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Plakias / Re: Embrace Plakias while you can
« on: October 07, 2019, 07:04:14 PM »
things always change   cest la vie
but I agree Plakias is to be loved , not visited for nine years till late may this year
needed to introduce my Chicago lady to the place I first visited July 2001
to see the place man late brother Thomas Murney loved so dearly , he died in a auto fatality near iraklion
on his way home to Leicester July 2000
my friend Monika reineck from Berlin is in Plakias right now
we met July 2001 and keep in touch
will return next July24 next year 2020 ., it's a long journey from home in Tampa Florida
but its worth the long flight .
luckily we are non rev on delta  so its the journey from Athens we need to pay for
this year we took ferry and 3 nights in Santorini , I've been and only wanted to show it to Josephine
then ferry to iraklion fort two nights , my usual walk and respects to Nikos kazantzakis tomb
then had lunch drinks with the lawyer giorgis kopidakis near the court house
where I last saw him 2003
and that's where I finally got to meet Zack zurbakis who was a great friend to my brother and was driving him that fateful night
we have become very very close friends
he picked us up in iraklion and took us to cyano in Plakias
had a great week then transferred us to hersonnis where my relatives were visiting from Manchester
nothing like Plakias
so will make the journey next July  intend to leave a few open days because we are on stand by flights
then find a nice air bb near chania.  rent a car and show Josephine the badlands , I love that end of the island
then off to lovely Plakias July 24

Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2019
« on: June 26, 2019, 07:03:29 PM »
The app is called "Hangout on holiday" it is not just an Olympic app it covers loads of tour operators for many destinations.

thanks for this app , I will peruse it .
I was just in Plakias may 23 to June first
flew to Athens from ny ny , we live in Tampa FL and my partner used her passes from delta (retiree)
coming back to Plakias July 24 next year and intention is to take my yankee gal up to Manchester/leicester after Crete
so would need a one way from preferably Chania , that's where we will arrive from Athens inward journey
any suggestions. I have perused some travel sites and had moderate success with jet2 and tug
any advice would be appreciated
we will fly virgin Atlantic Manchester to Orlando ( using passes I hope)

Where to stay / cyano hotel
« on: June 26, 2019, 06:32:41 PM »
discovered cyano on the web and reserved 8 nights
may23 to 31st ,  were delighted
terrific room ,modern and extremely clean and well managed
angela and her crew terrific, lovely breakfast included and location suited us
we walked most places only took cabs twice , one up to myrhtios for dinner and to see sephi at his nature shop
he was on the boat 2001 when we spread some of my brothers ashes in souda bay July 25th
nice to see sephi looking well , and catch up on our lives
the other taxi was on our last night we went to the memorial stone at souda mare
we were joined by a family from Liverpool wo were at cyano
then a nice last night dinner at Gallini tavern
where we had visited earlier in week to give condolences to the family of my mate manolis
he also was on the boat in 2001 , I had many raki nights with him
so cyano is booked for july 2020

Plakias / Re: Slow painful death
« on: June 26, 2019, 06:20:04 PM »
well its been nine years since I last trod on the treasured area of Plakias
decided it was time to bring my yankee partner Josephine from our casa in Tampa FL
she loved Plakias immediately , arrived at hotel cyano 3-30 pm
unpacked swiftly and then walked to my brothers memorial stone overlooking souda bay
it is positioned just west of soda mare hotel
we left a mythos on the stone , my brother Thomas Murney perished July 25 th2000 in a traffic fatality near sisses
he was with his friend and taxi driver Zak zourpakis
Zak picked us up at our iraklion hotel and we hugged as usual, then took us to cyano Plakias
there was a trial in iraklion may 2003 , rightfully Zak was cleared of any fault ,
he has become a friend and has driven me several times .
my friend stellios kaoudis without whom we would not have this inspiring stone memorial
knew I was in town while walking his dog he spotted the mythos
he visited us at cyano which he had not seen , seems his relatives have a stake in the property
I will post about cyano on hotel section, we were very pleased and have paid 30%deposit for 24 July 2020 , 20 years since the catastrophe
sorry the post is long, I'm avoiding the Tampa FL intense heat
I met many old friends of Thomas , they know me from several visits 2001-2010
had a great journey flying via New York to Athens .one night in rafina,then 8 hours ferry to Santorini
had 3 nights there before ferry and two nights in iraklion
managed to find the lawyer whom I last saw may 2003 at the trial,
paid my usual respects to Nikos kazantzakis , always visit his tomb when im in iraklion
so Plakias was marvelous , finally met Joe at his sports bar , he knew tom very well
so here's to next July and a full week at cyano , coming via Chania this time , rent a car and show jo the east of Crete

Plakias / Re: Taxis and return to Plakias
« on: June 23, 2017, 09:51:53 PM »

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

Had many rides with zak, he's a long time friend of my family
We are in touch via Facebook
I'll be there next spring from Tampa to finikas

Plakias / Remembering Thomas Joshua Murney 15 years on
« on: July 25, 2015, 02:54:41 PM »
Thomas j Murney
Born manchester England AUGUST 1943

Died tragically in auto taxi catastrophe JULY 25th 2000 sissis close to iraklion

Tom had had is usual three weeks in his beloved plakias ,
Which he discovered in 1978 when taking the local bus down from rethmynon

He was a regular for over 20 years and made several trips out of season also

He had many many friends who he even saw the children turn into adults,

The secret nest was his spot for years and Tom saw Michael build the souda mare hotel
Several people who are regulars know the stone That overlooks souda bay very close to the hotel  on the bay side as you head west from the hotel
I have sat in the galini tavern and I see the stone bright with the Suns reflection

I will contact stellios kaoudis this morning. I'm 7 hours behind plakias here in tampa florida
It's 15 years today that toms friend zak zurbakis of taxi for you picked Tom up from his farewell meal at the nest. They were in a bizarre accident which was no fault of zak , but he carries the hurt of seeing thomas die so dramatically in front of zak. I went to the trial of the two vechils in May 2003 in iraklion.   Zak drove me to his uncle Michael hotel after the trial. We are firm friends. , he had just lost his young wife Kelly , she knew Tom well , and I had just had my mums funeral in England too. My father died soon after Tomas with a broken heart.  Fate is ironic as we chatted for the first time.
Zak was too fragile in his heart to meet me on my first visit in July 2001 one year to the day
Turned out that zaks wife and my mother ALMA were cremated on same day and hour one hundred miles apart in England
Several locals and visitors friends of thomas joined us july 25 on the preveli ferry
Leftiros the skipper took our band of Tom mates into souda bay at dusk
Wow it's so much more dramatic bouncing around ,looking up at those mountains up above selia
We cried ,sang songs. The manchester rambler.  Dirty old town. Manchester United calypso  the red flag. Then Peter who was married to Riety. Did  the poem by Dylan Thomas. "Do not go gently into that good night". Not a dry eye on that boat   We consumed good local raki manolis brought aboard
He left us recently , may he rest in peace ,I remember all who were on board  , and they became friends to me , my heart was broken because Tom was more than just my brother hex was 8 years older and taught me many things. We were extremely close , we had peter a linguist who speaks greek with a cretan accent also. He explained the poems and socialist songs. It was vey emotional and even a little surreal as the skipper fought the winds , they held me over the stern and I scattered some of toms ashes. I saw them swoosh quickly into the sea of Libya

I'm up now after breakfast  slight hangover from metaxa last night. Toast toms memory
Hope theres s mythos on his stone there usually is one there
I've not been for 5 years. It's a long way from florida and circumstance have changed.
Not sure if ill ever get back but part of my heart and soul is cemented into Kriti
Stellios was terrific arranging the stone mason in rethmynon and installing
My wife at the time. A usa lady came to plakias twice. She too loved it
We divorced but still great friends. We talked about coming over next July/August for my 65 th
Sadly she died suddenly of a brain annurusm at 56 years of age this March
So here's to thomas a man who loved Kriti and Kriti loved him

I will phone stellios in a few minutes.   Yammas to you all roger MURNEY tampa fl usa

Plakias / searching for hotel apt info
« on: June 21, 2010, 07:32:24 PM »
cheers  george
think thats the one
like you said  little  info   re   email     website etc etc

think   I  will phone my good friend stellios kaoudis

hes  always a great help to me

thxs  very much


Quote from: George

Try hat one Red  
There's not a lot of info or contact numbers, so how one books it is anyone's guess, but is that the one?

Sorry Roger, bad link. Try this one:


Plakias / searching for hotel apt info
« on: June 21, 2010, 02:42:48 PM »
Hi   to  all you plakias lovers.

have visited several times    since 2000

we are  coming  end of july to  commemorate  my brothers passing on crete july 25th 2000

My  2  friends one from england and one from usa  would like a pool with the hotel apt

2 /3 years ago we stopped and chatted with christina  ,she has a nice place close to souda bay with a pool

she also knew my  brother  thomas.

we would like to contact  her      ,  is   it  called  SOUDA BAY APARTMENTS

and  is near the   junction where the road goes up to selia

will arr july  18th after  3 weeks in s africa at world cup

hope some kind  plakian  lover can help us in this search

cheers  roger murney  naples florida

PlakChat / where is that red devil harribobs
« on: May 24, 2009, 05:25:27 AM »

hey up Chris

are you hiding  in roma with  the hordes of red devisions.

stuck here in sunny florida

no idea  when I  will see kriti again.

hope my brothers   rock memorial at souda mare   is  looking   just fine.

its 10  years  since we  took over  BARCELONA   and what  a party we had

9  years  since  Tom  had his  catastrophe on his beloved  island

regards  roger


PlakChat / massage
« on: May 24, 2009, 05:14:43 AM »
Quote from: shinaria
Massages were offered in the rooms of the hotel sophia until it has been overtaken completely by Kostas from the Kostas Chrysola. You may ask there.
IIRC the woman who did the massages has moved with her facilities towards mirthios or sellia.


My  very good  friend  Riasa  at  Hotel  souda mare  is a excellent  masseuse.

cheers  roger  murney   naples   fl  usa

Where to eat...or not! / The Balcony at the Ostraco
« on: May 15, 2007, 01:29:42 PM »
Hey  Chris

thought your love was met  "by the factory wall  or was it gasworks"

enjoy your trip.
sorry we will miss by hours.

arrive chania from munchen  on tues june 5

look out for our kids memorial stone.
its on the  bend  going west just after souda mare hotel.

nice  view of sunset over souda sat sipping a mythos resting on the stone.

have a good one

cheers roger

still hurting not to be in athena next wednesday

PlakChat / Taxi Transfers
« on: April 21, 2007, 01:42:29 PM »
Hi Roger, you can get zac on regards Alex G

CHEERS   ALEX     I  will write soon

red diablo

PlakChat / Taxi Transfers
« on: April 20, 2007, 12:50:59 AM »
Quote from: Barny
I just booked my taxi with Zack for July and got an e mail confirmation within 24 hours! Apparently the taxi 4 you website is having problems sending out mail so it might be easier at the moment to contact Zack by landline or personal e mail which is what i did.


hey guys  please tell me zaks email , cannot find it in my directory

the www   is not co-operating

and chris  you want  ffin bananas and alpen on may23

thats  euro cup final day in athena

reckon if zeus wills us there , I  will be on mythos and raki

and syntangma square  will see a few of our 75 million fanatics.

dreaming  of this  and only milan  stand in the way

cheers roger

Plakias / FIRE
« on: April 20, 2007, 12:08:53 AM »
Quote from: harribobs
sounds like we'll miss you, we fly out on the 5th!!

did you catch the destruction of Roma?

Chris    I  never miss a game even here in sunny florida

well the bloody glazers are close by     ughhhhhhhhhhhh

well i  if we turn over milan I will be in  Crete after the cup final

so approx  may 25th   where are u   staying  ??

if united fail  in the semis        then I will not arrive till evening of june 5

so lets  ask  Zeus  to bring  the red devils some luck.

and then I will get to meet ya

cheers   roger     red diablo

Plakias / FIRE
« on: April 18, 2007, 12:55:09 PM »
I might even manage the odd photo  

Chris   ----------     I  have seen a few of your odd photos and always enjoy them.

Well I have a week in Plakias   , June 5 to 12th

flying from South West Florida  via Munich  .

but if our beloved Red  Devils make it to Athena on May 25th.

well then I will be in the aegean  with fergies  red and white army on may 20th.

thinking of taxi from chania to souda      how much is that   return ???

also looking to rent  scooters in plakias  , who has the best all round price and service

up  the reds

yammas   roger          just off to work @  8am  on swimming pools here in florida 80 f today

and BRIGHT   and SUNNY  

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