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Back From Heaven

Posted by santo, 02 June 2006 · 4,230 views

As expected my arrival in crete on the 16th May went without a hitch, i was greeted at iraklion airport by the driver who delivered my hire car and what a welcome even a straw hat for Linda was provided !!! now that is service.
The journey to our hotel (Adele Beach in Platanes) was enjoyable more so due to the aircon in my Citroen C3, having left Britain in somewhat cooler temperatures.
The hotel was great and family run so tended to get a more personal touch and i can't fault them for that even to the point when Linda had tried "Yourvetsi" and asked if the chef could do it and low and behold it was on the menu for the following night........................
The main point to my visit was to kind of convince Linda (My Partner) that moving to Crete would be a good thing and by meeting people there already, like the party attendee's it would at least give some sway.
I have to say that Linda has sensitive skin (being a ginger) and although she never stays in the sun for too long always seems to burn and blister, luckily this wasn't too evident before the party on the 20th which proved to be a great event for all who attended, although the bill for the meal seemed to be somewhat high for what was eaten (only Dinny and I actually had something else other than the starter) and Ton obviously being so engrossed with his castle high on the hill outside Pitsidia towards Matala decided he was more Kri Kri than the normal goats as he only had "Horta". In fairness to him i did try it and was amazed that it actually tasted very good. biggrin.gif
Right, now for the day in question 20th May 2006, arrived at Dinny's to see Bob & Pam had arrived just before us and what a welcome Linda & I got, a beautiful little house with a terrace (yes the"Terrace" quoted in the forum threads) and what a view, plus the odd cat or two.
What was meant to be an hour or two at most (we originally thought of settling in the hotel at Matala that Dinny had booked for us, and freshen up prior to the meal) turned into a very, very enjoyable three hours during which Ton had turned up just after us and to be honest i was quite happy to have stayed longer....... Dinny is without doubt the most amiable and delightful Host.
I felt we all clicked not just because of this website but also in personalities, well that is to say I actually had bruises from Dinny constantly pinching my arm as i was joking with her and the others (i was closer to Dinny than Pam, otherwise i'm sure i would have copped one of her too !!!!) and with the full agreement of Linda (where is the old style missus that used to support her Beau???) so having had three cans of stella and some Raki we left "the Terrace" with the intention of visiting Ton's "Castle, somehow Linda and i ended up waiting in the wrong place and missed the entourage so decided we would head to the Hotel Zafiria in Matala, upon which i had a bout of confusion or as Linda put it "don't you ever listen to people", Wow, i'm having trouble from the missus. i had walked into the main reception and felt we had gone to the wrong hotel so rang dinny (bless her) and was told to see her Daughter or Son-In-Law in the Internet Cafe across the road. I saw Costa's and introduced myself and he promptly walked back across the road to get the key (see i hadn't been wrong after all,) our room was actually over the Cafe and had the best view i could have wished for, the beach and catacombs of Matala.
First job !!! get the aircon on, the raki was starting to warm my belly (and deteriorate other parts of my senses) got the bag unpacked showered and dressed for the evening.
We plonked ourselves in a bar opposite the Taverna we were eating at, to await the arrival of the others, whom duly arrived as i was packing away my 2nd Mythos, everyone had drinks and here i will give credit to Pam who decided to have a "Large" Raki which turned into half a tumbler full and promptly drank it all.
At this point i began to realise that it may not be me getting carried home but someone more needy biggrin.gif biggrin.gif
anyway we went to the taverna and ordered some garlic bread and shrimp saganaki, Ton it turns out may well be a closet Vampire as he wasn't into garlic ( sure sign especially with wearing sunglasses) so declined the starters and for main only two people ate Dinny and myself had pre ordered Lobster to be told no Lobster but Crayfish which we accepted (plus the obligatory Garlic, loads of it).
The meal went well the conversation was flowing and Pam was now starting to lean over, not uncommon when you consider the amount of alcohol she had sank (even a horse would now be comatose) but to her credit the girl was hanging in, Having finished what Dinny and i considered to be all the crayfish, Bob decided there was more meat on there than we had noticed and promptly started to break them open and devour everything but the shell (not totally sure if he tried that also) it was at this point that Ton was eating his "Horta" (I'm sure i could see the stubs of horns on his head as he bent down) still one mans meat is another mans poison as they say.
To round off the evening we went to the Internet Cafe where Dinny's Daughter and Son-In-Law were, and proceeded to drink some more and yes you've guessed it Pam was still going strong although by now one eye was starting to close (no doubt to aid focussing) and the arm of the chair Pam was sitting in was stopping her from joining the floor.
I have to admit at this point i dont remember the group going our seperate ways but suffice to say it was a very good day/evening, meeting everyone was a joy for both Linda and me and being able to put a face to the name is a delight as well as putting a smile on my face with the memories i now have from that day. (photo's will be added shortly) during the course of the two weeks we (Linda and I) managed to travel a total of 2000Km, just short of 1300 mile, including visiting Iraklion twice and on the second occasion got to meet Yiannis for which i am grateful, at the moment i'm suffering the worst post holiday blues i've ever suffered and am trying to find an angle to get me back out there asap, and if not i'm certainly back next May (could be another party organised, ha,ha,ha,ha).




It sounds like you all had a wonderful time! Am rather jealous I wasn't able to be there. Still I have but to wait until September to fly out to Crete again.

I bet returning to grotty Wigan is something of a let down after that glorious holiday!
QUOTE(Tinks @ 6 Jun 2006, 05:08 PM)

It sounds like you all had a wonderful time! Am rather jealous I wasn't able to be there. Still I have but to wait until September to fly out to Crete again.

I bet returning to grotty Wigan is something of a let down after that glorious holiday!


Hi Claire,
I wouldn't say Wigan, Britain as a whole is depressing..............oh and i didn't find any "Goth" clubs, even asked a couple of Goth people i saw in Chania whether they knew of anywhere, could be an opening for a business out there girl. cool.gif cool.gif cool.gif
Awww, thanks for asking for me!

Goths in Crete must be pretty rare, I was stopped in the street several times last year by people asking me if I was a Witch..!
Oh, I must have been sleeping for the last few days! I thought I had looked for news in your blog and hadn't found any, but now I see it's been there for a few days already!

Nice to hear that all your time here has been pleasant (apart from a few bruses) and by the 2000 kms you managed to grind I imagine you've seen most of it!

So, after all, did you succeed in convincing Linda to carry your burdens here during your forthcoming old age retirement? biggrin.gif



Looking forward to the pictures - might clear up a black spot or two for me... dry.gif





Well, I don't remember ordering a "Large" Raki, just raki and only expected to get the normal shot glass full - maybe the person placing the order got a bit confused, Santo? With hindsight, I probably shouldn't have drunk it all as I might have remembered more of the rest of the evening, though I do recall enjoying a small portion of your crayfish that Bob managed to prise out for me and laughing a lot with you all.

We can't compete with your 2,000 kms, think we managed 500+, but saw a lot of the eastern half of the island which neither of us had visited before - lovely, but some scary roads up the sides of mountains! Maybe I'll bore you all with a blog of my own of our esperiences.

Anyway, must stop dreaming of Crete - like you I'm suffering a bad attack of post-holiday blues and get on with some work!
QUOTE(Pam @ 7 Jun 2006, 04:06 PM)

Well, I don't remember ordering a "Large" Raki, just raki and only expected to get the normal shot glass full - maybe the person placing the order got a bit confused, Santo? With hindsight, I probably shouldn't have drunk it all as I might have remembered more of the rest of the evening, though I do recall enjoying a small portion of your crayfish that Bob managed to prise out for me and laughing a lot with you all.

We can't compete with your 2,000 kms, think we managed 500+, but saw a lot of the eastern half of the island which neither of us had visited before - lovely, but some scary roads up the sides of mountains! Maybe I'll bore you all with a blog of my own of our esperiences.

Anyway, must stop dreaming of Crete - like you I'm suffering a bad attack of post-holiday blues and get on with some work!

To make u all feel miserable I am going back to Crete in July for 4 weeks via Italy (Ancona) by boat to Patras and then Piraeus-Heraklion. I am looking forwards to get my hands on Horta and Karpouzi together with Cretan Graviera Mhhhh!!!
Santo very nice story I think u should retire to Greece and write the Cretan version of the Davinci code..
Santo Iam back in Crete in July for 4 weeks. I am looking forwards to get my hands on horta, karpouzi and Cretan Graviera. Your article is really good I gave u all the stars possible and I think you should become a writer when u retire. Your first book could be 'Santo's Guide on how not to loose your friends when u like garlic'
QUOTE(Ton @ 9 Jun 2006, 07:51 AM)

Santo Iam back in Crete in July for 4 weeks. I am looking forwards to get my hands on horta, karpouzi and Cretan Graviera. Your article is really good I gave u all the stars possible and I think you should become a writer when u retire. Your first book could be 'Santo's Guide on how not to loose your friends when u like garlic'

ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha, Ton thank you for the compliment, wasn't sure if it may of offended people, but hey you only live once unless you've had "the Bite"
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Santo, did to tick off the "approve comments before posting"? I think Ton had a hard time inserting his comment, going back and seeing nothing was there. Just waiting for your to APPROVE! biggrin.gif Com'on, be a sport, take the tick-mark off! And why would that apply only for Ton's comments? Afraid he would have made some nasty posting regarding... oh, well, let's not talk about that. tongue.gif tongue.gif tongue.gif
Sorry all especially Ton, just getting sorted at work and did'nt notice the pink shade, approved now am i forgiven. rolleyes.gif rolleyes.gif rolleyes.gif

Thanks dinny for being on the ball (for once) ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,
Hi Santo,

Planning to go to Crete and staying in Dinny's house in May I read you blog once more just to see what awaits me. And also because Dinny told me that you had pictures from last year's ExploreCrete-evening here. You write that you will add pictures shortly. Will that be pictures from 2006 og 2007? Or is it me who cannot find my way around in your big blog?
Hope to see you in abou a month!

Greetings from Denmark
Birgit
Hi Santo,

What happended to the pictures from 2006? Or will it be pictures from the ExploreCrete-dinner 2007?
Hope to meet you in Matala in a month's time.

Greetings from Birgit
Birgit, not sure if you found the pictures but here's the link;
http://members.explo...n=user&user=111

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