With its asphalt barely solidified under the blistering Cretan sun of a dozen years, the road in between Kapsodasos and Kalikratis villages in southwestern Crete is nothing less than worldwide notorious.
Coming up at the end of May visitors to Crete will have the chance to witness first hand the mysticism that makes this island in the Aegean so special. Each year at this time the ghosts of the brave Drosoulites (“dew shadows”) appear on the beach as shadowy figures of treading the early morning dew.
Situated in the tiny village of Thronos, atop the hill of Kefala, Ancient Sivritos in the prefecture of Rethymno was once one of Crete’s most influential independent cities. Like the famous cities of Axos, Lappa, and Eleftherna, the city held unique importance.
Being destined to one week “only” on Crete is something like passing through heaven on your way to anywhere else. This arid, sunny, and friendly paradise in the eastern Mediterranean is a place people go to, and then never leave. For couples and singles, hitting a good many high spots might be feasible, but for a small family the itinerary must be crisp, tailored, and the traveler must take a lot into consideration. Here’s a suggested week long stay, an introduction to one of the world’s most fabulous getaways.
Coming to the south coast of Crete this August 5th thru 9th, the 4th International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra is dedicated to civilization. This year’s festival follows the same motive as all past version in documenting history throughout Greece and the world.
For the willful traveler, can the pleasure of not knowing overcome the pleasure of acquiring knowledge? Here is a thoughtful questioning on the merits of travel for the sake of total discovery.
News last week that Abercrombie & Kent launched its Wings Over the Mediterranean for 2017 is a shot in the arm for small-group travel and for private charter services.
Two new tours to the Republic of Yakutia called “Amazing Yakutia” and “Hospitable Yakutia” will show travelers all that is magical about this mysterious and fascinating part of Russia.
New for 2017, there will be added ethno-cultural routes in Dagestan and Azerbaijan in an international project of the countries of the CIS and China’s “New Silk Road” initiative. In a promising news tourism industry development, Dagestan is planning to open the routes and stays in accordance with the travelogues of the famous French novelist Alexander Dumas.
The speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko made an appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin last week asking for support for the restoration of Yalta to the status of children’s health resorts.
News from this week reveals a great promise that may finally come to pass for the people of one of the world’s most interesting countries. Growing direct foreign investment and the potential of the so-called “New Silk Road” could transform the central Asian region.
For those making New Year’s resolutions to explore and do more interesting places and experiences in 2017, news from the Tula region of Russia comes at an appropriate time. Starting this coming April the confectionery factory “Yasnaya Polyana” will launch new master classes on making the famous, Tula gingerbread.