Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Al Mirqab has arrived ...

The Emir of Qatar has arrived, with all the boys toys, in Koukounaries ...

Al Mirqab ...

Arriving in Skiathos the royal family of Qatar will spend part of their summer holiday on the island. The famous yacht "Al Mirqab", belonging to the sheikh of Qatar, Bin Jaseem Bin Al Thani, anchored off Koukounaries for their annual visit on Monday morning.


The Luxurious Yacht (with its distinctive blue colouring) which according to "Forbes" is the Sheik's vessel, was built in 2008 in Germany. It then cost 300.000.000 euros. It is the sixth largest in the world, the 3rd most expensive ever built and was described as the best of the year. 

It is 133-foot length, and has 51 crew, equipped with 12 suites, two swimming pools, heliport, gym, jacuzzi and cinema ...

I wonder if they will be sending out for a take away, again like last year ...

Later update: Seems they did Mr Koziakis once again summoned to provide the grill. 

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Bravo the bus drivers ...

A bus driver in Skiathos found a wallet with 600 euros and handed it over ...


A bus driver in Skiathos found and handed over to her owner her wallet, which contained a large sum of money. The incident took place this afternoon last Friday, when a young Voliotissa, which operates business on the island of Northern Sporades, used the bus on the line Skiathos-Koukounaries. 


But reaching her destination she lost her wallet. As soon as he discovered his loss, he contacted the bus owner, Mr. Yiannis Tsiflidis. The latter, after receiving the phone call, contacted his driver, Yiannis Kariofyli, and asked him to check the bus seats. After checking, he actually found the missing wallet, which just opened it in front of the coach of the bus, Christos Makris,


The owner of the bus Yannis Tsiflidis

The honesty of the driver gave a good end to Voliotissa's adventure, which soon received the wallet with the money. "Giannis has been in my job for many years now. It is a diamond character. He comes from Skiathos, where he marries and is a great family man. His move to return the wallet, not even thinking about keeping the foreign money, has moved me, but reminds us that we must start thinking again more human if we want to hope for better days, "he commented Mr. Tsiflidis, with 70-year-old Skiatitis then referring to a similar incident that he experienced during his active driver: 

"Just 15 years ago, I found in my bus a leather bag. It contained 500. 000 drachmas and belonged to a Greek-American tourist. I kept her and when we spotted who was her owner, he came and took her from the collector I had at that time. But instead of saying "thank you," she was content to say that she would not mind if she did not find her again. On the contrary, now our girl said a thousand thanks when we told her how we found her wallet. "

Source: https://e-thessalia.gr/

Saturday, 22 July 2017

One year on ...

I have been patiently watching and waiting ...

Yesterday was a very special day, it marked one year since SWMBO was having major surgery. Its a date, probably ingrained on the rear of my eyelids. One that has affected us both for a year.

It was also juniors last day at school for this term, and school year. They went out with friends after school, mums had fun, the children had ice cream, then a party in a friends garden.

Junior came home, and said 'Daddy I have very important news, sit down' I thought 'ah this is it' ...

'Daddy I am star of the year' at school' and there was the certificate, presented at assembly that morning. That was a very nice surprise, and certainly not the one I was expecting ...

SWMBO had had a great time, with friends, a couple of glasses of Pimms with the mums.

.... and forgotten, all about what happened just one year ago.


Friday, 21 July 2017

Skiathos - Eyes wide open ...

Skiathos - Eyes wide open by Andre Eckhart ...

Who I owe a coffee to.

 

Amazing skills, with an eye for the detail and nature ...

Situation in Kos

'An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.7 occurred off the coast of Kos on 21 July 2017. If you’re in the affected area and it is safe to do so, contact your friends and family to tell them you are safe. You should be aware of the possibility of aftershocks, and follow the advice of the local authorities and/or your tour operator' 

Source: British Embassy in Athens 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Horror Flight Over Skiathos While He Was "In The Eye Of Medusa" ...

Do read and enjoy this translation of yesterdays BA flight story ...

THE TIME THAT WAS IN THE SPORADES ... EYE OF "MEDOUSAS"
Terror in the air over Skiathos.


Tempting the 45 passengers of BA 2225 flight of British Airways, which last performed in the morning London - Skiathos route. Lightning struck the aircraft in flight, minutes before the landing process started on the island of Papadiamantis, which at that time was "the eye of Medusa."

From one moment to another, carefree flight had started from London at 7.10 am (local time) and was expected to Skiathos airport at 12.15 noon, carrying British tourists and Greeks evolved into a thriller.
The flash and the click of lightning hitting the 'frozen' crew and passengers, who began to ask each other what happened. Some who were at the window of the brilliance that saw "tears" the dense clouds, they realized that the plane was hit by lightning.

At the same time, heavy rain "whip" the sky Skiathos, complicating the situation.
They followed great moments of suspense, with the pilot of British Airways to communicate with the control tower of the airport of Skiathos, and indicate that the aircraft was struck by lightning and that has a problem.

The pilot may not have, unsurprisingly, accurate picture that moment, that if the aircraft has undergone significant external damage or not, but it seems he did not want to take chances.
Having followed the protocol for similar cases, checking all systems, the pilot of British Airways Skiathos informed that it will land and return required in Athens.

According to cross information of TT, the pilot, after consultation with the Skiathos control tower and in order not to create greater panic, rushed to reassure them by saying microphone from the cockpit: "We struck lightning. No need to worry. The hull of the plane is robust and the aircraft tested and certified. We will land in the airport of Athens. " Passengers pulled an exclamation of relief and calmed down for a moment, as the voice of the pilot sounded calm and determined.
Their agony was however finally end when the aircraft descended and immobilized safely airstrip.
The plane at 13:00 local time, landed at the airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" in Athens, with passengers praised the pilot for his temper and effectiveness. The landing was accompanied by warm and prolonged applause passengers as little token of gratitude for the experienced pilot who got them safe on the ground.

British Airways is sure to provide accommodation and catering for all passengers who were yesterday in Athens to travel on other flights to Skiathos morning.

According to reports, the aircraft was struck by lightning damaged in need of repair. Moreover, before taking off again you must pass a technical inspection ...

VASO-KYRIAZI TACHYDROMOS

Monday, 17 July 2017

Wet and stormy night ...

Not out of the woods yet ...

Plenty of bad weather near the islands, as Storm Medussa continues across Greece.


OK so far the mainland copped it big style as the system passed south last night.

Plenty of comments about 'Damp squib' etc by the folks on holiday, but if it had hit the island badly overnight,it would be a very different story.

The tour ops moved people out of accommodation, in areas which were liable to flood, good planning by them.

Still plenty of bad weather around, for quite a few hours to come ...


Stom Medussa - See Greek Reporter

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Batten down the hatches ...

Bad Weather imminent ...

Extreme bad weather expected with a rapid deterioration, in the weather from this afternoon (Sunday 16th July).

The Hellenic Metreological Service has issued a Red warning for affected areas and especially the Sporades islands.

Hellenic Metreological Service warning (In Greek)

'Take precautionary measure, be vigilant and act according to the advice of the competent authorities. Get the weather forecasts and expect a significant impact on your daily activities'

Expect violent storms from tonight (Sunday 16th July). with high winds, waterspouts over the sea, and probability of local flooding, through Monday and into Tuesday ...

Not good news, but if you are on the island, best to take care, stay indoors, and stay safe until it passes ...

Information supplied and circulated by Axilleas Sotiropoulos local amateur weather forecaster




(A) Overall Rating: 
Change will present the weather from Sunday 16/07 to Tuesday 18/07 because of the cold air cut off from the general circulation which transports cold air masses which combined with high sea temperatures create tremendous instability that will be converted into strong storms accompanied by gusty winds, temperature drop and extremely large rainfall in many parts of Greece and mainly regions of eastern Thessaly, South Chalkida Treaty, Sporades Port Plan and Evia.

(B) Local Assessment: 
With chance of precipitation Sunday 16/07 and strengthening winds will begin changes in the weather on the island of Papadiamantis (Skiathos) which will continue without potential effects on the rest of the day but with rapid deterioration due to instability by the evening hours (after 02:00) which has as its main characteristic northern direction winds, which would bring down the temperature of almost 12 degrees and the extremely large rainfall 




Monday 17/07 with Thunderstorms until the morning Tuesday 18.07. Take care from noon Monday until late in the evening of the same day, due to the extreme nature of the expected event. Great potential also exists for waterspouts in the wider maritime region of Sporades. 

If the predictive models become reality, the weather change translates into a violent summer storm then attention to people and property, because of possible flooding, especially in the affected area.

The official information is always carried out by NMS and Civil Protection emergency bulletins that citizens should take note of ...


Friday, 14 July 2017

The Champion returns ...

Tonight at the Bourtzi at 21:00hrs ...

Giorgos Angelopulos, nick name DANOS, from Skiathos is welcomed back to Skiathos

Its going to be quite a party ...

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Flights from Bristol ...

Good news for those of you in the South West of the UK.

Easyjet are flying from Bristol to Athens from November.
Skiathos will be just a 'Hopper ride' away ...

Bristol Post article: Click here ...

Link to yesterdays blog Last minute planning ...

PS If you read the blog yesterday, you may see or have thought of an addition to the list. Well I posted yesterday about the Bristol flight. Now its being followed up with the ...

#I wish someone flew from (Insert airport here) ...

e.g Blackpool - Bournemouth - Ireland - Norwich - Scotland

Later update:

Sunset from Skiathos ...


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Last minute planning ...

Anyone remember before the internet, when you just paid up and went ? Now the groups and forums are alive with questions that need answering.

These are the things you need to worry about before you jet off on holiday, as you do your last minute packing  (July list) ...

#Aircon
Aircon - How much is it?
Aircon - Why is it not included?
#Airport
Airport - Please tell me its not going to be too busy on Friday 11th August?
Airport - Its packed and too hot and far too many people (Its an airport in Greece)
Airport - Its about time they modernised it (They did in the early 90's - This is Greece)
Airport - The loos are disgusting and all broken and huge queues (Try Turkey)
Airport - We had to walk in that heat from the new apron, they should provide a bus (2016)
Airport - They put us on a bus we could have walked (2017)
#Arachnids
Arachnids - Please tell me there wont be any Scorpions?
Arachnids - Please tell me there wont be any Spiders?
#ATM's
ATM's - Anyone know what the exchange rate is ?
ATM's - Anyone know which button to press ?
ATM's - Anyone know which one to use ?
#ATV's
ATV's  - Anyone know where to hire one ?
ATV's - Anyone know where to get insurance?
ATV's - Anyone know why everyone tells me to get a jeep?
#Bees
#Benidorm
Benidorm - Nothing to do with Skiathos but so many people link to it
Benidorm - Do people there link conversations to Skiathos?
Bees - Are there any?
#Bus
Bus - Its packed and you are pressed up against a sweaty stranger
Bus - Its packed, I am hiring a car! (See Parking)
Bus - Its packed, Its the only way to travel and saved me €80
#Cashponts (See ATM's)
#Countdown
Countdown - I am on countdown ...
Countdown - Countdown clock
Countdown - Why didn't anyone tell me my countdown clock was out of date once i posted it?
#Exchange rates
Exchange rates - Anyone know what the exchange rate is at (the ATM machine)
Exchange rates - Anyone know what the exchange rate is (Atm = At the moment)
Exchange rates - Anyone know what the exchange rate is at (the bank)
Exchange rates - Anyone know what the exchange rate is at (the ferry office)
#Facebook Groups
Facebook Groups - Its all kicking off again in Boommers
#Ferries
Ferries - What time are the ferries to Skopelos?
Ferries - What do you mean the next ferry is tomorrow
Ferries - My flight arrives at am/pm I need to get there straight away
Ferries - Typical Greece arrange the ferries to be going the other way when our flight arrives!
#Flights
Flights - I wish someone flew from (Insert airport here)
Flights -  We need extra flights to break the monopoly and cheaper tickets (2016)
Flights -  We dont want cheap tickets and extra flights (2016) See #Our secret hidden island
Flights -  BA to fly from LCY scheduled (2017) See I wish they flew from (Insert airport here)
Flights -  BA to fly from LCY £69 each way (2017) See - We need extra flights and cheap tickets
Fridges  - Anyone know if (Insert property) has them in the room
Fridges - Why should I pay extra
#Full English
Full English - Question often asked -Where can I find the best one?
Full English - Answer often given -Back where you came from
#Hair Dryers
Hair Dryers - Anyone know if (Insert property) has them
Hair Dryers - Anyone know if (Insert property) lends them
#Insects
Insects - Please tell me there wont be any Bees?
Insects - Please tell me there wont be any Butterflies?
Insects - Please tell me there wont be any Moths?
Insects - Please tell me there wont be any Mosquitos? (See Mossies)
Insects - Please tell me there wont be any Sand flies?
Insects - Please tell me there wont be any Wasps? (See Wasps)
#Insect repellent
Insect repellent - Which one is best?
Insect repellent - Avon - (Skin stinks like Hell)
Insect repellent - Mossie Milk (Who milks Mossies?)
Insect repellent - Jungle Formula (Best paint stripper ever)
#Irons
Irons - Anyone know if (Insert property) has them in the room
Irons - Anyone know if (Insert property) lends them
#I wish someone flew from ...
I wish someone flew from (Insert airport here) - See #Flights
#Jellyfish
Jellyfish- Please tell me there wont be any Jellyfish
#Linen
Linen - Change my towels sheets
#Kettles
Kettles- Anyone know if (Insert property) has them in the room
Kettles- Anyone know where I can buy one?
#Loos
Loos - What is the fixation with taking a photo of them ?
Loos - What do you mean use a bin ?
Loos - Nappy Sacks - Really ?
#Loo Rolls
Loo Rolls - Are they supplied?
Loo Rolls - 1st One only - Why ?
Loo Rolls - Have to buy my own - Outrageous
Loo Rolls - Leave the hair straighteners behind, and pack a loo roll just in case
#Mossies
Mossies - Are there any?
Mossies - Bitten to death
Mossies - Not bitten to death
Mosquitos (See Mossies)
#Open Air Cinema
Open Air Cinema - Please tell me whats on - Click 'here'
Open Air Cinema - Mamma Mia - Must see event
Open Air Cinema - It does not have a roof
Open Air Cinema - It does not have a roof - See Rain
Open Air Cinema - It does not have a roof - See September
Open Air Cinema - It does not have a roof - See Thunderstorm
Open Air Cinema - Why don't they fit a roof - See Thunderstorm
#Our secret hidden island
Our secret hidden island - Don't tell anyone
Our secret hidden island - Has been discovered
Our secret hidden island - Is getting too busy
Our secret hidden island - Is considered to be more popular with higher quality Italian tourists
Our secret hidden island - You should not bring children here, nothing to do (On the aircraft)
Our secret hidden island - Well we live here so enjoy your holiday (Insert cheesy grin)
#Parking
Parking - Where can I park?
Parking - You can park anywhere
Parking -What do you mean you got an €80 ticket
Parking - Where can I pay my parking ticket?
Parking - Just got back, can I pay my parking ticket online?
#Prices
Prices - Too expensive
Prices - All fine not too expensive (Answer to those who say its too expensive)
Prices - Cocktails index
Prices - Mythos index
Prices - Taverna meals
#Quads (See ATV's)
Quads - Get a 4x4 instead
#Rain
Rain - My app says rain
Rain - BBC weather says rain
Rain - Please tell me it wont rain
Rain - Please tell me it wont rain next week
Rain - Please tell me it wont rain all next week
Rain - Please tell me it wont rain, I can stay at home for that
Rain - 'never skiathos again'
#Ribbon
Ribbon - Fashion accessory to get spotted, by another ribbon wearer
#September
September - See Rain
#Snakes
Snakes - Are there any?
Snakes - Don't worry they are not poisonous?
Snakes - Do worry they are poisonous.
Snakes - I saw one two feet long
Snakes - I saw one three feet long
Snakes - I saw one four feet long
Snakes - Please tell me there wont be any?
#Sunbeds
Sunbeds - Are there any?
Sunbeds - How much are they?
Sunbeds - Thats expensive!
Sunbeds - They are not expensive 'prices have not risen for very many years'
#Taxis
Taxi Drivers
Taxi - Cost of transfers - How much is it by taxi to ?
Taxi - Cost of transfers (Prebooked)
Taxi - Why are we paying the same when we are sharing it with someone else?
Taxi - Why are we paying for a private transfer when they put us in a taxi anyway?
Taxi - Why did I pay for a private transfer when I could have taken a taxi?
#Thunderstorms
Thunderstorms - See Rain
Thunderstorms - See September
#Wasps
Wasps - Nobody told me there would be Wasps
Wasps - Please tell me there wont be any Wasps?
#Water taxi
Water taxi - I need to get to Skiathos town, where is the taxi?
Water taxi - Can you call him for me?
Water taxi - What do you mean he is on the mainland his business is waiting here!
Water taxi - How much !!!
Water taxi - What time did you say the ferry was and can you look after my bags
#Weather
Weather - Too Hot for me (Well it is July)
Weather - Lucky you, its tipping down here in Bradford/Leeds/Manchester (Nobody cares)
Weather - Whats it going to be like on (Insert date here)
Weather - Whats it going to be like on (Insert date and exact time here)
Weather - Whats it like in (Insert Month here)

Feel free to add to the list, but after the last few days reading, I think you have it covered ...