Yiásas! ~ About Us
We are Anastasi & Apostoli, and we love Crete!
Let us tell you a little about us. We want to share our love for
this beautiful island, and we found the internet a great way to do it.
loves surfing and bush walking, two things he enjoys to the max in Australia. He
also loves coffee and taverna meals, good wine and healthy vegetarian food,
plenty of which he enjoys in Greece.
Taso loves travelling and has contributed
to many of our information pages about the Greek Islands. He currently works as an eco-tour guide and as a volunteer for surf and ocean
Toli loves music and plays the bass guitar. Toli is our resident
historian, and loves exploring Cretan history, and Greek ancient history. Toli
shares great information about Cretan music and dancing, and he loves cooking,
growing herbs and vegetables.
Toli loves restoring and touring by motorcycle, and has helped to write our mini-guides to touring by car or motorbike in Crete. Passionate about ecology and forest regeneration, he is a landscape designer, and
works in a nursery.
Katia came into our lives to share the joy of
Greece, Kriti and love of life with us. A traveller since a young age…after living in Australia,
Africa, Europe and Latin America, she spoke Spanish but no
Well, after living in Greece and travelling in Greece, that has
all changed, she even has a Cretan accent! With her experiences as a
writer and independent traveller, Katia answers many of our visitors' questions as she has real knack of putting together great itineraries.
Growing up in Australia, so far away from Greece, we developed as
international citizens, loving the sun, sand and surf of the great
southern land. We were teased and bashed for our olive skin and dark
curly hair. All we wanted to do was fit in. Like most teenagers.
As we grew, we developed nostalgia. That is a Greek word
which has come into English. It is love and longing fueled by being far
away. This nostalgia deepened our love for Greece, and we gradually came
to allow ourselves to be who we truly are. Many Greeks in Australia,
America or Canada know how that feels. Since we were young, we had
dreams with Greece in them. We knew how she feels, how the air tastes,
how the atmosphere shines.
We travelled from our home town of Sydney and lived in Noosa in
Queensland. Our home was a cottage painted blue and white in the
wonderful wild Australian bush. Here we expressed our love for our
homeland in paintings of water-colour and pastel, and dreamed of
A little about us...we are artists, writers and musicians. We play flamenco, rumba, rock, heavy metal and Cretan folk music.
It was not until we set foot upon Greece that we truly understood
what we had been missing our whole lives. It was as though we had never
truly breathed. For the first time in our lives we felt that we had
We love Greece, and being Cretan, we especially love Crete. As
musicians, it was a deeper home-coming. Cretans are natural poets and
musicians and their proud culture oozes from every pore, but not more
than when they are playing music or dancing. We are blessed to be Cretan
Greeks, and this inspires us in wanting to share Kriti and her unique
story with the world.
Our grandparents were born in Crete. Our grandmother comes from the village of Máza in Selínou province in Chania. Our grandfather was born in Kerásia in Malevisíou province in Iraklion.
We tell you about us, because we know there are lots of Greeks
like us all over the world, who hunger to learn more about their roots
and wish to explore this rich culture. It is wonderful to have the
Internet to bring us all closer together to understand one another and
to create a cyber-kafenion; the "university of life". So, that is a little about us.
travelled extensively in Crete, many other Greek islands and in Athens
and the Greek mainland, we have put together our tips and suggestions
for how to enjoy some of the most beautiful parts of Greece.
great thing about Crete is that it is very central to the rest of the
Greek islands, so you can take a ferry and whiz off to another
fascinating island in no time! Or stay and explore the hundreds of
beaches, mountain ranges and countless gorges and villages of
Crete. You choose.
We hope you enjoy this website and visit Kríti soon.
Anastasi & Apostoli
Now you know just a little about us. Tell us a little about you...see the
contact us page.
Or chat to us on our We Love Crete Facebook page...
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Tell us about your favourite beach in Crete...and share photos...
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Or tell everybody about your news or event coming up in Crete...
Join us in our love of this most beautiful island.
With the family...
Stin Yiamas! Avgeniki Village, Heraklion, Crete
With friends in our Grandfather's village, Crete
In the kafenion
|Tsikoudia in the village - at the kazani
|At Elafonisi Beach
At Matala Beach
|The Old Town of Rethymnon
|Some wine my dear?!
|At the wedding...
|At the wedding...
The old town of Rethymnon
|Katia with a friend in the village laneway...
|Katia with the girls in the village laneway...
Taso and Toli with friends in the village...
Good parea in the village, Crete
Sheep and lambs outside Paliani, Venerato
Stin Yiamas!! Venerato village in Heraklion, Crete
Stin Yiamas!! In Venerato.