Category: Unknown Crete

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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“My large Greek wedding” on Crete

The fast is over; summer is coming, which means that it is the time not only for tourists, but also for weddings. How does a wedding on Crete begin? Well, concerning relationships, marriage proposal, engagement – this is understandable, but before the wedding there is a preamble! So is the meaning of the Greek word […]

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Crete gorges

The most famous places for canyoning on the island are Kalami, Arvi and Tsutsuras, where tourists climb up imposing cliffs, overcome elevations and cross water streams. Very impressive is Ha gorge with its vertical walls: there are many ways to overcome it, but they are all quite difficult. Popular is Kourtaliotiko gorge, where water flows […]

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50 shades of April

“April Crete – what is it like?”—We asked some Cretans and heard such responses: “It is green, bright, blue, sunny, warm. It has odor of grass, flowers, warmth and life. Mountains have 50 shades of green, and mach more than this are poppies, chamomiles, cornflowers, clover, many different yellow flowers. The trees and shrubs have […]

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February on Crete–the Time of Blossoming Almond

What can rival the beauty of orange groves standing in the snow? It can be only the blossoming almond in February on Crete. These trees get blossom the very first, and although the winter is still going on, the most tender (and courageous!) song of these trees is about the nearing spring. By the way, […]

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Leprosy in Greece: how it was combated

This terrible disease, mentioned in the Bible, mainly affects the skin and then spreads through the body. Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates wrote about it, confusing, probably, with psoriasis. In the 18th century, this disease has practically disappeared in continental Europe, but in Norway and some areas of Scandinavia was still present, began to spread especially […]

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Piracy and Crete

The history of piracy begins almost simultaneously with the history of shipping and trade. Where exactly man began to systematically use sea means, we know – in the Mediterranean Sea long before 3000 BC, when the first surviving vessels were created. This confirms the emergence of a mature culture of unknown origin in Crete around […]

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Piracy and Crete

The history of piracy begins almost simultaneously with the history of shipping and trade. Where exactly man began to systematically use sea means, we know – in the Mediterranean Sea long before 3000 BC, when the first surviving vessels were created. This confirms the emergence of a mature culture of unknown origin in Crete around […]

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Quince – a Golden Apple or an Apple of Discord

Sometimes we are new to some fruits, such as quince. It’s undeservedly deprived of attention in the culinary world. However, this wonderful furry fruit contains many healthy substances. This is especially important in the autumn-winter period. Besides it, many different dishes can be made from quince! Previously, quince was considered one of the varieties of […]

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