OUR CRETE 2011 - 2012. Or from Helsinki to Kalyves and back.
Glimpses of the journey and Crete.

Photos and texts Hannu Lehmusvuori, Kiti Malmi-Lehmusvuori & Milli

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Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011 - Kalyves - evening & night.

Early in the evening we had a much awaited visit. Our landlord Giorgios and his son Stavros came to wish us a Merry Xmas with a present of two huge bags full of mandarines and oranges! Maria stayed home - busy with preparing Xmas foods for their family. Much to Giorgio's surprise we had them a "retaliation" - a big bottle of Kiti's Xmas wine and one of Hannu's photos of ice in Finland. It felt so good to see and feel Giorgio's warm reaction!

At about 9 p.m. we headed towards the center of Kalyves to meet Mikko and Irmeli for another much awaited event - the Xmas Eve in Taverna Koymandros with Cretan people and bouzouki! And with hopes of Nikos also joining us! Both wishes became true!

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The band getting to be prepared for the evening - at about 11 p.m. - as usual :)

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Vocals and lyra

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Vocals and lute - and the guitarman's playing

And the music was great all through the night!

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Kiti was definately enjoying!

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Mikko and Irmeli

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Our elfman, Nikos

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Koymandros personnel

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Left: Hotel Ostria family. Right: Kalyves veterinarian with a friend.

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Left: Taverna Eleni's man (on the right) with a friend. Right: "The Sullen Man" - who now turned out to be very cheerful.

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Kiti feeling that we've had an all-too-powerful evening and night dancing, laughing, talking, and having very numerous glasses of Holy Communion!

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