How it all started; a glimpse to 1966

How it all started; a glimpse to 1966

by Dimitri

Studios Plaka as it begun. 53 years of development and still going. This is indeed a photo from 25 of January of the distant year 1966.

About three generations ago, the uncle-Gianakis, grandfather of Maria, decided to claim this land, along with the neighboring fields by the sea. It was an era that the government and the local authorities allowed Greek citizens to claim any free land and obtain ownership. All they had to do was to build a fence around the area they wish to receive from the government. At this time, people were solely interested in oil production and other agriculture activities. Tourism was barely existent. A few German tourists during the summer. Nothing compared to what it is going today when tourism is by far the first income source of the island.

Hence, people started claiming land in the mountains and areas with rich soil. The Plaka location was not considered such a land because of the humidity and cold wind coming from the sea. It was thus not ideal for any agriculture production. But, uncle-Gianakis dared to think ahead and started claiming these lands by the water. His fellow villagers called him crazy and illogical. They made fun of him and gave him a bad reputation. But he imagined something more than they knew. How unbelievable is that? We owe a lot to uncle-Gianakis and his vision.

But what can we learn from this story? Maybe we need not reject anything different; we should try to understand it and possibly even embrace it, for it is changes that make a society go forward.

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