Plakias is as lovely as ever. We
had our first holiday there from May 15th this year, and what a great
fortnight it was. The weather was good most of the time - sun every
day, and no rain. We had a couple of windy days - but it wasn't too
bad, and it didn't stop me getting to the beach every day! The accent
was on relaxing this time - we didn't do any excursions, long walks
or anything - just took it easy.
Everyone's asking for the gossip - but Plakias doesn't change a lot!
The resort's looking clean and tidy - lots of effort having
been put into sprucing it up for the summer. In particular, the beach
is looking good, and has been improved - particularly in front of the
Kelly's resigned as Olympic rep. Having taken our last few trips with
Olympic, and been well looked after by Kelly, we were all sad to hear
this - but she wants more time with her son, and will no doubt be helping
her husband Zak out with his taxi business.
Ostraco has been refitted downstairs - looking good too. It was quite
a shock walking into the downstairs Ostraco bar. The whole area has
been renovated, with a new bar and seating. Yannis and Sharron have
got it looking really smart - and the decoration is excellent, using
art and craft obtained in the village. The Internet PC is still available
here, in it's own corner now, giving a little more privacy. Lot's of
folks are using it to keep in touch with home!
SunMed seem to be doing well - lots of guests in Lamon. It's good to
see options growing for the choice of tour operator. SunMed's first
year seems to be quite a success. One of their properties, the Lamon,
seems to be back to the bustling place it used to be. Over the winter,
their bar area was also refitted, with a trendy modern look. We used
the Lamon a lot for coffee after dinner - and their Baklava is a great
favourite with me!
Costos & Chrysoulla is a popular place to stay, featuring in several
brochures. We used the pool area there a lot again this year (though
the sea was warmer!) It's also a great place for a snack - try the cheese
pies with honey! Costas has had the swimming pool area re-tiled: it's
almost non slip now.
Hexagon club has changed hands and has also been refurbished. Early
days yet, but it was very quiet when we went in there. I didn't find
out much about it - but guess there is a connection with Platia, as
some of the staff were the same. (Job for you here Tina!)
at Kyma now has beermats! We took out some - including a batch from
Tina! So now you can enjoy his icy draught Mythos. Kyma is a great place
for a snack and a drink. This year we also discovered the home made
apple pie! Pavlos gave us a bottle of his own olive oil to bring home
with us, which reminded me to mention - buy your own oil in the village
and bring it home. I've been doing this for years, and it's certainly
worth the effort. You can't
get taste like that in the supermarkets here!
Last year, we stayed at Ariadne
Apartments in September. These are spacious and well kept, with lovely
large balconies. We tried to get there again this year, but they
were already booked. So we settled on Dora apartments - new to Olympic,
but Kelly had told us they are good. She wasn't wrong. Set back from
the village on the road running up past the Sophia hotel (so very near
Ostraco), they are close to the Secret Nest taverna. Typically Olympic,
the apartments are very well kept, again spacious and very quiet. The
lovely Dora lives downstairs, and looks after all the rooms herself.
We're happy to be going back there on August 28th.
is still open and doing well, although it was a little quiet the night
we went in. A new innovation this year is draught Mythos - and at 500
drax. It's a good deal! All the regular staff are there, and it was
a pleasure to see them again. Manolis is looking happy - I guess because
his girlfriend Patricia is spending the summer in Plakias. I bumped
into her on the beach - collecting the money for the sunbeds and looking
very tanned and happy.
2002 brochures are beginning to appear already - and there are some
good early booking deals around. I've got a copy of the SunMed brochure
- the prices up on last year, so look out for discounts and deals. As
this year, they are featuring Lamon, Santa Maria and Nicos - all places
I'd be happy to stay at again.
I'm hoping to get the Olympic brochure soon and have started looking
around for the others. Gossip in the village suggests that Olympic will
have more on offer in Plakias next year. We had difficulty in getting
the rooms and dates we wanted for May this year, so we will be doing
our 2002 bookings very soon.
It's good to see that
the bulletin board I added recently is getting good use, and that people
are asking questions and getting the help they need. Because I sometimes
am too busy to answer mails, I hope this will be a quick and easy way
for visitors to get their questions answered. Many thanks to the regular
visitors who have provided information so far. I hope that mail exchanges
and meetings will also result.
I also wanted to say sorry
to anyone waiting for a response to an email. I am working through them
slowly, but since I got home I have had a lot of catching up to do at
work, and haven't managed to get a lot of time on the PC. I will get
there - eventually!