Dreaming Of Crete
Posted 05 July 2006 - 07:17 PM
Anybody got a cure for the post-Cretan holiday blues or do we just have to live with it?
Pam (and Bob)
Posted 05 July 2006 - 10:20 PM
The only cure I know is to start planning the next trip!!
Posted 06 July 2006 - 03:07 PM
Its called melancholy, others name it a reversed kind of homesickness. Only thing you can do is reasoning why you have this feeling and why you can't get rid of it.
The main reason must be the fact that you feel better in Crete than at home.
The reason you feel better in Crete has to do with.............and............and............(fill in for yourself)
If you don't have those elements at home you have a problem because they seam to be connected to Crete
Solution: pack up your gear, take a sabbatical and go and live there for a long period.
Then go home again and if you still have the same feelings when you're back home then you have a serious problem and you have to emigrate
Once you live there and get homesick you're incurable because than it means that you don't feel at home at any place in the world
Posted 06 July 2006 - 05:56 PM
This is horrible at the start of a contract but next Tuesday it will say 6 Weeks and 4 days to go and once it gets to 6 weeks we are allowed to start getting excited. Ooo I think I can envisage feeling better already!
Posted 06 July 2006 - 06:07 PM
Posted 06 July 2006 - 06:26 PM
Yvonne, part of me wishes I was in your position doing contract work and the opportunity to take long breaks, but I have always been a play safe person and like the security of a permanent position, which I have been fortunate to hold on to for 30+ years (not the same job, but in the same company), so am restricted to my (fairly generous) holiday entitlement. However, retirement is not that far away!
Wim, filling in your blanks:
The reason I feel better in Crete has to do with the weather, the sun and the heat always seems pleasanter in Greece
Also, the scenery, blue sea, mountains, the smell of the herbs, the sound of the birds and cicadas, the colours - everything always seems so much more vivid over there.
Plus the relaxed way of life and the people - I can only think of one or two unpleasant experiences in the dozens of times we have been to Greece and they were in very touristy spots. We have experienced countless times the friendliness and generosity of the Greek people. I remember particularly the first holiday we had after my father died, when we went to the same apartment we had been going to with him for years. We had decided to cook for ourselves a lot of the time that holiday, as I didn't really feel like going out much and after the first couple of nights our landlady kept on bringing us homemade dishes for our supper.
However, we also like where we live and have good friends, which we will miss when we do eventually move.
I wish a sabbatical was an option, but (a) we couldn't leave our cats for a long period and wouldn't want to inflict a two-way trip on them and ( my company wouldn't allow it (money would also be a problem), buit as I said retirement isn't that far away.
Posted 07 July 2006 - 03:57 PM
Posted 08 July 2006 - 01:48 PM
Posted 08 July 2006 - 02:28 PM
Posted 08 July 2006 - 03:55 PM
Pat & I spent 8 wonderful days on Crete from 7 to 15 June. This was our second trip to Crete. It is difficult to adequately describe Crete to people who have not been there. Living here in Texas/USA, we have been asked why we would take our annual vacation (2 weeks) and go to Greece & Crete? I think people think we are crazy with all of the "wonderful" places around the world to visit! They just don't know, do they?
We did spend 4 days on the mainland of Greece, seeing Delphi, Meteora, Athens (again), etc. There is so much in Greece to see that it might take a lifetime of trips! However, the mainland is not Crete. The differences are dramatic.
I am envious of you in Europe being able to jump on a plane and be stepping onto the tarmac in Heraklion or Chania in a matter of about 3 or 4 hours! I find myself drawn to this forum every day, looking for more stories of your super holidays, new photos, and people you have met. Keep it up!
Jeffrey & Pat
Posted 08 July 2006 - 06:32 PM
Posted 09 July 2006 - 02:01 AM
it's the headland beyond suda known as the sleeping dragon!
Posted 09 July 2006 - 02:21 AM
I made a mistake but was too late to change it due to the few time given to edit ones post after adding.
Anyhow when you hover over de picture with your mouse it says Plakias doesn't it?
Very clever of you to see that mistake.
Posted 14 July 2006 - 07:58 PM
Gary and Magda
Posted 15 July 2006 - 12:17 AM
Posted 15 July 2006 - 05:40 PM
You have had that tree for over a week now, has it grown much yet?
I think mine are racing on - but it could be the raki
Posted 15 July 2006 - 06:20 PM
but crete means different things to different people
Posted 16 July 2006 - 02:53 PM
Posted 16 July 2006 - 10:38 PM
Yeah right Harry, I was thinking of him,
not his product then Wim?
Posted 17 July 2006 - 10:53 AM