Don't breath a sigh of relief yet Dennis. I noticed that 18 people were logged on to the webcam so you may well get another claim yet. So maybe somebody will get that two week stay in the Skiathos Princess yet! By the way, the gnashers are looking good! Bob
As you can guess from the previous posts, no swim in the sea this morning, just off to get the bus into town. Interesting, two other couples arrived at BS18 shortly after us, but they weren't coming for the Green bus, they were getting the tour operator's bus to go on the SAME boat trip we were doing. I didn't have the cheek to ask how much they paid - the difference between us was they got a bus back from the new harbour to save them walking to the bus station, but they were dropped off at BS18. I think a couple doing the same last year said they had paid about 70 Euros. Ours cost 38, including our bus fares.
Pleasant trip on the boat, no wicked waves this year. There was quite a reasonable breeze to give a slight chop to the sea surface, but not to rock the boat. It was good for a cooling breeze in the lower deck.
We had lamb chops for lunch at Skopelos - after ordering I suddenly remembered my teeth aren't really up to Greek lamb chops, but too late and I had to cut them into tiny pieces. Very tasty, though. Tzatziki, beer and water, €32.70.
After going up to the port entrance to wave to Bob on the webcams (shame on the rest of you for not looking) the Agios Nikolaos took us on to Alonissos, where we dawdled around a bit, then went for ice creams and drinks in a small place which was sufficiently old fashioned to bring us (free) iced water with the ice creams, then another with Vera's frappé.
There were no dolphins on the return run, probably because the sea surface wasn't smooth enough.
Back at the villa, we rushed to get wet in the pool to wash the cobwebs away, absolute bliss (if we discount the big girls blouse bit about getting in).
Having already mealed in Skopelos, we forewent any idea of evening meal and sat on our balcony, Vera with horrible little square dry biscuits dipped in a tub of cheese salad and a cuppa tea, whilst I enjoyed Mavrodaphne and origami crisps. It doesn't get much better than this!
When Vera checked this morning, we still had 55 Euros left in our food kitty from what we took home after our June/July holiday. So with our first week at a conclusion, we are only now opening the first week's kitty to use in the second. Satisfying.
i'll second that kelso, teeth look good, very natural. (i once worked as a dental nurse) what does the tee shirt say then? used alot of my data allowance up watching for you, but that colour tee shirt and being so svelte and sylphlike you blended in and i didnt spot you! I did ask you to do a little dance
Oh Cariad, I think that we are better not knowing what the t shirt says, particularly if he bought it from a Greek with a risky sense of humour. I share your concern about the amount of data allowance used up. I'll probably have to switch off in a couple of days! Bob
I didn't do a little dance because the webcams aren't that good to pick it up - when I wave, I don't wave, I stand with my arm raised for at least ten seconds for the cameras to catch up.
The T-shirt says (roughly) Save the Mediterranean seals which are Europe's most endangered mammals and live in the National Marine Park at Alonissos and there are only about 700 left in the world. Vera bought me a new one which says Eat more feta to reduce Greek debt.
Crisps were here all over the place except not that flavour in the supermarkets we use at Troulos. I asked the Australian girl and she said she'd get another delivery 'tomorrow' and indeed she did. I could have got them in most places in town, but I hate crisp crumbs, so didn't want to carry them on a busy bus. Not that the buses have been busy, only once.
Little smile. Getting on the boat yesterday, you have to put your name and age on a list. I asked if I should write 76 and 363/365ths and one crew member actually understood (well, he laughed). I decided to put 77, because if I was lost at sea they probably wouldn't find me until tomorrow!
Do all you lot have small data allowances? I've no idea what mine is on my home broadband, just do whatever and never even consider it. My mobile is 2gb and I upped it from 0.5 some time ago when they hit me with an extra £6.
i love oregano crisps i get them from supermarket by bus stop 1 i wish they had them in this country, they keep introducing new flavours but all garbage. i love the idea of eat more feta tee shirt, brillant Well dennis if you're 77 tomorrow i take my hat off to you, still got a zest for life, still working and a great sense of humour. Obviously Vera is much younger than you ! You will be pleased to know has been raining in Leicester this morning now dry but dull and grey PS i hardly use any of my data because its on wi-fi at home and work and even on the bus i hardly use my call allowance mainly text or use apps, perhaps when i get to 77 i may be able to upload photos too. my late dad bless him i made him have a mobile at age 80 so i could check on him, every time he sent a text he ended with out and started with its your dear old dad here i told him it shows who its from.! He would have loved reading your blogs he had a wicked sense of humour too right up to age 89