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    Blue Skies and Warm Nights

    by kevin36 Updated Nov 18, 2007

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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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    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 Titos

    by Skipka Written Nov 6, 2003

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    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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    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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    The harbor at Hania

    by SeaBreezeUSA Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The harbor at Hania, 59 km from Rethymnon, is crete's 2nd largest city. You must visit the Firkas Sea Fortress, which houses the naval museum. It was where the king of Greece first raised the national flag in 1913. Also worth visiting is the Archeological Museum.

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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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    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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    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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    A famous sentence...

    by AndyRG Updated Dec 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: It is a part of the grave of Nikos Kazantzakis, the great Cretan writer (1883-1957). His novels have been translated in many languages. The grave is at Martinego bastion, the view from there is good enough. It is written: "I don't hope anything. I'm not afraid of anything. I'm free"... You can even buy a T-shirt with this motto in Irakleio or Plaka of Athens...

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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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    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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    Park on Platia Agiou Titou

    by Skipka Written Nov 6, 2003

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    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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    The Northern coast - This is...

    by lichinga Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The Northern coast - This is the where most of the tourist targets are situated: huge hotels and camping sites, night clubs and disco, international cuisine, entertaining; the Northern coast has also warmer waters, wide beaches and the most beautiful towns. From East to West you may find: Kastelli (not bad, isolated, far from the main tourist circuit) - Chania (most ships arrive/leave from its harbour, which is a bit out of the town inĀ  aplace called Souda; it's very crowded, the line of bars and taverns around the old port is impressive, but - unfortunately - the number of people eating, smoking, talking, singing, drinking is so huge the atmosphere is
    completely lost) - Irakleion (the capital town of Crete, a nice Venetian fortress and a nice ancient port) - Malia is what you see in the picture (hotels, hotels, hotels and a few hotels more) - Agios Nikolaos (the charming place for nice people to meet; expensive, crowded. Worth a visit, but not longer than a couple of hours) - Siteia is the same as
    Malia - Vai (on the most Western tip of the island, Vai was a wonderful place where the beach is surrounded by palm trees and oleanders, now it's so crowded it's difficult to enjoy its peculiar anvironment)

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    The Southern coast - If you...

    by lichinga Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The Southern coast - If you look for a relaxed holiday, then you'd better think about the Southern coast of Crete. It's more difficult to be reached, there's no road along the coast line, so that you must drive through long and winding roads to overpass the mountains or the valleys of the creeks running down from the tall mountain of Central Crete: it's worth remembering Mt. Ida has a permanent snow cap. Southern Crete offer a lots of little spots, with difficult connection, but you may find excellent secluded beaches and places where rest and great sea bathing is guaranteed. Paleochora is an isolated gem on the Eastern side: nice and large beach, every kind of typical tourist comfort; Sfakia and Agia Galini are similar, but a more accessible; Matala is not what it was (see below); at the end, Ierapetra has a very large beach. There a couple of places I especially recommend: Agia Roumeli and Tsoutsouros, I'm talking about them extensively below.

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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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