Friday - the big English changeover day. No doubt some will have video-d some riveting landings and takeoffs to join the multitude of others!
Last night I changed my dressing to one of the top class ones we brought out from UK, so this morning I was able to go for a glorious swim in Troulos bay. There were no skitters fishes again so I carried my iPhone in vain.
In town, we needed to buy a lump of soap and some other stuff which I've forgotten. Although we reached Plateia sandwich shop quite late - 12:30ish, he was only just washing the floors, so I had to skate with great caution to the toilet. The two small girls we met last time came again and I tried yet again to befriend them, but with little success. I read a bit from one girl's schoolbook, then fired up a u-tube version of Ta Tria Gourounakia (the three little pigs, in Greek) but whilst one of them sneaked glances when I wasn't looking, they gave me only contempt. I was completely unsuccessful at begging a grape from a lunch box!
On the Bourtzi, we carefully avoided the waiter who put me down, and got our favourite young lady, who got Vera's frappé spot on.
Back in Troulos quite late, Vera had a quick refreshing dip in the pool. We didn't rush and suddenly we arrived late at Salt and Pepper - usually we get there ahead of all the bookings, soon after 6pm, but tonight it was well after 6:30, so we were grateful to be allowed in. Kalamari for Vera, Sea Bass and two large beers for me, €37. We've never been there so late and as we were finishing, it was quickly filling up.
Our accommodation (Villa Maria has six room changeovers today, so they were hard at it giving them their usual thorough clean. Plans which were disrupted by a couple of delayed flights. We waved off Maureen and several others and reminded them that we are staying!
Weather report. It's warm. I like warm. Allegedly somewhere between 26 and 37. I dunno, all I do know is I like it. The sea is warm as warm and I can go in it without the June/July big girls blouse antics. Forecast (from the locals) is warm and getting warmer for a while. That'll do me. Right now, the back of my head (where I do have hair) is sweating and it's coming up to 8:30pm.
Post by derbyshirelass on Sept 16, 2017 18:25:24 GMT
Back home Dennis and it's decidedly chilly. On Troulos beach in the shade during the last 10 days my clock/thermometer peaked at 33 degrees, 43 in the sun. The evenings were balmy but no chance of drying beach things on the balcony overnight, by morning they were even wetter. We had some lovely meals and the best one was Troulos Bay hotel and good prices too. I won't recommend Ratatouille to vegetarians ever again or until they change the menu, as there was only one veggie choice last week, which was Briam but unfortunately this was not available. Villa Maria was excellent as usual and it was nice to bump into you and Vera a few times. The airport was manic but we spent as much time as possible across at the taverna. Newcastle passengers all let into departure lounge to find out their flight was 2 hours delayed. Our's to Birmngham was just 38 minutes late, lovely calm flight and the bonus of no refuelling. All was going well but the carousel at Birmingham was so slow and although we landed at 3.40pm we didn't get our luggage until an hour later. Another great holiday though.
Saturday another quiet one. With my dressing coming loose due to my incompetent applying of it, I had to do a new one for swimming this morning. So we were incredibly late, setting off at 8am!
The sea was lovely, calm as calm and warm enough for me to get in with a pretty relaxed visage, no screwed up face and no retreating bits. We stayed in until 9:30am, when it became obvious we would soon be in everyone's way.
Strangers bus crew again but they got us there nevertheless. We needed to buy two biros, a keyring, a pair of trousers (for Vera) pick up her ring and order a sign - child's play really. Then a change of plan, to Plateia sandwich shop. We had planned on going to the gyros shop today and sandwich shop tomorrow, but with the submarine service tomorrow, there will surely be a crowd at Plateia, so we swapped them round. At the Bourtzi, we avoided the surly waiter and took photos of the submarine as it arrived and anchored offshore for the weekend's ceremony.
Back at VM, Vera had a swim late in the afternoon. I didn't - although I have waterproof plaster on my leg, I long ago decided not to swim in the pool - if it leaks in the sea, there's a lot of ocean to dilute it, but in the pool is a different thing, so I'm not going to swim here, much as it is so wickedly appealing.
Meal out at Jasteri. Vera had sea bass and I had stiffado. Following on from an excellent tzatziki it earned top marks and with a large water and a large beer, cost us about €33 (sorry, forgotten exact cost).
We didn't win last night's Euromillions, but I'm relieved to see neither did anybody else, so on Tuesday I'm in line for something around £125 million - should solve a few problems and bring us loads of friends!
Thank you derbyshirelass. It was good to meet you too. I have to agree Birmingham baggage reclaim is a nightmare - if it came off in a decent timescale, we'd be off and away down the M42 before the Friday rush hour, but in all our trips to Skiathos, we've never beaten an hour and that shoves us right into the speed limited M42! Grrr. I wish they'd send me a questionnaire for feedback, I'd tell them very firmly!
Hmm. I'm ALWAYS spoiled rotten by Vera, so really the only change today was her saying Happy Birthday when we woke - it's been so long since the last one I had forgotten this one!
But no beers - picked up our Jimny this morning, so it's a no no to alcohol. UNTIL we ate out tonight and I had one then!
Thank you everybody for kind wishes, I also got four cards. But you'll have heard of Johnny No Mates? That's me because nobody turned up to my birthday party on the Bourtzi, so I had to eat the cake myself. Saved a fortune on getting the drinks in though!