Greek Easter: Holiest Of Holidays

Greek Easter: holiest of holidays

In Greece, perhaps more than any other European country, Easter is not only a deeply religious event, but a rich, dramatic celebration of renewal even for non-believers.This spiritual holiday, marked much more than Christmas is a time when families gather…

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Re-imagining Tabakaria: Jewel Of Chania

Re-imagining Tabakaria: jewel of Chania

On the eastern edge of Chania is the historic suburb of Halepa and its tiny coastal area -Tabakaria (the Greek word for tanneries). A walk through this magical film-set -like landscape is one of the great Chania experiences, for anyone…

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Rethymno Ready To Party

Rethymno ready to party

With the 2019 Rethymno Carnival officially opened, the city is expecting more than 15,000 revellers to take part on its big weekend, kicking off on Friday March 8. Dating back more than 100 years, the carnival is one of the…

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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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