Δευτέρα, 15 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

Olive Harvest time in Crete

Olive picking

Ever considered coming to Crete to help with the olive harvest? Welcome to come and stay at Labyrinth Studios in Plakias

Lovely states of ash green olive trees stroke the slopes all over Crete. On this cultivating island olives are an essential harvest.

Because of its gentle atmosphere, Crete is a perfect spot for the advancement of olive trees and a great many families bring home the bacon from developing these trees. Both the atmosphere and the creation of the Cretan soil ensure the fine smell and eminent kind of the Cretan olive oil, which is universally recognized for its high caliber. Winter is the time that olives are picked and olive oil is created at olive-oil factories.

Life on Crete is complicatedly associated with the olives; their deal, planting, watering system, pruning, consideration, preparing, possession, arrangement and reaping. Each one period of the year can be perceived by the exercises around the towns and the olive-secured slopes.
Greece is the world's third biggest olive oil maker, making 350,000 tons of olive oil every year, the majority of the olives in Crete are developed for oil, the greater part of which is processed as virgin or additional virgin, and much of that delectable oil is sent out all as far and wide as possible.
Amid the months of December and January in Crete, the olive harvest is going full bore. These are additionally extremely blustery months, a truth which plays destruction with the harvest, as any downpour water would weaken the olive oil if wet olives went into the press. Thus, the cardinal tenet is to gather when it is dry. An entire yield of olives could be holding up, hanging vigorously on the trees for the harvest choice. On the off chance that the blustery conditions proceed with, tension begins to grasp the town, as every eye is watchfully holding up for the best collect conditions.

Σάββατο, 8 Νοεμβρίου 2014

Arkadi monastery History and Holocaust

Arkadi Monastery

The Arkadi Monastery (in Greek:/ Moní Arkadhíou) is an Eastern Orthodox religious community, arranged on a prolific level 23 km (14 mi) to the southeast of Rethymnon and about 50 kilometres from Labyrinth Studios on the island of Crete (in Greece).

Εκδηλώσεις για το Ολοκαύτωμα Αρκαδίου

The religious community assumed a dynamic part in the Cretan safety of Ottoman guideline amid the Cretan revolt in 1866. 943 Greeks, basically ladies and Children,looked for shelter in the religious community. Following three days of fight and under requests from the hegumen (abbot) of the cloister, the Cretans exploded barrels of explosive, deciding to give up themselves instead of surrender.
The religious community turned into a national haven to pay tribute to the Cretan safety. November 8 is a day of dedicatory gatherings in Arkadi and Rethymno. The blast did not end the Cretan uprising, yet it pulled in the consideration of whatever is left of the World.


Πέμπτη, 23 Οκτωβρίου 2014

Plakias Naturist beach in the best 10 of the world

Top 10 nude beaches in the World

Is it true that you are an enthusiast of getting an all-over tan? At that point you have to put these best naked shorelines from far and wide on your container list.
As indicated by Fiona Hunt, overseeing executive of Adventure World, getting buff in the buff is a hot travel pattern, with a number of the shorelines beneath offering chances to work out by means of exercises, for example, shoreline volleyball or wellness classes.
Don't snicker. The Greek word "gymnos", which instituted the term recreation center, signifies "bare." In Ancient Greece competitors contended naked on the grounds that it energized stylish valuation for the human body. So there!
Here are the world's top sandy spots to enjoy the most recent activity fever ...

1. Playa las Suecas — Contadora Island, Panama

Playa de las Suecas, Costa Rica. Picture: ThinkStock

Located on Contadora Island, Playa de las Suecas is the only place in Panama you are officially allowed to be completely nude. Perfect for buff beach walks.

2. Haulover Beach — Florida, United States

Haulover Beach, Florida. Picture: Osseous/Flickr

Delightful Haulover Beach is acclaimed known as "America's Riviera". So its just fitting that this little extend of sound in Miami has embraced the Mediterranean's significantly more liberal methodology to beachwear — that is, garments are completely discretionar.

3. Le Grottes Plage — Costa Azul, France
Les Grottes Plage, France.

Settled among various bare resorts in the encompassing territory on Il du Levant is Le Grottes Plage. While garments is nonobligatory, there aren't numerous guests to the shoreline that decide to keep dressed. Truth be told, there are even various neighborhood restaurants ready for you can get a nibble to consume in the buff without anybody fluttering an eyelid.

4. Abrico Beach — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Abrico Beach, Brazil.

Rio is widely acclaimed for its body lovely local people, however Abrico is the main shoreline where you are formally permitted to uncovered all. It has been working as a naturalist problem area since the nation's boycott on naked shorelines was lifted in 2003. Wellness classes are held there every Sunday, climate allowing.

5. Arambol Beach — Goa, India
Arambol Beach, Goa. Picture: ThinkStock

Numerous voyagers accept Arambol to be a standout amongst the most excellent shorelines in Goa, and maybe even all of India. Timid voyagers may need to cover their unobtrusiveness with mud from the lake toward the end of the rough tidal pond. Local people and sightseers indistinguishable swear by its helpful properties.

6. Lokrum Island — Dubrovnik, Croatia
Lokrum Island, Dubrovnik. Picture: ThinkStock

Just a short vessel ride from Dubrovnik's old city wharf is Croatia's naturist asylum, Lokrum Island. The far eastern tip is frequented by bare bathers, who extend sans garments on the shoreline's expansive rocks. There are wipe mats accessible for buy at one of the stands to keep nudists agreeable as they sunbathe.

7. El Torn Beach — Tarragona, Spain

El Torn Beach, Spain. Picture: Albert/Flickr

While its not irregular to see sun-mates in different states of uncover on any of Spain's shorelines, there are a number that are devoted particularly to nudists and naturists. El Torn, which is nearby a nudist campground, is one of the greatest and most well known bare shorelines. It is arranged a hour or something like that south of Barcelona.

8. Black’s Beach — San Diego, United States

Blacks Beach, San Diego. Picture: ThinkStock

Black's is the biggest and most acclaimed naked shoreline in the greater part of the United States. The swell makes it famous with surfers, while the clothing regulation or need thereof, draws naturists from states far and wide.

9. Plakias Beach — Crete, GREECE

Plakias Beach, Crete. Picture: ThinkStock
Nestled at the bottom of breathtaking cliffs on Crete’s southern edge is Plakias, one of the island’s biggest beaches. Also nearby Ammoudaki beach. Sunbaking and swimming in the nude isn’t the only activity on the agenda here, waterspouts such as scuba diving and windsurfing are also popular with its unabashed visitors.
Only one and a half kilometres from Labyrinth Studios were you can enjoy relaxing and homelike atrmosphere.

10. Wreck Beach — Vancouver, Canada

Wreck Beach, Vancouver. Picture: Outdoor PDK/Flickr

Placed only 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver is Wreck Beach. Extending in excess of 7.8km, its North America's biggest nudist shoreline, and Canada's first dress nonobligatory mixed bag. It was even as of late assigned as one of the "Seven Wonders of Canada".


Τετάρτη, 16 Απριλίου 2014

Holy Week

Blessed Week (Latin: Hebdomas Sancta or Hebdomas Maior, "More stupendous Week"; Greek: Ἁγία καὶ Μεγάλη Ἑβδομάς, Hagia kai Megale Hebdomas, "Sacred and Great Week") in Christianity is the latest week of Lent and the prior week Easter. Connected with it is the religious occasion of Friday of Sorrows, while the week itself incorporates Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday), Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. It doesn't incorporate Easter Sunday, which is the start of an alternate ritualistic week.

A piece of an arrangement on Death and Resurrection of Jesus
Blessed Week in the Christian year is the week promptly before Easter. The soonest implication to the custom of denoting this week all in all with extraordinary observances is to be found in the Apostolical Constitutions (v. 18, 19), dating from the last a large portion of the third century and fourth century. In this content, restraint from substance is summoned for all the days, while for the Friday and Sunday an outright quick is instructed. Dionysius Alexandrinus in his authoritative epistle (AD 260), alludes to the 91 fasting days suggesting that the recognition of them had recently turned into a secured use in his time.[1]
There is some uncertainty about the validity of a statute ascribed to Roman Emperor Constantine, in which forbearance from open business was upheld for the seven days quickly going before Easter Sunday, and likewise for the seven which took after it. The Codex Theodosianus, be that as it may, is unequivocal in requesting that all activities at law ought to stop, and the entryways of all courts of law be shut throughout those 15 days (1. ii. tit. viii.).
Of the specific days of the "extraordinary week" the most punctual to rise into unique conspicuousness was regularly Good Friday. Next came the Sabbatum Magnum ("Great Sabbath", i.e., Holy Saturday or Easter Eve) with its vigil, which in the early church was connected with a desire that the second approach might happen on an Easter Sunday.
Different compositions that allude to related conventions of the early Church incorporate, most eminently, The Pilgrimage of Etheria (otherwise called The Pilgrimage of Egeria), which points of interest the entire recognition of Holy Week around then.
Today, in the Western Christian Church, around Lutherans, Anglicans, Methodists, Presbyterians and Roman Catholics, the sacraments utilized for Holy Week are about identical.[2]
In the Moravian Church, the Holy Week administrations (Passion Week) are far reaching, as the Congregation takes after the life of Christ through His last week in every day administrations devoted to readings from an amicability of the Gospel stories, reacting to the activities in songs, supplications to God and reiterations, starting on the eve of Palm Sunday and finingish in the "Easter Morning" or Easter Sunrise administration started by the Moravians in 1732.
Eastern Orthodoxy[edit]
In the Orthodox Church, Great Lent closes on the Friday before Palm Sunday, however the unwavering will keep fasting until Pascha (Easter). The day preceding Palm Sunday is called Lazarus Saturday and honors the restoration of Lazarus. On Lazarus Saturday wine and oil are permitted (and, in the Russian convention, caviar). Palm Sunday is viewed as one of the Great Feasts of the Lord, and is praised with fish, wine and oil. Since it is a Great Feast of the Lord, the typical Resurrectional components of the Sunday All Night Vigil are excluded; notwithstanding, these resurrectional components are embedded into the Lazarus Saturday administration with its topic of foreseeing the Resurrection of Jesus.
Sacred Week is alluded to as "Incredible and Holy Week". Orthros (Matins) administrations for every day are hung on the former evening. Therefore, the Matins administration of Great Monday is sung on Palm Sunday nighttime, etc. This allows a greater amount of the devoted to go to. Matins is regularly served in the night, and in a few spots Vespers is served in the morning.
Fasting throughout Great and Holy Week is exceptionally strict. Dairy items and meat items are strictly prohibited. On most days, no fermented refreshments are allowed and no oil is utilized within the cooking. Friday and Saturday are seen as strict quick days, implying that nothing ought to be consumed on those days. Notwithstanding, fasting is constantly acclimated to the needs of the individual, and the individuals who are extremely youthful, sick or elderly are not anticipated that will quick as strictly. The individuals who can, may get the gift of their otherworldly father to watch a considerably stricter quick, whereby they consume just two dinners that week: one on Wednesday night and one after Divine Liturgy on Thursday.
Incredible and Holy Monday through Wednesday[edit]
Symbol of Christ the Bridegroom, sitting over the star at Golgotha in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem.
Another ritualistic day starting at dusk, the first administration of every day is vespers at which stichera are droned expounding the subject of the new day.
Nowadays Orthros administrations (which in wards is performed the past night) of are frequently alluded to as the "Groom Prayer", on account of their topic of Christ as the Bridegroom of the Church, a subject communicated in the troparion that is seriously droned throughout them. On nowadays, a symbol of the "Groom" is set on an analogion in the inside of the sanctuary, depicting Jesus wearing the purple robe of joke and delegated with a crown of thistles (see Instruments of the Passion).
The same topic is rehashed in the exapostilarion, a psalm which happens close to the end of the administration. These administrations take after much the same example as administrations on weekdays of Great Lent. The administrations are so laid out that the whole Psalter (except for Kathisma XVII) is droned on the initial three days of Holy Week. The ordinance that is droned on nowadays is a "Triode", i.e., made out of three tributes rather than the regular nine, as is in other weekday benefits in the Triodion.
Towards the end of the Tuesday evening Bridegroom administration (Orthros for Great and Holy Wednesday), the Hymn of Kassiani is sung. The psalm, (composed in the ninth century by Kassia) recounts the lady who washed Christ's feet in the house of Simon the Pharisee. (Luke 7:36-50) Much of the psalm is composed from the point of view of the evil lady:
O Lord, the lady who had fallen into numerous sins, sensing Your Divinity, takes upon herself the obligation of a myrrh-bearer. With grievances she acquires you myrrh suspicion of your burial. "Trouble to me!" she yells, "for me night has turned into a craze of salacity, a dim and moonless affection of sin. Get the wellspring of my tears, O You who accumulates into mists the waters of the ocean. Slant unto me, unto the sighings of my heart, O You who bowed the sky by your unutterable haughtiness. I will wash your flawless feet with kisses and dry them again with the tresses of my hair; those exceptionally feet at whose sound Eve concealed herself from in alarm when she heard You strolling in Paradise in the nightfall of the day. With respect to the large number of my wrongdoings and the profundities of Your judgments, who can look them out, O Savior of souls, my Savior? Don't abhor me Your handmaiden, O You who are unlimited in leniency."
On vespers at the end of Monday through Wednesday is a perusing from the Gospel which sets forward the new day's topic and afterward the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts may be commended.
The Byzantine musical arrangement communicates the verse so positively that it leaves numerous individuals in a state of pious tears. The Hymn can keep going upwards of 25 minutes and is ceremonially and musically a highpoint of the whole year.
Incredible and Holy Thursday[edit]
An Orthodox symbol of Christ washing the feet of the Apostles (sixteenth century, Pskov school of iconography).
In numerous houses of worship, particularly Greek Orthodox, an administration of Anointing (Holy Unction) is hung on Wednesday nighttime, taking after the Presanctified Liturgy. This is in celebration of the anointing of Jesus, and an arrangement of the dependable to enter with Christ into his passing and Resurrection. The individuals who wish to accept Holy Communion on Great and Holy Thursday, are swayed to get the Holy Mystery of Unction.
Orthros of Great and Holy Thursday does not take after the organization of Great Lent (with the independent special case of droning Alleluia set up of God is the Lord), yet is praised as outside Lent, having a complete ordinance. Additionally, starting at this administration there will be no all the more perusing of the psalter for whatever remains of Holy Week, except for kathisma XVII at Orthros of Great and Holy Saturday.
Divine Liturgy of the Last Supper is hung on the morning of Great and Holy Thursday, joining together Vespers with the Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great. There is a custom around a few places of worship to place a basic white cloth material over the Holy Table (sacrificial table) for this Liturgy, reminiscent of the Last Supper. In houses of God and cloisters it is standard for the religious administrator or hegumen (abbot) to praise the Washing of Feet. When it is important for an autocephalous church to bless more chrysm the primate of that congregation will sancify it at this Liturgy.
Extraordinary and Holy Thursday is the main day throughout Holy Week when those watching the strict custom will consume a cooked dinner, however they won't do so until after the rejection of the Liturgy. At this supper wine and oil are allowed, however the dedicated still decline meat and dairy items.

Extraordinary and Holy Friday[edit]
Matins of Great and Holy Friday is praised on the night of Holy Thursday. Throughout this administration, twelve Matins Gospels are droned, from which this administration infers its name of "Matins of the Twelve Gospels". These Gospel lessons describe in ordered request the occasions from the Last Supper however the Crucifixion and internment of Jesus. At one point, when we achieve the first Gospel which discusses the Crucifixion, there is a custom for the cleric to bring out an extensive cross with a symbol the crucified Christ appended to it, and spots it in the middle of the nave for all the loyal to adore. This cross will stay in the core of the congregation until the bringing out of the plashchanitza the following nighttime.
On Great and Holy Friday morning the Royal Hours are served. These are a grave festival of the Little Hours with included psalms and readings.
 The Epitaphios (Plashchanitza) set in the nave of the congregation for the dependable to love. The Gospel Book rests in the focal point.
Vespers of Great and Holy Friday (Vespers of the Deposition from the Cross) is held in the morning or early evening of Great and Holy Friday. The figure of Christ is brought down from the Cross, and a luxuriously weaved material symbol called the Epitaphios (Church Slavonic: Plashchanitza) delineating Christ ready for internment is laid in a "Tomb" beautified with blooms. At the end of the administration all approach to love the Epitaphios.
Compline of Great and Holy Friday holds a Canon of Lamentations of the Theotokos (Mother of God).

Κυριακή, 30 Μαρτίου 2014


The term Drosoulites (Greek: Δροσουλίτες) refers to a long procession of visions, seen by residents around Frangokastello castle in Sfakia region of Crete (Greece), 40 kilometres west of Plakias and Labyrinth Studios. The phenomenon is rumored to be visible every year, on the anniversary of the Battle of Frangokastello or even in early June near a small village in southern Crete.
The visions, as described by witnesses, consist of a group of human-like shadows dressed in black, walking or riding, armed with weapons, moving from the monastery of Agios Charalambos and advancing towards the old fort, Frangokastello, a 14th-century Venetian fortification. Legend has it that this group of people are Greek fighters that died during the Battle of Frangokastello (17 May 1828) and since then they appear as supernatural beings in the area.
The ghost army is led by Hatzimichalis Dalianis, from Delvinaki in Epirus, the chief of the Greek men, 350 of whom were lost, in the battle. The army took refuge in the fort during the Greek War of Independence against the Turks, where they were killed after a seven-day siege.
The local people named them Drosoulites ("dew shadows") due to the time of day that the phenomenon is taking place. The phenomenon is observed when the sea is calm and the atmosphere is moist and before the sun goes too high up in the sky. It usually lasts about 10 minutes.
The shadows are visible from the valley at a distance of 1000 m. Many have tried to explain this in a scientific way, and at one time it was explained as a mirage from the coast of North Africa, but still there is no accepted consensus. The appearance of the Drosoulites is documented over the ages. In 1890 a transient Turkish army, took the images for rebels and fled away. Even during the Second World War, a German patrol is said to have opened fire on the visions.

Τρίτη, 18 Μαρτίου 2014

Wild flowers of Crete

Crete has around 2000 types of plants. A huge rate of these are endemic, with 10% developing just on Crete and no place else on the planet.
 100 types of Crete's endemic plants develop just in a particular region of Crete, the Lefka Ori mountain reach (White Mountains) in the Chania range.
 An extra 38 species are restricted to just 2 spots on the planet - Crete and  Karpathos.
 The Red Data Book of Rare and Threatened Plants of Greece incorporates 67 plants which develop on Crete, of these, 30 develop in the Lefka Ori. A few plants in Chania are very imperiled - two of these species are recorded in the index of 50 most debilitated Mediterranean island plants.
 Rethymnon, Chania, Heraklion and Lassithi all hold a gigantic assortment of plant species with numerous rarities.
 The way of Crete's vegetation with the numerous species which are endemic to Crete is demonstrated by its relative segregation as it split far from terrain Greece in excess of 5 million years prior and its rugged nature which makes numerous segregated natural surroundings untouched by present day life and advancement.
 In its 8,336 square kilometres of surface range, 260 kilometres from east to west and between 12 to 60km from north to south, the assorted qualities of living spaces on Crete make singular eco-frameworks in which specific plants thrive.
Many of these, rare flowers can be also found, in the area of Plakias, specially in Kotsifos  and down Kourtaliotis gorges.
All these places are close to Labyrinth Studios.

The vegetation zones/areas are isolated as takes after: 
• Coastal or littoral range at an elevation of 0-20 metres
• Lowland at an elevation of 20-300 metres
• Semi or sub-precipitous 300-800 metres
• Mountainous 800-1800 metres
• Sub Alpine 1800-2200 metres
• Alpine + 2200 metres

                                       Sea Daffodil (Pancratrum maritimum), Elafonissi and Plakias Crete

                                                           Almond Tree Blossomed

wild blooms, for example, Sea Lily (Pancratium maritimum), Tamarisk (Tamarix cretica), Cretan Theophrastus Palm (Phoenix theophrastii) are found close to the ocean.

Mastic (Pistacia lentiscus), Oleander (Nerium oleander), Camomile (Chamomilla recutita), Spearmint (Mentha spicata), Myrtle (Myrtus communis), Cretan Ebony (Ebenus cretica) on the fields.

At a higher elevation, Holm Oak (Quercus coccifera), Thyme (Thymus capitatus), Broom/crop (Spartium junceum), Cretan (Cyclamen creticum), (Iris cretica), Tulip (Tulipa orphanidea), Ligaria (Vitex agnus-castus) and numerous types of orchids - endemic Dactylorhiza romana, Ophrys lutea, Ophrys tenthredinifera, Ophrys cretica, Barlia robertiana.
 Yellow Mustard Violet (Erysimum creticum), Wild Violet (Viola cretica), (Crocus oreocreticus), Cretan Sfentami (Acer sempervirens) develop in the mountains.
 Cretan Dittany (Origanum dictamnus) in gorges/ravines.
 Ladania (Cistus incanus-creticus), Common Poppy (Papaver rhoeas).
 Semi-rugged regions - Cretan Tulip (Tulipa cretica), (Arbutus unedo), (Styrax officinalis), Drakontia (Dracunculus vulgaris).
 The canyons of southern Chania hold numerous uncommon and endemic plants. The Samaria Gorge alone holds over 400 diverse plant species, with 1/5 being endemic. In Rethymnon, the foothills of Kedros, close Spili are well known for orchids, with practically 25 species developing here. Crete has numerous extraordinary orchids.

Cretan Iris (Iris cretensis), Crete

Cretan Iris (Iris cretensis), Crete

Crown or Poppy Anemone (Anemone coronaria), Crete
                                             Crown or Poppy Anemone (Anemone coronaria), Crete

 Each season has its own particular novel presentation of colourful, scented, sweet-smelling wild blossoms and herbs.


Τετάρτη, 5 Μαρτίου 2014

Easter in Plakias

Easter Offer 2014

On Good Friday 18 to Monday, April 21, 2014
3 nights at the magical Plakias.
The offer includes:
• 3 nights in a double studio
• Breakfast Platter studio (booking 1 day in advance)
• Welcome pack (Easter delicacies and raki)
• Stay up late on the day of departure
Offers’ Rate : €100

1 child under 12 years stays free in parents' studio
Extra adult  €5 a day
Extra day stay € 25

Δευτέρα, 3 Μαρτίου 2014

Clean Monday - Καθαρά Δευτέρα

Clean Monday (Greek: Καθαρά Δευτέρα), otherwise called Pure Monday, Ash Monday, Monday of Lent or Green Monday, is the first day of the Eastern Orthodox Christian, Saint Thomas Christians of India and Eastern Catholic Great Lent. It is a portable devour that happens at the start of the seventh week before Orthodox Easter Sunday.
The regular term during the current day, "Clean Monday", alludes to the deserting of corrupt state of mind and non-fasting sustenances. It is here and there called "Powder Monday," by similarity with Ash Wednesday (the day when the Western Churches start Lent). The term is regularly a misnomer, as just a little subset of Eastern Catholic Churches drill the Imposition of Ashes. The Maronite Catholic Church and The Mar Thoma Nasranis of India-Syro-Malabar Catholic Church are remarkable around the Eastern ritual that utilizes the utilization of cinders on this day.
Ceremonially, Clean Monday—and subsequently Lent itself—starts on the former (Sunday) night,[1] at an unique administration called Forgiveness Vespers, which reaches a state of perfection with the Ceremony of Mutual Forgiveness, at which all present will bow down before each one in turn and ask pardoning. Thusly, the dependable start Lent with a clean inner voice, with absolution, and with reestablished Christian adoration. The whole first week of Great Lent is regularly alluded to as "Clean Week," and it is standard to head off to Confession throughout this week, and to clean the house altogether.
The subject of Clean Monday is situated by the Old Testament perusing named to be perused at the Sixth Hour on this day (Isaiah 1:1-20), which says, to some extent:
Wash yourselves and ye should be clean; secured the devilish courses from your souls before Mine eyes; stop to do abhorrence; figure out how to do well. Look for judgment, soothe the oppressed, think about the bastard, and argue for the widow. Come then, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: Though your sins be as red, I will make them white as snow; yet despite the fact that they be red like red, I will make them white as fleece (vv. 16–8).
 Lagana bread
Clean Monday is an open occasion in Greece and Cyprus, where it is commended with outside outings, the utilization of shellfish and other fasting food,[2] an extraordinary sort of azyme bread, heated just on that day, named "lagana" (Greek: λαγάνα) and the across the board custom of flying kites. Consuming meat, eggs and dairy items is customarily prohibited to Orthodox Christians all around Lent, with fish being consumed just on real devour days, yet shellfish is allowed in European divisions. This has made the convention of consuming showy dishes dependent upon seafood (shellfish, molluscs, fish roe and so on.). Generally, it is acknowledged to check the start of the spring season, a thought which was utilized typically within Ivan Bunin's basically acclaimed story, Pure Monday. Individuals on Clean Monday typically take their cookout crate and put inside fasting nourishments on the grounds that it is the day that Lent starts.
The joyful, springtime environment of Clean Monday may appear conflicting with the Lenten soul of contrition and discretion, yet this appearing inconsistency is a checked part of the Orthodox methodology to fasting, as per the Gospel lesson (Matthew 6:14-21) read on the morning some time recently, which counsels:
The point when ye quick, be not, as the frauds, of a tragic face: for they distort their confronts, that they may show up unto men to quick. Verily I say unto you, They have their prize. Anyhow thou, when thou quickest, anoint thine head, and wash thy confront, that thou show up not unto men to quick, yet unto thy Father which is in mystery... (v. 16-18).
In this way, the Orthodox praise the way that "The springtime of the Fast has dawned, the bloom of atonemen

Πέμπτη, 13 Φεβρουαρίου 2014

Preveli Monastery

The Holy Stavropegiac and Patriarchal Preveli Monastery of Saint John the Theologian (Evangelist), known as the Monastery of Preveli is located at the south of Prefecture of Rethymnon and it is the most sacred part of the Holy Diocese of Lambis and Sfakion, in whose the spiritual jurisdiction belongs. The monastery is consisted of two main building complexes, the Lower (Kato) Monastery of Saint John the Baptist and the Rear (Pisso) Monastery of Saint John the Theologian which is in operation today. The Preveli Monastery and its dependencies cover a large estate land of the Phoenix Municipality towards the Libyan sea and along the Great River (Megalos Potamos), which ends at this point.

The Monastery has a glorious history due to the active and leading involvement of its fellow monks in all national endeavourers for freedom and education of our people. Thus, it merits specific recognition and respect throughout the island of Crete.

In our days, the Holy Monastery of Preveli with a new monastic Brotherhood and through the immemorial coenobitic capitulary of Monachism, wishes, endeavourers and minds to give with a dynamic spiritual and adorable attendance its own orthodox martyry of worship to the God and love to the people, by supporting them to find again their true being meaning through Jesus Christ life.

Τετάρτη, 12 Φεβρουαρίου 2014

Preveli Beach

Preveli is located about 35km south of Rethymno and 10km east of Plakias. Beach of Preveli, also known as Lake Preveli or Phoenix, is located at the exit of the imposing Kourtaliotikos Gorge, where the Great River (Megas Potamos) is flowing. 
It is certainly the most famous beach in southern Crete, accepting thousands of visitors every summer. During the 60s and 70s, it was a favorite destination for hippies. On the banks of the Grand River there is a large colony of Theophrastus palm trees, which give the region a sense of an African landscape. The river, forming a large lake, 1.5km long, before emptying into the sea, has water all year round. You can walk along the river, under the shade of palm trees and other trees, and start ascending in the beautiful canyon. You can swim in the cold ponds formed in the gorge. A big fire in 2010 burnt almost everything of this paradise, but paradoxically the palmgrove recovered most of its damage.
At the exit of the river, a sandy beach with pebbles and sand is formed, with sea water being very cool due to the river. In the eastern part of the beach, there is a beautiful rock reminding of a mast. It is poorly organized because the area is protected, without any umbrellas, but with a few restaurants and snack bars nearby. Moreover, you could rent pedal boats for a ride in the river.
You have two basic options for accessing Preveli, from the west or east. The first option is to drive from Plakias to the Monastery Preveli, following the relevant signs. 1.5km after the Kato Monastery of Preveli, you will stop at a large parking lot, where a path that descends to the beach starts. The parking is located near towering vertical cliffs, west of the beach, where you can take some fantastic photographs. To reach the beach walk the footpath that takes about 15-20 minutes. However, return is tedious as the ascent is rather steep.
To avoid the difficult climb, you can alternatively drive in the dirt road leading to nearby Drimiskiano Amoudi (see related article for instructions) and walk the short path that leads to Preveli in just 5 minutes. However, you won’t have the chance to see the spectacular view from the tall cliffs on the west side.
Lastly, there are small boats running to Preveli from Agia Galini and Plakias.