Thursday, 22 June 2017

Europa 2 ...

Hello Good Morning ..,

... and welcome back to the cruise liner Europa 2



A busy week for our friends on Skiathos. The Salamis Filoxenia visited on tuesday, and what an interesting history that ship has had - Click Here to find out why ...


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Airborne update over the Olive Grove ...

Happy Summer solstice ...

The summer solstice has happened its June 21, also known as the longest day of the year ...

Sunrise in Skiathos was at 6:00 AM
Sunset in Skiathos 8:56 PM

That's 14 hours, and 56 minutes of midsummer fun.

Meanwhile at Stonehenge, and most of Britain you can enjoy 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight.
As, the sun rose at 4:43am and will set at 9:31pm

Its going to be a warm one, So where would you rather be sunkissed, naked at Stonehenge or down on Spartacus ?

Talking of which, take a look at this video ...

All credit to Svend Brinch for this amazing view, of the developments on the Koukounaries peninsular ...



From the air the beaches at Banana are even more stunning ...

Meanwhile, its going to be another very warm day, so you need to keep cool. What better way than with a Water Melon. Now I have to admit, I am not the greatest fan since being force fed them every night for two weeks in Crete.

But this is different ...


Its an Argo from Volos, It weighed 3.5 Kilos, and when I realised, I just had to lug it home. Junior thought Christmas comes twice a year ...


The sweet side we ate, and the sour side, went in the juicer. It made 1.5 litres and is residing in the fridge. What you see is almost frozen in an old Vodka bottle ...



Now there is an idea, 'Water Melon Vodka' you would happily pay me €10 a glass for that, with a sprig of mint wouldn't you - Thats my 'Happy Hour' offer ...

Late Update:

Καλο παραδεισο Βαντα ...

Previous blog: Beach Auctions / Planned power Cuts on 23rd, 24th & 25th June...

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Beach Auctions 2017 & Power cuts ...

The auctions took place yesterday ...

They will operate until 31/12/2019, The exception being Big Banana which will only operate until 31/12/2017.


So except for Agistros and Agia Paraskevi went for exactly €500, more then the reserve price. Tsougrias went for an eye watering €35500, again €500 more then the reserve ...

€23500 higher than asking price, lets hope its collected and spent wisely ...

Planned power Cuts  Skiathos 23rd, 24th & 25th June



Thanks to Steve in Skiathos and Skiathos Island News for the update ...


Previous blog: Skiathos bans plastic bags ...

Monday, 19 June 2017

Skiathos bans plastic bags this summer ...

Yes really ...

http://www.tornosnews.gr reports ...

The island is launching the ASAP programme (Active Skiathos Against Plastic bags)

Plastic bags will soon be a thing of the past for the Greek island of Skiathos, one of the most beautiful resorts in the country, which has voted to ban their use in line with European directives. The island is launching the ASAP programme (Active Skiathos Against Plastic bags) run by the MEDITERRANEAN SOS Network, which is to run until the end of June 2018, with a beach-cleaning activity on Friday.

Funded by BeMed (Beyond Plastic Med), the Thalassa Foundation, Skiathos municipality and MEDITERRANEAN SOS Network, the ASAP pilot programme will strive to increase public awareness and sensitise the public to this issue. It mirrors a similar programme successfully adopted by the island of Alonissos, another island in the Sporades group, using tried-and-tested methods and tools to get islanders on board, such as beach-cleaning, consultation processes, distribution of fabric shopping bags etc.

Read more here.

So all the household rubbish will be bagged up, and left outside in the street, in free fancy fabric bags instead ? This will take some believing changing the culture ...

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Hotel Xenia - Update ...

Ministries Approve Plans to Build Holiday Village on Skiathos

The Greek island of Skiathos is about to get a new holiday village located next to the well-known Koukounaries beach on the northern Aegean.


For some reason they are looking at the wrong end of the beach ...
The government has given the go-ahead to create the holiday resort following a joint decision by five ministries who took into consideration everything from the investment plan to the environmental impact.

It is to be built in an area that is 65,900 square meters and was sold back in 2013 by the Greek State’s privatization fund, TAIPED. It was purchased by Nathanailidis construction company for 2.6 million euros.

Source: http://www.ekathimerini.com/ but all the Greek sites are carrying the info ...

Now it seems its all legal and will move to completion, which will be great for the island.

Makes you wonder if 'TAIPED' pocketed €2.6m for this development - How much was trousered by the owner of the Olive grove behind Banana beach ?

Is that his boat with the helicopter in the bay? ...



Catch up on yesterdays blog: SWMBO - Its a must read ...

Saturday, 17 June 2017

SWMBO ...

A very important update for those that still follow the blog ...

One year ago Kamila (SWMBO) was offered a life changing decision. To go for surgery at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

She was a terminal stage 4 cancer patient, who had defied all the odds. So she took another chance.

This is her yesterday with her friend the surgeon, who gave her an opportunity on life instead.


So for all of you, who followed her journey, who helped. Many of whom sent love, stood by her, and for all those messages of support. Especially those on 'a small green island in the aegean' ...

This is how it looks to be told, after what has been a very scary three months, where it was not certain. That at least for now - Cancer free ...

Friday, 16 June 2017

Rosetta Stone ...

I ordered the Greek version from Amazon, some years ago ...

Try as I might, I just cannot get it to load on my Laptop. However it seems there is a tablet version, in the British Museum.


Along with very many other interesting things from Athens ...

I will be going back to explore at leisure, as soon as I can do so,

'The Rosetta Stone is a granodiorite stele, found in 1799, inscribed with three versions of a decree issued at Memphis, Egypt in 196 BC during the Ptolemaic dynasty on behalf of King Ptolemy V. The top and middle texts are in Ancient Egyptian using hieroglyphic script and Demotic script, respectively, while the bottom is in Ancient Greek. As the decree is the same (with some minor differences) in all three versions, the Rosetta Stone proved to be the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs'

Beach Auctions

The Beach auctions have again been delayed and are now scheduled for next Monday. No doubt the prices will be high for the bidders, but low in return for the successful licence holders. After all it will be week 8 of the season, and there will be just sixteen more left, until the end of it ...

Thursday, 15 June 2017

TUI Chief Says Longer Season, Improved Infrastructure Key to Greece’s Tourism Growth ...

TUI Chief Says Longer Season, Improved Infrastructure Key to Greece’s Tourism Growth

Extending the season and creating substantial infrastructure are key to maintaining the momentum in Greek tourism, TUI Group CEO Friedrich Joussen told Greek daily Ta Nea, adding that insecurity due to strikes can lead to great losses.

The Hannover-based group is the largest tour operator active in Greece, investing additionally this year in cruise travel as well as in a pilot sustainable tourism program on the island of Crete. But Joussen is quick to point out that despite increasing tourist numbers in the last two years, sector professionals must continue to work towards improving services and keeping damaging actions at bay.

“I believe it is important that while things are going well there are no actions taken that thwart the upward trend,” Joussen said referring to an increase value added tax and a proposed night levy.

“I wonder, is it really sensible to take such measures? To the contrary, I believe it is more important to ensure upgraded infrastructure is in place such as airports…,” he added.

Joussen pointed out that despite the sociopolitical factors that have turned tourism flows to Greece, the country remains a very attractive destination due to its excellent human potential, sea, sun, natural environment and infrastructure as well as for its originality and a way of life that embraces tourism.

According to Joussen, Greece’s tourism strategy should focus on taking advantage of a current increased interest in the Western Mediterranean and the overall insecurity elsewhere in the region but it should also remain a strong destination in the long term by offering excellent services and attracting in the meantime new visitors.

On a final note, Joussen said that TUI was investing in additional flights to Greek destinations, expanding its hotel dynamic and boosting cruise travel by 20 percent compared to last year. The company has also organized on Crete a pilot program involving a network of hotels and agricultural businesses, farmers, wine producers, olive growers with the aim of linking tourism with local agricultural production and becoming a model of sustainable tourism.

Sounds good in principle, I wonder how they will persuade the mainland locals, from heading back to the mainland in droves, for winter work from mid September ...

MS Europa 2 - one of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world, is currently moored offshore the old harbour of Skiathos.


As is usual lots of 'shock gasp horror oh no's from the #NIMS'

But none of them will be in town whilst the cruise passengers are ashore, offloading their funds in local tavernas and businesses ...

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Sunrise ...

A burning globe from a boiling sea ...

At this time of the year, it rises out of the sea to the north of Alonnisos


If you are up early enough, and know where to look ...

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Late News ...

Today marks six months without drinking a drop of alcohol or any kind of wine!

Six months of eating seven fruit and veg a day, drinking 10 glasses of water, no carbs and no red meat, with lots of 8 hr sleeps.

The change in my body has been fantastic! I feel great, I lost weight and my way of thinking is very positive! I'm looking to keep this up because I choose to! No alcohol, eat only healthy foods, get lots of sleep and above all, an hour of exercise every day!

God knows whose status this is, but I was so happy for them, I copied their good news while I'm eating a pizza ...

Thunder and Lightning

Seems during the earlier storm, the lightning made a technical adjustment to the electrical supply of one of the Halkia (Χαλκιά) hardware shop on the ring road. Hopefully the electrical company can put it all back together again by 7.30am tomorrow ...

Soon be July, it will stop raining and return to heat again ...

UK Election

Still enjoying the news, which is like a record with a scratch.