Scratch Cards- You've Won!
Walking around the town is a small band of young people with clipboards who will approach you with a view to 'asking a few questions'. They claim that they are working for the local authorities and just want to ask a few questions about tourism but then at the end they produce a scratch card as 'compensation' for your time and offer it to you with the chance to win various products.
On every occasion I saw tourists scratch off the cards, they seemed to win the top prize, which in my book seems little suspicious to say the least. It was funny though to watch the 'local authority representative' step back and feign amazement quipping 'wow you must be lucky, that never happens'.
Then the catch. The prize must be collected that same day, with the 'local authority representative' advising you to go and claim it 'immediately'. Strange but the place to claim it is not a local authority building but instead a bar situated a few kilometres away. You must be joking!
I picture the scenario that you are forced to stay there and spend loads of money there with the promise that they are waiting for the 'prize' to be delivered. If you get accosted, tell them to get lost. It all sounds very suspect.
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The one thing I did not like about the otherwise picturersque inner harbor waterfront was the row of seafood tavernas now lining it. When they're open it's impossible to walk from one end to the other because you'll get stopped by the greeter at every single one of them. I don't like being rude, so I just turned back and went around the waterfront behind the buildings after I realized what was going on.
Miles of resorts
To the east of Rethymno, as far as the eye can see, there's a seemingly endless stretch of impersonal looking resorts and rooms for rent, tacky touristy shops, and tourist-oriented tavernas lining the beach. We drove along this route for several miles on our way to Moni Arkhadi and thought it looked like a terrible place to spend a holiday because it's so overcrowded and unnatural looking. Obviously a lot of people must like that kind of thing, but it's not for me.
The too international restaurants
When I go traveling, I want to see soemthing that is local and genuine, else I could as well stayed home in Sweden. That's why it's so boring to be 1000's of miles from home and find a restaurant with signs and menu in Swedish.
Fun Alternatives: Avoid the main tourist streets, then you will definately not find a Swedish menu in Grece.
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