Friday, 21 September 2018

Weather watch ...

Seems a number are very concerned ...

Apparently according to the BBC and the apps. Autumn will arrive 'on the rock' next week. What are we going to do if it rains? Pack a brolly and a pac a mac, always a good idea ...

 © Nick Yerasimos @Swell Bar
Today is the autumn equinox so its a fair assumption, it will not get warmer from now on.

The Greek forecast is only good for three days so at the moment all good for the weekend.

However ...

Much cold weather with temperatures more than 10 °C below normal is expected to spread across east-central Europe and the Balkan peninsula early next week (severe-weather.EU)


Well I usually suggest, 'If you are caught short' then 'a good book, a bar of Greek chocolate and a glass of Greek red wine' Then before you know it, It will be all over.

Its the Mayors fault, he has been interviewed 'its the best tourist September for years, and hotels are operating at 70% occupancy, with mainly British, Italian and Scandanavian tourists' ...

That explains why the best rated restaurant at the moment, closed for the season last night ...

Well its soon to be election time ...

However a study Finds That People Who Enjoy Beer, Wine And Chocolate Live Longer

So drink up people - a new study says you're 20% less likely to die if you drink wine, beer and chocolate.

Stuff the weather forecast, follow my bad weather advice! ...

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Todays cruise ship ...

Was the Salamis Filoxenia ...

Its a Cypriot boat, registered in Limassol ...

Photo: Kiriakoulis Seaways
It sailed this evening for Thessaloniki, with its 336 Australian, British, Cypriot, Russian and Ukranian guests. after spending the day enjoying the delights of Skiathos.

Cash going into the tills around the town whilst everyone else is on the beach sunning themselves.

Wonder if its the last one of the season - Hopefully not ...

Anyone else feeling the autumn lethargy?

As the sun slips southwards on the horizon, the evenings start to draw in. The falling light levels and the noticeable start of coughs and sneezes. The body clock starts saying soon be time to hibernate, or if you are a swallow or swift, its time to fly south to warmer climes ...

Never a better alternative than to nip down to Cafe Del Mar, and let the sun feast on your bones, whilst looking over at tsougria through the bottom of a wine glass ....

Whilst planning your next adventure ...

Previous Blog: All aboard ...

Late News: Started taking the brollies down, and the sunbeds away at Aghia Eleni, as tourist summer winds back ...

Monday, 17 September 2018

All aboard ...

The hopper circa 1976 ...

Olympic Airways operated a pubic obligation service to the island from 1972, when the airport opened. It allowed state subsidised travel to and from Athens. A lifeline for the island during the long winter months.


Looks like the pilot is helping a customer too, this must be a publicity shot ...

The aircraft Olympic Airways NAMC YS-11A-220 (Isle of Samothraki) [SX-BBI] was a twin-engined turboprop airliner built in Japan and was delivered to Olympic Airways on 28 April 1971.

The photo, in front of where the old terminal building currently stands, and which is being brought back to life again this winter ...

Previous Blog: Katsonis weekend ...

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Katsonis weekend ...

Its the memorial weekend ...

The announcement is in Greek, but its the annual commemoration of the loss of the submarine Katsonis. 75 years ago on the 14th September 1943 ...






The annual wreath laying, and the reading of the sailors names, will take place at the memorial on the old harbour at 11am on Sunday 16th September. Following the church service at Tries Hieraches.

Be there by 10:30am  to witness one of the islands most important events ...

I have written about this event many times, if you wish read more about it here

Later update: Sunday morning (06:20am) - The submarine has arrived in the port, there is a minesweeper - HS Starakis P29. Kavaloudis class Type: La Combattante IIIb ...


The submarine "Katsonis S-123" is visiting Skiathos today for Katsṓneia 2018.


This year there will be no tours of the submarine, like in previous years, as the submarine after laying the laurels, will depart for its scheduled exercise ...

Katsonis S-123 - Photo: Kiriakoulis Seaways

Katsonis S-123 - Photo: Kiriakoulis Seaways


Previous Blog: Warmer still ...

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Warmer still ...

OK so it rained last night ...

Hardly a disaster, a few thunderbolts at 3am. It was the fortnightly thunderstorm ...

Wow shock horor, the noisiest storm ever - Really?

But it looks like its going to get even warmer next week

Even warmer / hotter weather for large parts of Europe likely next week! Looks like a late September heat wave is coming ...

Slush fun ...


Tony Robinson is pitching a series to Channel 5  where Mr Petrov and Mr Boshirov  take us round some of Britain’s greatest monuments. It’s to be called ‘ I Spy With My Little Eye’. I think it could be as big as Time Team ....

Thought for the day

14 Sep 1752: The British Empire adopts the Gregorian calendar, skipping 11 days (the previous day was 2 Sep). New Years Day becomes 1 Jan, previously it was 25 Mar, which stays as the tax year end + 11 days = 5 Apr (6 Apr since 1800).

Late News just in ...

Read of a restaurant closing up for the season, on September 13th - See you next year, They do know the season has four weeks to run. Or are they another, only catering for a certain palate?

How can the island ever have any hope of extending the season, with this kind of support, from a business for the tourists still there, and planning to arrive shortly ...

Previous Blog: Weather forecast ...

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Weather forecast ...

For our seasonal cardigan lovers ...

Very warm weather with temperatures close or even over 30 °C returns to much of the southern half of Europe this week. Late summer sun continues unabated across most of Europe ...


Anyway check first with the BBC just in case (Auntie knows best) ...

Last Wednesdays TC to Manchester was 3 tonnes overweight, so had to refuel at Kavala. Local reports said it was due to over excess at the tavernas, but sources at the airport suggest it was winter woolies ...

August blues are descending rapidly into stormy September squabbles on the forums. It makes for interesting reading.

As the first grip of autumn sends a chill through the bones, the season of falling leaves is upon us. It makes us all try to hang on to the last sunrays of a golden summer past, with just dark nights and winter chill to look forward to.

Just 27 more days to go, enjoy the heat, where its best appreciated, on the beach ...

Question of the day:

Q: Why does it take only 3.5 hours to get there but 6.5 on the way back?
A: Guess their watch has stopped ...

Previous Blog: Καλημέρα ...

Late News: For the blog spammers from the sub continent, Yes we know who you are - Good Evening India its 4 - 1 #EngvInd

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Καλημέρα ...

Good Morning from Swell Bar ...

 © Nick Yerasimos @Swell Bar
Where Nick Yerasimos is probably laying out the cardigans for another warm one ...

Interesting few days reading the forums, learned where to go for the best 'stuffed burger' and the price of beach towels in certain establishments.

Looked up the price of Micro fibre beach towels, apparently they fold away and weigh next to nothing, and are sand resistant.Will be taking that recommendation, a step further in the very near future.

Man v Aeroplane

Not sure what this guy is focusing in on ...

 © http://skiathian.blogspot.co.uk/  
But I think the guy in front, with the girlfriend already has an idea ...

In the latest edition, of 'Man v Aeroplane' we feature a tourist with limited reading ability, taking on a Jet engine in the pursuit of fun ...

© http://skiathian.blogspot.co.uk/  

In the process covering the car park, in around four giant leaps for mankind, as the result was swiftly decided in favour of the turbine. Neil Armstrong must be looking down, with pride ...

Final Result: Small Planet Airbus 1 - #Numpty 0 ...

Todays boat trip tip, saved someone €32, sadly due to the winds no Lalaria and Kastro, so they will now hopefully it enjoy over lunch at Kati Yorgi

Previous Blog: Winding down, or winding up? ...


Friday, 7 September 2018

Winding down, or winding up? ...

Strange as it may seem ...

It is still summer, my heatwave prediction until the 11th is holding out so far

With still a month to go.until the last flight departs, amid the increasing requests regarding 'bringing cardigans and jackets' and a few 'worried about the weather next week' posts ...

Its another manic airport  Friday with 23 arrivals and 23 departures planned. (Down from a high of 24 - One gone already)  ...

Final nights ...

Last night (5th) September - was the 'last sunset trip' with the Eleni crew, the sales team are off back to Leeds. Sunsets will still remain available, probably best viewed glass in hand from 'Agia Eleni' beach or perhaps better Banana, as the sun slips southwards in the evening sky ...

Fri (7th) September - Last 'house party' of the season at Jaguar.
This probably means there are no young people left, as the ferry timetables, change next week ...

The open air cinema continues, you can see the programme details here on the blog as usual

Some end of season flight bargains over the last few days with flylolo from Southampton, and a £67 return flight today from LGW. Even Kriandos is on a '£43 one way to the rock' from Manchester. He mentioned the magic words 'May have to be Parga' and the price dropped ...

As the season starts to draw to a close, details of last nights, and planned seasonal closures - I will post them here ...

Any sighting of the pink flamingo gang, are they still swaning around 'the rock' ...

Previous Blog: Ferries set to return ...

PS: The last test match of the summer starts today at the Oval. Its been an fantastic summer of entertainment & drama  Hope the last test is exactly the same ...

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Ferries set to return ...

Looks like its all over ...

The PNO union of Greek seamen on Tuesday ended a two-day strike that had left thousands of tourists and tons of produce stranded at ports.

PNO's executive committee was initially discussing the possibility of extending the action, which was already in its second day on Tuesday, when talks with ferryboat owners came to an agreement later in the day.

According to an announcement from PNO, the deadlock was broken after ferry operators offered a pay rise of 2 percent for 2018, to go into effect retroactively from January 1.

All boats are expected to sail as normal this morning ...

Previous Blog: Skiathos Heliport ...

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Skiathos Heliport ...

It was the only way to travel ...

Well there are no ferries again today so time for a comeback? No ferries/cat/dolphin running on the route again today so far ...

The heliport was built at Platanias, at a time when a helicopter was the only way to access Skiathos from the air. Onassis-owned Olympic Airways had scheduled passenger helicopter flights from Athens to a string of islands that included Skiathos with Sud SA-321F Super-Frelon helicopters. 

SA 321 F "Hermès" F-OCMF - D. Liron
The helicopter would do the service in 20 minutes, while a boat would do the equivalent service in 6 hours. Helicopters would land and take off on a circular concrete helipad. 



The helipad remained in operation until the Skiathos airport was completed in 1972. 


 (Kyprianos Biris on hellasga.com).
It is still easily recognisable, located just behind the main road, by the Hotel Ostria at Platanias, on the southern shore of the island. 

Source: http://www.forgottenairfields.com

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