In view of the falacious rumours circulating recently, I have to make it very clear that I don't sit on balconies listening to thumpy music. Howevere, nobody should worry on my behalf, recent progress (since our last Skiathos visit back in the mists of time) has equipped me with hearing aids on which I can reduce the volume somewhat, so I hope to cope. I dunno, hearing aids and plastic teeth, what next? At least with them all functioning, I should be able to hear the crunch as I gobble the origami crisps! And Mavrodaphne doesn't rot plastic teeth.
According to the 'who's going when' list Katet should be back by now (unless she's sneaked an extra week in) so a big thanks from everyone on the forum for the reports, hopefully one or two others will pitch in for what's left of the season.
Just a quick update while in Victoria tonight everyone’s phone pinged at the same time with high risk fire alert due to heat wave saying as from tomorrow prohibited from going into forest and to take precautions eg not leaving glass or throwing cigarettes about due to high fire risk. Went outside this morning and could smell smoke from the fire in Evia so the risk is real let’s hope everyone’s sensible. On a good note Dennis our house is near Villa Maria and on an evening we can’t hear any boom boom music from the new totem. But I will let you know if I can hear you crunching your oregano crisps late at night on your balcony when you get here haha 😂
On a good note Dennis our house is near Villa Maria and on an evening we can’t hear any boom boom music from the new totem. But I will let you know if I can hear you crunching your oregano crisps late at night on your balcony when you get here haha 😂
I hope your house is the one with the Welsh flag and Roller and Jeep outside - between Villa Maria and new Totem so that you are closer for the boom boom. If it’s the one past Ratatouille I’d be worried.
I am back home now, but do plan to finish completing the report as soon as I can find an hour to myself. (Have made quick note to remind myself … plus photos). It’s been busy … and very rainy 🤨. I just wish I could send the rain over to Evia. It’s so heartbreaking 💔
On a good note Dennis our house is near Villa Maria and on an evening we can’t hear any boom boom music from the new totem.
I can ask them to turn it up if I happen to call in, maybe just from Sep 10th onward?
Not likely! But just now I’m worrying about letting you all down - so far, TUI have still not started flying to Skiathos from Bristol even though they show up as scheduled to fly every Tuesday and Friday, just simply don’t go! We booked more than two years ago when they first started offering Bristol flights and due to COVID still haven’t gained the benefit of 20 minutes drive compared to over 2 hours to Birmingham.
I think not, Dave. I’ve seen others doubling up, but none with Bristol (and Judith Jenkins is flying TUI flight only this last couple of years and has so far been cancelled and refunded/rebooked several times in 2021. She’s still currently booked for 27th august and hoping, then her next one is same flight as us, 10th September).
Well, after a really hectic few days I've finally got a hour to sit and try to finish this! (There's been family stuff and friend stuff to fit in ... nothing bad, just catching up.)
Wednesday: one week left - how fast did that go! Understandably, after my latest night yet, I woke up quite late and just had coffee for breakfast. I'd arranged to meet a friend for lunch at Ag Paraskevi beach, so caught the half eleven bus (which was pretty packed) to bus stop 16. I staked claim to a sunbed for the day and drank a lot of water to perk me up a bit. It was so hot that you couldn't walk barefoot on the sand - I would guess the high 30's in full sun. I met my friend at one pm at Bamboon and had a restorative burger, followed by a fresh fruit salad. We had a good chat for an hour and then I returned to my sunbed to read for a while. I caught the bus back to town ... not too busy as I left the beach at 3.30 pm ... and stopped for a small beer at 7 Sins, to gather enough energy to walk back to the hotel.
A brief siesta and shower restored me enough to venture out again for a look in a few shops and a glass of rose at the Astoria bar on Pap Street - a great people-watching spot. It was getting towards 10 pm, so I decided to have a quick dinner at the Foodie Cafe (a particular favourite from previous visits) and an early night. I was just tucking into a delicious thin and crispy spicy pizza and glass of rose (13 euros) when my phone pinged to announce that I was required in the Blind Dog by a Facebook friend I'd met briefly last year, who was in there with her husband and they were the only ones in! (Apart from Zoe and Danny and Guy the dog ) Well - I couldn't really say 'no, I'm going to bed' could I?! We had a really good evening ... it was quite full when I left them to it at 1 am!
Thursday: I was up at about half eight and decided to walk over to Megali Ammos beach for the day. I had a good stroll through Plakes, taking some photos, and got to the beach just after 11 am. To my great surprise there was a front row sunbed available at the Cafe del Mar bit at the bargain price of 8 euros for two beds and a brolly, plus a bottle of water and a fruit drink. Great value! I read for a while, then decide that I was starving, so had an early lunch of a mushroom omelette with chips and a fruit smoothie (13 euros). Back for some serious sunbathing under the umbrella (still fiercely hot) and a couple of dips in the sea. Heaven!
I left the beach at 3.30 pm and strolled slowly (too hot to rush!) to town and decided to stop off for a glass of rose at the Lobby Bar near the top of Papadiamantis Street. This is the bar of the Bourtzi Hotel and I had a quick chat with the friendly barman to warn him that I would be residing there for two week in September - Boris willing. He didn't seem unduly worried I was also entertained whilst having my drink by watching a small team of workmen building a new kiosk directly opposite - very state of the art and handy for beach drinks and chocolate in September! I wandered back to base via a few shops and bought a lovely turquoise scarf - not that it was scarf weather!!!!
A rest and a shower later and I was at the port for 7 pm to await my lift, as I was out with four friends for a meal in Koukounaries. The two friends who had been at the Blind Dog the previous evening were feeling a tiny bit fragile, for some strange reason, but bravely came along. My cat rescuer friends (who now live there) hadn't been to the Agustera Bar before, so we went there for a pre-dinner drink, and I introduced them all to Dino and the girls and then we went on to Cookoonari restaurant.
I really love this place - the setting is just beautiful and the food excellent. Another bonus is that my musician friends play there a few nights a week and I wanted my other friends to see them. They all loved the food and music and we felt a bit special as the duo played some songs just for us. I had my favourite Cookoonari dish - pork fillet in lamb slips with mash followed by orange cake and ice cream and rose wine. We were also sent mastica shots by the band - I really like it, but the others weren't too sure. Anyway, the bill came to an incredibly reasonable 25 euros each. We tipped both the restaurant and the band and left just after 11 pm ... an early night for a change!
Well, I don't want to hurt your eyes, so will stop here and continue tomorrow morning. (Also, I need some dinner as it's 7pm already!)