Here's the crowd I'd see almost every night at Manoli's in Lindos. It was really nice to find a place that was so friendly after I'd run into a few problems only a couple of days into my holiday in Rhodes. This particular problem involved a bar, a few beers, an over-reactive, obnoxious South African, some choice words (and deeds), a high speed collision in the vicinity of my fist and a visit to the local Constabulary. The nice policemen (Efharisto Mr. Giorts(George!?)) were very sympathetic so officially there was no harm done, just a bruised South African pride (and cheekbone). Unfortunately I'm not quite sure how to spell Giorts' name but I am really grateful for the drinks he bought me later that night and given the chance, would like to publically thank him. We went to a couple of bars and Manoli's was the last call of the night. There's a great atmosphere there and while I was there it was busy every night. The bar staff are definitely kept busy and this could account for the odd discrepency in drink prices (once in a while - so check your change) but this is more than made up for once in a while when it was drinks on Manoli. Manoli is the owner and like a captain will go down with his ship you could tell that Manoli was a full time captain. Each night we'd see him in his bar more tired (can I say knackered on the web?) than the previous one. In the photo above you can see Manoli on the far left, and then, a whole crowd of other people some of whose names I've let slip in the months since seeing them (big slap on the wrists). Next to Manoli are Irene Ray, Ken Wholmer and Irene's husband, Mark, who works for a large well-known retail company, shopfitting in the four corners of the globe. Next to them are Bill Longhurst, in the red shirt surrounded by Debbie and Andy Ralph from Hull whose parents are behind them and in the far right we have Pete Ralph also from Hull and his wife Jules.
Here are Manoli and two of the guys who work there behind the bar! Unfortunately the two guys' names have escaped me so I'll ask around those who were at Lindos this year and see if they remember.
Generally after a few hours with the locals (or at least the regulars at Manoli's bar) we'd take a trip over to Bar Night Life. (I wonder if it was anything to do with the fact that a whole bunch of girls would congregate in Manoli's and then announce to everyone that that was where they were going or maybe because it was close and free!
Anyway in the picture you can see Charlene, myself, a girl whose name I unfortunately know not, Manoli, Chris and Darren.
Here're Darren and Charlene strutting their funky stuff down at Bar Night Life. These guys are great fun to be with, and I really am glad I met them, because truth be told if I hadn't then I wouldn't have had as good a time in Lindos as I did.
we met in one of the Lindos bars that has satellite TV on the night of the Manchester Utd. V someone or other. (You can probably tell that I'm not so enthralled about football - but it was the cup final and I do watch the really important matches.) I'd explained to Darren how I'd had a run in with a certain obnoxious South Aftrican who coincidentally Darren had also come across with almost the same result. I forget exact details but Darren and Charlene, from Norwich, met at work and were married this year ('99) We met within the first few days of our holiday and met up quite often in our two week holiday. Thanks for the send off guys! I had a great night.
Here's another couple that made a big difference to my holiday. Here're Paul and Catrina at one of the bars in Lindos. (It's not that everyone I met is a bar-fly. Lindos is a beautiful place to visit but a little limited in things to do at night.) We met while checking in with our tour guide on the second day of our holiday and the second time we met a few days later I mistook Catrina for a girl I'd met on the beach earlier that day until reminded by a very firm handshake from Paul. The misunderstanding was quickly sorted out and we would meet up for drinks, chat and pass time on an evening, which was great. Now back at home in Windsor they still keep in touch via E-mail (If only there where enough time in the day for me to get back to you two on a fair-to-regular basis.)
Here are Pete and Jules Ralph at Manoli's. Pete, who is from Hull, met Jules his wife from Minnesota while surfing the net. I also met Pete's family who'd joined the two on holiday.
I know that this photo is less than complementary but it's the only one I have seeing as it turns out Kathryn is a tad camera shy! I met Kathryn and her friend Irene at Manoli's one night and we chatted for a long time. Kathryn is from Grangemouth, Scotland, where she works for a chemical company I use to deal with while working for Celanese UK earlier this year.
Dave and Shona were married while on holiday with their families in Lindos. It was a beautiful setting for their wedding. They live in London with their baby son and Dave used to manage a pub around the corner from the Shakespeare's Head in Carnaby St. around the same time I was working there. Here they are cutting the cake. Congratulations to the both of you.
Here're Dyllis and Terry from Derbyshire in front of the Lindos Acropolis. We met at the 60's bar the first couple of nights I was in Lindos and they were very helpful in solving a certain problem I had right at the beginning of my holiday (They're definitely on my Christmas card list.)
I was hoping to take a trip over to Turkey for a couple of days but by the time I got around to to catching the boat I'd quite run out of time. So instead I went on the organised day trip to Marmaris. The crossing doesn't take too long and (as was quite usual) the weather was great.
While leaving the boat and making my way to the town from the port I got talking to Alex Wissmar who was heading in the same direction. Alex had spent some time in Turkey some years earlier and was now travelling again after having spent some time in Scotland. We stopped awhile to watch a dance festival and spent several hours wandering around the markets and having the 'millionaire' experience. These days the Turks work in Millions of Lira - a cup of tea will cost a couple of hundred thousand. In the photo we splashed out on a Turkish cup of tea.
Here I am with George and Mary Welling on the ferry just about to sail back to Lindos. I bumped into George and Mary as I was going back to the harbour. They both looked a little tired after walking around Marmaris and we took a taxi back together. George would have been especially tired as he has to walk with a stick, which was a result of his time spent in Korea during the Korean War. It was his Korean baseball cap that made me strike up conversation in the first place. Unfortunately I got on the wrong boat with the couple and as soon as I'd discovered my mistake I had to leave the boat, so if anyone out there should know how I can get in touch with them drop me a line.
This has got to be one of the funniest after holiday stories I have. I met Joe and his girlfriend (who both seemed rather nice and I'm sure his girlfriend is) while coming back from Turkey. We got talking and exchanged e-mail addresses. Much later (about August / September after I had come to Taiwan I received a message from this 'nice' guy 'informing' me that he had 'come across' my web page and he gave me the link. So when I clicked onto the link I was taken to a really poorly made site with verbal abuse, homophobic (don't worry - I'm not!) crap and my personal e-mail address in big friendly lettering across the top! This guy's name is Joe Prystupa and he lives and studies somewhere in Dundee ( I will find out where.) I'd like to give you his e-mail address so you could spam it if you wish, but unfortunately the nice people at Yahoo.com were less than impressed with his work and .... oops! I hear they deleted it! Ha-Ha!!
I don't have too many photos of myself on my site and I think that this one wasn't too bad so I'll let it go. Here I am enjoying the sun en route to the Acropolis.
Here I am with the guys of the Internet Cafe in Lindos which has to contend with the island's poor line connections to stay in business. The Cafe's a nice place place to hang out drink coffee and catch some TV when the weather gets too hot.