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PlakChat / Chania Duty Free shop
« on: June 30, 2020, 04:38:05 PM »
Can anyone answer my query about Chania Airport Duty Free shop? We have always flown out of Heraklion for over 20 years, and I always buy Ouzo from Lesvos in the Duty Free there, always a good selection, but Chania is a much smaller airport (nice) so does anyone know what sort of selection of Lesvos Ouzos are available at Chania Airport?
This is assuming that Easyjet don't cancel and then consolidate our Chania flight to one landing at Heraklion!
Thanks

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Plakias / Re: Still hoping to make it this year!
« on: June 30, 2020, 04:32:48 PM »
Off topic, but we are close to Gatwick, so that is the only sensible option. Stanstead journey would be a nightmare, not going to do it, especially as many Lesvos ouzos can be bought in other parts of Greece and at duty free. Not such a good choice ( eg no Giannitsi) and Angelo at KC buys Mytilini, quite good stuff. I always buy loads in Plakias and more at Duty Free.

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Plakias / Re: Still hoping to make it this year!
« on: June 30, 2020, 03:26:14 PM »
I agree with Ostraco, the UK side of things will be more of a problem, the Greek way of doing anything is much better, - if it doesn't make sense, then don't do it. Some of the videos of Greek resorts after the lockdown has finished show tavernas open and working with a typically Greek attitude to rules, made for the blind obedience of idiots and the guidance of wise men, and the Greeks are a wise people. At least in Plakias us repeat visitors will be greated with the usual warmth as old family, and probably not have to adhere to some of the OTT regulations. And to set the record straight I am not being cavalier to the risks, I am in the high risk catagory due to age and pre-existing, but have enough common sense to avoid any situation that would be a threat.
As Mr. trump said, drink lots of ouzo and you will be OK, big things.

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Plakias / Re: Still hoping to make it this year!
« on: June 30, 2020, 12:08:24 PM »
We booked for Plakias last November on the day Easyjet released their flights to Crete, got a really good price for the flights into Chania (first time there ever in over 20 years going to Plakias), taxi with Zacharias, staying at KC, booked direct with Kostas before we left last October, on his 'new' B&B basis, given the problems he has had with Olympic and we were convinced the independant deal is better, more flexibility to where we fly into, Olympic don't do transfers so Zachs taxi was always used, and we can stay wherever we like, though to be honest, we have never stayed anywhere else than KC! Would love to try Nikos at On The Rocks, maybe next year, depending on his prices, he will never tell me when I ask him, even after a few ouzos.
This will be our only Greek holiday this year as our trip to Kalamata was cancelled, and our other trip to Lesvos is impossible with no flights now that TC have gone.
Always look on the bright side of life as someone once sung, we WILL be in Plakias 1st October, but 12 days might not be long enough, maybe don't return and stay the winter?
Ta leme Plakias

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Gossip / Re: greek attitude to uk lockdown, Guardian
« on: May 26, 2020, 01:00:06 PM »
Ouzo is considerably cheaper in Greek resorts and at the airport, as Greece does not high rates of duty on spirits over 37.5% ABV as the UK does. This is why you can buy 48% Gin at Gatwick if you are flying outside the EU, but only get 37.5% if staying in the UK. The really good ouzo is at least 42%, and other really great ouzos can come in at 48%, but cost very little in Greece, appx 14 Euros max, so with a good exchange rate quite a bit lower  price in sterling.
The problem is when we leave the EU, then we will be restricted to 1 litre of spirits per person on return. October trips to Plakias and Lesvos this year then (Plakias already booked!)

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Plakias / Re: October ?
« on: May 19, 2020, 02:36:23 PM »
Hi Daza, like you I am concerhned for my Ouzo supply. I was luck to have been back to Lesvos last June and brought back at least 10 litres, plus I could buy Ouzo Mitiline and Barbagianni in Plakias, and even more in duty free at Heraklion (Aphrodite/Mini etc) so I thought I was good to get through till June and our next trip to Kalamata, but I am getting low now. Lidl has Greek week starting on 21st May, so I will test drive one of their bottles with a view to more if it is drinkable! Lidl are doing lots of yummy Greek food as well, including Bougatsa!!!
Yiammas to all

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Gossip / Re: greek attitude to uk lockdown, Guardian
« on: May 12, 2020, 12:14:25 PM »
Maybe we can have some local news of how Plakias is coping, and of any plans there to re-open the hotels and Tavernas. We have a trip booked for very early June to Kalamata, independant travel through easyjet, and are forever hopeful it may go ahead, but looking less likely now, but local info about anywhere being open on June ist. would help. Our Plakias trip is 1st. October, again independently with easyjet and KC, and would certainly hope that will go ahead.
Well done Greece!

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PlakChat / Re: Covid 19
« on: March 22, 2020, 11:43:36 AM »
We are due to go to Kalamata in June, but suspect that will not happen, but really hoping our normal trip to Plakias can take place in October.
All the best to all Plakias residents, I'll be back!

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PlakChat / Re: Pool bars for non residents in plakias
« on: February 24, 2020, 11:35:58 AM »
I'm sure Kostas Chrysouilla wouldn't mind if buying drinks/food, they have so many different accomodations that they use, there are always 'strangers' coming and going!

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Where to eat...or not! / Re: Any recommendations
« on: February 24, 2020, 11:33:20 AM »
Nearly all are favorites, but can concur with others that Sirocco is very good, but do try Ton Kzoni down the side street to KC, it's next to The Cozy Backyard.

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Holiday Companies / Re: EasyJet Autumn flights
« on: November 07, 2019, 12:36:42 PM »
I too was up at 5.30am booking for October 2020, Chania was less cost than Heraklion, and I agree, the prices were reasonable, alittle higher than expected as we paid quite a bit less for Kalamata next June, but hey ho, Plakias is worth it.

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Plakias / No webcam - because.......
« on: October 16, 2019, 08:52:29 AM »
There is no webcam currently as the big digger being used to dredge the river by the Forum cut through the telecom cables to the Livicon side of the village. So no land line phones or internet that side, but, luckily for me, no problems at KC.
The weather here is, and has been, fantastic, hot, sunny and little or no wind for the past week, and will continue like that for a good few more days, happy times for all in Plakias.

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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic and Kostas Chrysoulla 2020
« on: September 24, 2019, 04:03:14 PM »
AI in Greece, no way for us, unless you have children, when the AI plan does work.
Olympic prices for the Apollo are very high, so we shall scout out some nice self catering in Plakias when we are there. We like the look of Manolis, not far to walk to all the tavernas, access to bread for breakfast at the supermarket next to The Livicon, not too far for the wife to get it in the morning! They have a pool and everything else we need, has anyone used Manolis recently?
Would love to stay at On The Rocks, superb views over Skinos beach, so  many to choose, the world is your lobster, my son!
Just have to wait for the next release of easyjet for the September/October flights.
We got a good deal from easyjet last Thursday for flights to Kalamata next June.

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Holiday Companies / Olympic and Kostas Chrysoulla 2020
« on: September 24, 2019, 01:29:47 PM »
I have been looking to holiday again in Plakias, and, as usual, went straight to the Olympic site, but no sign of KC for any date in 2020. Telephoned Olympic, and they don't have it listed for 2020, the advisor thought it might appear in a couple of weeks, but as the Olympic site only gives 3 properties, it would appear this is the final run down of Olympic going to Plakias.
Sad, but as we already go independently to other Greek destinations, we will have to add Plakias to the Easyjet independent list!
If anyone has any other info, would be appreciated.

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Plakias / Re: Major building work underway at far end!!
« on: July 30, 2019, 04:28:45 PM »
Just checked the web, searched for 'new beach bar Plakias' and got links to Mes Tin Ammo, which I guess is the new beach bar, but it has been there before, so probably just a new build on the old site.
Looks good, only 10 weeks to go then I can check it out!

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