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Where to eat...or not! / Re: Gioma Taverna
« on: June 12, 2012, 04:24:53 PM »
Selia is well worth a visit. We always pop up several times, and had our special last night meal there last year. The food is simply excellent - the chicken chops are a favourite, but if there's lamb in tomato on the specials list, go for it!
Mikalis has extended the outdoor area twice since we've been visiting, so as well as friendly service and great food you'll get a lovely view over Plakias and the bay.

Where to stay / Re: afternoon sun at Sofia
« on: June 12, 2012, 04:16:11 PM »
Hotel Sophia is very impressive. My last stay there was great - lovely rooms, well decorated and looked after. The staff are excellent too - Kostas and Chrysoula are always around and make sure standards don't slip.
The trouble is, people are getting to know - we couldn't get a booking there last year or this . Perhaps we'll try earlier next year.

Plakias / Re: Airport transfers/Bus
« on: June 12, 2012, 04:07:51 PM »
Thanks 'Reception' for such a useful post. I'll make a copy of the taxi prices and build them into the new version of the website I'm still working on!

Plakias / Re: Nicos - Ostraco Bar
« on: June 12, 2012, 03:53:16 PM »
Great to see Nicos' big smile again. Looking forward to a drink with him in September! I'll try to get a message to him at Ostraco - or see if I can get an email address.

PlakChat / Re: Anyone there? Excited yet?
« on: April 11, 2012, 02:41:39 PM »
Trying not to think about sunny Plakias too much at the moment. We're not going until mid September this year. I'll be enjoying the UK summer (if we have one), and Cornish beaches until then.

Announcements / Re: New site
« on: January 17, 2012, 04:27:17 PM »
I managed to get a little more done today. Raymond, I included a link to your site - and Noopsy, many thanks - typos now corrected!
Other bits and pieces added in from mails and previous posts.
Next job is to get some better pictures included, and sort out a proper banner.

Any comments gratefully received - especially additions or errors. Please check at

Gossip / Re: first!
« on: January 03, 2012, 04:30:23 PM »
Surely you haven't run out of corny jokes Barny?

Announcements / Re: New site
« on: December 29, 2011, 01:01:53 AM »
Thanks Jann - I'm not likely to be back before September, so be prepared for some questions!

Announcements / Re: New site
« on: December 27, 2011, 11:59:23 PM »
Thanks Noopsy  and Steve - this is the sort of feedback that I need.
It looks as if I'll be busy tomorrow!

Announcements / Re: New site
« on: December 25, 2011, 09:43:31 PM »
Well I said to myself that I would get the new site live by Christmas! It's a shame so many other things got in the way.
If you go along to you'll be able to see the results of my efforts to date. It's clearly not ready to go live properly yet, but I think what I've done so far will give you an idea!

I wanted to give easy access to the forums from the main page - I hope you like the way this has worked out. I have checked in 3 different browsers, but if you have any problems, please let me know, and tell me which browser you use.

I've been keeping all comments received, and will begin actioning these over the next few days. Please keep them coming - I particularly want more info on taxi charges, and a couple of pictures for the 'TOWN' page. If you have a panorama type picture that would fit in the top margin where it says 'Welcome to Plakias' that would be most welcome.

Thanks for all comments and mails so far - please keep them coming! Merry Christmas!!!!!!!

PlakChat / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: December 23, 2011, 08:18:12 PM »
1. Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, carbon neutral, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender non-specific celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practised within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or the choice as athiest or agnostic not to practice religious or secular traditions in any form.

2. May you have a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated period of time determined by the recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2012, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice for other cultures, and due regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual orientation of the recipient.

DISCLAIMER - By accepting this greeting, you are accepting the following terms and conditions:
a) This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal.
b) This greeting is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting, any alteration to the intended or implied greetings may render the greeting inoperable.
c) This greeting implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher.
d) This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

This was passed to me by an ex-colleague - he was reminded of the time when I was a management trainer and had to re-write a great deal of course materials after the implementation of equal opportunity policies. This causes a great deal of non PC comment in the pub after work!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Plakias / Re: Airport transfers/Bus
« on: December 03, 2011, 04:02:09 PM »
Nice one Barny!  I'll build in a link.

I knew there was a taxi office in town, but didn't realise Zach was running it. You're right, he's a great guy, and reliable.

Plakias / Re: Airport transfers/Bus
« on: December 03, 2011, 02:51:25 PM »
Point well made Mike.

It seems to me that it would be a good idea to maintain a list of the usual fares from/to Plakias and other regular destinations. We know it's €100 for the airport. What's the damage for trips to Selia, Mirthios, Prevelli, Reythimno etc.?

I will add a section on the Frequently Asked Questions page on the new site at, which I'm hoping will be up and running well before the next holiday season.

I would also like to add in more information about Taxis - phone numbers, offices etc. I've not used them for a few years as we've had a car available.

Plakias / Re: Airport transfers/Bus
« on: December 02, 2011, 06:14:26 PM »
Another option is to pick up a hire car at the airport. We did this year, at a cost of about 280 euros - so we had the use of a car for two weeks for only 80 euros (+petrol) if you deduct the cost of a taxi each way.
By the way - the cost of the journey is fixed by the government. There used to be a board displaying proces at Heraklion Airport, but I'm not sure if it's still there. Usually the taxi drivers stand in front of it to cover it up. It is always wise to agree the cost of a trip with the driver before you get in the cab.

Announcements / Re: New site
« on: November 28, 2011, 07:49:13 PM »
Thanks everyone for new information and feedback - I'll be building in info as it's received.

I had heard rumours about the train - good to know for certain what happened! Thanks Rogataber.

I wasn't aware the Mayor had moved to Spilli - it's a pity he didn't leave instructions to keep the old 'town hall' looking respectible before he moved on. The place is a bit of an eyesore now.
I know very little about politics in Plakais, and how the town is run - can anyone fill me in? It might make an interesting addition to the site - and an email address might be good, as I'm sure he'd like to hear from the visitors the town relies on!

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