Monday, 21 January 2008

What's in a name?

Roadsigns on the Paleochora/Azogires Road; within 20 metres of each other!

Azogires or Azogyres?

It’s said that the name Azogires means in the old Cretan dialect, and means 'the circle of life', indicating a good place to live.

It's also said that Azogyres (note the Y) means, in the same dialect, an unpleasant smelly bush*.

The village we are concerned with is known as Azogires, in spite of the road signs, and is not to be confused with the other Azogyres, over the mountains towards Voutas.

* The source of this piece of information live in Azogires and is thought to be somewhat biased!

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