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Where to eat...or not! / Highly recommended in Chania
« on: June 10, 2015, 09:11:06 AM »
Just back from 3 weeks holidays.
First time we had a flight to and from Chania and used a lunch at CHRISTIANNA (Christianna Estiatorio) at Akti Miaouli nr 14 ( About 10 minutes  walk from the  Old Market/ City centre.)

 Christianna and her mother Maria moved recently from Daskalogiana 19 (behind the Old Market) to this new location.

Have Excellent Greek traditional kitchen at very acceptable prices with a beautiful setting at the walking promenade away from the crowd at the old Venetian harbour.

When raining there is a first floor with a nice sea view, which need some additional decoration, but that will be taking care of in a few weeks time.

At this time listed in Tripdavisot at nr 12, we think they deserve a higher ranking. See tripadvisor for reviews , location and pictures: Christianna Estiatorio
Kalo erextie


PlakChat / Re: That's a bit warm!!
« on: May 10, 2014, 05:43:01 PM »
You met us at Paligremnos  on 8 May afternoon ( Saying goodbye to the family ) but we did not you were forummembers.
Have a good time!!
Kind regards and greetings to the Kalatzidakis family.

Where to stay / Re: Plakias resort and Plakias suites.
« on: December 28, 2012, 01:33:30 PM »
I think the Plakias suites are perfect for your family. Next door is Paligremnos Taverna (excellent Cretan cuisine0 home cooked by  from Maria. They have Studios as well but Plakias suites is in my opinion more suitable for young children.
Beach is across  the "street" ( hardly any traffick) as it a dead end street.
Been around there for 7 years now

Have a pleasant Holiday

Holiday Companies / Taxi fares
« on: November 10, 2009, 08:01:53 PM »
Bad news:
Taxi charges increased yesterday, with the fare charged per kilometer now up to 0.60 euros from 0.48 euros. The fare after midnight is now 1.05 euros per kilometer, up from 0.84 euros. Another hike is due in May 2010 when the rate will reach 0.72 euros per kilometer.  


Where to go / Resorts similar to Plakias
« on: September 10, 2009, 08:52:35 AM »
Except for Heraklion ( heavily chlorinated water) the tapwater is excellent in Crete. If we want to keep the water quality as it si now in the other places here is some advice:

Borrowed from Camden KiWI:


Waters of Chania June 19, 2006
Posted by CamdenKiwi in : Travel , trackback
In Heraklion, the water is awful, over-chlorinated and salty. Its probably safe for teeth-brushing, but is undrinkable. In Chania however, its lovely. The white mountains of the Lefka Ori are limestone, and the water comes down through them to provide the drinking water of the town.

This is a limited resource though, and in the summer with the increased usage by tourists, it is not enough. Despite its excellent drinking water, Chania is plagued by the same problems which occur in virtually every tourist destination around the mediterranean. Overuse of local water resources by tourists having too many showers, hoteliers providing fresh water swimming pools to cater for those who want to look at the sea but not too bathe in it, watering gardens which look lovely but are unnaturally green for such a dry climate.

In many places, local villages are put on water restrictions to allow the tourist hotels to keep working in their profligate way. A few years ago, I visited Paphos in Cyprus, and had dinner with a rep who lived in a village just out of the town. Her village only had water available for two hours a day during the summer months, and this is not unusual in all summer tourist destinations around the mediterranean.

There is an argument that, because tourism is the major industry in these areas, that is a choice made by governments and people living there. Thatís probably true, but someone living in a village not far from a big resort doesnít necessarily profit much from mass tourism, and may not have a say in the allocation of water. It may not even be necessary as so much of this is put down to the Ďdemandsí of tourists. Perhaps tourists could start demanding something different.

Here are some suggestions:

Take short showers. In Greece, youíll often be confronted with a handheld shower with no way of attaching it to the wall. Thatís good. It forces you to clean yourself quickly without lingering. Donít complain about it, and tell the hotelier how much you like it. This may discourage them from replacing it with a full shower.

Donít take too many showers. Try to keep it to one a day. Remember that in the high season, when the hotels are full, the populations of many resort towns expand by a factor of 5-10 or more, so water systems will struggle to cope. If you normally shower in the morning, but are planning to be on the beach all day, try switching to taking a shower just before dinner.

Swim in the sea. If you have children, and are worried about their safety, how about getting them swimming lessons in the UK. Make sure you swim between the flags, and keep them in sight. Sea water is much healthier, and possibly cleaner, than chlorinated pool water. After all, when small boys do what small boys do in the sea, thereís a lot further for it to dissipate than in a pool.

Encourage hotels to build salt water pools. Tell them how much you like salt water for bathing. Waterfront hotels can do this fairly easily, pumping water from the sea and round, though it needs more infrastructure for hotels set further back from the beach.

If the tap water is drinkable, drink it. This isnít so much to save water, but to save all those plastic bottles that are a blight on the landscape everywhere. It is very unusual for the water in EU countries to be dangerous to drink, but it is often very salty, which makes it unpalatable. Try a little and make your own decision. If you have to buy water, get the biggest packs you can find, and decant into a smaller bottle.

Ask your hotel / restaurant if they provide filtered water, rather than bottled water. Express surprise if they donít. Many good hotels and restaurants will do this now, particularly the more environmentally conscious ones.

Play golf in Scotland, not the Algarve. Scotland is lovely in the summer, and being outside all day in August will be much more pleasant there than in the boiling hot sun.

Visit in the late Spring or early Autumn. Many of these places are much more attractive in May or June than in July and August. Theyíre not so crowded and not so very hot. If you have to fit in with school holidays, maybe taking a holiday Britain, in northern Europe, or on the Atlantic coast of France, Spain or Portugal would be a better idea. Its not so far to travel, the weather is still good, and most places on the Atlantic coast of Europe have better water supplies.

Happy holidays!


Plakias / Ferries to/from Paleochora
« on: August 06, 2008, 08:44:50 PM »
One bit of irritation travelling on the ferry from east to west is that it hangs around in Aghia Roumeli for quite a while during the afternoon.  

WE found it and excelent stop for a lunch and a dive!!  


« on: June 10, 2008, 02:08:15 PM »

It was still allowed there a month ago ( 10 May 2008)

By the way stopped smoking september 2007  

Kalo taxidi.


Where to stay / Advice
« on: June 05, 2008, 03:04:05 PM »
There is an independent bus transfer from both airports to the main resorts / cities.

See www.flightline.co.uk and go to hoteltransfer.

Go by bus to Rhetymon and take a taxi to Plakias



Plakias / Worrying Development
« on: May 14, 2008, 09:14:49 PM »

Hi shinaria,

A short report for making up your mind:
Just back 14 days tour from SW Crete
1 day Heraklion due late arrival just one hour before Eastern Sunday.
Next 4 days Plakias
1 1/2  day (One nigh)  Chora Sfakion (Aradena) intended two nights but found the place not worth for staying .
The road to Aradena is under construction....!!! and must be driven carefully.
Then by ferry to Sougia  52 Euro for car + 2 persons
To Agia Roumelia ( witing 3 hours ( with great lunch and swimming aftwards

On to Sougia which place is Excellent. See Sougia website
Stayed at Gabi's rooms: very good  35 /night Low season (EOT high season = 60)
Excellent value for money in all taverna's except Anchorage.
Nice mosiac floor 400 years old in the new church  had a raki with the caretaker of the church
Irini gorge + to Lissos both very good walks
after 4 nighs  went on to Paleochora ( also very nice place)
Nice place Stayed two nights ( took the ferry to Elaqfonisis worhwhile 28 euro VV for two persons.
On to Chania  walked around for 6 hours ( enough for us)
On to Rhetymon stayed 2 nights at a beach hotel on the boulevard Poseidon hotel Very good breakfast and very friendly manager and staff
Early Sunday morning to Heraklion Airport ( What a mess!!!)  
Many cars in front of petrolstaions due to strike.
An advice:  ensure you have always sufficient fuel to reach the airport

Had a very pleasant and relaxed holiday, however before the the May 1. too many taverna's and shops are still closed and plakias did not look good at all
Have a pleasant holiday

Where to stay / Plakias in Motorhome
« on: April 02, 2008, 08:35:34 AM »
According to a Dutch site only 2 good campings for campers:

Good experiences in 2003 with camping "No Problem" near Agia Galini (with excellent restaurant) and  camping Mithimna near Drapanias (very large places).

It is generally accepted to stay overnight on a parking place in a village

For a  4 weeks route  Link:  http://www.griekenlandmetdecamper.nl/kreta.html

Click on the camper parking sign for photo's, detailed map and GPS coordinates.
Click on photo's / card for enlargement.


Where to eat...or not! / Sirocco
« on: December 07, 2007, 05:16:06 PM »
ps. I wish I had knowledge of a foreign language as good as yours!

English is so simple!  
Or isn't it?  


Dearest creature in creation,
Studying English pronunciation,
I will teach you in my verse,
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse-
It will keep you, Susy, busy;
Make your head with heat grow dizzy;
Tear in eye your dress you'll tear-
So shall I. Oh hear my prayer.
Pray console your loving poet,
Make my coat look new, dear, sew it.
Just compare heart, beard and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it's written)/.
Made has not the sound of bade,
Say - said, pay - paid, laid, but plaid.
Now I surely will not plague you
with such words as vague and ague,
But be careful how you speak,
Say break, steak, but bleak and streak.
Previous, precious; fuchsia, via;
Pipe, snipe, recipe and choir;
Cloven, oven; how and low;
Script, receipt; shoe, poem, toe,
Hear me say, devoid of trickery:
Daughter, laughter and Terpsichore;
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles;
Exiles, similes, reviles;
Wholly, holly, signal, signing;
Thames, examining, combining.
Scholar, vicar and cigar;
Solar, mica, war and far;
From desire-desirable; admirable from admire;
Lumber, plumber; bier but brier;
Chatham, brougham; renown but known;
Knowledge, done but gone and tone;
One, anemone, Balmoral;
Kitchen, lichen; laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German; wind and mind;
Scene, Melpomene; mankind;
Tortoise, turquoise, chamois - leather;
Reading, reading, heathen, heather.
This phonetic labyrinth
Gives moss, gross, brook, brooch,
ninth and plinth.
Billet does not end like ballet;
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
nor is mould like would and should.
Banquet is not nearly parquet,
Which is said to rhyme with "darky",
Viscous, viscount; load and broad;
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation's "O.K."
When you say correctly croquet;
Rounded, wounded; grieve and sieve;
friend and fiend; alive and live;
Liberty, library, heave and heaven;
Rachel, ache, moustache; eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed;
People, leopard; towed but vowed.
Mark the difference, moreover,
Between mover, plover, Dover,
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise;
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable;
Principle, disciple, label;
Petal, penal and canal;
Wait, surmise, plait, promise, pal.
Suit, suite, ruin; circuit, conduit
Rhyme with "shirk it" and "beyond it",
But it is not hard to tell,
Why it's pall-mall, but Pall Mall.
Muscle, muscular; gaol; iron;
Timber, climber; bullion, lion;
Worm and storm; chaise, chaos, chair;
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Ivy, privy; famous; clamour
and enamour rhyme with hammer.
Pussy, hussy and possess,
desert, but dessert, address.
Golf, wolf; countenance; lieutenants
Hoist, in lieu of flags, left pennants.
River, rival; tomb, bomb, comb;
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
neither does devour with clangour.
Soul but foul, and gaunt, but aunt;
Font, front, wont, want, grand and grant.
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say: finger,
And then: singer, ginger, linger.
Real, zeal; mauve, gauze and gauge;
marriage, foliage, mirage and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth;
Job, job, blossom, bosom, oath.
Though the difference seems little,
We say actual, but victual.
Seat , sweat; chaste, caste; Leigh, eight, height;
Put, nut; granite but unite.
Reefer does not rhyme with "deafer".
Feoffor does, and zephyr, heifer.
Dull, bull; Geoffrey, George; ate, late;
Hint, pint; senate, but sedate;
Scenic, Arabic, pacific.
Science, conscience, scientific;
Tour, but our, and succour, four;
Gas, alas and Arcansas.
Sea, idea, guinea, area.
Psalm; but malaria,
Youth, south, southern; cleanse, but clean;
Doctrine, turpentine, marine,
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion with battalion,
Sally with ally, yea, ye
Eye, I, oy, aye. Whey, key, quay.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, receiver,
Never guess - it's not safe.
We say calves, valves, half, but Ralf.
Heron, granary, canary;
Crevice and device and eyrie;
Face but preface, but efface;
Phlegm, phlegmatic; ass, glass bass;
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, but scourging,
War, earn; and wear and tear
do not rhyme with "here" and "there" but "ere".
Sever is right, but so is even;
Hyphen, roughen, nephew, Stephen;
Monkey, donkey; clerk and jerk;
Asp, grasp, wasp; and cork and work.
Pronunciation- think of Psyche -
Is a paling, stout and spiky,
Won't it make you lose your wits,
Writing "groats" and saying "grits".
It's a dark abyss, or tunnel,
strewn with stones, like rowlock, gunwale
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Don't you think so, reader, rather
Saying lather, bather, father?
Finally: which rhymes with "enough"
Though, through, plough, cough, hough,
or tough?
Hiccough has the sound of "cup".
My advice is-give it up!!!

Author: G. Nolst Trenitť  
Oh yes he was a Dutch teacher  

Holiday Companies / Kosmar
« on: November 12, 2007, 02:35:36 PM »
On the other thread in this topic - are there any Dutch packages to Plakias?  Getting to Schipol is easy from Manchester.

Yes about 4 different operators, they will reveal their pricelists etc as from first week of December.
Neckerman - Arke - Thomas Cook -  Sunweb from  Amsterdam (Schiphol) and Rotterdam (Zestienhoven = TIP)

Brussels  - Thomas Cook Belgium might be an option as well

Kalo taxidi


PlakChat / it's quiet Carruthers.... too quiet
« on: October 18, 2007, 11:06:41 PM »
Quote from: harribobs
i have reservations about this..............

Forum and Website discussion / Plakias Map v2
« on: October 18, 2007, 10:54:51 PM »
Quote from: Graham_and_Karen
I think you're right George - and it's worth every penny  

If only Ploppy could give a IBAN /BIC  in a PM

Where are my sunglasses  

Gossip / Reporting back (alternative)
« on: October 18, 2007, 10:25:38 PM »
[ http://www.tvcrete.com/video.html

See RAKI maken

My sunglasses??

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