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#6162 In Love With A Greek Boy

Posted by Anne on 21 October 2005 - 10:11 AM in Meet in Crete

Hi there

I have lived in Rethymno with my Greek partner for 11 years and I have been working in bars with many Greek "camakis". I have seen the way some of these lads operate and a lot of times I didnt find it amusing.

If your boyfriends are genuine, find out from them if now that the season has finished it would be OK for you to visit them. If they agree, try to come over for a week, BUT, make sure that you have accomodation, enough money to keep you for the week and your airfare home. I dont know the two men in question and they probably are nice people. If they have wives/girlfriends and are just leading you on it would be harder for them to have you here now that the season has finished and there are no tourists about. If they agree to you coming over then you will know that they are serious and they want to see you, if not.....at least you will know your situation a bit more clearly and be able to get on with your life.

BE WARNED though, coming to Crete in the winter on your own (if things dont work out) is not the same as the summer when there are a lot of other tourists around, but you never know you could have a nice time with your new boyfriend.

I hope you find this helpful because I know that this holiday romance thing can be very difficult. Let us know what happens.


#6144 In Love With A Greek Boy

Posted by Anne on 19 October 2005 - 01:06 PM in Meet in Crete

Very amusing article and very true. I am lucky to be with a townie version of the CM.
A :)

#6165 In Love With A Greek Boy

Posted by Anne on 21 October 2005 - 11:53 AM in Meet in Crete

Probably Yannis, but us girls gotta stick together :P

Please dont "warn" me for the smilie :(


#6135 Cretan Mantinada Lyrics

Posted by Anne on 18 October 2005 - 01:49 PM in Cretan and Greek Music

Hi Angela

One of my favourite Cretan singers, Mihalis Zougianakis (apologies if the spelling is wrong) sings this song and your post reminded me of a night in the summer just past when we went to see him singing in the theatre at the Fortezza in Rethymno.

It was such a magical night, just a slight hint of a breeze coming off the sea and looking up at the clear night sky with Mihalis and his musicians entertaining us with all our favourites. I didnt want it to end.


#6183 Cretan Mantinada Lyrics

Posted by Anne on 24 October 2005 - 10:37 AM in Cretan and Greek Music

I love Psarantonis, we went to see him in the fortezza the week after Tzouganakis (thank you). He also had his daughter Niki singing with him and she has one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard. I too like the more traditional Cretan singers like Skoulas and Gonnianakis. We have met Giorgos Zervakis on several occasions and he even invited Stelios (my hubby) and our company to be his guests at a wedding he played at near Vrysses a few years ago. It was a crazy night as you come to expect from one of his concerts.

A bit off topic but, a few years ago we went to see Pyx Lax playing and I spotted Mihalis Tzouganakis on his way back stage to meet some of the members of the band. He ended up singing "Pali Pali" on stage with them and the crowd went ballistic! Ahhh... happy times!!!


#5931 The New Message Board!

Posted by Anne on 01 October 2005 - 08:38 AM in Explore Crete

Hi Yiannis

Lovely new Forum. You HAVE been busy.

Good Luck.


#6413 Things I Love About Crete....

Posted by Anne on 18 November 2005 - 11:56 AM in Explore Crete

Mild weather??? It chucked it down last night with thunder and lightning....fantastic!!! :unsure:

But this morning woke up to clear blue skies, no wind and warm.


#6253 Things I Love About Crete....

Posted by Anne on 28 October 2005 - 11:53 PM in Explore Crete

Everything!!!! The people, their zest for life (they seem to have an almost innocent/naive of the way they view things) the way of life (siga siga need I say anymore) the mountains, the air, the SMELL of the island, the sea, the traffic...they all drive like they are the only ones on the road and if they meet anybody they know, they always stop to have a chat totally blocking the road, the food (koukia, fava, spetsofai, saganaki, the tomatoes, koukouvagia.....) the raki (my peach raki is almost ready for the first tasting) the little old women who go straight to the front of the queue in the bank and ask the teller "Can I ask you something" and then go on to complete their business in the bank. But most of all, and I dont think this will make me very popular with a lot of people except maybe Dinny and a few others ,,,, I live here!!!! and I dont have to leave every year!

<_< :blink: :lol: :lol:

#6482 Honeymoon In Rethymno

Posted by Anne on 29 November 2005 - 11:36 AM in Explore Crete

Rethymno, like many other areas of Crete since the introduction of the euro, has become more expensive not only to visit as a tourist but to live here as well. A large beer in a bar/restaurant will cost from 3 to 4 euro. I have never paid 7 euro for a beer and the only place that I can think of that would get away with charging that amount is a nightclub or bouzouki bar with live music.

Aaron - I dont know what website has those remarks but Rethymno has a lovely Old Town with restaurants, bars, cafes, meze shops(restaurants serving lots of small dishes) and shops with traditional produce. Personally I find it very Greek.


#6487 Honeymoon In Rethymno

Posted by Anne on 30 November 2005 - 12:57 PM in Explore Crete


Where are you 'hearing' this and what do you mean by a pub. In Rethymno we dont really have pubs (unless you count the Irish pub) there are mostly cafes and clubs and as far as I know what I said above is the average price for a beer/drink in a cafe.

In tavernas, you can pay as low as 1.50 for a big beer because these places serve food. Some tavernas will have special menus for two people - Greek Salad, 2 Main dishes and house wine for as little as 15 euro.


#6325 Honeymoon In Crete?

Posted by Anne on 03 November 2005 - 12:17 PM in Explore Crete

Hi Aaron
Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials.

If I was coming to Crete for my honeymoon I would choose somewhere in the south of the island, because while the north is lovely, the south is not as comercialised as the north. It just strikes me as more romantic.


#6136 Beach Volleyball

Posted by Anne on 18 October 2005 - 01:58 PM in Explore Crete

Hi There

You will find that most of the beaches in the towns have volleyball nets. The one on the beach road in Rethymno opposite the Porto Rethymno hotel always has games going on. I dont think you will have much problem arranging some friendly matches with the local lads and lassies or holidaymakers.


#6230 When Do Kids Go To Sleep In Greece?

Posted by Anne on 26 October 2005 - 11:34 PM in Explore Crete

I have a friend with four children aged from 13 down to 6 years old. They never take a siesta in the afternoon because they all have extra studies, music lessons, athletics etc. During the week they are generally in bed by 11pm but at the weekend they can stay up as late as they want. My friend has been to our home on quite a few Friday evenings and by 11.30/12.00 the children, with the exception of the 6 year old, have all fell asleep! <_<

#5880 Crete Next year but where

Posted by Anne on 22 September 2005 - 04:11 PM in Explore Crete

Hi There

The beaches in Rethymno are sandy and not good snorkling, but Rethymno sounds about right for your nightlife requirements and choice of hotels. The south of Crete with its good snorkling is not that far from Rethymno (about a 45min drive to Plakias) and there is some excellent snorkling at Damnoni, Ammoudia, Shinaria and at most of the beaches along the south coast. There is also some good beaches in the north for snorkling, Geropotamos river and a small beach just before there which I cant remamber the name of, to the east, and Petris beach and Kalivaki beach in Georgioupolis to the west.

Hope this helps.


#6337 Mazoxi

Posted by Anne on 04 November 2005 - 01:12 PM in Explore Crete

Found this after a google search and checking out a 2005 seminar. Maybe this will help.

For information on Dance Seminars, Workshops, Instruction, Videos, and Music:
Contact ATHAN KARRAS @ Tel: [818] 609-1386 E-mail: [email protected]
Please visit our WEBSITE www.mazoxi.gr


#5785 I've been visiting Crete today! ;-)

Posted by Anne on 11 September 2005 - 09:36 PM in Explore Crete

Hi Dinny
Sorry but maybe I am having a "blond moment" but, I have downloaded the google earth and I am having the same problem with the resolution. Do you mean to change the resolution on the control panel in windows or the options on the google earth site.
Soooo excited, , , this is my first post as a member. :lol: :P :lol: :P :wink:

#5791 I've been visiting Crete today! ;-)

Posted by Anne on 12 September 2005 - 08:37 AM in Explore Crete

Thanks for that Dinny and thanks for the answer. I cant wait to get home now and check it out on our computer. I dont have it on the office one, dont think the boss would be too happy if I spent all day on a "world tour".
Started off a bit cloudy up here this morning, how was the weather in your neck of the woods? Settling in well?

#6302 Finding A Room In Rethymnon

Posted by Anne on 01 November 2005 - 12:13 PM in Meet in Crete

OOPS, the phone number should read +30 28310 77000. Sorry.

#6255 Finding A Room In Rethymnon

Posted by Anne on 29 October 2005 - 12:18 AM in Meet in Crete

You could maybe get in touch with the university direct to see what rooms they have available at this time.

University of Crete
University Campus,
74 100 Rethymnon,
Crete, Greece

Tel. +30.831.77000

#6254 Things To Do Next Year

Posted by Anne on 29 October 2005 - 12:06 AM in Explore Crete

I did the trek to Mpalos the first year I lived here. I was working in a night club until 5am and was rudely awakened, with a hangover, at 8.30am by our friends to go on the trip. After a two hour trip from Rethymno to Castelli and along the dirt track with a very scary drop to the right of the road, we got out of the car to be told that we had to walk over the mountain/hill to get to the beach. I could have murdered someone, until we reached the other side and had the vista of the lagoon before us. Incredible.

A friend of mine and myself were lucky enough to hitch a ride in a fishing boat back to Castelli from a fisherman who had been having his lunch in the little taverna right on the beach.

The strange thing is that I found a photograph on Explore Crete and it is nearly exactly the same as a photo that I took on that day.

#6546 Busy Yannis?!?!

Posted by Anne on 09 December 2005 - 11:51 AM in Explore Crete

Wow Yiannis, great news and congratulations! I always look forward to each new edition of the Gazette.

What next? Television? :D Watch out Rupert Murdoch!!!

Good Luck with your new venture.

#5793 It could save your life

Posted by Anne on 12 September 2005 - 10:30 AM in Explore Crete

Hi Harribobs
Sorry if I am wrong but after a very embarrassing incident when I emailed a hoax virus warning to all our offices I have been very careful about giving out these types of warning over message boards. I thought that any info I would see on a police website should be correct.

#5790 It could save your life

Posted by Anne on 12 September 2005 - 08:33 AM in Explore Crete

Morning Dinny
I remember reading about it a while back on another forum. It was something to do with mobile phone based viruses. Maybe not a serious enough reason not to have it but certainly one to be aware of. Maybe this link will explain it better.

#5786 It could save your life

Posted by Anne on 11 September 2005 - 09:50 PM in Explore Crete

This is a very good idea but it also has it's problems. If you check out the link below (hope this is allowed Yiannis, but I am only new) and put ice into the search engine and it should be the third or fourth entry on the list.


#5852 Orektika

Posted by Anne on 19 September 2005 - 12:03 PM in Explore Crete

Bravo Dinny

Wait until you tell your first joke/funny story in Greek, then you will really feel good. :(