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The Livingincrete:BritsinCrete community includes Irish + EU nationals taking up life on the Greek island. Learn of their experiences dreaming then coming and making the move to settle down on Creta. This blog is an entry to our two main websites with l

Updated: 2017-11-28T18:47:48.635+02:00


Early Warning: Winter Flu Have You Got Your Vaccination?


Graphic look at an Influenza Virus (Graphic Image: Greece,  Malta Serious Outbreaks of H3N2 Strain Expected  For Europe, the winter influenza season is here again and time to get those jabs for the retirees and the young. #Greece has yet to publicly announce any health warnings but #Malta's #health authorities predict already that during winter 2017/8 the spread of the flu (image)

Tsipras' Two Finger Salute to Troika Over Islands Tax Issue


Merkel and Tsipras :: Forever At Odds over Greece From a #British - Anglo Saxon viewpoint many situations in Greece can have an illogical element to them. I often remark if #Greeks would only listen,  then solutions would be found much sooner. Of course it is all too easy to generalise. But this in recent days I was proud of a major Greek decision to give the two finger gesture to the (image) To Open Birmingham hub in March :: Adds Competition to Med's Holiday Markets


Jet2's brand new Boeing 737-800 (Artists Impression) Holiday flights airline, Airline as part of its expansion plans is opening up Birmingham (IATA-BHX) as its 9th hub airport from March 31, 2017. The leisure travel specialist ( it also operates Jet2 Holidays) will base 4 brand new Boeing 737-800 Winglet aircraft there to serve 15 destinations.  At the top of the new sunshine (image)

Andre Rieu Concert 2016 Live By Satellite in Crete


Followers of the Andre Rieu's annual Maastricht Concert should be aware that if you happen to be living in #Crete or just visiting on holiday, the 2016 musically fun evening is being shown live by satellite there on July 23 for a second year running. Details, as per the poster on the left indicate that this community event in Neapoli, Lasithi has been co-organised by INCO,  the Foreign (image)

Cobalt Aero :: Newest Carrier Takes to Cyprus Skies


There is yet another aircraft logo appearing in Eastern Mediterranean skies after the demise of Cypriot state carrier, Cyprus Airways. It is #Cobalt Aero flying A320 aircraft. The new company is based in Larnaca (IATA Code: LCA) Press reports indicate from July7, 2016 a regular schedule includes services from #Larnaca to #Heraklion (HER) #Crete on Tuesdays and Fridays with one flight (image)

From Easter, #Brussels Airlines Opens up #Crete #Flights


Brussels Airlines uses the A320 for its Athens, Heraklion flights For its Summer 2016 schedule, #Belgium's national carrier,  #Brussels Airlines starts scheduled flights between Brussels and #Heraklion. The twice weekly service on Tuesdays and Saturdays commences at the Easter Break. Interestingly,  the carrier’s website states that flights to #Crete can be (image)

Is #Greece Facing #Schengen Suspension After Border Security Failures


Macedonian Border Security build fence on Greek border. Greece is the bad boy in EU politics again.  Looks like #Greece is heading for yet another unprecedented “first” within the EU. This time it is its suspension from the open borders policy under the Schengen Agreement.  According to EU officials the Greeks have failed to control their external borders in the ongoing Syrian refugee (image)

#Greece #Flights :: Ryanair's New Links #Corfu-Birmingham (UK) + 9 Other Airports


A 737-800 landing at another of Ryanair's hubs in Greeceat Crete's Chania International Airport. From next summer's schedules (2016) Ryanair  will add additional capacity into Corfu from April 26.  #Corfu - #Birmingham is one of the new routes. Ryanair is capitalising in the withdrawal of Monarch Airlines on that service. It should be noted that Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways (image) :: #ENFIA Property Tax 2015 Notices Now Issued


Greece :: Property Tax 2015 Better Late than Never  ...the Bills Have been Issued  Credit: The #Greek Finance Ministry was supposed to issue payment notices for this year’s “Single Real Estate Property Tax - EN.F.I.A” by October 10, 2015 for everyone both individuals and businesses. It actually turned out to be October 23, when the bills were finally issued online on (image)

#Expat Alert: #Irish Euro 1c and 2c to be withdrawn


For all you Emerald Isle folks in #Greece : Take note, Beginning of End of #1c and #2c #Coins Get cashing in From Wednesday October 28th, 2015 The Central Bank of Ireland will no longer be placing 1c and 2c coins in circulation. From that date shops and supermarkets and other outlets will be given the right to round off change given to customers to the nearest 5 cents in a cash transaction(image)

Greece :: Leading Online Travel Firm Facing Bankruptcy


If anyone has been using the #Greek online travel booking facility called  to let you know that as of this past week end (Sept 12/13 2015) it ceased trading according to Greek media in Athens. No calls were being answered; website down. Classic signs of financial failure. Airfasttickets was the darling of the online travel booking industry in #Greece.  The travel (image)

Participate Now :: European Day of Languages Free Online Quiz


Family Fun Day out across Europe on Sept 26 to reinforce multilingual skills The #Greek celebrations with the accent on a fun day out for European Day of Languages 2015 include an absolutely free online competition to celebrate this year's special event in Athens on September 26, 2015. Across Europe cities are holding activities to publicise language promotion and awareness on this day.  (image)

#Crete Property Survey 2015 :: #Prices Up in #Lassithi


A ‘Property in Crete 2015’ survey for the first half of the year highlighted that of all the locations on Crete, Lassithi has an improvement in home property prices. This does not detract from some 5,000 unsold #holiday-homes in the past three years across the island. But there are opportunities at the new lower level of home prices of some renovated old village houses and new builds. There (image)

#SkyGreece Ceases Flights :: Takes Down Facebook and Twitter Pages


In the off chance you were booked on SkyGreece to fly between Athens and Toronto, well Thursday (Toronto time) 29 August the company abruptly cancelled it flights and closed down its Facebook and Twitter accounts.. SkyGreece operated one aircraft a Boeing 767-300ER and had only been flying since May 2015. The company cited technical issues as the cause of delays since August 25th. But other (image)

Popular #Greek Airline #Ellinair Extends Seasonal Domestic Flights


Photo call of some of the Ellinair Cabin Crew working on the Avro RJ85 aircraft on the Thessaloniki-Heraklion, Athens-Santorini and Thessaloniki-Santorini routes Less than 2 years old, Greek carrier Ellinair, member of the Mouzenidis Group, is gaining a reputation for on time performance and efficiency. With a growing following, the airline announced on August 17 that  the seasonal summer (image)

Nr #Elounda House for Sale, Lovingly Designed by French Couple


Large Family Property For Sale  FOURNI,  near Elounda, Lassithi, Crete Location, Location, Location     -     Prefecture of Lassithi     -     8 km from ELOUNDA, Greece’s Playground of the rich and famous     -     10 km from Aghios Nikolaos, prefectural capital     -     In the traditional and affluent old Merchant's village of FOURNI, within the boundary     -     Panoramic views (image)

#Lufthansa Charges Fresh Ticket Fee on Consumers


Yet another tax when flying from September 1, 2015. Lufthansa Group will implement a €16 (£11.50/US$18) DCC charge for all passengers on its flights. This will include associated companies including Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Swiss.  DCC stands for ‘Distribution Cost Charge’. There will be an exception to the DCC fee when individuals book directly on each of the group (image)

#UK: #Funeral Costs to Sky Rocket :: Blame #Baby_Boomers


Post WW2 Baby Boomers force up Cost of UK Funerals As a Brit or Irish ex-pat have you underestimated the cost of the funeral of a loved one back in UK or Ireland? In UK the costs have surged 80% in 10 years; simple send offs can cost £5000+, and 1000’s of families will not afford a sudden death. That you may already be aware, but be warned. Things are likely to become even more expensive! (image)

#Greece #Cyprus Mortgaged Property Repossession :: Latest


Home Repossession in Greece/Cyprus  Scenario: In Greece an expat buys a home from a property developer on mortgage or a loan paid periodically. Developer faces problems with their bank. The bank uses court to seize developer’s assets. These include any property listed on their books. Can the home you bought on mortgage be repossessed under those circumstances and assuming the developer(image)

#Greece:: New #airport tax to ensure assistance for handicapped passengers


Yet another airport departure tax. But this time for a good cause as it is for passengers travelling with special needs. The Euro20cents levy will ensure departing passengers from a Greek airport have reliable qualified support from check in to boarding an aircraft. The 20c charge will be included in the ticket price to ensure there is qualified special assistance for handling handicapped (image)

Astra Airlines Confirms ATH-SITIA Flts Summer 2015


For the summer schedules, Greek carrier Astra Airlines will fly five times a week between Athens and Sitia until October 25. A daily return flight will operate during the summer 2015 according to the airlines just released schedule for the period.  Sitia is an international airport serving eastern Crete and is much under utilised. Astra's website (image)

Best and brightest #Greeks seek their fortunes abroad at an alarming rate


Did you know that there are some 300,000+ Greeks currently living in the UK?  That figure covers all Greeks not just recent arrivals.  I was prompted to look up the fact after reading a current Kathimerini report that showed that more than 100,000 Greek academics and skilled workers, most of them young, have left Greece, either working or in search of a job, due to the 2008 ongoing (image)

Astra Airlines Special Xmas Flights Athens-London Stansted


England for a Christmas Break with Astra Airlines - You bet, if the price is right! Brits in Crete and in other parts of Greece, are you dreaming of home this Christmas? And there is nothing like the iconic red telephone box with a covering of snow to remind us of the Britain we left behind as we sit and ponder of friends and relatives at home. A dream can be reality though. For those of(image)

#EU is Not That Bad for #Greeks?


EGF to help the ex-Odyssefs Fokas S.A. workers  to find new jobs  As far as some Brits are concerned the EU comes into for some significant stick. Good news is therefore always welcome. For example, in early November, the European Commission announced it is providing funds to help some 600 former workers who were let go from the FOKAS/ESPRIT stores in Greece. The chain of department (image)

This Knee Defender Diverts UA Flight 1462


Flying in economy is no longer fun due to the tight seat pitch and my constant awareness to defend my knees from being hurt because of an inconsiderate passenger in the seat in front reclining without warning or getting caught by a metal galley trolley when in an isle seat. But, thanks to a fascinating story I have read today of United Airlines flight UA1462 from New York (Newark) to Denver (image)