Tag: Rethymnon

  • Amari, Rethymnon, Crete - Small feast under the locust tree


    Into the vast olive grove of Amari in Rethymnon and near the small village Saint Paraskevi, there is a two-aisled stone chapel dedicated to the Transfiguration and to Saint Raphael. Twice a year, on the 6th of August and on the third day of Easter, worshipers from the nearby villages visit it in order to enliven it. It took them seven years to build it by themselves, offering their work and many building materials. It is being kept very clean and they take care of it more than they do with their own homes.

  • Amari, Rethymnon, Crete - The old and the new

    Amari of Rethymnon, Crete - The old and the new

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  • Saint Paraskevi, Amari, Crete - The last saddler

    Nobody asks Costis Fountoulakis to make saddles any more. His art has become obsolete.

    Costis Fountoulakis started learning the art of saddling a horse near Georgis Tsachakis in Saint Galin, who had 5-6 employees back then. But during the German Occupation, when the Englishmen started bombing the Germans at the port, his mother was afraid that her boys would be killed and took them to Apodoulou village, in the inland of the region Amari, in order to save them. That is where saddler Nicholas Rizikianos had his shop, and Costis Fountoulakis immediately started to work there as an intern.

  • Agia Galini, Rethymnon, Crete - With an African feeling

    A picturesque village at the south of Rethymnon county in Crete, usually preferred by young tourists. Its residents are very hospitable and are always ready to offer visitors local delicacies. The weather is always good and sometimes in the summer a hot African wind comes in from the Libyan Sea. During those hot days, Agia Galini turns into an exotic place of eerie beauty.

  • Amari, Rethymnon, Crete - A quest to find the modern Kourites

    Amari is at the south of Rethymnon county, on the western slope of Ida Mountain, and it consists of twelve villages belonging to the municipality of Kourites. This municipality took its name from the legend of Kourites, who, in order to protect newborn Zeus from his father Cronus, clanked their shields so hard that the baby's cry couldn't be heard. The inhabitants are much in love with the earth, the trees and their very old traditions. They also easily open their hearts and their doors to strangers.

  • Apodoulou, Rethymnon, Crete - The breathtaking story of Kallitsa

    She left her village as a slave and returned as a lady. (Kallitsa can be seen on the left)

    In 1823 an 11year-old girl named Kallitsa, was kidnapped by the Turks from the village Apodoulou in Amari of Rethymnon and was sent to the slave bazaars of Alexandria, Egypt to be sold to the highest bidder. There, she was bought by an English archaeologist who took her with him to England in order to use her as a household servant.

  • Amari, Rethymnon, Crete - First the voice and then the lyre

    His name will someday be written in capital letters in the musical history of Crete.

    Ever since he was a child, lyre player Manolis Diamantakis, from Fourfouras village of Amari, Rethymnon, had an inclination to music. The only problem was that he had neither a lyre nor a bow. In the beginning, he made a makeshift lyre out of pear tree wood, with strings made of leather straps. He used horsetail hairs for the bow and struggled to play.

  • Kouroutes, Amari, Crete - I stayed here to be a blacksmith

    The blacksmith

    If you stop to ask for directions formation when passing through a village of Amari, you will definitely be invited to drink a glass of "raki" (local strong alcoholic drink). Georgis Sarris, from Kouroutes village, is a blacksmith. His shop is on the public road and when a traveler stops to ask him something, Georgis always insists of treating him to something from the nearby coffeehouse. The café owner has placed a bench on the sidewalk, where the blacksmith and his friends sit and gaze at the tops of Ida mountain, which is there, right in front of them.

  • Vizari, Amari, Crete - From Tahiti to Crete

    Some marvellous wooden chessboards.

    "I asked which the most southern place in Europe is and they told me about south Crete. I was looking for a nice place to live, where it would be warm and sunny all year. I was dreaming of a home away from the city, which would be near a natural spring and surrounded by trees. The first house I found had no electricity, only a fireplace in the corner. I had to light a fire every morning in order to make a coffee, but later I bought a camping gaz from the village's store".

  • Saint Paraskevi Church, Amari, Crete - A Priest with attitude

    The priest is devout and strong willed.

    Kyriakos Litinas is a priest at Saint Paraskevi's church in Amari, a province of Rethymnon. He is very likable among his fellow villagers and a family man, who struggles as much as his people to make do. The village residents are few and it is hard to say if they can even fill a small church. Calliope Kanakakis has been the village chanter for many years. This role is usually assigned to a man with a deep voice, but there was nobody, so Calliope took over.

  • Saint Ioannis, Amari, Crete - He hided Antonis Brilakis during the dictatorship

    He has framed all of his memories in his home at Agiannis village. At the small square's café of the village Agiannis (Saint Ioannis) in Amari of Rethymnon we met Zacharias Dandoulakis, a pensioner, who used to shelter Antonis Brilakis, the unforgettable left party's fighter, during the dictatorship. Even though their political beliefs were totally different, he was hiding him for 17 months and he finally helped him to escape by plane and go abroad, with a different name and passport.