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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2018
« on: February 18, 2018, 03:37:06 PM »
Thank you, Mike, for your reply.

The thing that really upset me was seeing very elderly people (I'm no spring chicken, but...) 'discharged', like cattle, at Gatwick at 00:30-ish, rather than mid-afternoon, and just told to get on with it. Many of them couldn't walk easily. No trains running at that time of night, no assistance from Olympic staff, what do you do? We're lucky enough to live relatively close to Gatwick, although it did incur an extra day's parking charge.

I wonder what happened to the rest? Olympic had had their money so I don't suppose that they didn't give a you know what.

I travel a lot with work, and when I had a dicky foot at Indianapolis, and then Chicago, airports, the security people couldn't have been kinder. I was trying to use my bag as a crutch - didn't want to make a fuss - but they wouldn't have any of it. They put me in an electric car and sped me through security, and ensured that BA did the same at Heathrow. What a difference from Olympic.

I know that life isn't fair, but deliberate, pre-meditated, unfairness makes my blood boil.

Richard

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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2018
« on: February 16, 2018, 09:02:21 PM »
I had a look at Olympic a few weeks ago, can't remember which airline was on offer but the transfer was a taxi, costing, from memory, GBP150, each way, with no alternative. I booked a BA flight in the end.

I've made my own arrangements in recent years, having been completely hacked off by Olympic's couldn't give a sh#t attitude. It's possible to book a taxi for around 30% less than that - I've used Zak in Plakias and he'll do the trip for EUR105

Are Olympic laying on the 'magical mystery tour' coach transfer again? I don't trust them one little inch either way. Guides who get lost at three in the morning, flights cancelled or delayed at absurdly short notice, etc. I know that it's business and they have the market pretty much cornered, but I don't have to like it.

Rant over.

I suppose that I should try enjoy Plakias, without worrying about these people.

Cheers, Richard

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Plakias / Re: Christmas Wishes
« on: December 28, 2017, 10:03:57 PM »
I'm a wee bit late but same sentiment - happy 2018 everyone.

Each morning I look at the BBC news and think about how we could make things a little better between ourselves despite the worst efforst of the usual nutcases...

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Plakias / Re: Olive oil on tables
« on: December 21, 2017, 09:43:32 PM »
Hmmmmmm. I am sure that the new rule will be universally respected..... Sounds like a load of rubbish to me, I haven't ever been dissatisfied with the oil on offer in Plakias, although maybe that's not the case everywhere?

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PlakChat / Re: Company?
« on: December 05, 2017, 11:29:26 PM »
Thank you Arnaki, I hadn't thought about that, possibly a bit naive of me.

Ricjard

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PlakChat / Company?
« on: December 03, 2017, 10:16:08 PM »
Here's an unusual request, and I hope that it won't be misconstrued...

I have just separated from my wife, after nearly twenty years, and can't face going back to Plakias on my own. We have visited every year, sometimes twice, since 2002, after my first holiday there in 1995.

I would very much like to visit in 2018, but don't wish to do so alone.

I like walking in the hills, along the coast, and nice meals in tavernas, more so than lying on the beach all day, although a couple of hours on the beach and some snorkelling is good fun. Particularly will miss Souda.

Would anyone care to join me and share a holiday in 2018? I don't mind sitting in a bar on my own with a book, but sitting in a taverna, for example, just wouldn't work for me. Tried it this Spring. I'd rather share a holiday with someone that loves Plakias than another soulless experience some other way.

I am in my early 50s and a confirmed Grecophile. I don't bite. I am just looking for company, nothing more. Please PM me if interested. I left my phone number and email address in a previous posting but was advised to remove it to avoid spamming.

Richard

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Plakias / Re: Rain?
« on: June 01, 2017, 08:16:37 PM »
We stayed May 19th - Jun 1st, and had more rain than all other visits over 15 years combined. It was torrential on a couple of days, although not for too long, particularly over the last weekend.

That said, it was 'sort of' quite nice to just sit and relax rather than deciding what to do, and except for Sunday the rain wasn't continuous and we had some sun. Leaving this morning, it was getting too hot for us, heading towards 30C.

We also took advantage of the BA chaos last weekend to obtain a refund and stay 2 days longer than we'd planned - our apartment at Skinos was, by chance, available, and we had two lovely sunny days this week, which were not too hot, and a pleasant breeze to boot.

Richard

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Plakias / Re: Taxis and return to Plakias
« on: May 12, 2017, 07:45:03 PM »
http://www.taxi4you.gr/

Had pleasant and interesting conversation with Zak from Heraklion - Plakias and return. Nice chap. Bang on time and would recommend on that basis. Do our own thing these days and better than the 'interesting' Olympic magical mystery tour


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Plakias / Re: The Beach
« on: April 27, 2017, 08:33:10 PM »
Sunday for seven days on my own and then back out May 19-30th... Double-fix this year :)

Richard

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Plakias / Re: Gavdos
« on: April 15, 2017, 11:25:40 PM »
I arrive 30 Apr and would be happy to make up one of the fifteen over the following week if needed - I've always wanted to visit Gavdos.

Richard

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PlakChat / Re: Christmas Greetings
« on: January 21, 2017, 10:56:55 PM »
Sorry I missed this - indeed, hope all goes well for all in 2017! We're back in May, all being well, can't wait....

Richard

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PlakChat / Re: Christmas Greetings
« on: January 03, 2017, 03:29:17 PM »
All the very best for 2017 to all!

Have just booked Skinos for May, can't wait....

Richard

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Plakias / Re: Building work ?
« on: December 23, 2016, 04:49:37 PM »
Hope it doesn't spoil Gio Ma if so, it is my favourite taverna.

Still, resistance is futile...

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PlakChat / Re: What is it like in Plakias in November?
« on: November 13, 2016, 07:32:09 PM »
Many thanks, everyone, for the informative, considered, and helpful replies. I couldn't arrange a trip in the end for health reasons, but am now seriously thinking of doing so at a similar time next year, which I wouldn't have thought about otherwise.

Any 'negatives' pointed out seem to be positive for me and my wife, the reason we like the place but accentuated!

Well, fingers crossed.

Best wishes to all, Richard

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PlakChat / Re: What is it like in Plakias in November?
« on: October 24, 2016, 11:25:31 PM »
Thanks Ostraco - I believe that the sea is actually at its warmest in November!
I don't bother with sunbeds so not a problem. As long as there's somewhere to eat-out if I feel like it, or buy food to eat in, then all is good.

Richard

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