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Posted 07 June 2005 - 03:50 PM

Hi People. I am going to crete at the weekend and hope to se the sun for two weeks, although a lot of weather websites seemed to be showing a lot of cloud forecast. ANybody there now that can tell me the exact weather conditions????

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Posted 07 June 2005 - 06:29 PM

Hi!
Just check a few posts down on weather conditions... and you'll find an exellent link to the Poseidon site. That'll keep you updated for sure... I can almost FEEL the sunshine when I check that site! :)

OK, I'll save you the trouble, here it is:

http://www.poseidon....r_forecast.html

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Posted 07 June 2005 - 07:51 PM

The last few days it has been sunny in Heraklion.
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Posted 07 June 2005 - 10:00 PM

Thanks for the info lads. : :)

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 06:39 PM

Hi I am just back from there. You have to understand that the island of Crete is divided in two parts, the north part and the south part. The north part is colder whereas the south is warmer. This causes the cold air from the norht pour in the void of the lighter south air of the island. The clouds that you see in the north can suddenly turn, thus, into the notorious kretiphoons (www. kretiphoonssurvival.gr), which I just saw and that announce a whole season of them.

The kretiphoons are small, minor typhoons, because the wind in the north when it rushes to the wind in the south produces what is called a whirlwind. Within these whirlwinds the air gets suddenly colder and colder and produces small snowy areas. When one of the kretiphoons is formed, more follow suit.

I have seen with my eyes as many as 10 of them being produced from a single cloud. The crowded beaches got immediately evacuated and I witnessed authentic scenes of panic. All the tourists fled to their apartments and closed up themselves in there, nailing wood planks on the windows.
Unfortunately, a couple of kretiphoons reached the beach before all toruists escaped.

being among the ones who were lagging behind (I have an innured hand that makes me much slower) I was nearly caught by the second kretiphoon, which missed me by a few inches. Regrettably, it intercepted a set of bushes where mosquitoes were resting awaiting for their usual night assaults.
This caused a huge cloud of mosquitoes, all pretty upset apparently, bering flung unto the north part of Hersonissos. The tourists that were laying flat on the ground hoping to escape the kretiphoons thus got nearly eaten alive by these swarms of mosquitoes, as big as a hand at times, and very voracious.

From the apartments, the greeks started shooting at the mosquitoes with pump machine guns hoping to save a few tourists from the assault of the big insects.

The situation as I left it was of chaos, but the police and the emergency departments are taking care of that and hope to bring it back to normality before the end of august.

So if you go to crete beware of the kretiphoons and you have to know mosquitoes are pretty annoyed and that there are greeks shooting from the windows, and hailing cars of the police and of mosquito busters running back and forth all day on the shore rescuing tourists and chasing mosquitoes.

The whetaher is now sunny but the mossquitoes were still there. I had to be sanitized before getting on the plan e in fear that pockets of mosquitoes could be in hidning in my clothes and could burst out inside the plane. They found a coujple of them frozen by the second kretiphoon.
So it is safe and you'll find sun, but Hersonissos still looks a bit shaked by the kretiphoons, corpses of tourists can occasionally still be found, or parts of them, for which crete has a very well equipped team of DNA scientists to provide identifications, and mosquitoes still prowl the areas as swarms of maggots.

I hope this helps to soothe your anguish. ciao!

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 08:34 PM

Ciao Alberto,
Looks like you had a fabulous time in Crete? Even got a shot of the Greek humour, it seems :wink:

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 11:03 PM

Ciao Alberto,
Looks like you had a fabulous time in Crete?


Strangest vacation ever.

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Posted 09 June 2005 - 10:08 AM

Any chance we'll ever hear some details? :wink:

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Posted 09 June 2005 - 10:42 AM

Which just goes to prove you should not mix Raki and Metaxa. Glad you enjoyed your holiday. All the best Tony

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Posted 09 June 2005 - 01:46 PM

Any chance we'll ever hear some details? :wink:


Unlikely, but if you ask specific questions I may answer them. I am still thinking about those strange days there. It is going to give to me to think for quite a while.

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Posted 09 June 2005 - 07:15 PM

OK, then. Just two questions....

1) Did you like Crete?

2) Did you remember to ask for her name?

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Posted 09 June 2005 - 08:00 PM

OK, then. Just two questions....

1) Did you like Crete?

2) Did you remember to ask for her name?

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1) Crete is a huge island I do not feel like I can say if I liked it or not, for i saw a reduced portion of it.

2) I rememberd to ask her name and her email address too but she was so drunk that she provided me with a wrong email address, after which her name is useless :-)

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Posted 10 June 2005 - 05:11 PM

Hi Alberto , I have read most of your very entertaining posts regarding your long awaited trip to Crete , from what I have gathered you were intending to stay and look for work but you seem to have arrived home again very quickly , did you not like Hersonissos ? Or were you just unfortunately unable to find work ? I was looking forward very much to your return to hear your views on this beautiful place but your recent post makes it sound like you were disappointed , hope this was not the case and you had a good time !! Best wishes, Toni. :)

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Posted 10 June 2005 - 07:20 PM

I am still thinking about it. As I said strangest vacation ever, and it gave to me lot of things to think about.

I do not think that being more specific on a forum devoted to Crete would be benefical. I mean that on the one hand I am fully aware that I saw oly a small part of Crete, on the other hand I could be misread or misunderstood: I have a way of my own of seeing things that not always matches the common sense.

What I can say is that in Crete, for my perspective, we have only one problem: the tourists.

Now, as you see, any discourse that starts like that looks a bit weird to be extended: because if to me, as a tourist, the problem were exactly the tourists and their mindsets, to Crete the tourists are not a problem and their mindset is of no particular relevance.

There would be much to say about the tourists. They do not even go there for Greece. For what they do, they could as well stay home. Their idea of a vacation is to destroy themselves drinking in bars all night, of course with a lot of sexual pretension as long as it is kept such.
I don't understand it. I don't understand the tourists. They might even be harming Crete to some degree: some areas seem to be arranging in order to accommodate them, unavoidably accordingly to the tourists' worth and merits.

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Posted 10 June 2005 - 08:15 PM

Hi Alberto
I've loved reading all your posts and I'm sorry you were disappointed with your holiday. We too went to Crete for the first time last summer but we loved it! We stayed in a little place called Marathi beach which is near Chania on the Akrotiri Peninsular. It is an absolutely gorgeous place with fantastic views across Souda bay to the white mountains. It has a wonderful sandy beach, 3 tavernas and a snack bar and thats it! There isn't much in the way of accomodation and whilst we were there we hardly heard another British voice! It is mostly frequented by local Greeks from Chania and is very uncommercialised. There were no noisy bars or union jack shorts! Just good Greek hospitality. We loved it there and will definitely go back one day!

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Posted 10 June 2005 - 11:09 PM

Alberto, honestly :!:

We have now "lived" with your preparations for your vacation in Crete, even almost been with you to the doctor to make sure your hand was fine so all your search and the many replies you got, weren't for nothing - and what can you tell us afterwards? That Crete is a big island with many tourist and that the weather was strange when you were there.

That Crete is a big island and full of tourists is not a surprise - at least not to me. :) That you have had bad/strange weather you should take as a very special experience. 99% of all tourist can tell of sun and sun only (not a bad thing either).

It sounds to me that you look back at your vacation in Crete as some kind of bad experience. Why? Has anyone of us told you or suggested something you couldn't find?

Greetings from a very puzzled Dane
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Posted 10 June 2005 - 11:19 PM

I never complained about the weather. Do you mean you really took my post about the kretiphoons as a... serious one uh?

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Posted 10 June 2005 - 11:22 PM

Hi Alberto,

No, I sure did not - you gave me the laugh of the day with that posting. :)

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Posted 11 June 2005 - 12:09 AM

There are others in the other forum. I hope they give the surfers a laugh.

It's sort of a lampoon of the worries at times expressed about Crete.

When I have time and the occasion presents itself I will wirte a few other of such fake "reports", provided they give some fun. The irony would be if anyone would at first sight take them seriously ahaha :)