Oh Di & Bob that is really surprising especially after the lovely bank holiday weather last weekend! When I left for the airport it was really warm in Manchester. Weather reports were saying that June & July would be as hot as 1976 but would rain the whole of August!
'Flaming June' it is NOT I assure you, you're far better off where you are Amy (as if we didn't know that already) ;-) Enjoying the reports. Any temptation to take a trip over to Skopelos or did you see enough last year?
I agree Di, you can't believe this is June and the start of summer! My son and his fiancée arrive tomorrow staying in Koukounaries for their 4th visit and they can't wait especially looking at the temperature! Feeling very jealous! We had to make do with a day out in wet and windy Norwich yesterday, not quite the same thing!
Woke up this morning to glorious sunshine, and early, my body clock is back on track! Great thing for me was that it may have Benn 6.00 am at home but instead of having to think about getting ready for work, all I had to think about was what I was going to do today on this beautiful island, what adventure awaits me, what will I find that I haven't on previous visits?
A blissful hour on the balcony taking in the sights and drinking tea before a healthy breakfast of banana, kiwi and wonderfully thick, creamy, Greek yoghurt! Back to healthy eating.
What wasn't blissful this morning was my shower!!! Very cold! Since arriving I had enjoyed warm showers, just hot enough without needing cold water. I have now worked out what I need to do as my first shower was very challenging indeed! I had switched on the hot knob but it was very stiff and whilst waiting for it to heat up, I decided to turn it down because it was quite powerful. Turned it to the right, wrong move, turned it back to he left and the knob stuck! Pushed it in and tried to turn, nothing! Pulled it out again nothing! Heck! Thought I might have to spend my holiday their! :-):-) turned to to right again and moved. Still too powerful. Turned back to the left again, voila, it worked. It just needs 5 minutes on a gentle flow for it to heat up!
After dressing and slapping on the suntan lotion, I went to the bar to write up my review. It is the only place at the studios that you can get WiFi, not even by the pool. Had a lovely milky coffee then set off up the lane to the bus stop to catch the bus into town. Only had to wait 10 minutes.
Disembarked at the terminus, walked along the new port and up Papadiamantis street. Looked around some of the lanes - came across 1901 and the Phedrock Bar, then did so he widow shopping before heading back along the harbour and taking the road to the infamous airport hot spot! By his time it was 3,15 pm and was very hungry so decided to eat at Ta Kamata. There was one Greek chap just finishing of his lunch so with a few minutes in was the only patron! Ordered a small draft beer, small water and my first Greek salad of the holiday. The beer came in a nicely iced glass and was so refreshing. A plat of bread with black olive dilemmas brought to the table by the nice, friendly waitress so I started to enjoy my lunch. Greek salad arrived, very nice and once finished I sat back to relax and look at the little fishes in the water. Looked at my watch, 5,00 pm already!!!!! A table of 4 Greek workers arrived and another waitress joined their table. I was enjoying the. View when my waitress appeared with a plate of banana, kiwi and melon, generously covered in Greece honey. Deja vu! Got thorough as much as I could and asked for the bill. 10.50 euros! Gave her a 2 euro tip and she was both astonished and really pleased.
Carried on down the road to finish my quest and before too long came across the Mylos taverna. Why has no-one every described this before. What a lovely Greek establishment - old windmill on the edge of the bay with tables placed around it. No concrete slabs or crazy paving in site! Really Greek. Made a mental note to at least call in their for a coffee he next time I am in town.
Continued on to end of bay. Now Dennis, you of all knowledge, I have a tidbit for you. Anchored at the top of the bay, to the right of the runway is a smallish, rust bucket of a tanker named the Advantis. I am thinking, could this be the reason why my plane arrived from the opposite direction and not it's usual entrance?? What with air safely protocol, perhaps it was seen as being too close to the planes and could be a safety hazard??
Retraced steps back to terminus passing Pyrofani, En Plo and one other who's name escapes me but all three extensively reviewed on TA. So that's where they are.
Wednesday night is quiz night at the Iguana bar so on arrival back at studio I found a note under my door to say meet at Dream House for dinner at 7.30pm prior to 9.00 pm at Iguana. However, having had such a late lunch I wasn't hungry so tried, unsuccessfully to phone/text V to say I would see them at 9.00 pm. Nothing form it but to continue reading my book with a nice glass of red!
Arrived at the DH just as they were leaving. They quiz was fun - we didn't win but we didn't come last either. A and P wanted to check out the new taverna bar that has opened in AP, so off they went whilst V and I finished our drinks. Just at the time we were going to find them A rant and said to join them. Very nice establishment. Only been opened 4 days. By this time I was very hungry, even though they had finished serving but they very kindly made me cheesey garlic bread which really hit the spot! I also ha a latte. Donet know the cost but gave A 10 euros against this and my drinks at the Iguana.
Finally got I to bed at 1.45 am after checking for creepy crawled! :-):-)
I am really enjoying your reports Amy and am quite surprised that you were not aware of Mylos. I can only assume from that, that you haven't joined any of the Skiathos FB pages as people often wax lyrical about the food there. As far as your landing is concerned, I rather suspect that that had more to do with wind direction than an old rust bucket, but I may be wrong. I was wrong once before. 1957 it was! Bob
Yes, Bob, I remember you saying you were wrong in 1957. But this time I'll agree you're right - isn't that the rust bucket which lives there and never gets mended?
Mylos - you should be there when the planes are taking off, Amy. The idiots rush to stand in the takeoff blast, but others simply sit at a table at Mylos and get the benefit of warm Avgas fumes and grit facial depilation. Try it tomorrow, English Friday - they start arriving about 11am, then a steady procession until tea time.
Did you buy any widows, or just looked at them?
We isolate ourselves, so that when we get back together, no one is missing
I had read about Mylos but not being a plane geek didn't give it another thought! Also was not sure where the airport road was and as I only had one week each time I visited last year there was so many things to discover but I will definitely be indulging on this trip.
Dennis, love your description of the antics of the clientele! :-):-)
Dennis and Bob, knew you would put me right! :-):-)
Kev, I did look in the ferry booking office window. Fancy a trip to Glossa, only around 20 minutes and unlike you in your overnight stop, I only got to see Skopelos town in my 6 days on the island. Tickets this year for Glossa are 11 euros for a single trip. Is there a bus that takes you up to the village? I also fancy a trip to Alonnisos. Single price tickets 18 euros.
Dennis I am chucking now as I could not understand your reference to widows! Just reread my post! :-):-) the short answer is no but I did buy a teatowel for the studio and this afternoon found the maid had left me one. Must attempt to re-read my posts before I post them. :-):-)
PS if the minutiae of my daily diary is too much, just shout out and I will make it shorter but I do remember you like to know everything! :-):-)
Woke early again this morning and another hour indulging myself on the balcony. Yesterday morning whilst taking my tea, a lovely dark grey cat came visiting. It was obviously looking for food but I had nothing to give it and out of respect for Elizabeth (and any future visitors) do not want to start feeding at the studio as it is very hard to break them of the habit.
However, that didn't deter this little cat as it came back this morning with a companion! Still after prowling around and lying on the wall, they eventually got the message and left.
I decided this morning to indulge in my least liked, holiday activity - sunbathing!!! No offence to anyone reading this but lying prone on a sunbed being grilled by the sun is my idea of hell. I get so bored and fidgety but if I would like to go back with some form of tan, then I will have to do it. Five minutes in I had had enough! Came into the bar and wrote up yesterday's post. 1.5 hours later, second attempt. Got out my kindle, lay on my front and started a new book. 20 minutes later with the small of my back feeling as though it was going to snap in two, I left for the studio for a bit of brunch on the balcony.
Slap on more suntan lotion and back to the pool to try again. Oh, I will just bring you up to date with today and head for the bar! :-) the sun will have lost its fierce heat shortly so may be able to stay in it for at least an hour!