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#10536 Airports, Car Hire & Accommodation

Posted by bu67 on 06 March 2007 - 04:35 AM in Explore Crete

We visited Crete in June 2005 and again in June 2006. On both trips, we rented cars from Hertz at the Heraklion Airport. I did it via the Internet before arrival. In 2005, we had a Hyundai Accent. In 2006, we had a Nissan Micra. Both cars were in excellent condition and served us well. I believe I put 1,500 km in 8 days last year. I'm sure I could have gotten a less expensive rental but I wanted an air conditioned sedan with automatic transmission. We were very satisfied.


#10070 Happy New Year

Posted by bu67 on 01 January 2007 - 06:45 AM in Explore Crete

:unsure: Me, too! It will be 2007 in 1 hour and 15 minutes from now and I want to wish all of you a Happy New Year from Texas! May we all get back to Crete this year!


#10048 Merry Xmas For 2006

Posted by bu67 on 25 December 2006 - 04:49 PM in Explore Crete

And now that it is Christmas morning, I want to wish all of you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS from the Texas section of the forum! We have our family together and will enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner this afternoon. Best wishes from our family to yours! :unsure:


#9150 Using Greek Characters Instead Of Greeklish

Posted by bu67 on 01 October 2006 - 08:28 PM in Explore Crete


Thank you for the reference to Babylon Pro! My wife is a high school teacher here in Texas and thinks this site will be helpful to her.

Wharton, TX


#8721 14 Days And Counting!

Posted by bu67 on 06 September 2006 - 08:06 PM in Explore Crete

My wife & I spent a couple of nights in Sissi in June 2005. We stayed at the Hotel Angela. We really enjoyed our stay in Sissi and were glad to get away from the loud and crowded places like Mallia & Hersonissos.

The website for the Angela is: http://www.angelahotels.gr/
I hope this helps. Fortunately, Sissi is still small enough to enjoy. Back in 1969 & 1970, a couple of my U. S. Air Force friends used to go scuba diving out of the Sissi harbor. It was a VERY QUIET and sleepy place then. No hotels, no development. Ah, those were the good old days! B)

Texas USA

#8391 Containerharbour In Timbaki, Part 1

Posted by bu67 on 12 August 2006 - 04:53 PM in Explore Crete

I just read the link that Wim posted. It is sad, indeed! A commercial development of that size will dramatically change the southern coast of Crete. I hope it doesn't happen.


#8287 Is It Illegal?

Posted by bu67 on 29 July 2006 - 10:29 PM in Explore Crete

Last month, a young lady in the Lasithi Plain gave us a bottle of wonderful raki made by her grandfather. I had every intention to bring it back to the states. When we were packing and ready to head to the airport, I noticed the cork did not fit well and raki was leaking in my carry on bag. I didn't have time to deal with the leak so I reluctantly left it behind! :D

I would love to find some as good in the states but I'll bet it is not available. Too bad.......


#8241 Great Movie Of Ww11 In Crete

Posted by bu67 on 25 July 2006 - 03:45 AM in Explore Crete

Pat & I have watched the film twice since receiving it. We highly recommend it!


#8213 Splitting Up The 'general' Forum?

Posted by bu67 on 23 July 2006 - 03:17 PM in Explore Crete

I like the General Forum and do not feel it needs to be split up. I really enjoy the "conversations" and hope to meet up with all of you on future trips to Crete.


#8212 Help With Location On Southern Coast Of Crete

Posted by bu67 on 23 July 2006 - 03:14 PM in Explore Crete

A friend recently told me he thought the "lion left behind" was somewhere near Kastri, east of Lentas on the southern coast. I still would like to know the official answer to the question.


#8211 How Old?

Posted by bu67 on 23 July 2006 - 12:21 AM in Explore Crete

I'm late with this but I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Yannis! Thank you for all that you do for us lovers of Crete!

Jeff & Pat
Wharton, Texas USA

#8060 Dreaming Of Crete

Posted by bu67 on 08 July 2006 - 03:55 PM in Explore Crete

I think Wim described what many of us feel after returning home from Crete! Melancholy.......

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

#7976 Iraklion Airport - A Pleasant Surprise

Posted by bu67 on 24 June 2006 - 04:51 AM in Explore Crete

We flew into Heraklion on 7 June and departed on 15 June. Other than an extremely long line to go through the security check on departure, our airport experience was fine. The luggage arrived in a timely manner (we were flying Aegean) and the shuttle from the plane to the terminal was fine. We walked out to the plane on departure.

I rented a car in the airport (I had made earlier car reservations) and everything worked smoothly at Hertz.

No problems.

#7880 Help With Location On Southern Coast Of Crete

Posted by bu67 on 03 June 2006 - 09:12 PM in Explore Crete


Have you ever heard the story of the lion?


#7862 Help With Location On Southern Coast Of Crete

Posted by bu67 on 02 June 2006 - 04:53 AM in Explore Crete

I lived on Crete in 1969 & 1970. A friend and I drove south of Heraklion to the southern coast of the island one day when we had nothing else to do. I remember the road being dirt and gravel for part of the trip. I asked the friend if he remembered where the place was. He remembers a story that may be the clue I need to identify the place. Here is his story:

"I remember a legend which spoke of Crete being attacked by Africans with lions. When the Africans left, one of the lions was late getting on the boats so he sat on the shore and looked out toward Africa. There is a mountain formation which resembles the head of a lion looking toward Africa."

Have any of you heard this story? If so, do you know where this mountain or hill is located? I want to try and find it when we are visiting Crete from 7-15 June.

Texas USA

#7848 Cretan Radio

Posted by bu67 on 01 June 2006 - 02:31 AM in Explore Crete

We listen to Kritikos often. I wonder how many Texas-based listeners they have? :D

#7831 Good To Have Explorecrete Forum Back

Posted by bu67 on 29 May 2006 - 04:25 PM in Explore Crete

I, too, am glad to see the Forum return! Our return trip to Crete is only 9 days away! Can't wait........

Yannis, thank you for your efforts in getting the Forum "healed" and back up and running.


#7762 Souda Bay, Base For Possible Iran War?

Posted by bu67 on 29 April 2006 - 11:17 PM in Explore Crete

I agree with Wim. I would hate to see this Forum deteriorate into a political forum. Lets focus the talk on Crete and why we love the place. I can't wait for my next visit in June! :)

#7692 Memories Of Crete

Posted by bu67 on 23 April 2006 - 03:03 PM in Crete Gazette

I plan to be in Annapolis, Maryland, USA on September 16, 2006, to see the DVD and relive the wonderful time in Crete. There are many of us around the USA who love our time on Crete and look for any excuse to get together and talk about the island and our experiences!

My wife & I will be in Crete for 8 or 9 days in June. We can't wait!

Jeffrey Blair
Iraklion AS 1969-70

#7671 Where To Stay In Central/south Crete?

Posted by bu67 on 22 April 2006 - 04:49 AM in Explore Crete

My wife & I will be flying to Crete the first two weeks of June. I think I would like to stay somewhere south of Heraklion and take day trips to places in the southern part of the island. We will have a rental car.

We were on Crete last June (2005) and stayed near Hersonnisos, in Sissi, and Chania - two nights each. This trip, I think we could do more if we did not move from place to place and just took the day trips. We did not get south last year.

Does anyone have suggestions where to stay? One friend suggested the Villa Archanes. Other places on the map with possibilities might include Timbaki, Mires, Arkalohori, Agia Galini, etc. I would prefer finding something in the range of 50 to 80 or 90 Euros per night.

Thank you for your thoughts and advice.


#7394 Crete Honeymoon Advice

Posted by bu67 on 01 April 2006 - 06:05 PM in Explore Crete

Hello everyone!

I am in the midst of planning our honeymoon to the greek islands in early June and we have 4 nights in Crete. I'm confused as to where to stay and would love any advice you all can give! We are in our 20s and looking for a bit of everything. We want to see the sights and experience Crete, but also want some romance. We were orginially looking at Ayios Nickolas, but have read reviews it is too touristy and no sights to see? Is Iraklion a good place to stay or no?

Any advice/suggestions would be appreciated! :blink:

Well, my wife & I spent 6 days in Crete in June 2005. We loved it! We stayed in Chania in the old city for 2 nights at the Casa Delfino Suites. It was a VERY nice place and expensive. On the opposite end of the cost spectrum, we spent two nights in Sissi (East of Heraklion) at the Angela I. Much less expensive - wonderful people own & operate it. You probably would need to rent a car if you stay in Sissi as it is a small town.

I don't know if this helps you or not. We are hoping to return for another visit soon.

Jeff Blair
Wharton, TX USA