Due to arrive in Skopelos about 9:15am your time, 11:15 our time. During our couple of hours there we shall eat something nice, then go wave to you all, some time between 10 and 11 your time - brownie points for anybody who spots us - Vera’s in dark blue, I’m in Mr Grumpy t-shirt.
I'm afraid that I'll miss your appearance this time as I will be having coffee with friends. I hope you had a smooth crossing. I see that webcam 2 is still not working. Do you think that it may be your fault that they are going wonky? Bob
That’s yer lot, we’ve left Skopelos. All those who didn’t tune in to watch us on the webcam are softypantses, except Scottish people who drink coffee with friends instead of watching me, who are not even softypantses. I took a screenshot of us so that keen people can see us again and softypantses and lower (albeit northerner) orders can view when I post it tonight.
Well Dennis, I ended up having a pot of Earl Grey, not coffee, with my fruit scone, but I did not enjoy it as I was aware that I was missing seeing you and Vera on Alonissos. I hope that you had an enjoyable visit. I look forward to reading your report but I may be late in catching up with that as I have to water the plants in the green house and garden of friends who are on holiday in Majorca. It's true what they say, "a friend in need is a pest"! Bob
When I first met Vera she told me she drinks tea. I didn’t, so I bought some Earl Grey because I’d heard about posh people having it. It tasted like washing up liquid and Vera admitted later that she worried that I hadn’t rinsed the cups properly. I learned afterwards that Scottish people of a lower order than softypantses drink Earl Grey. Serves them right!
Oh grrrr! I pressed something and six column inches of post just vanished.
Start again. Off for the early bus to town for the day's boat trip to Skopelos and Alonissos. At the bus stop, another couple were waiting for the coach for the same trip, organised by their tour rep for 40 Euros each. Our DIY booking on the harbourfront cost 25 Euros each, plus bus fares 4 each, total 58 Euros compared to their 80. They didn't even get picked up at their accommodation, but had to come to and go back from, Bus Stop 18! Coach droped and picked up at the taxi rank, so they had a shorter walk for their 22 Euros.
Once we got under way and the bar opened, I got our traditional noggins - water for Vera, Mythos for me, €3. There were loads and loads of dolphins, so many that the captain twice performed a complete circle to follow them round for passengers to see and film. Being a non-conformist, I didn't join the hoi polloi rushing around with cameras. So I got only a tiny bit of video, whilst a guy across the other side got minutes of them for his three-year-old to show us. After one session, a girl came and plonked herself on the cushions next to us, hanging slightly perilously out the window. It turned out she was quite seasick, so fortunately the wind was favourable!
As we approached Skopelos, I was able to get on the webcam with my 4G connection and watch our arrival into the harbour. Satisfying, when it was clear the softypantses (and lower orders) weren't doing so.
We had a lovely lunch of tsatsiki, choriatiki (Greek salad), bread, water and beer. Then off to wave to the fans on the webcam - as per previous screenshot. I strongly suspect not many were watching - at 9:30am UK time, Go-have-coffee-with-friends Scottish time.
We bought a couple of things then headed off to get back onboard. Vera was pretty sure the bag she wanted was sold in a shop at the back of the promenade, but we (my influence) didn't go there to check. When we reached Alonissos it was clear she had been right - cost me another dress!
After buying a few things, we went to fulfill our plans just like last year for an ice cream in Alonissos at a little place called Spelion - means cave in Greek, which is what the kitchen/shop lives in, four blobs in a bowl with two spoons, chocolate, banana, strawberry and mocca. Then I got us some freshly squashed orange juice (the lady asked if I wanted one glass or two and we laughed!).
Beautiful calm sea for the return trip and the seasick girl had already been befriended by Vera, so she sat beside us and offered crisps and choccy bickies all of which we declined as we were intending to eat in town after docking. Happy hour on the way back - beer €1.50. I entertained two young Serbian boys sitting beside us with my best kind old foreigner speak "Hallo, my name is Dennis. What is your name?". Parents eventually helped them out so I had met Nikola and Dimitri. One of them was as high as the table, second was fourteen months older (found Vera who spoke with their mother - she can speak Smile and South Devon in any language).
We ate in Nikos Taverna on Papadiamantis Street, Pork Gyros plate for me, mixed grill for Vera, water and beer. Vera rhapsodised over her mixed grill, saying it was the very best she'd ever had. How she managed to eat it all I shall never know, but when I first saw it I knew she was going to like it - her teeth work.
At the bus station, the arriving bus disgorged a very full load of returnees from Koukounaries and we got on - five of us - the interior was coated with sand. As we rode along, we went past all the bus stops with plenty of hopefuls waiting patiently (?) but we saw two incoming buses packed right on to the driver's lap long before he reached the hopefuls.
Lovely, but tiring day out. We shall be having a day in again tomorrow. Looking forward to getting back into the swimming routine.
Anybody know what EGG is doing on Monday and Tuesday? We'll have a Jimny and just might be going his way some time.
Sounds like a touch of the Wallace and Grommets Dennis. (A Great Day Out) I bet you didn't derive any pleasure from telling that other couple how much cheaper your trip was. Next time you do the trip you should consult this Scottish Earl Grey drinker because I have had such a full week that the only day I could have spotted you was Wednesday. Monday and Tuesday morning I was on jury duty, Wednesday free, Thursday meeting with friends and today, off to Newcastle.