Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Σκιάθος Skiathos Greece 1964 ...

I wonder what became of this beauty ...

The eyes suggest a story, whoever she is, I wonder what happened next.


Σκιάθος Skiathos Greece 1964
Photographer Constantine Manos via @OldGreekPhotos

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Later Update:

Its not Skiathos according to Constantine Manos website ...

Constantine Manos 1964
GREECE. Karpathos. Olympos. 1964. Watching the dance.

Would still love to know what happened next ...

Monday, 23 April 2018

The most popular of Name Days ...

Happy St George's Day.


Xronia Polla to all the Yorgos out there, and of course the patron saint of Skiathos St George ...

Hopefully all the Yorgos went to church this morning, at the chapel by the lake. Its just a great shame the horse race, no longer takes place to celebrate the day ...

Quote of the day ' Skiathos Palace - is that the one above the Vareli' #ohdear

If you are in the UK ...



Update: Still Advert free and the 'The Man in the White Hat' remains strangely quiet ...

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Saturday, 21 April 2018

Enough to drive you potty ...

What do you make of this ...

Looks like the Pottery on the ring road, is taking on a new life. More than a spattering of Greeklish from the signmaker ...


Seems the island is truly international now, Send your translation answers on a post card to the comments section at the foot of this post ...

Talking of which ...

I get a lot of folks after 'free plugs or wanting to share their world' with embedded links via the blog comments. Of course there are wild promises of how good this will be for me, and its actually about them advertising for free. Thats why I check any comment before publishing. Most of the dross, get directed to Spam and reported via Mr Google.

Some we have a banter, off page and I offer them an advertising space, where the funds raised, will go to old people on the island, who cannot afford to pay their electric bills. Needless to say we remain advert free on the blog, as no-one to date has ever taken up the option, with parting with their cash.

However 'The Man in the White Hat' has left a new comment, so here is a suggestion ...

On the Right hand side, is a link - Contact the Skiathian

Get in touch, pop us a (signed) copy (gratis) and we will decide - If its worth sharing with the wider reading public. After all its nearly sunbed time of the year, and we all need something to read under the sun umbrella ...

Our panel of expats, will thumb over the copy, before the season starts, and you can have your island based feedback on here ...

Over to you ...

Previous Blog: Are you feeling the heat ...

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Are you feeling the heat ...

In London, Meteorologists have recorded the hottest day in April since 1949, with temperatures reaching 29.1C (84.38F) in the capital.

Skiathos just made it to 22.2 degrees at 14:30hrs ...

The Met Office recorded the highest temperature in St James's Park in central London on Thursday afternoon. Which means it's officially time for the great British tradition of park sunbathing, BBQs and saying oh its too hot ...

Even Paddington Bear got in on the act - 'Mrs Bird says that for the first time this year, it's definitely a duffle coat off kind of day. Two weeks ago I was wondering if my duffle coat would ever be dry again, and today I’m wondering if I’ll ever need my duffle coat again.' #Heatwave

... and he is from Darkest Peru

The only food to be consumed today should be crisps, ice cream and of course ice lollies. Ladies that means its legs out day. Floral patterns are of course encouraged.

So if you need some practice, before your May adventure, down to the rock - Get some in ...


Temp anomaly map for Europe for the next 10 days: up to ~10 °C warmer than average for this period.  Feels more like June than mid-April! Temperatures will be above 25 °C for large parts of the region, locally up to and maybe over 30 °C ...

Which is probably why David C, from Scotland has sent me & Mr M this, his choice for todays sundowner ...


I have suggested, 'Good choice, suggest well chilled and view the sun through a frosted glass' ...

Previous Blog: Ferry Strike ...

Monday, 16 April 2018

Ferry Strike ...

Its silly season ...

If you are planning to travel by boat on Wednesday April 18th, you'll probably have to reschedule.

PNO (Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation):  has announced another 24 hour strike from 06:00 of Wednesday April 18, to 06:00 of Thursday April 19.

All ships will remain docked once again ...

Delayed post - Matt explains it all beautifully ...



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Saturday, 14 April 2018

Καλό Σαββατοκύριακο ,,,

Good Weekend ...

Wonder what the odds are on the Flying Dolphin appearing on Monday. According to Marine traffic, its still in the boatyard in Volos, where its been having new engines fitted.

New engines area a substantial reinvestment, so a commitment to the service it would seem. However the return to service has disappeared from the online timetables. The Flying Dolphin is my favourite way to travel, closely followed by the chuggy ferry - ANES Proteus ...

If you are a betting man, the Grand National may be a better option today ...


Matt seems to have had the mood last night, before the missiles started getting airborne, early this morning ...

FOG ! ...

Or as someone described it this morning - Sea Smoke ...



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Thursday, 12 April 2018

Greek Fighter crashes off Skyros ...

A search was under way after a Hellenic Air Force fighter jet crashed into the sea off the coast of Skyros.

The Mirage 2000-5 jet fell some nine miles northeast of the island which is part of the Sporades group near the central Aegean, according to a statement issued by the Hellenic Air Force.

According to Greek defense sources, the Mirage had been one of Greek two jets on a mission to intercept Turkish jets in the Aegean earlier in the day.

The same sources said they did not believe any hostile activity was involved.

The Hellenic Air Force said the authorities lost contact with the jet some 9 miles northeast of Skyros at 12.15 p.m.

Navy vessels were dispatched to search the area. It has since been reported that the 34 year old pilot, died in the accident (Greek Reporter - Link here) ...

Previous Blog: Χριστὸς ἀνέστη χρόνια πολλά ...

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη χρόνια πολλά ...

The greeting is ...

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη χρόνια πολλά” Christos Anesti Chronia Polla! “Christ is Risen!”
You respond with Αληθώς Ανέστη! “Alithos Anesti" Truly he has risen ...

Now its time to eat, and the boys at Stamatis are ready and waiting ...




Agelos has the spit rotating, the Kokoretsi is sizzling, and the Makrinitsa soup ready to go ...


Friday, 6 April 2018

Holy Friday – Megali Pareskevi ...

Καλημέρα σας  Καλή Ανάσταση ...

Good Morning all, Good Resurrection ...

Head down to the church, or up to the Monastery, the Epitaphos has been decorated ...

Evagelistria Epitaphos
Panagia Limania Epitaphos

The mourning bell will start its solumn pealing in the next few hours. All work must have stopped by midday all cleaning completed, and certainly no hammering of nails ...

It reminds us of the special meaning of the day, shops and businesses normaly close from midday.

Tries Hieraches church will be very busy as smartly dressed locals, visit to view the decorated Epitaphos, which has been prepared for tonights candle lit procession.

The coffee shops and bars will be full, and the ouzerias, and tavernas serving just fish and shellfish dishes today, If you have never tried a Skiathos oyster, or sea anemones, they will be freely available today.

Tsipouro and coffee are the drinks of the day. However the weather forecast is not promising, for the day and nights activities on this holy day...

Here in Skiathos they follow the old tradition, and its magic to be here with your neighbours, walking the town tonight in a candlelit procession at 4am.

Kαλό Πάσχα!

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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Μεγάλη Πέμπτη -Holy Thursday – Megali Pempti ...

Knock Knock - Who is there ?

Today it will be children with their hand made cross, decorated with flowers, after the communion service this morning. Some are quite simple affairs, made from bamboo tied together with wire. Others are apparent family heirlooms decorated with beautiful displays that any interflora florist would be proud of ...

The children will be touring the streets, this morning, knocking on neighbours doors, and hopefully gaining rewards for their efforts decorating their cross, with flowers representing the crucifixion.

Tsoureki, is a Greek plaited Easter bread that's so delicious you may be at risk of eating the whole loaf, I rather like it toasted, its sweet like a hot cross bun.



On Holy Thursday the bright red dyed eggs that are symbolic of Easter in Greece are prepared.

Tradition says that the Virgin Mother, Mary, dyed eggs this color to celebrated the Resurrection of Christ and to celebrate life. Every Greek family prepares these eggs as part of the Easter Sunday Resurrection Table.

You save the egg from the bread for Greek Easter Sunday, and play a version of egg conkers, but without the string ...

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