Right ~ I seem to have a spare half hour, so I'll get this finished (if anyone's still interested )
Yes, Kev, the Captain of the Margarita was a proper 'character'. His wife (I think it was his wife the way they were speaking to each other!!) was also very volatile. She really laid in to a couple of nice young Serbians sitting next to us for bringing their own crisps on board! However, we did think that the trip was great value at 15 euros each & we got the see the whole island from the sea (and take loads of photos).
For anyone thinking of doing it, we left the Old Port at 10 am sharp & sailed anti-clockwise round Skiathos. There were swim stops of about an hour each at Lalaria, Kastro, Aselinos and Tsougria. We stayed on board at Lalaria & had a beer and a sunbathe on the top deck, rocked gently by the ocean ... glorious! Lunch was 'different'! We were amongst the first off the boat and into Aselinos beachside taverna .. we were served drinks & bread ..... and that was it!! The staff were so rushed we gave up after half an hour (as we only had an hour in total). Luckily, I had brought emergency rations in case of shipwreck so we shared a sandwich and had a Snickers bar each, sitting on the beautiful beach. After a few minutes, Paul decided to have some sort of bad chest pain/fake heart attack on the sand. I was just about to panic, when he decided he was ok & went to the big inside taverna for another beer!! (I think he'd pulled a muscle at the top of his chest by climbing up the (very steep) ladder onto the top deck of the boat.) He's such a drama queen!!
The rest of the day passed quickly, with no more problems & we got back into the harbour just after five pm. It was a really good day, though I was disappointed that the Tsougria stop was on the gritty beach where the church is, but no taverna. (Probably the Captain decided we had all had enough beer for the day ..... or wanted to force us to drink his!)
We ate at O'Batis that night (up the steps, just before Lo &La) - one of the best meals of the two weeks, in my opinion. I had a delicious sea bream (which they de-boned for me), served with lemon potatoes and greens, and Paul had an enormous pork chop with fries and a small salad. We had half a carafe of red wine and water to drink and the total was - 29.50 euro!! Incredible. We ended Friday with a visit to the Blind Dog .... and Guy the dog was singing! What a lovely day!
Our last four days were pretty much more of the same .... a bit of walking around, lots of eating and drinking - no wonder I put on half a stone! We visited Megali Amos beach and the Swell bar on the Saturday and Tuesday (meeting Julie & Graham each time, Kev). We also went back to Koukounaries on Monday, late afternoon, for a catch up with the Myrtia crew and dinner there - Paul had the most delicious calamari, I had spag bol. We said our goodbyes to Vlatko, Stefanos and Dusan and then walked down to the Agustera for a couple of drinks with Efi and Dino and more goodbyes.
We ate at Basilikos (lovely), Heraklion (fabulous) and O Paraxenos (our favourite of all) on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday evenings. Basilikos and Heraklion were new to us .... we'll definitely return in June. Other new places for us this time were the Blind Dog and Totem, both great music bars which we'll be darkening the doors of in future. We also liked Phedrocks, though we only watched football there - it was a bit too early on to have much atmosphere.
To sum up - we had a fabulous holiday and I am now a total town convert. Paul's still drawn back to Koukounaries (the people we know, really), so we agreed to have a week in each in June. Sorted!!
That’s really touched a Spot Kate. Just when you thought the season was over......out comes Kate with the final chapter! Fab. Next year’s dates are now looking iffy for us........ we are still hoping to get there at some point ...... So, you peeps, will be relying on your feedback posts.