Omalos plain, full of botanical riches – MJ
John Fanagan, a member who lives in Dublin, has written this account of the MPG April 2016 visit to Crete. For more botanical details of the areas visited see also …Crete 2014
Dinner for 24 MPG members in Plakias was a memorable way to celebrate my birthday: some Irish whiskey helped the joviality before the wine, delicious food and raki arrived. We had met earlier that afternoon in Chania airport and were picked up by our trusty coach driver Manolis, a proud Chanian. There were old friends and new. Heather and Dick Martin, Robert Hazell, Alison Richards, Caroline Bilsby, Chris and Jeanette Brickell and John Fielding had been on previous trips that the Irish contingent – Anne Cooke, David Glen and I – had taken. The others we met for the first time were: Kate Bradley-Hole, Béatrice Castelein and Françoise Salomon from Antwerp, Rachael Dodd and her Great Dixter colleague Susan Quinn, Heather Hibberd and Ilona Kumar from Yelverton, Melvyn Jope, Stephen Jury, Lynne Leveson, Allan Lover, Anne Rendell and Jackie Russell. It was an uncommonly friendly group that took no time at all to bond.