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Stunning Crete Sept 2017
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Mainly to Bob.

I read all your comments & reviews with interest. You have such a long "To Travel To " list that I hope you live to about 150!!! Just joking. I am Sooooo glad that you enjoyed Crete....a truly Greek island, though large & therefore what people might not expect. Hania ( & let's get this correct...it is pronounced Han-Ya, with the emphasis on the 2nd syllable, & not Harr-Ni-Ar  as my brother has rendered it to me) is a great spot. You may be interested to know that a few years ago all the local businesses decided to work in cooperation rather than each trying to undercut/overprice the other, so there is not a massive difference, in terms of cost, as to where you eat. But you really got the Greek mood, Bob, of just sitting & watching the world go by you. In Greece it is quite acceptable to sit all day over just a beer or coffee....no-one will hustle you out. Having said that, with the massive unemployment we have here, that is the main form of "entertainment" for many of our youth. But I had to smile about you commenting on the fact that the water is potable. We are actually not, quite, a 3rd world country here & in most parts of Greece the water is perfectly safe to drink......& hasn't passed through about 8 other bodies before it gets to you!! One needs to drink lots of water in our climate. Invariably you'll get a bottle placed on your table, even if you never asked for it. This, in a way, has replaced the cover charge that used to be put on bread. Bottled water prices are controlled in Greece so that, even at an airport, they cannot charge more than 0.50 euro per 500 ml, but expect the taverna price to be about 2 to 2.5 euro per 1.5 litres. As I said, this is almost like a cover charge but feel free to ask just for a jug of iced tap water. On the other hand, let's not get extremely mean. Youth unemployment is running at around 60% or more so your waiter may well have  a Ph.D. but be struggling on a wage of 500-600 euro per month if he is lucky. Therefore I urge you to tip generously if you feel you have had good service... every euro will be gratefully accepted & can make a big difference to the recipient's life. Greetings from Greece. Sheila.
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Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by BGray - 15/09/2017, 10:23 AM
RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by Rose1999 - 15/09/2017, 11:33 AM
RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by nixon - 15/09/2017, 11:34 AM
RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by jonah - 15/09/2017, 12:03 PM
RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by Kezzer46 - 15/09/2017, 01:49 PM
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RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by Peter G - 15/09/2017, 03:49 PM
RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by AbbaDave - 15/09/2017, 06:32 PM
RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by Bosuncat - 17/09/2017, 07:31 AM
RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by LeeM - 18/09/2017, 04:56 PM
RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by janib - 18/09/2017, 09:12 PM
RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by BGray - 19/09/2017, 02:07 PM
RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by Bosuncat - 20/09/2017, 09:48 AM
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RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by Bosuncat - 22/09/2017, 09:00 AM
RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by SusieB - 22/09/2017, 12:30 PM
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RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by Dina - 21/09/2017, 06:52 PM
RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by Bosuncat - 23/09/2017, 09:21 AM
RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by Grecos - 21/09/2017, 09:48 PM
RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by BGray - 22/09/2017, 09:51 AM
RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by nixon - 25/09/2017, 01:24 PM
RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by BGray - 25/09/2017, 06:28 PM
RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by nixon - 26/09/2017, 03:53 PM
RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by lesley07 - 26/09/2017, 12:56 PM
RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by Dina - 26/09/2017, 07:49 PM
RE: Stunning Crete Sept 2017 - by Bosuncat - 27/09/2017, 01:48 PM
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