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Offline Barny

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« on: August 21, 2005, 02:19:19 PM »
Hi all,
We hired a jeep this year for three days and went to three diferent places.
On day one we went to the archaeological museum in Heraklion,well worth the drive and even though it was full of coach parties there were many wonderfull things to see includind the Phaistos disk. Its hard to imagine just how old these things are and they have survived! (bet my Asda plates wont)
We then walked around the city streets, hot busy and people trying to sell you stuff on the streets and drag you into their shops! not nice at all. Walked around the venitian fortress but unable to get in for a closer look.
To sum up, museum 10/10 but the city itself 4/10. Took  ages to find the way out again even ended up on the wrong side of the carriage way once! (blast those car horns!)

Day two. Drove to the Arkadi monastery another wonderfull place 500m above sea level with surroundings of olive trees and vineyards. A lot of history here about the Turks invading and killing everyone there, even the skulls of the heroes with sword marks are still kept. Nice little taverna for a cold one after and a shop to buy monastery made raki, which is still in my fridge!

Day three we went to the Diktean cave, a long drive from Plakias but well worth it.
You snake up twisting winding roads stopping at the little villages to look around at the local merchandice (?) and then finaly after reaching 900m above sea level you are on a fertile green plateau which used to be the home of thousands of windmills pumping water up for the people, still a few left but the sight is amazing, how can we climb this far up a mountain and find this?Then on to the cave which is said to be the birth place of Zeus. Another long climb up then down, down into the cave of which the sights are absolutely amazing! Well worth it. After the climb down, have a cold one in one of the tavernas overlooking the plateau and try to weigh it all up.

A very good three days travelling. The only downfall for me was that in a tiny little village in the middle of nowhere i came accross a CAT digger is there no escape? (i work for CAT in Leicester).

                            Barny.
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2005, 05:47:42 PM »
If anyone is thinking of visiting the Arkadi monastery please make sure you get some raki from there. We opened ours last night and it was wonderfull, Ruth said "I wish we had got a biger bottle now!" If you want to bring us some back please do as well! its a long time till August!

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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2005, 11:14:24 PM »
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If anyone is thinking of visiting the Arkadi monastery please make sure you get some raki from there. We opened ours last night and it was wonderfull, Ruth said "I wish we had got a biger bottle now!" If you want to bring us some back please do as well! its a long time till August!

                                   Barny.
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   raki or the like never tastes as good when i'm home

the exception to this general rule is belgium beer  

anyone wishing to bring me back some will be welcomed warmly

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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2005, 07:44:30 AM »
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If anyone is thinking of visiting the Arkadi monastery please make sure you get some raki from there. We opened ours last night and it was wonderfull, Ruth said "I wish we had got a biger bottle now!" If you want to bring us some back please do as well! its a long time till August!

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   raki or the like never tastes as good when i'm home

the exception to this general rule is belgium beer  

anyone wishing to bring me back some will be welcomed warmly
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Hi Harribobs,

Any favourites?
If you forgot the brand and type see [a href=\"http://www.beerparadise.be]http://www.beerparadise.be[/url]
Let us know, we might bring a few someday.
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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2005, 09:09:40 AM »
actually Belgian beers are a lot more available in the UK than they used to be - you can get Leffe and Hoegaarden on tap, and my local off-license stocks a variety of Trappist beers - Chimay, Westmalle etc, as well as Kriek and other lambic beers, though not my favourite brand Mort Subite.  

oh, and there's Stella Artois :'(

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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2005, 09:50:19 AM »
favourites?  hmmm  tough one

Duval was too strong for me really, as was a lot of the others   Hoegaarden...i don't think i can ever get my head around cloudy beer. has anyone tried Rodenbach ?

i enjoyed the Leffe and (as Rodger says) i can get it at home, we had a few Bruges Tripel which were excellent and Toperflu (sp), one that really took my fancy was Hommel from poperinge  

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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2005, 10:34:46 AM »
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one that really took my fancy was Hommel from poperinge 
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Ah yes, Poperings (?) Hommelbier, I remember quaffing a few glasses of that in a nice cafe in Antwerpen.  Quite a tongue-twister when you've had a few.

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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2005, 10:47:58 AM »
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one that really took my fancy was Hommel from poperinge 
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Ah yes, Poperings (?) Hommelbier, I remember quaffing a few glasses of that in a nice cafe in Antwerpen.  Quite a tongue-twister when you've had a few.
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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2005, 11:16:56 AM »
thats the one!!! marvellous stuff  


apologies about the thread hijack Barny!  

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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2005, 05:13:00 PM »
I will let you off because you are talking about a good subject, Beer!
I still want some raki though!

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« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2005, 10:14:05 PM »
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I will let you off because you are talking about a good subject, Beer!
I still want some raki though!

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    We looked around but could not find it
Only the long bottle looked local
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« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2005, 10:24:25 PM »
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I will let you off because you are talking about a good subject, Beer!
I still want some raki though!

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no raki I'm afraid.....

how about a leffe?

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« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2005, 10:32:10 PM »
Prefer Mythos draft in this bar[attachment=158:attachment]

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« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2005, 11:06:29 PM »
how about a bottle of Mythos in the Ostraco?  

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« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2005, 08:37:58 AM »
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how about a bottle of Mythos in the Ostraco? 
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From the angle of the horizon on that photo it looks as if you had a few too. That's how I remember it.

John R