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#1 willtam

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Posted 06 September 2006 - 07:24 PM

cant believe its been a yr next fri since bein in crete! i wish we were going back this year!!we are of to give corfu a try next friday still cant wait but i will miss hersonissos

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 11:51 AM

Good morning "Gorgeous" (got it right this time, I'm on the ball now !!! lol B) :D ), yeah surprising how time flies, not sure if you have seen a couple of the post's but there are some of us over there end of May next year get the penny's saved and join us we can have another party (love any excuse for a drink) our resident party host Dinny will be sorting out the finer details and accomodation for the over night. :D :D
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Posted 07 September 2006 - 11:57 AM

Hi. Willtam, we're also off to the Ionian on 18th September - not Corfu, but Paxos a small island south of Corfu. Where are you staying on Corfu? Also, I would recommend a day trip from Corfu to Paxos and Antipaxos, if the weather's settled it's a lovely day out.

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 12:16 PM

come on you two I've definately got to get my self a job with more holiday allowance, or maybe cut out the weeks golf in the Algarve in Feb (2007 booked now), cos all this going on holiday when I'm stuck here is getting to me B) :D :D

Pam I've just thought of a great job for me..................meet and greet rep for new members of explorecrete.com, employed by Yannis so that I can escort them around the Island and give them tips/advice and as our membership tend to go to crete all year round I don't have to worry about the job being seasonal LOL :D :D :D

wont hold my breath though !!!!!!!
:D :D
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Posted 07 September 2006 - 12:53 PM

Well, I'd rather go to Crete or Paxos than play golf in the Algarve (don't play golf anyway!). B) :D

Can't wait to fly off - less than 2 weeks to go! It's only a week, so will probably not do much more than relax in Lakka, but may well catch the bus to Longos, a tiny and sleepy harbour village. Hopefully do some gentle walks as well.

I can't resist adding a story from the last time we were there, sorry it's not Crete, but I think it epitomises a lot about Greece.

Halfway through the holiday we were sitting in the garden in the early evening when our landlady, Maria came rushing through, visibly distressed, but stopped to explain to us in her very limited English, that one of the young men in the village had just died, only 29. We knew the young man- he usually worked in the beach bar through the summer, and was always smiling and happy, so we felt quite upset as well.

The funeral was arranged quickly - I think it was only the following evening, and the village shut down, literally - no bars, tavernas or shops were open. We walked up to the start of the funeral procession, stood at a respectful distance and had the unusual experience of seeing a couple of hundred Greeks getting themselves organised in almost complete silence! While we were there a kitten scampered acroos the lane and up a tree, but then decided it couldn't make it down and sat there miawing. Shortly after 2 young men walked purposefully up the road with rifles in hand and set off a full 12-gun salute, 3 feet away from kitten up tree. The kitten then decided it could get down the tree after all.

That night the village was eerily quiet, as the local community went off to a church up in the hills to mourn the passing of one of their community.
Of course everything was back to normal the following day, but I wonder how many British resorts would just shut down in the height of the season, with no thought of the loss of income??

Anybody had experiences of similar things in Crete?

Pam & Bob

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Posted 08 September 2006 - 11:06 AM

Santo, could you arrange with Yannis that he hires you only for the North coast - then I could take care of the South and maybe even get to see a bit of Crete instead of always sitting in front of my PC working! What kind of benefits has Yannis offered you for this job? B)

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Posted 08 September 2006 - 11:40 AM

:D :) Dinny he is not aware yet I'm still putting my proposal together........................(I wish), I'm not knowledgeable about the whole of Crete to be able to do a job like that but i am sociable enough :P I'd spend most of my time looking through this forum for info lol :D

Glad to see you back with us, i can only assume you have had some work come through after the quiet spell.
B) B)
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Posted 23 September 2006 - 09:07 PM

just got bk from corfu!! wasnt impressed wish id booked crete instead!!!tryin for some compensation as the so called beach hotel was a not very nice harbour and we had to spend half our hol in an apartment(prob with room apparently)does any1 know if im entitled to a full refund as i didnt get what i paid for?
alot of brits there!!!living there!! greek people wernt as welcoming either def crete next time we can afford

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 11:05 PM

their seem to be a lot of brits everywhere. looks as if they're compensating the deprivation of parts of their empire.mark my lingo. its alsmost as if im an experienced chatter who cant wait to tell you things you dont want to know.i agree with you dinny, i think we both have to take care of the south.

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 06:04 PM

Willtam, sorry you didn't enjoy Corfu - there are many nice spots there, so I think you were just unlucky. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: Which resort were you in?

As regards compensation, I think you would need to argue that the replacement accommodation you were given was not of the same standard and/or worse location than what you had booked - but give it a try.

Anyway I hope you make it to Crete next year.

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 07:27 PM

we went to roda

i have sent the letter of complaint so i hope we get sumthing

i also hope we make crete next yr but money is very tight at the mo and we are tryin for a baby

really miss it today as my freind that lives and works in hersonissos (nikis hotel) emailed me sayin she missed us this yr

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Posted 02 October 2006 - 02:39 PM

Sorry to hear your holiday didn't match your expectations, If you get your dosh back you can put it towards a holiday next May in Crete..................................... :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
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Posted 02 October 2006 - 07:14 PM

oh i will for def

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 12:51 AM

:angry: Just came back to the USA after spending 40 day in Iraklion Crete.My wife is greek and we stayed with family there. Was stationed at the Airbase there for 7 years and had not seen it after it closed. Boy what a sad sight. The island had chanded so much sence I was there last is 92, BUT sure had a great time. The island changed a lot but the people had not. Still the greatest people around.
My son and his family went also and it was a good size reuion. Found out one family member used to work in Yannis Samates store some time back. Had no trouble at the airport ,I am a uncle to a airport cop. HA. Only problem I had was to put on 10 pounds that I had lost prior to the trip. All in all there is no place like Crete to relax and to find open armed people who are just great. We stayed about one block from the olympic stadium,right next to the beach. Guess where I spend most of my time.
Anyone looking for a good place to live Crete is it..MAC

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 07:12 PM

why is it people there are just so kind and great

i know the men are big flirts but they are all soooooooooooo nice

wish to live there 1day

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 11:02 AM

Willtam I know they might be flirts (it's a mans nature) but why are they sooooooooo nice !!! I believe it's because they respect you as a fellow human.

:angry: :( :(
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Posted 06 October 2006 - 11:30 AM

How about the Cretan women :angry:

I remember one though with whom I had a deep conversation :(
True is that adage: "He who yields to rule by wooden heads, becomes himself a fool."

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 12:44 PM

:( :( :D :angry:
No Doubt Wim.

:(
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