Well, the 21st May has eventually arrived, after what seems like the longest countdown ever! I’m writing this at 3.30 am from my bed in the airport hotel, too excited to sleep any longer 🥳. (Paul, however, doesn’t seem too excited - there’s a lot of rhythmic snoring going on next to me!!!!)
We’re checking in at 5.30 am for the TUI flight leaving Manchester at 7.30. Am crossing my fingers that the delays caused by the power cut on Sunday have now disappeared and we should be at the hotel by approx 2.30 - dependent on how well the airport is handling arrivals now. Have heard mixed reports.
As we’re doing four weeks this time, I won’t do daily reports, just the highlights - don’t want to bore anyone!! Looking forwards to meeting some of you, too.
Nearly time to get up and start THE day; ‘laters’ (as the kids say!) 😁
Hahaha, Dennis! No, the first highlight is that I met the very lovely Tre and her equally lovely other half this morning and things are definitely improving for them re baby Luca 🤞 It was such a nice surprise to just bump into them on Pap St - felt like old friends, which I suppose we are! 😍
The second highlight (!) is that Paul seems to have gone down with a bug en route & has spent today in bed feeling rotten!! I’ve been wandering about, with a few wine stops, and it’s been a good day. We’re planning to eat at one of the places near the ferry boarding (to the right of Pap St, facing the sea) as they have promised great lamb chops and Paul has a lamb craving. Will let you know what we think. Right
Last night’s meal was our first night usual, Paraxenos, which didn’t disappoint. The staff are so welcoming and lovely - and the food is reliably good. We had chicken in blue cheese sauce with rice and pork chop (massive) with fried potatoes and 2 red wines, 2 rose for €37. Just so tasty. Big bonus last night - met another Facebook friend for the first time, Paul thinks I’m a bit nuts!
RIght, got to get ready to go out - holidays can be so hectic 😆
The news about baby Luca is heartwarming, think quite a few of us have been following the trauma and hoping for the best, You seem more than happy to be back in Skiathos, despite what I hope is a temporary blip in Paul’s wellbeing, Looking forward to meeting you in a few days,
Ooh Kev - don’t know if he can bear to watch after the Leeds debacle!!!
Disappointing meal tonight. It was one of those mixed grill with starters and wine deals - not my choice. I get to choose tomorrow- either the Secret Garden or Avlios. Lovely cocktails in Andersson’s Bar though. I had one called Mamadiamantis & it was so good ... vanilla vodka, raspberry purée and Prosecco being the gist of it🙃
That's the good thing about Skiathos though, for the size of the place it never ceases to amaze me how many eating places there are (at least in high season) so there's always a wide choice of alternatives if you get a so-so experience one night. There are still loads I've never eaten at in my 5 visits and I've vowed that if at all possible I will try to eat somewhere new (at least for evening meals) most nights of this year's trip. This will mean deliberately avoiding places I've had some lovely meals at but I need to try new alternatives. I won't be able to avoid No Name though, mum loves it!
Funny, isn’t it? We stick to our shortlist of favourite eating places. We like to be sure and stay with those we trust. Saying which, we’ve dropped several after poor meals, and yet it’s incredible how I read posts giving them glowing reports.
You lot all seem to have more stamina though, I couldn’t go through the day on what you seem to manage as taverna crawls. Gyros mid day, then evening meal at 6pm. Beauty sleep then 7am beach swim.