Monday, 27 March 2017

Saint Skiathos ...

The documentary titled 'Saint Skiathos' ...

Ἀλέξανδρος Παπαδιαμάντης; 4 March 1851 – 3 January 1911), also spelled Alexandros Papadiamandis, was an influential Greek novelist, short-story writer and poet.

It presents the most important stations of his life writer Papadiamantis, starting from the place where he was born and raised, Skiathos, and continuing to Mount Athos and Athens, culminating again in Skiathos, where he died of pneumonia ...

Thanks to friend of the blog, John Hanshaw for sharing the link ...


Ο άγιος της Σκιάθου

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Skiathos - All hands on Deck ...

Its time to clean the beaches, the holiday season is nearly here ....

March 26th - 2nd April 2017

Clean up week, “Skiathos - All hands on Deck” Now in its 12th year. The largest voluntary action for the environment in Skiathos.

Please see below the cleaning programme ...


Translation as follows ...

Monday. Agios Pantelemon. Meet 9.00 at the Acropolis for Transport.
Tuesday. Plakes & Bourtzi
Wednesday, Agistros and Elias Mandraki.
Thursday, Krifi Amos (Hidden Beach) and Mandraki.
Friday, Tsougria taken by the Kalypso, meet 9 30am on the Harbour opposite Alpha Bank.
Saturday, Megas Gialos. For this beach meet at the Acropolis at 9 30 and drive in convoy.
Sunday, Kastro, followed by Lunch ...

Happy UK Mothers day. To those who are new mums, to those who have their mums, and to those who miss theirs ...

A gift for you Mum's from a great friend - Konstantinos Fergadis at Pizza Gravisi in Skíathos ...


Tsougrias & Mt Dirfi on Evia, with snow on top ...

Saturday, 25 March 2017

25η Μαρτιου - Independence Day ...

Its Greek Independence day - Remember these words - Ελευθερία ή θάνατος - Freedom or Death ...

25 Μαρτίου 2014 ...
Here in Skiathos, Greek Independence day, like everywhere else in Greece will be celebrated with a parade, on its National day which is a holiday ...

'On March 25, 1821,  Bishop Germanos of Patras raised the Greek flag at the Monastery of Agia Lavra in Peloponnese, and the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire was officially born. The battle cry “Freedom or Death” was taken up by thousands, and war was waged for 9 years (1821-1829) until a small part of modern Greece was finally liberated and declared an independent nation'

Glasses will be raised down on the port, perhaps a few hundred litres of coffee consumed, perhaps a meze or seven - Its that kind of day ...

Just a reminder for absent minded readers ...

Its one of my favourite Saturday nights of the year...the clocks go forward! Longer days...more light!

Sunday, 26 March 2017 at 03:00:00 clocks are turned forward 1 hour to 04:00:00 local 'daylight time' instead

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on 26 Mar 2017, than the day before. There will be more light in the evening ...

In other words, the island is getting ready for summer ...

Friday, 24 March 2017

Airport news ...

Fraport Greece has released its plans and mockup designs of the projects, developments and renovations for the upgrades to 14 of Greece’s major regional airports it will soon manage and operate.


Here is a mockup design of Skiathos airport 

According to Fraport, upgrade works will contribute significantly to improving the overall customer travel experience at the Greek airports, while responding to the expected increase in tourism all over Greece.


By 2021, Fraport Greece will have invested in excess of 330 million euros for development works at the airports.

Once Fraport Greece takes over operations before the launch of the summer season, immediate actions at all airports will include general clean-up; improving lighting, marking of airside areas; upgrading sanitary facilities; enhancing services and offering new free WiFi, plus implementing works to improve fire safety in all the areas of the airports.

“The above projects are expected to improve the travel experience for passengers at the airports, until the major works are completed in 2021,” the company said in its announcement.

Fraport Greece’s major development works to be implemented during the first four years  include building five new passenger terminals — at the airports in Thessaloniki, Corfu, Kos, Kefalonia and Lesvos, plus modifications at Chania, Santorini, Action, Kavala, Samos, Rhodes, Skiathos and Zakynthos.

The significant improvements for increasing the total capacity of the airports and the quality of services also include increasing the number of check-in counters, security-check lanes, departure gates, and the number of aircraft parking stands.

Refurbishment projects at the 14 airports will be implemented for all runways, the existing terminals, sanitary facilities, 14 fire stations, airport apron areas, and 100 diesel generators. Baggage screening systems featuring the latest technology will also be installed at all of the airports.

An important element of Fraport Greece’s new project is to makeover the external and internal look of the airports.

“Indeed, the neat and, in some cases new, architectural designs will offer a new image at these 14 ‘gateways of Greek tourism’ – thus creating a pleasant travel experience to millions of passengers every year.”

Source: https://greekcitytimes.com/

At least the Brits will be pleased the loos will get fixed one day ...


Thursday, 23 March 2017

#thursdaythoughts ...

RIP PC Keith Palmer



Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Whats the weather like ...

Yesterday ...

Source: StavrosD1234 Published on YouTube 21 Mar 2017:

Fog transport observed in many regions of northwest Aegean today Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Cause of creation is to transfer warm air masses over the relatively colder water, resulting in condensation of water vapor near the surface of the sea. See video how the weather turned to Skiathos island through our camera at the highest point of the island.


   
That was yesterday, and spring is all around the olive groves. However today the island flight was again cancelled, due to bad visibility - Fog...

Later: Bit of trouble with the ageing laptop. IT bloke wanted to know if I'd disabled cookies. Apparently biting the legs off a gingerbread man with Junior at Christmas, doesn't count ...

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

World Poetry Day ...

I have been reminded by Yvonne, That today is World Poetry Day ...

Well this is my favourite poem

Sea Fever 
By John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied; 
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

I read it at my fathers funeral, and was once a 'Cutty Sark' tall ship racer  ...

Thought for today: #McGuinness "I have never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure" - Mark Twain #lestweforget



Monday, 20 March 2017

Spring/Investment ? ...

Its the first day of spring, the days are now longer than the nights ...

Good news for those counting down the days until warmer weather, and summer holidays – the 2017 spring equinox took place at 10.28am GMT on March 20.

This is the time when the sun passes the celestial equator and days become longer – no more going to work in pitch darkness.

For some March 20 marks the first official day of spring – but meteorologists argue that it’s actually March 1.

Happy first day of Spring.. 🌺🌸

In the news ...

Large investment funds, mainly from Saudi Arabia, have shown interest in investing on the island of Skiathos, as a result of the impressive development in the tourism sector, especially over the last five years.

Many companies are visiting the island to seek areas where they can build hotels or villas for Greeks and foreigners.

“A new investment was carried out three months ago by TENA for the construction of 87 luxurious villas aiming at the upgrade of the island,” the mayor of Skiathos, Dimitris Prevezanos, said in statements to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA). However, he cleared out that the area that is considered a forest area will remain at the municipality’s ownership.

“The municipality sees large but at the same time quality investments. The investment interest is always important as well as the respect to the environment, the inhabitants and the tradition,” he stressed.

Source: http://thegreekobserver.com/

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Flying Dolphin News ...

Summer is coming ...

Flying Dolphin Erato timetable amendments from Sunday 19th March ...

Competition for the Aqua ferry Mirotidissa, and Hellenic who are reinstating Flying Cat 6 on Thursday 31st March.

ANES Proteus returns on the 7th April to the Sporades routes.

Departs to Volos ...

Monday to Friday:
Departs: Skiathos 07:55am
Arrives: Volos: 09:10am

Saturday: No Service

Sunday:
Departs: Skiathos 12:25pm
Arrives: Volos: 13:40pm

Returns to Skiathos ...

Monday & Wednesday to Friday:
Departs: Volos 14:00pm
Arrives: Skiathos 15:15pm

Tuesday:
Departs: Volos 17:00pm
Arrives: Skiathos 18:15pm

Saturday: No Service

Sunday:
Departs: Volos 15:00pm
Arrives: Skiathos 16:15pm

Check Openseas.gr for up to date timetable amendments ...

Four weeks today is Pasca ...

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Prawns ...

Just need some tsipouro ...


How about a Greek salad to go with them ...


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