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  • in reply to: register a UK car in Crete? #48258
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        It is more complicated importing a car into Greece, as counted as asset for Tax office. I believe for first years you are limited who can drive the car, believe the number plate is a different colour so easy for police to spot. If you might choose once imported to return it to UK or another country they will still count you tax on it for the 1st five years.

        It is convenient to drive your own car over, as you can stop off on way for sight seeing and obviously bring a certain amount of your luggage over with you.

        The problem with returning again within 6 months, unless you choose to make a bit of a holiday out of it and maybe bring stuff back to UK is the added costs of all the ferries.

        BTW a Sunday is a good day for driving in much of Europe because Lorries mainly are not on the roads.

        Many people avoid much of France due to Toil charges.

        Though worthwhile crossing into France for cheap hotel with parking. (check websites first for where suits you. Places we book usually allow cancellation upto 6pm on day, but check terms yourself)
        The very large supermarkets in France generall have good restaurants with choices for lunch at reasonable price. Also free water and ice machine, usuall after the cash till.

        Luxembourg has cheap petrol and diesel, still under a Euro a litre, also 20% less for cigs/tobac than Belgium.

        In Germany we have always been pleased with the off road places to eat, good portions and fair prices.

        We once stayed somewhere very reasonable overnight in Tirol Austra.

        Good luck with your choice

        in reply to: Brussels Wins in Olive Oil Servings at Your Table #48257
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            It is totally unfair to traditional Greek restaurants/tavernas, who have their own olive oil and gave without charging extra.

            This will be how I will protest:

            I would encourage as many people as possible to bring a bottle of their own olive oil with them. You can re-fill them yourself with local oil. Remember a small bottle and keep it in plastic bag, I would use one of those clear bags like one gets fruit/veg in shops and also wrap it in a paper towel.
            (If I am out and about, would probably use a small water bottle, though if ore local would use a glass bottle).

            It is so difficult now for establishments with the high 23% Tax they already have to add to the bill, or think of it this way, a quarter of your bill is tax. The establishment still has to pay tax on any profit later.

            in reply to: Greece Shopping :: Plastic Bag Charge Looms #48070
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                1) curious that Lidl Greece was a voluntary charge, it is not voluntary in other countries where they have a selection of bags

                2) it was funny when they first had the charge in Ireland. Shops where for instance you were clothing were handed back to you without bag. Now they have introduced paper bags into many shops for non groceries

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                    6150455B5344435F42310 wrote:

                    like people used to leave their own tankers by bars

                    Well I know I might drink a lot, but not to that extent  ;D

                    Thanks PeeBee

                    made me laugh too (my Freudian slip,[parapraxis]}

                    for the benefit of non English speakers, my wrong word should not have typed tankers, but Tankard

                    moggy1923
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                        Who will Police it.

                        very much depends if another business wants to get at restaurant for any reason, i.e. a competitor.

                        I do think it is a bit of a ridiculous law to have in Greece. I have often seen Greek families empty whole containers in restaurants onto their salads, with much left on the plate when they finish. Wonder if the restaurants will start to charge next year or introduce those sachet thingies, like the fast food chains have in UK.

                        Does seem like an idea as mentioned on other thread to bring one’s own olive oil.

                        Would it be breaking any law to leave your bottle of olive oil by a restaurant you frequent often, like people used to leave their own tankers by bars

                        What a shame only 15 have voted so far from BIC

                        in reply to: work wanted #48300
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                            Dear Teresatimeout

                            Strange response from you. I was one of the two to reply to your original message. My intention was to be helpful, whereas you prefer to insult the two of us who have bothered to respond to you. Wonder if you are any reason that your son is finding difficulty finding work. I am based in UK and see little reason why someone of his age has been out of work for 9 months.

                            I do wonder what you mean by “your kind”, the responses were purely to a young Brit seeking work on Crete.

                            What Kefalas said in my opinion was what he/she would have replied to any Brit. If you son speaks several appropriate languages then that would be a help to him. In recent years on Crete have noticed that Russian is often a language advertised, along with knowledge of Greek.

                            There are a number of young foreigners who work on Crete, but they work extremely long hours for low pay, often work in the ‘black’. The big problem is finding accommodation and somewhere to do their laundry, as a room will often not come with the appropriate laundry facilities.

                            The stories I have heard from some young Brits who went to work on Crete, they arrived with X amount of £, usually a few thousand, they found some work, but come the end of the season the money they arrived with was often almost spent with them leaving themselves enough to get home or arranging with mum/dad to send them the return airfare.

                            I do know a number of young Cretans who are having problems finding work. Some of them do not get paid for months – that is complicated as if they leave then they have little chance of ever getting paid. One chap I know gets paid now and again some of what is owed to him. Last time it was 6 months pay, much of it he used to pay back to people he had borrowed from in the meantime.

                            I see no reason why you should be shoved off this site, purely because of your rudeness and not wishing to tell your whole truth.

                            All good luck to you son.

                            7A746D7D6B7D796B292A2B180 wrote: Thank you for responses but son has now found employment all be it part time. I havent been on here to see if there where any other responses to my post because of the way the first response was worded. I dont want to get personal but I believe that it could have been put in a kinder way…It gave the impression to me that dont bother dont want your kind over in crete etc etc. I do believe that this site is run by "old giffers" and that perhaps if they were to be in the uk at this particular time their views would be alot different, not to show off about how many buissiness it has BACK in the uk. Not bothered if these comments get me shoved off this site but come on get real and help your fellow man.

                            in reply to: work wanted #48174
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                                Hi Teresa

                                I agree with Kefalas.

                                Your profile does not show where you live in UK, I was wondering as may be able to point your son in direction of employment, but does depend where you live/

                                in reply to: Snowy weather #48354
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                                    Hi
                                    I never meant to intimate that anyone was trapped.

                                    The news reported to me was a village of thousands over 400 meters high in Heraklion Prefecture. I believe it got down to -15 some time in past few days. Today I see it is now 3 degrees, so yes getting warmer. No doubt in a few days, one might expect to see some off season tourists wandering around in the day light sun time in light clothing, as the temperature increases. There have been years when the temperature reached over 30 degrees in January. I have had it reported to me that Cretans of past times they were walking around one year on New Year Eve walking around in T-Shirts in Heraklion as so warm.

                                    Seems very natural to me that when highly unusual weather of -15 that many people would stay indoors and keep warm as best they can as well as taking care that neighbours are ok, that Cretans are very good at.

                                    There were many years on Crete when locals did not see snow (Chioni, χιόνι). It was a total novelty for some of them see it. that one word repeated loudly ‘Chioni’

                                    World weather has had unusual occurrences in recent years.

                                    in reply to: Snowy weather #48295
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                                        I am in UK at the moment and being told stories of the mountain villages where there is snow and of course there is not the machinery to clear the snow, after all it is not the Alps and totally unexpected, so people staying in their homes as best they can to keep warm.

                                        Someone else told me most of Greece is now frozen over with the cold.

                                        in reply to: winter flights problem Aegean #48350
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                                            There will always be flights in winter to/from Heathrow, as used by business people, some that use for other connections from there.

                                            Heathrow is a more expensive airport for airlines to use than Gatwick, but that is where they get their business travellers who want to go.

                                            Great you have found a connection out from Gatwick, suggest you check again around the Aegean site for return dates from Gatwick, look at other dates, no idea what week exact week days you are looking at. Aegean not the easiest site to view. Think Gerald mentioned something about they are still uploading flight details. Do appreciate it is a pain/impossible maybe to use two airports especially if parking car.

                                            Not sure if Easyjet do flights on weekends Athens-Gatwick-Athens*, they do not appear to do Athens to Chania in winter. *maybe the connections work or not with other carrier and one will have to allow time if checking in hold luggage (suitcase) at Athens.

                                            Will leave someone else to advice on shops etc in Chania over Xmas/New Year, as I might be wrong.

                                            You are correct about a number of UK entertainment/eating places being closed. Due to either people going away or spending time with friends/family.

                                            Have noticed groups of family/ friends block booking places in advance either for a few days or even just set menu on 25th December.
                                            Personally would prefer not to out for set menu on 25th December, a humble meal of fingers would be preferable to me at home (in reality something more special). I am a bit old fashioned maybe but no enjoyment watching other people working on 25th December to fulfil my needs & being away from their family, with exception of quick early lunch time drink in Pub, though pubs are vanishing in the UK countryside

                                            in reply to: Ryanair – Another £45 Inconvenience #48013
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                                                6C696064630D0 wrote: Again, the Irish carrier creates unnecessary passenger anxiety to have to find the Internet and a printer while on holiday to print the boarding pass for the next Ryanair flight. That must be done in the 4 days before departure (not 7 currently). Otherwise you face a FINE at check-in at the airport of £45. They sure know how to grab the money.

                                                I know from experience what a nightmare it is to get the paper boarding pass done while away. And yes, Ryanair says a number of airports cannot accept the alternative, the mobile phone boarding pass as it is. At those airports you are well and truly stuffed.

                                                thanks Admin for that useful post. Lets hope word gets around on Crete, and enterprising business put sign in their windows advertising they have a printer, albeit at a charge &/or for paying customers. A talking point at the start of a holiday to ensure one knows where to go in the final days.

                                                I was taken aback last year one of our pop in places a large internet Cafe had closed due to lack of business as so many people now using free WiFi in varying places or had their own cheap sim.

                                                I suspect most car hire places would have a printer, I would offer a Euro per booking or something along those lines for the favour, have the coins read, don’t be rude and offer a 50 Euro expecting them to change it up (yes I know a Euro around a £). It never ceases to amaze me people who do not spend in a business expect to use toilets etc for free, they have to pay to empty tanks as well as keeping them clean.

                                                Common sense if you are booking a car with them for a week or so (or even less), to check if they can help you out with the print out later, whether they accept a donation or not for the cost when they do it for you play by ear.
                                                If you are not doing a booking then definitely you should offer to pay, donate a little something.

                                                Cretan hospitality does vary. I had often heard of people being stuck somewhere late evening, looking for taxi a short distance (less than 10 miles) and someone recognizing them as a previous customer, shop or restaurant, then getting one of their staff or relatives to give them a lift for free, as no taxi available. Personally I would have insisted they take a little something unless no small note to cover at least the cost of petrol on arrival destination, particularly if knew would not have time to go back to use that shop/restaurant again during trip.

                                                in reply to: Running costs of 2 bed house #48287
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                                                    There used to be chap on here, Brian something, who for several years did a yearly update on a thread called ‘Cost of Living’.

                                                    do not think he has done it for a couple of years or so & cannot find a previous one by him of that name.

                                                    Hope all is OK with him, anyone had contact with him?

                                                    I recall he and his wife and friends regularly holiday in Ag Nik area, though I think he was going to head down West at least once or did.

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                                                        I think there was a previous thread that I can not now find on similar TV programme or maybe the same as this one repeated.

                                                        The chap in that one looking had limited walking disability and was shown properties impossible to walk.

                                                        He also wanted a swimming pool. I recall one property was a converted old Balery in a village with limited outside space and a tiny swimming pool.

                                                        Earlier tonight I was watching, location, location. Again in areas around Chania.

                                                        Again converted Old Bakery. 3 bedrooms, except in my opinion, all the bedroom were open plan, i.e. if a couple wished to have a passionate night, then would be heard by everyone.
                                                        Again limited outside space and tiny swimming pool – maybe the same place.

                                                        My thoughts as one has to pay extra tax for swimming pool in Greece, did not make sense to have a tiny swimming pool. Be better off to have an inflated paddling pool, that I presume one would not pay tax for.

                                                        I guess whoever converted it, thought Brits like a pool, without thinking it through.
                                                        I think the price quoted was around £200K (yes £). Owner can dream on.

                                                        The couple were shown some decent sized homes.

                                                        Also this time, a bit more time was spent explaining about the Greek Lady who does the cookery classes and we saw her cutting up a peeled potato. Told the class was later in the day to their visit.

                                                        in reply to: Chris Noth and Family Vacation In Crete #47996
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                                                            They might have been staying at the Capsis Beach Resort Hotel, that is the other end of Agia Pelagia, that Lygaria is beside.

                                                            There is an up market secluded part of the Capsis where names stay, but is it kept quiet, some times they fly in by helicopter.

                                                            in reply to: New Prime Minister for UK within days #48146
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                                                                8 days before the summer Recess holidays for Parliament

                                                                http://www.parliament.uk/about/faqs/house-of-commons-faqs/business-faq-page/recess-dates/

                                                                6F6D65657B020 wrote: The last few weeks in UK have been very unsettiling after the unexpected result of EU vote, David Cameroon announcing he was stepping down.

                                                                the auguments between remainers/leavers

                                                                Now with the announcement by Andrea Leadsom that she has pulled out of standing for PM vote,

                                                                it looks very  likely that Theresa May will be the next Prime Minister for UK by early next week or before.

                                                                In my opinion it will be settling for UK to again have permanent Prime Minister in place.

                                                                in reply to: #Greece :: Santos Leaves For #Portugal #46846
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                                                                    There should be some RED Faces within the Greek Football whoever is in charge of appointments, why did they not fight to keep Fernando Santos

                                                                    What an amazing understanding of the game and great eye sight he has

                                                                    he changed one player yesterday, – game won

                                                                    Brilliant

                                                                    Portugal have Great Goal Keeper, Rui Patricio

                                                                    in reply to: Sleep Tax: Yet Another Tax Proposed, No way #48225
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                                                                        193E2D2B36315F0 wrote: Taxing tourists so directly is stupid. They should have sneaked it through some other way.

                                                                        We’ve stayed at the Elounda Ilion Hotel. :)

                                                                        1) sneaked it in how, they already hiked the VAT in restaurants/bars and upped the hotel tax

                                                                        2) did you stay at that hotel this year, if so did you pay Tourist Tax

                                                                        3) I find the charges for basic beach bed outragious in most cases. Some beaches offer facilities like shower, life guard, toilet and clean the beach, then I find it acceptable, but many do not.

                                                                        in reply to: What is a Screen Name vs User Name #48139
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                                                                            715358594E5D48534E0E3C0 wrote: Username is the one you use to log in – effectively secret.
                                                                            Screen name is the one that’s visible to all.

                                                                            For some bizarre reason, mine are both the same.

                                                                            I have just changed my Screen name and get this message

                                                                            For security reasons, it is not advisable to have your screen name the same as your user ID.

                                                                            My log in has also changed to the new Screen name

                                                                            why did it do that, how do I change my Log In ID

                                                                            Neither is my email and my log in ID does have a password

                                                                            in reply to: Sleep Tax: Yet Another Tax Proposed, No way #47984
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                                                                                I was reading this article today re the tourist tax for Balearic Islands, that will be 1 euro per night for up to 3* then 2 euro per night for 4* and above – to take effect from 1st July 2016

                                                                                Families of 4, who have already booked and paid, say it could add £70 to their holiday

                                                                                The tax in Spain will vary depending where you go and what type of accmmodation you stay.

                                                                                If Greece are going to introduce it, lets hope they keep it low and not start increasing it every year or so, as some people will be looking to go somewhere they do not have this EXTRA cost

                                                                                http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/663721/Families-furious-after-Spain-sneaks-through-new-70-TOURISM-TAX

                                                                                in reply to: Are You Changing Priorities in Using Devices #48223
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                                                                                    Gerald

                                                                                    I agree with what you said in your 1st post.

                                                                                    My current mobile phone is 5" that I find handy to view as a tablet on the way, decent size screen with lots of memory.

                                                                                    My large tablet that also has sim Card, I find heavy for daily usage – out and about, but great to have on the way, particularly by travelling, in addition to the mobile phone.

                                                                                    Would usually have a laptop as part luggage, but not always convenient to take out & use in company.

                                                                                    Long term home based somewhere then use either Laptop or PC/Imac.

                                                                                    The main priority that I have changed is he size of the laptop, as some airlines allow a laptop as free hand carry on separate to other hand carry on, but someone changed the size, think it was BA from 17" down to 15" ish

                                                                                    Of course the ‘Millennials’ would be the ones with extra disposable incomes.

                                                                                    When I think back to being that age and some of the silly things I bought.

                                                                                    I do find it strange out and about, those with their mobiles in hand. On a bus or tube, looking around those sitting, more than 60%, on occasion spot the one without one in their hand.

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