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by filippos
Mon May 07, 2007 3:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Basil!
Replies: 8
Views: 4019

PaulH, what a wonderful thought, basil in the evening air. The first time we visited Crete we stayed in a ground floor studio. We had to cross the "verandah" (more like a small English patio) to get in and out - which was impossible without brushing against a large, potted, small-leaf basil. We als...
by filippos
Sun May 06, 2007 6:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Kalyves accommodation?
Replies: 5
Views: 3495

will download your book before we leave - or can we buy it when we get there? Thank you. You should be able to buy it here but you may have to search a bit. Papyrus bookshop should have it but when they run out they sometimes don't re-order immediately. If you download you'll be certain to get it. ...
by filippos
Sun May 06, 2007 6:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Basil!
Replies: 8
Views: 4019

Basil is rarely used in Cretan cooking because, we've been told, of religious connotations. I'm not sure of the reasoning behind it but the plant is regarded as holy. It's certainly used in many religious ceremonies. Priests dip bunches of basil into holy water and use it to splash the water over pa...
by filippos
Sun May 06, 2007 4:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Kalyves accommodation?
Replies: 5
Views: 3495

You could do worse than Akti Galini. Their web site address is http://www.aktigalinis.com/apartments.htm My in-laws stayed there a couple of years ago and found it clean and comfortable. It's practically on the beach (about 30 metres), two minutes walk from bakery and 2 greengrocers and, maybe, five...
by filippos
Sat May 05, 2007 5:26 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Hello and thank you!
Replies: 4
Views: 3028

Thanks for your comments and support elsewhere.

Filippos.
by filippos
Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Problems with builder's?
Replies: 8
Views: 4792

That might work for a man I met many years ago in the UK riding a bicycle in the January snow wearing shorts and T-shirt.

He was a soldier maintaining his recent Arctic training.

Filippos.
by filippos
Sat Apr 28, 2007 8:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Problems with builder's?
Replies: 8
Views: 4792

According to the man's response he's now concentrating on Scandinavian buyers although he still wants British clients, too - are there any left who don't know about him?. Surely, the British have got wise to him. I spoke recently with one of his unfortunate and disillusioned clients who said that as...
by filippos
Fri Apr 27, 2007 7:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: wanting to move family to crete
Replies: 15
Views: 37057

I would advise considering Carolina's comments very carefully along with some others that she has not mentioned. If you do not speak Greek well you will find it difficult to obtain work outside the tourist industry, estate agency or hard physical work. Immediately before we came here my wife, a teac...
by filippos
Wed Apr 18, 2007 2:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Why are Postmen Attacked?
Replies: 14
Views: 8308

Mary wrote:So of course Crete will have less violence.

I think you'll also find that Crete has less crime (especially violent crime) per capita. It isn't just a numbers game.

Filippos.
by filippos
Sat Apr 14, 2007 6:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Cretan Lifestyle?
Replies: 1
Views: 2408

Re: Cretan Lifestyle?

Carolina wrote:“Even the family meals on weekends, which provide an excellent opportunity for communication, are held quietly in front of the television,” he added.

Sounds familiar?


Sadly, "Yes."

Filippos.
by filippos
Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Hania in the news
Replies: 3
Views: 2738

Most Cretans don't trust cheques.

Filippos.
by filippos
Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:15 pm
Forum: Computers, TV, Telephone and Internet
Topic: Windows Vista
Replies: 6
Views: 3512

I assume the laptops you borrowed have at least 1GB RAM.

Filippos.
by filippos
Fri Mar 23, 2007 7:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Do you car about animals in Greece?
Replies: 5
Views: 3470

... ... a short, sharp campaign with very significant numbers of signatures on the petition should bring the responsible authorities to their senses very quickly Really? How much notice has the British government taken of the petition against road pricing? ... there have been fisticuff situations h...
by filippos
Thu Mar 22, 2007 3:38 pm
Forum: Computers, TV, Telephone and Internet
Topic: Rumour..
Replies: 11
Views: 5339

The OTE building in Kalyves may not be derelict but it surely looks well on the way to being so.

Filippos.
by filippos
Wed Mar 21, 2007 12:04 pm
Forum: Computers, TV, Telephone and Internet
Topic: Rumour..
Replies: 11
Views: 5339

Re: Rumour..

ADSL now available in 5km radius of Kalives. How significant is Kalyves in this? We live within 3.5 Km of Kalyves (by road so probably 2.5 Km in a straight line) and have had DSL for over a year. However, our service comes through Vamos exchange. I think Kokkino Xorio is more than 5Km even by the r...

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