Tuesday, 22 October 2019

More flight news for 2020 ...

TUI airways have added flights from Newcastle, East Midlands and Bournemouth. These are now available on the TUI website.

Newcastle operates on Wednesdays arrival: 12:45 and departure 13:45.

Bournemouth operates on Fridays arrival 12:25 and departure 13:25.

East Midlands operates on Fridays arrival 18:50 and departure 19:50.

TUI have dropped the Luton flight, and switched it to Stansted on a friday ...

Now three flights and packages a week now from Stansted. That should be good for prices 🛩 ...

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Summer is officially over ...

Despite the weather ...

Last night the last charter flight arrived, to take home the last of the summer visitors ...

 

Then an hour later, the last jet of the summer season departed.

Condor DE1605 to Munich D-AICF wearing the sunny heart ...



#thatsallfolksforsummer2019

Previous Blog: Friday Dawns ...

Friday, 18 October 2019

Friday dawns ...

I don't know anyone called Dawn ...

Well here anyway, apart from a girl I knew from about 4 years old which is far too many years ago to remember.

This is my latest dawn, at 07:51 local time ...


Its airport Friday and it's not exactly a frantic one, but the last flight of the summer, departs tonight to Germany - Munich to be precise, and what great weather they have enjoyed here 'on the rock' ...

Three of us shared a sunset and an entire beach last night, the German couple were quietly singing together as they watched the sunset ...

Earlier two of the swans entered the bay and stayed around 100m offshore, and two Greek mermaids swam the bay as they do each evening at the same time. Before leaving us with the setting sun ...


Still a few people popping in with their summer toys ...


It's three airport days a week after today, (No TUI don't fly on Tuesdays from Manchester in winter - as someone said yesterday to the same comment)

Its just Sunday Wednesday and Friday from now on, when the two carriers from Athens operate on the same day. Presumably to keep the costs down at the airport, and to try and put each other out of business ...

The Jet2 news has resulted in some excellent flight bargains, and the happy clickers putting up the prices with the site algorithm. However those who acted quickly picked up the flight deals, and the package folks did the same yesterday, scoring with the free transfers to resort.

Am thinking one company will not get a booking next year at this rate, they are not even near competing with the opposition at all - No planes, No Reps, No transfers ...

The island folks with the accommodation must have been on 'no disclosure' deals as they appeared on FB yesterday by magic,  flagging that they were now with Jet2 once the 'official' news broke ...

Top tip: If you havent booked yet wait a week for the happy clickers to subside ...

No there will not be any flights from Doncaster, Leeds, Newquay (Would be happy to see the Norwich flight return) or any other obscure place down the road from where you live.

Nor Edinburgh Glasgow or anywhere else in Scotland, until Nicola Kranky declares independence - When you will all be forced to go to Orkney or Skye instead, by the first emperor of Scotland. Your flights will not be allowed over UK airspace anyway, by order of the Queen or King Charles, whoever is in charge at the time, as part of the 'exit deal' ...

So today instead of nipping off to Athens - Off to collect some more official stamps, press some calculator keys, perhaps some more painting, until the sun comes around,  then perhaps off to the beach with a beer ...

You know it makes sense TTFN ...

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Jet2 commences flights to Skiathos in 2020 ...

The rumors have finaly turned into reality ...

Coming soon ...
Jet2 have released flights to Skiathos, for 2020, and are now available ...

Flights will operate from the following airports, and frequency

  • Weekly from Birmingham on a Wednesday
  • Weekly from London Stansted in May on a Saturday, then twice weekly on a Wednesday and Saturday from June onwards
  • Twice weekly from Manchester on a Sunday or Wednesday from May
Flight times from Birmingham are a lot cheaper than TUI, Prices for the Sunday flight from Manchester are very reasonable for early May ...

All the folks who got the vapours the last few weeks, and booked at great cost with TUI. Will be kicking themselves for not waiting ...

Flights are on Jet2.com

Holidays probably to follow in due course ...

Additional flights 

Confirmed by the island agents Dolphin last night ...

-2 Flights/London (Stansted)/Jet2.com
-1 Flight/Birmingham/Jet2.com
-2 Flights/Manchester/Jet2.com
-1 Flight/Klagenfurt-Graz/Astra Airlines
-1 Flight/Bergen/Tour operator: Der Touristik Group, Apollo

Previous Blog: Congratulations ...

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Congratulations ...

To the former management of Thomas Cook ...

Their CEO was being questioned in the UK Parliament, yesterday, whilst the extinction folks were protesting outside. He announced that he was sorry, for the failure of the 187-year-old iconic company ...

It wasn't exactly the full Japanese CEO type apology, where you lie thrashing in tears on the ground, which would have been nice for the employees.

However thanks to their amazing leadership, It means they’ve now achieved zero carbon emissions for three weeks in a row. Which seems to have been overlooked by the folks outside ...

Yes Still warm here on the rock - the amazing weather continues.

Someone posted that it rains a lot in October. You have to be lucky with the weather, Clearly upset at the locals on the beach posting photos of toes burning in the autumn sunshine ...

Records for the last nine years are available online for all dates and months. You can check them here ...

It seems we had four wet days with rain in October 2014, and two showery days. That was the worst October recorded ...

Previous Blog: Keep an eye on the Euro, and the Olives ...

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Keep an eye on the Euro, and the Olives ...

In the last few hours the Pound Sterling (GBP) was at its strongest against the Euro (EUR) than it has been since May 2019.

The Pound to Euro exchange rate was quoted at 1.15500, having been as low as 1.1086 last week.

Simply put, this means that the Pound in your pocket, will let you get more Euros now than it has since May this year ...

Keep an eye on the Euro if you are planning another getaway ...

Still warm here on the rock, its officially 'Sweaty Betty' and the lettuces are enjoying the autumn heat down in the garden.

What I am hearing is the olives are badly affected by worm this year, and the drought. Not considered to be good for eating. It was expected to be a bumper harvest.

Still plenty of olives on the trees after the recent storm, but what they are saying is that the quality may not be good enough for Extra virgin oil.

A friend with trees said he is not going to bother picking them ...

Previous Blog: Lazy Days ...

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Lazy Days ...

Should be like this ...

The sun is out, it's warm, steamy warm with a heat haze, rising off the sea towards Evia. So what to do? I went to the beach. The beach of choice was Agia Paraskevi, and I pitched up with a book at the Bamboon bar ...

Sunbeds still out to the left of me, and a few locals,  a lifeguard in the tower, a large beer and steamy view in front of me.


To the right a local fishing, with four lines out. Some people spread along the beach on towels and occupants of the sunbeds distant at the Skiathos Princess, which is still open for business - the last week of the season for the guests from Germany ...

Two friends arrived from town, and we started chatting and enjoying the scenery, I have to say I was chasing the shade from the umbrella, it was scorchio ...

Entertainment provided by a guest from the hotel, strolling along the shoreline, in their lovely white dressing gown. Oblivious to the local with four fishing lines, and managed to start hopping along the waterline wrapped in the fishing lines, and being berated by a rather angry Greek local ...

Lunch - a club sandwich and some chips ...


Somehow the book remained unopened ...

Chatting and scorching in the sun, an updated weather forecast from Alex of the Big Bad Wolf - 'Warm all week enjoy'! OK we will ...

Quick check:


Not bad ...

I had enough sun and headed off to find some shade ...

Ding! Message from the famous Stig - 'Ready when you are' ...
Stig has popped down from Norway for the weekend - Great effort ...

Tsipouro meze night, a shower and off to the ouzeria. Where we were made very welcome, and Stig already in residence. The full moon rising over the Pounta, will we order one or two. Two I said, the waiter has been walking all summer - That got me a pat on the back from an exhausted friend ...


Not a bad offering, and we raised a glass to Mr Malcolm, and we certainly enjoyed it, this was the second course. A coffee at the Gerani and we wandered off into the night, I wonder what today will bring ...


Not a bad start to the day ...

Previous Blog: If you booked ...

Friday, 11 October 2019

If you booked ...

A cheap seat from London City Airport ...

You do get a seat, and can prebook it ...

Boomeranger ...
There is no need to turn up eight months early, just because you have read about the weather ...

Might go to the beach today - Any recommendations?

If you are coming with me, don't hang around, The bus timetable has changed ...

Previous Blog: A message from ...

Thursday, 10 October 2019

A message from ...

A friend in need ...

I get a few messages from time to time, people you have met etc

I had one the other day that really stopped me in my tracks. Regular readers will recall the awful experience we had where Kamila was seriously ill, so many times, with stage 4 cancer.

You know the story, so no need to go over it again, but it was truly awful ...

We were so very lucky, and a miracle happened thanks to the support of friends near and far. Its something that will always be with me, as long as I shall live. You see because when you are the carer, you see and experience things, that the patient thankfully never sees or remembers at all.

We had a surprise birthday party for K, and at that time a friend of hers, had just been diagnosed with Leukemia. She was another young woman, with a young child. One even younger than our daughter.

Her husband, a professional man, looked awful, in shock and we were the only two Brits in the garden, and he is a Scotsman, who only drinks real ale. So I had catered for him. We did not know each other well, just hello how are you etc at parties ...

So we ended up with a stunted conversation about beer, and rugby etc until he asked loosely about how K was doing. We were going through a similar process at different times in the experience.

So I offered him some advice, and he listened politely, like many others over the years. I have not seen him in about two years, just the occasional FB photo appears, of just him with his daughter, out having fun.

On Saturday a photo of him with a glass of champagne in the Emirates lounge at LHR. Off to Japan to support Scotland at the Rugby World Cup. So I clicked 'like' and thought good for him, and thought about the garden party for a brief second, and that was that.

A minute or so later 'Ding' message ...

'Hi Ian. I hope all is well with you. I wanted to thank you for the advice you gave me 3 years ago when Edyta was first diagnosed. I kept on mind that you said I would need some time away to get myself back to normal. That time has come, helped by a rugby world cup and a formula 1 race. It was sage advice. I hope the girls are well too. Thanks again, Chris'

I was stunned, it was a jaw-dropping moment ...

We had an exchange of messages, and I could not have been happier for him. Both having been through a cycle of pain, one that takes place in the mind rather than the body.

He said 'Edyta is very well thanks. Just come off immune suppressant meds and managed a couple of weeks in Poland earlier in the summer' ...

All I have ever said is this 'Its advice you can only give a friend, hope it came in useful.
Enjoy your trip, you have earned it, being a great husband for Edyta. Don't forget one day to pass on your experience to another friend in need'...

He said 'I will remember to pass it on if and when the need arises, it will always stay with me'

It might help one of you too ...

New flight for 2020 ...

The FB groups are all clicking the sites searching for flights, that don't exist yet, and cant wait to find the news and announce it with a system crash larger than the CAA one on Monday.

So here it is, the news you have been waiting for ...

With our friends at Skiathos Landings, and hedge funding from the Amaretto. Down at Bournemouth, we are preparing Skiathos Airways BAC1-11 for the summer 2020 season ...


We will be refueling at Dubrovnik both ways, as the fuel is dirt cheap, and after Brexit we can pick up duty-free 'Jet 3 rakija' in the centre tank, as its as cheap as chips, and you can always run the lawnmower on it ...

The use of the 'stairs' will be at additional cost, and we expect the flight will be of interest to friends of Little Banana, as we are not encouraging luggage, as we are following the Ryanair/Yorkshire airways business model for a faster turnaround.

Animal lovers - There are a couple of chickens currently residing within the wheel bays, these will be relocated free of charge to the Amaretto, where they will live out the rest of their lives. Overseen by the Skiathos hen society, and from May onwards providing upgraded omelets to return ticket holders at reduced cost on presentation of your inbound boarding card tab ...

Previous Blog: Encouraging news ...


Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Encouraging news ...

Kalimera ...

Just after midnight here ...

The wind is certainly getting up out there, Looks like it's going to be an interesting 12 hours ahead, with a lot of rain inbound towards the rock ...

Flight news ...

Some encouraging news from Mayor Tzoumas regarding 2020 flights.

Two further UK flights from TUI have been confirmed, and between Three & Five Jet2 flights along with Two more by Easyjet are under negotiation.

One more flight from Norway and one from Paris are also being discussed.

Source: Steve @Skiathos Island News

TUI-UK flights in 2020 ...

TUI are moving the Gatwick flight (From Tue) to a Monday
The Luton flight (From Fri) to a Tuesday

The Bristol flight (From Mon) to a Friday

Encouraging news from the vegetable garden ...

Last-minute check of the vegetable garden, before the rain set in last night ...


Quite pleased that I did ...

Weather update at 7am ...




Breezy and the rain is lashing against the shutters, but it looks like the worst of the forecast bad weather is staying over Volos. Its a grey miserable start to the day, with the clouds hanging well down the mountain ...

Later update:

Spent some time in town, bumping into people, its what happens when 97% of the visitors have gone back home. The supermarkets fully stocked and next to no customers. Everyone says hello, how was your summer, have a good winter ...

Well it has been a dark gloomy day, low heavy clouds and this afternoon has become very breezy. If there are any olives left to pick after today, it should be easy, they will all be on the ground ...

Almost dark, and the clouds as threatening as they were this morning ...

Back into town tomorrow for some good old 'Greek Bureaucracy' ...


I think I have them all ...

Previous Blog: Last repatriation flight, and stormy weather warning ...