A letter

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Nice to get letters like this!

Dear Luca,
I have just come across your Cretan Walk Website and the book that you are planning to publish on it. I am thrilled and want to get my hand on an English Version as soon as possible. Please let me know when and how I will be able to buy it.
My wife Silvia and I are passionate walkers and are planning a long distance track from March 2016 to October 2016, starting in Crete, continuing via the E4 on Peloponnese, then via ferry crossing from Patras to Bari, then using the newly established Archangel Michael’s Way to trek Gargano and Abruzzi (hope that your Refugio is on that route;-), then ferry again from Civitavecchia to reach GR 20 on Corsica and on to Marsaille (E 4) to Andorra and GR 10 … and, so god willing, maybe Portugal in the end. Most of the routes are coming together slowly. The only ones I am still struggling with is how to best get from the Archangel Michael Trail to Civitavecchia (for the ferry to Corsica) and the E4 on the Peloponnese, which seems to be difficult to find due to lack of marking as well as guidebooks. It would be great if you had any information on those that you could share or point me towards.
Thanks in advance for your response,
Klaus

Eftichis

This man is Eftichis. He works in Samaria Gorge as a Forest Guard since the 90s. One of the most interesting people you can meet in Samaria. Always welcome and kind, speaking English, he is the responsible of Samaria village area.  He loves the gorge an he likes to take care of the village, the buildings, the field, and the kri-kri, the wild goats or Agrimi (like the one in the picture). His parents were from there, before the village was evacuated in the creation of the National Park.

This guy is the right person in the right place! Something difficult to find in Greek public service!

We tell you this story because we decided to give him the prize as “CamminaCreta special person”. And we gave him a pair of  Scarpa mountain boots. Scarpa gave us some shoes to give during the walk to special persons, we waited to give the last one to find the right person. We waited more than one year, but now we are proud of this, Eftichis is very happy of his new shoes and of this acknolegment.

So, if you walk in Samaria Gorge, and you see him in Samaria village, you can stop for a while and talk with this man, could be a very interesting meeeting.

Happy New Year from Lefka Ori!

My dear friend Stelios Georgedakis, that walked with me some days of CamminaCreta, and that in winter lives on the White Mountains of Crete (Lefka Ori) in the village of Agios Ioannis, gives to the lovers of Crete his Happy New Year sending this nice video shot by his friend Cristos,

It’s the story of two famous french ski alpinists, Stéphane Brosse and Charles Dubouloz (Millet team) that crossed in 6 hours all the Lefka Ori from Omalos to Askifou, climbing Mount Pachnes.

It’s 40 kilometers, usually you need two hard days to walk it!
But more than the exploit we are interested in the beautiful landscape of that mountains with snow, the same mountain where the E4 runs, and where usually I lead trekking groups every year!


Luca

A presentation of CamminaCreta in Milan (Italy)

Saturday March the 26th in Milano, at the fair “Fa’ la cosa giusta”, Luca Gianotti will talk about his walk in Crete from East to West along the E4. There will be a slideshow prepared by  Matteo Nobili.  For all the Crete’s lovers, a big appointment!

At the end, concert of an italian singer:  Ori.  And we’ll eat and drink something together.

At 4 pm, here’s the fair’s web  Fa’ la cosa giusta

We wait for you!