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by jean h
08 May 2022, 18:20
Forum: General Sfakia Forum
Topic: Final Sfakia report, May 8th
Replies: 6
Views: 541

Final Sfakia report, May 8th

We left Sfakia this morning. The weather was beautiful and calm, so I had a quick final swim in order to take the feel and sound and look of the sea and coastline with me. Then we said farewell to our local friends, until October. The village is lively now, and reservations are quite full for the au...
by jean h
08 May 2022, 05:16
Forum: General Sfakia Forum
Topic: Sfakia report, May 5th – Asfendou and Kalikratis flowers
Replies: 1
Views: 231

Sfakia report, May 5th – Asfendou and Kalikratis flowers

We drove up for an easy afternoon looking at the progress of flowers in Kalikratis and Asfendou. We paused on the road above Asfendou for clear views back to the Lefka Ori ,and over to Pshiloritis floating above the clouds, with a stone mitato in the foreground. Kalikratis looks so green as you appr...
by jean h
07 May 2022, 06:04
Forum: General Sfakia Forum
Topic: Sfakia report May 3rd - above Ammoutsara (in the snow)
Replies: 3
Views: 295

Re: Sfakia report May 3rd - above Ammoutsara (in the snow)

And here are some of the flowers we saw high up in the mountains: Crocus seiberi Crocus seiberi.JPG Scilla nana Scilla nana.JPG Anchusa Anchusa.JPG Prunus prostrata Prunus prostrata.JPG Lepidium hirtum (inside a prostrate cherry) Lepidium hirtum (inside a prostrate cherry).JPG Buglossoides incrassat...
by jean h
07 May 2022, 05:56
Forum: General Sfakia Forum
Topic: Sfakia report May 3rd - above Ammoutsara (in the snow)
Replies: 3
Views: 295

Sfakia report May 3rd - above Ammoutsara (in the snow)

Wiltrud and I were very fortunate to be driven up into the White Mountains by our friend Jean Bienvenu, a hiking guide and photographer who lives in the Chania area (https://www.west-crete.com/walking_hiking-crete-walks.htm). He was checking which flowers are out at the moment and scouting access fo...
by jean h
04 May 2022, 14:08
Forum: General Sfakia Forum
Topic: Sfakia report, May 1st/2nd – Tavri and Niato plateaus, waves
Replies: 1
Views: 311

Re: Sfakia report, May 1st/2nd – Tavri and Niato plateaus, waves

And here are some of the flowers we saw on the hike (identifications not necessarily entirely accurate): Paeonia clusii (Clusius' peony) peony.JPG Tulips saxatilis (rock tulip) Tulipa saxatilis (Rock tulips).JPG Hermodactylus tuberosus (snake's head / widow iris) snake's head iris.JPG Daphne daphne....
by jean h
04 May 2022, 12:13
Forum: General Sfakia Forum
Topic: Sfakia report, May 1st/2nd – Tavri and Niato plateaus, waves
Replies: 1
Views: 311

Sfakia report, May 1st/2nd – Tavri and Niato plateaus, waves

Kalo mina! A lot of Greeks came down to the south coast for the May 1st holiday, keeping the restaurants busy, and many travelled by ferry or their own small boats further west down the coast. Businesses have hung up flower wreaths for the 1st of May. The Alkion opened its sea-side tables for breakf...
by jean h
04 May 2022, 10:55
Forum: General Sfakia Forum
Topic: News Flash
Replies: 0
Views: 284

News Flash

The ferry boat ticket kiosk burnt down in the early hours of this morning. We were woken up at 5am by the brief sound of a siren and looked out to see a truck with flashing lights next to the kiosk by the slipway and men searching for something with flashlights. This morning the firetruck from Anopo...
by jean h
30 Apr 2022, 15:28
Forum: General Sfakia Forum
Topic: Sfakia report, April 29th - lower Ilingas Gorge
Replies: 2
Views: 372

Sfakia report, April 29th - lower Ilingas Gorge

The weather was warm and the atmosphere a bit heavy with Sahara dust. A group of us decided to walk up the Ilingas gorge to the first rock wall you have to climb, then turn back. The old kaldirimi (footpath) from Sfakia to Anopoli crosses the gorge, but it seems like few people explore the gorge its...
by jean h
29 Apr 2022, 04:32
Forum: General Sfakia Forum
Topic: Sfakia Report, April 27th - hike from Kalikratis to Manikas
Replies: 3
Views: 496

Re: Sfakia Report, April 27th - hike from Kalikratis to Manikas

Here are some of the flowers we saw on the hike; some are common and the smaller ones often overlooked: Tulipa cretica, a very short variety of tulip Tulipa cretica.JPG Orchis pauciflora (Sparsely-flowering orchid) Orchis pauciflora.JPG a small white orchid with 2 spots, resembling quandripunctata w...
by jean h
28 Apr 2022, 20:54
Forum: General Sfakia Forum
Topic: Sfakia Report, April 25th – St. George's Day, Kormokopos Cave
Replies: 3
Views: 437

Re: Sfakia Report, April 25th – St. George's Day, Kormokopos Cave

When St. George’s Day falls during Easter week, it is celebrated on the Monday after Easter. In Sfakia there are three small churches for Agios Giorgos, and this year the the church in the upper village (Tholos) held the celebration rather than the one next to the Xenia. And today (the 28th), a sma...
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