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#7878 Has Anyone Read This Book?

Posted by Toni on 03 June 2006 - 04:00 PM in Explore Crete

I am just reading a new book called 'The Island' written by Victoria Heslop and just wondered if any other members here have read it ? This wonderful book tells the story of an English girl tracing back her family history through her Cretan mother which reveals that the leper colony on Spinalonga just off the North East Coast near Elounda played a very big part in their lives. I am only halfway through but what an incredibly moving story this is , having been on a trip to the island myself and visiting this area a few times It makes the book even better as I can see it all happening as I read. I will be In Hersonissos for a week next Friday and am very much looking forward to visiting again. Highly recommended read , Toni.

#7877 June 2006

Posted by Toni on 03 June 2006 - 03:20 PM in Meet in Crete

Sounds good to me....... Our friend is from Slovenia and his name is Ilija,around age 27 , tall and speaks English well , he's lived in Crete for a few years now,nice bloke. We had heard of the Galini restaurant through reviews so will try it out , we had thought that the idea of maybe eating up in the village and then going back down to the bars sounded like a good night so will look out for you , where are you all from? There are probably more youngsters there than our age so I'm sure you will spot us wandering around , we're both blonde and not skinny !! Hope to see you there,Toni. :rolleyes:

#7854 June 2006

Posted by Toni on 01 June 2006 - 11:47 PM in Meet in Crete

Hi Emily , only a week to go now !! What date do you arrive? We have just found out that a friend/barman we met last time and have kept in touch with is not working in Players anymore but is behind the bar in a 'poolbar' in some nice appts. in Koutouloufari , only thing is he didn't give the name,any ideas,is it a big place or are we likely to come across him if we have a nosy around? Although we did last the pace last time much to my surprise and were out 'til around 5am I think this time we might slow it down a little as we were both in need of a rest when we returned home!! We're not really into clubs but prefered bars/tavernas , most likely on the main street or off down towards the harbour , quite enjoyed the Irish bars , hope to find some nice restaurants , have read good reviews on a couple up where you will be so might try them . We will probably try starbeach this time too ,sounds like great fun , will listen out for anyone drunkenly calling for Emily while we're there then............maybe see you , have a great time,Toni.

#7803 June 2006

Posted by Toni on 05 May 2006 - 06:49 PM in Meet in Crete

Hi Emily, yes I have been to Crete 3 times so far , my honeymoon and then with my family a few years later and most recently October 2004 with my great friend Lisa. We left both families at home and had a week in Hersonissos, which despite the weather not being that great( it was Oct) we had a really great time and loads of laughs.

We met some great people in the bars, we particularly liked an Irish bar called Players where we had some real laughs with the barstaff, it was much quieter by that time of year so they were able to relax and talk and ply us with plenty of free drinks etc. they also were the cheapest bar that we found having a permanent 2 for 1 policy on drinks.

There was one bar we didn't really like that was the Tiger bar , we got literally dragged in there by the blokes outside but we left quite quickly , they have a 3 for 1 drinks policy which we were not told so ordered 2 brandy and cokes and got 6 and were then charged 3 times what we were paying in Players so that was abit steep,it was very loud and the loo floors were swimmimg so a bit disgusting but hey the bar was packed so plenty of people loved it there and maybe we were just too old ??

We are doing the same again as I said in June and just hope that the weather will be with us this time as I'm sure it will !! It depends on your ages as to what sort of bars you might like but there was a great mix, we are both 36 but still full of life and fun , we intend to relax by the pool or the beach, get a tan, find a good reataurant and have a nice meal,preferably the more traditionally Greek places that might do some Greek dancing or plate smashing etc. anything for a giggle :) ,and then hit the town and have a few drinks.

We don't plan on doing too much sightseeing as this is supposed to be a very relaxing lazy holiday, but saying that there are lots of things to see but I have seen lots before. We have said that we will do the Happy Train Tour on the first morning just to get a good look around the resort without having to walk it all , hopefully spotting good restaurants or new bars to visit on the way,then if we don't walk all over the place during the week we won't feel too guilty......

Starbeach waterpark could also be an option for a day.....might consider a trip eg. bbq cruise or something like that , but they can be pretty pricey so will just wait and see. Where are you staying and what sort of things do you plan, have you been before etc? is your group all female or mixed ? when do you actually arrive and from which airport? Bye for now,Toni. :P

#7544 June 2006

Posted by Toni on 16 April 2006 - 07:37 PM in Meet in Crete

Hi, anyone going to be in koutouloufari or hersonissos in the 2nnd week of june?

Hi Emily, we will be arriving in Hersonissos in the early hours of the 10th June and are staying at the Royale House Appartments near the Post Office , we are two females both with families (who are being left at home ) and are on a return visit to Crete to relive our youth !! Maybe see you there !! Toni x :huh:

#5841 Back Home :(

Posted by Toni on 17 September 2005 - 06:17 PM in Explore Crete

Hi Christine , oh you are making me so jealous,3 months in Hersonissos ,I wish........ Glad to hear you enjoyed your Summer there, me and my friend left our kids and hubbies at home last October and spent a fab week there last year and have booked to go back in June next year,can't wait !! I know from reading some of your previous posts that you like Players bar as we did,what was that like this Summer,busy? Were the same guys in there , Mario,Ilija,Dika etc. were they all ok?? Were you there in June and if so was the weather good? We have booked the Royale House Appartments next to the post office , do you know if they are ok and how close they are to most bars , from what we could remember we thought they were maybe about halfway along the main road towards Starbeach but we might be wrong , any info would be gratefully received ,thanks .Hope you settle back in quickly, next year will soon be here......Toni x :(

#5578 Weather in October

Posted by Toni on 24 August 2005 - 03:32 PM in Explore Crete

Hi again, sorry I should have also put where on Crete I was talking about,we were in Hersonissos , Northern Coast East of Heraklion, Toni x

#5538 Weather in October

Posted by Toni on 21 August 2005 - 05:40 PM in Explore Crete

Hi Pat, I was in Crete last October 2-9th and we had a real mix of weather,the first 3 days were glorious sunshine and hot and then it was cloudy and dull with very heavy rain at night for the rest of the week BUT I know that as soon as we were home it changed back to hot and sunny I think until the end of October or beyond so I think we were just unlucky !! As for the Mosquitos they were something else,my friend and I got bitten terribly and both still have scars to prove it, we seemed to always get bitten when we were out at night ,I even got bitten at the airport on the way home (night flight)....... we love Crete and have booked to go back next June so will be well prepared for the little monsters then !! Hope you have a lovely stay in Crete ,Toni.

#5163 Please help-are these items available to buy in Crete??

Posted by Toni on 28 July 2005 - 03:02 PM in Explore Crete

Hi Yvonne, thanks for your reply,I shall pass this info onto my friend. I too noticed many familiar brands when I was in Crete last October but unfortunately not the specific ones she asked about , unfortunately I was unable to visit again this year but have already booked for next year and I certainly won't be taking all the stuff that I packed last time as I now know that most things especially branded toiletries are widely available, thanks again and kind regards , Toni :D

#5156 Hello, can anyone plz help me?

Posted by Toni on 28 July 2005 - 10:28 AM in Explore Crete

Mini Minx , check your personal messages , Toni x :D

#5152 Please help-are these items available to buy in Crete??

Posted by Toni on 27 July 2005 - 05:51 PM in Explore Crete

Hi,a friend of mine will be travelling to Crete soon with her young children and needs to save space in those suitcases but is worried that she will not be able to get these things there,can anyone help please? They are HUGGIES NAPPIES and COW & GATE FORMULA BABY MILK, she is staying in RETHYMNON in Creta Star (Scaletta Beach area) so if anyone can tell us of any local supermarkets stocking these items it would save her a lot of hassle and room , any information would be very gratefully received,thanks,regards,Toni. :D

#4492 Settled weather

Posted by Toni on 10 June 2005 - 05:11 PM in Explore Crete

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. :)