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#1 Caroline

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 07:04 PM

I would be very grateful if a member of Explore Crete living on the South Coast of the island would do me a really big favour.

If there is anyone living in Sfakia or visiting the village, would it be possible for you to take a picture of the Mayor's Office for me. If you have any knowledge of contact details for the Mayors Office there too, that would be fantastic.

I would also like to know please, which is the best taverna in Loutro, in your opinions. I have bride who would like to get married on the South Coast here and, although I have visited the area myself, it's not a part of the Island that I know really well.

Many thanks
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Posted 07 August 2008 - 09:27 AM

Hi Caroline

There are 10-12 tavernas in Loutro, all different, and although everyone has a favourite, there's really no "best" one. My personal favourites are Ilios, for excellent Cretan home cooking, and To Limani, for grilled meats and fish. Madares is also good for home cooking, and The Blue House has always been very popular. If your friend is wanting to get married in Loutro and have a big party afterwards, Ilios would probably be the best bet: it has the largest seating area, inside as well as outside and is the best equipped for a large group as well as the widest choice of food, with plenty of vegetarian options as well as meat and fish.

Another good south coast possibility for a wedding party would be the Artemis restaurant in Agia Roumeli - a large and very professional place with excellent food.

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 12:11 AM

Hi Julie,

Many thanks for your reply. I think it was one of the resturant owners in Loutro who suggested this to my bride when she was over there last week. She and her husband to be were very impressed with Loutro bacause there were no noisy cars etc. I really appreciate you getting back to me and will pass on your recommendations. Many thanks again.

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 09:19 AM

That's a pleasure, Caroline (it's always a pleasure to talk about Loutro :mellow: )

I would be interested to hear how your friend gets on with arrangements for the wedding. It may be a challenge, as the papas officiates in most of the south coast churches - Sfakia, Loutro, Agia Roumeli (and I think the hill villages too) and may not be easy to get hold of.

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 09:26 AM

Another thought, Caroline. When does your friend want to be married? Loutro and Sfakia are vulnerable to the weather at the beginning and end of the season, and in bad weather the ferries may not run. To be sure that she and her groom and her guests can get to the wedding, she should certainly avoid April and October. In both I've several times had to walk to Sfakia on my last day.

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 09:41 AM

Hi Caroline.

If you click on this link


http://www.chora-sfakion.com/

and then click on "send a message" it will take you to the email of Yannis
at Lefki Ori. He is a friendly lad and may be willing to take the picture for
you. On the picture of the staff at the hotel, Yannis
is on the right. He happens to be fluent in English.


And hello there Julie. I always want to go straight to Loutro when I read your posts.
I plan to go to Crete again in May and will definitely stay in Loutro for a few days.
After reading your posts, I know which restaurants I want to visit. Thank you.

Best to all

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 03:48 PM

Hi Aurelia

And I always want to go straight to Loutro when I write them! <_< Indeed at all times.

May must be the nicest time - one of these days I will organise my schedule to get there then. I love April and October too, but have grown a little tired in the last few years of the uncertainty around the ferries. And this year in April there was the Imbros-Sfakia road closure. But that was all right: it gave me the chance to take the ferry (which was running) down the coast (a wonderful journey which you would love) and spend some hours in Agia Roumeli and a couple of nights in Paleochora. It made a change.

There is another restaurant I think you'd like, which I didn't mention to Caroline because it is so small. It's name escapes my ageing brain, but it's next to Ilios, specialises in mezedes, and is very good.

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 08:31 PM

Thank you very much ladies for all the advice and information, which I will certainly follow up. I am happy to say, my bride plans to get married in the hight of the Summer next year so I am sure the weather will be perfect. We are looking to create a very special wedding for our couple and this will be the first time we have arranged such an event on the South Coast. I am really looking forward to putting it all together for them. However, this will be a team effort and I am very grateful for any input and ideas from members who know the region well. I'm going to be in Crete in September and I will be popping down there have a really good look around, particulary for picturesque backdrops for the wedding photographs, which I will be doing myself!

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 02:17 PM

Caroline,

Have you given any thought to arranging a real, traditional Cretan wedding where the bride and groom
are on horses? The bride rides on a horse next to her father, who is also on a horse, and they are
trailed by relatives, sometimes on donkeys, carrying the dowry. They ride to the groom's village and he
meets them part way there. He is always on a spectacular
white horse and is dressed in colorful Cretan attire, complete with high, black boots.

When my husband and I married, we eloped, and we have always said we would like to have a real
ceremony someday. I am trying to convince him that we should first convert to the Orthodox religion, then
go to Crete and get our horses ;-)


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 02:16 PM

It has always been my wish to attend a Greek wedding. I think the idea of the bride and groom on horses is geat but not practical as far as I am concerened. I have played my pipes at many wedding and other functions. My experience with pipes and horses is that they do not mix. I once stampeded a group of police horses. So it looks like if I do get to a traditional Greek wedding I must leave my pipes at home. Best of luck.
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Posted 11 August 2008 - 11:40 PM

Yes, I have thought of introducing some of the more traditional Cretan Wedding details into our weddings for next year. I've not had a request for horses yet, but we would certainly be happy to arrange it for any bride and groom who like the idea.

Thank you for your suggestions Aurelia.

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 04:11 PM

Quote:"Yes, I have thought of introducing some of the more traditional Cretan Wedding details into our weddings for next year."

So the invitations will read "Bring your own guns" then!

All guests should also make sure that their cars horns are working at maximum decibels

John
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Posted 12 August 2008 - 08:00 PM

Thanks Retired in Crete - Thankfully nobody has requested guns. However, the car horns really add to the excitement for our couples when making their way to and from their wedding venue. The response to the sight of a wedding car in Crete is fantastic. The local people have been brilliant, waving and cheering our couples through the streets. It really does make them feel very special.

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 09:38 PM

HI,

I am about to start my war memorial pilgrimage through Crete but am having to divert slightly from my original plans. Owing to the behaviour of my young 'countrymen' in Malia I have decided to remind them that their freedom to visit Crete was not won cheaply. At 6pm Thursday the 11th. September 2008, I will put on my highland uniform and parade ALONE through the streets of Malia. I will be playing my pipes to the tune of 'My Home" before I place a floral tribute to those civilians who died for the freedom of Crete. I will quietly place a floral wreath at a suitable venue and bow my head in a silent prayer of thanks. I will then join my wife at a local taverna and drink a wee toast to "ABSENT FRIENDS". My actions will doubtless have any effect on the Brit. idiots but at least I will demonstrate to the locals that the vast majority of Brits have respect for the beauty that is Crete. I will then continue my pilgrimage as planned.

One of the thiry or so villages I will be visiting is Chora Sfakia. I am wondering if I can take my hire car from there to Sougia rather that going 'over the tops'. Any suggestions ?????

By the way should you meet me on my journey I would love to share a meal or a wee dram no matter what nationality you are. Bill Jenkins. Liverpool. UK

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 09:40 PM

Hi,
Me again. My wife and I would dearly love to attend a wedding in Crete. Anyone want a piper ????????????

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 09:49 PM

Good for you Bill- show 'em. Hopefully a few might forget themselves for a moment and respect your pilgrimage.
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Posted 07 September 2008 - 11:11 PM

Bill,

You cannot drive from Hora Sfakia to Sougia simply. You can walk or take the local ferry from Hora Sfakia but if you want to drive you must come back to Xania, take the Omalos road, turn off and then climb over the mountains, It is a good road, but not so short.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 11:04 AM

Bill, you can take your car on the ferry from Sfakia. You will need to change in Agia Roumeli - the layover will give you time for a good lunch in that nice village. The ferry to Sougia leaves, as I recall, at around 4.30, and takes an hour. The whole trip makes a nice day's journey.

Enjoy your trip.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 11:49 AM

Bill, I hate to tell you but at 6pm the majority of the 'young countrymen' that you want to remind will either be in their apartments getting ready or still sunning themselves at the beach or in their apartment complex. They don't tend to head out until a lot later than that.