Leprosy, the disease

I have published earlier the story of the lepers on the island of Spinalonga, but what exactly is leprosy? Well, it is a disease that exists already for over 2000 years and its name is as a matter of fact greek, it comes from an ancient greek word that means ‘peeling of’ or ‘peel’. The […]

Cretan New Year

2018 is gone and we are the start of 2019. A lot of Cretans have celebrated the change of the year with a game of poker or with playing the dies, for money so that they will have a wealthy start of the New Year! (not for the loosers of course but who knows who […]

Olive harvest

It’s December, time to harvest the olives!  It is since the 1960’s that Crete has lots and lots of olive trees, some say 30 milion, others say 35 milion, well it will be somewhere inbetween these 2 numbers.  Olive trees don’t always carry a lot of olives, like all fruit trees, the one year the […]

Fodele relax

It is 3 weeks ago that I left my beautiful home in Fodele and I miss it already. Fodele is a typical Cretan village and my house is built outside of the village with great view over it.  The house is also surrounded by orange trees which give me every spring a great view and […]

Saint George methystis (‘methao’ means getting drunk)

Yesterday in the early evening I was talking over the phone to a friend of mine when the church bells started sounding, wondering why, he told me that on the 3 of November Saint George methystis is celebrated.  A bit a strange name for a saint as ‘o methystis means’ the drunk one. I know, […]

Plot for sale in Archanes

The village Archanes is a traditional Cretan village with a typical village square with kafeneio and tavernes that are visited very often by cretans from the city of Heraklion. The village is surrounded by hills and on one of these hills a friend of mine has a plot for sale.  From the plot you have […]

NO! in honor of all the fights the Greeks and Cretans fought to have a free Country

Every year again since 28 October 1944  the NO parade is walked in every city, town and village in Greece. Several days before, practices are made, so that those walking the parade will show the honor that is brought to all who have lost their life in any war, during any occupation or fighting any revolt […]