Monthly Archives: March 2012

Budget deficit

The Troika returned to Athens last Monday  to assess what measures Greece could take in 2013 and 2014 to save more than 11.6 billion Euro to stay on track with the fiscal targets set by its lenders. One area that … Continue reading






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The first tourists of the season arrive in Chania

Last Sunday the first charters of the season landed in Chania from Helsinki, Frankfurt and London, bringing more than 400 tourists. All were welcomed at the airport with refreshments and traditional Cretan dancing. A number of representatives of the industry … Continue reading






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Marchalina Hellenica and the pine forests of Sfakia

Those of you that have been visiting the Lefka Ori of Sfakia and especially if you have been walking from Anopolis towards Mouri and the higher mountain peaks or towards Agios Ioannis and from there in other directions such as … Continue reading






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The magic of small things

I just created a new flower page for Ranunculus Veronicae. At first sight it is nothing very special, a small yellow flower, not spectacular or particularly out of the ordinary. But for me it conveys the magic of small things … Continue reading






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Welcome Yorgos!

I just wanted to point out that the post “Crete the next electric power point for northern Europe?” is a contribution by Yorgos. Thank you Yorgos and I hope that there will be many more.  






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Crete the next electric power point for northern Europe?

or “The largest green island in the world” ? (as one of the companies given approval to build some of the 1,000 wind turbines across Crete is promoting this project!) The Greek Government has given approval for two wind power … Continue reading






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First swim of the year!

Had my first swim of the year today in Elafonisi. The water was just too tempting. It was wonderful….and it was COLD!  






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When will the gorge of Samaria open this year?

It’s the middle of March and the first emails asking me when the gorge of Samaria will open are starting to trickle in. It’s a yearly phenomenon that announces spring. I guess that if I post about it here I … Continue reading






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Tax evasion

I’ve just come across an interesting article in the New York Times entitled “Tax Cheats Become Italy’s Public Enemy”. Much of the article details how the Italian financial police is trying to find tax evaders and the pros and cons … Continue reading






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Warmer weather finally!

We’ve had several days of sun and today temperatures finally climbed above 20°C.  That made me decide to pop over to Polyrinia which is such a wonderful place for spring flowers. It is a little early and nature needs a … Continue reading






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