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Shielded From The Sun In The Hotel Xenia, Amnisos (Αμνίσος, Κρήτη) Crete.

06-06-2008 · Comments (10)
Categories: Crete  Hasselblad SWC/M  Kodak Portra 160VC  

Ah the weekend! I am into my first Manhattan as we speak and think I may be able to squeeze a second out! Who was it who said one cocktail isn't enough but two is too much? God knows and I think that they were referring to a Martini! Still, it kind of works with a Manhattan as well. I'm hoping that the weather stays fine as I would love to take a few photos this weekend other than adding to my occasional 'old people from the hip series.'
Many thanks to those of you that have popped over to the new site to have a poke around and for the feedback.....I really appreciate it!

Today's photo is another from the Hotel Zenia series. 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.

The drinking I did on my last big gig made my voice go low
They said that they liked the younger sound when they let me go
So I drifted on down to Tulsa, Oklahoma to do me a late night talk show
Now I worked my way back home again, via Boise, Idhao
That's how this business goes

I am the morning DJ on W*O*L*D
Playing all the hits for you wherever you may be
The bright good-morning voice who's heard but never seen
Feeling all of forty-five going on fifteen

I've been making extra money playing high school sock hops
I'm a big time guest MC
You should hear me talking to the little children
And listen what they say to me
Got a spot on the top of my head, begging for a new toupee
And a tire on my gut from sitting on my
But they're never gonna go away
Sometimes I get this crazy dream
That I just drive off in my car
But you can travel on ten thousand miles and still say where you are
I've been thinking that I should quit disk jockeying
And start that record store
Maybe I could settle down if you'ld take me back once more

OK Honey, I see
I guess he's better than me
Sure, Old Girl, I understand
You don't have to worry, I'm such a happy man

Listening to: "W.O.L.D." (Short Stories) - Harry Chapin

Jay Parkinson

They Charmed The Past From Me With A Smile. Bath Abbey Churchyard, Bath.Hiding Behind The Mask Of The Hotel Xenia, Amnisos (Αμνίσος, Κρήτη) Crete.They Came In Peace And In Search Of? Bath Abbey Churchyard, Bath, Somerset.The Lap Of The Gods! Minoan Prince Hotel, Ierapetra (Ιεράπετρα, Κρήτη) Crete.Shielded From The Sun In The Hotel Xenia, Amnisos (Αμνίσος, Κρήτη) Crete.Contemplating An Uncertain Future. Bath Abbey Churchyard, Bath, Somerset.At The End It's All Wheels Within Wheels! Skinias (Σκυνιάς, Κρήτη) Crete.Lost Or Unable To See? Hotel Xenia, Amnisos (Αμνίσος, Κρήτη) Crete.Intent On Planning Their Day! Bath Abbey Churchyard, Bath, Somerset.