The American, and Cyprus.

Living in Crete for many years, and now I am back in my house here. I have always shown a huge interest in Cyprus. I have friends there and the island was invaded by the Turks in 1974. I was here then and I learned of the many Cretan Soldiers who flew to Cyprus to help their fellow Greeks in the struggle. They took off in large Transport planes of the Greek Air Force and when they got to Nicosia, they were shot down by . . . . . . Greek Cypriots!! It was in the confusion of war and they weren’t expected.

Anyway, an American has just decided to document the tearing up of Cyprus, so I thought I would share it with all of you.


The heights of Sphakia

I would like to introduce you all to an English couple who love to walk and so here is a film of them walking in one of my favourite areas of Crete mainly west of the Aradena Gorge in the White Mountains south of Hania.

It is a lovely day with high winds at the peaks. I think you will enjoy it.

It was made by ByGeorge Films.

Crete for all seasons

As I slowly grow older I search for great movies that really talk about the Crete I know and love. They are rare but here is one that is very good indeed. It is about Crete in all seasons including specific journeys in autumn and winter when the beauty og the island is extraordinary. Here is the film:



I hope that you enjoy it, it is well over an hour long, but do watch it all. There is a great deal of wisdom and knowledge here.



The Heart of Crete.

The Island of Crete is very special to me.  I have met a few English ex-patriots who live there, perhaps for the sun, the sea and the sex, or more likely – the wine and ouzo or raki. But most of them have not travelled the island or even got to know their Greek neighbors. This is a very basic mistake. This island is special, it’s people are special. Get to know them. Here is a film that may help. . . .



These people matter to you, see how they love their land and what is in their land. You will be wiser for it.

The attack on Crete from German military Film.

There was much to the battle of Crete that is not expressed in this film but it is interesting to say the least. It is about the German attack on Crete and it is worth watching to see this.    The ‘interesting’ mistakes of the New Zealand General  ( Freiburg)  and the real stories of the great defence provided by the New Zealand contingent at hill 104.    This is a shattering story and it is hard to say what would have happened if a great man had been in charge.   But then, times change perhaps, or do they?   Would Brexit have been different with another person in charge, who knows. . .




Extraordinary videos of the Crete coast.

This website is amazing, it has lovely videos taken from a helicopter going around the coast of Crete including all of the Kalives etc area and a hell of a lot more…..

goto website:

then on the homepage enter destination: Crete and press go. The screen will then show a map including Crete with all videos marked in red. Click your mouse onto the coast say around kalives then click the little screen/box thingy to play video.

Enjoy then go whereever you will, Have fun, its absolutely free.


(let me know how you get on….)