Quick update just met the lovely marg(pinky girl) on lawn at angeliki her son and daughter in law used. To live in a village very close to us. Plenty of room on lawn today Kev we are coming back tomorrow the sea is so warmu
The meal ended up with quite a small party of 4 at Marmita. The foods v good but the prices match it. Think me and mum ended paying around 30 each and we shared a starter. They also threw in an extra bottle of wine which wasn't charged. Mum pottered off back to hotel and the lady that has damaged ligaments decided she'd had enough too so just myself and one other (Annie), who happens to be a retired professional singer and when Zoe and Danny asked her to get up in Blind Dog she obliged and delivered 3 note perfect easy listening classics, even Dennis could have coped. I dropped into the den of iniquity that is Kentavros for a quick one after seeing Annie to hotel but I only had one as it was heaving and it seemed every one was smoking. It made my eyes hurt and I smell like an ashtray this morning.
They were apologetic turfing us off 2 empty beds on the lawn as 'a guest had reserved them' and we are not staying at hotel so have no standing. Andreas did say it got mental on Sat,Sun & Mon. Might have another go some time but running out of days and mum says she Def wants to go back to tennis club.
Sorry the reports have gone a bit downhill but this was always going to be a more chilled week. Mum wanted to see the apts that her twin brother, wife and daughter used to stay at in Ag.Paraskevi so we bussed it down to stop 16, walked back to the lane and up to Green Park.ovely setting but a bit remote. On their last visit my uncle slipped in the bathroom on day 2, broke his hip and had to be ferried back to mainland. His health hasn't been that great recently so they have never returned. The bar area at Green Park is full of photos of past guests and sure enough there's one of my aunt and uncle over the bar.
We nipped down to AP beach just for a look (cocktail at beach bar a mere 13 euros do no, we didn't stop). Bus down to Kouk to show mum some hotels she's never been far enough down to see and my first glimpse of what theyve done with the bus terminus area, not been that far down since 2013. Almost unrecognisable. Back to Agustera for lunch, quick chat with Dino ( proud dad of twin sons now ) and back on bus to town. Mum got off at 4 because she fancied a chill round her pool and Ive carried on to terminus then strolled down paralia. Typing this over a frappe at Amaretto. Seen a TUI set off for somewhere. Otherwise it's very quiet, even Mylos isn't that busy.
Plans went a bit sideways last night and we didn't meet some of the Facebook crowd for a meal down the far end of the paralia, mum was tired from walking yesterday so we had a gyros in town, spoke to a couple of boomerangers in Old Port House then joined Facebookers later and some of us finished the night at the Blind Dog, enjoyable but slightly late night. Plan today is a frappe in Bourtzi, maybe a stroll down paralia and then most of day relaxing at tennis club. No plans for food tonight yet, hatch something no doubt during the course of the day.
Quick post script. In the end myself, mum and a lady from the Facebook group who sadly hasn't had much of a holiday after damaging ankle ligaments in a fall on 2nd night of holiday went out to Ginfish for a couple of cocktails then back up pap st. to Nickos as none of us were that hungry. Managed to book a table for us in Ricci e Poveri for final night of hol, we are all flying Friday. At such short notice we can't get a balcony view table but the food should be worth it alone on previous showings. I've not slept well last couple of nights do early to bed for me.
Wow, this could actually be the last report, where did those 2 weeks go? At least I can safely hand over the baton to Dennis to entertain you further as the nights draw in... So bit and cloudy this morning which is usually my excuse to get out and about. Never been on the Punta so this seemed ideal. Walked down to Amoretto, right toward the boat fixing area but then though I had time to go left to have a longer look at the lake are on the side of the airport. Checked out wildlife there then walked back towards boat repairers and struck off up the hill to the punta. Went left at the Hotel Punta sign and eventually worked my way as far as I think you are really allowed to go these days, looking out toward the little island that sits just off the end. Very gentle strolling, not too hot and went up a couple of dirt tracks which I knew were dead ends but it means you get no thru traffic of scooters or quadbikes and you can stand and spot a few birds.
Back down toward town end of Punta, this time did turn down the lane leading to Punta Hotel. Explained I wasn't a guest but could I buy lunch there? No problem they said so I worked my way to pool bar and had a frappe followed by Greek salad and a small beer. Place looks nice but there were 2 people that I saw as guests during the whole time. Pool bar worker said that 46 of 62 rooms were in use but it looked much quieter than that to me. Great view across bay and watched a plane come in. Back on the road, caught up with mum and a friend at the tennis club for last few hours and we are all eating at Ricci e Poveri to ight. I know I was supposed to be eating at all new places this holiday but it's such a great place. We only booked last night so no chance of a balcony table but we did that last year. Been an enjoyable couple of weeks just have a last few hours mooching tomorrow and a final swim at tennis club tomorrow and that's all folks. Hope you've got something out of this year's posts, I might give it a miss next year and explore elsewhere especially if flight prices stay so high. Kev more or less checking out for 2019.
Boat repair area near start of Punta walk
Lake by side of runway
One of the numerous 'dead end' tracks on the Punta
You can just see the end of the runway through the gap in the trees
View back across to Skiathos Town
The closest to the end of the Punta I could reliably get to, looking out toward Maragos islet
Seconded to the above, Kev. It's been a pleasure following your odyssey, just a teeny bit jealous too of your intrepidity - I don't often feel comfortable heading off into the wild without knowing where the wild will take me, unless I have a map. Having said which, I developed my Greekofilia in Cyprus where I discovered that Greek country roads were tracks which went somewhere and if that was into somebody's back garden, they really didn't mind one bit.
We isolate ourselves, so that when we get back together, no one is missing
Will probably see you at airport Kev, if not in lounge onboard we’ve booked seats going back I think row 24 or 25 the seats in twos about halfway down on the left. Might be actually able to move legs fractionally there. Will be wasted day for us today have to be out room at 10-30 taxi picking us up 4-45. No changing facilities here other than tiny toilet by pool and shower at side of pool. Not really acceptable Ecco studios pool area etc no thought to leaving guests. Mike at oasis has pile of towels out showere gel etc for leaving day couple of nice shower rooms with room to change in, very thoughtful. It’s details like this that gets guests going back. Lunch at swell again yesterday spaghetti with Georgeous tomato aubergine pepper sauce with cubes feta. Last night ate at diamond both had lamb chops served with chips good amount Greek salad tsaziki toasted flatbread half litre white wine Mythos 2 metaxa s 30 euros. Woke in night by a dog barking for ages around 2-30 first I’ve heard. I was awake then about 2 hours . I bet Dennis is at the airport now ready to to go. So Kev egg and I can hand over the baton for daily reports.
Just time for a quick report. Great meal as ever at R&P. Me, mum and one of the solo traveller Facebookers. Seven dishes between us bottle of house rose wine and with a generous tip came in at 25 euro each. I'm sure you can pay more in town and end up with poorer food, really can't knock the place. Seen various folks into taxis for their onward journeys so I'm pretty much last man standing. Luckily the tennis club is ideally located and has all the facilities for a last dip, shower and change before I saunter off down the paralia and then on to the airport.