Hello and welcome to my pages about Crete.

My name is Ray and I live near to the city of Hania in western Crete. I have been in and out of Crete since 1966 and these pages include my memories from that time. Later, from 1968 to 1975 I worked in Iraklion.

There have been many visits since, but now my wife and I have built a house here where we live permanently and have done so since 2004.

I sincerely hope that you enjoy these pages and I do encourage you leave comments as well as ask questions about this extraordinarily beautiful island.

Thank you for looking,


5 thoughts on “About

  1. Dear Ray hello,

    I’m producing a documentary about Cretan music for the ABC in Australia and looking to get in touch with John Sooklaris. Do you possibly have a contact? If you can send me an email, I can also let you know when the film is finished, if you are interested.

    Many thanks,
    Rea Apostolides
    Producer, “A Family Affair”

  2. Hi Ray, i lived on Crete in 1992-1993. I managed a youth hostel. Locals called me Siphi. i was wondering if you knew what the word means. I was called “Siphi” or “Siphachi”, or “little Siphi”. I was told it translated into Joseph as Siphalion, but I can’t find anything about that. Living in Sitia was one of the best times of my life. I visited Hania and many other places, but I lived in a little village outside of Sitia called Kato Episkopi in an old two-room house.

  3. Hello Ray. I notice you live in Crete. Thanks for comment on my blog. From one of your posts I notice you mention the Linear B clay tablets found by Arthur Evans. Well I have been studying those very tablets for a while and am now at my University level so can read them quite well. Michael Ventris was brilliant. Such a pity he died so young. I and my partner have lived in Crete for almost 13 years now. We are East Crete.

  4. Ray, I just came across your blog and very much enjoyed reading through your extensive knowledge of this special island! My husband and I lived near Hania for five years during which I published a blog. Now we are back in the States – I have written a book based on our five years there due to release on April 30 this year. Uniquely Crete: Life Redefined on a Greek Island (Available on Amazon for preorder.) I would like to connect with you and would be happy to be a guest blogger on your site. You can view my blogs on my website: http://www.melanieacrane.com. How do I subscribe to your blog posts? I don’t see a place to sign up.
    Thank you!
    p.s. I will be in Crete (staying with friends near Hania) this June for my book promotion. Hope to hear from you.

  5. Ray. I have just found your blog and I am looking forward to reading it very much. We live in Kritsa on the eastern side of Crete. I’m sure you will know it. Thanks for writing about the period between 1967 -74 as I am interested to learn about that time on Crete.

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