Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Cruise liner ...

A Cruise ship will be in Skiathos today, from 07:00 until 14:00.

Sadly a lot of the businesses won't be open to reap the benefit, but let's hope that those who are, do very well indeed ...

Yesterday the last flights departed to Germany, the Condor's to Dusseldorf and Munich.

That may well be it, for summer 2017 ....

The tourists will be able to watch some first class, competitive backgammon. When they disembark, if nothing else ...

Friday, 13 October 2017

Roaming ...

around the village ...

Taking in the view, on a sunny morning with a few clouds. The type that start small and grow with the heat of the day.


It's friday 13th, unlucky for some, especially if you were a fish. However it's fish Friday, so here is the selection ...


At night, you can see the garfish here, in the harbour lights ...


You just need a fine line, some very small hooks, some mincemeat, and some patience ...

Later news: Elizabeth cruises just landed 50+ Greek pensioners, from the mainland, to thumping Mamma Mia music. A sight to behold :) ...


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Start of the day ...

The Skiathos way ...

With a mag 5.2 earth tremor, located over near Skyros. That's the way to get you moving at 01:30 in the morning. So shaken, and stirred by the gods ...

Nothing to do with the tsipouro yesterday, but that was a great day, one if not one of the best ...

Then the hopper, swooping in over town at 06:00, and departing again just half an hour later.

The sunrise, was blinding, the sea a golden ball of fire, with the flying dolphin, blasting it's way out of the harbour just before 8am.

Small fishes, swimming with their snouts, out of the water. A flying fish darting between the small boats, leaping every 30cm or so near the bourtzi.

Then as if on cue, perhaps 50 fishes, leaping from the water, to escape, some predator hunting them below.

It's a blinding, cloudless blue sky day, with a hint of woodsmoke, on the breeze from somewhere nearby.

It's coffee time, as the serious business of octopus fishing gets underway, with the first cast of the lures.


The fisherman, watched over by two expectant cats, seemingly more interested in the lure, rather than what it might bring ...

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

One Million ...

Pages read by you on the Skiathian ...

Sometime yesterday, someone pushed the counter, one step further.

Pageviews all time history 1,002,523

That's mind blowing, at the very least. I don't know who you are, but a few of you are great friends.

Over the years you have been here sharing our love for "A small green island in the Aegean" through good times and dark times.

It's been quite a journey ...

Have a great evening, wherever you are ...


Monday, 9 October 2017

It's all gone ...

Very quiet ...

Just the sound of silence, in the village. Yesterday the Brits went home. The Germans, Scandanavians, and yachties remain.

They are missing lilac skies, as the darkness gives way to soft morning light.

The chug of the fishing boats, and the sound now of the starlings, as they start their own version of the dawn chorus ...

The coffee is very welcome this morning, listening to background chill out music, as Proteus chugs it's way over to Volos, disturbing a glass mirror sea ...


Saturday, 7 October 2017

The Skiathos Olive press ...

Has closed and will not reopen ...

So if you want your Olives pressed in what is a a great Olive year - Then off to Skopelos or Pelion you must go.

The oil mill in Skopelos' near Glossa offers a good solution, since the distance is small and the transportation costs are minimal.


The "Antoniou" mill will start operating on 20 October, and will accept the olive growers of Skiathos daily and according to the ferry schedules.  For those who do not have a means of transport, the mill will take them over at its own expense, and transport the olives and olive oil.

In order to make it easier for all, it is suggested that its advisable for olive growers to consult each other with a view to joint press. The olives will be salted on the same day and the price / kilogram of olive oil will be: 7 lepta. Or with the transport costs from the olive oil producer 9 lepta with the cost of transporting olive oil and olive oil from the mill.

Information: 2424033517 | 6974325004 | 6972224445

Friday, 6 October 2017

The curtains are drawing ...

On the season for the Brits ...

The Germans and Norwegians are hanging on for another week or so whilst the shutters go down, and the winter village (the real Skiathos) reappears from the much loved fake summer one .

As the 'locals that are not local' slam the shutters, and flee to the mainland after the last night parties. The Ferry flights arrive today from Amsterdam, East Midlands Gatwick Manchester, Newcastle and Stansted to take the bronzed ones home.

The Stansted one is getting a few miles in, starting out as

  1. Thomas Cook Airlines MT 106 London to Antalya
    Scheduled departure 06:30 Scheduled arrival 12:24
  2. Thomas Cook Airlines MT 107 Antalya to Skiathos
    Scheduled departure 13:30 Scheduled arrival 15:15
  3. Thomas Cook Airlines MT 1078 Skiathos to Stansted
    Scheduled departure 16:05 Scheduled arrival 17:50

So if you were bumped off the Stansted>Skiathos, well now you know why ...

It will be a rather quieter island this evening, and if you are down the island, rather a lonely one.
There are the Scandinavian flights tomorrow, followed by two more UK flights on Sunday

Enjoy those beautiful beaches back in their natural state, if only they were not littered with cigarette waste ...

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Autumn hero ...

Picture this ...

The last few days of your holiday, warm temperatures, the low sun warming the heart and soul.

A perfect time to relax in the sunshine, perhaps a glass of wine, Enjoy and take in a few rays of a distant summer, a leisurely lunch al fresco, and forget for now about that flight on Friday ...

... and along comes a wasp to join the party.

He too perhaps a little sleepy, but intent on having one last hurrah as well, after fruitful adventures in the late summer sun ...

So having leaned forward, to look into her husbands eyes, the wasp went down her dress straight into her bra whilst they were sitting in a taverna having lunch. Not unfazed by the crisis, her husband sprang into action. Getting 'said wasp' out in full view of everyone.

Looking on in admiration, they all gave a round of applause, hopefully just for the despatch of the intruder.

Husband suggested the wasp was attracted to big melons, who are we to suggest otherwise ...

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Just when you thought it was safe to go out ...

There is a nation wide civil defence exercise, taking place this morning ...

The warning sirens will go off in tests throughout Greece, as part of the nationwide civil defence exercise “Parmenion”, the Greek Police said on Monday.

At 11:00 am on Tuesday morning, the sirens will sound intermittently, and at differing sound levels for 60 seconds, until 11:05 am, when an uninterrupted siren will sound for another 60 seconds. 

Shortly after this the port police will resume normal duties, with the whistle, and issuing parking tickets along the port, before the ferry arrives ...

Source: Keep Talking Greece - via athensnewsagency

The main reason they sounded the sirens today ...

Had a special meeting today, to celebrate a big birthday. In celebration of this occasion, I baked my learned friend a cake.


In addition, its very difficult to find a present, for the man that has everything. So after thinking carefully about it, I found him the perfect book ...

Tool Porn ...
I did detect a slight hint of disappointment when the present was unwrapped. But after at least 10 reminders, and lots of thought about the special day - I know it will bring hours of fun, for those long winter evenings by the fire planning future projects ...

You are only 56 once ...


Or are you ?

So with thoughts of winter coughs, and sneezes (Having just had my Flu Jab) I dispensed the Birthday boy, a take away. The famous Elixir of Skiathos - The Skiathos Cough medicine - For Winter use only ...


... and only in cases of extreme emergency!

Xronia Polla !

Monday, 2 October 2017

Greetings ...

Καλημέρα και καλό μήνα για όλους ...

Good morning and good month to all (A day late) Is it October already? The greeting should also be 'Καλή χειμώνα' (Good Winter) as its cold wet and windy, and the locals have all lit their fires.

Reading quite a few 'its paradise but what do you do, when its cold wet and windy in October' posts.

This is the island in winter, its only been raining a few days, but you have to be hardy to live on the island out of tourist season, If you are a holidaymaker when it happens, then its grim, as you may not have the right clothes and footwear, and thats not fun at all. Well at least it stops the wasps ...

Those recommendations to do this and that, are not much use when the bar, restaurant or service you require is closed up, and the owner tucked up on the mainland working on the accounts ...

It could be worse - yes it could ...

Monarch the UK's 5th biggest airline, and their holiday company, did a Kosmar at 3am, and went into administration with an estimated 110,000 passengers stranded abroad. Monarch pulled out of Skiathos a few years ago.


The extension of the ATOL licence just to get the CAA to "dot the I's and cross the T's" on the rescue plans.  The Qatar airline A320 spare planes have been parked up at Stansted ready for rescue flights for a few days. You can read the Monarch statement here

As the UK Transport Secretary orders the  "biggest ever peacetime repatriation" - with 110,000 people being brought home, and 300,000 future bookings cancelled. What a sad day indeed for those who have lost holidays, jobs and careers, the hoteliers and staff who will not get paid, and the reputations ruined ...

As for Spain and what you have done to the people of Catalonia, A place I hold close to my heart - Shame on you ...

Actually the Skiathos rain does not seem too bad after all ...

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Autumn has arrived ...

Bringing with it grey skies and breezy conditions ...

Perfect conditions, for the Nautical club of Skiathos, who are having a regatta outside the old harbour.


Not very nice for those hardy souls, who have headed out for the last week of the season. So find yourself a nice cosy bar, and a good book if need be.

It seems quite a few places have said, thats it for summer 2017. Its not just the beaches that are lifting the sunbeds and parasols. Its the last night for those with Music licences. So tonight there will be a few closing parties around town.

Admiral Benbows: Closes this evening (30th) great opportunity to help Debs and Paul, drain the pumps dry for Summer 2017 ...

Phedrock: Will also be closing tonight (30th) with Nasos Kavathas live, starting time: 22:00 ...

Best wishes to Nikos and the team at Swell bar, as they close up the hotel, after a very busy summer season.

If you are on the island, Pop out and wish them all a 'Καλή χειμώνα' (Good Winter) because tomorrow the forecast is not brilliant. A perfect day for a hangover, and a slow scan of the back of the eyelids.

Enjoy your evening, on Monday it should be better ...

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Mamma Mia ...

Here we wont be going again ...

The Summer Swansong for 2017. 
As sure a sign that you will need, for Brollies next week.


Well - last chance under the stars before May 2018 ...

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Ferries ...

The Port Authority of Volos was informed on Friday evening of an accident injuring  three men during the loading of engine oil drums on board the Express Skiathos, which had arrived at the port of Volos after completing its route from the Northern Sporades.

Specifically, during the loading, part of the ramp mechanism broke. Its sudden movement, resulting in a fall of about 1.5m - four barrels of engine oil fell on the ramp and injured two crew members aged 30 and 49, and the 50-year-old driver of the vehicle which was in the port.

Immediately the above were taken to the General Hospital of Volos, where the 49 year old and the 50 year old were released, while the 30 year old was hospitalised for preventive reasons.

The Captain and the Engineer were detained by the Harbour Authority for investigation. The boat was forbidden to leave port until damage has been rectified and investigations completed

The ship sailed as normal, for the islands on Sunday morning as there was no service planned on Saturday

This morningr the Myrtidiotissa undertook its last trip from Agios Konstantinos to the islands of Northern Sporades, completing its presence for this season.

This came as some surprise to owners of tickets, for trips booked on the route into October. I am advised these will be open tickets you can exchange and use next year - Or you can try to obtain a refund from Aqua or your booking agent ...

Myrtidiotissa after unloading in Agios Konstantinos will depart for Neo Molos Drapetsonas where it will be laid up for winter.

Later: Can anyone tell me where these places are? scopolas and ilonasis

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 -  MT1079 (29th September) is being rescheduled, due to a pilots strike.

Departing Skiathos at 08:45am to STN with a planned arrival of 10:30am ...

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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