Thursday, 27 October 2011

Sani Village, Greece Review

Sani Village Review

Having had our second child around 6 months ago we decided to go on a "plonk on the beach" holiday, and we couldn't have chosen a better place than Sani Village.

Sani Village forms part of the resort of Sani, which is in Halkadiki, Greece.

Pros

People staying in Sani Village can use the "dine around" option for evening and lunch time meals, meaning you can dine in either of the sister hotels, or a selection of restaurants around the marina. This makes a two week stay a little less monotonous on the food front.

The Aegean sea is great for young kids, clear and calm, there is good snorkelling out along the marina roack groins and the headlands adjacent to the main Sani Baech Hotel, and Snai Beach Club.

The staff are a mix of eastern European and Greek, both providing excellent service.

Cons

Sani Resort is like a world within a world, after a few days you start to feel a bit wierd, all of the shops, cafes, and restaurants are owned by Sani Resort, you may feel a bit claustrophobic.

Prices are HIGH 5 euros for 250ml of beer, and we bought some nappies from the mini mart of 16 euros for a small pack. The exchange rate doesn't help of course (near parity at time of publishing).

If you are used to the Greek islands then you might feel that Halkdiki is lacking in character a bit, there is not much historical stuff around, and on booking a hire car for two days we abandoned the second day, as we felt we had seen enough.

Conclusion

A fantastic place for a relaxing "no brainer" holiday.

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Pros and Cons of Single gear bikes.

Pros and Cons of Single gear bikes.

It was for good reason that people started putting gears of bikes, having to push your bike up a hill is annoying, and not being able to gain speed ready for a climb is also annoying. With a single speed bike you will often find this happening.

In recent years we have seen MTBs being produced with thousands of gears, many of which overlap and don't really make a huge differenece. Over the last year I have being try to reach a happy medium, experimeneting with various combos:

27 Gears

9 on the back three on the front, despite working as a bike shop mechanic for a year during school, I was utterly unable to completly rid the "rub" from my front mech. Going along quiet country lanes hearing the perpetual grind of the chain is annoying, so off with the front mech. . . and down to;

9 Gears

The noise reduction was imediate and lovely, as you would expect there are two minor draw backs from doing this.

1 - You loose gear range. Solution: When you replace your rear cassete get one with a bigger range.

2 - Your chain will occasionaly derail on to the middle cahinring (if you choose to use the large one) and you will have to find a twig to hook it back on with. Solution: Get a dedictaed single speed front chain ring (£15).

1 Gear

Tempted by the puriton ideals of single speed I bought a conversion kit and fitted it to my bike, some say you feel liberated by doing this. I would say the opposite, if you live in a very flat area, then I suspect you will be all good with one gear. In devon you won't be.

Conclusion:

27 Gears are too many for general use, when and if you replace parts for you drive train, consider loosing your front mech. However stick with your rear cassete. Unless you live in holland you will be needing it.

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