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Where to stay / Re: Off season?
« on: May 24, 2020, 06:17:22 PM »
That's certainly worth bearing in mind - still hoping to get there in September: fingers firmly crossed!

Where to stay / Re: Off season?
« on: May 24, 2020, 03:14:00 PM »
I certainly would be happy to visit later in the year if I can't get there in September. I've not heard anything about extending the season - but I guess this will be so dependant on the airlines. As I said in earlier posts, I've enjoyed a visit in November in the past, but it was a very different experience from a 'summer season' visit.
As for Taxis - I know several of the drivers live locally, so I expect that if the need is there, they will oblige.

PlakChat / Re: The 2020 season
« on: May 21, 2020, 11:50:05 AM »
I'm still hoping to get to Plakias this year. I had to stay home last year, so really need to get back to my favourite place. Keeping a careful eye on the news reports - and crossing my fingers!

Plakias / Re: Re Lance Chilton - HELP NEEDED
« on: January 08, 2019, 04:57:06 PM »
I had a really nice mail from Rutger:
  • Thank you very much! A mister going by the name Roger Foden, who occasionally reads the forum, saw your post.
    He sent me an e-mail to a link to download a digital version.
    I would like to thank you very much for your help. It really gives the project an enormous boost.
    If there's anything I can do in return, just let me know
In acknowledging his reply, I said:
  • Many thanks for your reply. I am so glad one of the Plakias regulars was able to help!
    Nothing is needed in return – just keep up the good work, and keep us informed of developments!
And many thanks from me to Roger!

Plakias / Re: Re Lance Chilton - HELP NEEDED
« on: January 06, 2019, 04:51:04 PM »
Thanks Arnaki - I've passed your message on.

Holiday Companies / Olympic discounts?
« on: January 06, 2019, 04:45:51 PM »
I must be on an Olympic mailing list somewhere.
Yesterday I received a mini-brochure regarding this years holidays.
There was a section offering the following discounts:

  • £80 off when you spend £800 - code SALE80
    £150 off when you spend £1250 - code SALE150
    Solo travellers - £35 off your booking - code SOLO35

I have no idea if they are still current, but if you are about to make a booking, it might be worth trying one!
Please let us know if you do.

Plakias / Re Lance Chilton - HELP NEEDED
« on: January 03, 2019, 03:48:34 PM »
I'm hoping one of the long standing Plakias regulars can help with this request I received today.

  • First I'll explain a bit about myself. My name is Rutger Niemeijer, I'm a 22-year old student from the Netherlands.
    For my studies, Ecology and Wildlife, I am doing an internship at Archipelagos, an organisation on the Greek island Samos.
    With a few other people, I'm trying to make a list, or an index, of the plant species on the island. During our research we found a post you made in 2014 which said that Mr. Lance Chilton has sadly passed away. As you might know he once authored a book titled 'Plant list for Samos'. This work would be very useful to have for us. Since we couldn't find it online I was wondering if you perhaps know any place where we can find a digital version of the book, or if there is anyone on the island that we could borrow the work from.
    My e-mail is, in case you want to answer this question.
    I hope to hear from you soon.
    Yours sincerely,
    Rutger Niemeijer

It looks as if Rutger is engaged on some important work - could anyone help please?

Plakias / Re: Olive oil on tables
« on: December 21, 2017, 08:39:37 PM »
Looks like just another government regulation to be widely ignored!  I love Greece!

Where to stay / Re: Off season?
« on: October 26, 2017, 06:44:28 PM »
Let us know how you get on Roger. It's certainly something I'd think about doing again.

Where to stay / Re: Off season?
« on: October 22, 2017, 02:25:11 PM »
Three of us went out in November a few years ago. We all agreed it was well worth the effort.
We travelled Heathrow to Athens with BA, then got an internal flight to Heraklion. A very smooth trip, not too expensive, and a very interesting stop-over in Athens. We picked up a hire car at the airport, which we used most days to explore the area. It really is fantastic off-season.
We stayed at Kostas - arranged in advance by email. Other places are available these days to I think. I hope another board member might be able to offer suggestions.
Although quiet, we managed to eat and shop with no problem. Sifis stays open, and was quite busy some nights. I believe more places are open these days.
Ostraco (downstairs) was open, and very warm on the chilly evenings.
It was great to see the bay without sunbeds - and it was still warm by day. I swam most days, the sea was warm, if a little choppy sometimes.
I would say - give it a try!

Holiday Companies / Re: Transfer from Plakias to Heraklion
« on: October 11, 2017, 04:28:28 PM »
My worst was 5½ hours Heraklion to Plakias. This was many years ago, and if I remember correctly it was with Thompson. Yes, there used to be a choice of tour operator. At one time there were seven different UK companies offering holidays in Plakias.

These days, you don't always get a transfer with Olympic, but we don't use them if they are offered.
Taxis are a faster and more convenient option - or get someone from Plakias to pop out and pick you up.

Our normal solution is to hire a car at the airport. If you deduct the cost of taxis each way then it costs little extra to have transport available - to go for dinner in Sellia, or seek out a sheltered beach if it's windy in Plakias.

PlakChat / Re: What is it like in Plakias in November?
« on: October 24, 2016, 05:01:12 PM »
It was a few years ago, but I enjoyed a holiday in Plakias in early November. The place is very different - quiet and peaceful. There were a few supermarkets open, and several tavernas - including Sifis of course! Ostraco was open, and full of relaxed locals.
Best of all for me, the beach was beautiful - no sunbeds, and I enjoyed a swim every day, as the sea was still warm. It did get a little chilly in the evenings, but that didn't worry me!
I'd say go for it, and you won't be disappointed.

Plakias / Re: Major fire in Plakias
« on: May 11, 2015, 12:03:58 PM »
I noticed this link on Facebook this morning, with the tag

'On the early morning of May 10th, a lovely town of Plakias in Crete caught fire. The fire completely wiped out a few local tavernas. Luckily, nobody was hurt! However, the tavernas is what keeps the place going, builds economy, and feeds locals after the season is over. Let's help raise money to help these people rebuild!'

So here's a way we can all chip in.  Please support our friends - I have!

Plakias / Re: Major fire in Plakias
« on: May 10, 2015, 03:20:46 PM »
So sad to see many of my favourite places ruined. BUT - buildings do not make Plakias what is is, and always will be. Plakias is in a beautiful location, but it's the wonderful, spirited people who make it great. They, like Plakias itself, WILL rise to another challenge and make it even better. My thoughts and best wishes are with everyone in town.
As for what we can do to help - what we always do I guess - keep talking about Plakias, keep up with the regular visits and spread our thoughts and best wishes far and wide.

Plakias / Lance Chilton - Sad news!
« on: August 13, 2014, 04:20:30 PM »
Many forum members will have encountered Lance during their time in Greece. Sadly, I never met him, but we swopped email many times. I was always impressed by his knowledge, gentle manner and downright enthusiasm.
Below is the text of a message I received from one of his close friends.

If you did not already know, Lance Chilton died of an acute heart attack in the evening of 30th July, in his 60th year.  Hazel and I had a 'phone call from his wife Hilary the following day.

Anyone interested might like to know that he will be cremated at the Mintlyn Crematorium, Kings Lynn on Monday 18th August 2014 at 13.00.

We know that many of his friends from the early 1980's (when he began the Botanical Specials and before he produced the walk booklets as 'Marengo') through to the 2000's will be attending the funeral.

He had been ill with an entirely unrelated condition for some years.  This had slowed him down. Also, because of a change of policy by the owners of several guided books, he and Hilary were unable to update their walk booklets alongside their contributions to guides of the Greek islands.

Hilary is proposing to scatter his ashes on the island of Thasos sometime next year.
Lance  was a lovely man who gave much pleasure to many people with his kindness, patience and love of plants.  His freehand drawing of maps was unsurpassed so that his walking guides actually worked - he had walked them all several times and often in the reverse direction!

Lance, you will be missed - but you've left a legacy that will endure for many years.!

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