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#21 Graeme

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Posted 22 April 2005 - 06:05 PM

the road out of Chora is very 'interesting' in parts


Ermm .....

Where's Chora, cant see it on map :oops:

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Posted 22 April 2005 - 10:15 PM

Perhaps it is a spelling problem. Unfortunately there are many different spellings used for the same places, so it could be Chora Sfakion, Hora Sfakion or Sfakia.
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Posted 22 April 2005 - 10:53 PM

Perhaps it is a spelling problem. Unfortunately there are many different spellings used for the same places, os it could be Chora Sfakion, Hora Sfakion or Sfakia.


Lets hope the signposts in Crete are good then :mrgreen:

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 10:17 PM

Perhaps it is a spelling problem. Unfortunately there are many different spellings used for the same places, os it could be Chora Sfakion, Hora Sfakion or Sfakia.


Lets hope the signposts in Crete are good then :mrgreen:


I did mean Chora Sphakion btw (Chora Sfakion, Hora Sfakion or Sfakia) there's no proper anglisized version as the the correct name is in the greek alphabet!

as for road signs, you will find the first ones you'll see are in Greek and then just before or at the junctions they are in english, you get used to them :wink:

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 11:51 AM

as for road signs, you will find the first ones you'll see are in Greek and then just before or at the junctions they......


Oh eck, this is without doubt a recipe for instant marital disaster :?
My wife is not the best of navigators and often gives directions after the junction has been passed :shock:

Can one travel via hot air ballon out there :D

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 12:23 PM

[quote="Graeme
Oh eck, this is without doubt a recipe for instant marital disaster :?
My wife is not the best of navigators and often gives directions after the junction has been passed :shock:

Can one travel via hot air ballon out there :D[/quote]

you'll be rite! :) just look on your little detours as a bonus tours of undiscovered crete

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 12:39 PM

[quote=harribobs]
QUOTE("Graeme
.... just look on your little detours as a bonus tours of undiscovered crete[/quote)


Y'know your absoulutely right....having explored much of mainland Scotland in my life, the best places were to be found down single track roads that didnt go anywhere specificaly, normaly came to an end 18 miles down the side of of a loch, but gave the most spectacular scenery.......and even better the main bulk of tourists drove on past the beginnings of such roads :mrgreen:
As we have 2 Land Rovers here at home I'd dearly love to hire one in Crete so as to able to get "offroad" and away from the main tourist routes, but they cost an arm and a leg to hire :?

Has no one yet thought of doing hot air ballon trips in Crete ......yet :wink:

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 01:45 PM

I am not sure if the hot air balloon trips is a nice idea...The meltemi summer winds would take the balloon to Libya...

Why don't you rent a small 4WD car, like a Suzuki Jimny? Thye can take you everywhere and they are not expensive.
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Posted 25 April 2005 - 03:26 PM

I am not sure if the hot air balloon trips is a nice idea...The meltemi summer winds would take the balloon to Libya...

Why don't you rent a small 4WD car, like a Suzuki Jimny? Thye can take you everywhere and they are not expensive.


Are the winds that strong ......all the time ?

We did look at hiring a Suzuki 4x4 but they dont have a good safety record and if you happen to roll over there is no roof bar protection. We also considered a Jeep Wrangler.....but at more than twice the cost of our accomadation this was hardly a good financial option. Better to have ordinary car and more money in pocket for greek tavern or restuarant :wink:

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 04:15 PM

Are the winds that strong ......all the time ?

We did look at hiring a Suzuki 4x4 but they dont have a good safety record and if you happen to roll over there is no roof bar protection. We also considered a Jeep Wrangler.....but at more than twice the cost of our accomadation this was hardly a good financial option. Better to have ordinary car and more money in pocket for greek tavern or restuarant  :wink:


the winds can be strong, last september we had strong winds all over the island for most of the two weeks we were there, but in may i can only remember one day that was blowing

i've gone for 4x4 this time, if only for posing value! i have no intention of taking it ANYWHERE where there's a chance of me rolling it :D

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 04:47 PM

We did look at hiring a Suzuki 4x4 but they dont have a good safety record and if you happen to roll over there is no roof bar protection

Roll over? You must do some wild off-road driving with your Land Rover...
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Posted 25 April 2005 - 04:50 PM

i've gone for 4x4 this time, if only for posing value! i have no intention of taking it ANYWHERE where there's a chance of me rolling it Laughing


Lol ..I was thinking more of the lager louts clouting us side on, the probs with the Jimny is that its a high gravity point but narrow wheelbase making it more likely to roll than say a Humvee, Wrangler, or even Land Rover, there is also very little weight with them to keep em down where they should be....on the road !
We saw one topple down a slope last year and it was'nt a pretty site :shock:
As an off-road vehicle they were best as a model toy for Barbie Doll :D

However.....they do very well when driving through mud, mainly because they are so light and easily handled. :)

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 05:12 PM

as for road signs, you will find the first ones you'll see are in Greek and then just before or at the junctions they are in english, you get used to them  :wink:


I begin to understand what you mean, whose been using the sign for target practise :lol:

http://www.wkistler....a55_Sfakia.html

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 05:18 PM

I begin to understand what you mean, whose been using the sign for target practise  :lol:  
http://www.wkistler....a55_Sfakia.html


hehe! :lol: that's a new sign, you can still read it!

the worst affected are the ones just out of a village, there's an E4 sign outside of Chora that looks like it came through a battle

btw Wolfgang's site is superb, he's a very good photographer isn't he

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 06:14 PM

Yes I very much admire his photo's ......another sign here, looks like its been through ww2 :shock:

http://www.wkistler....0419719e45.html

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Posted 26 April 2005 - 11:41 AM

:lol: :lol:

funnily enough the E4 sign i was refering to is on the road to Anapolis

if you decide to go to Sweetwater bay or Loutro, you go west out of Chora Sphakion up a long hill and you can park the car near the said sign and walk along a coastal path, very nice!

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Posted 26 April 2005 - 12:58 PM

Roundabouts :shock:

Vehicles coming from the right have the right of way unless otherwise posted. This means that cars entering a traffic circle go first, drivers already in the circle must yield.


Oh eck...Magic Roundabout tactics as well I see :?


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Posted 26 April 2005 - 03:02 PM

Roundabouts   :shock:  

Vehicles coming from the right have the right of way unless otherwise posted. This means that cars entering a traffic circle go first, drivers already in the circle must yield.


Oh eck...Magic Roundabout tactics as well I see :?


i shouldn't worry too much, i can't think of a single roundabout in crete (i'm sure there must be tho)

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Posted 01 May 2005 - 09:18 PM

i've gone for 4x4 this time, if only for posing value! i have no intention of taking it ANYWHERE where there's a chance of me rolling it :D



D'yer mind if I ask how much your rental is as despite my opinions on the Jimny we might get one ourselves. Our rental company is charging us 600 Euros for 14 days....thats with wheel and under cover too, how does that compare ?

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 12:04 PM





i've gone for 4x4 this time, if only for posing value! i have no intention of taking it ANYWHERE where there's a chance of me rolling it :D



D'yer mind if I ask how much your rental is as despite my opinions on the Jimny we might get one ourselves. Our rental company is charging us 600 Euros for 14 days....thats with wheel and under cover too, how does that compare ?


not at all, holiday autos are charging around 450 for two weeks so that's comparable