So let’s begin at the beginning,

“‘Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?’ he asked.  ‘Begin at the beginning,’ the King said, gravely, ‘and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”’

Lewis Carroll


… and so we shall, well almost, actually we are continuing on from our old blog on posterous that we hadn’t reached a stop with.  So welcome to the beginning of our new and newly positioned blog, that will go on until it comes to an end.

Balantineia 2012 – Deliana, Kolymbari, Chania.

The Municipality of Platanias, in Chania, Crete along with Deliana cultural association, invite you for the 6th consecutive year to the “Balantineia 2012” festivities, in honour of  the Greek military commander of Metsovo, during the Greek war of Independence, “Emmanuel Balantino”, which will be held in Deliana in Kolymbari area.

The two day celebration will take place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July.

On Saturday at 19:30 there will be a memorial service dedicated to Emmanuel Balantino and wreath- laying at his memorial at the entrance of Deliana village. There will be a speech from Platanias’ Mayor Mr. Malandrakis and the ceremony will be followed by a traditional treat with local delicacies by the cultural associations of Platanias and Deliana. The evening will close with a “Cretan night”, at 21:00 at the Elementary Deliana school.  Manolarakis Andreas’ band will play traditional Cretan music and local dances will be performed by the Chania Folklore Community dance group  “Rodon”.

On Sunday at 10:00, there will be a concentration of horses from allover Crete at Deliana square. After an hour horses and riders will all depart for Deliana gorge and at 13:00, a presentation of the horses will take place and an award ceremony for the riders.

Entrance ticket will be required only for the Cretan night, on Saturday.



“Ecclesiazusae” by Aristophanes

Sunday, the 15th & Monday, July 16, Theatre “ Anatolikis Tafrou” Chania. Time: 21.30, “Ecclesiazusae” by Aristophanes 

“Ecclesiazusae” is another political comedy-satire, one of the most distinctive comedies of Aristophanes, after “Lysistrata” – in favor of women. It was written probably in 391 or 392 BC.

Directed by: Vangelis Theodoropoulos

Performance text: Vassilis Mavrogeorgiou

Music: Thanos Mikroutsikos

Sets and costumes: Angelos Mentis

Choreography: Angelica Stellatou

Actors: Praxagora: Sofia Philippidou, Vlepyros: Kostas Koklas, Young man: George Pyrpasopoulos, Chremis: Pantelis Dentakis, A’ Male: Dimitri Imellos, B’ Male: Stratos Christou, with the participation of an eleven member group of women performers as the Chorus.

Organizer: NEW ART SCENE, Entrance: 20 € – 15 € – 12 €


Enjoy the heat….


Well, well, well – its 35 degrees at 1 o’clock lunchtime, when you walk out of the air conditioned office its like walking into an oven, and having thought about the heat – because you can do but nothing else these last few day – I have realised, living in Crete shouldnt be about trying to stay in air conditioning all day and night. 

After 16 years of being in this Mediterranean paradise the ‘penny has finally dropped’ – enjoy the heat, its a joy that a lot of people cannot savour in the Northern climates.  ENJOY, feel the warmth! Having spent a short while in the UK very recently my mind constantly wandered back to the summer heatwaves of Greece, while watching the rain pour and pour and pour, and pour even more, my thoughts were of those sweltering summer days and nights where even the cold water in the shower is warm – and I longed to return to my Island home.

So here I am, and no I will not have air condition installed and spend the whole Summer going from one fridge to another to avoid perspiration.  I will enjoy every minute of this glorious heat that we take for granted when living here.  This is for all who have memories of sweltering, sun drenched Greek Summers where even the middle of night sees you wandering down to the beach for a midnight swim.

Lemon Festival next week, Spilia near Kolimbari, 13/07/2012

Its that time of year again, Spilia Village square (near Kolimbari)  will become the focal point for the annual ‘Lemon Festival’.  As with many such festivals in Crete it promises to be a night full of good music, food and ‘opa opa’!!  These festivals are organised to celebrate the local produce of the areas showcasing the variety of ways that produce can be used. Hope to see you there! 




Starts: 9pm

Entry: 15 Euros on night

Full set menu included

Music:   George Milonakis

Organised by: Kissamos Prefecture Cultural Committee. (EPOFEK)




Greek Crisis & the New Greek Mythology [Interview with Mr. Hannes & Ms. Sabrina Bolli from Austria]

Recently there has been a lot of unfair and negative publicity about Greece and its people.  We believe that we are friendly, peaceful, family oriented, hardworking, relatively low paid, taxpaying citizens unfairly labeled with stereotypes easily handed out to Greeks today by the international media.  But let’s see what other people believe about us and our country.  These are the people that have chosen to move to Greece from their home countries in order to improve the quality of their lives.

 We asked them a few simple questions and waited for their honest replies.  Let’s see what they have stated in favor of or against the “New Greek Myths” written by the international media. 

 Hannes & Sabrina Bolli – Valley Rise No7, Darmarochori, Kolymbari, Chania.

 6th of April, 2012

 We want to begin our statement with a short mini-biography:

We live in Steinbach at the Brenner (1.045m above sea level) in Austria, Tyrol. My husband and I founded almost 20 years ago a company (metal constructions), that means very much work and stress. As we are surrounded by mountains at our home, we wanted our second home to be by the sea, surrounded by hills, olive groves and vineyards … So we decided about 3 years ago to realize our dream. For us definitely just Greece came into consideration, since we were spending our holidays there for over 30 years. We love the scenery, the good food and above all the hospitable Greeks. We liked very much the region of Kolymbari, and the small town Dermarochori. It was central, but a little off the beaten track, just what we needed. We could realize our dream, thanks to the “dead right” decision in choosing the contractor, namely Minoan Homes. The collaboration – despite the distance – worked great. For the construction of our house we had many special requirements, which were perfectly done by Minoan Homes, even down to the last detail, with hard work and in an incredibly short time. 

 Based on current progress reports (with pictures) of the construction phases, we were always informed about the last state. Every extra request has been agreed always in advance and what is even more important, they were perfectly realized and executed in detail. My husband is working for about 35 years in the construction industry and he as a very good eye for this, because he knows about this business. At the time when our dream house has been finished, he said that he does not believe that he could find in our own country (Austria) a construction company, which could do such a very good job. Finally it had to be mentioned that both the business owners of the company Minoan Homes, as well as all the staff are all incredibly friendly, helpful and affectionate people. We always had the feeling of being welcome and we have now new friends in Greece.

 Answers to the “new Greek Myths” below:

Myth # 1: The Greeks are lazy, they lie all day on the beach. How do you see that?

This prejudice is for sure not true. We have met the Greeks as very hard-working people over 30 years ago and this hasn’t changed over the time at all.

Myth # 2: The Greeks are corrupt. What do you think?

The Greeks are for sure not more corrupt than the rest of the EU-countries …

Myth # 3: The Greeks receive high salaries and by 14 (14 monthly payments per year).How do you see that?

The salaries are compared to the EU-standards much too low …
As the 14 months’ salary per year is a common practice also in the other countries of the EU, the Greeks are of course also entitled to have it.

Myth # 4: The Greeks are already at the age of 50 years in retirement. What do you think?

We believe that the Greeks work even longer than the people in many other EU – countries …

Myth # 5: The Greeks are troublemakers. All they do is riot! How do you see that?

As we are visiting Greece for 30 years, we would have noticed the so-called troublemakers and hooligans. The Greeks are a very hospitable people …

Myth # 6 The Greeks have the highest public debt in the world. What do you think?

Certainly not, because there are countries, which are in debt on a much higher degree.

Myth # 7: The Greeks and produce nothing of what you produce is of poor quality. What do you think? (Perhaps you could write here about the quality of your home?)

Absolutely the opposite is the case. Our home in Greece is of the highest quality, see the above introduction. Because the Greeks are very special people, tourism is for them of great importance, because by this they generate their income. As regards the production: out of Greece there is not just coming the best olive oil, but also other important export commodities/goods, such as: textiles and clothing, mineral oil products, food (fruit, vegetables, cheese, olives and olive oil), pharmaceutical products, aluminium …

Mr. Hannes & Ms. Sabrina Bolli are currently living in Kolymbari in their dream house designed and built by Minoan Homes.  

 The interview has been carried out by the Minoan Homes staff on 06th of April, 2012.  If you have,  for Mr. Hannes & Ms. Sabrina Bollifurther queries about their life in Greece, please contact Minoan Homes at