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    Useful phone numbers

    by ealgisi Updated Jan 5, 2010

    Favorite thing: The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.

    Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Greece:

    Police: 100
    Ambulance: 166
    Fire: 199
    Forest fire: 191
    Coast guard emergency intervention: 108
    Counter- narcotics immediate intervention: 109

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    Where the Earth Moved - The Local Internet Cafe!

    by johngayton Written Dec 26, 2009
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    Favorite thing: Marit and I were sitting in this internet cafe catching up with our mails and I definitely didn't feel like I was on dry land at all - the earth was moving!!

    "Is it moving for you?" I asked.

    "It's moving for me!" She replied.

    That was really wierd - us poor landlubbers after only 4 days on the boats were now getting seasick on dry land!

    Anyway here's the internet cafe down by the dock - the connection's OK and not too pricey.

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    A Chance For Some Male-Bonding!

    by johngayton Written Nov 5, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The main harbour here on Ios doesn't allow visiting yachts to use their anchors but instead provides chain moorings to which the yachts can be affixed. This however does take a bit of brute stregnth as the chains have to be hoisted from the sea bottom and a line from the boat attached whilst at the same time the boat has to be guided to its berth against the harbour.

    Sounds complicated? Yep, it is!!

    Fondest memory: First the mooring ropes are thrown onto the dock to be loosely affixed to the bollards, thus giving the boat a bit of stability. Next the mooring chain has to be dredged from the harbour bottom and hauled to the fixing point at the bow (OK I know I've probably gotten all the terminology wrong, but Ach, I'm no sailor!).

    It took the three of us: Allan, Jim and myself, to haul the chain up and affix it whilst captain Vassilli manouvered the boat to make it tight - tho' I do think he was (in his inevitable Greek macho fashion) trying to make it as difficult as possible for us. But yep we did it, humphing and heaving and then BIG Hi Fives all round!!!!!!

    Tighten up the dock moorings and that's that -

    Then it was beer time!

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    • Sailing and Boating

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    Few words in Greek part 2

    by ealgisi Written Apr 20, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Greek people will really appreciate if you try to speak a few words in Greek while talking to them, you will see their faces smiling, for this reason below you will find few of the main words you "have" to know when traveling in Greece:

    Salad = Salata
    Potatoes = Patates
    Wine = Kras-si
    Beer = Birra
    Greek coffee = Elliniko
    No sugar = Sketo
    A little sugar = Metrio
    Sweet = Gleeko
    Juice = Xhimo
    Orange = Portokali
    Fruit = Froota
    Cheese = Tiree
    Bread = Pso-mee
    Hotel = Ksenodohxio
    Rooms for rent = Dohmatia
    Airport = Airodromio
    Port = Limani
    Car = Afto-kinito
    Mobile (phone) = kinito
    Petrol = Benzeeni
    1 = Enna
    2 = Dio
    3 = Tria
    4 = Tessera
    5 = Penday
    6 = Exi
    7 = Efta
    8 = Ohxto
    9 = Ennaya
    10 = Deka
    11 = Endeka
    12 = Dodeka
    13 = Deka-tria
    14 = Deka-tessera
    15 = Deka-penday
    16 = Deka-exi
    17 = Deka-efta
    18 = Deka-ohxto
    19 = Deka-ennaya
    20 = Ekosi
    30 = Trianda
    40 = Saranda
    50 = Peninda
    60 = Exinda
    70 = Evdominda
    80 = Ohxdonda
    90 = Eneninda
    100 = Ekato

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    Few words in Greek

    by ealgisi Written Apr 20, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Greek people will really appreciate if you try to speak a few words in Greek while talking to them, you will see their faces smiling, for this reason below you will find few of the main words you "have" to know when traveling in Greece:

    Odos = Street
    Anikto = Open
    Kleisto = Closed
    Eisodos = Entrance
    Exodos = Exit
    Signomi = Excuse me
    Efharisto = Thank you
    (if you are several people - being served in a restaurant or cafe:
    We thank you (is better) = Efharistoomay
    Good morning = Kalimera
    Good afternoon, Good evening = Kalispera
    Good night = Kalinihxta
    See you / Hello / Hi = Yassas
    How much is this? = Posso Kanay Afto?
    How far is it? = Posso makria eenay?
    Excuse me, where is....... = Signomi, poo eenay.......?
    Do you have a toilet? = Eheeyete Too-aletta?
    One room for (five) nights. = Enna domatio ya (penday) vradia
    Can we see a menu? = Boroomay na doomay enna menoo
    Can we pay the bill? = Boroomay na plirosoomay?
    Do you speak..... = Milatay......?
    English = Ag-glika ?
    German = Yermanika ?
    French = Gallika ?
    Spanish = Hispanika ?
    Japanese = Yaponayzika ?
    Sorry, I don't speak Greek. = Signomi, then milow ellenica
    This one = Afto
    That one = Ekino
    Bigger = Mega-littero
    Smaller = Mikro-tero
    Too expensive = Polee akrivo
    ...for me = Ya menna
    That's fine = Andaxi
    OK = Andaxi
    How are you = Ti-kanis
    Well / good = Kala
    It's good (food, anything) = Oraya
    No.....thank you = Ohxi.......efharisto
    Yes = Nay
    Please (not used a lot!) = Parakalo
    Water = Nerroh
    Fish = Psari
    Chicken = Kotopooloh
    Lamb = Arr-nee

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    Ios in January

    by RACCOON1 Written May 3, 2004

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    Favorite thing: If you want to avoid the summer partying on the Greek Islands go in January. The weather is cool but sunny. Although Ios is beautiful there is not much to do on Ios.
    A four day stay is pushing it . Apparently Homer is buried on the island . There is no signage . I walked the entire island and found nothing . Anyway . Santorini is more interesting .

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    Ios street scene

    by snorril Written Sep 18, 2003

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    Smelling the flowers

    Favorite thing: Ios in early June was definately not crowded. During the day you could wander the streets without hardly meeting anyone. The streets are real fun to walk (like in many other Greek Island villages).

    These flowers also are a common sight in the Cyclades and make a nice photo oppertunity.

    Fondest memory: Ios was really nice place. It is not for everyone as it is primary a party place and at the age of 24 I seemed to be in the upper agegroup. I would have liked to spend another night there, that is for sure.

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    Beaches

    by snorril Written Jul 23, 2003

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    Myopotas beach

    Favorite thing: We really liked the Myopotas beach on Ios. We were there early in the morning and only a handful of people had arrived. Among them a couple who where taking erotic pictures in the sea.

    This beach probably gets really active during high season (and later in the day). It is easily reached by bus from Hora.

    Fondest memory: The Myopotas is not made of fine sand but kind of small stones. We lay there on our towels and it was really comfortable.

    The waters are deep. We only tried to swim there but the beach has all the facilities, like the banana etc.

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