Saturday, 25 March 2017

25η Μαρτιου - Independence Day ...

Its Greek Independence day - Remember these words - Ελευθερία ή θάνατος - Freedom or Death ...

25 Μαρτίου 2014 ...
Here in Skiathos, Greek Independence day, like everywhere else in Greece will be celebrated with a parade, on its National day which is a holiday ...

'On March 25, 1821,  Bishop Germanos of Patras raised the Greek flag at the Monastery of Agia Lavra in Peloponnese, and the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire was officially born. The battle cry “Freedom or Death” was taken up by thousands, and war was waged for 9 years (1821-1829) until a small part of modern Greece was finally liberated and declared an independent nation'

Glasses will be raised down on the port, perhaps a few hundred litres of coffee consumed, perhaps a meze or seven - Its that kind of day ...

Just a reminder for absent minded readers ...

Its one of my favourite Saturday nights of the year...the clocks go forward! Longer days...more light!

Sunday, 26 March 2017 at 03:00:00 clocks are turned forward 1 hour to 04:00:00 local 'daylight time' instead

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on 26 Mar 2017, than the day before. There will be more light in the evening ...

In other words, the island is getting ready for summer ...

Friday, 24 March 2017

Airport news ...

Fraport Greece has released its plans and mockup designs of the projects, developments and renovations for the upgrades to 14 of Greece’s major regional airports it will soon manage and operate.


Here is a mockup design of Skiathos airport 

According to Fraport, upgrade works will contribute significantly to improving the overall customer travel experience at the Greek airports, while responding to the expected increase in tourism all over Greece.


By 2021, Fraport Greece will have invested in excess of 330 million euros for development works at the airports.

Once Fraport Greece takes over operations before the launch of the summer season, immediate actions at all airports will include general clean-up; improving lighting, marking of airside areas; upgrading sanitary facilities; enhancing services and offering new free WiFi, plus implementing works to improve fire safety in all the areas of the airports.

“The above projects are expected to improve the travel experience for passengers at the airports, until the major works are completed in 2021,” the company said in its announcement.

Fraport Greece’s major development works to be implemented during the first four years  include building five new passenger terminals — at the airports in Thessaloniki, Corfu, Kos, Kefalonia and Lesvos, plus modifications at Chania, Santorini, Action, Kavala, Samos, Rhodes, Skiathos and Zakynthos.

The significant improvements for increasing the total capacity of the airports and the quality of services also include increasing the number of check-in counters, security-check lanes, departure gates, and the number of aircraft parking stands.

Refurbishment projects at the 14 airports will be implemented for all runways, the existing terminals, sanitary facilities, 14 fire stations, airport apron areas, and 100 diesel generators. Baggage screening systems featuring the latest technology will also be installed at all of the airports.

An important element of Fraport Greece’s new project is to makeover the external and internal look of the airports.

“Indeed, the neat and, in some cases new, architectural designs will offer a new image at these 14 ‘gateways of Greek tourism’ – thus creating a pleasant travel experience to millions of passengers every year.”

Source: https://greekcitytimes.com/

At least the Brits will be pleased the loos will get fixed one day ...


Thursday, 23 March 2017

#thursdaythoughts ...

RIP PC Keith Palmer



Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Whats the weather like ...

Yesterday ...

Source: StavrosD1234 Published on YouTube 21 Mar 2017:

Fog transport observed in many regions of northwest Aegean today Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Cause of creation is to transfer warm air masses over the relatively colder water, resulting in condensation of water vapor near the surface of the sea. See video how the weather turned to Skiathos island through our camera at the highest point of the island.


   
That was yesterday, and spring is all around the olive groves. However today the island flight was again cancelled, due to bad visibility - Fog...

Later: Bit of trouble with the ageing laptop. IT bloke wanted to know if I'd disabled cookies. Apparently biting the legs off a gingerbread man with Junior at Christmas, doesn't count ...

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

World Poetry Day ...

I have been reminded by Yvonne, That today is World Poetry Day ...

Well this is my favourite poem

Sea Fever 
By John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied; 
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

I read it at my fathers funeral, and was once a 'Cutty Sark' tall ship racer  ...

Thought for today: #McGuinness "I have never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure" - Mark Twain #lestweforget



Monday, 20 March 2017

Spring/Investment ? ...

Its the first day of spring, the days are now longer than the nights ...

Good news for those counting down the days until warmer weather, and summer holidays – the 2017 spring equinox took place at 10.28am GMT on March 20.

This is the time when the sun passes the celestial equator and days become longer – no more going to work in pitch darkness.

For some March 20 marks the first official day of spring – but meteorologists argue that it’s actually March 1.

Happy first day of Spring.. 🌺🌸

In the news ...

Large investment funds, mainly from Saudi Arabia, have shown interest in investing on the island of Skiathos, as a result of the impressive development in the tourism sector, especially over the last five years.

Many companies are visiting the island to seek areas where they can build hotels or villas for Greeks and foreigners.

“A new investment was carried out three months ago by TENA for the construction of 87 luxurious villas aiming at the upgrade of the island,” the mayor of Skiathos, Dimitris Prevezanos, said in statements to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA). However, he cleared out that the area that is considered a forest area will remain at the municipality’s ownership.

“The municipality sees large but at the same time quality investments. The investment interest is always important as well as the respect to the environment, the inhabitants and the tradition,” he stressed.

Source: http://thegreekobserver.com/

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Flying Dolphin News ...

Summer is coming ...

Flying Dolphin Erato timetable amendments from Sunday 19th March ...

Competition for the Aqua ferry Mirotidissa, and Hellenic who are reinstating Flying Cat 6 on Thursday 31st March.

ANES Proteus returns on the 7th April to the Sporades routes.

Departs to Volos ...

Monday to Friday:
Departs: Skiathos 07:55am
Arrives: Volos: 09:10am

Saturday: No Service

Sunday:
Departs: Skiathos 12:25pm
Arrives: Volos: 13:40pm

Returns to Skiathos ...

Monday & Wednesday to Friday:
Departs: Volos 14:00pm
Arrives: Skiathos 15:15pm

Tuesday:
Departs: Volos 17:00pm
Arrives: Skiathos 18:15pm

Saturday: No Service

Sunday:
Departs: Volos 15:00pm
Arrives: Skiathos 16:15pm

Check Openseas.gr for up to date timetable amendments ...

Four weeks today is Pasca ...

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Prawns ...

Just need some tsipouro ...


How about a Greek salad to go with them ...


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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Proteus returns ...

From Friday 7th April ...

My favourite 'Chuggy Chuggy' Ferry, with the nicest crew.


If you need to translate, then try http://www.openseas.gr/ where the timetable page is available in English ...

Monday, 13 March 2017

Returners? ...


It was the 'Boomerang club' in old money ...

Seems the Sunday Times have caught on too ...

Photo: Barbara Entwhistle
& Odysseas Chrysostomidis



Can't have the Sunday times readers turning up surely. Now British Airways passengers and woe betide, as one correspondent said the other day 'The cruise mob' in 2018 (Never mind the eighteen boats that visited in 2016)

NIMS ...

Here are some liners from the Skiathian's back catalogue, that you may have missed ...

Aegean Odyssey
July 2012 Link; http://skiathian.blogspot.co.uk/
April 2013 Link: http://skiathian.blogspot.co.uk
April 2013 Link: http://skiathian.blogspot.co.uk
Sept 2013 Link: http://skiathian.blogspot.co.uk/
The World
Link: http://skiathian.blogspot.co.uk
(This one even stopped off on its way round the world)

Amadea
Link: http://skiathian.blogspot.co.uk/

Azmara Quest ...
Link: http://skiathian.blogspot.co.uk/
Then there were the Clippers ...

Star Clipper
24th June 2015

Link 2013 https://skiathian.blogspot.co.uk/
Link 2014: https://skiathian.blogspot.co.uk/
Australians, Americans, Canadians, buying postcards, sitting in the cafe's, and tavernas and tramping round town, photographing cats, when we are all on the beach.

NIMS ...

I thought cruise passengers were discerning travelers, at least the ones I know are ...

Q: What is the island coming to?
A: Skiathos has something for everyone ...


Late News: The Scotswoman calls for a second, once in a lifetime, referendum. Bit of an over reaction to a game of Rugby ?


 They still will not get a direct flight ...