So... we are walking around Rethymno Old Town in the middle of hot day. My hubby is looking at local people sipping beer rather than architecture.
Strolling down Dimakopoulou street we heared lyra laying.... We looked inside a tiny room and there was Nicos - local GOD OF LYRA (just look at the picture).
Not only Nicos is a GOD OF LYRA but also he is a very kind and friendly man and after exchanging few smiles and words he invited me inside for a lesson of lyra.
I actually was pretty succesful to play a scale and a simple childhood melody :-)
I will definitely go back to see Nicos in his small Lyra shop (and as kind as I am ....I will bring a single friend with me this time)
Single girls, GO SEE NICOS!!!!
People from young to elderly are often spending their siesta in some cafe.
Cafes called Living room and Häagen-Dazs seemed to be the favourite places of young people.
Both located on the beach street.
On the street of Rethymno you can find travel agencies that are selling trips around the Crete and even to island close to Crete.
I've booked hiking trip to Samaria both times from the beach street and both times everything is worked very well:
bus is picking from the hotel on agreed time and guides has been very professionals.
Remember to take good shoes with you if you are going to hike the Samaria gorge!
Well, hello everybody!!!
Last year, when I got married, I decided to go to Crete on honeymoon to find the roots of my family.
When planning that trip, I and my man could never imagine that we would have such a nice time!!!
Beyond the wonderful sightseeing, Knossos, Faestos, and the absolutely fabulous beaches, which can be found in Crete....
One day, while trying to reach Korakia, in Psiloreitis Mountain, we were at the lovely village of Fourfouras, there we asked for information at the very warm and cozy house of Kostas Archontakis (a former Marine Officer).
The people invited us to their home, his wife, Eleni, had just baked her delicious tyropittakia (cheese-pies).
I mean, they were so warm and I experienced Cretan hospitality in all its grandeur!!!
Even though they are not professionals, they invited us to stay at their place, they cooked for us and showed us around!!!!
I will never forget them!!!!
So, if you ever go to Rethymno, do not hesitate to pay a visit!!!
Their doors are open!!!
Eleni's cuisine is fantastic and Kostas is always in the mood!!!
PS. Fourfouras village is 40 klms away from Rethymno, you can find it in the map.And easily combine it with an excursion to Faestos and Agia Galini.
When I first heard of the Agrecko Farm, I assumed that it was one of those living history farms which are becoming so common in the USA. I was wrong. It is a living, working farm and a far cry from the typical "demonstration farm" where a group of teens and 20-somethings tell you all about what farming used to be like. I wasn't around 200 years ago but have been told that the Agrecko Farm is very much like what might have existed on Crete between 200 and 500 years ago. I was around over 30 years ago, however, and my recent trip to Agrecko reminded me very much of what I experienced when I first arrived on Crete. Even as recently as the 1970s, the centerpiece of the Cretan economy was agriculture. The international airport just west of Iraklion opened in the early 1970s qnd that is when tourism began to rise to its current position as the strongest element of the Cretan economy.
If you would like, however, to get an idea of what an actual operating farm of the early 19th Century was like visit Agrecko. If I remembered enough Greek, the Agrecko Farm was established in 1823 and has been in the same family ever since. Activities which you can see, and perhaps even participate in, include:
Mule powered threshing of grain,
Water powered grinding of grain into flour, and perhaps most sensual of all,
Foot powered crushing of grapes.
After the Turks captured the city from the Venetians in 1646 they built a mosque dedicated to the reigning sultan, Ibrahim Han, on the site of the Catholic church of Ayos Nikolaos here in the Fortezza.
The main remaining features of the mosque are the hemispherical dome (one of the largest in Greece), the niche of the mihrab, and the base of the minaret.
This used to be the church of Mary of Augustinians during the Venetian occupation, but was converted into the Gazi Hussein or Nerage Mosque in 1657 by the Turks. It is situated at the corner betwwen Ethnikis Andistaseos Str and Em. Vernardou Str and serves the Rethymnon Music Academy.
Walk down (heading west) on Paleologou Street to Platanos Square and you will find the small, pleasant…The Rimondi Fountain. The water runs from three spouts (lion heads) into three sinks. Today, only parts of the inscribed words ‘Liberalitatis’ and ‘Fontes’ can be seen.
The Grand Gate is one of the few remaining parts of the Rethymnon initial fortifications. Its arch survived both the Turkish occupation and the WWII and now it is declared as the official entrance to the city.
Located in the centre of the old town. Built in the 16th century. This is where nobility would meet to discuss political and social issued. Now, it stands proudly amongst many shops, cafes and restaurants and is utilized by the Ministry of Culture as the Archaeological Museum shop, where you can buy copies of antiquities.
It was founded in 1994 and is situated in Mitropoleos Square. The museum includes ecclesiastical relics dating back from 1816 up until the present, such as church utensils, icons, bells as well as the clock of the belfry, which had been functioning from 1894 up until 1986.
It is housed in the old abbey, which is situated in the old town and has been restored recently. The exhibition represents one of the most important collections in Rethymno including molluscs, sponges, fish and various fossils.
The collection of Eleni Franzeskaki is housed in the building opposite the Gallery "L. Kanakakis" in Chimaras Street and includes works of traditional handicraft such as woven textiles, embroidery, and lacework.
The Municipal Gallery "L. Kanakakis" was founded in 1992. From its beginning it was housed in a Venetian building in the heart of the old, historical town of Rethymno, below the Fortezza and the Archaeological Museum (5, Chimaras Street). It houses a permanent exhibition of the work of Lefteris Kanakakis (oil paintings, sketches and aquarelles), thus representing all the stages of his achievements, as well as works of contemporary Greek artists, which cover a broad spectrum of modern Greek art as it has been accomplished from 1950 until today.
In 1995, the town of Rethymno was incorporated into the National Cultural Network and, as a result, the Centre of Contemporary Art was established, which then proceeded to influence the course of activities of the Gallery with respect to modern art. The Centre of Contemporary Art of Rethymno is initiating dynamic activities in the field of periodic exhibitions of local, national and international interest in co-operation with many supporters both Greek and foreign. All events are carried out within the framework of parallel activities such as lectures, educational programmes, speeches, seminars etc. On a similar line the Centre of Contemporary Art- Municipal Gallery "L. Kanakakis" complements its activities with the edition of catalogues and other educational or instructive material. Furthermore, since 1995 art workshops have been operating under the direction of the Centre of Contemporary Art. Work of Lefteris Kanakakis from the collection of the Gallery
The first floor hosts the folklore department of the Museum which is carefully arranged but does not offer many surprises. Folklore musical instruments, ceramic pots, farming tools, pictures, embroidery and hand made textiles can be found here. At the ground floor one can find a small, though innovative exhibition referring to the period of the Cretan city-state.