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    Useful phone numbers

    by ealgisi Updated Jan 5, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.

    Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Greece:

    Police: 100
    Ambulance: 166
    Fire: 199
    Forest fire: 191
    Coast guard emergency intervention: 108
    Counter- narcotics immediate intervention: 109

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    History of Heraklion

    by grayfo Written Oct 28, 2009

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    Map of Heraklion

    Favorite thing: Throughout its existence, Heraklion has had a turbulent history. It is thought that the city was originally the port of the ancient city of Knossos. Archaeological evidence shows that the settlement named Heraklion probably arose during the first millennium BC (9th century BC), the name Heraklion comes from the Idaean Herakles, legendary founder of the Olympic Games. The present city of Heraklion was founded in 824 AD by the Saracens (an Arabic Muslim people), who built a moat around the city for protection.

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    Crete - Internet Connectivity

    by hcosgrave Written Sep 1, 2009

    Favorite thing: There is excellent internet connectivity all over Crete Island - I was amazed to find good broadband even in the remotest of places - for instance in the taverna nearest the beach in Falasarna.
    In one "rent-rooms" in Plakias, when I asked if they had Wi-Fi the answer was "of course"!
    I was not charged for usage anywhere - but I had a small notebook for this purpose.

    Hugh

    Fondest memory: After an 18 year gap in visits to Crete I was amazed to be able to meet up with some local friends from past times. One man took the trouble to motorcycle 20 miles to meet me.
    I won't allow a gap like that to happen again!

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    Few words in Greek part 2

    by ealgisi Written Apr 17, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Greek people will really appreciate if you try to speak a few words in Greek while talking to them, you will see their faces smiling, for this reason below you will find few of the main words you "have" to know when traveling in Greece:

    Salad = Salata
    Potatoes = Patates
    Wine = Kras-si
    Beer = Birra
    Greek coffee = Elliniko
    No sugar = Sketo
    A little sugar = Metrio
    Sweet = Gleeko
    Juice = Xhimo
    Orange = Portokali
    Fruit = Froota
    Cheese = Tiree
    Bread = Pso-mee
    Hotel = Ksenodohxio
    Rooms for rent = Dohmatia
    Airport = Airodromio
    Port = Limani
    Car = Afto-kinito
    Mobile (phone) = kinito
    Petrol = Benzeeni
    1 = Enna
    2 = Dio
    3 = Tria
    4 = Tessera
    5 = Penday
    6 = Exi
    7 = Efta
    8 = Ohxto
    9 = Ennaya
    10 = Deka
    11 = Endeka
    12 = Dodeka
    13 = Deka-tria
    14 = Deka-tessera
    15 = Deka-penday
    16 = Deka-exi
    17 = Deka-efta
    18 = Deka-ohxto
    19 = Deka-ennaya
    20 = Ekosi
    30 = Trianda
    40 = Saranda
    50 = Peninda
    60 = Exinda
    70 = Evdominda
    80 = Ohxdonda
    90 = Eneninda
    100 = Ekato

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    Few words in Greek

    by ealgisi Written Apr 17, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Greek people will really appreciate if you try to speak a few words in Greek while talking to them, you will see their faces smiling, for this reason below you will find few of the main words you "have" to know when traveling in Greece:

    Odos = Street
    Anikto = Open
    Kleisto = Closed
    Eisodos = Entrance
    Exodos = Exit
    Signomi = Excuse me
    Efharisto = Thank you
    (if you are several people - being served in a restaurant or cafe:
    We thank you (is better) = Efharistoomay
    Good morning = Kalimera
    Good afternoon, Good evening = Kalispera
    Good night = Kalinihxta
    See you / Hello / Hi = Yassas
    How much is this? = Posso Kanay Afto?
    How far is it? = Posso makria eenay?
    Excuse me, where is....... = Signomi, poo eenay.......?
    Do you have a toilet? = Eheeyete Too-aletta?
    One room for (five) nights. = Enna domatio ya (penday) vradia
    Can we see a menu? = Boroomay na doomay enna menoo
    Can we pay the bill? = Boroomay na plirosoomay?
    Do you speak..... = Milatay......?
    English = Ag-glika ?
    German = Yermanika ?
    French = Gallika ?
    Spanish = Hispanika ?
    Japanese = Yaponayzika ?
    Sorry, I don't speak Greek. = Signomi, then milow ellenica
    This one = Afto
    That one = Ekino
    Bigger = Mega-littero
    Smaller = Mikro-tero
    Too expensive = Polee akrivo
    ...for me = Ya menna
    That's fine = Andaxi
    OK = Andaxi
    How are you = Ti-kanis
    Well / good = Kala
    It's good (food, anything) = Oraya
    No.....thank you = Ohxi.......efharisto
    Yes = Nay
    Please (not used a lot!) = Parakalo
    Water = Nerroh
    Fish = Psari
    Chicken = Kotopooloh
    Lamb = Arr-nee

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    Blue Skies and Warm Nights

    by kevin36 Updated Nov 18, 2007

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    The Sunsets
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    Fondest memory: Our fondest memories of our cruise on "OCEAN VILLAGE" are probably,dining on the open deck in the warm evening air and watching the sunsets every evening.
    Seeing some of the sea life such as a Loggerhead turtle as we sailed out of Katakolon, giant jellyfish and Dolphins! what a treat! not forgetting the Pelicans at Mykonos

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    The Historical Museum

    by AndyRG Updated Jan 10, 2005

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    St. Katherine of Sina by El Greco

    Favorite thing: This museum is next to the sea, it represents the cretan civilization from roman period till modern times. The painting you see was the first original one of Dominikos Theotokopoulos (El Greco) that can be found in Crete - the 2nd came on 10 January 2005, "Baptisis".
    He was born in Handakas - the old name of the city. It shows the monastery of St. Katherine of Sina, Egypt (about 1570).

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    Harbor and ancient Crete

    by fassolia Updated Jul 2, 2004

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    The Koule castle

    Favorite thing: DON'T stay here for more than a day ,because the rest of Crete is much more worth to see!

    Fondest memory: You could use it as a starting point to see the ancient part of Crete if you are interested in it.Knossos,Faistos and Gortys are near by and worth a visit.

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    • Archeology

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    Summer festival

    by fassolia Updated Jul 2, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Don't miss the summer Heraclion festival,held at "kipotheatro"(garden theater).Every day a different show,from ancient tragedy,to modern famous Greek and foreign performers.The tickets vary from 12 to 20 Euro.There is also another festival,called Hiakinthia, held in the historic village "Anogeia",in July,with a more local colour.Btw some think that Anogeia is the heart of Crete ,so visit it. (one hour drive from Heraclion on the mountain Psiloritis).Good if you want to see men in black shirts,boots and moustaches!

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    Agios Minas

    by Skipka Updated Mar 9, 2004

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    Agia Minas from platia Ekaterinis

    Favorite thing: The biggest church in the city with capacity of 8000 people. Dominant of Herakleion and really unique interior. Such a wonderful frescos and decorations. I have been there during the mass and that is the best time to see it, everything is in light and accoustics is fantastic. The building is very impozant and doesn't fit to any camera. :) In front of the side venting to Platia Ekaterinis there is a small bomb probably from WW II (my explanation), but I don't know why. There is no info about it. If anyone of you know about it let me know.

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    Park on Platia Agiou Titou

    by Skipka Written Nov 6, 2003

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    park

    Favorite thing: If you want to take a little break just sit here in this park. Locals often just sit here and enjoy sunset or watching children playing. When we were the important match in soccer right in front of the entrance of Agios Titos.

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    Agios Titos

    by Skipka Written Nov 6, 2003

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    agios titos

    Favorite thing: Agios Titos situated near nice small park just a five minutes by feet from Morosini's fountain (should we say behind Loggia) was built as a mosque. Of course it is turned to Mecca according Muslim's rules. It was built during the period of Turks on Crete in 1872 but in 1923 ordinated as a Church. Inside you can see golden skull of St Titos the relic of this church. Rich decorations and icons are breathtaking. Don't forget to wear long trousers or skirt and wear something that cover your arms. In other case you will not be able to enter the Church.

    Fondest memory: Platia Agiou Titou

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    Knossos...

    by AndyRG Updated Jun 4, 2003

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    The prince of the crinums

    Favorite thing: This place with the great archaeological interest is 6 km south of the city. Knossos was the centre of the minoan civilization (2.000-1.400 BC).
    You can check my travelogue on the prefecture of Irakleio page for more details and pictures.
    On this one, you see the "prince of the crinums", as his crown is made by crinums and peacock's plumes.

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    The Archaeological Museum

    by AndyRG Updated Jun 4, 2003

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    16th century BC!

    Favorite thing: The Archaeological Museum of Irakleio is one of the best of its kind in Europe, it has ancient treasures from the five periods of minoan civilization, which is one of the oldest in the world.
    An important exhibit is this rhyton in the shape of a bull's head, it was found at the "little palace" of Knossos (16th century BC).
    The museum houses many items which were found there, also in Faistos, Gortina, Agia Triada, Arhanes, Zakros etc.

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    Agios (Saint) Minas

    by AndyRG Updated Jun 4, 2003

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    Favorite thing: This church is the metropolitan one of Irakleio, at the square of Agia Aikaterini. It was built between 1862-1895.
    On the left of it there is an old church, they are located at the centre of the city.

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