This is great Dennis, we've only been back from Troulos a few days and I'm really missing it, reading your reports I can imagine I am still there instead of going back to work tomorrow. Have a great holiday.
Glad you are having a good time Dennis, you wouldnt get me in the sea at that time in the morning. Nice that the weather is good and warm, hopefully it will stretch into mid August for my visit. I was hoping the airport upgrade would reduce the delays but I'm steeling myself to be stuck on an immobile plane again at EMA.
I have to apologise that my last report was short and ended rather abruptly. This was because as I sat typing on our balcony, my chair suddenly did a You've been Framed on me - the back leg just folded up and dumped me backwards on the floor, hitting my head with a resounding bang on the wall. I ended up not unconscious but confused, wrapped up in plastic chair. Vera was already asleep inside, but it woke her and she came to my rescue, untangling me from the chair enough to get up. Surprisingly, I suffered absolutely no ill effects from the bang on the head. I told her it was the chair's fault, but Vera promptly blamed my extra beer rations. Next morning on our way back from the beach I told Angela and she grumped - she'd already had five chairs collapse on her guests and that was not a good thing! For me, it was a brilliant thing - it meant the beer rations were not to blame, so I was innocent.
And so, to finish off Sunday... Back in Troulos, our pool was still warm enough to let me get in without doing my bits cringing performance. Too warm really - what are we doing, grumping about warm pools?
We ate in Jasteri, where we recieved the normal warm welcome as returning visitors. I keep saying this, it's part of good professional competence to recognise returning guests, but I always fall for it and feel special. At this distance in time, I can't remember now what we ate, but it was excellent, I'm sure. I had double beer rations to combat the heat and we ended up with an ice cream and two spoons - I said Small Scoops, so goodness knows what normal scoops would be. The nice young lady asked if we both liked ouzo as a complimentary ender. Vewra said she doesn't drink and didn't want anything else - I said I'll have Vera's ouzo, but it was not to be. Back to Villa Maria to do the performing chair collapsing trick mid report.
A choppy sea swim this morning - you get extra exercise from that and I can feel the pounds positively falling off me and the six pack developing for all my fans to admire.
After meeting Philip and Liz on Saturday, it was interesting to take note of their accommodation opposite my dentist as we went to town. We guided a young couple off the bus to the top of Papadiamantis as our good deed for the day - I say guided, but pointed is more accurate - they had disappeared ahead of us long before we got there. We bought a little travel clock - that's at least the second we've bought here! Each time we come out here, we are supposed to bring a little travel clock to know the time when we wake in the night. The number of new ones we have is an indication of how well we remember to bring the last one we bought here - we probably even have a route fixed in our minds to the clock shop!
We called at Eleni Boat to make my donation in respect of the Boomeranger ribbon. Sadly, although I've worn it mounted on my hat, not a single reaction to it. So I've taken it off. We also booked our boat trip on Thursday's Agios Nikolaos to Skopelos and Alonissos.
Because the Plateia snadwich shop was shut, we decided to try food on the Bourtzi. We both had omelette with ham and Cretan cheese, very tasty. We chose a table under the cover of a girl there who we like - she's so pleasant and welcoming. We had the lady bus conductor both ways and enjoyed pleasantries with her all the way.
Sad to say, our evening meal was a disaster. We had already found that Salt and Pepper has new staff who weren't our familiar lads. Now we discovered that Sunrise has a new chef. Mistake with (Word Deleted)s on! The tzatziki is always my major criterion for tavernas - rubbish tzatziki = rubbish taverna. This was so bad - like milk with bits of cucumber - it was worse than the one I made myself a year or two ago.
Quite a decent wind has sprung up, cooling the pool and the sea and I closed all our shutters and doors to avoid disaster in the night.
Hahaha - exactly what I thought, Dave. This forum does make me giggle!!! I know it's mean to , Dennis, but I can just imagine you entangled in the broken chair with little tweety birds flying round your head, as in a Disney cartoon! Was Vera amused?
Sorry you didn't enjoy your meal at Sunrise. It's very disappointing when places change and then you find you've wasted one of your holiday meals. Hope tonight's is better.
I'm really getting behind with the forum, I've just spent ages trying to catch up on all the terrific posts, but it's not so easy without my lovely desktop computer. On top of which, there's a mozzie in the room, occasionally buzzing my ear and skimming across the iPad screen. I think we are going to have to try to ignore it and sleep to the hum of all the aircon units surrounding us, not a pleasant prospect as I'm still sleeping Commando in this heat - the damned thing is going to have an easy target.
So, Tuesday 4th July - happy wotsername Mr Trump.
last night the wind was so strong we closed everything to avoid noise and damage. There were a few bangs in the night, but we slept well enough. We had decided to have a pool day today, so we rose lazily and didn't set off to the beach until 7:30am. We were surprised that with there still being a decent wind, the sea was actually quite calm, with just a very slight rippling. So much so, that we enjoyed our first proper flushing of the skittering bait fish - three times a shoal went flying to escape the demon of the deep. First time we saw this phenomenon some years ago, we wondered a bit trepidationally what monster was after them and sort of sidled towards the beach. But we have known for some time that it's something the size of a big trout or sea bass, nothing to be afraid of. Another first for this holiday was to meet the goat man. He's also the grill man, milk man, egg man, veg man - father figure at Sunrise Taverna and apartments, he does all sorts of jobs around the place. Doesn't speak a word of English, so our chats are limited to my small Greek vocabulary and Vera's enthusiastic Devonshire friendship. We get on fine with him.
Back at the apartment, I remembered for the severalth time to tell Bob that our shower sucker thing is inoperative - the joint thing on this particular shower head is too fat to go into it. Trying it on the twirly pipe only results in a fire quelling sprinkler effect.
So a lovely quiet day at the pool, whilst occasionally getting up to say farewell to the Tuesday leavers - all of them very pleasant holiday acquaintances.
Our meal tonight was in Ratatouille. We were a little trepidated, having heard they have a new chef who wasn't there to wave to us on our way back from dawn swim as he prepped for later, fearing a possible repeat disaster of Monday's meal. But the nice boss lady assured us he was using the same recipes and skills as the previous chef who had left to be by his wife's side in their long desired and long awaited pregnancy. And all was well indeed. Proper tzatziki, chicken souvlaki (three sticks) and chicken a la Krem. Absolutely up to their top standard, delicious, tender and any more nice adjectives you'd like. Success.
And so goodnight, I go to meet my mozzie in the dark!
Sorry for laughing Dennis..... Hmmm we were only talking earlier on the great chef at Ratatouille, how unfazed he always seemed as he worked a very busy kitchen, I do hope the new one is as good. Hope the mozzie didn't get you, I take you have your plug in plugged in?.....
Dennis, hope your are ok from your collapsed chair incident ! Re the shower holder thingy; never worked for us. How can we be approaching Wednesday already? Wishing you a continued wonderful holiday & say hi to Vera, lovely lady x
Hi Dennis, Hope you're recovered from 'chair' incident, , in America a claim would be filed and lawsuit well under way by now. Sounds like Vera and yourself are having a wonderful time, Please keep reports coming both informative,humorous and entertaining., I'm with you on issue of decent tzatziki normally leads to decent meal, great bench Mark,
It was the first year I had bothered to take a shower holder thingy and I had such little faith in the first one I ordered that I bought another & took both. Neither of them fit our shower at home, so I had grave doubts. However ......... The first one fit and held for the whole two weeks - success!
Personally, I don't need one as I'm an accomplished shower-er, however, OH causes a tsunami of water all over the bathroom and beyond if he tries with a hand-held shower. (And he doesn't care ONE little bit!)