Ancient Greek Firewater: Crete’s Locally Distilled Spirit

Tsikoudia, commonly referred to as “raki” or “Greek firewater” has come to be known as the national spirit of Crete. A distilled liquor made from grape skins and other remnants from the wine making process, Cretan raki, which lacks the anise flavor of the Turkish variant, typically ranges between 40% and 60% alcohol content. The […]

Greece: Icarus and Dedalos in Agia Galini

According to the popular Greek myth, Dedalos was the one who advised Princess Ariadne to give Theseus the thread that helped him come out from the infamous Labyrinth, after killing the Minotaur. The Labyrinth was a maze built by Dedalos; King Minos wanted a building suitable to imprison the mythical monster Minotaur, and according to […]

Mykonos, Greece: Windmills

Framing the harbor off Mykonos‘ Little Italy neighborhood are six of the island’s iconic windmills. Once located along a major sea-trade route, the island’s year-round winds were utilized in milling grain in order to compact it for transport. Mostly built by the Venetians in the 16th century, the windmills played a key role in the […]

Petros: Mykonos’ Resident Pelican

As told, the story is that a caring Mykonos fisherman came upon the injured pelican in 1954 and decided to care for it until it regained its heath. Once healed, in a suprising turn, the pelican did not attempt to leave, but rather made the island its home. The locals began feeding the pelican and […]

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