Great reading Amy. I just looked on flight tracker my son's flight out of Stansted was delayed nearly hour and a half this morning, I think it's the usual not enough room at Skiathos! Still he'll be there soon,lucky b'!
Well, yes, I braved it once again around 4.00 pm and stayed out for an hour and half!! Would give myself a pat on the back if I was double-jointed! Started a new book on my kindle, then did a couple of crosswords, then got into a conversation with V and A when they appeared then back to the studio to get ready for dinner. It is P's last night so his taverna of choice is Pegasus.
Very nice meal. We had two starters to share between us. A zucchini with tzatziki and a blob of something else :-) and creamy mushrooms. So delicious. P had swordfish, whilst the rest of us had pasta - spaghetti bolognese, carbonara and salmon tagliatelli (not good with the Italian spelling) not that you would have guessed! P had a sweet but the rest of us declined. Then just before we asked for the bill we were presented with three more complimentary sweets (normal sized portions too!)
All washed down with two large mythos, two whiskies, bottle of red, bottle of white and a bottle for one of sparkling wine. Cost 91.50 euros, 25 euros each. Not bad at all.
Called in at Jimmy's for a nightcap. I was dead on my feet and opted for a coffee. Very large mug!
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.
I didn't get to Glossa, it looked a long way from Skopelos town (guessing 50 min by bus) an didn't have enough time but there is a reasonably regular bus from one to the other. I got the ferry all the way to Skopelos town and then had a little excursion to Panormos on my second day, its about 20min by bus from Skopelos town. The ferry briefly stopped at Glossa en route and it looked nice enough though so get yourself over for a change of scenery! You can get a day excursion from Skiathos that does both Skopelos and Alonissos (did this in 2012) but you don't get very long on each island naturally.
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! :-):-)
Please give us minutiae. Either we or somebody else will love it because it may be small to you, but to someone who doesn't think of it, it'll be gold dust.
EGG, that's rubbish about no space for the Stansted flight - it goes before ours from Birmingham and that got there absolutely on time and there was only a Thomas Cook plane there leaving just before ours arrived.
Amy, don't mess about with sunbathing, I never do, not ever, NEVER! (Maybe that's why my blood test results this morning said I'm deficient of vitamin D - sunshine). If you have to be brown, get a bottle of brown stuff (I'm being delicate here by not telling you my secret tanning method - it's disgusting!).
Skopelos Mondays and Thursdays on the Agios Nikolaos, with Victoria Sandels commentary in many languages, is a good trip - Skopelos with two hour stop for lunch, then Alonissos with two hour stop for ice creams. Dolphin escorts. At both stops, you have the option of tours organised by Victoria if you're on a diet.
Woke this morning at 7.00 am but decided I needed another hour before facing the day. Woke again at 9.00 am. My hour on the balcony drinking tea and coming alive undisturbed this morning by four legged visitors.
Absolutely wonderful weather again but quite windy. As it is so hot, the wind is definitely a Godsend.
Breakfast today was peach, banana and yoghurt with yet another cup of tea. Watched the comings and goings of my fellow visitors for quite some time before getting ready for my day.
In the bar to write up my previous day and enjoyed another lovely milky coffee before setting off.
I don't think I mentioned that on the night of my arrival I had no time to cover my exposed flesh (face, neck and hands) with my anti-mozzie spray as I had an immediate invitation to dinner. All that evening I could feel the insects and was continually swatting them away. I feared I would wake up the following morning looking like a spotty teenager and dreaded looking in the mirror! Nothing!! Couldn't believe my luck. Every night since then I have been using either SOS or jungle formula but I have been mercilessly attacked by the mozzies!! Huh!!
Last night I was bitten on one of my toes and ankles and V whipped out a gell called Fenistil, which when applied instantly, takes away the itching and stops the bite from swelling, so decided to pop into town and purchase some.
P turned up at the studios as V was taking him to the airport so we had a little chat before I set off.
On my way to the bus stop I called in for a quick chat with Costas and Effie then headed off. Arrived at bus stop but had a wait. Was joined by a chap selling watches and sunglasses, just my luck, couldn't shake him off but then V drove up and I jumped into the car. Relief!
Dropped off on ring road at top of Papadiamantis street and made my way to first chemist. Shut. Ok another further down, shut! The sign on door informed me they closed between 2,00 pm and 5.00 pm. Checked watch, 2.05 pm! Ok, only 3 hours to kill. Called into the ferry office to make enquiries. Girl reeled off all the information informing me that it was in the window in very fast accented English. Ok, can't take the window back to the studios with me so I asked if she had a paper timetable i could take away, so she made a photocopy and I left the office.
decided, it being Friday, I would do the tourist thing and go to Mylos to watch the planes land!. I would never make a serious plane fanatic! Just passed the Alkyon, when I watched a Thompson flight low over the bay at 2.20 pm. Arrived at the taverna and chose the other side of the windmill as the nearest was full of people and couldn't see an empty table. Ordered a beer and waited for the next flight to arrive.
Around 2.50 pm ish, noticed a TC flight coming from direction of airport flying low. Saw it bank and come in over the bay. I have to admit here to a tingle of excitement seeing it so low and so large as it flew by so close. It then hit me, not the plane, but the fact that I didn't video it coming into land!! Oh well, always the next one. 5 minutes later, a small white propeller plane came in but didn't bother filming that one. 10 minutes later another prop plane. Ok, let that one go. Waited, nothing more, so paid my bill and left. I got quite close to the Alkyon, when a small planet flew in. Suffice to say, a plane geek I will never be!
I was a bit peckish so thought I would call into the Ladokola, say hello to Spiros, and order a starter to get me thorough till dinner. No sign of him so sat in the Koubourealis (spelt wrong but you know where I mean) and checked out the menu. They had the zucchini and tzatziki (minus the blob) from dinner the night before at Pegasus, and as I had so enjoyed it, I ordered it again. I was surprised when it arrived as it looked like a plate of chips. However, just as delicious and with a small water cost was 9 euros. Spotted Spiros and had a chat before going on my way.
Whilst window shopping I noticed some new hanging ornaments which reminded me of those flat, shiney, Xmas decorations, that when you shook them, they turned into hanging balls made up of strips of paper. As the wind hit the ornaments they spun and made some really unusual spiral shapes. Quite mesmerizing! Contemplated buying one for the friend who is caring for my cats, but when I touched one I was surprised to find it was made of metal and quite heavy and with the strict baggage weight protocol that TC are inflicting at Skiathos airport, I reluctantly decided not to buy. There is still time to change my mind. I carried on up the street until I came to a shop with a lovely window display and purchased a hanging ornament made of driftwood with the occasional blue starfish! Much lighter in weight.
Now 4.55 pm so off to chemist, which was open, and bought my mozzie gel. Back up Papadiamantis, calling in a grocers for some fat, black grapes and up onto the ring road to bus stop 4.
Reminds me of a couple of years ago we were sitting at Mylos, as soon as a plane was coming in I was sprinting down towards the runway camera in hand and waving at, well the pilot I suppose! When I finally got back to the wife (who hadn't moved) I was soaked in sweat covered in dust and could hardly breathe, she gave me one of those over the top of the sunglasses looks! I suppose it's a bloke thing!
Waiting at bus stop and 10 minutes later taxi pulled up and asked family of three adults where they were going (BS 15) quoted them a price then asked me where I was going (BS16). Got in and he said price for all was 13 euros. He stopped at the Yadim and the family paid him 10 euros. Asked me where I was staying, told him, but still expected to be dropped off at BS. As we arrived, a bus had just left for town and lots of people were arriving at the stop. We both clocked that!!:-):-)
He turned in the lane, and like a bat out of hell (had been hanging onto the back of the front seat all the way to the Yadim, then sat in front holding onto the dashboard to my stop) he tore up the lane! Said he would drop me at Calma if that was OK (worked for me) but couldn't turn so dropped me off at the Ariadni as he wanted to get back to the bus stop for more trade! Result, just a 50 yard walk and at my complex all for the princely sum of 3 euros!
Very late dinner tonight but at the new restaurant called Kipos! Not a massive menu and I decided on the fried haddock with garlic, glass of red and small water. I decided to have rice with the fish but it came with mixed veg so had to pick out those awful, cardboard diced carrots before I could enjoy. Luckily not too many. Fish was really 'meaty' but the amount of garlic paste on side of plate would have done 4 meals! :-):-) wasn't too fond of the wine as it was sweet. Whole cost, 11 euros.