Thursday, 23 February 2017

A friend has left the beach ...

Litsa we will miss you ...

Skopelos, and especially Panormos will be missing a friend this year ...

Litsa, Destination Expert for Skopelos over on Tripadvisor, and friend to many Skiathos friends via the internet and across the world) from New York City, has passed away...

Lita (Litsa) Balaury R.I.P. 
I'm sure many will know she was a mine of information always delivered with patience and humour. A great friend of the island basing herself at Panormos each May and September, with a smile and a glass of red wine ...

Quote: 'The beautiful waters of Skopelos, my ban de soleil, a glass of red...and spread out on my 'psatha'..toes in water:-))

I spent a very lovely time in her company on Panormos. I was told to sit down, after a very warm hug. Wine arrived, more wine, then some more wine, delivered by a wave in the direction of her friends taverna. She loved to chat and had a great recall of posts, and people on the forums. Somehow I made it back up the steps onto Kalypso with legs like Bambi ...

The sight of her waving, glass in hand from the beach, will stay with me. Lovely lady, and will keep on 'Enjoyin' her memories ...

Links: 


Καλό ταξίδι φίλε μου Λίτσα ...


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Amended timetable for Flying Dolphin Erato ...

Amended routes for the Flying Dolphin Erato, as announced by the Central Port of Volos.

The timetabling of  Flying Dolphin Erato will run modified schedule as follows:

Tuesday: February 28th, March 7th, March 14th and
Friday:  February 24th March 3rd March 10th and March 17th

Departing from Alonissos 06.30 - Skopelos 06.50 / 07.00 - Glossa 07.25 / 07.35 - Skiathos 07.45 / 08.00 - Volos 09.15 / 14.00 - Skiathos 15.15 / 15.35 - Glossa 15.50 / 16.00 - Skopelos 16.25 / 16.35 - Alonissos 16.50

Sunday February 26th & March 5th &  March 12th

Departing from Alonissos 06.30 - Skopelos 06.50 / 07.00 - Glossa 07.25 / 07.35 - Skiathos 07.45 / 08.00 - Volos 09.00 / 16.00 - Skiathos 17.15 / 17.35 - 17.50 Glossa / 18.00 - Skopelos 18.25 / 18.35 - 18.50 Alonissos.

Source: http://magnesianews.gr/

Feeling hungry?

Anyone for Barbounia ?


Tough job, but someone has to do it ...

Late News:

Καλό ταξίδι φίλε μου Λίτσα (Destination expert - Tripadvisor, and friend to many Skiathos friends via the internet) ...

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

"The Master Builder and haunted arch" (And late newsflash) ...

"The Master Builder and haunted arch" - New Sonata classical guitar and violin Anthony Mitzelos Will take place in Skiathos Saturday February 25 at 19:00 in the hall of the High School.


"The Master Builder and haunted arch", the new musical work of Antoni Mitzelos inspired by the Alexander Papadiamantis and Nikos Kazantzakis, presented for the first time in Skiathos, Saturday, February 25, 2017 .

The Cultural Association "Skiathos" and the International Society of Friends of Nikos Kazantzakis in Geneva, organized the event "Alexander Papadiamantis - Nikos Kazantzakis two leading literature" on the occasion of completing 60 years of the death of Nikos Kazantzakis.

In the first part of keynote speakers will be George Stasinakis (Dean of the Law School of the University of Geneva, Senior Administrative and Legal Officer at CERN), John IV. Solari (Head of the Directorate of School Activities Secondary Messinia and professor of Secondary Education) and MALAMO Stamelou (philologist of D / Secondary Education Skiathos and responsible cultural and environmental programs).


In the second part, the Skiathitis composer and soloist Anthony Mitzelos will first present his musical project '' The Master Builder and haunted arch '' Sonata in D minor for violin and classical guitar. Music composed and founded on the familiar folk legend and myth of Greek tragedy, inspired by the manner described in this perennial issue and Greek Alexandros Papadiamantis and Nikos Kazantzakis.

Completing the composer will improvise on the basic theme, detecting common elements in the work of two great writers, accompanying the recitation of passages from students Skiathos.

#Newsflash:#

The Myrtidiotissa ferry broke down this morning, just before the port of Skiathos. Opposite Koukounaries at 11.15 leaving the ship immobilized, and informing the passengers that were due to depart, that due to mechanical defects they will be delayed for disembarking in the port of Skiathos.

Reportedly there was a problem at the helm of the ship, which was restored and at midday the crew were disembarking passengers in the port of Skiathos.

The "Myrtidiotissa" conducted its route Skiathos - Skopelos - Alonissos departing from the port of Volos 8.30 this morning ...

Friday, 17 February 2017

Renovations at the Hotel Xenia (17/02) ...

Thanks to 'Steve in Skiathos' and 'Skiathos Island News' for very kindly, allowing us to share the following update, and photos of the ongoing works ...

Steve has been out and about, with the camera, once again, and yesterday had a peek behind closed doors ...

"Had a look at the Xenia hotel work again today. The guys working there asked if we would like to have a look inside, which we did. Lots of glass interior walls & the place has a nice bright & airy feel to it. 

Some of the trees appear to have been cleared and the views should be excellent.The rooms are coming along well and from what we have seen they are going to be a bit on the small side but very comfortably appointed with some smart furniture. One interesting aspect is the full length mirror you can see in one of the photos. It is also one of the walls of the shower - you can see out but not in! 

They now have a site office inside & the guys there told us they are hoping to start work on the bungalows in March. This information, however, was accompanied by the traditional Greek shrug of the shoulders so who knows"











Steve in Skiathos and 'Skiathos island News' posted regular updates during 2016, as the works have progressed during the year. You can see them here ...

Renovations at the Hotel Xenia (12/01) ...

Renovations at the Hotel Xenia (Update - 28/01) ...

Renovations at the Hotel Xenia (Update - 11/03) ...

Renovations at the Hotel Xenia (Update - 28/03) ...

Renovations at the Hotel Xenia (Update - 03/08) ...


Renovations at the Hotel Xenia (Update - 30/10) ...

Update on the Hotel Xenia (Update - 25/11) ...

Watching the inbox, for another chorus of 'Its never going to happen' but very clearly it is  ...

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Tsiknopempti time is here ...

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

Still here ? OK ...

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

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.

Later Update: Read this tweet

Keep Talking Greece ‏@keeptalkingGR
#Tsiknopempti: The day #Greece is covered with smoke http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2017/02/16/tsiknopempti-the-day-greece-is-covered-with-smoke/#.WKXNkAAS8o4.twitter

Monday, 13 February 2017

Very British Problems ...

Very British Problems ...

Does anyone have contact details for?
I've booked not direct, with a tour operator. I have never been before, what is "Accoladdes" like?  I want room number * facing west in the afternoon, with a sun terrace for breakfast, air con at no extra cost, and a sea view ...

"I've emailed them, half an hour ago, No reply"
"They are busy preparing for the season, Give them a call tomorrow"

"They can't be that busy, I understand the islands are dead, if we are not there. I sent them a text last night as well, its been delivered"
"Be easier and quicker to just call them, if its that important. When are you going?"

"29th September for a week. I've emailed them, and texted them twice, and still no reply. Its no way to run a business. I thought our money was important to them"
"Just call them, speak to them, you will get an answer"

"That will be expensive, calling Greece, I have not got time to sit on the phone. I'll send them another email. Just a thought -Does anyone know about a trip to "Alonissisos" and the best boat to swim with the dolphins" ...

Only 79 days to go to the start of the UK season :) ...

Friday, 10 February 2017

Ferry fun - a solution ...

At last, well they did not want anyone on the islands to starve did they  ...

The passenger ferry Myrtidiotissa of Aqua Ferries, is now expected to serve the needs of the islands from February 14th to April 6th, covering Volos - Sporades,


Its a crucial time as there were no ferries planned to operate, when the boats were away for their annual service and paint job ....

The ANES Proteus will depart for its standard annual service  on February 13th, whilst the "Express Skiathos" of Hellenic Seaways is currently also in a phase of technical work.

The "Aqua Jewell" of Alpha Ferries, currently tucked up in Piraeus, is planning to start service in mid-March between Volos and the islands.



The Myrtidiotissa will then operate between Agios Konstantinos, and the Sporades for the second summer running.

source: www.taxydromos.gr

Thursday, 9 February 2017

If things were not tough enough ...

This report on the 'Keep talking Greece' site yesterday ...

Shock for cancer patients: “Life expectancy” needed for prescription medication
See: http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com

This on a day when 64% of people in the UK think the NHS has got worse in recent years according to a @SkyData poll

Yesterday. I watched as someone who could not communicate a word, was being given assistance, and treatment in the NHS 'Wait whilst we find you a translator' ...

In Greece it was 'This is Greece, you are not Greek, and you must speak Greek' In addition you had to have two years IKA (National Insurance) stamps to avail yourself of the service. Or the details so it could be charged back to the NHS, if you did not have private medical insurance.

I have learned a lot about hospitals, and treatment over the last five years. I know where you are considerably better off, as does the rest of the world ...

Question of the day:

What will the weather be like in (Insert Month here) ?
Answers here ...

Flying Cat 4

Those who may recall the earlier post, of the Thessaloniki service here Will be pleased to know our friends at SkopelosNews have published the timetable. You can view it here ...

Dolphins

Friends of Νικος Μπαντιδος on FB will be enjoying his video of Dolphins in the old harbour this morning. When the water is cold, you often get dolphins in the old harbour ...

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Countdown ...

Silly season is well and truly here ...

Wishing your lives away ...

Seems everyone is posting countdown clocks, shame they are all out of date by the next day. Oh you know what to do post another one. So here is mine ...


Its unique and its never out of date ...

Stand by for my alternative  A-Z coming soon :)

I was on a countdown of a different type this afternoon, well passing time with SWMBO. Well this is how I did it watching time roll by ...


Best coffee, I have had in a very long time ...



Saturday, 4 February 2017

#WorldCancerDay ...

Something we feel quite strongly about ...


We are supporting @Bowel_Cancer_UK and @CR_UK today for World Cancer Day, wearing a Unity Band as an #ActofUnity.

Together we will #STOPbowelcancer #WorldCancerDay #StandUpToCancer #WeCanICan