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Plakias / Re: New bars?
« on: July 11, 2015, 07:33:08 PM »
Haven't ever tried it but sounds like fun!

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Gossip / Re: Visiting Plakias
« on: July 11, 2015, 07:30:55 PM »
Lucky you. Had our 'fix' for this year in May...
We have also found Stella a great place to stay.

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Gossip / Re: Tourist numbers
« on: June 14, 2015, 07:08:55 PM »
I thought that it seemed quite busy when we visited early in May. Hopefully it will be a good year.

Richard

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Certainly agree re Gio Ma - love the place. The others we haven't tried but hope to next time.

Richard

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Plakias / Re: Sat nav
« on: June 02, 2015, 09:46:12 PM »
We used one to travel to Plakias this year, via a stop-over the NE of the island and then down the south coast.

Worked very well, even when the road had been washed-away near Spili and a diversion down a minor road (on which we had lost ourselves previously, pre-satnav!)  was necessary.

Richard

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Holiday Companies / Re: Travel companies
« on: June 02, 2015, 09:43:29 PM »
We haven't used the buses on Crete, but elsewhere on Greek islands we have been very happy with the service, even on small islands.

If you have the time to treat the bus journey as a part of the holiday, I could thoroughly recommend it.

Richard

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Holiday Companies / Re: Travel companies
« on: May 31, 2015, 07:46:47 PM »
We used BA to visit early in May, scheduled flight into Heraklion and booked a room at Skinos, just outside the village on the Souda road.

While it costs a little more than Olympic charge (and of course, no last minute deals!), the flexibility is great. This year we stayed in Plaka on the NE of the island to visit Spinalonga and Knossos, then drove down via Ierapetra to Plakias. The drive was enjoyable but too far for a day-trip from Plakias.

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PlakChat / Re: New Taverna in Sellia village above Plakias
« on: May 28, 2015, 09:49:44 PM »
The new Myrthios taverna is called 'Vrisi'. I am pretty sure that Voloudakis has posted some images. Panorama has been there for ages and looks, at least, more like what I am used to, but to be fair, I have only tried the Plakias tavernas.

I'd be very interested indeed in your opinion if you try either (or both!), although likely won't be back until 2016 now...

Richard


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PlakChat / Re: New Taverna in Sellia village above Plakias
« on: May 26, 2015, 06:09:39 PM »
I think that it's situated on the left-hand side as you approach the village from the East. I did prefer the look of it to the new taverna in Myrthios, which looked very nice in one sense but trying to be a bit too grand, I feel. Prefer traditional, or at least my take on what is traditional.

Still, don't judge a book by the cover, haven't tried either so something to look forward to next year!

Richard

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We did go once again and no regrets at all. Mixed grill tasty and left me completely full!

Wish I was still there...

Richard

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Plakias / Re: Major fire in Plakias
« on: May 12, 2015, 04:52:41 PM »
Some windows replaced and minor repairs to the foundation in evidence today. Last night we saw people sitting at the handful of tables outside both Corali and Mouses, in fact they were full at some point!

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Plakias / Re: Major fire in Plakias
« on: May 11, 2015, 03:36:31 PM »
Just doing so,,,,It will all help.

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Well, had dinner here this evening and still a fan of the place. Service still 'quirky' but not a problem at all. The raki still flows 'apres' also....

Food was fine, again. Nothing particularly special for Plakias, but good. simple food cooked well, squid starter then mixed fish.

It is also out of the worst wind that has been a bit full-on since Friday.

Might very well go again before we return home.

Richard

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Plakias / Re: Major fire in Plakias
« on: May 10, 2015, 08:00:34 PM »
Had another look this evening and found half a dozen tables around a make-shift light where the sea-front part of Mouses used to be. Not exactly business as usual but great to see people 'fighting back' so soon. We intend to eat at Gorgona tomorrow evening, if open again, either outside if they set something similar up or inside if room permits.

I was impressed this morning by the speed of the major effort to sort things out, and on a Sunday morning to boot.

Most windows in the 'main' buildings/kitchens on the landward side cracked by the heat from the fire, but aside from that, doesn't look too bad.

Fingers crossed.

Richard
 

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Plakias / Re: Major fire in Plakias
« on: May 10, 2015, 12:20:13 PM »
We walked up to Mirthios via the old mill and came back down to this. Just couldn't believe what we saw. We had dinner in Gorgona on Friday night. What a relief that no-one was hurt.

I saw a bulldozer clearing the concrete foundation, and people up poles re-connecting power-lines, just a few minutes ago, so hopefully the taverna owners can start again quickly. The snack bar right at the end, near Christos, was at least spared, as the adjacent building had been dismantled and was just starting to re-build. Presumably this stopped the fire spreading further.

Really quite shocked.

Richard.

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