samariaexperience

Back to the Roots of Cretan Tradition

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Καλημέρα!

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Good morning from Sfakia! Let’s go on a boat trip!

Beekeeping lesson with Raquel and Carsten!

This was the day before the new queen bees that we had created were going to break out of their queen cells. It is absolutely critical to seperate them before they exit because otherwise the first one out will kill the rest in order to remain the only queen in the hive. Therefore we removed the queencells from the incubating mother hive and seperated them. Then we went to the small new hives we are growing.

These are three small hives that are connected to a mother hive. They are being nourished by this mother hive and it’s queen but they don’t have a queen of their own and they are seperated from each other and the mother by a net. In each new hive we have already inserted a strong honeycob with many bees from another hive and two new empty ones.

So we opened each of the new hives and inserted the queen cell. This way the next day teh new queen will crawl out of it’s cell to it’s all new hive that belongs only to her and doesn’t have to fight any rivals. And if succesful we will have created 12 new bee hives!

As you can see our beehives are place up on the hill in the old village of Agia Roumeli. The view is great from up there!

It was a great beekeeping lesson! Thank you Raquel and Carsten for joining and enjoying!

Tree

Δέντρο στο φαράγγι της Ελιγιάς.
Tree in Eligias gorge.

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Snake enlarged Ο όφης… Στο φαράγγι της Ελιγιάς. Look who we found…our friend the snake. Hiking in Eligias Gorge.

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Ο όφης… Στο φαράγγι της Ελιγιάς. Look who we found… Hiking in Eligias Gorge.

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On our walk to Agios Pavlos we found a heart.

The contest with the sun

“Ο Γιάννης με τον ήλιο συνορίζοντο
το ποιός θα πάει στη Δύση γρηγορήτερο
κι ο ήλιος εδρασκέλα όρη και βουνά
κι ο Γιάννης ο καημένος χαμολάγκαδα”

Ριζίτικο

“Yannis was contesting with the sun
who will reach the West the soonest
and the sun’s steps were from mountain to mountain
and poor Yannis remained in the low valleys”

Rizitiko (old Cretan folk song)

Pines and sea

On the way from Agios Pavlos to Agia Roumeli

Πάντα ῥεῖ

Με τα χρόνια, ο ποταμός άλλαξε πορεία. Η γέφυρα αυτή είναι πολύ πολύ παλιά. In time, the river has changed it’s course.This bridge is very very old. “ποταμοῖσι τοῖσιν αὐτοῖσιν ἐμϐαίνουσιν, ἕτερα καὶ ἕτερα ὕδατα ἐπιρρεῖ” Αυτοί που μπαίνουν στα ίδια ποτάμια δέχονται συνέχεια άλλα κι άλλα νερά Ever-newer waters flow on those who step […]

Samaria Experience: The Programme

The Samaria Experience – back to the roots of Cretan traditions

The “Samaria Experience” is a unique programme of activities created and run by a prominent family from the villages of Samaria and Agia Roumeli.

For many years Roussos Viglis has been dreaming of conveying his intimate knowledge and deep love of one of the most remote and wildest places in Europe. Finally the time is ripe and the “Samaria Experience” started running from spring 2014.

In 4 days of activities centered around the village of Agia Roumeli and the gorge of Samaria you will get an understanding of what it was like to live in this beautiful but harsh place: how people lived and how they survived in almost complete isolation, what they ate, how they cooked.

You will also discover the gorge of Samaria as very few see it: away from crowds and through the eyes of people who were born and grew up there.