Barbarossa, Apostle Paul and You

Imagine: There are seashore, a dark sky with August stars above your head; at your feet are waves running onto the sand: splash, splash… Behind, there are a tent and a smoldering fire. Nobody is around but cicadas with their serenades. You are alone with yourself and eternity… Or rather, you are on a small […]

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Under the Shade of the Patriarch

An olive tree is sacred for the Cretans, as for all Greeks. It seems that it always existed like land, sea, sky. The presence of olives on Crete back in the pre-Minoan era was confirmed by archaeologists. They are mentioned by Herodotus, Hippocrates and Homer. A provider, a doctor and a reward – the olive […]

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