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 ...

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Its a public holiday ...

Today August 15th, is a holiday in Greece ...

Greeks all over the country will celebrate one of Christianity’s most significant days, the Dormition of Virgin Mary. Some call this day “the summer easter” to show the importance of the celebration, and many thousands of people attend religious services throughout the country. - See Greek Reporter link here:

So 'summer easter' means the epitaphos has to be prepared, for its journey ...

Here on Skiathos, there was a procession around the Monastery at Evagelistrias last night, and the church bells rang out this morning across the island, Why ? Not only is today the 'Ascension of the Virgin Mary' Its also the name day of all the Maria's - See Xρόνια πολλά!

Waiters will be at optimum stress levels, and tavernas packed to the rafters today. Its the peak of the summer season. The last few days will have either made or will break the summer.

To the local this is it, 'summer is over' the ferries will  be full, as they start taking the mainlanders away, however to you, and me there are still seven weeks left, and some sense of normality still to return ...

However as its a bank holiday, the police are out and about, parking fines on the port, apparently walking is still permitted.

Χρόνια πολλά:

To Greek friends and acquaintances who are celebrating their name day today ...

Despoina, Deppy, Pipina, Despo, Pepi, Zepo, Elona, Theotokia, Theotokea, Kristalo, Kristalia, Crystal, Krysta, Krista, Maria (for married women), Mary, Maro, Marios, Mario, Mariori, Marika, Maroula, Maritsa, Margiori, Marigoula, Manio, Marietta, Marousa, Marsia, Marcy, Marietta, Margeta, Margetina, Mireille, Mirella, Myrella, Panayotis, Panagiotis, Panos, Panousos, Panagis, Panagos, Giotis, Yiotis, Panikos, Takis, Panagiota, Panayota, Yiota, Giota, Panagioula, Panagoula, Pani, Tota, Toula, Pegie, Pegy, Presvia, Simela, Symela, Soymela, Soumela, Gesthimani, Iesthimani, Gethsimani, Mariniki, Katholiki (source ©:

A message from the Skiathos Dog Shelter:

'Just to remind everyone that we still have our quiz nights every Wednesday evening from 9pm at the Iguana Bar - Agia Paraskevi (bus stop 16). All money raised goes towards funding the shelter. We try to raise as much as we can during the summer months to keep us going through the winter'

Monday, 14 August 2017

Cruise news ...

TUI will be in town next year ...

The Aegean Meze cruise aboard the TUI Discovery 2, will call into Skiathos on day five of its voyage, around the aegean. Cruises start from Corfu, on 29th June, 10th August and 5th October 2018. Calling at Syros, Kusadasi (Turkey) Skiathos, Piraeus and Argostoli

So expect to see the boat in the bay, and guests being brought ashore on ...

Tue 3rd July 2018
Tue 14th August 2018 (Next day 15th is the Holiday)
Tue 9th October 2018 (After the main tour ops have departed)

Looks like a nice itinary, and will bring some more euros to town, when everyone else is on the beach, or back in the UK.

Perhaps this last visit is what they call extending the season, when TUI are flying their passengers out on 28th September ...

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Bravo Ioannis ...

Μπράβο Ιωάννης ...

It has been confirmed yesterday, Ioannis Voutsis, saved the life of a woman who lost consciousness in the sea on Friday. Preventing her from drowning, and ultimately saving her life.

With his experience as a lifeguard, he also provided medical assistance, to resuscitate her on the beach.

Ioannis you may know from his days on the Eleni boat with his brother Kostas, now run the Nikolaki fishing trips, from the old harbour. He also has a watersports concession on Koukounaries beach.

To give life is one thing, to save a life another. Bravo Ioannis ...

Friday, 11 August 2017

Καληνύχτα από τη Σκόπελο ...

Good Night from Skopelos ...

© Ioannis Pagonis 2017
From Ioannis Pagonis, a good friend, who for many years worked in Stamatis, but now works in Nikos restaurant over in Panormos Skopelos ...

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Extend the season ...

From the Taxydromos newspaper

'Tourists come to the islands of the Northern Sporades, which are at the peak of the season, with plumes reaching 100% in Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos.

The island of Papadiamantis is full of calamity, while  Alekos Efstathiou, chairman of Skiathos Hoteliers Association, tells  TACHYDROMOS that the island is overloaded since July 20th and is expected to maintain until the end of August the same picture. He states that the image of arrivals is more satisfactory than last year, adding that "we are trying to lengthen the season until the second week of October, with additional flights from England".

The Greeks are so reluctant so far, compared to at least the image that existed in the past, while the presence of the young friends of the island, who mainly opt for the weekend breaks, is more intense. As Mrs. Efstathiou underlines, the island has benefited a lot from the island, as many young people from Northern Greece make a holiday on the island, but there is limited consumption in the restaurants. It is generally accepted that the economic potential for the overwhelming majority of consumers is limited, resulting in less turnover in the focus, even at the peak of the tourist season.

At the same time, Skopelos, the owner of the Skopelos Hotels Association, said that the occupation is at the highest level of occupancy, as the Municipality of Skiathos, Mary Diamanti, points to 100% of the island's tourist attraction. She also stresses that it is very important that events take place in every area of ​​Skopelos, raising the tourist interest and the traffic. The hotel chairman also underlined the remarkable momentum of the season, which as they all appear, will continue until the beginning of autumn, while Greek tourists on the island are becoming more and more intense.

Satisfied at the same time, for the tourist image of Alonissos, the mayor of the island, Petros Vafinis, who stresses that the occupation is approaching 100%, there is a lot of people on the island from Thessaloniki and other areas, along with the foreign tourists of the summer season . The world, however, is "numb", as he notes, referring to the limited economic potential of most visitors. Consumption is limited, as the island's professionals say at the same time that the move is satisfactory, but the money spent by tourists is much less compared to earlier times and especially to the pre-crisis times'

Additional flights from England ? Not Italy or our Scandinavian friends? or the Balklan countries where they have been seeking new markets, with tourists who turn studios into restaurants?

If they want the 'Swans' then they need to treat them well, Flights and packages are extortionate, compared to the other places in Greece, that stay open until the end of October. Corfu Rhodes etc.

If the seats are cheaper you get more custom, and they have more money to spend - on the island. Thats the idea isn't it ? ...

Will there be any sunbeds for the tourists to use, or are they just for part of June, July, August, and most of September ?

In addition, they better make sure the mainlanders, with businesses, don't leave at the end of September. Its bad enough everyone has the mistaken belief, the islanders put padlocks on the island then as it is ...

Its no good 'treating your best customer mean, and expecting them to remain keen' when you feel like it ...

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Olives ...

It may be hot or very wet outside ...

Depending of course where you are ...

Greek marinated olives ...
But you cannot help sometimes, to fancy a taste of the sun, and have something that makes you feel better inside ...

If you are on the border, and the yak is powering the WiFi in North Korea, right now. I have a message from the leader of the free world ...

Run for the hills, if you see fireworks ...

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Memories ...

People often ask what is August like?
Six years ago on this day in 2011 ...

Q1. When is the next trip available ?
A. Its on Friday - We are sold out until then. (This was a Monday)

Q2. What have you got tomorrow ?
A. Nothing until Friday - We are sold out until then.

After listening to this just five times, the captain looked at me, shook his head, turned off the lights, and said 'lets go home' ...

Maybe it was the full moon, it still seems to have been casting its spell over the last few days

Ever heard of canceling your holiday, just in case of loosing your luggage on the way back? Or because the buses are full? No me neither, but I have now ...

Late News:

Local joke (August)

Q: Where is the best place to park in Skiathos Town in the evening ?

A: Glossa (Skopelos)

Monday, 7 August 2017

Bravo Amanda ...

... and the Attikon cinema team


Lydia - Mamma Mia ... in Croatia
POLICY 05.08.2017 : 20:16

"After you are in Skiathos you must definitely go with your children to Mamma Mia. They should not lose it as many times as they have ever seen. Because here is not a simple projection of the project, but something really original that you will be happy and you, it is enough to book in time ".

The friend's incitement brought curiosity to the company and so we booked tickets for everyone. Well, you will not believe it. In the beautiful Summer Cinema "Attikon" of Skiathos, four times a week, and for the whole summer, the following crazy thing is happening: While Mamma Mia is being shown, ABBA's songs are already on the first scene and they are on the stage In front of the screen some young people (rather actors) with excellent voices who manage in a few minutes to turn the work into an unprecedented interactive musical. What I mean;

In the show I saw the scene filled every so many dozens of boys and girls and older people - Greeks and mainly foreign tourists - who were on stage to become the choir of Meryl Streep, Piers Brosnan and Amanda Safed, with the original "Animeter" does not even need to give the tone after a while. Until the break, there was not even a spectator who did not sing the ABBA songs, and in the ballads the cinema was transformed into an ecclesiastical choir.

Our children are meant to go crazy, while searching for a bit to learn how this paradoxical spectacle arose, my surprise grew even bigger, as I found out that everything started in 2008 completely random and spontaneous. It was then the first year that Mamma Mia was screened all over the world and the strangers who succeeded in winning the summer work in Skiathos were so excited to be on one of the islands that was filmed to spontaneously step on the stage to " And sing along with the famous actors.

And somehow, the owners of "Attikon", without themselves too busy, became producers of this paradox spectacle, which has since been constantly rising over the last nine summers with all the performances - four weeks each week - sold out as foreigners Greek tourists learn that in "Attikon" when playing Mamma Mia is a party and they want to live it.

Especially watching the strangers rejoice so much even in the Greek "paradox" of the summer cinema, my mind went together in one last year's visit to the beautiful Damouhari of Pelion. And again I remembered the surprise I had felt when I realized that the local taverns even today, nine years after the show of Mamma Mia, show their place with great pictures showing scenes from the movie against the backdrop of the enchanting beach that was filmed. The same thing is happening in Skopelos where most Mamma Mia was filmed. Even today, thousands of tourists visit her to see the beautiful landscapes chosen by the director, while a friend told me that something like this is happening in Amorgos,

For those who have not yet guessed the occasion of today's note, I will tell you in one sentence. When I came out of Skiathos summer cinema I was in front of Lydia Koniordou, I think I would not be able to stop her from ... catching it. Or, to be exact, I would force her by all means to reveal how the demon of her ministry managed to lose Greece shooting the second Mamma Mia, which will eventually be filmed in Croatia. Because it is a real feat for a minister of culture to know, like all Greeks, how much our country has benefited from its unbelievable visibility through this film and sends Meryl Streep and other actors to turn its course in Croatia.

And even more outrageous is that Mrs. Konidoros did not even feel the need to explain to the public her success or even to deny the version of production that her ministry was asked to bend the bureaucratic procedures and to give some tax imperfections, Which, of course, promptly helped the Croats to meet. You will tell me, Mrs. Konidord would have more serious issues to deal with. Like proclaiming a listed monument a tavern in Epidaurus or shaking as she used her hands to clean the negative aura from her ministry.

ΥΓ. The story-telling of the story is that after the outcry, SYRIZA announced that it is enacting a law that will motivate foreign producers. They will be implemented, however, after 2018. Do not hurry children, we have time (to expel other productions).

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Lucifer ...

Interesting name for a heatwave ...

Yesterdays official high was 35.8 °C at the weather station in town ...

Those with thermometers from jumbo, managed to record 10 degrees hotter than that. Still the temperature at 08:30 is a very impressive 30.2 °C

Sunrise 6th August 2017
Photo: Nick Yerasimos, Swell Beach Bar
The heat is increasing on the streets, and beaches. Clearly its fried a few folks brain cells as they are saying Skiathos resembles Benidorm.

Now you will have to help me here, as I have never been there, but know people who have and love it. Has the island changed to this overnight?

Apparently one of the best beaches Mandraki resembles this ?

Apparently the beach at Nostos resembles Faliraki, well I have been there. To be honest, I cant see the likeness either. But when i did, albeit years ago, had a great time.

The bottom line to me, is that its August, Europe is on holiday and having fun in the sun. That includes young people who want to enjoy themselves. The folks on Nostos are having a ball, with like minded people and age groups.

They are utilising the services of the taverna, and - spending cash on drinks and bottles of Greek champagne. Apparently you have to buy food from the taverna, if you use the beds. Seems quite reasonable to me, if you were a few weeks ago 'feeling sorry for the licence holders, only having a few weeks to make their money' ...

Well €8 for a brolly and two sunbeds, will not keep the wolf away from the door, this winter.

Other beaches are setting up different types of loungers, like double beds. They are doing that for a reason, there is a market for it. They have a few weeks to make their seasons money. If you think a rusty metal frame stringy elastic sunbed will return, go to the GP immediately - It is not going to happen ...

Earlier the Brits were likened to being 'the oldests swans' of the tourists. Which in essence is true, but if you visit in August you have to go with the flow, that includes young people arriving from the mainland, its happened every August and will continue to do so. Expect cramped and overcrowded busses, mossies, wasps, short tempers, traffic end to end on the island, less than silver service, and all the changes to the island that have happened since you were last there.

That's the way it is at least for another ten days ...

Many of the swans are saying they will not be coming back, too many changes. Well there will be others to take your place, that is the way of the world.

Its called Crazy August for a reason, and if you are complaining there are too many tourists, its because, you too are one of them ...

So enjoy returning to Benidorm, let us know how you get on. Its very warm there too at the moment, thanks to Lucifer ...

Previous blog: Heatwave

Later update:

Lucifer peaked today on Skiathos at 37.2 °C at 15:50
Benidorm was slightly cooler at 33.2 °C at 16:10 ...

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Heatwave ...

Some like it hot ...

Weather forecasters are warning of a prolonged heat wave up to 41 degrees Celsius. The temperature will gradually rise over the weekend affecting all the country

This is the time of the meltemi winds that cool the islands, like a hairdryer. However it seems the meltemi will be turning itself off, after the weekend.

Although the wind will be blowing from the North, however, it will do so as a whisper ...

The heat wave is expected to continue through the week into Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 10-12, 2017, and the temperature is expected to decrease to normal seasonal levels around Sunday, August 13th.

So drink lots of fluids, so you don't dehydrate. No naked flames in the woodland areas, the fire risk will be high. Then as the winds drop, the mossies will become airborne, take all precautions, they will take no prisoners.

Lots of grumbles on the forums, at the moment, but it is August, and yes this is 'Your Skiathos - Welcome to paradise' ...

Its now the peak of the high season, this is when the locals are ringing the cash register, as fast as they can. Its now all about making money, and forget the niceties, get seated get fed, get paid, and turn the table as fast as you can.

Next week is the Greek Holiday weekend. The ferries will be full to bursting point, this week as they arrive from the mainland. The island and its five buses will be even more packed than they are now ...

Go with the flow, there is nothing you can do about it. The heat will be rising, and not just on the streets ...

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Skiathos, one of the best years ...

This is a recent report shared by

The  green island of Sporades,  with its exceptional golden beaches, seems to  be breaking down every record of the past , since the beginning of June shows hotels reaching 100%.

One of its best times, and probably the best one, is Skiathos on the tourism side,  as evidenced by figures and numbers,  making the island one of the flags of the great industry of Greek tourism. The previous month was spectacular in terms of tourist arrivals at Alexandros Papadiamantis Airport  ,  which grew by 14.2% compared to the corresponding period of 2016, according to the Civil Aviation Authority.

The  majority of tourists in Skiathos and this year comes from the UK, with British tourists accounting for 51%  of the total number of tourists. This year, the British, traditionally regarded as the oldest skiers in Skiathos,  seem to have reduced their holiday budget due to the insecurity caused by Brexit.  However, arrivals from Great Britain in June increased by 6.6%.

The  increase in arrivals of tourists was also spectacular in June, according to Skiathos Hotel Association after an increase of 24.3%.  The Italians are the second best customer for Skiathos, accounting for 34% of all tourists. Already in the current tourist season Skiathos is connected directly with 14 Italian airports and at the peak of the tourist season  from Rome and Milan there are two flights per day.

A large increase in June also recorded arrivals from Scandinavian countries and especially from Sweden, increasing by  30.5%, which means opening up a new dynamic tourist market. The most spectacular rise was recorded in arrivals from Germany, which recorded an increase of 49.7% in June , since for the German tourists the island was almost unknown and their preference was towards the land of Greece.

A significant share in June was also attributed to arrivals from Balkan countries, mainly from Romania and Serbia, and to a lesser extent from Bulgaria. Finally, the current month as far as the figures so far will be the best July of all time, since the fullness already reaches 100%,  according to Skiathos Hotel Association, and the same picture is expected to be presented in August.

Characteristic of the great tourist climb  for the Sporades, and especially for Skiathos, are the arrivals of aircraft last weekend, which reached 69 from all over Europe,  bringing more than 10,000 passengers to the island, while the same picture also shows arrivals by ferry.

However all may not be as it seems ...

Following the article, there was feedback from businesses on the island from their perspective. So an update has been posted

It makes for interesting reading - Form your own opinion, who is right ...

'AVANTI FM listeners and site readers of www. and our station's FB-page, we were told over 90%, That we are going through one of the worst years ever! That's because not only the English visitors have reduced their budget due to Brexit, but also because the shift that our island has made to Balkan target markets has brought new "elements" to the market of our island. 
The situation is as follows. Visitors who do not spend at all, cars full of food, rented rooms that have become restaurants because they all cook in the rooms, while for the first time there is an increase in small thefts in shops'

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Medical emergencies ...

Its that time of year ...

Under the care of the Coast Guard Operations Center - Greek Coast Guard, it was transported in the morning hours yesterday, Tuesday, August 1, 2017, with the vessel "AGIOS IOANNIS ROSSOS" N.S. 158, from the port of Skiathos at the port of Volos, 21 years old, who needed immediate hospital care.

The 21-year-old was taken from an ambulance of the EKAB and transferred to the Volos Hospital for care and hospitalization

Later again with care of the Coast Guard Operations Center - Greek Coast Guard, two patients were taken from Skiathos to Volos, who needed immediate hospital care. In particular, a 7-year-old and a 64-year old were transferred to the port of Koukounaries and to the port of Volos and were transferred by EKAB ambulances to the Volos Hospital for Care and hospitalization.


'In the morning, the life of a 21-year-old national who made a holiday on Sporades Island with his company was in serious danger yesterday morning. The young man had fun with his friends in a shop when, for unknown reason, the moments of carefreeness turned into a nightmare and martyrdom. Suddenly she began to squeeze off the pain while she had only consumed three drinks, which raises concerns even for their quality.

However, lately there have been many incidents with young people being transferred to Volos General Hospital having consumed alcohol. Doctors are saying dangerously. In the summer with high temperatures and with the increase in alcohol consumption it is necessary to pay close attention to the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

It all happened around 4 at dawn. While the evening was flowing nicely, and for the moment nothing said that something bad would happen, the 21-year-old showed acute abdominal pain and found himself from one moment to the other at the Health Center of the island to seek help. He had fled poorly from the fun center because of unbearable pains, and a friend of his was with him and accompanied him.

This Health Center not the first time people are asked for help with a similar symptom. However, the 21-year-old really had a severe pain, which did not seem to have faded. According to information, he is reportedly asked about his diet or alcohol, and said he had consumed only alcohol and specifically three drinks.

The incident, reportedly, was considered suspicious with regard to its development. The 21-year-old was judged to be in need of immediate hospital care as the pain continued to be acute. Immediately, with the care of the Coast Guard - Greek Coast Guard, a company was set up to transport it to Volos. Around 21:00 the 21-year-old moved to Volos.

The young man was admitted to hospital at the Volos General Hospital. According to information, it is monitored by the surgical clinic, having undergone pancreatitis. Pancreatitis, reportedly, is caused by several reasons, one of which is alcohol. The young man, however, did not use it inexorably.

Achilopoulos doctors watch the young man conservatively, that is, they expect to see the course of his health by administering the required medication. The 21-year-old, up until yesterday evening, reportedly had not yet recovered from the pain.

In order to treat this inflammation in the pancreas, it takes some time. Doctors continue to follow closely at 21, as pancreatitis can cause serious health problems.

Source: Taxydromos newspaper

We wish them well ...

Previous Blog: Crazy August

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Crazy August ...

Καλημέρα και καλό μήνα ...

Good Morning, and Good Month to our Greek friends, and those who read the blog, from across the world.

Crazy August has arrived, and its now the peak of the season, The sun is up, the heat is rising, the pressure is on for the next few weeks to keep the till full, the tables turned, and pray that the ice machine, does not break down ...

The tax inspectors know this, and are doing the rounds, lets hope the till machines are fully operational ...

August means the roads will be very busy, parking will be even less fun than usual. Watch out for the quads, there was an accident yesterday up in the hills. Hopefully the riders are both recovering well.

Its also the start of high season for the wasps. Ripe fruit, grapes plums and especially figs mean its wasp heaven ...

The Meltemi winds are blowing, a hairdryer from the north all the way down to the Cyclades. The round the island boats will get a rest, for a few days or amend the destinations.

August, has thirty one days, so by the 31st you're only losing 47 minutes daylight in the morning, and an hour's daylight in the evening. There is something to look forward to.

Have a good day wherever you are ...

Previous Blog: Boats and Money ...

Monday, 31 July 2017

Boats and Money ...

Whether you like it of not ...

The people with money also love Skiathos, especially so over the next few weeks as people stop work all over europe, and head off to the sun.

Its quite funny when you see comments like 'Skiathos needs less people- famous or not on the island and they would hate for it to become commercial' Makes you wonder where they have been. After all it was the Onassis family that started off the precedent and, they were Greek, had money and were followed everywhere by the paparazzi ...

Hard to keep that secret, it got ourt in the 1960's ...

There have been some lovely boats, arriving on the island over the last few weeks.

Apart from the Emir ...

Here is Sir James Dyson OM CBE FRS FREng new run around, the elegant Nahin yacht ...

'Nahlin is a luxury yacht and one of the last of three large steam yachts constructed in the UK. She was built for Lady Annie Henrietta Yule, heiress of Sir David Yule, and was launched in 1930.[She is currently owned by British industrial entrepreneur Sir James Dyson, who purchased her from Sir Anthony Bamford, Chairman of JCB. The name Nahlin is taken from the Native American word meaning "fleet of foot" and the yacht has a figurehead depicting a Native American wearing a feathered headdress beneath the bowsprit' ...

Whats special about it? Well it was a Royal 'Love Boat' Read more: Click here

Personally, I think he liked the lines of the funnel. It resembles the part I need to buy from him, for my hoover ...

Another beauty is Forever One ...

Who apparently has CEO Fiat Sergio Marchionni on board. Well he could have flown to Budapest and back for the F1 yesterday couldn't he ...

You see, So if you love Skiathos as we all do, then you either go 'round the island' or you arrive in the aegean, aboard your gleaming white and 'choose your island'

Love to see them, and hope we continue to do so ...

Friday, 28 July 2017

Strange weather ...

Continues, on Skiathos and just about everywhere else ...

Greece had some 'very intense' local thundertorms yesterday, and that put the dampers on a few peoples last day on the rock.

Photo from video by - Lyndsay Aspinall

There was a weather alert for Thessaloniki, Kavala and the Sporades yesterday, as the storms tracked across the mainland from the Ionian - and Italy the day before.

This is whats known as a 'Whales mouth' cloud, over Skiathos. and has been shared on the 'Severe weather Greece' site - So its special!

From a different perspective more dramatic skies ...

Photo - Despina Vassiliadu
Rada Seaside Restaurant - Vasilias Beach

If you think, just another dark cloud, and a bit of rain, look up on Mr Google, what happened when they made it over to Istanbul and Turkey yesterday evening ...

Thursday, 27 July 2017

A quick question ...

"I am a terrible flyer and" ...

What do they mean refuel?
(All planes refuel somewhere)

I have never landed anywhere!
(Obviously only takes one way trips)

'I hear' that the runway is so short
(No its not, even a B767 landed there once - It took off too)

Whats best for nerves Diazepam or a pint of Peroni in departures?
(Buy some false nails and chew them)

Whats the best Mossie repellent?
(Staying in the UK)

'I hear' the buses are packed, and I cant stand confined spaces
(If you fly here, and use the bus to the terminal, its no worse than that)

Apparently there is a mob mentality at the bus stops
(Only the Brits queue for anything)

I waited two hours to get to town, not one bus stopped!
(Throttle back on the Jungle formula, you are taking the colour out of the bus seats)

'I hear' its full of young 'Larger' louts
(Actually they are drinking Greek Champagne - Must be Italians)

There are hundreds of young Greeks just walking up and down
(They are waiting for the clubs to open after you have stumbled home)

Can you tell me where to get cheap (Beer/Car Hire/Cocktail/three course meal and honeymoon table)
(In peak season - Nowhere)

Will I need a cardi?
(Only to look hip, and use as a bandana, its forty degrees)

What is the exchange rate in Skiathos, at the moment? Its lousy in the UK!
(What makes you think it will be better there, to unload your UK currency)

Can you tell me the price of Booze and fags in Duty Free? and whats in stock?
(Its a shop - Duty Free was abolished years ago)

"My friend is on the island, they just texted and said" ...

I paid for a five star and got this ...
(Its Greek five stars, like that on the brandy)

The taxi driver would not take my dollars/yen/last years turkish lira !
(Did he have 'mobile bureau of exchange' written on the side of his Mercedes?)

There were drunk people singing on the bus and shouting outside the hotel
(Its Thursday night, they go home tomorrow)

The queues at the airport are outrageous, making us stand outside in the heat!
(No other way to funnel thousands of people into the building, & through 'the scanner' into departures)

"Thanks you have put my mind at rest, I don't go for another seven weeks, cant wait to get back to paradise" ...

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. "


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 ...

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 ...


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 - How much is it?
Aircon - Why is it not included?
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 - Please tell me there wont be any Scorpions?
Arachnids - Please tell me there wont be any Spiders?
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  - 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?
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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- Please tell me there wont be any Jellyfish
Linen - Change my towels sheets
Kettles- Anyone know if (Insert property) has them in the room
Kettles- Anyone know where I can buy one?
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Fashion accessory to get spotted, by another ribbon wearer
September - See Rain
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 - Are there any?
Sunbeds - How much are they?
Sunbeds - Thats expensive!
Sunbeds - They are not expensive 'prices have not risen for very many years'
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 - See Rain
Thunderstorms - See September
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 - 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 ...

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Here comes the ...

Heat again ...

Another heat wave brewing, as the inferno summer continues

Temperatures across Greece are reaching over 35 degrees Celsius today and are set to hit 40 as of Wednesday in areas including Attica, Peloponnisos and Sparti.

Beaches will definitely be packed, especially as the day goes on, with tourists and locals alike expected to head for the water and breeze today, to keep them cool.

Doctors are warning everyone to keep hydrated and to stay in the shade, especially the elderly, babies, pregnant women and those with medical conditions.


The coastguard rescued four people from the water off Troulos yesterday. Two boats collided and four of the occupants ended up in the water. All were rescued without any injury except to their sea cred ...

Friday, 7 July 2017

Busy day at the airport ...

Its another busy Friday at the airport ...

Forty six airliner movements today, thats twenty three in and twenty three  out - Hopefully.  Already the Dutch and Italians are on their way, They will have been in and left by the time the Brits arrive.

Its a popular misconception its just English Friday, The Brits only turn up in force at lunchtime ...

The Germans are last to land tonight ...
Arkefly ARRIVAL TFL287 AMS 09:15 B738
Blue Panorama ARRIVAL BPA2424 FCO 09:25 B737
Arkefly DEPARTURE TFL288 EFL/AMS 09:55 B738
Blue Panorama ARRIVAL BPA2624 BGY 09:55 B738
Blue Panorama DEPARTURE BPA2525 BLQ 10:00 B737
Blue Panorama DEPARTURE BPA2625 BGY 10:35 B738
TUI Airlines UK ARRIVAL TOM5584 LTN 11:20 B738
TUI Airlines UK DEPARTURE TOM5585 LTN 12:20 B738
Thomas Cook UK ARRIVAL TCX1078 STN 12:25 A321
Sky Express ARRIVAL GQ050 ATH 12:30 AT75
TUI Airlines UK ARRIVAL TOM7534 BHX 12:40 B752
Sky Express DEPARTURE GQ051 ATH 12:50 AT75
ASL Airlines ARRIVAL FPO715 MAN 13:10 B73G
Thomas Cook UK DEPARTURE TCX1079 STN 13:25 A321
TUI Airlines UK DEPARTURE TOM7535 BHX 13:40 B752
Thomas Cook UK ARRIVAL TCX1678 NCL 13:45 A321
ASL Airlines DEPARTURE FPO716 MAN 14:00 B73G
TUI Airlines UK ARRIVAL TOM2526 MAN 14:00 B752
Thomas Cook UK DEPARTURE TCX1679 KVA/NCL 14:45 A321
Thomas Cook UK ARRIVAL TCX1194 MAN 14:45 A321
TUI Airlines UK DEPARTURE TOM2527 MAN 15:00 B752
Blue Panorama ARRIVAL BPA2524 BLQ 15:25 B737
Thomas Cook UK DEPARTURE TCX1195 KVA/MAN 15:45 A321
Blue Panorama DEPARTURE BPA2425 FCO 16:00 B737
Air Serbia ARRIVAL JU5134 BEG 16:15 B733
Air Serbia DEPARTURE JU5135 BEG 17:05 B733
TUI Airlines UK ARRIVAL TOM4558 LGW 17:45 B738
Thomas Cook UK ARRIVAL TCX1004 EMA 17:50 A321
TUI Airlines UK DEPARTURE TOM4559 LGW 18:45 B738
Thomas Cook UK DEPARTURE TCX1005 KVL 18:50 A321
TUS Airways ARRIVAL U8-1550 TLV 19:00 F100
TUS Airways DEPARTURE U8-1551 TLV 19:35 F100

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