Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Bye Bye Summer ...

It's the last day of August ...

Officially the last day of metreological summer, and today its the annual Tomato festival in Bunol, Spain - better known as 'La Tomatina' ...

Trucks deliver 160 tonnes of ripe tomatoes, which are then splattered all over the town by the 22,000-strong crowd, creating the worlds largest Passata, in just over an hour ...

However my 'Alicante tomatoes' are in the main like green cricket balls.


A well aimed return with one of these, might do some serious damage ...



There are a few exceptions, which is good - I need some ripe ones for the weekend ...

Chutney anyone ...

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Kalimera ...

From our friend Nick Yerasimos, at Swell Bar ...

Photo: Nick Yerasimos at Swell bar
He said it was just for me - But its too good not to share.

So you too can enjoy the morning view from Megali Amos, with your first coffee of the day - Just like I did ...

Skiathos: 29.1 C, 84.3 F, 54.5% humidity at 11:00AM (Local)

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Irony for beginners ...

Is it me ...

As islanders and tourists alike stare at the empty shelves, in what now passes for the local branch of Carrefour/Marinopoulos.

I am reading many posts from UK based friends of the island, saying 'God bless Lidl' as its 'Greek week' bringing a piece of Skiathos to home etc.

The same people who also say ...

'We don't want to see a branch of Lidl, opening on Skiathos' something the people of Skiathos, would dearly need, and would love to see.

Off to scratch head ...

Saturday, 27 August 2016

For 'Beggarsbelief' ...

Beggarsbelief has left a new comment on your post "Contact The Skiathian ...":

Hi,

Reading your blog is almost as good as being there.

Request... Can you make the bus time tables (esp the Evangelistra one ( a little clearer and larger so I can read it. I am coming back in September Thanks


        Skiathos                   Monastery
Mon-Sat Sunday           Mon-Sat   Sunday
                07:30                          08:00
                08:30                          09:00
09:30  10:00 10:30       10:30
10:30 10:30 11:15 11:15
11:30 11:30 12:15       12:25
13:30 12:30 13:15 13:15
17:45 13:30 15:00 15:00
19:00 18:00 18:45 18:45
19:00        20:00 20:00

Hope that is OK for you (Link here) ...

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Changes ahead at the airport ...

A radical restructuring of regional airports will proceed ...

Fraport Greece, the German company will manage by the end of the year 14 regional airports for about 40 years.

Recently the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) the EIB approved 300 million in funding. For the provision of 14 regional airports in the Fraport (the total financing for the whole project may reach 400 million.)

The company aims to cover, to the season of 2017, the largest shortfalls in direct infrastructure.

Just take the regional company: they repaired the sanitation, baggage and delivery procedures will be simplified, electronic bulletin boards and renewed signs will be repaired.

In a second phase planned construction work, such as the extension of the terminals of airports, new restaurants and shops.

According to the concession agreement, the Greek-German consortium Fraport Slentel has a comprehensive program of construction works to upgrade 14 regional airports,
It is estimated that by the end of the 40-year concession will increase the number of passenger movements at around 52 million.



Skiathos the current width of the runway is 75 meters from the central axis and therefore does not comply with the requirements of the ICAO standards.

Yet there is not enough space at the end of runway 20 to provide a sufficient safety zone End Corridors (RESAs), as the area limited by road routes and sea.

Will move the baggage system, will expand the baggage hall and office spaces in the existing plant will be relocated. Following these works planned expansion of 2,953 sq.m. terminal, providing sufficient capacity until the end of the concession period.

Source: http://www.thenewspaper.gr/


Note: A number of hits requesting info on August 23rd 1944 - See the link on yesterdays blog entry

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Flying visit ...

From a friend on Skiathos ...

Bringing island supplies to the 'ex-pat - ex-pats'


Extra virgin olive oil, Skiathiti honey, Organic honey from the Bio farm. Dear friends, we promise we will put it all, to very good use.

Tonight we said farewell, after celebrating a belated birthday. SWMBO feeling rather tired, and Junior missing a great friend. As our visitor departs with a lighter case - well not exactly empty. There are supplies heading south for island ex-pats with our courier.

Fingers crossed the goods survive the heat and travel, and the heat in Skiathos on arrival tomorrow lunchtime ...

Footnote:

August 23rd 1944 ...

August 23 is a day of remembrance for Skiathos, you can read about it here ...


Saturday, 20 August 2016

Preservation, of the ancient streets of Skiathos ...

Translation of article relating to the preservation of the classic streets of Skiathos ...

Well done to Theo Tzoumas and the Cultural association of Skiathos.

The traditional streets of the island, which were shown in the international press in the 70s when photographs of  Jackie Kennedy by Aristotle Onassis and other celebrities of the international jet set, walking them, began to built in the 19th century.


Today, at least 150 years after the first decision of the island's authorities for their construction, the Ministry of Environment Architecture Department determined that it cobbled streets unique in Greece in typical configuration "herringbone" with peculiar pedestrian sideways.

The islanders streets are recent examples of local traditional 19th century. and local folk art, retaining many of the old morphological data and is necessary to maintain for the study of the history of paved. Besides, they are reference points for the islanders.

A total of 34 decisions manufacturing cobbled streets dating from 1906 to 1930 were identified in the Municipality of Skiathos by the Cultural Association "Skiathos" in an attempt to substantiate the historical value of local cobbled streets.

The stories of Papadiamantis, eloquent witnesses of the past in his work "The Chalasochorides mentions the-facing of the mega cobbles;" meaning the current street George Moraitis hitherto called "big alley",

The president of the Cultural Association Theo Tzoumas explains. "Also in the project' noted ''; the cousin Machoula and I, together the slippery cobbles, the incipient from the great house of Captain - Nicholas of Matarona and reach the seaside market '', referring to the current Alexander Moraitidis street. The house of Captain Nikola Matarona located at the beginning of the Al route. Moraitidis next to the Church of Our Lady Limnia ". As if nothing has changed since 1851 when the Skiathitis writer wrote the "Chalasochorides" ...

When and how were constructed

The story of cobbled describes vividly the historian-archaeologist Syraino crown-Dionysius, which agreed on the suggestion of their being declared as listed. "In 1829 with the establishment of the Greek State, the islanders again settled in the port coming from the area of ​​the castle. The new settlement of Skiathos started to be implemented from 1829-1830 and in 1855 the city rymotomisi begins on two hills, which are located on the seashore, "he explains. "The large natural harbor was a regulatory element of island life.

In densely built part of the settlement, the houses are usually small, built close to each other, two and stone, and the old narrow streets are paved. In the center of the road serving long thin stones in the shape of 'herringbone' 'and inclined to the axis of the street in order to facilitate the removal of rainwater. On either side of this provision -the 'herringbone' '- and by building lines, paving continues with more flat plates and markedly less inclined to the axis of the street in order to separate from the central arrangement of the stones, as a kind of pavements of the time. "

Declaring the cobbled streets as listed originally secured the favorable opinion of the Architecture Council of the Regional Unit of Magnesia and Sporades and then the decision is sent to the Architecture Department of the Environment and Energy Ministry. "After many months of our collaboration with the ministry some time ago posted Gazette which are characterized as preserved cobbled streets of Filokleous Georgiades, George Moraitis, Trinity and Alexander Moraitidis located in the settlement of the Municipality of Skiathos. The decision vindicated our initiative, "says Mr. Tzoumas.

According to the Official Gazette, in characterized as preserved streets prohibited any removal, alteration or destruction of individual components and decorative elements, their construction materials (stones and binder), while operations are permitted for the modernization of facilities for the drainage of rainwater for operational reasons - if not altered the architectural character and does not prejudice the listed elements and preserved elements of their surroundings. For any maintenance, repair, restoration or cleaning preserved cobbled streets and their related data will now require the assent of the Architecture Council.

WHAT islanders TRADITIONAL streets should be preserved

George Moraitis: He came from the old family of Moraitis who settled in Skiathos in 1771, after Orlov, from Mistra. Family patriarch was Papa Diamantis, a relative of Papadiamantis. He studied pharmacy at the University of Istanbul in 1895 settled in Izmir. After the Asia Minor Catastrophe went to Alexandria. In 1950 he offered a tidy sum in pounds sterling, for the water supply of the homeland, Skiathos, which proclaimed the great benefactor.

Filokleous Georgiadis: He was twice mayor and once president of the community. It was installed on the island in the first years after the liberation from the Turks. Allocated enough money from his property for public utility projects and beautification of the island while legacy blanketed the stream in the village center, today Papadiamantis street.

Alexander Moraitidis: Known writer of short stories and travel impressions. The short stories were published in "Citadel" from 1888 to 1908. novelist, scholar, poet, playwright, essayist, translator, scholar, journalist, first praktikografos of the Greek Parliament. In 1928 he was named president of the Academy of Athens

With Initiative and action in the cultural association the skiathos ', declared as a heritage the cobblestones of skiathos, Architekotnikḗs Directorate of the ministry of environment and energy, with the feck 93 PCR / 26-05-2016.
The Club would like to thank sincerely the Katerina Rovva for the excellent article in the nation (19.8.2016).

Friday, 19 August 2016

Winter flights from Athens ...

Additional flights, and competition at last ...

For the locals, residents and those intrepid out of season travellers to the island, and beyond

From 1st of October Sky Express will be operating from Athens to Skiathos, every Monday and Friday.

A screenshot of the prices can be found below. Luggage allowance is 15kg hold + 6kg hand baggage. (Thanks Dennis N) It seems the book early prices are the same as those with Aegean/Olympic Air.

Monday flights

Depart Athens 10:20 Arrive Skiathos 11:00
Depart Skiathos 11:20 Arrive Athens 12:00

Friday flights

Depart Athens 15:00 Arrive Skiathos 15:40
Depart Skiathos 16:00 Arrive Athens 16:40

Thanks to Steve in Skiathos, and Skiathos Island News for the information ...


Sky Express News release here

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Koimisis tis Theotokou ...

The Dormition (or the Assumption) of the Virgin Mary (in Greek: Koimisis tis Theotokou) is a Great Feast of the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches which commemorates the "falling asleep" or death of the Theotokos (Mary, the mother of Jesus; literally translated as “God-bearer”).

 In Greece, it is celebrated on August 15 as the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. Every place of Greece has a story of the Virgin Mary (in Greek: Panayia), and every part of the country also holds a festival every August on the 15th to celebrate her.

 Photos of the celebration at the Evangelistria monastery, shared with the kind permission of Victoria Sandels Photography ...


lloyd62's 2016 - 140816 album on Photobucket

Monday, 15 August 2016

How the blog works ...

Comments are always welcome ...

Some get a little confused about how it all works, so to clarify

If you have a Google or Wordpress account, you can respond on the blog. If you do you will 99% of the time get a response from me too.

One of our friends has suggested, that the responses were censored. This is not the case, and never has been. However I reserve the right to post what is clean - right or wrong.

When you post, the comment awaits moderation - This stops random posts Spam and the inevitable dodgy advertising links that may cost you money - By clicking the link.

I get quite a few as the blog is popular, the web crawlers give the spam folks the address. You miss out on all the offers available - some may even be of interest ...

If you post you always get a message as detailed below from Blogger

Your comment will be visible after approval ...


As author, I cannot change what you write, its your 'Intellectual property' so that just gives me the following options

Post - Delete - Mark as Spam

I usually post or delete if its random comments fired by late night alcohol - or you can't/must not say that - or the keep our island secret posters ...

Hope this clarifies the misleading information, you may have read elsewhere ...



Saturday, 13 August 2016

Wet Wet Wet ....

The rain has arrived ...

Its windy again too. Its the first rain since July 7th, and will be giving the island a spruce up. Removing the dust and flushing the storm drains.


Hopefully swelling the remaining olives, which have been dropping from the trees in 'Olive year' due to the heat and drought conditions. Yesterdays winds stripping the trees, of the much loved island crop ...

Well it is the 'Assumption'  Bank Holiday weekend. Normally its the Brits who are the islands highest proportion of visitors, however this weekend it should be the Greeks from the mainland. So you can guess who they will be blaming for the unseasonable weather ...

As one noble island correspondent has said - 'Its been tippng it down all night, and this morning, Its plastic mac time in Papa D st today' ...

So if you are on the island, and have not got one, get out quick and make that all important holiday purchase. If you arrived from Luton via Athens - Its not been your trip so far, but rest assured the sun will be out again soon ...

More fun at the airport this morning, after yesterdays flying display. Two diversions this morning, both weather related. Austrian to Athens and Blue Panorama to Thessaloniki, due to the wind and rain. The Scandies are on their way too ...

Current Sorry - yesterday's wind conditions: Showing the exact time the Xanemos weather station went offline. Thanks to Matt Stoll for the spot on advice ...



Data: Nikos Paschalis Xanemos Weather Station

Late News: Local word has it, that the Nunki station anometer, is embeded in the side of the airport control tower ...

Friday, 12 August 2016

Crosswinds and Fly By's ...

We have a great airport ...

Sometimes it puts on a special performance, which gives the plane spotters, and assembled holiday nutters an experience to remember.

Today was one of those days, to have a camera to hand, and to be in the right place at the right time ...

Here is a video shared by Ben Luck, one of the active spotters in the Skiathos airport FB Group. It is of Thomson TOM5584 from London Luton Airport seen here making its first attempt at landing at Skiathos this afternoon ...


 

That was the first attempt, at dealing with the strong 40 Knots crosswind, and severe windshear conditions, They had another go too, and the same result.

It was a Boeing 757-200 (G-OOBF) a regular visitor to the island, but the conditions on arrival were too much for the pilots, and the requirements of having a stable approach for landing.


So after a tour of the Marine Park, and a view of 'The church' that they will not have to pay Thomson/TUI for ...


They were forced to divert to Athens, so three excursions in one trip. Mamma Mia, Marine Park and Athens all in one trip. Not going to be a good week for comission for the reps ...

2016-08-12
London (LTN) Skiathos (JSI) B752 (G-OOBF)
STD 06:05 BST
ATD 06:54
ETA 11:20 EEST
Diverted to ATH


Where presumably the passengers emptied the trolleys of all food on board, whilst thinking of filling in claim forms, waiting for the local conditions to abate ...

So it was 3rd time lucky, after a quick sprint up, from the greart metropolis. they managed to make it down fine, if late but safe and sound.

2016-08-12
Athens (ATH) Skiathos (JSI) B752 (G-OOBF)
STD 15:24 EEST
ATD 15:24
ETA 15:36 EEST
Landed 15:47

A four hour delay, for those checked in at the airport, But hardly the airlines fault. Well done to the pilots who despite showing off their skills in testing and tough conditions, made the right decision for all those on board ...

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Invitation ...

On behalf of the cultural society or skiáthos and the Austrian Embassy in Athens,


You are invited to a classical music, concert of chamber music
Academy énchordōn under the direction of Christos Kanéttē Mitterer

Tonight, Thursday, August 11, 21:00 at the Hotel Atrium,
Entrance Free.

Tomorrow, Friday, August 12, 21:00 at the Bourtzi theatre.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Crazy August ...

Its here the peak of the summer season ...

The forums and groups are alive with heat, not all of it coming from the sun up above. The stress levels among the holiday makers, as high as that of the staff working hard, in the heat to make their experience an enjoyable one.

These are the weeks when the waiters have no time for a friendly chat, get in, get seated, give me your order, eat, pay me, and move on ...

Top prices are demanded for all services, the price of a room, will make your eyes water. The cash register is ringing, money is being counted. There will not be a car, quad, motorcycle, scooter, push bike available, all the fleets will be out on the road.

Even the Mossies and wasps will be circling looking for the discerning client. If this is not your idea of a holiday experience, then August is not going to be for you ...

As one island friend said yesterday - 'Its Hot' - No I replied, 'Its August' ...

Just when you thought it was safe to book up, for September, You find out that The Daily Mail readers are coming ...

Monday, 8 August 2016

August Limoncello update ...

Its progressing well ...

Limóncello 08/09/2016
After seven weeks of agitation and maturing, there is a heady waft of alcohol laden lemon scent. We still have one of the last batch, waiting for SWMBO to try with her friends, when she returns from hospital ...

Skiathos remains dry and under fire watch conditions, no rain since the 7th July. Fire risk level is 3/5 in town and 4/5 at Xanemos. Both figures from the respective weather stations, operated by our friend Nikos Paschalis and updated to us by Trevor.

If you like Octopus then today's recipe from My Greek Kitchen may put you on the mood for a meze, I know it did for me ...

Friday, 5 August 2016

Info for Greek bank account holders ...

Info for Greek bank account holders:

Capital controls are to be relaxed a bit further as of Monday. It will then be possible to withdraw 840 euros in one go every 2 weeks and the amount that can be withdrawn from transfers from abroad is to be increased from 10% to 30%.

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

Later update:

So, the "leftist" SYRIZA government is now proudly proclaiming, that it is loosening the capital controls that have been in place for over a year.

Instead of being limited to withdrawals of 420 euros per week per bank account, limits will be "loosened" to 840 euros per 15 day period, per bank account.

7 days x 2 = 14 days
420 x 2 = 840 euros

Of course the "oh so clever" and "non gullible" Greeks are sucking it up, while the global "left" still thinks Tsipras "tried the best he could." ...

Thursday, 4 August 2016

One for Marg ...

No fear of moderation ...

Thanks to Mr Malcolm, on his 'last night out on the rock' (Until the next time) for answering a good friends question, with a timely photo ...

Prwans Batis ...

The ingredients are prawns, garlic, vodka, milk, cream and mustard. The method to make it is a closely guarded secret ...

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Renovations at the Hotel Xenia (Update - 03/08) ...

Thanks to 'Steve in Skiathos' and 'Skiathos Island News' for very kindly, allowing us to share the following update, and photos of the ongoing works ...

Steve has been out and about, with the camera, once again, this time in the August heat,

He advises 'Latest photos from the Xenia hotel. Earlier suggestions that it will be finished for 2017 may be somewhat optimistic (see proposed plan!)

According to the guys there, the work will continue throughout the summer, and is due for completion in May 2017'...












Tuesday, 2 August 2016

A first time visitor writes ...

Its always good to hear or read a new opinion ...

I saw a mermaid last week ...

Monday, 1 August 2016

Καλημέρα, καλή εβδομάδα και καλό μήνα ...

Good Morning, Good Week and Good Month ...

Crazy August has arrived, and it looks like Xristos is suffering ...


His customers are not though ...


Has anyone seen Mr Malcolm - MIA ?