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Thinking about a day in Evia , Greece. Anyone been there?

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Feb 7th, 2010, 03:11 PM
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What's the name of the hotel you are lodging at and when will you be there?

I've always known it as the Lakka Outdoor Theatre in the town district of the same name (only 5 mins stroll up from the harbour front). It is very small but when a performance is on it feels intimate. The very best are the traditional dancing & music evenings always by local adults and children. It is compulsory in Greece for children to learn Greek dancing at school and they are graded on it. There is something quite magical (and unusual) to watch very young children dance with adults all of whom are masters of the steps.

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Feb 7th, 2010, 05:43 PM
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We're staing at the Hotel Galini- end of June. It's not the fanciest, but I think it will be OK for the kids and me( I actually prefer smaller, family run places).It's in town, and reviews say it's a few streets away from the noise, but convenient to everything...plus the price was a bonus!
I would really like to catch one of the traditional nights - I'm assuming there is not much to do in the evenings with kids, so this looked like something they would really enjoy.- I think I would love it too.
I did see an outdoor garden theatre mentioned on the Frommer's website, called the Anemo Theatre (in Rohari?)- I thought this might be the one you were ttalking about- but the site also said it's open July-Sept, and we'll have left the island by July 1.
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Feb 8th, 2010, 03:06 PM
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Well done Sue, the Galini is in the Lakka district and a 2-minute walk to the theatre. The hotel's location can't be beaten. Quiet area, treelined, and close to everything you'll need e.g. supermarket, restaurants etc. One to look out for in Lakka is the Marco Polo restaurant. Terrific traditional food at very reasonable prices. I am sure heimdall has also recommended it in the past. Also, there are a good number of Italian restaurants closeby, none of which are too expensive.

Anemo must be the same as the Lakka Theatre but in all the years I've visited I've never heard it referred to as that. Be assured the theatre is open year-round. Performances are not on every night but fingers crossed you guys will be lucky.

The Lakka and Rochari districts are next to each other and are my preferred town areas. You will notice a number of pathways, some walled on either side which were streams about 35 years ago (Rochari or Rohari means 'water for animals). Those were blocked off and turned into walkways which makes it easier for folks to get around.

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Feb 8th, 2010, 05:10 PM
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Thanks so much Bill- You've been very helpfull. I'm glad our hotel is in a convenient location- I almost switched to the Hotel Tagoo because of the pool, but we have the beaches- who needs a pool! Now I'm glad that we kept out original reservations.

Your restaurant suggestions sound right up our alley. My oldest daughter is a pescatarian (but will only eat some shellfish), so she might need a pasta dish or two while we're there. I'll be sure to check out the Marco Polo restaurant as well.

We're on the island for 5 days, so hopefully we will be able to catch a performance while we're there. It's great that we're within walking distance to the theatre.

I'm sure I'll have one or two more questions before our trip
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Feb 8th, 2010, 05:54 PM
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Most folks in evening-time on the island enjoy just eating out, watching the world go by and shopping. All that's easier to do, out of the hot day-time sun.

There is an outdoor cinema (Cine Manto) about 8 mins from where your hotel is that the kids may enjoy (orginal soundtrack but subtitled in Greek) and, unsuually, the Folklore Musuem which only opens evenings i.e. 17:30-20:30. It's well worth a visit.

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Feb 8th, 2010, 07:01 PM
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Hi suefahy, I'd just like to mention that we rented a car on Mykonos for a day. After talking to a very nice young woman there, she gave us a detailed map to circumnavigate the island and find several remote beaches, as well as directing us to a wonderful beachside taverna for lunch. It was a memorable day. Don't stop asking once you get there. Enjoy!
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Feb 8th, 2010, 08:37 PM
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Bill- I had seen the outdoor cinema during one of my online searches- that's another good option. We're also bringing a few good books and a tile game my kids love called 'Rummicube' (to occupy our evenings). My younger one thinks that if we run into any locals playing backgammon, she'll be able to teach them a new game!...you never know!

Parosblue- yes, I think we will rent a car for at least one day- I love just exploring. Thanks!
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