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Lost Or Unable To See? Hotel Xenia, Amnisos (Αμνίσος, Κρήτη) Crete.

31-05-2008 · Comments (17)
Categories: Crete  Hasselblad SWC/M  Kodak Portra 160VC  

So I have been revealed at work! Well a few friends have been looking at the blog at work and then it suddenly dawned on me the other day that they must have seen the photo of me at the bottom of the stairs! You remember that one right? No? It was the Polaroid with me showing my bare ass. Anyway I thought I had better bring the subject up......and yes they had seen it but had been pondering whether it had been me and how to mention it. Well, the word has spread and it has been discussed at the pub and now Jane has printed a copy from the damn web page and has it taped to the wall above the photocopier! Well, lets just say the conversation has been interesting, speculation to whether it is fake tan, whether I am oiled up! If I had shaved my back! For the love of god. The trouble is you can protest too much so I'm keeping me gob closed and saying I had run to answer the door and stumbled...do you think that they will buy that? I refuse to answer why, why would I answer that? Anyway, more fun in the coming days and weeks I'm sure at my expense! All good fun and I really don't give a shit as they are all very nice people!

OK, more from the wonderful Motel Xenia. On the last trip I couldn't resist a return visit. Located in Amnisos (Αμνίσος, Κρήτη) Crete...derelict and beautiful. I know you have had the information below before but hey think about those poor unsuspecting first time visitors! I can't let them down...should one arrive! Anyway, there are a number in the series that can be seen easier if you pop over to Flickr. Designed by the architect ΑΡΗΣ ΚΩΝΣΤΑΝΤΙΝΙΔΗΣ (Aris Konstandinidis) (1913-1993). He worked for E.O.T (Greek Tourism Board) between 1957-1967. Today the motel just seems to sit and decay beautifully. I have no idea how long it has been empty nor how long it will be before they level the site. It's situated right on the beach front so one would think prime building land given that it is only about 15 minutes from the airport. I have even managed to find a decent aerial view of the place. So here is a map of the Motel Xenia. The cross shaped building is the centre of the complex.

Baby, I've been here before
I've seen this room and I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you
And I've seen your flag on the marble arch
But love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

There was a time you let me know
what’s really going on below
but now you never show it to me, do you?
I remember when I moved in you,
and the holy dove was moving too,
and every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Now maybe there’s a god above
but all I ever learnt from love
is how to shoot at someone who outdrew you.
And it’s no complaint that you hear tonight,
and it’s not some pilgrim who’s seen the light –
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Listening to: "Hallelujah" (Best of!) - Leonard Cohen

Gary Isaacs

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