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  • Churches. People of Crete are deeply religious and they build churches to express their gratitude to God or to fulfill a "tama", a promise given to God in exchange for a request.ekklisies. The big churches are inside the towns but the numerous small ones are practically everywhere. Usually white-painted, you will find them on a beach, on the mountain peaks, in deep gorges or inside caves.

***The miniature churches next to the roads, however, at the same spot where the accident happened. are memorials for people killed in a car accident.

      The family of the deceased construct and maintain them.

      They contain a photo of the deceased,some religious objects and a lit candle.

  • Erotas or Eros, son of Aphrodite, was a god in ancient Greece. It is difficult to give the meaning of the Greek word " erotas" because there is no word for it in English. The closest translation is "being in love". The English word Love is "Agapi" in Greek.

 

  • Erontas or diktamos is the Greek name of the herb dittany. It used to be a rare, hard to collect herb because it grew at steep cliffs in mountainous areas. Today it is cultivated, so it has become easy to find. It is said that its name "erontas", which is actually the same word as erotas, was given to it because a man should be deeply in love with a woman in order to risk his life and collect it for her from a cliff.

  • Fresh Fish: Fresh common fish you will find at restaurants are: red mullet, sea bream, red snapper, swordfish and tuna. Octopus, squids, shrimps and mussels are also easy to find and they taste great. Fish like Sand-Smelt or Silverside is quite cheap and tasty, although its taste is described as "fishy" by people who are not used to Mediterranean fish.

  • Garides are shrimps. Have them boiled or  "saganaki" with tomatoes and feta cheese.

  • Gazoza, the Sprite of Crete. It is still produced by small companies all over the island and you will find it at cafes in the villages.

  • Greek Salad. In Greek it is called "horiatiki"  and it is a tasty salad made from fresh tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and feta cheese.  Add some oregano, vinegar and plenty of        Greek olive oil and you have a tasty and fulfilling dish.

Herbs. If I had to describe Crete in 5 words only, then I would in Crete and you can buy them everywhere.          Herbs have been used for ages by people of Crete as medicines. Try a tea of chamomile and sage if you have a sore throat. If you don't dislike the sweet taste you may add some honey to it. If your nose is blocked and    you cannot breathe easily, then have a tea of thyme.choose: sun, sea, mountains, sage and thyme. Sage and thyme are everywhere in Crete and the air is full of their characteristic smell. A lot of different herbs grow.  

Honey. Honey of excellent quality is produced in Crete and the reason is the many herbs of the nature of Crete. Thyme honey is considered to be the best. You can buy honey at many stores and supermarkets all over the island but for the best honey, you will need to have a  very good friend in Crete, who will buy it for you directly from a local producer.

  • Kafeneio, the Greek cafe, a very important part of the traditonal social life in Crete and Greece. Kafeneia (cafes) were strictly for men and the traditional ones become rare in cities. The modern version of a kafeneio is distinguished by the waitress from Eastern Europe. LINK: Greek Customs and Habbits

  • Kalamari, deep fried squid. A popular dish in Crete and Greece.

 

  • Kalimera, the greek way of saying Good Morning.

  • Lamb meat. The best meat you can have in Crete is the young lamb or young goat meat from animals raised in the mountainous areas. If you happen to be in a tavern in a small mountainous village, ask them for grilled paidakia. Delicious! Pronunciation of paidakia= pthakia: py as in python, th as in this.

  • Mizithra, a fresh soft white cheese.                    It contains lower fat and cholesterol than yellow cheese. It is made by sheep milk.

  • Mantinades

       Mantinades (plural of mantinada) are the most common form of folk song         and are widespread across Crete. The Cretan mantinada is a 15-syllable           rhyming couplet in Cretan dialect. Each mantinada is complete in itself in         spite of its short length, like a limerick. There are however lots of                       mantinades used to answer others.

       The mantinada is the unique way in which young and old in Crete can               express their many and varied emotions: sorrow, joy, hope, desire, love,             anger, revenge, nostalgia. Thousands of mantinades have been composed           and are still being improvised on every facet of human life.

 

  • I’m glad to be Cretan, my word I do keep.
    With mantinades I sing, with mantinades I weep.

  • I hold the earth and scatter it from Psiloritis’ seat 
    And cast it wide so all the world may become like Crete!

  • Oh God, please change the heavens, I humbly do entreat
    And place the stars all in a row to make the shape of Crete.

  • Paximadi, the traditional Cretan way of preserving bread for a long time. It is hard dried bread that gets soft when you add some water to it. You will find it in various forms, sizes and made from wheat or barley, with or without yeast, whole grain or not. Pour some olive oil on a big round piece of paximadi, add some grated tomato, oregano and feta cheese and you will have the very tasty appetizer known as "ntakos" in Heraklion district or "koukouvaya" in Rethymnon and Chania.

  • Pita Giros, slices of grilled pork meat with yoghurt, lots of onion, french fries, salt and pepper, all wrapped inside around a "pita" bread. Pita - giros is the fast food of Greece and you can find it almost everywhere. It costs approx.3 Euro and one of them will keep you full for several hours.    Chicken giros  is becoming popular lately because of the less fat it contains.

  • Platanos or Plane Tree, a tree that grows close to water. You can find it usually close to a river in gorges or in the central square of villages of Crete.                                                It looks similar to the maple tree and it can grow very big. Huge trees can be seen at Krasi village, at Asi-Gonia village or at Vlatos village, where a sign "Monument of Nature" points to it.

Raki. This is the famous local drink of Crete.              It is produced in late October or early                        November and it is distilled from grape skins.            It is transparent, very strong and in the summer        it is served cold. Raki or tsikoudia is for Crete            what ouzo is for the rest of Greece.

  • Sariki is the traditional head t is black and wrapped many times around the top of the head.cover  of men of Crete. 

  • Souvlaki. Skewered pork meat, a traditional Greek dish.

        It is served with french fries and there is also                  chicken, lamb and swordfish souvlaki.

Interesting Information About Crete

 

  • Vegetables. Crete produces many different vegetables and they taste a lot better than what you will find in the supermarkets in Europe.

 

  • ​​​​​Yakinthos, Saint Yakinthos is the Saint Valentine of Crete. There is a big celebration for the Cretan Saint of Love in Anogia in July every year.

  • Yannis and Yorgos, are the two most common names for men in Greece. Yannis is John and Yorgos is George. More common names are Manolis and Nikos. For women the most common name is Maria. LINK Namedays in Greece.

  • Zucchini or Courgette.

       Try zucchini slices deep fried in olive oil. Fried aubergine ivery               tasty too.

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