Well, Skiathos is expecting us tomorrow evening .... sadly we’ll be disappointing her. Paul’s not well enough to fly and probably wouldn’t enjoy his holiday if we made it. The dratted chemotherapy has done what it tends to and he’s still got to have more as soon as his blood perks up 😰.
i wasn’t going to start a thread, but thought I would as Rob & Martha (our son and his wife) are flying out tomorrow as planned (Thomas Cook willing!!). It will be interesting to hear their impressions without us to interfere and escort them round. I’m so happy that the weather looks set for sunshine as yesterday’s rain would not impress!
Just a quick comment - I had contacted Magda at Mustang car rental for a Jimny so we could show them the whole island but Rob doesn’t want to drive as he’s no idea what’s what (& is right on the bus route in Koukounaries). I messaged Magda to cancel, explaining about Paul’s health issues, and she sent me such a lovely, warm message back ..... Skiathites are such wonderful people!
I'm so sorry to hear that news Kate. I hope the chemo does its job and you can plan for next year. Do you think that Rob and Martha might "do a Dennis" and wave to you on the webcam from Skopelos? At least, with the new Clock Tower webcam you can check in and see what kind of weather they are having. I hope that doesn't sound too trite. Bob
Thank you all. Paul’s really not feeling great today, so it’s definitely for the best. Especially as Robert rang me earlier from the airport and said that the queues were horrendous today, even though they had bought security fast track. Then I saw that the plane was delayed by over an hour ..... had visions of Tommy Cook’s having folded this morning! Checked on the flight radar thingy and they’re over half way now, phew. I made sure they had their ATOL certificate with them ..... just in case!
Just spoken to Robert & he was very calm about the Thomas Cook situation. Quite out of character!!! He's had an email already telling them what to do re the return flights & it shouldn't cut their holiday short. It seems very organised .... but I suppose the CAA had plenty of notice!
They had a lovely welcome from Dino at the Agustera last night & have just enjoyed one of the famous full English breakfasts. They're planning to go into town today to explore & have promised to take lots of photos. I'm so relieved that they like it!!!
Well, we're getting plenty of photos and updates from Rob & Martha about their adventures so I'm getting a second-hand Skiathos fix! I'll pass it on, if that's ok, in case anyone would like to read a second-hand report!!
They loved town on Monday and did quite a lot of exploring, ending up at Venue bar by the church square. On Monday evening they ate at the Big Bad Wolf and Robert had a tomahawk steak ... oh my word!!! He said it was amazing ... but they exceeded their daily budget (unsurprisingly). Martha had the chicken souvlaki and said it was also delicious - or nóstimo, as Robert proudly informed me. It's his only Greek word & he seems to be using it a lot :-)
After their meal they were followed home by two cats who camped out on their terrace overnight. In fact, Martha said she was in the shower next morning and could see two pointy ears through the frosted glass of the bathroom window! Skiathos cats instinctively know a soft touch when they find one!!
Tuesday and this morning were very wet - with thunderstorms disturbing them last night. Unfortunately, they forgot to take any type of coat with them (I did mention it!), but bought an umbrella from the supermarket. They seem to have spent quite a lot of time avoiding the rain in the Agustera. Martha has made good friends with Elsa and they're going to keep in touch. (Elsa is very keen on Mexican culture, apparently, and watches their soaps! As Martha is Mexican they have lots to talk about.)
Last night, they ate at AlaMar and Robert said it was a fabulous meal ... nóstimo!! Our son likes his food! Martha had stuffed aubergine and then carbonara and Robert Had prawn saganaki, followed by swordfish steak. Another budget-buster ... with drinks 80 euro. Good job his Yorkshire-born father wasn't present!
Robert & Martha's last day today .... unless the CAA has other ideas, as tomorrow's Manchester flight details aren't up yet. They had planned a boat trip, but when they went to book on Thursday, they were all cancelled for Friday due to high winds forecast. Then they thought they would go today, but Martha's still not feeling well enough for a full day at sea ... There's always next time. Actually, we didn't go on any boat trips for the first ten years of visiting the island - always too busy relaxing
They have eaten twice at Under the Pines, once at Cookoonari and again at AlaMar. The Dancing Cat was in attendance both times at AlaMar. She seems to have deserted Cookoonari, where she lives - possibly better pickings at AlaMar! They had a lovely meal at Cookoonari: seafood pasta for Martha and rib eye steak for Robert - around 50 euro with drinks. Not bad for such a lovely restaurant. However, Rob has nothing but praise for UTP - both food, price and staff. He can't get over the fact it's only 3 euro for a gyros! (One evening they ate there, went to the Agustera for a drink & then he had a takeaway on the way home - the guys who work there were in awe!)
It's interesting to hear their views of Koukounaries - with totally fresh eyes and way of holidaying. We tend to be either prone on a sunbed on a beach or by the pool, then dinner and an often late night in a bar (usually the Agustera), with the occasional trip to see something - or shopping. They, on the other hand, like to have a good breakfast, lunch and dinner and a wander about. Martha doesn't drink alcohol & Robert prefers to drink during the afternoon - either a bar in town (loves Venue) or a beach bar. They eat dinner early & are usually back in their studio by 9pm where they like to watch a film or listen to music.
Rob & Martha love Koukounaries beach and also Aghia Eleni, where they went yesterday, but think that the sunbeds and beer prices are too expensive. Martha has fallen in love with all the cats she meets - even though one scratched her! Her Instagram is full of cat videos . They thought the fast water taxi back from town was good value and fun. They have only been to town in the daytime, but plan to visit this evening to see Skiathos by night. I'm not making any recommendations on where to eat - they'll have more fun choosing for themselves.
I'll be off to pick up their dogs from the holiday home tomorrow, ready for the big reunion. Apparently, they've had an amazing time and been good boys. I may be keeping them for a while if the flight is pushed back!