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Frugal Fortnight

Posted by Kritsa Yvonne, 19 May 2009 · 1,236 views

It was a shame that our spring trip was a week too late to enjoy Greek Easter but we were in time to enjoy a wonderful fresh landscape with many flowers.

Our holiday was an “extra”, and we needed to take care to keep costs down; so we used easy jet to Heraklion, buses on arrival and for a couple of trips into the local town, we cooked at home and only hired a car for the last few days prior to leaving it at the airport on departure day.

Most of our days were warm and sunny, usually starting with breakfast on the balcony before a busy day painting and DIY at the house or enjoying walks that are off the agenda during summer visits to Crete due to the heat.

There was one very wet day when my brightly coloured wellies taken to Crete from the UK on a previous trip became the envy of the village ladies. Well I did look a lovely sight as I teamed the wellies with a bright yellow cagoule; they certainly saw me coming.

Our money saving regime went well until we met up with our forum friend Old Viking to enjoy a drink on his roof top pagoda and learned how he had found someone very reliable to install air conditioning. Well, we had a quote and an installation within 3 days; by a Greek workman, unheard of!!!

Just before you start to get lulled into a false sense of security it was situation normal with our pal the Plumber; despite him visiting (after only 3 phone calls) to price up the job to “cut off” a spare but leaking tap he did not manage to make it back before we left – still there is always next time.

Once we had a car we had trips up to both Kathero and Lassithi plateaus to enjoy some great walks. Last time we saw them the landscape was burnt to a brown crisp; this time they were lush green with snow on high peaks and masses of apple and pear tree blossom.

On our last day we visited a beach for the first swim of the year; a beautiful golden bay to ourselves without a beach umbrella in sight.

Being back to work was not so bad, probably because we will be setting off to Crete on 1st July for three months “at home”. biggrin.gif