Πέμπτη, 26 Δεκεμβρίου 2013

Weekend on Crete, Psiloritis: The mountain of Gods and Humans...




Anogia: The Idaean Cave.


The discovery of a clay plaque with an incised dedication to Zeus inside the cave, during the first antiquarian investigations in the 19th cent., contributed to its identification as the Idaean Cave.
The cave is associated with the story of the birth of Zeus and his bringing up in it, where his mother Rea had hid him in order to rescue him from his father Kronos. A goat by the name Amaltheia fed the baby with her milk, whereas the young Kouretes served as his guardians by drumming their shields, so as to conceal the baby's cries....
After hiking, you can relax.... with traditional food!!


You must visit: Nikos Xilouris House!!

Don't forget!! to taste sheep's milk products....

from the old woman...
''Skandali''

or to drink raki with the wonderful owners from ''Melissa''
Also, there are a lot of tavernas!!
Two of them are ''Skalomata'' & ''Mougeris''
Something... different: Visit the Glass Workshop and discover the magic of blown glass!!

Near the village Zoniana:

Wax Figures of Cretan History!!


The Sfentoni Cave: one of the most important caves in Greece!!




So....
Source: Plakiassuites

Σάββατο, 14 Δεκεμβρίου 2013

''Traditional Cretan Home''



The women who live in the lovely village of Mirthios having real pride in their heritage, with love and care have meticulously reconstructed and beautifully presented to us a ''traditional Cretan home''. In this fast - faced world which we are driven to keep up with, a visit in the past, especially when it is a past that was beautiful and creative, holds special importance both for the old and young, for the old to remember and for the young to learn. And so these village women opened the treasure chests of their hearts, they have brought out their dowries, they have ornamented this small but charming house, which is to be found in the village of Mirthios Rethymno, Crete-Greece!!!


In this space, the focus is and was in the olden days the ''parasia'' or hearth with its mantelpiece on which were ranged all the cooking utensils, beside the fireplace there stood a traditional ''couch'' decorated with woven covers and cushions and of course a table with its specially embroidered tablecloth. This area united all the family throughout the day....
The old dresser, again decorated with crocheted lace or embroidered cloths displayed the plates....
The old iron bedstead is the jewel in the crown of this home, set as it is with hand embroidered covers ''patanies'' sheets and pillows, one has to wonder at the time and effort that went into creating such beautiful things.


Wherever your eye rests, from the door to the window, the walls, the furniture, you will be impressed from the variety of colors and designs that fill the space, bringing us back to a time when values were really!!