Friday, 3 October 2014

Autumn visitors ...

As the summer visitors depart up runway 02 ...

The autumnal boomerangers, have arrived via Easyjet, Thessaloniki airport, a taxi, the national bus, and Flying Cat 6. Simon and Donna, have arrived from Bolton - the hard way. Journey completed all in one day and are here on the rock.

Now its tough, visiting restaurants on their last few nights open, but they are assured of a warm welcome everywhere. The locals will know they love the island, because they are here when the others have left, and are staying here in the heart of the village ...

I heard the rumble of cases, opened the door and shouted 'Xenos' (Strangers) and it was great to see them, (Geitionas) neighbours for some days at least.

I have witnessed some tearful goodbyes, this afternoon, as summer has all but ended for mainstream tourism. Kalypso departs for its final Mamma Mia trip in the morning. The other boats have departed for dry dock.

Tonight I wandered the streets, OK a few hundred more Brits in the main have departed, but the tavernas and restaurants that are open are busy. One taverna friend called me over, He put a bottle of wine in my hand and said 'Yammas - Kalo Hirmonia' - Good winter!

Now as I do not drink and type - 'Kali Nichta apo Skiatho' (Good night from the rock) ...

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  1. It was so sad to say goodbye. Went in a restaurant one day, had a good meal, went back the next and it had closed. Walking down Papa Street and seeing the children playing football and locals walking their dogs, very few tourists around. Shops with sale signs saying -20% at the beginning of the week, and then - 20, -40 and then -50 as the week progressed, all eager to offload stock before the tourists all went home. Great bargains to be had to us eager shoppers but a great eye opener also. Hope you and yours have a good winter on the rock.

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    1. Hi Sue. Another week and it will all be over. The last UK flights are on Tuesday. The German people depart on Friday. Then it's back to the real Skiathos, not the tourist one.
      I enjoy summer, but the winter is really what it's all about, the village. In summer I can spot neighbours up by the Gymnasium school. They like that I spot them, and acknowledge them in the midst of all the tourists. Life is returning to normal (whatever that is) it's ferries and fishing boats, olives and tsipouro ...

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