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#7489 Greek Dances

Posted by Angela on 11 April 2006 - 02:47 AM in Explore Crete

I should add that there is a nice website with some videos of dances and with songs as well, from all over the Balkans and including Greece. Its address is :


Unfortunately no pan-hellenic common dances shown, but its still enjoyable nonetheless.

#7475 Greek Dances

Posted by Angela on 10 April 2006 - 07:20 AM in Explore Crete

If only they could add video, its pretty difficult trying to do a dance you've never seen before only from notation. I joined a dance group. Great website though, its fun if a little confusing too.

#7313 Crete Dagers

Posted by Angela on 26 March 2006 - 09:31 PM in Explore Crete

Thanks Yorgos and Yannis for your research and replies. I suppose my Uncle was right then... perhaps one of my ancestors was a "man who made knives". Very interesting to read about the historical and cultural significance of the Kritiki maxairi also.

#7295 Crete Dagers

Posted by Angela on 25 March 2006 - 09:10 PM in Explore Crete

I'd like to add to this question, is there any truth to the "stories" I've heard that a daggar is called "mpitzak or bitzak"? I was told that my last name "Pitsakis" which used to be "Mpitsakis (Bitsakis)" before removal of the Mi means knife or daggar maker. I was also told that there is a place where you can find many shops with the name Pitsakis and where they sell daggars, among others things I suppose. Thanks.

#6987 Ask Yannis!

Posted by Angela on 25 February 2006 - 09:44 PM in Explore Crete

Anyone have any pictures from yesterdays "dust storm"?

#6934 Happy Birthday Dinny

Posted by Angela on 17 February 2006 - 08:58 PM in Explore Crete

Xronia Polla on your first birthday in Crete!

#6866 Any 1 Been Sidari Corfu

Posted by Angela on 01 February 2006 - 04:02 AM in Explore Crete

I've been there, but I wasn't staying there, I was closer to Kerkyra in Perama. I don't know if its similar to Hersonisos, I was young when I went so I don't know how helpful I can be. It was very nice though, all of Corfu is georgeous and green. I can try to help with any questions.

#6339 Mazoxi

Posted by Angela on 04 November 2005 - 08:02 PM in Explore Crete

Thanks Anne, yeah I looked on the website already. I'm interested in first hand experience of the event. I was hoping to hear from someone who either lives on Crete and has been there, has a friend who has, who is familiar with the town or anything, or even someone who doesn't live there but has atteneded the seminar... I have no reason to contact anyone like Athan Karras about it, just was hoping someone from this website would have been there or knows about it.

#6334 Oil Depot Near Kokkino Horio

Posted by Angela on 04 November 2005 - 03:15 AM in Explore Crete

Well.... I think thats sad, though I'm sure it will be good for the local economy and citizens who will benefit from jobs, it still cannot be a good thing for the environment. Lets just hope there won't be any spills!

Funny thing is, that the president of the oil company will of course say that it won't be bad for the environment and only positive things about his own venture... no president of a company is truthful about things like that. Unfortunatly, the mentality today (espeically here in the US) is anything that is good for business is good, and anything thats not.... well thats not going to happen (global warming, and cutting emissions, etc). We can just all take the mindset that hey, when the skata hits the fan we'll all be dead, and it'll be someone elses problem.

#6317 Mazoxi

Posted by Angela on 02 November 2005 - 11:18 PM in Explore Crete

Oh yeah, I guess I should've included that. Mazoxi is a traditional folk dance conference in Crete.

#6312 Mazoxi

Posted by Angela on 02 November 2005 - 08:32 PM in Explore Crete

Has anyone even been to or heard about this conference? I would like to go someday. Its held in Roustika near Rethymnon every summer. Wondering about activities, costs, and general impressions, etc?

#6311 Learn Greek

Posted by Angela on 02 November 2005 - 08:30 PM in Explore Crete

I'd like to know the answer to that question too. I've been studying Greek for about two years now, and I'm nowhere near fluent. I definatley have a good grasp of grammar but am lacking in vocabulary. I think I need to go to Greece for a few months straight in order to be immersed in the language, thats probably the only way I'll really improve. There just isn't really anyone to talk to here, so I don't get much practice, and other studies have taken priority over Greek this year unfortunatly. But, if anyone has become fluent from nothing, especially without being in Greece, how'd it go? and How did you go about it?

#6213 Photo Album

Posted by Angela on 26 October 2005 - 12:44 AM in Explore Crete

Thanks Yanni. Sorry for making you repeat something you already provided. I actually read that but for some reason I though it was resizing the picture, not the file size.... got a little confused, not the best with computers. Anyhow, will try one of the programs. Thanks again.

#6192 Cretan Mantinada Lyrics

Posted by Angela on 25 October 2005 - 12:49 AM in Cretan and Greek Music

I wouldn't mind putting a translation on here for all those who want to know the meaning without knowing Greek, though I still don't know Greek very well, but I will get started on it.
The songs title, Astra min me malonete, means Stars, don't scold me...

POU TRAGOUDO TI NIXTA pou=where, where I sing in the night
GIATI EIXA PONO STH KARDIA because I have (had) pain in my heart
KAI VGIKA KAI TON EIPA. and I went out and I told him (or them, the stars I think)

St' astra tha po ton pono mou to the stars I will tell my pain

the others I have to look up some words... thats all for now, anyone else who speaks Greek can correct me or add on the rest.

#6188 Greek Movie: "the Weeping Meadow"

Posted by Angela on 24 October 2005 - 08:24 PM in Explore Crete

Thanks Uffe for the information on Angelopoulos' new film. I have had a hard time finding Greek movies in the States, but this one will become available soon. Anyone have any other suggestions on good Greek films? There is one movie I enjoyed, Italian, not Greek, called Mediterraneo. It is set on a small Greek isle during WWII. We actually watched it in my Greek class, I was disappointed to hear Italian rather than Greek as I am there to learn Greek, but it was a funny and touching movie that brings up some important issues about life and how one should live their life, what one should value, etc. Other than that I have only seen oldies like "Pote tin Kyriaki". Still on the lookout for popular modern Greek films.

#6187 Photo Album

Posted by Angela on 24 October 2005 - 08:13 PM in Explore Crete

I created a member album, but I have a problem I only now realized. I tried to upload my first image which gave me an error saying it was too large. I went to the help page and realized that the maximum size for pictures is 500KB, but all of my photos are too large. They are more like 700-900 KB, is there anything I can do to minimize their size? They are pretty large and very good quality (for zoom, etc), so I suppose that is why they are so large, but is there anything I can do to add them to this gallery?

#6186 Cretan Mantinada Lyrics

Posted by Angela on 24 October 2005 - 07:55 PM in Cretan and Greek Music

Those are the lyrics I was looking for... wow, I was WAY off. I guess thats what happens when you barely speak Greek, though it even happens to me with some English songs. Thanks for the lyrics, that is the version I have. I still don't know who the singer is because I actually heard the song on a movie called Greece: Land of Light, which shows video of Greek with music in the background.

#6169 Cretan Mantinada Lyrics

Posted by Angela on 21 October 2005 - 07:29 PM in Cretan and Greek Music

Sounds like it was a beautiful night. I have nothing specific for it to strike my memory, but it just reminded me of my time in Crete this summer, especially the nights in Sfakia with crystal clear skies and near total silence besides the waves, I really miss those days.

Thanks for the "siganos" info, I'll ask my intructor about it, maybe we can dance to the song.

#6127 Cretan Mantinada Lyrics

Posted by Angela on 18 October 2005 - 01:47 AM in Cretan and Greek Music

Yeah, I figured there would be alot of variation and improvisation as well. The version I have is the way you began it, Yanni's second verse, and then the last part is a bit different from both of the last parts each of your provided. I can't really make it out too well. It seems like it is saying....

KAI VGIKA KAI TON EIPA. (giati eixa pono sa masa ma)

St' astra tha po ton pono mou
pou den ton martiroune
apou 'houne ipomoni
(ahi pos me katantises) (something like, axi ka bgika san giasa ma)
me ts' ores kai grikoune.

but the last part goes...

den epuxe/etuxe fengari mou
na pou sto martiroune
epei (exei?) sto dh pion argas
na bgika einai san giasa mas
and ?????
den epuxe na piou sto martiroune

well my guess is probably completely wrong, but thats how it sounds to me, even though it can sound different everytime (epuxe/etuxe)

I'll get it someday... either way I have the first two parts, thats good enough I guess, until I can maybe get help from my Greek professor or my father.

I have another question, for anyone familiar with traditional dancing, is there any dance that can be done to this song? I've only started dancing two months ago, and we have focused on Ipirus and Pontus so far, so I don't know much about Cretan dancing yet, and don't know which type of dance would go with this song, if any. Thanks for all your help, I'm glad to be able to understand some of this song I like so much.

#6125 Cretan Mantinada Lyrics

Posted by Angela on 17 October 2005 - 08:14 PM in Cretan and Greek Music

Thank you Yannis... I believe that finishes it. Now I can sing along.... I love the song, I miss hearing Cretan music this summer.

#6121 Cretan Mantinada Lyrics

Posted by Angela on 17 October 2005 - 04:46 AM in Cretan and Greek Music

does it make sense to you the way i write it? im not sure if you speak Greek.

Yeah, thats fine. Boro na diabazw ellinika, alla katalabainw mono ligo.... siga siga. Thanks so much.... I listened to the song with the lyrics you provided, those are the ones!! He does add more lyrics to them, but I'm sure some of it is improvisation too.... I will keep struggling with it. Sas efharisto.

#6118 Cretan Mantinada Lyrics

Posted by Angela on 16 October 2005 - 07:36 PM in Cretan and Greek Music

Hi, anyone on here who might know the lyrics to the mantinada "Astra mhn me malonete"?? I cannot make out all the words when listening and have been unable to find anything on the lyrics through search engines. I got close one time on a German website, but there was an error that popped up, couldn't understand the German though, maybe I had to be a member...it was very frustrating, I was so close!

#5915 pork giros

Posted by Angela on 26 September 2005 - 09:33 PM in Explore Crete

If your referring to the meat itself I think it is because they put a layer of fat between the layers of meat... don't know specifics about spices though.

#5677 I've been visiting Crete today! ;-)

Posted by Angela on 02 September 2005 - 02:57 AM in Explore Crete

Just looking through old posts, I think I'm going to have to download this program. Hah, Tucson, Arizona is where I live (during the school year at least). Its currently VERY hot.... and no beaches to cool down. I miss Crete!

#5674 touring around

Posted by Angela on 02 September 2005 - 12:20 AM in Explore Crete

oops, yeah... two hours everyday except the last of course!! I forgot about that one . Truth be told, I don't think we ever went over the speed limit, and many times (mostly out of necessity) we went below it. Also, I'm not suggesting that anyone do as extensive a trip as we did, just stating what is possible in half the time Monk will be spending. So, if he is really interested in a specific place (like one on the other side of the island) it would be possible to go there without sacrificing enjoyment or relaxation. But, as I said (as did Tim), if your interested in travel and your base is Hania, Sfakia is a good option, I loved it there, and I know that for my next trip that is where I will want to spend a great deal of the time. Though it is not a busy tourist area, with many (any) bars and nightclubs, etc. if that is what you are interested in. Have a great trip, and let us know how you enjoyed it. :)