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This completely re-written new edition of Blue Guide Crete focuses on the long history of the largest Greek island, from Minoan civilization to the present day. It includes detailed coverage of the major resorts and archaeological sites, Venetian and Ottoman architecture, the island's unique landscape and wildlife, and its important history in the Second World War.

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Gravatar: PublisherPublisher
07.06.2012
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Thank you Christine. We’ll mention it to the author for the next edition.
 

Gravatar: Christine LacroixChristine Lacroix
12.05.2012
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A recent visitor to our olive mill was carrying a copy of your guide to Crete and asked me why we were not listed in it. I thought it a good idea to write and let you know. Thank you!
   

Gravatar: Geoff Needle author of the "CRETE WALKS" booksGeoff Needle author of the "CRETE WALKS" books
30.05.2011
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Hello Sirs,
I have just completed two books each describing 25 different walks through the countryside of the Apokoronas region of NW Crete. I attach a sheet with further details of these two new books. They will be available in the next few weeks. Perhaps you can make reference to these books in your next update. My two books do not compete with the two books by Lance Chilton that you refer to under the section on “Georgiopoulis” as my walks cover all of the Apokoronas region, not specifically one smaller area. Also, in my excellent 8th Edition (2010) of your Blue Guide Crete you refer to the Apokoronas region as “THE APOKORONA DISTRICT. I think you left the last “S” off. Thanks and best regards, Geoff Needle P.S.
Your book is brilliant even if you don’t mention my books.

Gravatar: Dirk DraaismaDirk Draaisma
30.08.2010
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Re the Editor’s note on transliteration of the chi and the gamma. I am very pleased you now write Chania instead of Hania. About the gammas in Georgios etc.: isn’t it so that as a rule they are pronounced like ‘y’ because the are followed by an ‘e’ or ‘i’, regardless of the fact that the gamma is pronounced softer or harder on Crete than on the mainland. Isn’t the latter only the case if followed by an ‘a’ or ‘o’?

Gravatar: Ersie BurkeErsie Burke
22.08.2010
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I’ve just returned from a 10 day trip to Crete where I visited friends and did a little research. The guide was wonderful and never left my side. I want to thank Paola Pugsley especially for information that led me to the convent of Chrysopigi (p. 340) and to the coat of arms of the convent’s early patrons, a family I’m doing some work on.
Could I offer one small correction? On p. 327 (Cretan Icons) you state there was a “…Greek confraternity of painters operating in Venice…” There was never a Greek confraternity of painters; all painters (of houses, icons, and anything else) had to, by law, be members of the painters’ guild (arte dei depentori). There was a Greek confraternity (scuola in Venetian), the Scuola di San Nicolò dei Greci founded in November 1498; membership was open to all Greek men and women (regardless of occupation). For reasons too complex to go into here, very few Greek icon painters (called madonneri and all were Cretans) joined San Nicolò. E. Burke

Gravatar: Minerva MagazineMinerva Magazine
22.08.2010
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Review in Minerva Magazine

“The Blue Guide Crete is a must for any traveller wishing to visit this fascinating Greek island. It provides a comprehensive range of information that would be useful to archaeological and historical enthusiasts, the armchair researcher, and will even provide an excellent complement for the more seasoned academic.”
The full Minerva Magazine review can be read here.
   

Gravatar: EditorEditor
10.05.2010
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Sorry, I thought the symbols were obvious, especially with the relevant text! The symbols on Akrotiri are churches. One of them is ruined.
Yes, three dots is a ruin, usually an ancient one.
 

Gravatar: ReaderReader
08.05.2010
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L.S.,
I am (already before my trip to Crete) very enthusiastic about your guide of Crete. However, I could not find the explanation of the black symbols on the maps on the pages 428 - 431. I think I understand the “three dots” (ruin?) and the cave symbol.
But what is the meaning of the 2 different symbols on the peninsula of Akrotiri (428C1)? Please can you tell me where I can find the explanation?
 

Gravatar: Kees KampKees Kamp
16.02.2010
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A very readable guidebook.
Two small corrections: Page 109: The coastal road east of Keratokambos ends in Arvi. From there you can’t reach Myrtos, but have to bend North to reach the main road again. Page 269: The correct webadress for Hotel Hellas is http://www.palaikastro.com/hotelhellas
 

Kees Kamp
Gravatar: Sylvia CookSylvia Cook
12.02.2010
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I’m very impressed with the new Crete Blue Guide. My old Greece mainland Blue Guide is great for getting local historical details, but this one has that AND ‘readability’, pictures as well as site plans, a thoroughly well put together book. I’m looking forward to the other Greek islands Blue Guides which I understand will be out later this year.
   

Gravatar: ReaderReader
28.01.2010
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I am taking a break from reading your guide to Crete which arrived yesterday. It is absolutely gorgeous. Like your wonderful new version of the Mainland Greece guide it is packed with the high standard of information we expect from Blue Guides but with a modern touch; thank goodness that doesn’t mean you have ‘dumbed down’. I love everything about it: the fabulous photos; the glossy, lovely to touch, paper; the reading recommendations in relevant places, and the ‘boxes’ with additional background information. It is book to pore over before a visit as well as to have on every site and journey in Crete.
I am glad you have retained directions for those of us who hire cars and drive from site to site; I may prefer the old format for those, but that’s being picky.
Well done Paola Pugsley, it was worth all that hard work!
The book arrived just as I am compiling a reading list for two groups I am leading in Crete this Spring; it will be my top recommendation, as is your Mainland Guide for tours I lead there.
many thanks
 

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