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by Maud
Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Moving to Crete
Replies: 37
Views: 14798

No problem with everyone expressing their views Flat Eric, just trying to remind members that we are hopefully here to help an OP if they need it. - Excellent post by Daisy as it must be just what the OP wanted. (Helpful information for their current situation). Just trying to keep things 'on track'...
by Maud
Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Moving to Crete
Replies: 37
Views: 14798

Gosh, how easy it is to wander away from the OP's post! I am sure everyone has good intentions with their comments, - kind people want to give good advice e.t.c. - but perhaps the OP has their own skills to fit their needs, so let's just wish them a safe journey for now...... and let them enjoy thei...
by Maud
Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:13 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: crete to sicily?
Replies: 4
Views: 3010

If you decide to go by sea then book Anek/Superfast for both crossings and you will get a discount on the 'internal' route as previously mentioned by Kilkis. We are travelling the Crete/Piraeus and Patras/Bari route in October and it was cheaper to book both crossings with them, than to use a differ...
by Maud
Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Interesting Statistics
Replies: 44
Views: 15515

Correct Jeff, just the tourists we need! (My point exactly). - People who stay in rooms and eat in tavernas. - Usually independent travellers..... and not always the most wealthy. At least they spend in the community, not in the hotels. We just need a lot more of them!

Maud.
by Maud
Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Interesting Statistics
Replies: 44
Views: 15515

Jean, you seem to have misinterpreted my meaning of 'elite'.....which was only used as others had already used the word earlier in this thread. I don't believe in an elitists society, and I feel all people are entitled to a holiday. - It should also be one of their own choice as we are all different...
by Maud
Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:30 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Interesting Statistics
Replies: 44
Views: 15515

I agree Jean. - The discerning visitors you mention, (in the part of Crete I also know well), are the people we want to encourage. - Many of whom come back year after year, but they don't represent the majority of the visitors to the island. They are Guy's 'elite'...... with a love of the island and...
by Maud
Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Interesting Statistics
Replies: 44
Views: 15515

Sorry Guy....that should read, "Well said Guy".

Maud
by Maud
Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Interesting Statistics
Replies: 44
Views: 15515

Well said John. Crete mainly has two sorts of tourism, 'All Inclusives,' and 'Independent Travellers. Twenty years ago there were lots of 'half board' or room only hotels for package tourists, but now it seems to be mostly all inclusive deals. Of course there are still the 'villa rental' visitors, b...
by Maud
Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Interesting Statistics
Replies: 44
Views: 15515

Eleni is correct. We are also West Country based in the U.K and it is much more expensive to eat out in the two pubs in our village than on Crete. In fact it is much more expensive to eat out in our rural location than in the S.E. of England. - There is more 'competition' for business there ...........
by Maud
Sat Jul 13, 2013 12:09 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Xania Airport development.
Replies: 38
Views: 16208

Not sure who we are trying to please here Mouche, - the people arriving/departing, or the tour companies. I don't know how much 'clout' the tour companies hold re flight times, but I am sure they arrange them to suit their needs as much as possible......as Kilkis has already observed in his post. Re...
by Maud
Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:20 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Xania Airport development.
Replies: 38
Views: 16208

I was also referring to passenger numbers.......especially after the earlier post re the Scandinavian flights. It seems to be 'all or nothing' when it comes to the timing of arrivals and departures. If you have reason visit the airport, other than meeting/catching a flight, (i.e. when no flights are...
by Maud
Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Xania Airport development.
Replies: 38
Views: 16208

I agree with you Mouche, I'm sure Hania Airport is working at full capacity in the Summer months. - All good news for local businesses. I also agree with 'taking the money' whilst it is there. I'd like to think that Northern Europe is going to continue to fund Southern Europe until things improve, b...
by Maud
Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:00 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Xania Airport development.
Replies: 38
Views: 16208

Yes John, I agree that more people visiting Crete would be good for the island and its economy, but somehow I don't believe that long queues at Hania Airport would result in less people visiting the island. (It certainly wouldn't put me off, or any of our friends who visit regularly). As I said, if ...
by Maud
Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Xania Airport development.
Replies: 38
Views: 16208

Unfortunately the frequency of take offs and landings are dictated by other airports and air traffic across other countries, so it is a problem which is hard to resolve. - Not that that is any consolation to the people waiting in long queues at Hania! You are quite correct Bobscott that money has to...
by Maud
Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Xania Airport development.
Replies: 38
Views: 16208

Iraklio Airport was a 'dream' in April/May. - Much nicer than Hania has been for quite a few years......even early or late in the season. It has more staff, more space, and more facilities. (Although I'm sure others will have had recent bad experiences there!). Hania was at it's best when it first o...

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