Context on Demand - Captivating Crete:  A Mediterranean Jewel with Dimitra Pilarinou

Context on Demand - Captivating Crete: A Mediterranean Jewel with Dimitra Pilarinou


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Description

Join local expert Dimitra Pilarinou to discover Crete: a stunning island with incomparable history.  This virtual voyage to the jewel of the Greek Mediterranean Sea will delight and inspire.
Homer described Crete as an island ''in the midst of the wine-dark sea." The largest of the Greek islands, Crete is the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Crete is unique among the Aegean islands: it is a condensed continent, where one can experience dramatic changes in its majestic landscape: soaring snow-capped mountains with deep ravines and dark caves alternate with fertile valleys, olive groves, and sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, in a never-ending dance of natural beauty. Enjoying one of Europe's finest mild climates, Crete is the blessed island when it comes to its agriculture: olives, grapes, horticultural products paired with wild greens, meat, and fish are the critical components of Cretan gastronomy: One of the healthiest and most delicious in the world.
Crete's amazing scenery was the backdrop of Europe's first advanced civilization, the Minoans. They graced the island with their extraordinary palaces destined to become in the course of millennia the stuff of myths and legends. Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians, Ottomans followed and left their imprint on the culture of the only island that has been a part of every single empire. Charming, picturesque villages harmoniously coexist with ancient Greek and Roman ruins, Venetian castles, and Ottoman minarets. Amidst this extraordinary blend of natural beauty and Crete’s history, the Cretan people, proud of their island’s heritage, are extraordinarily open-hearted and hospitable: real children of ''Xenios" Zeus, the God of hospitality, who was born on Crete and never left...
Led by an expert on Crete’s history, archaeology, and culture, Dimitra Pilarinou, this interactive seminar will offer a thorough introduction to the island of Crete: its landscape, history, culture, gastronomy, towns, and villages. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the wonders that Crete has to offer.
About Your Expert

Dimitra Pilarinou is a Greek archaeologist and Licensed Tour Guide with a Masters degree in Prehistoric Archaeology of the Aegean. She has worked in excavations all around Greece, has given speeches on various topics in Seminars and Congresses, and has appeared on documentaries about the Minoans on History Channel and Travel Channel.

Audience

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

Duration

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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A. (Concord, US)
Outstanding, informative lecture.

We learned so much about the history, geography, and beauty of Crete in this informative and picturesque talk. We will look forward to our next trip to Crete, to see places discussed by Dimitra.

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C.T. (Unionville, US)

I loved the voyage around Crete which was most informative. Dimitra makes me want to go. As always, she
gives us an inspiring hour.

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n.l. (Newberry, US)

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O.G. (Hialeah, US)
5,000 years in one island

I did not expect to learn so much in just 90 minutes. Crete was a mystery to me and I now find myself in love with this marvelous island thanks to Ms. Pilarinou's presentation. Her insights and observations enriched my understanding of the area with the beautiful pictures she shared with us.

H
H.W. (Napa, US)
Great overview and fun

I really liked this class- nicely organized, lots of photos and Dimitra is very cheerful and knowledgeable!

Customer Reviews

Based on 54 reviews
94%
(51)
6%
(3)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
A
A. (Concord, US)
Outstanding, informative lecture.

We learned so much about the history, geography, and beauty of Crete in this informative and picturesque talk. We will look forward to our next trip to Crete, to see places discussed by Dimitra.

C
C.T. (Unionville, US)

I loved the voyage around Crete which was most informative. Dimitra makes me want to go. As always, she
gives us an inspiring hour.

n
n.l. (Newberry, US)

Guest did not leave comment

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O.G. (Hialeah, US)
5,000 years in one island

I did not expect to learn so much in just 90 minutes. Crete was a mystery to me and I now find myself in love with this marvelous island thanks to Ms. Pilarinou's presentation. Her insights and observations enriched my understanding of the area with the beautiful pictures she shared with us.

H
H.W. (Napa, US)
Great overview and fun

I really liked this class- nicely organized, lots of photos and Dimitra is very cheerful and knowledgeable!