Panorama of the Week: Crete’s Arkadi Monastery

Arkadi monastery

Almost exactly one year ago, we visited the island of Crete. The "crisis" was in full tilt, demonstrations were plenty in Athens and around Greece, and we were just into the shoulder season (mid-October). It seemed like we had much of the island to ourselves, including lonely little Arkadi Monastery perched on a hill in Crete's Amari Valley.The monastery facade … [Read more...]

Crete Food: An Overview

Cretan Olives, Artichokes and Olive Oil - Agreco Farm, Crete

You smell the stink, but you hear the scent! -- Viki, one of our guides on the Greek island of Crete, captures the philosophical essence of Cretan cuisine.While I appreciate that the traditional Cretan diet is known as being one of the healthiest in the world, every time I look at our food photos from Crete I think back to our experience: “Damn. That was just … [Read more...]

2011: A Year of Travel Firsts

Happy Holi from Dhaka!

Often, when people hear that we’ve been traveling for five years, they think we’ve “done it all.” This could not be further from the truth – the more we explore of this world of ours, the more we realize how big and diverse it really is. This is something to be celebrated.When we began 2011 we could not have even imagined where this year would take us. Not only … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Venetian Windmills on Crete

crete windmill

Windmills are a symbol of clean energy today, but wind power is not especially new technology on the Greek island of Crete. In the late 15th century, the occupying Venetians began to use windmills on the edge of Crete's hillsides to grind wheat. To better catch the wind, they attached fabric-like sails on the blades.Today, after over 500 years of facing the … [Read more...]

Crete Week: First Glimpses

Morning View from Royal Mare - Hersonissos, Crete

Greetings from Crete!Difficult to keep track of us sometimes, isn’t it? In one week, after a hop (from Berlin), a skip (to Prague), and a jump (from Munich), we’ve landed on Crete, the almost-southernmost island of Greece. … [Read more...]