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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Weekend in Hierapetra and Makrygialos

When I set out for this weekend, I had every intention of visiting the deserted islet of Koufonisi to the south of Crete. I had read on a travel website that you could take a ferry from the village of Makrygialos in the early morning which comes back in the afternoon. So, on Friday I … Continue reading »

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Alcohol in Crete: Past and Present

Here in Eastern Crete (where I have been living over the summer) it is customary for tavernas and cafes to bring out a drink called raki after dinner. It’s made from distilling the pomace leftover from pressing the must of grapes for winemaking. I got to witness the distilling process at a friend’s house a couple of weeks … Continue reading »

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