jouer le komboloï

Comme je l’avais promis à l’équipe de Pierre Maillard, je vous donne ici les informations nécessaires pour jouer le komboloï correctement.

Placez le komboloï comme sur la photo entre le troisième et le quatrième doigt.

Maintenant, vous devez déplacer votre main pour que le côté du komboloï derrière vos doigts vienne de la paume de votre main, comme sur la photo ci-dessous.

vous voyez qu’entre le troisième et le quatrième doigt, il y a toujours la corde du chapelet

dans le dernier mouvement, nous amenons les trois doigts inférieurs entre les cordes du komboloi, comme sur la photo ci-dessous

Comme vous pouvez le constater, il n’y a pas de corde entre le troisième et quatrième doigt.

le dernier mouvement nous amène à la position de départ où nous rapportons le quatrième doigt sur la corde du bomboloï

voilà, c’est tout 😉

Mais comme je sais que ce n’est pas si simple, j’ai aussi fait une petite vidéo pour vous avec tous les mouvements.

Beaucoup de plaisir a tous!!!

für die neugierigen

Hier sind einige Titel der Tagesausflüge, die Sie ab dem nächsten Jahr bei mir buchen können und die natürlich von mir zusammengestellt wurden und die einzigartig sind.

  • Tanz, Tanz, Tanz (und NEIN, es ist kein griechischer Abend)
  • Spielen Sie das Komboloi
  • Kalimera tavli
  • Zeit für Tee
  • Schneckenvergnügen

Ich freue mich drauf!

Excursion must-know for Crete

When you buy an excursion be sure you get the right information from the seller.

A lot of sellers won’t give you all the information. Here are some examples of what they may forget to tell you:

  • extra fees, for example : entrance fees, travel taxes, a meal that is not included, a boat trip fee, etc.
  • that the duration of the pick up (before the excursion starts) can take one hour or more.
  • that the guide will not speak only your language in the bus, but also 2 or 3 other languages.
  • the duration of the excursion. (the giving of a false return time is very common)
  • that you can’t pay everywhere with a credit card.
  • that cash money will be gathered in the bus by the guide.
  • if you will be the first or last ones on the pick up list.
  • If your hotel is at the end of the list you may ask if they can arrange 2 seats together. (unless you don’t mind sitting apart during the whole trip.

Here is already some more information about beach excursions on Crete. 

Have with you of course your bathing suit (we have only very few nudist beaches and no organised excursion will take you there 😉) and instead of taking a towel (takes a lot of space in your bag and is quit heavy) take a large scarf to lay on, they dry fast and or very light. You will also need a pair of surf shoes because at nearly all the beaches here there are rocks in the water. Most of the beaches have sunbeds and umbrellas, but then if you don’t want to be all the time with a lot of people around you buy yourself an umbrella (they’re not expensive) so you can find yourself a quit spot on the beach. The waters in Crete are very clear so take a diving mask with you!

If you want to go for a walk in the mountains then this is what you will need.

First of all take enough water with you as also some nuts and raisons, these are light to take with you and a perfect energy source. Make sure you wear walking shoes ( no brand new onces please) and use walking sticks if you have (they will help you stepping down from rocks and stones). Protect yourself against the sun (not only your head but your whole body) by covering yourself and you should also protect yourself against the heat, so take a small towel with you that you can make wet from time to time and put it in your neck, not on your head! If you go into the mountains without a guide (something I do not recommend) take a compass with you or download one on your phone and inform some people of the hike you’re going to do.

So before you book an excursion be sure to ask about these points or try to look them up on the internet. This is easy to do for entrance fees and for distances, so you can figure out by yourself the extra money you will need, and the return time of the excursion you want to do.

And the most easy way is to send me an email to livecretealive@outlook.com with your questions about excursions organised in Crete. I will answer you accurate and within a day.

But first of all enjoy your stay in Crete!!!!!!

Voor de nieuwsgierigen

Hier zijn een paar titels van de daguitstappen die jullie vanaf volgend jaar bij mij kunnen boeken en die natuurlijk door mij in elkaar gestoken en uniek zijn.

* Dans, dans, dans ( en NEE het is geen Griekse avond)

* Speel de komboloi

* Kalimera tavli

* Tijd voor thee

* Slakken plezier

Ik heb er alvast zin in! 🤩

Tomaten/Zucchinibällchen

Auf dem heutigen Ausflug haben wir Tomatenbällchen und Zucchinibällchen gemacht.

Die sind sehr lecker und leicht zu zubereiten.

Für beide braucht man eigentlich die gleichen zutaten. Nur ist die Tomate die Hauptzutat in der einen und die Zucchini in der anderen.

Zutaten. :

4 Tomaten/Zucchini

Die weitere zutaten sind :

2 Zwiebeln, 1 Ei, Minze, Oregano, Salz, Pfeffer, 1 Tasse Mehl und 1 Tasse Paniermehl.

Bereitung :

Die Hauptzutat und die Zwiebel müssen gerieben werden und alle anderen Zutaten werden zu dieser Mischung gegeben.

Dann machen sie Kugeln mit der Mischung, rollen sie in zusätzliches Mehl und die Kugeln werden frittiert.

Wer möchte, kann der mischung auch geriebenen käse hinzufügen.

So einfach kann die griechische Küche sein. Guten Apetit!!

Kretischer Käsekuchen

Heute war wieder ein schöner tag in den bergen, und wie die Kretischer Käsekuchen so gut geschmeckt haben, schreibe ich das Rezept hier unten.

Zutaten für den Teig :

1 Glas frischer Orangensaft

1 Weinglas Olivenöl

1 Rakiglas raki

1 Kilo Mehl und

eine Prise Salz.

Zutaten für die Füllung

1 Kilo mizithra Käse

2 Eier

2 Esslöffel Zucker

ein paar Blätter Minze und

eine Prise Salz.

Bereitung :

Den Teig zubereiten, auf eine Dicke von ca. 2 mm ausrollen und mit einem Glas Kreise in drücken.

Legen Sie die Käsemischung mit einem Kaffeelöffel auf den Teig und falten Sie den Teig fest.

Drücken Sie mit einer Gabel auf die Teigkanten und jetzt können sie in Olivenöl gebacken werden.

servieren Sie mit Honig und guten appetit!!

The caves in Matala

Matala is a small village at the south side of Crete, where the Lybian sea is, there is a beautiful bay there with a sandy beach. The beach and the caves of Matala are well known all over the world because during the 1960s and ’70s hippies from all over the world lived there. They had no rules, no bills and no restrictions. They were free people living from nature in nature.

Every year now you have the chance to relive the hippie atmosphere here in Matala, every third weekend of June there is a hippie festival where ‘everything’ is allowed.

When I go to Matala I usually have lunch in Taverne Minos Palace, Stefanos cooks here for 24 years now, no need to say more about it’s kitchen. The staff is very friendly and professional too, just give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

The mules in the Samaria gorge

A lot of people who come to Crete want to walk the famous Samaria gorge, but not everybody has the strength to walk 16km over rocks and stones and pebbles, starting at a hight of 1200 meter and walking down untill sea level.

That is why we have these mules here, they are empty today so it was a day without accidents or people that gave up.

Mules are a crossing of a horse and a donkey, they are very strong animals and they are trained on bringing people up or down the gorge.

Archeological museum in Heraklion

The archaeological museum in Heraklion has become one of the best museums in Europe,  the finds of the Minoan civilization exhibited there are beautiful, it is unbelievable what the Minoans could make 4000 years ago, I am amazed at every display again and ag, no matter how many times I see them.

The entrance fee for the museum is only 10€, students with a student card of the EU do not pay any entrance fee and senior sitizens of the EU pay half price.

You can also pay a combination ticket for both the archeological museum and the archeological site of Knossos, that costs 16€.  But than you have to visit both place within 2 days.

In case you will visit both, take my advice and visit first the archeological museum, because then you will be able to imagine life in the palace during the Minoan sivilization much more easy.  And that is what you need on the archeological site of Knossos, a lot of imagination, YOUR imagination, so feel free to create your own story with the what you will see on both places.

On Sunday, September 30, 2018 access is free so if you are in Crete, do not miss this opportunity!

Here are pictures of some of the finds.

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The Egyptian lighthouse in the Venetian port of Chania

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Although the lighthouse was built during the Venetian occupation we call it an Egyptian lighthouse because it was restored by the Egyptians during their rule on Crete from 1830 until 1840, that’s right, during the Ottoman occupation.  It was the Protocol of England that granted Crete to Mehmet Ali who was Regent of Egypt at that time.

As you can see on the picture the base of the lighthouse has 8 angles, the part above the base has 16 angles and the highest part has a round shape.  During days of threat the entrance of the port was closed by tying a chain from the lighthouse to the Venetian fortress Firka that is situated opposit of it.

The Egyptian administration made big efforts to have equality on the island for both the Christians (Cretans) and the Moslims (Ottomans). They also achieved to have a time of peace on the island.  Because of these changes, many Moslims left Crete and went to Asia Minor and many Christians left to go live in Greece.

Besides a time of peace, this was also a period of the reconstruction of roads, aquaducts, bridges and harbours that had been destroyed during the many revolutions of the Cretans against the Ottomans.  Also education was organized again for both the Cretans and Moslims, even a newspaper was published (1931) in the 2 spoken languages of the island.