I’m starting my feedback early! Don’t arrive until next week , 11th ! However, as we “endure” this delightful weather here in the UK can’t help but remember this actual day 2 years ago ....... 💙👰🏻🎩 Our son’s wedding at Vromolimnos beach. Perfect 💕 Can seriously recommend a wedding in Skiathos 😍 Had things not changed we would have been flying out tomorrow!! We chose to cut our stay short so as not to miss out too much on our Grandson. Luca Alessandros is now 7 weeks old ☺️ The great news is that Son (Treson, Dennis 😂) & family are already planning Skiathos 2019 with Junior!!! Looking at May to celebrate Junior’s birthday 🤞😎 Yeh 👍 Meanwhile, let the pre packing commence 😅
The cases are packed and, shock horror! One case weighing in at 19.25 & the other 17.5! Result. And, we only have minimal hand luggage. G&T poured to celebrate. Taxi to airport due at 2:30am for the 6am out of Manchester It’s been a long time coming......
Early flight, airport chaos as Check in didn’t have Jack’s name on the booking nor did they have Vicky’s increased baggage noted. Then nightmare through “fastrack” security as family in front literally had to empty the entire contents of the hand luggage to be scanned separately. Empty babies bottles?! Why? No time for breakfast, quick duty free purchase & then boarding. At Theodora bar within an hour of landing. Quick unpack. Then planned a snooze round the pool but it didn’t happen. Nice swim then catch up with friends from last year. World Cup semi final so earlier than usual dinner at Avli. Lived up to its expectations. Meatballs........Orange pie.... dinner for 4 with 3 starters €120 including wine & beers. Too noisy at Yadim bar so me & Vicky came back to Theodora, Glass of wine, then over to Manos, Mythos on the terrace while Jack in bed. Perfect 1st day. Ok well except that England didn’t win.
Early visit to Manos for supplies, fruit & yoghurt breakfast on the balcony. Paradise. Thinking we’d have a morning by the pool to unwind. No! Phone rings; think we need the pharmacy Jack’s face is covered in spots! He was his usual happy smiley self so we got in the bus to town getting off at number 4. Decided it might be better to see a doctor so walked up to what I always thought was the medical centre. No, you need to be at the new medical centre on the ring road. “You have car?” No “I take you” So man, gets his car keys & takes baby & parents in his car to the actual medical centre. Only in Skiathos! So we wander down to town. Phone message; it’s chicken pox! And so, after a beer on the Bourtzi we had lunch at Archontikos. Jack, after a little nap, sat munching bits of everyone’s meals, entertained anyone who smiled at him. Obviously, chicken pox not bothering him. Later it was dinner at Infinity Blue. Fabulous views over Kolios bay. €135 Again I didn’t have a starter, chose the special Sea Bream, perfect. Nightcaps at Theodora
Apparently I agreed to cook breakfast for everyone 😬Lol! Brought my silicon egg poachers (from Lakeland) Actually a really good brekkie. 11am off to town & straight on the bus. Very lazy lunch at Milos watching the planes land. So funny, Baby Jack equipped with ear defenders. The first incoming plane; he was more interested in the water than looking up to the skies!! Olive Thea booked for 6:30pm pick up. Still struggling to cope with eating early. What to say; the most amazing welcome from Despina & delighted to be met by Jacqui, previously known for Driftwood Art Skiathos. (Sadly not viable but now selling online via Etsy) Fabulous, stunning views & exceptionally good food. Garlic mushrooms, baked feta, spiced feta parcels & cheese pies, Beef Giouvetsi x 2, lamb shank & a kleftico. All washed down with more wine than needed wine €116 Wonderful evening slightly marred by pesky wasps who chose Vicky as their target! Ouch:(
Saturday 14 July
Planned an early trip to the beach but had a message from son last night; they've booked for next year!! So of course we had to copy! With iffy WiFi it took us over an hour. Even now I think we might have booked twice 😅 An early one in May & will be celebrating Grandson’s first birthday here 😍 Eventually made it to Kolios beach. Perfect 😎 First time in many years that I’ve experienced dealing with a baby on a beach. Sand mat to sit on, sun tent, mini picnic chair, inflatable ring, paddling pool, bucket & spade...... Anyway, chicken pox or not he was one happy baby. A little sick after a diet of sand & salt water but he loved being in the water. He even obliged us by falling asleep after a quick twirl of the car park in his pushchair enabling us to have lunch. Chicken & chips, 2 Greek salads, baked feta, portion of fries. A couple of beers each, €69. 3pm & after more sand & salt water diet we called it a day. Vicky & co staying at Manos who have a new pool this year. Really lovely & plenty of sun loungers in the garden. Sand mat down in the shade, Jack more than happy with his ice cream. Making memories 😍
Later, walk into Ag P, Jimmy’s, had to be done. Maze platter to start, Souvlaki x 2 Moussaka & a pizza, beers & carafe of wine €90
Sunday 15 July
Morning by the pool with lunch in our apartment for all of us. Greek salad with feta, olives, pitta & Tzatziki with a chilled bottle of Cretan white wine. Cheese toastie for Jack. Lunch cost less than €15 & that includes the wine. Early bus into town to catch the 5pm Eleni boat to Tsougria. I’ve come to the conclusion that a pushchair is actually more necessary to carry all the kit than the actual baby!! A quick beer each at the bar, €3.50 each for a small tin of Mythos, then a lovely swim in the warm shallow waters, with Jack whooping & giggling in his yellow ring thingy. Leaving enough time to relax on a sun lounger before sunset. Stunning. Jack fell asleep so missed the finale to the evening. Well he did go for free! Back to town just after 9 with dinner at Ta Kymata. A couple of cheese starters, a pasta, 2 chicken with Greek potatoes & stuffed tomatoes for me. €65 with wine. To be honest it was nothing special but this morning I’ve a feeling my stuffed tomatoes have kept me in the bathroom since 6am!!!
Tre, a few years ago one of our grandchildren,then aged 2; caught chicken pox whilst we were in Tenerife. Thomas Cook insisted we produced a fit to fly certification from the local doctor, this delayed our return by 4 days, and also a cost of 80 euro. May be worth you checking out to save potential problems on your departure.
A water only diet for me today. Don’t feel really ill, just a gripey tummy. Plus I dare not leave the room just yet. By 1pm I thought I might attempt to go to the pool. Managed an hour then back to the room. Though people are saying there’s a D&V virus going round I really believe mine is down to what I ate as I’ve not been sick at all. 5pm & 2 litres of water later, I manage a slice of toast. Now 5:30 feel g more like normal & munching on a single digestive biscuit 🤞🤞
Thanks balddave, a trip to the medical planned for tomorrow to check baby is fit to fly. Though if it has been chicken pox, he’s been very lucky as there is only a couple of tiny spots by his ear, none of the spots blistered or scabbed over & he’s not showed any other sign. Just his usual happy self. Maybe they were being over cautious. We’ll see. Tonight looks like I could be watching the rest of the family at The Diamond..........
Tre - a couple of years ago I was ill after eating a breakfast of heritage tomatoes on toast in Harrogate. I had strong stomach cramps all day & was then violently sick. Put it down to the tomatoes being really hard to digest. Hope you're back to normal today x