Egg, last time he and Vera stood in front of the little shed at the entrance to the port. Of course, if he had planned this properly he would be sporting one of the big foam rubber fingers that people take to football matches when they want to be seen on the tele! Bob
I stand corrected, I think I just saw them standing in the gateway to the port near the white shed! Have a great day D & V. P.s my son got back from Gatwick at 11 last night, he's straight in this morning at 6 for a 12 hour shift, dark and about 6 degrees, ha ha!
So .... Today we went on Agios Nikolas boat to Skopelos and Alonissos. Early bus which we helped to fill. Six of us at BS 18 turned down a taxi ride of €5 for two people, €10 for 4 people. Then two decided to take the next taxi for €5 - I shall never know if the taxi did the usual trick of packing in another two at a later bus stop. We almost wished we had done the same when the overloading of the bus delayed our arrival at the terminus to 9:10 - boat instructions say join at 9:15, so we had to walk quite firmly - only to get on an almost empty boat, long before the madding crowd arrived.
Soon after we sat down on board, Victoria told us the trip was sold out, just as it had been on Monday. Using 4G I posted a timetable for catching us on the Skopelos webcam and was committed to getting to the coastguard building (not a white "shed!) for 9:30 and we managed it nicely.
Then we ate at one of the nearby tavernas, just a Greek salad and two beers and two frappes - after a careful description with the order, Vera's frappé was judged just about the best ever (that's why I got her a second).
In Alonissos, we had previously done the bus ride to the old Chora, so gave that a miss. We still have two items to buy, but we're unable to find them. Had a lovely ice cream at Spilia (cave or cavern - built into the cliff face).
We had decided we would eat in town on the way back and having seen the roasting spits at Koziakas went there, rather looking forward to the visually promising fare. We had chicken fillet and it was disappointing. The tzatziki was poor too. So all that glitters is not gold, or in other words, we won't be going there again.
We (on my recommendation) chose for the first time ever, to walk up Papadiamantis Street and get the bus home from Akropolis BS4. My recommendation took consideration of the certain knowledge that at such an hour, it would be no problem getting on. So we reached BS4 to find a good sized lot of prospective passengers. When the bus arrived, three girls and we headed for the back door as it was nearest and everybody else went to the front. But the door wasn't opened and one wag started a cheer that we hadn't succeeded in jumping the queue. He was not impressed when I called out "Don't blame me, I'm not English" - probably thought I was being dishonest to match my queue jumping. The conductor was a stranger and put me down firmly when I said Eighteen in lovely Greek by asking where we were going in English and when I said Troulos he said "That's eighteen" in English.
The papers were all sold out by the time we got back. Just hasn't been my day! After four lottery draws, my accumulated winnings for the holiday so far are £4.60.
i think we'll do the Ag Nik trip next time (now that I've persuaded Paul onto a boat without major disaster!) I'd also like to meet Victoria - we're Facebook friends, but it would be good to meet her in real life.
What a shame you were disappointed at Koziakis. We ate there a week last Tuesday (just before it rained) and thought it was better than ever. Paul had spit roasted lamb & I had chicken from the spit & it was a big chunk of juicy chicken with crispy skin. Simply delicious!
I think I'd better change my profile pic if you think I look posh
Kate, Victoria is one very impressive lady. No doubt you are aware she has a wide range of talents - town tour walks, author of a delightful booklet "tales from the north Sporades", photographer, on the boat gives commentary in at least four languages, very multi-talented. And she stopped to talk to us for quite a few minutes before the plebs started boarding.