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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Who will Be #2000? Beautiful Rethymno - Meeting Global Greek World's Fan #1000, Chantal Anthonis ...


  Global Greek World Fan Number #1000, 
Chantal Anthonis with Clive Birch in Rethymno,

As we approach another milestone, the 2000th 'like' on our Global Greek World Facebook Page... it is appropriate to share this story with you all...

In August last year as the international  'parea' on our Facebook Page kept growing, we decided it would be nice to reward the person who would be the 1000th 'Like' on our page.

That person turned out to be Chantal Anthonis, a very charming Flemish lady from the city of Gent in Belgium, now retired and living on - where else? - the beautiful Greek island of Crete - very convenient indeed, especially as that was where we would be going for our summer holidays, as we always do... 

A couple of weeks later, on what must have been the hottest day of 2010, in 40C heat, we decided to split the difference and set off for gorgeous Rethymno to meet up with Chantal, who would be driving from Heraklion with her friend Clive Birch, an equally charming Englishman also living on  Crete, and give her her prize...

Chantal Anthonis with Clive Birch in Rethymno,

It was lovely to meet both these Global Greek Lovers, or should we say, Honorary Global Greeks, people who love Greece and its people and have even decided to live here. 
Chantal's  currently busy learning Greek whilst already fluent in Dutch, French, English and German and her interests include history and contemporary literature and cinema.

Chantal maintains a lively Facebook 'Fan Page' where she describes her everyday adventures on the sunny island of Crete, Chantal Anthonis:Lekkerweg in Kreta  


and is a regular editorial contributor to Now Heraklion a website dedicated to the vibrant Heraklion and all it has to offer( for citizens and visitors alike)... Η ιστοσελίδα για όσους αγαπούν το Ηράκλειο, created by Clive or Clivios as his neighbours call him.

Clive created this very special and unique website earlier this year for the capital city of Crete, because he found it difficult to find information online about vibrant Heraklion and all it has to offer...  He also set up a great NowHeraklion Facebook Page.

He has almost finished renovating an old house in a small village near Heraklion, with great views of the Mediterranean...

In addition to his house, Clive also bought a tiny property nearby which used to be the village 'kafenion' many years ago. It needs some work doing to it as he plans to open it as a small 'art school' someday....

Clive had a design company in England which he says "was great but very demanding. Now, I take whatever comes my way... a more relaxed way of life here on a Greek island."


Paradise on earth... What more can a person ask for?

and ...

since we are talking about paradise here are some pictures of our day in  Crete's beautiful Rethymno...

 Brilliant White on Brilliant Blue...
the beauty that is Greece!

We even got our portrait done in the shade of this beautiful church

by talented Caricaturist Dimitri who splits his time between Rethymnon and Nafplion sketching people

Books anyone?

Mugs and other memorabilia from Rethymnon

More memorabilia ...

More memorabilia ...
Natural products ... 

and some interesting Olive oil based cosmetics The Olive Way
Anyone for the beach? 40 C out there...problem is it was really windy


Ancient ruins in the middle of the town...like all Greek cities worthy of their name


Loved this view...

Anyone for a ride?

An artistic baker with enormous talent ...
Konstantinos Spanoudakis
fantastic shapes and other artistic creations ...
traditional bread products and Cretan wedding loaves

Doors...


The famous Fortress of Rethymnon...

oops almost forgot...
last but not least ....
Chantal's prize

 Photo Source: Clive Birch
Mementos from Athens Magical Olympic Games... 
Collectors' items Athens 2004 Olympic Volunteer Swatch and pins

Lovely to meet you Chantal and Clive! Keep up the great work promoting Crete and Greece!

We will keep the momentum going with a prize for being 'Like' number 2000, 3000, 4000 etc... 

Just keep on 'liking' folks - thanks ever so much for all your support ! xxx :)

3 comments:

  1. Congratulations to Chantal!! I love Chantal & Clive! You're very lucky to have met them, one day I hope to.

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  2. Thanks Cheryl, we really enjoyed meeting them. Hope you do too and very soon! Maybe one year we will organise a GGW gettogether in Crete! :)

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  3. I look forward to our meeting Cheryl - that would be great - thanks for your kind words!

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