Village adventure

Are you ready for a village adventure in Crete? Are you ready to accompany and milk the sheep, to drink tea with the shepherd next to an old church and to have a real shepherd lunch? Or would you prefer to bake your homemade bread in a wood oven and eat it with fresh cheese made in the mitato?

All this is possible in the village of my shepherd friend Babis whom we can keep company during his daily routine as a shepherd.

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!!!

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! 🤩

Onbekend Kreta

Elk kantoor had vroeger een excursie met de naam Onbekend Kreta. Een geliefde uitstap voor mensen die de toeristische plaatsen wilden vermijden en het Kreta van de Kretenzer wilden beleven.

Ons kafenio

Zo’n daguitstap wil ik jullie ook aanbieden. Ik wil jullie meenemen naar een klein dorpje waar we een griekse koffie drinken in een kafenio, tussen de dorpelingen en waar we even bij Minas kunnen binnen lopen, hij maakt schapebellen. Na een wandeling door het dorp rijden we naar een vroegere vriend van mij, Stavros, hij heeft samen met zijn vrouw een slakken kwekerij, daar geeft hij of zijn vrouw uitleg over het reilen en zeilen van hun bedrijfje. En daar krijgen we ook een lekkere lunch geserveerd, met of zonder slakken.

Stavros’ slakken in zomerslaap

Na de lunch kunnen jullie een middagdutje doen in de auto terwijl ik jullie naar nog een ander dorpje breng waar jullie je eigen kruidenthee kunnen brouwen en drinken onder de plataan bomen. En als je je thee lekker vindt kan je ook een paar thee zakjes maken om mee te nemen. Natuurlijk worden er ook traditionele koekjes geserveerd bij de thee. (Kijk maar naar de post Voutimata)

Na het genieten van je eigen thee breng ik jullie terug naar jullie verblijfplaats waar ik jullie dan nog een gezellige vakantie toe wens op het mooie Kreta.

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!!

Having lunch with sheppard Andrea

Yesterday I went on a trip up on the Psiloritis mountain to have lunch with sheppard Andreas. He lives in the village Livadia in the Idi mountains and he has been a sheppard for his whole life. He loves being out there in the nature high up in the mountains

with his sheep and goats. Together with his brothers they have around 3000 animals to take care of. Today 200 of them are already up on the mountain where Andreas milks all 200 of them twice a day and they give him each time around 100 liter of good quality milk. The other animals are still on the land they have further down the mountain and they will be brought up until the end of April.

Andreas will be milking the animals twice a day until the end of May and then for about one more month he will milk them once a day. From the month of July on the animals will mate, so they won’t give any milk until they give birth about 5 months later.

During the months that the animals don’t give milk Andreas still goes up to give them extra food and water but also because he loves being up there.

His family also built a chapel there, a saint George chapel.

Close to the chapel there stands a very large Stone Oak tree where you can enjoy the real sheppard’s lunch called antichristo. Which is lamb that is cooked next to the fire instead of on the fire. No herbs are needed during the preparation of the meat as his animals eat lots of herbs during their time in the mountains. Andreas is a very good cook and also very good company, he likes to talk about his life and work up there on the Psiloritis.

The road up to his mitato is not an easy road as it lays on a hight of 1200 meter but it really is worth the trip.

If this looks like something you would like to do during your stay in Crete than don’t hesitate to contact me.