Sorry Dennis, but I still don't get what a river in Thailand has to do with Nerja in Spain. Is this the price I pay for being of the lower order? 😉 I hope the holiday is continuing to go well and you are staying injury free!
The lower orders can’t do sideways thinking and in this case upsidedownways. Nerja sounds like mutant turtle land and years ago we built them a bridge to the strains of Colonel Bogey. Are you there now? I don’t do simple jokes. I often do rubbish ones though.
Anyway a small update from tonight (still not done yesterday). We ate early as usual and it rained - all of seventeen drops, which dried up before we walked 200 back from Ratatouille.
Then it started - thunder and lightning and bouncing rain typical of Skiathos. I’ve told Vera my iPhone says it’ll stop at 9pm and at 2 minutes past it nearly has.
And our electricity went off. Annoyingly, Di’s lights 200 yards across the field are bright and shiny in Boudouriani - a little bit grrr!
By the way. I’m on 4G and everybody else’s WIFI is off. Tee Hee!
Of course, the advantage of 4G slightly reduces in light of no lights, or in other words, no electricity and battery running down!
So, Friday 6th July
A rest day. Off bright and early to the beach with a lovely flat sea again. It often makes me a bit peeved that I think back when I used to refuse to go in the sea - too cold and getting salt and sand in it was anathema. Until July 2012, when three days from the end of our three weeks holiday in Corfu I reluctantly, grudgingly agreed to go in the sea. And discovered it was fabulous! We started Skiathos the next year and my great pleasure is the early morning swim in the sea. Sure, Big Girl's Blouse getting in, but that's just me, I actually DO get in and then enjoy it. But anticipation of the enjoyment is not quite strong enough to overcome the BGB effect. Until the sea warms up and it's getting there!
Lazy morning, then home made lunch. Vera had proper stuff, I had Mavrodaphne and origami flavour crisps - it doesn't get much better than that does it? I couldn't eat the whole bag, so a third of a bag left for another day. Hung on a coat peg to avoid being crushed - crisps in crumbs are absolute rubbish!
We ate that night at Jasteri. Really like that place, really like that place, excellent food and lovely staff. Vera had the special of the day which was something to do with aubergine and similar to Moussaka only different. As usual, she chose really well, but for once I did well myself too - Sea bass fillet to die for. Two fillets, walk back with my belly held up off the ground!
Another perfect morning swim. And by the way, our lottery tickets haven't won a stinking penny so far all holiday, but you'll already know that with the webcam still not working!
In town, we bought another couple of things, then went to Nikos Taverna for gyros. We have settled for this as our midday snack, since we found the Plateia sandwich place closed. The gyros here is honestly the best we've tasted and also the iggest we've had.
After beer at the Bourtzi, we decided to have an ice cream. Two cornets, really big, mine was hazelnut, gorgeous and Vera had black chocolate. Hers was very big and of course in the temperature here, we didn't get far towards the bus station before they were melting faster than Vera could eat and she ended up with black dribble all down her hands and even one down the front of her top. She's got it out since we came back, but she was temporarily embarassed!
When we arrived at Ratatouille at 6:45pm, THE MATCH was still playing and I asked Siri for the score and to my surprise, we were winning 2-0 and we'd only heard one shout. Ratatouille was empty so we got lots of attention until THE MATCH ended, whereupon several customers appeared for their meals.
As I mentioned previously, during the meal Vera said it was raining and indeed it was, we had about 17 drops on the stone path outside, but it stopped and by the time we left, it had dried up completely. Ten minutes or so after we got back to the villa, it started properly and hammered down for the Olympics. The electricity blew and we were in the dark for ages, yet annoyingly, Boudouriani across the field (where Di is staying) was bright and shiny, as were Victoria and Nectar and Ambrosia and all the properties across there.
The gyros at Little Balcony are so much better than Nikos IMHO. But you do have to consider the walk up heartbreak hill past Taxiarchis; is it worth it? In my opinion; yes it’s well worth the effort.
C'mon Phil, you were staying at Taxiarchis, didn't have any choice but Heartbreak Hill. I have actually walked up there myself. ONCE. It's a trick I shall never again be repeating - I didn't even do it to collect my new teeth (Bozas Dentist opposite Taxiarchis)
We decided to have a day of rest after the excitement of the previous night's storm. The dawn walk to the beach was slightly damp underfoot, which was no problem.
Surprisingly, the sea was beautifully calm and actually quite reasonable temperature - I had expected a Big Girl's Blouse moment from the rain, but it wasn't too bad and we had a very leisurely swim until the tourists started to arrive. By way of exit from the beach, we called at the terrapin pond for a photo shoot (as already posted). We didn't have any food, but when we appeared at the poolside, they saw us and came in numbers, shouting "Food!" So I held out a sprig of reed and one gave it a sniff and turned away.
For lunch I had bar snacks, cheeseburger and a plate of chips. Got myself in serious trouble because it was a large amount and later on in Kalivi I really struggled to eat my meal. In fact, I put a burger into a serviette and brought it away to take to the terrapins.
As we had arrived at Kalivi it was looking a bit gloomy and they started to pull down their plastic side blinds. According to my iPhone, it was sunny and would stay that way all evening, so I asked the lad if it would rain and showed him my sunny iPhone. He slightly sniffed and pointed at the clouds overhead, saying if the weather comes from there, it will rain. If it comes from there (opposite direction) it will be sunny. That seems a rather more reliable forecast, because it did indeed rain. Not a thunderstorm, but rain all the same, after we got back to the villa. Others who came later told us next day they got soaked.