My name is John, but I use
the nickname Ostraco
on the Net. Ostraco is Greek for seashell. It also happens to be the
name of my favourite bar in Plakias. I live in Plymouth, Devon
although I am Cornish by birth, and very proud of it. If you stay in
the UK for a holiday, then Cornwall is the place for you! I think this
Cornish upbringing is why I love the sunshine and the beach so much
- after all, we do have the best beaches in the UK! In 'real life' I
work in Computing - at the moment, I manage a Project Support Team which
assists the development of major IT projects. This is interesting and
varied (well, I have to say that in case my boss reads this) - and pays
the bills! It also enables me to save up for my Plakias trips!
is one of the few photos I have of myself in Plakias. This was taken
about 6 years ago in the Lamon hotel. After a nice meal at the Glaros
Taverna, we went to the Lamon for coffee and a Mataxa. However,
it was quite busy, so the waiter said 'Help yourself'. I don't really
think he thought I would - but hey, I needed some caffeine. Click
on the pic and you'll see what happened! After that - I had to serve
myself every night.
By the way - Lamon also serve
excellent Baklava and other Greek pastries - perfect with after
dinner coffee - or anytime! And it's my favourite place to stop
on the way back from the beach for an end of day snack. My usual
choice - yoghurt with fresh fruit and honey.
more than 20 years since my first visit to Greece. At the time, I was
really busy at work, helping to run a restaurant in my spare time, and
taking part in a lot of amateur dramatics. No wonder I was stressed out.
A very good friend of mine also needed a holiday, and suggested that we
might both benefit from 2 weeks on a sunny beach. So off we went. At very
short notice, and ended up in Lesvos, where we relaxed totally. That holiday
is still very vivid in my memory including the 36 hour delay on
the way home. We were both hooked, and Ive been back to Greece every
year since at least once. We tried several islands, before picking
Plakias from the brochures, and loved it when we got there. The following
year, everywhere we looked at didnt seem as nice so we returned,
again and again. Eventually, my friend married and her husband
wouldnt let her come with me! So I have been going with other friends,
who all love it or even on my own ever since. Its
not the most attractive place Ive visited. Or the cheapest. Its
just got that certain something which makes me want to go back for more.
Im even dreaming of a retirement home there and Im
sure I wont be short of company!
||This picture was taken
in August '99. To this day, I don't know who took it! When I got
home and downloaded my pics to the PC, there it was. So if it was
you - own up! I might even treat you to a beer to say thanks! Yep
- I'm behind the bar at the Hexagon Club. During the busy season,
Yannis and Sharon, who run Ostraco, also used to run the Hexagon.
This was a great place to dance and drink the rest of the night
away. After about midnight, Yannis moved to the Hexagon from Ostraco,
and (in my humble opinion) there is not a better DJ in Crete. I
say this because Yannis doesn't just play the music he likes - he
plays what the people who are in that night like to dance too, and
he loves requests! Sadly, the Hexagon is no longer running - but
the happy memories live on.
love Greece, and have been to many of the islands but Crete
especially Plakias - is my firm favourite. I hope the rest
of this site will give you some idea why. About 7 years ago, I
even started to learn Greek, and Im still trying. It is
difficult, but it is certainly worth the effort if only
to entertain the locals when trying to order a beer or a meal.