Sunday, 31 December 2017

Changes from tomorrow ...

Nothing stays the same ...

From the 1st January, there will be some changes taking place, before your next trip,

Fancy a little bit of extra olive oil in your Greek salad?  Well you will have to pay a little extra for it. As of the 1st January 2018, refillable oil containers available to consumers at food offering facilities will be banned, and replaced by non-refillable containers or small bottles.
Read about it here.

Yes at last the Greek carrier bag becomes a pay as you go option. On the first of January you will now pay 3 euro cents or more for each bag. Below is the article in Greek.

Click this link ...

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Saturday, 30 December 2017

Vasilopita ...

Time to make the Vasilopita - New years cake ...

Have you ever made Vasilopita -New Years Eve Greek cake? Its also known as Saint Basil's cake.

Hopefully my mate Basil is going to make one. Well unless you are on the island, or have visited over the new year then its highly unlikely. There is still time for him to bake one and you too! You can find all the ingredients in your local supermarket this weekend.

INGREDIENTS

125g butter
200g caster sugar
3 large eggs
375g flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
Zest and juice (185ml) of 2 oranges
Icing sugar, for dusting
Toasted flaked almonds, to decorate

Equipment:
1 x 23cm round cake tin

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 180C (170C fan-forced). Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. In two bowls, separate the egg yolks and whites. Slowly incorporate the yolks into the butter and sugar mixture, beating after each one. Beat until very fluffy and creamy (at least 10 minutes).

In a separate bowl, sieve the flour and baking powder. Add the baking soda into the orange juice so it fizzes. Fold a little into the creamed butter mixture. Then add a little of the sifted flour and baking powder and gently fold into the mixture. Repeat until you have incorporated everything into the mixture. Gently fold in the orange zest.

In a clean and dry mixing bowl (no traces of oil or water) whisk the egg whites into firm peaks. Finally, very gently fold the egg whites into the mixture. Pour into a greased 23cm round cake tin. Bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Don’t open the oven before 30 minutes, as it may cause the cake to deflate.

Leave the cake to cool a bit in the tin before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. Dust with icing sugar and use the flaked almonds to write the new year (i.e. 2018).

You can find some more variations on this link ...

PS: Its the done thing to hide a coin in the mix for good luck for the recipient. Or their trip to the dentist next week if they bite on it ...

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Χρόνια πολλά για μένα ...

Happy Birthday to me ...
In accordance with my own time honoured tradition, I am having a day off. So will be off for a nice cup of mint tea, and a slice of cake, with SWMBO & Junior some time later. I have a few crazy days planned ahead, well it will soon be Christmas, so better pace myself accordingly.

I may fall off the wagon just after the solstice later today today ...

Happy winter solstice, which reminds me,  Shortest day = Longest night.

Its also the Feast of Juul, when Thor and my mate Stig will probably both be celebrating the shortest day of the year.

The solstice occurs at 16:28 GMT, marking the start of astronomical winter, and the shortest day of the year. So Stig - if you are dancing naked at Stonehenge - Well done to you.

The sun will soon start climbing in the sky again. So it will soon be summer again.

Remember "A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun" - (Other newspapers are available) ...

Enjoy the trip, and especially your seven hours and 50 minutes of northern hemisphere daylight, wherever you are ...

Previous Blog: Christmas bazaar.- Proteus ...

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Christmas bazaar.- Proteus ...

It was the week before Christmas ...

... and all round the house ...

'They were celebrating friend of the blog subu57's very special birthday' ...


Hope you have a great day, one best viewed through the bottom, of a bubble filled glass ...

Today its the annual Christmas Bazaar at the High School, once again organised by the International womens club. Well done to them once again for organising it all ...

Express Skiathos

From the Central Port Authority of Volos it is announced that the scheduled services of the Express Skiathos passenger ferry on Tuesday 19 December, Tuesday 26 December and Tuesday 2 January 2017 will change and depart from the Port of Skiathos to the Port of Volos at 15.20 pm not at 15.45

Proteus 

Went yesterday morning down to Piraeus dry dock ....

According to ANES FERRIES the ferry will remain in the dock until Thursday 21st December and is expected to return to its routes in the Sporades on Saturday January 6, 2018

Which is quite handy really ...

From tonight, the annual evacuation starts, 'I am an islander - get me out of here'. Time to be heading to the mainland, or further afield  to get away from it all, for that Christmas fun.

But you have to pay Hellenic for the privilege - or Olympic Air  ...

PS: If you are daft enough to think Aegean will give you a free ticket, if you thank them on Facebook. You are another victim of the 'Copy and Paste phenomenon' ...

Previous Blog: On Strike ...

Thursday, 14 December 2017

On Strike ...

Its that time of year once again ...

Today the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE) have announced a 24 hour strike. It means more or less, there is a general strike in Greece.

So abandon any plans you may have had. Especially if you wanted to go to the bank or post office (Why the parcels are stuck between Athens and Larisa or somewhere in Europe anyway) Electric company or the water board.

As for the boats - who knows ...

Previous Blog: Easyjet - Volos (4) Buy them tickets ...


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Easyjet - Volos (4) Buy them tickets ...

VolosDay must be coughing over the cornflakes this morning ...

Easyjet tickets to Volos are on sale ...


Looks like the Volos politicians are better than our politicians after all ...

Previous Blog: Easyjet - Volos (3) ...

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Easyjet - Volos (3) ...

VolosDay have a different view ...

'A lot of noise has been happening in recent days by all those who claim the big achievement of the possible arrival of a low-cost airline in New Anchialos for the summer of 2018. No noise, however, is not justified by things, since it is intended to mislead the citizens of Volos who do not eat ... hay! The overwhelming majority at least.

Although this public disagreement about claiming paternity and the obvious exchange of incense that accompanies it is fun, we need to make it clear that this particular company is coming, if it is finally here, not because it has been convinced by the firm arguments of any politician or the charm and persuasion of any businessman, but simply because he temporarily closes Thessaloniki airport, "Macedonia", because of works!

And so all kinds of politicians try to "smash" a vote and the company, whether this or any other, probably comes for the same reasons, no wizard, in addition'

(Magnesia prefecture local elections, were taking place on Saturday)

Article: here

Previous Blog: Easyjet - Volos (2) ...

Friday, 8 December 2017

Easyjet - Volos (2) ...

Latest from the mainland/island telegraph ...

Flights will operate from London Gatwick to Volos ...

· 27th June 2018 – 1st September 2018 (10 Weeks)

· 2 x Weekly operation : Wednesday & Saturday

· 180 / 186 Seater Airbus A320 aircraft

· Tickets on Sale : Tuesday 12th December 2017

Whats it all about?

Previous blog: Easyjet - Volos ...

Christmas Village

The Christmas village stalls/cabins are being set up behind Alexander Papadiamatis house in the small square today.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Easyjet - Volos ...

Rumours are rife ...

Easyjet are to operate between July and end of August, two times a week,from London Gatwick to Volos. The exact schedule TBC and tickets to go on sale in January 2018.

This has been mentioned before, even making it onto the Easyjet news page 'in error' last year, so we will see what happens ...

From the Taxydromos - online newspaper: Link here

'New prospects open for New Anchialos airport following the agreement "closed" on the initiative of the Thessaly Region with the low-cost airline Easy Jet.

The deal was "sealed" virtually today when representatives of the company were found in Volos in response to a proposal submitted by the Regional Governor of Thessaly Kostas Agorastos during an International Tourism Fair in London.

In the first phase, the cooperation plan includes 20 flights from New Anchialos to London and vice versa, twice a week from early July to September, with 188 seater airplanes.

Easy Jet is expected to announce officially on its website the launch of the London-New Anchialos summer schedule, while the booking system is scheduled to open from January 2018.

The company intends to integrate this airline into its advertising project on the flight magazine that operates on all its flights but also on its other promotional tools (instagram, facebook), which will make a significant contribution to the promotion and promotion of both its airport Nea Anchialos as far as Magnesia and Thessaly'

From Magnesia news - online newspaper: Link here

'An important "Easy Jet" agreement for flights to and from N. Anchialos airport was revealed today, following a meeting held away from the spotlight in the UK. Magnesia. 

According to what has become known, the large eazy jet low-cost airline, which has been hit many times in the past, will launch aircraft from next summer and for two months in the first phase at New Anchialos airport from London'

From e-thessalia news - online newspaper: Link here ...

An easy-to-use EasyJet low-cost airline is moving to London's New Anchialo online from next summer.

Flights to an 188-seat plan will start in July and for two months in the first instance from Gatwick Airport to London to New Anchialos.

As it was known by Regional Director of Thessaly K.Akrastos, representatives of the airline were found in Volos following contacts made during the London exhibition.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Regional Governor Mr. Kolindrinis, the representative of the Magnesia Chamber Mr. Thekla Kammenou, as well as the President of the Hoteliers Association Mr. Zafiiris.


The airline has pledged to fully advertise the airline, hoping that from the summer, the bases will be set to stay in New Anchialos.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

All the Nicks are happy today ...

Xρόνια Πολλά  to all the Nikolaos, Nikoleta, Nikos, Nicholas, Nicolas, Nick, Nikoletta, Nikolina out there. Today its your name day ...


Father Christmas has his name day today,  so its a good day to get in the Christmas spirit, wishing everyone with that name Xρόνια Πολλά ...


St Nicholas is also the patron saint of sailors, so a jolly good bloke to keep in with

The ouzerias will be busy today, as everyone celebrates, as well as the children ...

Previous blog: Express Skiathos ...

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Express Skiathos ...

Amended Schedules of the Express Skiathos ...

from Tuesday 5th to Tuesday 12th December 2017

From Volos 09:00

Skiathos arr 11: 15 / dep 11:30
Skopelos arr 12: 25 / dep 12:40
Alonissos arr 13: 10 / dep 13:25
Skopelos arr 13:55 / dep 14: 10
Skiathos arr 15:05 / dep 15:20

Arrives Volos 17:35

Condolences: 

Sincere condolences to relatives and family members, of Dorothea (Dora) who worked at the Faustula Taverna/Grill House in Evagelistria street.

Dorothea left for Poland last year, after twenty years on the island, having lost her husband a year earlier, and she will be missed by all those who knew her ...

Previous blog: Winter flights to & from Thessaloniki ...

Monday, 4 December 2017

Winter flights to & from Thessaloniki ...

Flying home for Christmas ...

Easyjet has cancelled flights to/from Thessaloniki/Macedonia airport, as a result of safety concerns, whilst works are undertaken on the runway ...

EasyJet said that it will through to December 6th carry out flights via Athens Airport, and from there transport passengers to Thessaloniki by bus.

For the December 7th -21st period, flights will be carried out via Kavala Airport with bus transport to the  city from there and the company will provide accommodation if necessary.

Travelers will be informed of any changes via e-mail or SMS.

See the GTP link here ...

Footnote: Eight years ago today, we arrived on Skiathos to start a new life, after a 1500 mile road trip, and a cruise down the Adriatic with junior ...

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