Goodness dennisn, you’re already on Page 5 and it’s still your first week, you could write a book, each Skiathos visit a new chapter. Your frequent indulgence of Tzatziki and Greek salad is like us, every day at some point they’re ordered somewhere. We have never managed to get ourselves organised enough to visit Skopelos & Alonnisos, I’m determined to correct that on our next holiday! We watched Mamma Mia 2 sitting in the pouring rain, we were already soaked so no further harm could be done 😄. Spectacular storms are as part of a Skiathos holiday now as the beach, the food, the bus, etc, love them! It’s admirable that you’ve kept up the morning swims, weather permitting, I’m not a strong swimmer and end up doing more bobbing around and wallowing than swimming. I can wallow for hours, cos this year the water was so warm for us, no shrieking & taking an age to actually get in. Hope you’re not suffering too much with your throat that it affects any eating and drinking, and good luck with the lotto 😄
So giving in to to the weather, we set off to town with our bag of pacamacs, with slightly anxious glances at the heavy clouds. But Angela said Kostas had been called asking why he wasn’t at work (building, construction, that sort of stuff) because there was no rain in town. Also she had done the school run to a pretty clear town! The bus wasn’t busy, but not empty either and once in town the clouds had begun to seriously break up, giving patches of sunshine.
As we had completed all necessary purchases by yesterday, there was not much more to buy, only four or five things, simple really. We walked up the cushion steps and up past the queue of restaurants for pictures looking down on the old port, by which time the sun had gained absolute control and we acknowledged we’d been had, lumbered with a bag full of pacamacs for no useful purpose! As we came back down, so two of those big boats were disgorging hordes of Elisabet Cruises people. They packed the submarine memorial quay from end to end and side to side, with their guides engulfed whilst vainly holding up umbrellas, flags and clipboards to be followed and off they crept slowly. One group included a sizeable bunch of lads who were in full, loud, song. We dodged up the nearest alleyway to escape. As we didn’t hurry, we were trapped soon afterwards by one group emerging from beside Papadiamantis House Museum. One of our friendly shopkeepers admitted that they don’t buy anything, just walk to the top, then come back down to try and steal fridge magnets!!!
So we let them go on their merry way whilst we sidled into Nikos Taverna for gyros. It became packed as we ate and Mrs Nikos said it always gets like that when it rains - people come into town for the shelter.
Later, up on the Bourtzi, we caught up with our little girl waitress. The other day when it was quiet, she was telling us she has difficulty with remembering English when the season ends. I asked how we might help, but she couldn’t say, until I asked if she would like to Skype us in winter and she jumped at it. So today we gave her my Greek/English dictionary to use to help.
Back at Villa Maria, we made good our resolve to swim every day. Strewth, after the night’s deluge, it was mega Big Girl’s Blouse! But I’m from up north so I’m ‘ard. And Vera’s fromSouth Devon, so she’s ‘ard too - actually ‘arder than me, she claims she used to swim in the sea at Exmouth!
We ate at Jasteri, fried kalamari rings for Vera, Stifado for me. After, of course, tzatziki to start - I swear theirs is the best, creamy, garlicky and glopulous. Yum!
So it is true Dennis, the sun always shines on the righteous 😎
I personally think you have made a wonderful gesture by offering the young waitress from the Bourtzi the opportunity to continue her learning of the English language, brilliant. I suppose by Skype contact you will also keep yourself in touch with goings on in the closed season, again a bonus.
I have often looked at the tour parties you described, herded like sheep behind holiday rep holding there ‘look I’m here follow me’ objects aloft. To myself they do a whistle stop visit, not for me I’m afraid, I would much rather wander myself, have time to take in all that’s on offer, and yes if I want to browse the shops I can.
Friday 14th September. When we woke this morning I found the fridge light not working. Soon after that, I discovered we were in a power cut. So off to the beach without a morning coffee!
Quite a chilly morning walk, a bit earlier with no coffee, with a heavy dew all around us. I say “Morning AndrewTommy” each time (there and back) as we pass along the path beside Byzantium, but they never respond.
As we reached the beach, there were vestiges of puddles along the road, don’t know if there might have been a bit more rain or was it still there from yesterday’s 4am torrents? Anyway, the flat level sand had been excavated back to familiar levels by the runoff, it’s been odd not having to climb down a gulley to get onto the beach. Immediately noticeable as we got there, was a warm breeze coming off the sea, which was really comfortably warm(ish). Vera kindly let me be first in too. The water was quite choppy, so harder work than usual, making up for missing that exercise yesterday. I hadn’t expected skittery fishes in the rough sea, but we got more than we’ve seen before, on this holiday, several small shoals rather than just a couple of big ones.
Right, breakfast, shower, hair washed and we’ll get off to town - there’s still time to find something else to buy.
Forgot to mention. FaceTime with Vera’s son last night. He’s taken both their children and their boy and girl friends on holiday to Spain, hiring a posh villa (infinity pool, no less!). They’d been burgled whilst out the previous night, everything taken including all the food from the fridge and a suitcase to carry it all off in. We didn’t hear just what ‘everything’ meant, but we think if it had included passports he’d have said so.
Is the T shirt lopsided or is it you? One sleeve is definitely longer than the other. 😉 What a terrible blight on your families holiday in Spain. I hope that you are right about the passports. Hopefully they would have had that and their money in a safe. I hope that they are able to enjoy the rest of their holiday. Bob
Is the T shirt lopsided or is it you? One sleeve is definitely longer than the other. Bob
How would I know? I just put the wretched thing on. It’s green. It’s plain. It’s not my favourite. But sometimes you just have to take advice on what looks good. Or you might get made to look not good - busted lip, black eye, y’know, that sort of not good looking.
So sorry we keep missing your greetings I keep looking out for you you both. just out the pool but going down to troulos beach about 4.30 for a dip in the sea and then we will have to stop off for a drink or two at the treverna on the way back.