Thanks amtgold, am really looking forward to Skiathos.
Dennis, thanks for the photo, how much of the meatwagon were you able to consume??? As it happens I was told that goat was similar to lamb and as I neither like the smell or taste of the latter, I will be foregoing this particular dish! Never had a gyros either, always thought the meat looked suspect. I know that lots of people enjoy them but not for me I'm afraid.
Hope you are not too tired with the early starts & late finishes. Still, nearly weekend!
Also thoroughly enjoying the posts Amy. Like Dennis I went to Skopelos on a day boat trip (it visited Alonissos as well)so you don't get too long on each island. I think I may have an answer to Dennis's last comment about not recognising the places you mention in your posts. I suspect most of the trip boats stop at Panormos on the other side of the island whereas you have come in by ferry to the main town. I recall the harbour where I stopped on my visit being very small, no way a ferry could get in so I reckon it was Panormos. I'm getting a bit tempted to ferry over to Skopelos on my next Skiathos trip in August and have a better look round the proper main town, maybe even find a B&B and come back to Skiathos next day.
I made it to the taverna near the Aperitton Hotel only to find it was closed! Most likely too early in the season? I retraced my steps of the morning and just before my earlier route down, noticed another set of steps so thought I would try these (I actually saw quite a few roads/steps down on the right on this trip but as I was heading for the Anna, I didn't want to take them and get lost in the lanes).
I saw a little bit more of the town (yay) and eventually came out at the restaurant.
I must say it is one of the prettiest places I have dined in. As you go through the gate there is an old palm tree encircled by a low, white painted wall. The space between has been planted up and from the other side there was another 2 brick high wall, this space also containing plants and flowers.
The floor was Greek crazy paving and there were quite a number of tables, well spread out over the whole area. I took one close to the main building, facing outwards and my view was of a low white wall with metal railings inset and small troughs, hanging from these, containing plants I cannot name! Below and continuing for most of the length of the wall were tub upon tub of red & pink geraniums and other flowers. Further along, two more trees then the side wall topped with a creeper (or could have been a vine?) Behind me was a long pergola? with another climber, not yet well established, which could have been a grape vine. The whole vibe was like dining in someone's private garden!
I ordered stuffed mushrooms for my starter, chicken exotic for my main, glass of red and glass of water. The starter arrived, 2 medium sized mushrooms stuffed with cheese & Sun dried tomatoes. A little disappointed with the mushrooms as they were quite wet when I cut into them but the stuffing was a delight. The main consisted of chicken pieces, with strips of red pepper, the green of spring onions & nuts in a wine gravy, accompanied with rice. Really tasty. The bill came to 20 euros.
I headed down to the harbour thinking to finish the evening with a coffee. Whilst walking the lane behind the seafront tavernas, and quite close to the square I dined in the night before, I suddenly found myself sprawled out on the floor. I missed seeing the indentation in the paving, somehow catching my left foot and took a tumble landing on the right side of my body. Managed to get up, tested my foot and apart from a slight twinge, everything felt fine. Assured the chap who came to my aid that I was good, decided to forego the coffee and head back to the apartment. In retrospect I now realise I should have gone to the taxi rank as by the time I got back I was limping and negotiating two flights of stairs was a bit of a nightmare!
Once in the apartment, I had a bottle of frozen water and applied this to my foot but at this point the damage was done and I couldn't put any weight on it. It was 4 hours & 4 paracetamol later before I finally fell asleep but think that may have been more out of sheer exhaustion!
So here I am on my last full day in Skopelos confined to my apartment and using every item of furniture and my right leg to get around!
When the maid arrived with my breakfast this morning she had to help me to the table & as she doesn't speak much English, and I speak even less Greek, I had to explain via gestures what had happened.
I am afraid that I didn't do Maria's breakfast justice this morning. There were two slices of a savory pie, nicely presented with a circle of chopped fresh herbs, but I only managed to eat one of them. The sweet dish was 3 triangular pastry parcels with a berry filling, drizzled with honey, with more of the berries in a crystallized form sprinkled on the plate. I did try one of these but as it was very sweet had to leave the other two.
Maria came to see me and I explained what had happened. She very kindly went to the chemist for two elastic bandages, one to support my right knee, and one for my left foot. She refused to take any payment and explained that the chemist said I should only wear the bandages whilst moving about.
I will rest my foot as much as I can today in the hope that I can stand on it tomorrow but I think it is going to be quite a challenge getting up th FC5 ramp tomorrow afternoon with my luggage!!!!!!
I was so looking forward to dinner tonight, thinking I would revisit Zoupa but it now looks likely that my last evening meal may well be a takeaway!!!!! However, all is not lost, the menu Maria gave me is from an authentic taverna!
Hi Kevb, I think you may well be right, either Panormos or maybe even Glossa? I thought I may have made a trip to Alonissos whilst here myself but I have run out of time. The Flying Cat 5 only takes an hour from Skiathos to the main town of Skopelos so not too bad a journey. Glossa is about 20 minutes and the first stop on the FC5. I think it would be worth at least a day trip if not an overnighter. :-)
Sorry to hear of your accident Amy, hope you make a swift recovery. Re trip boat locations having now looked at photos of Glossa and Panormos I think you are spot on, I remember the hotels on the harbour front rising steeply up the hill. Panormos just looks like a beach, definitely not where we stopped. It gets confusing as we did Alonissos as well same day and I couldn't remember which was which by the time I got back! You've swayed me to visit again now - in the last hour I have booked a return ferry ticket and 1 overnight stop on Skopelos for the total price of £40 (£23 for ferry and £17 for room - bargain even without breakfast!) in the middle of my week on Skiathos. I'd been thinking of doing it for a while but your posts just spurred me on :-)
It's in town (but not really central)called Triantafyllou Maria Rooms, looks quite rural and very trad Greek which I like. If you go to Google maps and zoom in on Skopelos town I think it's somewhere about where the roads called Kanari and Davaki meet. According to the booking site it's about 450-500m from harbour, around 10 min walk into town. I'll arrive on the ferry at 12:10 and leave 16:25 next day so enough time to have a decent look around town, maybe get out of town a bit if I'm up early enough on 2nd day.
Thanks Tre, would love to see as much as possible of Skiathos and report through a "newbies" eyes. Really looking forward to it but not sure I will be doing to much getting around in the first couple of days! :-)