Sunday, 18 February 2018

Erato - Cancelled and ANES Proteus timetable ...

Flying Dolphin Erato - Cancelled on Sunday due to technical fault ...

Announcement by ANES-PROTEAS for the three-day itineraries to 9 March 2017

'Once again, we inform our renowned passenger audience with the ANES route schedule for the three days of the carnival and Clean Monday until 09 March 2018 for the Sporades islands from Volos and Mantoudi, Evia'


 'The masters, the officers and the crews wish you good Lent' ...

Previous Blog: Flying Dolphin Erato ...

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Flying Dolphin Erato - Cancelled due to technical fault ...

Has broken down this morning ...

It's a shame, because many planned to visit the islands in the last three days of Carnival.

Erato had departed and was south of Skiathos heading towards Volos when it suffered damage to the left hand side engine. The boat continued to Volos on slow speed, where the passengers were disembarked.


The boat was impounded and will not sail again until repairs are completed. Passengers will continue their trip to the islands via Proteus in due course.

Not a great start to the big carnival weekend ...

There is some discontent with the service recently, as Erato is the only link with the mainland in the mornings. Patients requiring to get to the mainland for appointments and hospital visits, have been seriously inconvenienced - Due to bad weather and technical issues this winter.

Update: Sundays sailings in both directions are cancelled

Previous Blog: Greek Week ...

Friday, 16 February 2018

Greek Week ...

At the local Lidl ...

A lot of folks get really excited about it. So yesterday I went to take a look. It has a lot of Greek Style - Where there used to be Greek substance.

Regular converts will know they have changed the packaging, Gone are the Santorini churches with the photoshopped and removed crucifixes. Which is handy so you can tell if they are using old stock.

Do read the labels as some of it is manufactured in Germany, which thinks Greece is one of its remote states anyway. 'Greek Style yoghurt' means its not Greek at all, and comes from the land of the autobahn, as there clearly has been some 'Kraftwerk' going on somewhere ...

If you stick to the pies then the Tyropita its very good, as is the Olive oil (Bargain), and a pretty decent Moschofilero, if you like a nice dry white wine.

We had a go at both - its a work in progress ...


We had the spinach and cheese yesterday, Junior said OXI! so I was despatched to bring home the bicycle wheel sized Tyropita for lunch.

Looks like its made in the same factory as the ones in the freezer compartment in the former Carrefour now known as Sklavenitis supermarket on the ring road ...

However the Carlsberg Mythos does not appear to be exactly flying off the shelves. Someone has panic bought four, since this time yesterday ...


Perhaps it does not travel well, rather like the Retsina ...

Lots of goods left over and reduced from French week, cant think why at all ...

Previous Blog: Weather warning ...

Late news: 

Mrs May has been meeting Mrs Merkel in Germany, good to see the PM turn down Merkel - who wanted the meeting to be held in a train carriage in the Ardennes ...

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Weather warning ...

From the Central Port Authority of Volos ...

'It is announced that, according to the extraordinary weather report of the NMS, weather conditions are expected to deteriorate on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February in Thessaly, with the main features of heavy rains and storms, heavy snowfall in mountainous and semi-mountainous (with indicative altitude about 400 meters) and strong winds.



Nikos Paschalis who manages the Skiathos weather station said earlier ...

'Today: Dense overcast. Patchy light fog in the afternoon. A chance of rain in the morning, then rain likely in the afternoon. High 12, but temperatures falling in the afternoon. Wind north-northeast around 7 kts, gusting to 19 kts,in the morning, becoming west-northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 80 percent. Precipitation mostly between 30 and 50 mm.


Tonight: Dense overcast. Patchy light fog in the evening. Rain likely. Low 9. Wind north-northeast around 16 kts, gusting to 29 kts, in the evening, becoming 20 kts, gusting to 29 kts, after midnight. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.Precipitation mostly between 40 and 60 mm' ...

In other words, chuck a log on the fire, Its a bottle of red, a bar of chocolate, and good book kind of day. Its only 76 days until summer arrives ...

Previous Blog: Happy Valentines Day ...

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Happy Valentines Day ...

Its also a name day ...

Χρόνια Πολλά to those feeling the love today, who are Valentina, Valentine, Valentini, Valentinos, Dina, & Dinos


St. Valentine, a man that was was beaten with clubs and stones; when that failed to kill him, he was beheaded.

Anyway - We are feeling the love today, Hope you all are too ...

Previous Blog: Hot Chocolate ...

Late News just in from the joke department:

The wife just phoned me from her office. She says to me all annoyed "Three of the girls here just got flowers delivered and they're absolutely gorgeous".

I said, " That's probably why they got flowers and you didn't" 😂😂😂

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Hot Chocolate ...

Happy Birthday - That was the plan ...

So SWMBO sent her friend in Volos, a birthday present and a card. That was on 20th January 2016, yes we are talking two years ago.

It arrived back return to sender, yesterday morning. After a two year voyage to Volos and back.


The Greek postman, apparently cannot read the Greek letter G (Γ) so has sent it back. It looks like it made it to the apartment block, but not into the letterbox for the apartment.

Quite where its been for the last two years, remains a mystery. A miracle that it found its way back to us after the time that the packet has been on its epic journey.

Sadly even the chocolate is now one year out of date. Someone had opened, and taken a look inside the packet, during the last two years to see what was within. Probably forwarding it on, once they had checked the date on the box.

Seems the chocolate, was not to everyone's taste 🤔 ...

At least its made its way home, so there must be some benefit, following the privatisation of the Greek Post Office. German efficiency ...

Skiathos friends - Don't loose hope for those missing Christmas cards and presents. Who knows perhaps even my long lost bathroom mirror, remains in the back of a van somewhere on the continent.

It was tracked to Skiathos however the courier probably did not have any credit on their mobile to call me, so sent it back ...

Best news of the day:  'A suspected poacher has been mauled to death and eaten by a pack of lions near a national park in South Africa'
Result! - A long overdue home win for the lions ...

Later Update:

Pancakes, Strawberries, Nutella, Whipped cream.
That just about sums it up ...

Previous Blog: Hotel Xenia = Hotel Elivi Skiathos ...

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Hotel Xenia = Hotel Elivi Skiathos ...

It seems there may be a new name ...

'Steve in Skiathos' advises that the whole development behind big banana, the seven houses above little banana, and part of the Xenia hotel are due to open on June 1st ...


Want a sneak 5* preview? Then Watch this space!

Previous Blog: Nefeli - Aegean Speed Lines ...

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Nefeli - Aegean Speed Lines ...

'An interest in the launching of a ship on the line of Agios Konstantinos - Northern Sporades was expressed by the company "Aegean Speed Lines", which submitted a request to the Ministry of Merchant Shipping.

The proposal and intent of the company is to launch the "Nefeli Express" passenger ferry for the first time on this route to accommodate the needs of the islands, once the request has been approved.

According to the planning of the ship's company, Nefeli Express will operate from May 25 to September 30, one from Monday to Thursday and two from Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively.

The ship's specifications are modern, its length is 100 meters, it reaches 2.5 hours in Skiathos and it has a passenger protocol of 1.270 and 150. It also has spacious interiors, electric stairs and all the modern specifications that ensure comfortable travel and raise the standard of service for the traveling public.

The shipowning company expects the approval of the ship's routing request to cover a vital line that remains vacant following the change of the ship 'Myrtydiotissa' to another direction'

Source: http://www.thessaliaeconomy.gr

Previous Blog: Tsiknopempti - (Vegan free Thursday) ...

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Tsiknopempti - (Vegan free Thursday) ...

καλό τσίκνισμα!

This post is not suitable for Vegans, Vegetarians or any tree huggers ...

Today its Tsiknopempti - Thursday of meat week in Apokreas (Greek carnival)

(In Poland its Fat Thursday and they eat Doughnuts - These are ours)


Any way, back on topic ...

Tsikna is the smell of burning meat. It was the custom on Tsikonpempti for everyone (including the poor) to charcoal grill meat, and to melt fat over it so the smell of  'burning' meat permeated whole village.

It is still the tradition to eat meat on Tsiknopempti, although nowadays it is usual, to go to a taverna for the meat feast (Perhaps a few glasses of wine). You'll find that taverna's everywhere, are packed and many have live music too

(Some of it impromptu and more raucous as the afternoon progresses) ...

Καλές αποκριες ...
Tsiknopempti is the beginning of the last weekend that observant Greek Orthodox Church followers can eat meat prior to Lent. Because of this, Tsiknopempti is often known as ‘Grilled or Charred Thursday’ The‘Feast of the Carnivores’ as everyone heads out to the taverna's to feast on their favourite grilled meat dishes, eating as many different varieties as possible!

You are also quite likely to find a BBQ set up in the street ...

Apokreas means literally saying goodbye to meat – 'Apoxh apo kreas' …
In Latin the roots of the word Carnival has the same meaning – ‘carne’ is meat and ‘vale’ goodbye.

Now where did I put those pork chops ...

Previous Blog: Nefeli ...

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Nefeli ...

Nefeli is a female name which has not been very popular in the past. 

Today, though, as Greeks turn again to ancient Greek names, Nefeli is becoming increasingly popular. Nefeli means cloudy in the Greek language. Its origin is mythological and quite interesting. Nefeli has an alternative spelling, which is Nephele.

Origin of name Nefeli – The Assumption of Christ
Nefeli is a mythological figure in the Greek Mythology. Nefeli was the mother of the Centaurs and the mother of Frixos and Elli, associated with the story of the golden fleece.

Nefeli was the Goddess of the Clouds, as Zeus created her from a cloud. According to the myth, Zeus shaped the cloud to look like Hera, because he wanted to trick a man who desired Nefeli, Ixion.

For the Greek Orthodox Church name Nefeli celebrates its nameday 39 days after Easter day, the day of Christ’s assumption to the sky, which is described with the phrase “Christ went to the sky amidst clouds”. Therefore it’s the ideal day to celebrate the name Nefeli.



Our Nefeli is a ferry, rumoured to being recalled from Venuzuela (Dodgy place in South America) to operate the Agios Konstantinos to Sporades islands route - Now that the Aqua line has left a hole in the network for summer 2018.

Someone quickly must have dusted down the 'where have we leased a ferry file' ...

Nefeli celebrates its nameday 39 days after Easter day, which hopefully will be time enough to give it a coat of paint in time for summer.

Lets hope its not a cloudy one as the name suggests ...

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