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bar fly
5th Sep 2013, 13:43
I often ask you well travelled lot for advice before I head off to somewhere I havenít been before. As weíre a well travelled bunch here, Iíve always been impressed by tips and insights Iíve been given into even the more obscure places. So hereís a thread that can be used for that.

Iím going to a couple of places in the next two weeks, firstly Enniskerry just outside Dublin, and then Kos, Greece for a week afterwards. Both are holidays and so no work to get in my way, but Iíd be particularly interested in tips for Kos if there are any out there. Iím in a resort, but plan to get out and see the island Ė your guidance would be gratefully received.

Naturally if anyone else would like some advice about anywhere else, feel free to chip in.

5th Sep 2013, 14:02
Don't take photographs near any airfield.

5th Sep 2013, 14:11
Show the locals your last Tax return. They will have never seen one before.

5th Sep 2013, 14:17
Learn a few phrases in Greek - Please, thank you etc. They really appreciate it. Best advice I had was "Take a small, blond child" - the Greeks are very family-oriented. Wasn't able to do this but have seen it work!

5th Sep 2013, 14:29
"Take a small, blond child"

Maybe you should clarify, one the way in, or on the way out.

5th Sep 2013, 14:31
Learn a few phrases in Greek - Please, thank you etc. They really appreciate it.

Before my first duty trip to Akrotiri (early 70's) I was issued with a small Greek phrase book called "Greek Without Tears" (which I still have). This is full of "useful Greek phrases". I still remember one or two, like "The Red Cross nurse is a great help" and "I have spasms". Goodness only knows why the powers that be thought phrases like this would be useful down in Heroes Square, Limassol, of an evening.

5th Sep 2013, 14:38
"Take a small, blond child" with you (and out again), if you have one of your own.

As for the phrase book, surely a bit of cut-and-paste would have been useful

"You beautiful Red Cross nurse, please give me 'spasms'" perhaps?;)

5th Sep 2013, 14:44
Thats exemplary thinking outside the box, deserves a :ok:

5th Sep 2013, 14:57
I can't recall the Greek for the Red Cross nurse bit, but the "I have spasms" bit was eho spasmus, IIRC

5th Sep 2013, 15:21
Ben Needham (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Ben_Needham).

Ben Needham: Search for missing Ben throws up two possible sightings that are "haunting" mum Kerry Needham - Mirror Online (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ben-needham-search-for-missing-ben-1483977)

5th Sep 2013, 15:24
Thats exemplary thinking outside the box, deserves a http://images.ibsrv.net/ibsrv/res/src:www.pprune.org/get/images/smilies/thumbs.gif

Thanks, but it was definitely "inside the box" thinking;)


Back to the travel advice -
Ireland - take it slowly. Leave spare hours since it's very easy in Ireland to fall into conversation or get invited to visit people.