Thursday, 12 May 2016

Crete, Environment, Sustainability

http://www.organicallycooked.com/2014/05/the-importance-of-environment-in_21.html
http://www.organicallycooked.com/search?q=sustainability

Sustainability - big word of the century
why is it important?
does size matter? is big going out of fashion? can big be reconciled with small?
can we really be sustainable independently in a highly connected world?

OBSERVATIONS:
- first 25 years in a highly developed country of the modern world
- second 25 years in a modern but not so developed country in the old world


CRETE: small size, insular nature, strategic location
- A conducive climate and manageable landscape provide the conditions for sustainability
- Globalisation erodes the natural environment, making it less sustainable; for this reason, the environment needs to be protected to a certain extent.
- Climate change is a major factor affecting sustainability; the desertification of Crete raises serious concern.
- Natural disasters like earthquakes also pose issues, but improvements in technology and construction have helped in the mitigation of these disasters - Crete is partly sheltered from their major effects due to the position of the plates (especially true for Hania).

SWOT ANALYSIS for Crete
Strengths:
- a containable land size
- adequately populated
- a conducive climate
- a manageable landscape
- strategic location
- people have a close relationship to the land
Weaknesses:
- island isolation (not easily connected to the mainland)
- short spells of extreme temperatures/climatic conditions: the island is vulnerable to desertification
- the authorities/people are slow to react/adapt to changes
- the mindset is not that of an urban society
Opportunities for further sustainability:
- solar power (300 days of sunshine)
- winter tourism; gastronomic tourism
- Greece is designated a safe destination for tourists
Threats to sustainability:
- earthquakes
- potential terrorist attacks
- low water reserves
- interest in oil drilling

MEETING OUR NEEDS
During times of insecurity such as the present, we need to think about essential survival: eg Maslow's needs pyramid:

- Physiological needs are easily met. Employment opportunities are greater here than in other parts of Greece due to the seasonal nature of tourism and agriculture. In many cases, the two sectors are combined, providing an income boost for the locals.
- Olive oil, grapes and wine continue to be important trading commodities on the island just like they were in ancient times
- Gastronomic tourism has become increasingly important in Crete because of the very high quality of fresh local seasonal produce (due to the climate and soil, ie the environment), and the gastronomic culture of the islanders themselves.
* According to some very well-known Greek celebrity chefs, Crete is the bastion of Greek cuisine. Crete is one of a very few places in Greece where both locals and tourists alike are able to enjoy local fresh seasonal food prepared and cooked according to the local culinary culture. Cretan cuisine is now a driver in Crete's tourist industry.



CRETE and the CRISIS:
No part of Greece has remained unaffected by the crisis. But it can be said that Crete felt the effects of the crisis more lightly than other parts of Greece. Crete's environment is what has shielded the residents of the island from the worst effects of the crisis. The main reasons for this are the following:
- Crete continues to produce high quality world-renowned agricultural products, helped by the climate and soil properties
- the local population still practices small-scale farming in their back yards (raising a vegetable garden, chickens and rabbits, etc), helped by having access to small plots of land close to their residence
- the tourism packages of Crete are highly developed and very diverse, able to cater for a wide variety of tastes, and often meet the requirements of most leisure holidaymakers.
- Cretans are still very regionalised in their loyalties, which can be seen in all aspects of everyday life - people base their daily choices on local options.
The street market shows the importance of the environment in the sustainability of Cretan society:
- local produce is highly prized by the locals
- the amount of local produce being bought and sold shows the loyalty of locals to local food
- fresh produce requires preparation and cooking time: Crete is an island full of cooks
- the prices are low, hence affordable to all
- the street market is also seen as a leisure-time activity

CASE STUDY: NTOUNIAS restaurant
The owner decided to remain in his ancestors' village, instead of heading to a town. He had to find a way of using his land sustainably, in order to provide for his and his family's needs. He lives in his parents' home, and uses the cafe his father left him as a restaurant. His main problem was location: the mountainous terrain made it difficult to attract customers. So he focused on making his business unique: the meals served in his restaurant are prepared with ingredients that he himself produces, right down to the wheat used in the bread he bakes, and he does not use electricity in the cooking process (he uses tree trimmings from his olive trees instead). He followed the principle of what his parents were doing in the village to raise their family. This included making their own wine, olive oil, cheese, preserves, etc. He has now branched out into growing local heirloom seed varieties (beans and wheat), as well as raising local varieties of animals (cow) from which he produces, in this way preserving the culture and traditions associated with his region. His main aid in this has been the land that he has inherited from his parents. Without direct access to the land, he would not have been able to sustain such an earth-to-table business venture.
https://www.facebook.com/Educational-Farm-Ntounias-127248190695741/

CRETE IS SHELTERED FROM THE CRISIS, DUE TO ITS AGRICULTURAL NATURE
The photo was taken in a highly urban area of Hania in mid-March 2013. It shows what looks like a messy garden with a lemon tree in the middle. Look more closely: behind the garden is a chicken coop - the chickens are barely visible, but one is sitting on top of a rabbit pen. The area where the animals are kept will be covered by a shady leafy grapevine by the middle of summer (that's what the dry branches are: a vine about to start growing leaves). Next to the garden on the right are the remains of a wood-chopping session. The house looks unkempt and rather poorly; I believe economic migrants are living here, and not the Greek owner. But that makes no difference to what the photo depicts: it illustrates the frugal urban life in times of adversity.

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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

TAXI!

Our taxi service is available for all your holiday needs
For quotes and prompt service:
If you're coming to Hania and you need a taxi, maybe we can help you out. 
For more information, drop me a line at: mverivaki hotmail com.
Taxi service
Price list available here: http://www.chaniataxi.gr/en/pricelist/

 

Sunday, 25 March 2012

For all taxi enquiries, including indicative fares for specified routes in Hania, please write to:
mverivakihotmail.com

(the 'at' sign in Greek is called 'papaki' which mean little duck - it has a slight resemblance).

Friday, 23 April 2010

Taxi fares in Chania (Κόμιστρα για τα Χανιώτικα Ταξί 2010)

UPDATE 8/3/2016: SEE MY LATEST POST
http://haniadailyphoto.blogspot.gr/2016/03/taxi.html

UPDATE 12 June 2011: Greek taxi business set to change radically with new privatisation laws

*UPDATE 3 June 2011 - to calculate the indicative taxi fare for this year in Hania, use the indicative price list below, add 13% VAT, and then add 1 euro for every 0.10 cent rise in petrol prices. Since last year (last year, diesel fuel cost about 1.30 in summer; this year it costs about 1.55 euro).

It's that time of year again - everyone's thinking about their summer holiday, or at least, their right to two weeks' worth of Mediterranean sunshine, especially Northern Europeans, who get that much sunshine per annum but can't enjoy it because they are usually stuck indoors when the sun decides to shine in their country.

Economic crisis (or volcanic eruption) or not, those of you who want to come to Chania (or Hania - it's the same place) may be wanting some information about the taxi services here.

taxi

Keep in mind that taxi fares have gone up considerably. It used to be cheap for everyone (including us low-income-earning Greeks) to take a taxi and drive for miles. That's not the case anymore. Rising petrol prices, green-living policies and the austerity measures which introduced new taxation systems have raised the price of taxi fares to a level unknown before in Crete. Taxi fares now resemble the luxury that such a mode of transportation should be.

RADIO TAXI CO-OPERATIVE ‘ERMIS’
INDICATIVE FARES for 2010*


CHANIA TOWN
AIRPORT
AGIOUS APOSTOLOUS
STALOS
AGIA MARINA
PLATANIAS
AIRPORT
€23
--
€32
€35
€36
€41
GOLDEN SAND BEACH
€7
€30
€7
€8
€9
€10
AGIOUS APOSTOLOUS
€8
€32
--
€8
€9
€10
KALAMAKI BEACH
€8
€33
€7
€7
€9
€10
STALOS
€11
€35
€7
--
€7
€8
AGIA MARINA
€13
€36
€10
€7
--
€7
PLATANIAS
€15
€41
€12
€7
€7
--
GERANI
€17
€45
€13
€10
€10
€8
MALEME
€20
€47
€15
€12
€12
€10
KOLYMBARI
€30
€48
€25
€22
€21
€20
KASTELI
€42
€65
€38
€35
€34
€32
OMALOS
€55
€78
€55
€55
€60
€60
THERISSO
€23
€45
€25
€30
€30
€32
ELAFONISI
€85
€95
€80
€75
€74
€73
PALEOHORA
€85
€108
€75
€75
€70
€70
SOUGIA
€75
€95
€70
€70
€70
€70
SFAKIA
€80
€97
€82
€85
€87
€90
RETHIMNO
€70
€87
€76
€78
€80
€85
PLAKIAS
€100
€115
€105
€107
€109
€110
HERAKLEION
€150
€160
€155
€160
€160
€165
LIMOUPOLI
€12
€35
€12
€13
€15
€17
KALIVES
€20
€30
   --
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         --

VAMOS
€45   --      --
        -- 
         --

  • HANIA (town) to SOUDA BAY (ferry port): 10 euro
  • Hourly charge for day-trip hire: 35 euro/hour
  • Airport surcharge fee (due to arrival wait-time): 5 euro

RADIO TAXI COOPERATIVE – PREFECTURE OF CHANIA
ERMIS
Mournion 38 – Tel: 28210-98700
IR No.: 998454319 – Chania Tax Office B
You can also book our taxi: call 6977-399-306 (when you have arrived in Crete).

The table of fares lists the indicative prices for your destination. You pay what the meter says, which is what the pricelist is based on.

Luggage, scheduled pick-ups, telephone appointments at an arranged time and minimum fare fees also apply. If you have a disability or mobility problem, the Ermis Taxi company has a special van available for hire at no extra cost.

Happy Holidays to all our visitors.

evening meal by the beach
For a romantic feel to your holiday, you can eat your choice of fish and any other Greek delicacy at a cheap taverna by the sea, where you won't know if the people at the table sitting next to you are package holidaymakers, or locals or millionaires; they will have come to the same place that you did for the same reasons, and chosen their meal from the same menu card that you did. And even if you are not a millionaire, you will feel like one, as you sit by the sea, enjoying your meal without anyone hurrying you away, with the waves lapping the shore close to your feet, under the warmth of the Mediterranean summer's evening sky.


You can find out more about Cretan food on my other site: Organically cooked.

UPDATE 25 May 2010: Signs with inidicative prices (slightly different from the table I have posted above: some destinations have lower prices, while others have higher prices) of taxi fares covering the 2010 summer season have now been posted around the town. The one I have included below is found close to the Agora (the central market in Hania), therefore it lists prices to/from Hania. In the same manner, a sign posted at the airport will list prices to/from the airport.

inidicative taxi fare prices hania chania


*UPDATE 22 June 2010: As of 1st July, 2010, taxi fares will increase by 11%, because of the changes in the way taxi drivers will be taxed from this day onwards. In order to get an idea of the new indicative prices for the destinations listed in the tables above (in both the text and the photo), you need to add 11% to the price shown. (The VAT was increased by law to 13% in December 2010.)

*UPDATE 3 June 2011 - to calculate the indicative taxi fare for this year in Hania, use the indicative price list below, add 13% VAT, and then add 1 euro for every 0.10 cent rise in petrol prices. Since last year (last year, diesel fuel cost about 1.30 in summer; this year it costs about 1.55 euro).

UPDATE: 28 June 2011 - for the latest prices of specified routes, look out for the yellow signs. They are kept updated at the beginning of every tourist season and are found at all main tourist hangouts.


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Thursday, 31 December 2009

Happy New Year!

Dear Friends,

Another year has passed. Where did it go and what did I achieve in it?

You know the answer to that question better than I do. I want to thank all my readers from the bottom of my heart for your support throughout my writing and photography adventures over the past two and a half years. For me, blogging about the food I buy, grow, prepare and cook for my family, and describing the photographs of my hometown was a way to get me started in writing, and that's what I want to do now - I want to continue to write, with no limitations, because there is so much more that I want to write about, which I am sure you will want to read, eventually, that is, when I get it all written down.

Beach umbrellas stored away for next season

And that's my New Year's resolution: to keep on writing, to inform you, and above all, to keep you entertained. I will be closing this blog (but it will remain on the web), and continuing to write at Organically Cooked. My posting will not be as regular as before, but whenever you look me up, you can rest assured that you will leave with a smile on your face.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year,
With love,
From Hania, Crete