Saturday, 23 September 2017

Flylolo ...

... are back ...

They are going to start offering flights, from Southampton airport to Skiathos in 2018.


As they say, watch this space ...

On the subject of flights, next Fridays departure to London Stansted (29th September) is being rescheduled, due to a pilots strike. Departing Skiathos at 08:45am to STN ...

Friday, 22 September 2017

At least the pint is not cancelled ...

Spare a thought for poor ole Michael O’Leary, Chief Executive of Ryanair.

After arriving in a hotel in Manchester, he went to the bar and asked for a pint of Guinness.
The barman nodded and said, "That will be £1 please, Mr. O’Leary."
Somewhat taken aback, O'Leary replied, "That's very cheap," and handed over his money.
"Well, we do try to stay ahead of the competition", said the barman. "And we are serving free pints every Wednesday from 6 pm until 8 pm. We have the cheapest beer in England".
"That is remarkable value", Michael comments.
"I see you don't seem to have a glass, so you'll probably need one of ours. That will be £3 please."
O'Leary scowled, but paid up.
He took his drink and walked towards a seat. "Ah, you want to sit down?" said the barman. "That'll be an extra £2. You could have pre-booked the seat, and it would have only cost you £1."
"I think you may be too big for the seat sir, can I ask you to sit in this frame please".
Michael attempts to sit down but the frame is too small and when he can't squeeze in, he complains "Nobody would fit in that little frame".
"I'm afraid if you can't fit in the frame you'll have to pay an extra surcharge of £4 for your seat sir".
O'Leary swore to himself, but paid up. "I see that you have brought your laptop with you" added the barman. "And since that wasn't pre-booked either, that will be another £3."
O'Leary was so incensed that he walked back to the bar, slammed his drink on the counter, and yelled, "This is ridiculous, I want to speak to the manager".
"I see you want to use the counter," says the barman, "that will be £2 please."
O'Leary's face was red with rage. "Do you know who I am?"
"Of course I do Mr. O'Leary."
"I've had enough! What sort of a Hotel is this? I come in for a quiet drink and you treat me like this. I insist on speaking to a manager!"
"Here is his e-mail address, or if you wish, you can contact him between 9.00 am and 9.01am every morning, Monday to Tuesday at this free phone number. Calls are free, until they are answered, then there is a talking charge of only £1 per second, or part thereof".
"I will never use this bar again".
"OK sir, but do remember, we are the only hotel in England selling pints for £1" ...

Astronomical autumn 

It begins today 22 September 2017 and ends on 21 December 2017.

The astronomical calendar determines the seasons due to the 23.5 degree tilt of the Earth's rotational axis in relation to its orbit around the sun. Both equinoxes and solstices are related to the Earth's orbit around the sun.

Happy Solstice ...

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Hot off the press ...

Regarding the Olive press ...

Geof Baldry advises: It seems that an olive press owner in Glossa will organise trucks to come to Skiathos to pick up the olives, take them to Glossa, press them, and return the oil. 

The charge appears to be (waiting for confirmation on this) 9 Lepta (Euro cents) per kilo of olives which will cover everything. The previous Skiathos press used to charge 10 Lepta (!) per kilo. 

I am told that there is a telephone number, on the front door of Georgos Kantarakias' shop (strimmers, etc).

If true this is great news for island friends with trees, groaning under the weight of huge olives ...

Monday, 18 September 2017

MT1106/TCX67MF from LGW (Sunday 17th September) ...

Has been on an excursion ...

The flight from Gatwick was delayed best part of four hours, after a technical issue.

On arrival at Skiathos, the aircraft was unable to land, due to a technical issue at the airport, and has diverted to Thessaloniki overnight.


Passengers were put up overnight at Skiathos and Thessaloniki, and the flight is expected to arrive at Skiathos at 11:45 after the short hop, back from Thessaloniki.

ETA back at Gatwick, is 15:00hrs on Monday afternoon ...

Good luck to the crew with that trip, this morning. Disgruntled passengers, in need of light relief, may want to read the previous blog entry after filing the claim forms ...

Previous Blog: Animal Lovers ...

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Animal lovers ...

We have numerous posts, about the islands Cats & Dogs ...

Now it appears the islands ducks, are becoming a centre point of attention.


A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest.

After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and sadly said, "I'm sorry, your duck, Cuddles,
has passed away."

The distressed woman wailed,"Are you sure?"
"Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead," replied the vet..

"How can you be so sure?" she protested. "I mean you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something."

The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head.

The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room. A few minutes later he
returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room.

The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most
definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck."

The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman..

The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "£150!" she cried, "£150 just to tell me my duck is dead!"

The vet shrugged, "I'm sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been £20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it's now £150." ...

Thats cheered you up, now hasn't it ...

Tomorrow we can discuss the flight delays - καλή βράδυ ...

Friday, 15 September 2017

On the road to Banana ...

The new development is looking good, and seems to be progressing well ...

In May the builders had opened up a narrow path 30 metres just before the old villas where the steep slope is to the Banana beaches.

This September it is as wide as a normal road and has been reinforced on one side with concrete and steel rods this leads down and comes out besides the old disused Village restaurant which is next to the Cookoonari plus restaurant formally George's.



Apartments/suites ...








The pool area is taking shape ...

You are routed around the building site now past a swimming pool (many wonder why have pool when the sea is only metres away)




Budget accomodation ...



 Then down a new access route to the beach ...





Which should allay the fears of those who believe, access to the beaches was being removed ...

Previous Blog: Katsonis anniversary ...

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Katsonis anniversary ...

Today is the 74th anniversary, of the sinking of the submarine Katsonis ...


This Sunday 17th September at 10:30am, there will be a memorial sevice, at the memorial on the old harbour.

Read more on this subject, from my previous blog entry on the link here ...

Previous (and very popular) blog entry: Airport - Go around ...

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Airport - Go around ...

Excellent video by Demetris Gregoriou earlier today ...

MT1184/TCX25EQ from Manchester, landing attempt in gusty conditions ...

'Watch this Thomas Cook A321-211 on approach at Skiathos Airport, Greece, when it encounters a 13kt tailwind. The pilot was forced to apply full thrust, and go around for a second attempt, which turned out to be a picture perfect landing' ...



Graphics: Dave Potter
Skiathos Airport - JSI - Aviation Group
Excellent camera work, once again by Demetris, and text book execution of their skills by the Thomas Cook Captain and crew ...

Earlier blog post: Fancy a walk in the woods? ...

Fancy a walk in the woods? ...

Thomas Cook Children's Charity Organization   ( TCCC ) aims to improve the lives of children and communities in which they live. 

During September, there is a global charity challenge to all of Thomas Cook 's destinations called "From Las Vegas to Bali"...

Las Vegas and Bali are the western and eastern destinations of Thomas Cook, and the distance between them is 14098 kilometers. Among all of Thomas Cook 's destinations worldwide we aim to cover 14098 kilometers through physical activities and increase the equivalent amount in euros during the month of September. Distances can be monitored in activities such as walking, running, hiking, swimming, etc., as well as in funding and donation events.

As part of this challenge, There will be a walk, which will take place on Sunday 17th September starting at 10:30 from stop No 23 and ending at the same spot around 12:00 noon. The walk will take you through the Mandraki pine forest to the beautiful bay of Mandraki Elias.

 Anyone interested in participating should be at the starting point at 10:00 in the morning to bring their own water and a donation of 3 euro per person.

If you prefer someone to donate separately and support this remarkable purpose, you will have to go through the offices of Thomas Cook & Hellenic Island Services, which are at the end of Evangelistria Street (next to the pet shop).

Weather:

Best September for years, all those 'chilly willies' who said you need to bring a cardigan, need to get some serious feedback for wasted suitcase space ...

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Good news ...

Missing Bag update (7th Sept): 

Good news, 'Chris who's Greek. his father-in-law found the bag, with everything in it. They will be forwarding it to the owner at home in Scandanavia' ...

Whoever Chris and his family are on Skiathos - well done to them ...

Monday, 11 September 2017

Trouble at mill ...

Skiathos is an island with Olive trees ...

Thousands of them, which produce olives every two years. Once the olives are picked, the trees are pruned. The wood is used to keep the islanders warm in winter. The following year the new shoots, are encouraged to grow, with minimal pruning, which the following year bear fruit once again.

Two years ago the olive harvest basically did not happen, the conditions were not right, the trees shed their fruit and the Olive press did not open.

No olives, no olive oil, no green gold to last two years, no pickled fruits to enjoy ...

The trees were pruned, last winter was harsh, there was plenty of rain to refresh the new shoots. This year the trees are bearing copious harvests of fruit. A great olive year, perhaps one of the best.


Only this year the Olive press may not open at all. It seems only in Skiathos could that happen, an island without its own Olive press, to produce its own oil ...

Olives will have to be transported either to the presses on Skopelos town, or in Glossa. Or taken across to the mainland on Pilion. This for a pastime that many say is not worth doing any more. Its not worth the effort, for what return you get.

No one starved on Skiathos in wartime, because they had olives. Now if no-one can harvest the olives, then how long before the trees are allowed to go wild and back to nature ...

Lets hope the issues at the press are sorted soon, or the Skiathos fruits will probably be left to rot where they fall ...

Back to School:

Καλή σχολική χρονιά σε όλα τα παιδιά! (Good school year to all the children) ...

Ferries:

Starting to wind down now. The route to Thessaloniki has closed, the ANES fast ferry Symi ll has gone home, to Piraeus. The Express Skiathos stops visiting on Saturdays. Autumn is well and truly in the air ...

Καλημέρα και καλή εβδομάδα ...


Previous blog: On his way ...

Sunday, 10 September 2017

On his way ...

As I said the other day ...

Its going to get a little more crazy 'on the rock'

Currently en route to Athina, and then later on to the rock, is the head of the #Septembergang.


Our Armani clad champion, will be leading the gang astray in just a few hours. If you thought the last few weeks would be quiet, then you may have made a terrible mistake ...

Quote of the day: From Townboy, in Achladies 'Keeping a British stiff upper lip and pretending there aren't any wasps' ...

As one hurricane arrives on Skiathos, for a blow out. Another is wreaking havoc across the pond as it makes landfall in Florida. 

John & Rainy ...
Here two parrots seek shelter at the edge of a 22nd-floor window, at Dadeland Marriott in Kendall #HurricaneIrma

Friday, 8 September 2017

After the full moon ...

People are a little crazy ...

Yesterday this was once again the case. When one of the nicest reputable, island businesses was trashed online, by some of its customers over the reservation of a sunbed, and the size of a table.

Some of the island folk. are victims of their own success. They work hard, long hours, and many go the extra mile, for their guests to earn a living, and give great service.

Skiathos is still very busy, its no point thinking its going to be quiet, in September. (Peak season was three weeks ago) The same amount of flights are coming as before, they start to drop off the radar in two weeks time.

Its really sad, when a team of the good guys, who go the extra mile - Get taken to task, when they are playing by the rules, and trying to earn a living with a smile.

But if you want a decent restaurant for lunch, you plan ahead, and reserve a table. Just like you do anywhere else. If that's not what you want, and if you like spontaneity. Then grab a Gyros and a towel and lay on the beach ...

Its all a bit sad really, but today is another day.
At least they now know, who their real friends are ...

On a sadder note: Καλό παράδεισο Edmond ...

Η κηδεία γίνει Παρασκευή 8 Σεπτεμβρίου στις 11.00 το πρωί από τον Ιερό Μητροπολιτικό Ναό των Τριών Ιεραρχών. The funeral will take place on Friday 8 September at 11.00 am at the Holy Metropolitan Church of the Three Patriarchs - Tries Hierarchies.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

The last summer moon ...

The moon has risen ...

It's the last full moon of the Skiathos summer for 2017...

Photo: Anastasia Ghigis
Anastasia's Weddings
In the UK it's called the harvest moon, from when farmers gathered their crops by moonlight.

Here it's rather quiet, the last few nights a heavy dew has descended in the evening. An autumnal nip in the air. One that has seen the cardigans being worn by locals, and tourists alike.

The last few crazy days of summer, and probably about to get a little more crazy ...

The last summer offer ...

Sky Express, would like to thank you for flying with Sky Express and would like to welcome again on board our flights, with more special offers: from 29,45€ to and from Skiathos and Athens.

Offer is available for ticket issue from the 5th of September up to 11th of September, for trips from 1 October to 31 March. All of our fares include 1 checked in bag and 1 hand bag. Check different options.

All our passengers departing from Athens and Thessaloniki, are entitled  with access to our Lounge.
You may use our "Low Fare Finder" and find the lower fare on the day you want. The mentioned fares do not include airport taxes and are available in limited number of seats.

Busy ferries during August:

During August, according to the data announced by the Central Port Authority of Volos, they were transported to Northern Sporades with the scheduled E-C-C and C / C / C ships operating in the port of Volos, 82,402 passengers, 12,773 vehicles, 2,322 bikes and 574 trucks.

As shown by the figures, this year's passenger traffic increased by 25%, moving vehicles increased by 15%, driven bicycles increased by 20%, while the proportion of lorries moved slightly increased, compared with with the same month of 2016 respectively.

Sad News:

Reported that a tourist drowned at Ligares on Wednesday, whilst snorkeling. Sadly it turns out its a good friend of mine, and a resident of the island. RIP Edmond ...

Lost bag:

If anyone on Skiathos has found a bag on Banana Beach car park. Please can they please message or contact Anja Lynge Madsen at Villa Alexis ...

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Stormy night ...

Well it is September ...

Last nights lively activity around 22:40pm



If you thought that was loud, around 22:50pm, and it made you spill the vino ...


Well it was just up the road ...


So just as you settled back into your seat ...


Boom ...

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Thomas Cook pilot strike ...

Thomas Cook pilots threaten 12-hour strike over pay row ...

Frustrated Thomas Cook pilots are planning to stage a 12-hour strike over a pay dispute.
The British Airline Pilots' Association (Balpa) announced it had authorised a strike by Thomas Cook Airlines pilots following a ballot in which 91% voted to take action in a dispute over their 2017 pay talks.

The industrial action will take place on Friday September 8th between 3am and 3pm.

The dispute follows nearly eight months of negotiations over a pay rise that was due in April.
Thomas Cook has offered a 1.5% rise and Balpa has asked for at least the inflation rate, plus catching up with other comparable airlines and better travel facilities for pilots.

Two days of talks have taken place at Acas but with no progress so far.

Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton, said: "Disrupting people's travel plans is the last thing pilots want to do and we very much regret taking this step.

"However, our members are frustrated that after many months of negotiations we still do not have a decent pay offer on the table and they have said loud and clear, 'Enough is enough'.

"That is why Balpa has authorised a strike to take place on 8th September.

"In the meantime I will continue trying to negotiate with Thomas Cook to achieve an outcome that will be acceptable to pilots."

A Thomas Cook spokesman said: "Our priority is to minimise disruption to our customers' holidays.
"We have contingency plans in place which mean we are confident we will be able to operate all of our flights during the planned strike.

"We are working hard with Balpa's representatives to find a way forward."

Earlier post: Who needs a Skiathos fix ? ...

Proteus ferry: Timetable changes from 11th September - 24th September: Click here

Who needs a Skiathos fix ? ...

and some Tsougria, and Skopelos too ...

Sunday, 3 September 2017

One for the boys ...

Late news just in ...

Have been watching the 2018 holiday count downs, and quite a few for 'Just booked June' being posted by the all excited women.

Sadly they are not all as clever, as they like to think they are ...

June is the FIFA football world cup finals in Russia - same time zone as Greece.

If you cant get to Skiathos (Which is hell when the football is on) Then there is another option. So if you are lucky enough your missus, falls pregnant in the next week or so. Then you'll get 2 weeks off for paternity leave when the World Cup is on next June.

Think ahead chaps ...

Friday, 1 September 2017

Καλό μήνα σε όλους Σεπτεμβρίου είναι εδώ ...

Kalo Minha - Good Month to one and all, September is here ...

Its the first day of Autumn, the season of falling leaves, and cooler air.

The earth has wobbled a little further north. The sun has traveled a little further south. Dew returns to the early mornings and late evenings. The duvets will become friends again in northern climates, and will be aired up in the hills on the island.

Its a sign - {No need for anyone to run after me, with one sandal in their hand} (Life of Brian) that autumn days are upon us, once again ...

Rainless summer days on Skiathos beckon the thunderstorm season. It also seems to have hastened the mention of cardigans, and questions about nightime temperatures ...

The sea will be warm retaining the summer heat. Waiters will now become more relaxed, as today on 'airport friday' they know there are just five weeks left, of the summer 2017 season. Or as someone messaged yesterday 40 days Thank God !

Even less for many others, as thoughts for many are of home, the mainland, and winter work, if such things still exist.

The tourists will still be coming, from North of the alps, but over the next few weeks people will be leaving in even greater numbers. The island swiftly changes its face during September, back to the friendly homely one I know so well ...

The news agencies are reporting that airport numbers are starting to fall.

A decrease in airline seats in August continues to show Karpathos airports by -7.9% / - 2 thousand seats and in Skiathos -3.9% / -2 thousand seats. A slight decrease is expected in Mykonos and Santorini with -0,2% / -220 seats and -0,3% / -370 seats.
In September, a reduction in airline seats is expected at two airports: Karpathos by -2.2% / (just -467 seats) and Skiathos -2.0% / (just 868 seats).

Only another week or so, and the ferries start coming off the Sporades routes. Better start stacking the sunbeds ...

Previous Blog: Last day of August ...

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Last day of August ...

Its also one of the technical last days of summer ...

If you are a Greek businessman that date occurred on the Greek Bank Holiday, back on August 15th. However the meteorological autumn begins on 01 September (Tomorrow) and ends on 30 November.

This astronomical autumn begins on 22 September and ends on 20 December.

So with autumn around the corner, or just hours away, its hard to believe in five weeks time, it will be all over for another year.


Hopefully September will put some smiles on the visitors faces, I have never known a year for so much negativity on the forums, and pages. So many disgruntled Skiathos holidaymakers it seems, but as they loose their love, others will fall in love with the island, and replace them.

So as the ferries pull away, and the Brits and Scandies stay, to enjoy the island.  This is the month when the tills need to keep ringing. Its a long winter and the island businesses will certainly know who their friends are ..

Previous Blog: George Paul, John but no Ringo ...

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

George Paul, John but no Ringo ...

The Beatles in Skiathos on Wednesday 26/7/1967


The Clip you see comes from the Macedonian newspaper of 9/8/1967 (Wednesday) and refers to the presence of the Beatles in Skiathos, where they also gave a... somewhat specific live performance - although without Ringo Starr, who had already left Greece  from 25/7 (rather) for family reasons. 
For this cruise, which had to do with the "idea" of John Lennon to find the Beatles some small Greek Island, with the help of magic Alex, to buy it to turn it into something like... Hippie camp 

He remembers his own George Harrison...

“We rented a boat and sailed it up and down the coast from Athens, looking at islands. Somebody had said we should invest some money, so we thought: 'Well, let's buy an island. We'll just go there and drop out.' It was a great trip. John and I were on acid all the time (SS. The normal ... over the nose of the junta), sitting on the front of the boat playing ukuleles. Greece was on the left; a big island on the right. The sun was shining and we sang 'Hare Krishna' for hours and hours. 

Eventually we landed on a little beach with a village, but as soon as we stepped off the boat it started pouring with rain. There were storms and lightning, and the only building on the island was a little fisherman's cottage - so we all piled in: ''Scuse us, squire. You don't mind if we come and shelter in your cottage, do you?'. 

The island was covered in big pebbles, but Alex (SS. Alexis 'Magic Alex' Marda ) said, 'It doesn't matter. We'll have the military (SS. Would clean up that regime ) come and lift them all off and carry them away.' But we got back on the boat and sailed away, and never thought about the island again”.

From The Beatles Anthology [Chronicle Books, San Francisco 2000]

In the extract of Macedonia, repeat, derived from the newspaper of 09.08.1967 (Wednesday) refers, as has already been read, that ... "the Beatles arrived at SKIATHOU aboard a yacht". But what Wednesday are we talking about?

No way was Wednesday 02/08/1967, because, first, we read in the article "July sun" and of course, why, then, the Beatles had left Greece - in the book The Beatles A Day in the Life [Omnibus Press , London 1980] stated that on 1 August '67 George Harrison flew to Los Angeles, to attend a live of Ravi Shankar at the Hollywood Bowl.

This means that this article, although posted on 9/8, It must be delivered to the newspaper in the late July and so the "Wednesday" in Skiathos can not be other than 26/7.

Source: Ioannis Georgios Garyfallou

So the weather was changeable for the Beatles too ...

Last night there was a thunderstorm, and rain. Its a grey day for arrivals and departures. More stormy weather west in the Mediterranean. Has Autumn arrived on the island ...

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Agios (Saint) Fanourios ...

Today is Agios (Saint) Fanourios name day.

On a hill outside Skiathos Town is a beautiful little church dedicated to Agios Fanourios, who is the patron saint of lost things

Traditionally on this day, a cake called Fanouripita is baked - you can see a 'video of the recipe' here.

On this day it’s traditional to drive the 5 minutes up to this church to pray for the safe return of anything you’ve lost. Homemade cakes are blessed in the church, and if you eat a slice it’s said you’ll then dream the location of the missing item.

So you if you've lost anything, and you visit the church, then you can light some candles to him.

Now, all I have to do is find where I put those candles ...!

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Sad News ...

 Suddenly, at the age of 59, a friend of many Skiathiti, Dimitris Tassos passed away ...

The 59-year-old, who was particularly fond of the island, reportedly said yesterday afternoon (Tuesday), he was feeling unwell, and going to a private clinic in Skiathos to visit a cardiologist.

However, as soon as he arrived, he collapsed, and despite the doctors' attempt to bring him back, passed away. Dimitris Tassos kept the Neos Cosmos (New World) cafe on the Old Port, and rented rooms in the area of ​​"Ftelia".

He was very dear to the Skiathitis, he was a family man, married and father of two children, who are students.

His funeral was held on Wednesday, at 6 pm, at the Holy Temple of the Tries Hierarchs, in the village of Skiathos ...

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Skiathos, 23 August 1944 ...

The story goes ...

August 23rd is for the landmark landmark and the top anniversary of its history. Here the inhabitants who lived on the day this horror, and the terror at dawn of 23rd August 1944 ...



The Nazis with the militia, their Greek partners attacked the island, shortly before dawn, to punish the civilian population for the arrest of the North Aegean German Commander Joseph Adler On 12 August by Rebels Rebels.

Adler, a member of the Nazi party, was responsible for the terror, and robbing the islands and the people of the islands. Who gave him the nickname mileoúni, from the mileoúnia, for the millions he asked for.

(Joseph Adler. Nicknamed by Greeks as "Millionen", demanded 1 million Reichsmark per civilian hostage)

The arrest was made on the order of headquarters of the middle east in the 54th regiment, which was held in pelion. The German Commander was arrested in a bloodless, and characterless manner and was transferred to Cairo.

On the same day of his arrest, the inhabitants of Skiathos, fled their homes and hid in the mountains. The Germans on learning the commander's kidnapping, deciding on hard retaliation against the civilians.

The day after the arrest of, the Germans raided, and arrested 18 people. They moved them to Glossa and there, following actions of local authorities, twelve were released. They threatened to execute the six they held and burn the town, if in days Adler was not set free.

The German threats were advised to the American mission and they replied: ' we cannot do anything about the hostages. We regret it, but unfortunately fate has brought it to pay for the need for the allied race. As for, Skiathos let it be destroyed - We will rebuild a better Skiathos post-war "... 

The allies have failed to comply with their promise. Neither the reconstruction of the skiathos has been strengthened nor any compensation provided to the relatives of the victims.

After ten days in the mountains, the inhabitants began to return to their homes.

On the same night of Tuesday 22nd to Wednesday 23rd August, in the morning, the skiathítes woke up from the hum and, sounds coming from the port.

Skiathos had warships in the harbour, and at Megali Amos. They rang the church bells and called on the residents to gather at the port. They invaded the houses, pushing and hitting the residents.

All over the beach, they have rigged machine guns pointing towards the city. They gather and close the world at a beach cafe, over 200 people, women, children, elderly and young men found in the village. "if you don't tell within 5 minutes where the rebels are, we'll blow you up the way you are".

But the spirit of resistance had forged a high spirit and had made gritty even women and children and faced with courage even the threat of death. They insist on not knowing where the men are.

Most of them, of course, knew that the Prophet Elijah was a rebel group of rebels (6-7 people) who could not face the strong German forces, who had come from Volos. 

A girl understands German and hears that they have orders to blow up the store. People freeze in front of the sight and fear of death. They take out the man who keeps his little son in the arms, and tell him to put him down.

Father leaves his child with anguish. They take him back from the cafe and put him on the wall ... Parisi left five orphans.

A new raider is coming, and it seems to have changed the order. "within three minutes to vacate the premises, ' cause we will start to burn the skiathos". open the doors and the people of distraught are running from their homes to the mercy of Nazi.

The wolves were spilling over the entire village. In Street nearby they kill two new children years old, leonidas kandarákia and koúkia.

A young and strong kid fought with the German and knocked him down and maybe killed him. But then there was another German, and when he saw koúkia hit his partner, he killed him.

They're starting to bomb the village. They rush into the neighborhoods and throw a yellow incendiary powder like sulfur and set the village on fire.

They scream and scream. Among the malitia many speak Greek. They call each other with Greek names. They're militia dressed in German uniforms. Under St.Nicholas a bedridden old lady,'s life ended, she was screaming and couldn't get out and found a horrible death in the flames. At the same time, the invaders were looting houses. 

That afternoon, a storm broke out, which extinguished the fire and avoided the disaster of the village.

At night, the militia wiped out the remaining fire sites and placed guards to protect the homes of the loot. The next day was the funeral of the dead in general mourning and heartbreak.

The Nazis then completed their criminal action. They tied the six hostages behind the ships and drowned them in the open sea, sailing towards Thessaloniki.

So entered the long line of 1.200 villages and small and large cities, which were torched by the conqueror, and paid the heavy price of. The Nazis left and the area on August 29, 1944 and a few days before they left, they sailed the islands.

In the burning of the island of the Nazis, the houses that were burned or damaged by the bombings or burned their households amount to 359.

Despite the interstate agreements later and the actions of the fire and the families of the victims, no compensation was granted by the German state.

This solemn historic anniversary marks the great offer of in the served race, almost its participation in the national resistance, the mass conscription of its children to the ranks of and the heavy price, which was paid on August 23th.

In the post-war years, there has been a systematic effort, as is everywhere in Greece, this historic anniversary to be tarnished and tarnished (with the despicable claim that the Germans were not guilty, but the Greeks who fought them and caused reprisals).

Previous blog on the subject: Click here ...

Seems there will be a gathering in front of the Bourtzi this evening at 19:30hrs

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

The day before ...

If you are practicing your Greek ...

Here is the programme, for tomorrows anniversary events ...

 

If you want to know more, you know where to look ...

Monday, 21 August 2017

Rain coming ...

At last lets hope it dampens the island down ...

Lots of grumbles on the forums, at the moment, but it is August, and the blues are affecting people near and far. That last full moon was a good one, some folks are still recovering.

Photo: Apostalia Paschali
Its now time for a different grumble, it looks like there will be some rain. Even the UK is forecast to be warmer than Greece today. Rain that is much needed to the prevent fires, that are affecting much of Greece.

So head for somewhere sheltered, have a lazy lunch, a glass of something, and read a good book.

Go with the flow, there is nothing you can do about it. The heat will soon be rising again, and not just on the streets ...

Remember 'This is your Skiathos - Welcome to paradise' ...

Later update:

Strong winds appear to be keeping the rain away from the islands, however its keeping the boats in port. If you were thinking of going somewhere else. Then revert to plan B ...

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Renovation And Expansion Of Skiathos Airport ...

Airports News: 

The renovation works at the 14 regional airports in Greece that are under the control of Fraport Greece, are expected to begin in September.

From September, the construction of the construction sites at the 14 regional airports will commence, with the contractor expected to complete the works within 48 weeks, according to the concession contract. These projects will have a budget of 400 million euros and will be implemented by the Intrakat technical company.

Skiathos:

The expansion works are scheduled to be starting next month at Skiathos Airport.

In detail, a new luggage system will be installed at Skiathos, the baggage room will be expanded and the office space will be relocated within the existing facility. The terminal will expand by 2.953m2, providing sufficient capacity, by the end of the concession period.

(Presumably they are going to extend the departure hall into the office space)

Previously announced - Click Link: here

• Extending and remodeling the current terminal
• Reorganizing the airport apron area
• 39 percent increase in the total size of the airport at 9,511 m2 after an extension of the total size of the current buildings of the terminal
• 11 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 9 to 10)
• 33 percent increase in the number of departure gates (from 3 to 4)
• Doubling of security-check lanes (from 1 to 2)

Fraport - Greece:

For all development projects, Fraport Greece will invest at least € 330 million by 2021. For the remainder of the 40-year concession period, it will carry out additional maintenance and upgrading projects at airports, with a total investment of approximately € 1 billion.

Since April, when the airports were granted for 40 years in the Greek-German scheme, small-scale maintenance work has been carried out. These include, inter alia, general cleaning, lighting and signaling improvements, upgrading of sanitary areas and improving fire safety.

The main objective of Fraport Greece's managers is to raise the level of the services offered with the assistance of the staff that will staff all sectors. The Airport Manager at Skiathos Airport also underlined that the personnel of the Hellenic Air Force remained, while 14 additional persons from Fraport Greece were recruited, who were allocated to various specialties.

Increase revenue

According to the results of the first half of the German group Fraport, revenues are up (+ 10.7%) due to Fraport Greece, with passenger traffic at 14 airports exceeding 9.6 million (+ 11.9%).

Fraport Greece posted revenue of € 58.2 million, EBITDA of € 25.2 million and EBIT of € 15.2 million. However, in the first half of the year there were losses of € 3.6 million.

In total for this year, the growth rate expected by Fraport Greece to rise to 2.2%.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Skiathos Airport reports increased passenger numbers ...

More than 12,000 arrivals of tourists are expected during the week ...

'Encouragement from abroad and increased passenger traffic are recorded at Skiathos Airport, with total arrivals last month totaling 104,604 people, of which 9,981 were Greeks traveling by air from domestic routes. Also very positive is the image of August, as traffic at the same airport is at its peak, and is expected to be sustained next month.

According to the statistics recorded, in the first half of August there were 55,321 arrivals of tourists, of which 4,529 are Greeks who traveled domestic flights from Athens.

At the peak of the tourist season, the total number of flights on a weekly basis is impressive and translates to 111 flights in total and more than 12,000 tourists a week from August 14th to Sunday 20th August.

Commenting on the image of the air traffic on the island, Stefanos Lambropoulos, airport manager at Skiathos Airport, told TACHYDROMOS that at the present time the arriving tourists are more than those who depart while at the same time there is a dynamic because Skiathos is Destination for English, Italian and Scandinavian tourists.

At the same time, he notes that a similar positive image has been recorded by Fraport for all the airports managed by the company, as the flight and passenger routes are very satisfactory and there is a positive sign on arrivals.

Meanwhile, one million extra passengers were traveled to 14 Fraport regional airports in the January-July 2017 seven-month period, compared to the same quarter of 2016.

International arrivals in the seven months increased by 14.1%, while July increased by 10.3%, according to data. A total of 10,662 million passengers were traded over the 7-month period against 9,334 million passengers last year.

In July, they were 4,157 million from 3,769 million in the same month last year.

It should be noted that there are no negative signs at all aerodromes, which are indicative of the dynamics of Greek tourism and this year' 

Source: http://www.taxydromos.gr

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

A reader writes ...

With details of the Skiathos Balloon festival ...

Apparently the success of the Bristol event, has brought the idea to the thoughts of islanders. Who are suggesting that they hold a similar event, when conditions are right ...


Now to do this will require lots of meetings, discussions with the people in positions of power. Not to mention many papers to be filled in, and numerous stamps to be applied on official documentation ...

After all there are strict rules on this kind of thing, and no-one wants to be in the position of breaking the law. It seems everyone has a drone above the island at the moment. That should come to an end swiftly as the hunting season starts in a few weeks - and they will become fair game ...

So this morning, at first light in a secret location, away from prying eyes. The first small steps were made, in preparation for the first balloon flights on Skiathos.


The still dawn airs made for a very successful first flight, above 'the rock' ...



Followed by a rather bumpy landing in an olive grove shortly afterwards, having avoided some thistles, and a neighbours flowering bougainvillea.

Onward and upward ...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Its a public holiday ...

Today August 15th, is a holiday in Greece ...

Greeks all over the country will celebrate one of Christianity’s most significant days, the Dormition of Virgin Mary. Some call this day “the summer easter” to show the importance of the celebration, and many thousands of people attend religious services throughout the country. - See Greek Reporter link here:

So 'summer easter' means the epitaphos has to be prepared, for its journey ...


Here on Skiathos, there was a procession around the Monastery at Evagelistrias last night, and the church bells rang out this morning across the island, Why ? Not only is today the 'Ascension of the Virgin Mary' Its also the name day of all the Maria's - See Xρόνια πολλά!

Waiters will be at optimum stress levels, and tavernas packed to the rafters today. Its the peak of the summer season. The last few days will have either made or will break the summer.

To the local this is it, 'summer is over' the ferries will  be full, as they start taking the mainlanders away, however to you, and me there are still seven weeks left, and some sense of normality still to return ...

However as its a bank holiday, the police are out and about, parking fines on the port, apparently walking is still permitted.

Χρόνια πολλά:

To Greek friends and acquaintances who are celebrating their name day today ...

Despoina, Deppy, Pipina, Despo, Pepi, Zepo, Elona, Theotokia, Theotokea, Kristalo, Kristalia, Crystal, Krysta, Krista, Maria (for married women), Mary, Maro, Marios, Mario, Mariori, Marika, Maroula, Maritsa, Margiori, Marigoula, Manio, Marietta, Marousa, Marsia, Marcy, Marietta, Margeta, Margetina, Mireille, Mirella, Myrella, Panayotis, Panagiotis, Panos, Panousos, Panagis, Panagos, Giotis, Yiotis, Panikos, Takis, Panagiota, Panayota, Yiota, Giota, Panagioula, Panagoula, Pani, Tota, Toula, Pegie, Pegy, Presvia, Simela, Symela, Soymela, Soumela, Gesthimani, Iesthimani, Gethsimani, Mariniki, Katholiki (source ©: www.namedays.gr)

A message from the Skiathos Dog Shelter:

'Just to remind everyone that we still have our quiz nights every Wednesday evening from 9pm at the Iguana Bar - Agia Paraskevi (bus stop 16). All money raised goes towards funding the shelter. We try to raise as much as we can during the summer months to keep us going through the winter'

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Monday, 14 August 2017

Cruise news ...

TUI will be in town next year ...

The Aegean Meze cruise aboard the TUI Discovery 2, will call into Skiathos on day five of its voyage, around the aegean. Cruises start from Corfu, on 29th June, 10th August and 5th October 2018. Calling at Syros, Kusadasi (Turkey) Skiathos, Piraeus and Argostoli

So expect to see the boat in the bay, and guests being brought ashore on ...

Tue 3rd July 2018
Tue 14th August 2018 (Next day 15th is the Holiday)
Tue 9th October 2018 (After the main tour ops have departed)

Looks like a nice itinary, and will bring some more euros to town, when everyone else is on the beach, or back in the UK.

Perhaps this last visit is what they call extending the season, when TUI are flying their passengers out on 28th September ...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Bravo Ioannis ...

Μπράβο Ιωάννης ...

It has been confirmed yesterday, Ioannis Voutsis, saved the life of a woman who lost consciousness in the sea on Friday. Preventing her from drowning, and ultimately saving her life.

With his experience as a lifeguard, he also provided medical assistance, to resuscitate her on the beach.

Ioannis you may know from his days on the Eleni boat with his brother Kostas, now run the Nikolaki fishing trips, from the old harbour. He also has a watersports concession on Koukounaries beach.

To give life is one thing, to save a life another. Bravo Ioannis ...

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Friday, 11 August 2017

Καληνύχτα από τη Σκόπελο ...

Good Night from Skopelos ...

© Ioannis Pagonis 2017
From Ioannis Pagonis, a good friend, who for many years worked in Stamatis, but now works in Nikos restaurant over in Panormos Skopelos ...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Extend the season ...

From the Taxydromos newspaper

'Tourists come to the islands of the Northern Sporades, which are at the peak of the season, with plumes reaching 100% in Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos.

The island of Papadiamantis is full of calamity, while  Alekos Efstathiou, chairman of Skiathos Hoteliers Association, tells  TACHYDROMOS that the island is overloaded since July 20th and is expected to maintain until the end of August the same picture. He states that the image of arrivals is more satisfactory than last year, adding that "we are trying to lengthen the season until the second week of October, with additional flights from England".

The Greeks are so reluctant so far, compared to at least the image that existed in the past, while the presence of the young friends of the island, who mainly opt for the weekend breaks, is more intense. As Mrs. Efstathiou underlines, the island has benefited a lot from the island, as many young people from Northern Greece make a holiday on the island, but there is limited consumption in the restaurants. It is generally accepted that the economic potential for the overwhelming majority of consumers is limited, resulting in less turnover in the focus, even at the peak of the tourist season.

At the same time, Skopelos, the owner of the Skopelos Hotels Association, said that the occupation is at the highest level of occupancy, as the Municipality of Skiathos, Mary Diamanti, points to 100% of the island's tourist attraction. She also stresses that it is very important that events take place in every area of ​​Skopelos, raising the tourist interest and the traffic. The hotel chairman also underlined the remarkable momentum of the season, which as they all appear, will continue until the beginning of autumn, while Greek tourists on the island are becoming more and more intense.

Satisfied at the same time, for the tourist image of Alonissos, the mayor of the island, Petros Vafinis, who stresses that the occupation is approaching 100%, there is a lot of people on the island from Thessaloniki and other areas, along with the foreign tourists of the summer season . The world, however, is "numb", as he notes, referring to the limited economic potential of most visitors. Consumption is limited, as the island's professionals say at the same time that the move is satisfactory, but the money spent by tourists is much less compared to earlier times and especially to the pre-crisis times'

Additional flights from England ? Not Italy or our Scandinavian friends? or the Balklan countries where they have been seeking new markets, with tourists who turn studios into restaurants?

If they want the 'Swans' then they need to treat them well, Flights and packages are extortionate, compared to the other places in Greece, that stay open until the end of October. Corfu Rhodes etc.

If the seats are cheaper you get more custom, and they have more money to spend - on the island. Thats the idea isn't it ? ...

Will there be any sunbeds for the tourists to use, or are they just for part of June, July, August, and most of September ?

In addition, they better make sure the mainlanders, with businesses, don't leave at the end of September. Its bad enough everyone has the mistaken belief, the islanders put padlocks on the island then as it is ...

Its no good 'treating your best customer mean, and expecting them to remain keen' when you feel like it ...

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Olives ...

It may be hot or very wet outside ...

Depending of course where you are ...

Greek marinated olives ...
But you cannot help sometimes, to fancy a taste of the sun, and have something that makes you feel better inside ...

If you are on the border, and the yak is powering the WiFi in North Korea, right now. I have a message from the leader of the free world ...


Run for the hills, if you see fireworks ...

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Memories ...

People often ask what is August like?
Six years ago on this day in 2011 ...

Q1. When is the next trip available ?
A. Its on Friday - We are sold out until then. (This was a Monday)

Q2. What have you got tomorrow ?
A. Nothing until Friday - We are sold out until then.

After listening to this just five times, the captain looked at me, shook his head, turned off the lights, and said 'lets go home' ...

Maybe it was the full moon, it still seems to have been casting its spell over the last few days

Ever heard of canceling your holiday, just in case of loosing your luggage on the way back? Or because the buses are full? No me neither, but I have now ...

Late News:

Local joke (August)

Q: Where is the best place to park in Skiathos Town in the evening ?

A: Glossa (Skopelos)

Monday, 7 August 2017

Bravo Amanda ...

... and the Attikon cinema team

 From http://www.kathimerini.gr/

Konstantinos Zoulas CONSTANTINOS ZOULAS
Lydia - Mamma Mia ... in Croatia
POLICY 05.08.2017 : 20:16

"After you are in Skiathos you must definitely go with your children to Mamma Mia. They should not lose it as many times as they have ever seen. Because here is not a simple projection of the project, but something really original that you will be happy and you, it is enough to book in time ".

The friend's incitement brought curiosity to the company and so we booked tickets for everyone. Well, you will not believe it. In the beautiful Summer Cinema "Attikon" of Skiathos, four times a week, and for the whole summer, the following crazy thing is happening: While Mamma Mia is being shown, ABBA's songs are already on the first scene and they are on the stage In front of the screen some young people (rather actors) with excellent voices who manage in a few minutes to turn the work into an unprecedented interactive musical. What I mean;

In the show I saw the scene filled every so many dozens of boys and girls and older people - Greeks and mainly foreign tourists - who were on stage to become the choir of Meryl Streep, Piers Brosnan and Amanda Safed, with the original "Animeter" does not even need to give the tone after a while. Until the break, there was not even a spectator who did not sing the ABBA songs, and in the ballads the cinema was transformed into an ecclesiastical choir.

Our children are meant to go crazy, while searching for a bit to learn how this paradoxical spectacle arose, my surprise grew even bigger, as I found out that everything started in 2008 completely random and spontaneous. It was then the first year that Mamma Mia was screened all over the world and the strangers who succeeded in winning the summer work in Skiathos were so excited to be on one of the islands that was filmed to spontaneously step on the stage to " And sing along with the famous actors.

And somehow, the owners of "Attikon", without themselves too busy, became producers of this paradox spectacle, which has since been constantly rising over the last nine summers with all the performances - four weeks each week - sold out as foreigners Greek tourists learn that in "Attikon" when playing Mamma Mia is a party and they want to live it.

Especially watching the strangers rejoice so much even in the Greek "paradox" of the summer cinema, my mind went together in one last year's visit to the beautiful Damouhari of Pelion. And again I remembered the surprise I had felt when I realized that the local taverns even today, nine years after the show of Mamma Mia, show their place with great pictures showing scenes from the movie against the backdrop of the enchanting beach that was filmed. The same thing is happening in Skopelos where most Mamma Mia was filmed. Even today, thousands of tourists visit her to see the beautiful landscapes chosen by the director, while a friend told me that something like this is happening in Amorgos,

For those who have not yet guessed the occasion of today's note, I will tell you in one sentence. When I came out of Skiathos summer cinema I was in front of Lydia Koniordou, I think I would not be able to stop her from ... catching it. Or, to be exact, I would force her by all means to reveal how the demon of her ministry managed to lose Greece shooting the second Mamma Mia, which will eventually be filmed in Croatia. Because it is a real feat for a minister of culture to know, like all Greeks, how much our country has benefited from its unbelievable visibility through this film and sends Meryl Streep and other actors to turn its course in Croatia.

And even more outrageous is that Mrs. Konidoros did not even feel the need to explain to the public her success or even to deny the version of production that her ministry was asked to bend the bureaucratic procedures and to give some tax imperfections, Which, of course, promptly helped the Croats to meet. You will tell me, Mrs. Konidord would have more serious issues to deal with. Like proclaiming a listed monument a tavern in Epidaurus or shaking as she used her hands to clean the negative aura from her ministry.

ΥΓ. The story-telling of the story is that after the outcry, SYRIZA announced that it is enacting a law that will motivate foreign producers. They will be implemented, however, after 2018. Do not hurry children, we have time (to expel other productions).

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Lucifer ...

Interesting name for a heatwave ...

Yesterdays official high was 35.8 °C at the weather station in town ...


Those with thermometers from jumbo, managed to record 10 degrees hotter than that. Still the temperature at 08:30 is a very impressive 30.2 °C

Sunrise 6th August 2017
Photo: Nick Yerasimos, Swell Beach Bar
The heat is increasing on the streets, and beaches. Clearly its fried a few folks brain cells as they are saying Skiathos resembles Benidorm.

Now you will have to help me here, as I have never been there, but know people who have and love it. Has the island changed to this overnight?

Apparently one of the best beaches Mandraki resembles this ?



Apparently the beach at Nostos resembles Faliraki, well I have been there. To be honest, I cant see the likeness either. But when i did, albeit years ago, had a great time.

The bottom line to me, is that its August, Europe is on holiday and having fun in the sun. That includes young people who want to enjoy themselves. The folks on Nostos are having a ball, with like minded people and age groups.

They are utilising the services of the taverna, and - spending cash on drinks and bottles of Greek champagne. Apparently you have to buy food from the taverna, if you use the beds. Seems quite reasonable to me, if you were a few weeks ago 'feeling sorry for the licence holders, only having a few weeks to make their money' ...

Well €8 for a brolly and two sunbeds, will not keep the wolf away from the door, this winter.

Other beaches are setting up different types of loungers, like double beds. They are doing that for a reason, there is a market for it. They have a few weeks to make their seasons money. If you think a rusty metal frame stringy elastic sunbed will return, go to the GP immediately - It is not going to happen ...

Earlier the Brits were likened to being 'the oldests swans' of the tourists. Which in essence is true, but if you visit in August you have to go with the flow, that includes young people arriving from the mainland, its happened every August and will continue to do so. Expect cramped and overcrowded busses, mossies, wasps, short tempers, traffic end to end on the island, less than silver service, and all the changes to the island that have happened since you were last there.

That's the way it is at least for another ten days ...

Many of the swans are saying they will not be coming back, too many changes. Well there will be others to take your place, that is the way of the world.

Its called Crazy August for a reason, and if you are complaining there are too many tourists, its because, you too are one of them ...

So enjoy returning to Benidorm, let us know how you get on. Its very warm there too at the moment, thanks to Lucifer ...

Previous blog: Heatwave

Later update:

Lucifer peaked today on Skiathos at 37.2 °C at 15:50
Benidorm was slightly cooler at 33.2 °C at 16:10 ...

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Heatwave ...

Some like it hot ...

Weather forecasters are warning of a prolonged heat wave up to 41 degrees Celsius. The temperature will gradually rise over the weekend affecting all the country

This is the time of the meltemi winds that cool the islands, like a hairdryer. However it seems the meltemi will be turning itself off, after the weekend.

Although the wind will be blowing from the North, however, it will do so as a whisper ...

The heat wave is expected to continue through the week into Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 10-12, 2017, and the temperature is expected to decrease to normal seasonal levels around Sunday, August 13th.

So drink lots of fluids, so you don't dehydrate. No naked flames in the woodland areas, the fire risk will be high. Then as the winds drop, the mossies will become airborne, take all precautions, they will take no prisoners.

Lots of grumbles on the forums, at the moment, but it is August, and yes this is 'Your Skiathos - Welcome to paradise' ...

Its now the peak of the high season, this is when the locals are ringing the cash register, as fast as they can. Its now all about making money, and forget the niceties, get seated get fed, get paid, and turn the table as fast as you can.

Next week is the Greek Holiday weekend. The ferries will be full to bursting point, this week as they arrive from the mainland. The island and its five buses will be even more packed than they are now ...

Go with the flow, there is nothing you can do about it. The heat will be rising, and not just on the streets ...



Thursday, 3 August 2017

Skiathos, one of the best years ...

This is a recent report shared by http://www.skiathosview.gr

The  green island of Sporades,  with its exceptional golden beaches, seems to  be breaking down every record of the past , since the beginning of June shows hotels reaching 100%.

One of its best times, and probably the best one, is Skiathos on the tourism side,  as evidenced by figures and numbers,  making the island one of the flags of the great industry of Greek tourism. The previous month was spectacular in terms of tourist arrivals at Alexandros Papadiamantis Airport  ,  which grew by 14.2% compared to the corresponding period of 2016, according to the Civil Aviation Authority.

The  majority of tourists in Skiathos and this year comes from the UK, with British tourists accounting for 51%  of the total number of tourists. This year, the British, traditionally regarded as the oldest skiers in Skiathos,  seem to have reduced their holiday budget due to the insecurity caused by Brexit.  However, arrivals from Great Britain in June increased by 6.6%.

The  increase in arrivals of tourists was also spectacular in June, according to Skiathos Hotel Association after an increase of 24.3%.  The Italians are the second best customer for Skiathos, accounting for 34% of all tourists. Already in the current tourist season Skiathos is connected directly with 14 Italian airports and at the peak of the tourist season  from Rome and Milan there are two flights per day.

A large increase in June also recorded arrivals from Scandinavian countries and especially from Sweden, increasing by  30.5%, which means opening up a new dynamic tourist market. The most spectacular rise was recorded in arrivals from Germany, which recorded an increase of 49.7% in June , since for the German tourists the island was almost unknown and their preference was towards the land of Greece.

A significant share in June was also attributed to arrivals from Balkan countries, mainly from Romania and Serbia, and to a lesser extent from Bulgaria. Finally, the current month as far as the figures so far will be the best July of all time, since the fullness already reaches 100%,  according to Skiathos Hotel Association, and the same picture is expected to be presented in August.

Characteristic of the great tourist climb  for the Sporades, and especially for Skiathos, are the arrivals of aircraft last weekend, which reached 69 from all over Europe,  bringing more than 10,000 passengers to the island, while the same picture also shows arrivals by ferry.

newsbomb.gr

However all may not be as it seems ...

Following the article, there was feedback from businesses on the island from their perspective. So an update has been posted http://www.skiathosview.gr/

It makes for interesting reading - Form your own opinion, who is right ...

'AVANTI FM listeners and site readers of www. Skiathosview.gr and our station's FB-page, we were told over 90%, That we are going through one of the worst years ever! That's because not only the English visitors have reduced their budget due to Brexit, but also because the shift that our island has made to Balkan target markets has brought new "elements" to the market of our island. 
The situation is as follows. Visitors who do not spend at all, cars full of food, rented rooms that have become restaurants because they all cook in the rooms, while for the first time there is an increase in small thefts in shops'

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Medical emergencies ...

Its that time of year ...

Under the care of the Coast Guard Operations Center - Greek Coast Guard, it was transported in the morning hours yesterday, Tuesday, August 1, 2017, with the vessel "AGIOS IOANNIS ROSSOS" N.S. 158, from the port of Skiathos at the port of Volos, 21 years old, who needed immediate hospital care.

The 21-year-old was taken from an ambulance of the EKAB and transferred to the Volos Hospital for care and hospitalization

Later again with care of the Coast Guard Operations Center - Greek Coast Guard, two patients were taken from Skiathos to Volos, who needed immediate hospital care. In particular, a 7-year-old and a 64-year old were transferred to the port of Koukounaries and to the port of Volos and were transferred by EKAB ambulances to the Volos Hospital for Care and hospitalization.

Update:

'In the morning, the life of a 21-year-old national who made a holiday on Sporades Island with his company was in serious danger yesterday morning. The young man had fun with his friends in a shop when, for unknown reason, the moments of carefreeness turned into a nightmare and martyrdom. Suddenly she began to squeeze off the pain while she had only consumed three drinks, which raises concerns even for their quality.

However, lately there have been many incidents with young people being transferred to Volos General Hospital having consumed alcohol. Doctors are saying dangerously. In the summer with high temperatures and with the increase in alcohol consumption it is necessary to pay close attention to the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

It all happened around 4 at dawn. While the evening was flowing nicely, and for the moment nothing said that something bad would happen, the 21-year-old showed acute abdominal pain and found himself from one moment to the other at the Health Center of the island to seek help. He had fled poorly from the fun center because of unbearable pains, and a friend of his was with him and accompanied him.

This Health Center not the first time people are asked for help with a similar symptom. However, the 21-year-old really had a severe pain, which did not seem to have faded. According to information, he is reportedly asked about his diet or alcohol, and said he had consumed only alcohol and specifically three drinks.

The incident, reportedly, was considered suspicious with regard to its development. The 21-year-old was judged to be in need of immediate hospital care as the pain continued to be acute. Immediately, with the care of the Coast Guard - Greek Coast Guard, a company was set up to transport it to Volos. Around 21:00 the 21-year-old moved to Volos.

The young man was admitted to hospital at the Volos General Hospital. According to information, it is monitored by the surgical clinic, having undergone pancreatitis. Pancreatitis, reportedly, is caused by several reasons, one of which is alcohol. The young man, however, did not use it inexorably.

Achilopoulos doctors watch the young man conservatively, that is, they expect to see the course of his health by administering the required medication. The 21-year-old, up until yesterday evening, reportedly had not yet recovered from the pain.

In order to treat this inflammation in the pancreas, it takes some time. Doctors continue to follow closely at 21, as pancreatitis can cause serious health problems.

Source: Taxydromos newspaper

We wish them well ...

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