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Jim & Monica

Dear Dimitra, 

We’re home and recovering from jet lag.
The rest of our trip went very well. We had a super week in Turkey. The ferry
ride over was fine, just a little chaotic in Ayvalik in customs as there were
two ferries and one customs officer was out sick, so the line to clear
Immigration was a little long. No matter, we survived. We visited Pergammon,
Ephesus and Pammukkale, all by car before flying up to Istanbul from Izmir.  

When I get the pictures, I'll mail them to you.

Vatera was a wonderful and restful stop during our trip. I'm glad we came, and
I'm so thankful to you for all your help with our accommodation, tickets & lost items through your travel agency and the invaluable information, which made all the difference for our vacation.

Jim & Monica
California, USA

From: Val & Ron Clarke - 18.08.2004

Hi Dimitra,

Well, its hard to think that almost 2 weeks have passed since we returned home.

We had a really good holiday in Vatera and in Lesvos.  Thanks for making us so welcome at Madonna and for being so helpful. I still find it surprising that the island is so under promoted; it has such a lot to offer.

Ron took bits of movie film on our camera and we have a good clip of two of the kittens playing on the roof beneath our apartment! We have some other clips showing the terrapins, in Almyropotamos.

I certainly miss the blue skies, since coming home the weather has been warm but mixed - terrible flash floods in Cornwall yesterday, people had to be airlifted to safety!

I think the worst part was the homeward journey. When we arrived at the airport we had to join the long check-in queue. Next, once again, the First Choice (not for food!) culinary delight was sausages. This was our fourth flight with them and, guess what - every meal, be it morning
or afternoon, has been sausages! I think they must have shares in them! It certainly was a shock to the system after the wonderful food we had in Vatera ! Then, once in Manchester we ended up on a bus to the wrong car park and had to come all the way back again!
Thanks again,

Best Wishes
Val & Ron Clarke, UK


From: Rob Lucking - Friday  April 23rd 2004

Dear Dimitra and Vaios

Just a quick e-mail to thank you for your help and hospitality over the past two weeks, in Vatera.  I had a fantastic time and was very sorry to leave.

The food and service at Maria's Taverna “
Ta Kalamakia ” was great.  She could present a significant challenge to Delia Smith if she ever wrote a recipe book!  No complaints at all about the evening meals.  They were fantastic!! I thought the packed lunches were fine too, especially the spinach pies.

The two tavernas we used for lunch – Taverna Duladeli in Agiasos and Vafios Taverna in Vafios were also great.  The group really enjoyed the meals and it offered a change from packed lunches..

Finally, the service you provided as the Handling Agent - Hibiscus Travel was superb.  I really appreciated the way that you handled the late arrivals at the accommodation; luggage transfers, booking and researching the lunchtime tavernas and smoothing ruffled feathers.  It certainly made my life easier for which I am very grateful.

I wish the Hibiscus Travel Agency the great successes it deserves and if there is anything I can help you with, please don't hesitate.

All the best

Rob Lucking
Conservation Officer, East Anglia
RSPB East Anglia Regional Office

From: Marc & Jacqueline - Sunday, April 18, 2004

Dimitra Balkizas
HIBISCUS Travel & Tourism Services
Vatera Beach,
Vatera – Lesvos 81 300, GR

Dear Dimitra,

We thank you for your kindness during our stay at Madonna studios and our last two days at Kalamakia.
Hereby you will find a picture as a token of our gratitude for letting us come with you at Easter.
We went back to the church last Friday and again, just like at Easter day,  I saw only women at the balcony. Is it a tradition that men do not go upstairs?
I eventually I quietly went upstairs to take a picture and one of the women even encouraged me to go further to have a better view.
Please say hello to Dirk from us.
And tell him that Jacqueline is thrilled with the book he gave her (she has read half of it already). 
We  wish you success in business.
Marc & Jacqueline

From : Angela De Coninck & Roger Tassin – Tuesday, May the 11th 2004

Dear Mistress Maria,

We have a very good souvenir of the vacation in your beautiful island Lesvos, the enchanting Vatera, the hospitality of the gentle people and also the excellent meals at your taverna


We still remember that adventure ride with you, to see the wonderful beauty of those red tulips and orchids. Many thanks again! We send you the photos of our adventure for the memory!

Please give our greetings to Vaios and Dimitra, our excellent hosts at Madonna Studios and your very obliging staff at your taverna.

Best wishes

Angela De Coninck, Brussels, Belgium &

Roger Tassin, Anderlecht, Belgium

 From: Gijs Van Engen – Saturday May 22nd 2004

Dear Dimitra and Vaios,
Thank you for the wonderful time Sabine and I had at Madonna Studios and Vatera.. I never thought that it could be that beautiful. You both are very very very nice people. Even more than that. I thought first we had a business deal but now its friendship. Thanks for that.

Thanks again and have a good summer.

Gijs Van Engen

Almere, Holland

From: Andy Panayi – Monday June 7th 2004

Hi Dimitra, just emailing to say thanks on behalf of the old folks. They really enjoyed themselves and were extremely pleased with their accommodation at Avgi Studios, Skala Mistegnon, their trips to the monasteries & churches around Lesvos and your excellent personal services. Thanks for giving me peace of mind while the old folks were in Lesvos.


Andy Panayi

Kingsbury, London, UK

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