Friday, 26 May 2017

Are we saying goodbye to the 757's ...

Things are changing ?

Photo © : @stephenporter70
TUI Airlines UK (Thomson) were using a 737-8KS on the LGW (G-FDZD) & LTN (G-TAWD) routes today instead of the trusty 757

Is this the start of their journey to the desert ...

Photo (G-TAWD) by kind permission: © @stephenporter70

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Quiet night ...

Down at the Attikon cinema ...

Dusting away the winter cobwebs with Mamma Mia ...



The weather gods shine on Skiathos ...

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Koukounaries area ...

Koukounaries beach concession - update

The municipality will receive 551.000 euros from the licence holders at Koukounaries for each year for the next 5 years

At the auction, held on Sunday 21st May - this year the prices soared through the roof as the concessions rose up to 105.000 euros! In addition the municipality decided to dismantle the newsstands ...

The sunbeds were being set out yesterday, good luck to the owners, lets hope they can make a decent profitfrom it ...

Other island beaches concession - No update on the date for their auctions as yet.

Hotel Xenia Latest photos (Not to be confused with Banana) ...





It seems the large Koukanaries car park is going to be part of the new Xenia hotel complex. Where all the cars are going to park when the accomodation is built ?





Weather

Keep a brolly close to hand ...

Later Update (18:10hrs):

Thundertorms nearby with an impressive array of lightning strikes ...


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Thoughts ...

Are with people in Manchester - especially the children ...

The blog is read by hundreds of people each day from the UK. I sincerely hope none are affected by this tragedy, but it will be hard to imagine that there will be no Skiathos friends, who do not know someone ...

Manchester. United by Stuart Latarche

So I suppose you think you're clever with what you've gone and done?
To target those so innocent and young, who were simply having fun
You may have done some damage in the name of your "just" cause,
But we have a message to send; our bombs are louder than yours

But our bombs aren't filled with hate or metal shards and broken glass
Ours are filled with love and hope to mend those broken hearts
An explosion of emotion to show the world we care
To bring us all together, to show that we aren't scared

To help all those wounds to start to mend
To show our families this does not have to be an end
To not let some coward win and tear us all apart
To live our lives with those we lost still living in our hearts

So whilst elections may temporarily divide us
Events like this must do nothing but unite us
Let's not live in a world of which we're scared
Choose love, choose hope as hate cannot compare

No photos/talk or posts today - just think of the children ...

Monday, 22 May 2017

Update from the Olive grove ...

Work continues ...

Here are some photos of the site, and the path down to the Banana Beaches.

Our roving reporter writes ...

'I have been advised the new hotel have taken over Bananistas and from 2018 there will be foot access only. Not sure if this is true, as so many rumours are going around, like the 51 new properties are now 100.  

A few cars/jeeps have managed to sneak down, I am waiting for the day they padlock the barrier while they are there, and can't get back up' ... 












'There were around 35 people, on Banana,  a couple of jeeps at the bottom everyone else parked at the top or walked down' ... 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Island News...

Aegean Flying Dolphin Erato:

At 6.30 am Monday May 22nd the flying dolphin returns

Starting from Patitiri on Alonisoss calling at Skiathos at 07;55am with final destination Volos
The return from the port of Volos will take place at 15.15 ...

Attikon Cinema:

See opening details on the page link to the right of the page >>==>>

Banana Beaches:

There is no longer any vehicle access to either of the banana beaches. This due to the builders of the villas enforcing the rule that it is private land, and at the moment a construction site.

There has been a wave of 'aggrieved outrage' to this, across the FB pages and on TA. However foot access to the beaches is being permitted.

Update from friends using the area

'We have been to Banana beach it was not too bad to walk past the construction, not as dangerous as people have made out, but it is sad that this beautiful spot has been destroyed. The tavernas on the beach are gone, Bananalista is still there, but not open. Yesterday (Sat) we could not get down to the beach as they were stopping everyone due too the metre deep trench they had dug down the slope for pipe work, we were told it was ok by the afternoon, let's see what today brings forth'

Weather:

Thunderstorm and heavy rain (as forecast) rocking and drenching the island ...


Saturday, 20 May 2017

Nutters ...

These are the people who should not be allowed out alone ...

They should be taken to a kalivi on Peristera, and locked up for their own safety, Then deported back to the airport where they first came,

These are supposedly mature intelligent people, look what they do. Thanks to Alexis Florakis for a couple of great videos of the silly people ...



Yes there is more ...



Having read a few threads on FB yesterday, the gene pool continues to be a bit of a problem ...

Friday, 19 May 2017

Arcos ...

The sun will come out today ...

Even in 2006 there were grey days ...

    

Those were the best days - Chill out music playing from the speakers, up on the hill. Aggelos made the best coffee served it to you on the double sunbeds.

The small naturist beach, and sign over by the rocks ...

Thanks to Yiannis Voutsis and Christos Papatax for the video ...

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Anyone for ...

Freshly 'Home made' Hummus ...

A personal favourite, especially in place of butter when you have a cheese sandwich.

Want to try it yourself?  The recipe is here on My Greek Dish ...

Yes it tastes so much better than that stuff you buy in the shop. But you have to keep tasting it and adding lemon and salt to find what you like. It tastes very good indeed,  however once you have added the garlic, amd perhaps you like it a bit garlicy, Then am not sure you can detect what you like most after that.

Top tip go to Marrks and Spencer afterwards. If you sail through the queue to the front. You overdid the garlic ...


Always plenty of pulses on a Greek island, which come in handy if there is a ferry strike, Its been extended another 48 hours. Round the island via Kati Yorgi is a popular excursion. The three tavenas will be well stocked and awaiting your custom ...

Off limit subjects for discussion today based on the last 24 hours:
  • Early starts to get to Skiathos
  • Flight Delays
  • Flight Delay Compensation
  • Never coming to Skiathos again
  • Strikes - ATC 
  • Strikes - Ferries
  • The Weather - Actual 
  • The Weather - Forecast

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Summer has loaded - Strike ...

All flights to Greece that should arrive between 11-15.00 today will be delayed or cancelled due to an air traffic controllers strike ...

Plenty of grumpy comments on the wires this morning. The UK charters to Skiathos are just delayed. Many flights to Greece are cancelled this morning ...

Καλό ταξίδι - To Kay & Trevor, currently watching the clock at Gatwick awaiting their delayed departure to Skiathos at 10am. Look out for them as they head off to Boots now to stock up with repellent, as its raining in paradise right now ...

Post ATC strike update:


MT1418 /TCX31XF Ex Bristol and MT1106 /TCX67MF Ex Gatwick MT1194 /TCX25EQ ex Man are all in a queue. All descending into JSI at the moment ...

So Its @Neil_A_A leading closely followed by Kay & Trevor then the flat cap brigade.

Today's stunning typo is 'Archeledis beach' ...

The Thomas Cooks have all landed in close formation,  and there will be a queue at the luggage belts. Standby for a wave of complaints about the queue, and state of the toilets ..

Breezy landing at JSI ...

Whilst the island waits for fresh food supplies, tomorrow you can see how 'home made' hummus turns out ...