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About Essence - Nick Kazantzakis

Essence

All my life one of my greatest desires has been to travel-to see and touch unknown countries, to swim in unknown seas, to circle the globe, observing new lands, seas, people, and ideas with insatiable appetite, to see everything for the first time and for the last time, casting a slow, prolonged glance, then to close my eyes and feel the riches deposit themselves inside me calmly or stormily according to their pleasure, until time passes them at last through its fine sieve,...

Monastery Estate Venetian Harbor - Chania Crete

We love it and we are quite sure you will love it as well.

Monastery Estate Venetian Harbor is our new member of our "small, beautiful family".

A small boutique hotel with 11 suites, a wonderful small restaurant, a unique spa, an original Turkish Hamam, an indoor swimming pool enclaved to ceiling height venetian arches... a truly exceptional and tasteful hotel with a rare calm quality - and yet be in the heart of the special town of Chania.

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Knossos to Host Minos Opera Tribute to Cretan Explorer Kalokairinos

The world-renowned archaeological site of Knossos on Crete, will host in its central court for the first time on September 28 the opera titled “Minos” written by Marielli Sfakianaki.

The operatic work is inspired by the life of Minos Kalokairinos who was instrumental in bringing the Knossos to light in 1878 and paving the way for British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans to continue the excavations which brought to the fore the island’s largest Bronze Age archaeological site considered...

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Visiting the Island of Spinalonga in Crete

Another great article below about the fascinating island of Spinalonga from our good friend Clare Thomson  posted in her superb travel blog Suitcases & Sandcastles.

I first heard about Spinalonga when I read Victoria Hislop’s novel, The Island, which describes how hundreds of lepers were forced to live on a tiny island off the coast of Crete.

I was fascinated by her story of the lepers who lived here, cut off from everyone they loved, yet managing to create a community among...

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Crete to Host Photo Exhibition on South America’s ‘Green’ Areas

The Municipal Gallery of Agios Nikolaos, located on the island of Crete, between August 14 and 28 will host a photo exhibition featuring South America’s main areas of environmental interest.

Titled “Green Project in South America: A journey”, the exhibition includes photos which were taken in summer 2014 during an expedition of the members of the Green Project organization in the area.

The 17,135 km road-trip from Bogotá to the Land of Fire, lasted 52 days and included eight...

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Loutro: A Little Piece of Paradise in Crete

This is a great article about Loutro from our good friend Clare Thomson  posted in her superb travel blog Suitcases & Sandcastles.

Have you ever seen a picture of a place so beautiful that you vowed to go there one day? I first saw photos of Loutro on the southern coast of Crete a few years ago and was entranced by the pretty little harbour with its cluster of whitewashed buildings. Finding out that you could only get there by boat only added to its appeal.

So when we planned a visit...

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We Love Our Guests ... Crete

From a very good friend ...

"When you're looking something up on the internet and unexpectedly... A photo pops up. I recognize the area instantly. My cheeks burn hot and I feel dizzy. My blood rises, electric. It's in my skin and I can taste the air. I know exactly... how the waves love the shore, rolling and caressing the pebbles, salt and sweet. Shades of blue in the millions, running out in every direction toward the horizon. Sun, wind. Stories rising up, out to the stars. I need to...

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Forage Crete : Foraging & Culinary Tour In Crete

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” Hippocrates wisely said.

We are glad to present you our  new one-day foraging & culinary tour around Mochos traditional village in Crete.

We will explore the culinary culture and natural landscape off the beaten track by foraging – sourcing food in nature – which has been commonplace throughout the history of Crete. A one-day group culinary adventure at Mochos village, just a 30min drive from Herakloin, full of flavours, scents and...

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Anogia Or Anoyia Historic Village in Rethimno

Anogia or Anoyia is a place with history and character with warm people and an excellent cuisine.

Birthplace of the famous Greek singers Nikos Xylouris and Psarantonis, Anogia has a history that is powerful and tragic, a must see place in Rethimno area, Crete.

Explore this historic place during your stay in lovely Crete.

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WiFi at 20 Archaeological Sites and Museums in Greece

Twenty of the most popular archaeological sites and museums in Greece will gradually gain access to advanced broadband service, following the signing of a memorandum of cooperation between the Culture Ministry and Greek mobile network operator Cosmote.

According to an announcement, this summer the public will have access to free wireless Internet (WiFi) when they visit the Akrotiri on Santorini, Delphi and Delos. The Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens and the Archaeological...