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#14800 Wedding Advice!

Posted by Brook on 06 October 2008 - 03:04 PM in Explore Crete

As soon as I saw Wim's name associated with this topic, I knew I had to read it. B)

#14615 Spam

Posted by Brook on 15 August 2008 - 07:54 PM in Explore Crete

Got one too. Felt like I was cheating... LOL

#14244 Raki

Posted by Brook on 26 May 2008 - 09:41 PM in Explore Crete

was the comment about the cat's piss intended for Varvaki, Wim??

#14257 Raki

Posted by Brook on 27 May 2008 - 02:31 PM in Explore Crete

Agreed Harribob! Friends make everything taste better!
I pride myself in having fairly good tastes when it comes to fine spirits and great food so when I read the comment about the cat's piss, I thought maybe I was losing my taste buds! :lol:

#14238 Raki

Posted by Brook on 26 May 2008 - 02:39 PM in Explore Crete

A great Raki (tsikoudia) which I purchased in Canada before and is from Sitia Crete was Varvaki. Amazing stuff but was a special item that I have never been able to find again!

#13876 Nightlife In Chania & Surroundings

Posted by Brook on 17 April 2008 - 05:50 PM in Meet in Crete

You will not regret your decision and it is a great homebase to go anywhere in Crete. Also try Falassarna for beautiful beaches. I recall Okeanos in Platanias as a great place for hanging out during the day. It's been a while, Summer 2000 to be exact but next year for sure!

#13865 Nightlife In Chania & Surroundings

Posted by Brook on 16 April 2008 - 03:30 PM in Meet in Crete

Totally agree about Platanias and Ag Marina. Best places for action on the beach during the day and partying at night! I can't wait to return! Chania and Western Crete has always been my favorite!

#14041 How Has Crete Changed?

Posted by Brook on 07 May 2008 - 02:54 PM in Explore Crete

I love the fact that Crete offers so much to so many. I still like to be home based in the west and travel abroad for day trips. I enjoy people watching but have a low tolerance for unruly arrogance which sometimes comes with excessive drinking. (insert unruly area here...)

Tim, feel free to send me an IM letting me on your little secrets! B) As I am still a working stiff trying to obtain financial freedom, I will not interfere with your hidden treasures as my travels to Crete will be limited until I reach my goals!

#14114 How Has Crete Changed?

Posted by Brook on 14 May 2008 - 10:01 PM in Explore Crete

Great story here about a name change... The first time we went to Crete with my wife and I was introduced to her family as Bruno (my birth name). A few of them decided to call me Brooklyn and hence my name on the site "Brook" for short. I am now known to many of her family members as Brooklyn. I often hear them ask "Ti kanis o Brooklyn", all I can do is sit back and laugh. :lol: B)

#14025 How Has Crete Changed?

Posted by Brook on 05 May 2008 - 02:55 PM in Explore Crete

Thanks for the comments but do you feel they may be a bit harsh? Devastation? Hideously ugly?? I know that the area has recently been 'overdeveloped' but it still is Crete! Would you say it has become as common as Kokkino Horio where all the concrete prefab houses are going up and resemble ant colonies? I know it has been a while since I have returned but I am starting to really worry now about my beloved western Crete! Does this mean going further West to Maleme, Tavronitis and Voukolies?

#14034 How Has Crete Changed?

Posted by Brook on 06 May 2008 - 04:45 PM in Explore Crete

Well stated Dave. I can agree with your analysis about the young generation of all cultures in general. All I can hope for is that I have instilled my beliefs and respect for others to my kids so they can grow to be good people.
As for Western Crete, I hope that upon my return, she will be as beautiful as I recall, with views out towards Theodorou and endless beaches. Can you blame the tourists for wanting to share in such a wonderful place? I just hope that it does not turn into another Malia!

#14105 How Has Crete Changed?

Posted by Brook on 13 May 2008 - 08:51 PM in Explore Crete

Wim, I am stumped by what harri means. I know a bit of Greek but this eludes me. Can't wait for the reply

#13993 How Has Crete Changed?

Posted by Brook on 01 May 2008 - 08:35 PM in Explore Crete

Thanks for the reply. I heard the same things you are saying from other family members that were there last summer and I could not believe it. They particulary mentioned the areas of Kalamaki, Agia Marina, Platanias, Agia Apostoli and Daratsos, which are the areas I prefer to be in when in Crete.
I do like 'action' when in Crete but do not like the concrete jungle and overbuilt resorts that are next to one another and reduced peace and tranquility. I am afraid that by your account, things are already headed there or already there!

#14164 How Has Crete Changed?

Posted by Brook on 20 May 2008 - 02:40 PM in Explore Crete

That is funny Emma! I never stopped to think that Brook may be interpreted as a female name but come to think of it, you are right! I am married to a wonderful woman who is of Cretan heritage and we both share the love of the island but am distraught over the comments about the changing face of Crete, especially with the overbuilding and commercializing.

#13977 How Has Crete Changed?

Posted by Brook on 30 April 2008 - 03:25 PM in Explore Crete

I have had a love of Crete ever since I went there for the first time in 1996 with my wife (as her origin is from Crete). We have returned for a total of three times up until summer of 2000 when we stopped going anywhere... life events, kids, etc...
I have always read and tried to follow the changes and stories from this great website and others about Crete with the hope that one day we would return as a family to this beloved island.
Our fondness has always been Western Crete, Chania but this is not to say that I have much experience with other parts of the island.
My question is, How has Crete changed since 2000?

#14056 How Has Crete Changed?

Posted by Brook on 08 May 2008 - 03:11 PM in Explore Crete

Thanks for the passage Dave, although I think the use of olive oil is better used in a horiatiki salad!
I love Crete and everything about it, especially the heart of its people. I can recall countless times during my travels whereby strangers showed over the top kindness. This to me is the true Crete! I know the landscape is changing and being overrun by large hotels and restaurants and such but the heart of Crete to me is still alive and well!

#14073 How Has Crete Changed?

Posted by Brook on 09 May 2008 - 02:36 PM in Explore Crete

WOW! say it isn't so! Like I said before our cousins went last summer and told us we would not recognize West of Chania but I had no idea how much. When I look at pictures and websites for hotels I still recognize the area but maybe they are dated. We are planning on going next summer but am getting a tad worried of what I am going to find! My father in law keeps telling me to consider fixing the village house in Voukolies but I insist on telling him that I eventually want to purchase a summer home in kalamaki but he may be right after all.

#14094 How Has Crete Changed?

Posted by Brook on 12 May 2008 - 02:37 PM in Explore Crete

Stunning pictures, thanks Wim. The beauty is still in tact! Where is this exactly??
I knew olive oil has been used in many ways but this is a first!

#14428 How Has Crete Changed?

Posted by Brook on 04 July 2008 - 02:52 PM in Explore Crete

Wow, all these journeys sound exciting! Too bad there is no route from Toronto Canada to Crete ^_^

#14100 How Has Crete Changed?

Posted by Brook on 13 May 2008 - 03:07 PM in Explore Crete

Stunning! I have never been but would surely love to visit.
Thank you!

#14489 Happy Birthday

Posted by Brook on 21 July 2008 - 03:25 PM in Explore Crete

All the best Yannis, na zisis

#14165 Chania Night Clubs

Posted by Brook on 20 May 2008 - 02:41 PM in Explore Crete

I cannot wait to read Wim's reply!