Tuesday, 19 June 2018

The weather ...

Well its your favourite question ...

So as you asked, its a rad inclement, and thunderbolts all around ...

The hopper has been delayed, 1hour 45m and now is going to depart right into the worst of the weather ...

 
 

They must be expecting the thunderbolts to clear in the next half hour ...

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Summer storm and the footie ...

Matt captures the moment ...


No need to vote on it ...

A twenty minute storm last night, well two thunderclaps after direct lightning strikes on the island. Which seems to have upset some of the troops, for not being forecast.

Seems strange, as Italy had the weather on Tuesday, then the Balklans and Greece will get it the following day. Hail the size of tennis balls reported to the north in Serbia.

This was the Skiathos Weather station forecast when the 2.5mm of rain hit 'Mostly cloudy and cooler. Precipitation possible within 12 hours, possibly heavy at times. Windy'

More of the same expected over the next few days. But if you rely on the apps, and the 'Biased Broadcasting Corporation' ...

Tip of the day: The best Skiathos weather forecast is the 'mark one eyeball'
Look up and you can see whats coming ...

'Lightning struck a 14-year-old boy who was training in the stadium of Football Academy in Larissa, Central Greece, on Wednesday afternoon. The teenager was severely injured and passed out.

He was reportedly transferred to a local hospital, where doctors were reported to be struggling to keep him alive.

A summer storm hit the area on Wednesday afternoon, with heavy rain fall, with hail and very strong winds'. (Keep Talking Greece)

Lets hope the young man makes a full recovery ...

Superspeed - Thessaloniki service (Starts Friday 15th):

Super cat will leave at 09.00 from the port of Volos, making a local route to Skiathos and will return to Volos. At 12:15 it will depart from Volos with destinations of Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos, Skiathos, Thessaloniki. It will arrive at the port of Thessaloniki at 19.20.

The other ship, super speed, will depart from Thessaloniki at 10.00 with destinations of Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos, Skopelos, Skiathos, Volos. At the port of Volos it will arrive at 17.00.

Routes will be daily, while the ship departing from Volos every Friday and Sunday will also perform a local route Volos-Skiathos - Volos.

According to Deputy Minister of shipping, Nektário Santorinió, the assignment of this route was made under article 7 of law 2932 on ships, which provides for the possibility of an emergency ship routing to cover emergency transport needs.

Previous blog:Airport upgrade works and the footie ...

 High Temperature 
 Low Temperature
 29.7 °C at 14:46 
 21.8 °C at 6:42

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Airport upgrade works and the footie ...

Fraport, who now runs our airport (& 14 others) advise ...

Skiathos : To add 2,500 sq.m. to the Terminal, (Relocation of offices and reopening of the old terminal for winter operations),  the runway is to be re-marked, and a new fire brigade and guardhouse. This is being allocated from a total budget of EUR 15.7 million.

At all airports, except for that in Chania, for which there is no need, new luggage handling systems are to be installed.

Works are expected to be completed by the Summer 2109 season ...

Hopefully there will be a sale at Praktika (Greek B&Q) during the winter, to enable the works to take place. Looks like the emphasis is on airside, rather than the cattle market conditions in the main terminal so far this summer.

Cant help thinking that the BAA sale from the old terminal one at LHR, the surplus goods would have come in handy. But if Mussolini could make the trains run on time, Fraport have repaired, and refurbished the loos ...

Quiz time:

Where on earth - well Skiathos according to the Brits are these places ...

Achlades
Achilades
archeliedes
Arghus P
Kookoonares
Koukanauris
Koukananras
troulas beech

Not to mention or forget Scoopolous - Mamma Mia!

World Cup fever:

Question of the day, Where is the best place to watch the football?

Well in Greece just about everywhere. and Skiathos certainly is no different. If you are flying out this week, or at any time in the next few weeks. Then forget any hope of exemplary service, over the next few weeks, if the bar or taverna has a flat screen.

Those that haven't, usually do find one PDQ within the first week - as they are the ones with empty seats, and no customers ...

Come on guys, prove us wrong ...
Down on the old harbour everyone will be showing it. Fantastic atmosphere (If you are a football fan) until that night England get knocked out. Then you will see the saddest sight ever. The head down silent army of white shirts heading for the bus stop.

Best place to view that, anywhere along the new harbour ...

Previous Blog: 3000 arrivals ...

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 30.1 °C at 16:22 
 21.3 °C at 05:47

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

3000 arrivals ...

... on Friday 8th June

An upward trend of arrivals from abroad to Skiathos Airport, which on Friday received fifteen flights and about 3,000 tourists. The tourist figure for aviation arrivals is satisfactory, and is expected to fluctuate at last year's levels, with a possible one-digit increase.

At the end of June, the circle of arrivals of Italian tourists, also opening up, claiming a significant share of all visitors coming from different countries abroad.

Meanwhile, British Airways is expected from June 26 at Skiathos Airport, while the total number of flights abroad is gradually increasing as the full season approaches.

Alekos Efstathiou, President of Skiathos Hotel Association, welcomes the tourist traffic from abroad and estimates that the season will be just as good compared to last year.

Skiathos airport airport manager, Stefanos Lambropoulos, underlined that the landscaping works at the old terminal of Skiathos airport continue in the hope that they will be completed in time, and that from October, the start of work at the new terminal of the airport .

Source: http://www.taxydromos.gr/


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Low Temperature
 29.2 °C at 16:13 
 21.4 °C at 05:28

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Golden Star Ferries - Thessaloniki (2) ...

The booking lines are  now open, with departures from Friday 15th June ...

Depart Thessaloniki: 10:00am
Arrive Skiathos: 13:10pm

Depart Skiathos: 15:50pm
Arrive Thessaloniki: 18:55pm

At present the route will only operate to the Sporades, the extension to Syros has not yet been agreed.

Golden Ferries Superspeed - ex Krilo Eclipse (Dubrovnic)

Alternate days, will be operating either a Superspeed Ferry or Supercat ...

#skiathos #thessaloniki #Θεσσαλονίκη #Σκιάθος

Friday 15th is a big day for the island, with the opening of the Hotele Elivi at Koukounaries. Which is aimed at 'accomodating up to 850 high income tourists' with 104 rooms, suites and villas ...

Previous topic: Golden Star Ferries - Thessaloniki link is back ...

Previous Blog: Heatwave and another ferry coming ...

Late News: 

Update from Pauline ...

Small Banana this morning. 2 sunbeds with umbrella 20€; 1 beanbag lounger with no umbrella 5€; 1.5ltr water 3€; 1 pint beer 7€

Friday, 8 June 2018

Heatwave and another ferry coming ...

What does it mean? Someone asked ...

Its Hot! Hot for June and its the first heatwave of summer. So what do you expect when you hear the magic words? Temperatures like this ...


Thirty degrees during the peak of the day ...

What happens?

You drink a lot, Water and not the stuff out of the tap either (Actually never), only the bottled version. If you drink Beer than you will complain about the price later (Standard)

Being a Brit, and having worried about the weather, for months. Having been reliant on all the apps, FB and the forums. You resort to advice that you know and understand.


That just about covers it, then move on to Mossies, Wasps, Hornets, Snakes ...

Another ferry from Thessaloniki?

Aqua Blue: Thessaloniki - Sporades - Cyclades - Crete

By the end of June it is expected to start another route that will connect Thessaloniki for the quarter with Sporades, Cyclades and Crete, while at the same time, the launching of the ship, which will connect Thessaloniki from June 15 to the Sporades is ready, as the decision may be issued even today, as Undersecretary of Shipping and Island Policy, Nektarios Santorinios said, speaking at the station of the Athenian-Macedonian News Agency, "104.9 FM Agency".

"It's a long-running effort from the ministry," said Mr. Santorinios and, as he said, after the ministry managed to find the money to subsidize the line, he proceeded to the next steps: "About 15 days ago - perhaps and more - we made public the declaration of a connection between Thessaloniki and Sporades, Cyclades and possibility of expansion in Crete ".

"There is interest from some shipping companies and soon offers will be deposited in order to start this link by the end of June," the deputy minister said. "It is a line that we consider necessary and will help Sporades and Cyclades too, because it will connect them to two big markets such as Northern Greece and Crete". Also, according to the deputy minister, it will be an incentive for many of Northern Greece to visit the Cyclades and Crete.

"Around 20 June there will be announcements on the itineraries. The intention is - but is not finalized - to depart from Thessaloniki on Tuesday and Friday, "noted Mr. Santorinios and added:" In total, this boat - because it will catch several ports in the middle - is estimated to reach Crete in approximately 19 hours'.


"In Skiathos, for example, it will be around five to six hours in Syros in 10 hours," he added, while stressing that this route will last until mid-September.

Previous Blog: Ever been had? ...

PS: Anyone seen a rolling stone yet? Busy day at the airport 18 aircraft arriving and then departing today ...

High Temperature 27.4 °C at 18:21

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Ever been had? ...

Many people were ...

There has been a classic wind up taking place, these last few days, from a Greek friend on FB. Naturally the Brits read it and ran with it, and FB lit up with 'Meghan and Harry' being on the rock ...

Well not just on it, there happened to be a nice boat moored offshore, so that counts ...

Great news! - It went like wildfire ...

  'Almost a month after the wedding that pulled the lights throughout the world, Prince Harry and his princess, Megan Markle allegedly enjoy their first days as newlyweds on the island of Papadiamantis.
According to information that is not officially confirmed, the couple who "travels with majestic three-masted ship» (gallery), was spotted on the beach of the island Friday afternoon (01/06) and with the presence of the guard particularly discreet.
The incognito presence of the couple on the island, if applicable, evidenced by the fact that the authorities of the island do not have any official information, but the fact that there first occurs in cases of celebrity presence.
Why Skiathos was, is and will continue to be also one of the incognito destinations in the Mediterranean and the Aegean, for Hollywood stars up to Member leaders, since this can go (almost) unnoticed' ... (evolos.net via Newsbomb,gr)

Word spread wider and wider across the 'World Wide Windupweb' ...

The 'quick delete' button is out on the Skiathos sites, this morning, and two others have not found out yet. As they and many others slowly realise they have been had, by one of their own. The dawning realisation of more 'Fake News' Donald will be so proud ...

No censorship here - I stand by my previous comment, 'they were seen in Papadimanti with Elvis'

It made a refreshing change from the Brit meltdown on the FB groups ...

Previous Blog: Golden Star Ferries - Thessaloniki link is back & Alkyon Travel ...

Later Update (6th June) : Rolling Stones on Skiathos ...

Are you all crazy? A plane lands with a sticker on the side and the Rolling Stones are on Skiathos! Get real people, its a chartered aircraft. Anyone can use it, it only makes money when its in use.
Every site is running with The Rolling Stones are on Skiathos!

Just one question ...

Yes we see the photos of the aeroplane but Where are the photos of Mick, Bill and the gang ?

The island is only 12 kilometres (7 miles) long and 6 kilometres (4 miles) wide - Thats around 50 square kilometres. Where are the selfies and 'oh look who walked into my picture shots'?

The heat is sending people crazy along with drinking from the tap ...

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Golden Star Ferries - Thessaloniki link is back & Alkyon Travel ...

Confirmed at last ...

Golden Star Ferries will launch a direct route from Thessaloniki to the Sporades islands From Friday June 15th 2018. This was announced on Friday by Greece’s Shipping Ministry.


The ferries will depart from Thessaloniki daily at 10:00 a.m. and return at 19:15 p.m.

The single ticket fare is at 60 euros. With a return ticket the price reduces at 108 euros.
The ferries will operate until Sunday 9th September 2018.

For details check with travel agencies and local port authorities.

Source: Keep Talking Greece

Meanwhile in Athens ...

Alkyon Travel in Athens have moved from Kannigos Square to 12 Athinas Street. Which is very close to Plateia Monastiraki and the metro station.  Access to the office and the Alkyon private bus they operate to Aghios Konstantinos, should be much easier than before.

Previous Blog: Kalo Mina - Ιούνιος ...

Friday, 1 June 2018

Kalo Mina - Ιούνιος ...

Καλό μήνα Ιούνιος - June is here ...

Happy new month - Its the start of metreological summer, and the traditional busiest month, for annual returning visitors ...

Its not only the Brits, Kurt Russell & Goldie Hawn are usually on 'the rock' for their annual vacation to the island. Its always great to see them mixing with the tourists, and enjoying our little island every year.

 Its always sad to see the sidewise selfies posted, on social media - Leave them alone ...

My favourite sound, is that of the other annual visitors, the swallows and house martins peforming acrobatics, and screeching over the rooftops, and through the streets in town ...

News on another ferry route returning ...

Golden Star Ferries - Thessaloniki route ...

Everything indicates that Golden Star Ferries routes will start from June 15 .It is awaiting approval by the Council Coastal Communications.
Positive developments expected regarding the Thessaloniki ferry connection - Sporades with fast ferries of the Golden Star Feries.
The company has applied for emergency routing of fast ships (Superspeed and Supercat) to line Thessaloniki - Sporades from 15 June to 9 September.
As stated by the Deputy Mayor for Tourism and International Affairs Spyros Pegas in Voria.gr, the Marine and Island Policy minister, Panagiotis Kouroumblis reportedly has approved the company's request for the connection and even informed the mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutari of this development.
The only thing left to start the routes is the approval of the Coastal Communications Council, which all show that will give the green light.

Previous Blog: Flying Dolphin Erato returns, and Express Skiathos - Timetable changes ...

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Flying Dolphin Erato returns, and Express Skiathos - Timetable changes ...

Flying Dolphin Erato ...

From the Central Port of Volos which has announced the return and new routes of the passenger hydrofoil - Flying Dolphin Erato, which will take effect from tomorrow, Friday 1 to 15 June.

The vessel will be sailing from Monday to Friday at 06.30 every morning from Alonissos Skopelos, Skiathos and Volos, where you will arrive at 9.10 in the morning.
Then departs again at 14.00 from the port of Volos to the Sporades islands.

Every Saturday Erato will not run, while on Sundays it departs at 14.00 from Alonissos to Volos and at 17.30 will be sailing back to Skiathos, Skopelos and Volos

Express Skiathos ...

From the Central Port Authority of Volos, the new schedule of the  Express Skiathos were announced, which will be valid from June 21, 2018.

According to the new schedule, the ferry will sail every Monday and Tuesday at 07.45 from the port of Volos to the islands will depart on Wednesday at 12 noon, Thursday, Friday at 07.45 and Saturday at 06.45.

Previous Blog: Sad News ...

Golden Star Ferries - Thessaloniki route ...

Everything indicates that Golden Star Ferries routes will start from June 15 .It is awaiting approval by the Council Coastal Communications.

Positive developments expected regarding the Thessaloniki ferry connection - Sporades with fast ferries of the Golden Star Feries.
The company has applied for emergency routing of fast ships (Superspeed and Supercat) to line Thessaloniki - Sporades from 15 June to 9 September.
As stated by the Deputy Mayor for Tourism and International Affairs Spyros Pegas in Voria.gr, the Marine and Island Policy minister, Panagiotis Kouroumblis reportedly has approved the company's request for the connection and even informed the mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutari of this development.
The only thing left to start the routes is the approval of the Coastal Communications Council, which all show that will give the green light.