Georgioupoli In History

Georgioupoli in history

Why George? Giorgos (George) is one of Greece’s most popular christian names, but which particular George gave his name to the village of Georgioupoli? Well it’s to do with a vital chapter in the story of modern Crete. Once known…

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Diving For The Divine

Diving for the Divine

Theophania and the Blessing of the Waters by Michael Sweet January 6th is a special date in the Christian calendar, particularly for the Greek Orthodox faith. The 12th day of Christmas marks Epiphany - the celebration of Christ’s baptism and…

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A Time For Pomegranates

A Time for Pomegranates

Welcoming the New Year in Greece by Michael Sweet There’s one ornament you can’t miss on the shelves of Greek gift shops at this time of year. Usually made of china, it’s a pomegranate - [Ρόδι (rodi) in Greek, Ρόγδι…

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Exploring Theriso

Exploring Theriso

A pilgrimage to the heart of Cretan history by Michael Sweet With its dramatic mountain backdrop the tiny village of Theriso, 16 km south of Chania, is a delight to visit all year. But trust the locals; winter is the…

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Chania’s Charming Tabakaria And Halepa Neighborhoods

Chania’s Charming Tabakaria and Halepa Neighborhoods

Chania is one of the Cretan destinations many tourists love to write home about, for it’s a charming coastal town, with typical architecture, a lively promenade with fantastic sea views, deep-rooted traditions and culture, cuisine to die for, and all kinds of activities that keep locals and visitors alike busy for days.

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Cretan Honey And Its Miraculous Health Benefits

Cretan Honey and Its Miraculous Health Benefits

History of Beekeeping on Crete

Honey is one of the flagship agricultural products on Crete, valued as much as olive oil and citrus farming. Historical evidence shows that the art of beekeeping arrived in Greece from Ancient Egypt, most likely through Crete. Indeed, the oldest hives found here date from 3400 BC. The clay hives were unearthed at Phaistos, the Minoan palace in the south of the island.

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