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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby silverfox » 26 Jun 2015, 20:11

Thursday night.....we decided to stay up last night so we had a meal at Zoe's....this was after being chased down through the paths by a goat...think it was because i'd taken his picture! Liz got slightly concerned at one point but I found it quite funny. He decided to turn back after a while after shouting at us for a while!

Zoe's has a great view but as the winds have been up the plastic sheets were up at the sides but not at the front so did not spoil the view down to Pedi.

Liz had a dish with beef and pasta dish beginning with G which we never remembered the name of....i'm not right good at blogging as I never take notes! I had the lamb chops which were very tasty but a little on the tough side....washed down with more white wine! 39 Euro! The most expensive up to now!

After our grub it was off to the Rainbow for a beer before finally finding our way back up past the museum....you need a torch or phone with the app, back up to the Savesti.

A nightcap of Ouzo finished the evening!

An even later awaking this morning but with no breakfast we headed off to Pedi down the road.....interesting wildlife today with a small dead snake on the road and I think a Kestral up on the rocks above the road. We had a walk along the left hand and back along the right hand side as far as the gate then back to the Taverna in the middle. We stopped for a coffee which was great but the English people there spoilt the moment. Waiting for a chartered boat the 8 people decided to crowd around our table talking loudly....they may be rich and posh....but my so ignorant! I bit my lip instead of causing a fuss! ps....i'm a big bloke but laid back!

We probably left Pedi a little earlier because of this but must say it's a great little place and so peaceful despite the rude English!

A slow walk back up the hill and we cut through to where the Windmill is and we so pleased we'd got back so quick....once again down the Kali Strata we went...cutting off before the bottom to our right and ended up down where the Symi boat comes in just at the "tourists" (I know we all are!) got off the boat! We nearly turned around and went back but by this time we were hungry!

After wandering round we eventually went to the old place on the corner....no name....and didn't look at the menu to get a name....i'm crap at blogging! ( ps...we were so tempted to go back to To Spitiko but we thought we should try somewhere else....but i'm sure there will be a few more meals there!) Anyway a few Mythos and a mixed Gyros plate was consumed which filled us up! 26.50 Euro....2 beers 2 cokes!

We planned an early night....we need a rest with all this...so we bought some toms, onion, peppers, cheese and bread....oooo don't forget the Metaxa...for later and set back off up those steps! Well talk about slow.....it took us a while and we nearly give in to Maria? and that would have cost us!

A beer and water for Liz...belly problems! at the Rainbow and then up the hill once again. Liz decided to have a chilled afternoon so I set off with my camera and more exploring. Up the hill even further and then down to find the Hanoromiti? which I finally found before heading back up the hill once again.

Rainbow...again...can you see a pattern.... was quiet and a few beers was needed with James and Jo...nice to meet you!

Finally went back "home" to Liz and had a good hour sat on the balcony with cheese, tomatoes and wine with a Metaxa to finish a great day!

Tomorrow is another day! :)

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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby Allan » 26 Jun 2015, 22:48

Thanks for your blog Steve, it certainly sounds as if you're getting to know the place quickly, particularly the Rainbow bar ;)
Please give my regards to Jo and to James and/or Neil when you're next there.
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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby Eliza » 26 Jun 2015, 22:55

You are good at blogging.I do like people who say it as it is,much more interesting.If the gate was on the right,go through and walk along the footpath.It takes you gently up the mountain ( not too high ) scramble down the rocks.You go down first to be on hand for the wife its a lovely little beach with trees and a taverna and the taxi boat will take you back.Or walk back the same way.I look forward to more tomorrow.
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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby JeanW » 26 Jun 2015, 23:05

Loving your blog, brings back so many happy memories from my May trip to Symi. The discovery the last trip for myself and friends was To Spitiko - we had so many memorable meals there. Spaghetti with seafood was to die for, can certainly recommend. Keep enjoying your holiday.
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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby silverfox » 27 Jun 2015, 07:56

Thanks for the kind messages...a couple of pictures from yesterday. PS we've had a lie in too and there is some cloud about this morning.

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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby D and E » 27 Jun 2015, 09:00

I have just caught up with your posts.
You are doing a first class job with this Blog, Steve and we are loving the photos you are putting up.
I am following your steps in my mind and tasting those meals you are having :D
Looking forward to the next instalment.
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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby Andy W » 27 Jun 2015, 19:12

The beef and pasta dish might have been Giouvetsi - also spelt with a Y instead of the G as that's closer to the way its pronounced.
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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby silverfox » 27 Jun 2015, 20:05

That's the one Andy....Liz Enjoyed!

Well already Saturday and a lie in that was not planned....funny how we can't sleep at home but after sea air, sunshine, beer, wine and nice food you can easily sleep longer than intended.

Woke up to clouds??? Never ordered this! But as we left the apartments for the day it was warming up with hazy sunshine soon to be full heat!

Sevasti gave us a great greeting this morning with some fresh eggs as we asked for more water which would all be left in our room later. They are a wonderful and friendly family and would recommend this place to anyone....you do need to like walking and hills though! We are from Sheffield though so we understand hills!

Right as we had no plans we went off upwards towards the castle through the lanes getting lost all the time! Love the idea of being lost!

Back down we went to get a breakfast at the Olive Tree...Breakfast Meze for 2 with ham, cheese, egg, olives, tomato, fruit, bread and the lovely lemon curd...and coffee!

Off we went back up the hill to find the old path (steps) down to the port....someone will tell you the name no doubt! Loads of lizards and tired people walking up as we took care walking down in our sandles. I did have to stop as I got a thistle on one of my toes which did hurt....soon sorted!

Another wander around the port which didn't seem as busy as past days before...we got bread for the bakery before sitting on the front for an orange juice at a little place we once again didn't get the name....I am on holiday so please bear with me! :)

It wasn't difficult to choose a place for lunch...To Spitiko which is already our favourite place for food backed up by most people we have met so far!

Liz had the Sea Bream and I had the Lamb Chops after a Greek salad and beers etc.. this was great food in a great place!

We left as the day trippers were heading back to the Symi boat and as soon as we passed the boat it was so peaceful as we decided to follow the more gentle way back to Chorio up the road to check out the views on the way back. Before we knew it we were back up near the windmills and down the little hill and back to......I suppose you will all guess by now....the Rainbow!

Liz had wondered where I had disappeared to yesterday but she found out today as we sat for a few afternoon beers in good company..Jo, Neil, James and a few other regulars....sorry did not get there names. First time I'd met Neil but he may have me sussed as his parting shot was..."i'll see you tomorrow"

Now it would have been nice to talk about another great meal but we can't just keep eating great big meals so another evening was had on the balcony with a little bread, cheese and eggs!

PS...I am missing a beer festival in Northwich today with 20+ friends and should be so jealous but Symi has softened the heartache! :D

Now what do we do tomorrow?

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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby silverfox » 27 Jun 2015, 20:09

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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby Val » 27 Jun 2015, 21:42

Loving your blog Steve and Liz, and those photos are great, especially of the food. You can certainly capture the atmosphere of Symi. When are you going round the island? It's not to be missed for the food alone even if you're not keen on sailing. Please go I want to see the pictures. Keep up the good work.
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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby silverfox » 27 Jun 2015, 22:02

Thanks Val...

It's easy to capture the Greek way if you open your hearts and minds.

We instantly relax when reaching a Greek Island which is easy on Symi. We are doing so!

Not sure we will do the boat trip though....we are not lovers of boat trips although the amount done in our lifetime would suggest different.

No set plans so who knows! :)
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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby SueO » 28 Jun 2015, 06:20

Hi Steve and Liz

Still really enjoying your blog - keep up the good work!

There are boat trips and boat trips :D A round the island trip on the Poseidon is a Symi experience that you really shouldn't miss. You get to see so many places not accessible on foot and the BBQ is fantastic so do think about giving it a try. Here's a link to some Trip Advisor reviews and photos to give you an idea ......

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction ... anese.html

Hope you continue to have a wonderful time whatever you decide.

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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby Gemma1 » 28 Jun 2015, 08:40

Really enjoying your blog and accompanying pictures, sounds like you're having a wonderful chilled out time :D Think I might try the beer and pasta dish when I go to Zoe's, it will make a change from the stifado which is always very good - though sometimes it's nice to have a change :)
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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby silverfox » 28 Jun 2015, 19:42

Right what day is it.....too much beer,red wine, ouzo and I think a little Metaxa nightcap may be the problem!

Still we were up early enough frying the lovely eggs Savesti had kindly gave us....as we finished here son knocked on our door with freshly made donuts with sugar and cinnamon. These people are so nice and generous! I can't praise this place enough to be honest!

After breakfast I decided to go walkies up the hill to find the vantage point to take great pics but I kept being stopped by gates and did not want to upset the locals and plus i'd probably gone up too fast so was feeling a little light headed....nothing to do with that last Metaxa! ;) Looking at the fitbit i've walked at least 20 miles in the last 3 days and with the hills and steps it's not bad for us oldies!

So back down the hill I ventured to have some water and a lay down for 30 mins! I soon recovered and wanted to venture once again...so down the hill we went once gain and a pleasant walk all the way round to Tholos.... the taverna on the far corner.

Our timing was perfect as we got the table at the corner looking back to the harbour and within minutes the place was full.

We had Garlic Bread, Peppers stuffed with cheese, giant beans and lemon potatoes.....I must say great food...and I never even mentioned the Mythos....have now!

We meandered back, which got slightly quicker as Liz said she would like to get the bus back....told you she was getting old! We picked up some mozzy stuff as it seems to be getting hotter at times and we have both been got! Although as I'm typing the wind is getting back up....no plans for the Windmill tonight!

Once back up top it was the beer stop with a nice quiet chat with Neil, he was off to do a little work later and of course Jo turned up before we left! :)

An hour, or was it two, on our balcony and quick shower before heading back down the maze which leads to the top of the Kali Strata and we got no further than Zoes. Table at the front as we were the first there and we had the Bouyourdi for a starter, Liz had Mousaka and I had the Giouvetsi, both dishes a little sparse on the meat but nice tasting.

Thoughts up to now....great Island, nice people and may have to take it steady with the food, with the beer and with those steps! :)
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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby silverfox » 28 Jun 2015, 19:50

The lovely donuts.

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The lunch view

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Some of the lunch

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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby silverfox » 29 Jun 2015, 16:51

Might be quite a short blog today as we plan to do very little as of course we are on holiday. A little on the hazy side but does feel quite humid.

No breakfast this morning as we are eating far too much....did I mention the complimentary cake at Zoes' ?

We were planning on a long walk but we thought better of that idea....perhaps tomorrow if I can have a little less ouzo! So that is out plan tomorrow....a slow walk to Nimborio, perhaps time on the beach and lunch....but it could all change.

Back to this morning, as we left our apartments we were asked if we'd like to change rooms to one on the front with a better balcony view of both Pedi Bay and the Windmills and we were shown the room and we initially said yes. Our balcony looks up at the hills across too loads of churches and we have a view of the windmills and the sea beyond! We said we would sort moving when we got back from our travels.

On our walk down the Kali Strata I'd realised that the better view did not come with the afternoon and evening sun so we then decided to stay in our original room, just hoping we don't upset our very kind hosts!

I slow wander around until we were fancying a drink so found the bakery across from the International Taverna on the back lanes where we had a wonderful custard pie, liz had a frappe and I went for a vanilla milk shake. See I sometimes drink non alcoholic drinks! :) Total cost of 12.50 Euro.

What I did notice today though with the news was the loud discussions taking place by the locals with very animated waving of arms and raised voices! It would be a shame that all the scaremongering that's going off puts people off coming to this wonderful island.

After a wander around to Nos to work off the custards and then back to the port for an early lunch. This was after i'd ventured up the hill behind Manos Taverna to have a look....my word those steps are steeper than the Kali Strata! We decided to go "english" because if we had gone to one of the others we would have ordered 4/5 mezes again and we do need to keep it real. The thought was it may be a little lighter! So we had Luch at Oliva, I went for a simple burger and Liz had the Club Sandwich. We were wrong the portions were huge! Nice, basic cooking and a very clean place with wifi and Liz reports ...."the best toilets so far"

Why women compare toilets is beyond me but there you go!

After another small wander we went up the windy path just where the Symi berths and up the last bit of the Kali to get our deserved beer at the Rainbow....we only stayed for one.

Off back past the small supermarket getting a few supplies to take back. Once back we had a chill out....not fancying any more food tonight so the boring people we are...we got the books out. I'm reading Midas by Dominic Ranger set partly in Symi....half way through.

We have purchased a few drinks off our host as it does seem a little quiet with not all the rooms let.....every little helps this Island!

So an early night.....unless of course minds get changed!

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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby silverfox » 29 Jun 2015, 16:59

Ps....

Back at our apartments, Nikos the son who works for the bank had left a nice little note to let us know we would have no problems at the ATM machines if we needed more cash and hoping we had a great time while we are here......as I've all ready said these are great, thoughtful people!

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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby D and E » 29 Jun 2015, 17:58

Hope you make the walk to Nimborio - superb beer stop at the shack - not that I am reading anything into your posts ;) - you will recognise it when you see it :D
It wasn't open when we were there in May.
Another place that wasn't open was the Windmill Restaurant - turn the corner after Yannis to your right, below Giorgio & Maria's Taverna and walk past the supermarket and on your left you will see it if it is open : a very different menu.
Glad we are not "FitBit Friends" you are certainly getting the steps in :shock:
So glad to read how much you are enjoying Symi.
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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby silverfox » 29 Jun 2015, 19:33

We nearly went to the Windmill last night but the wind was up and the name of the Taverna gave us a clue....so we went for the safe bet!

We also nearly tried the Manteios Brasserie but went back up to Zoes'

Must try the Manteios as i've heard of a Greek Porter that I must try!
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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby Allan » 29 Jun 2015, 19:54

Manteio's is worth a visit if only for the unusual Greek beers on sale which might just compensate for you missing the beer festival ;)
They are not cheap but definitely worth a try.

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The food is nothing too special but very good value and huge portions! Try the club sandwich which comes with enough chips to feed an army.
The home made pizzas are good too.
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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby Val » 29 Jun 2015, 21:41

Lovely walk over the tops to Nimborio. Make sure you call in the church to take in the view down to the bay.

Calamari would be my recommendation served by Pannacotta....... but whatever you choose it's the setting that it's all about. Just so peaceful. Worth catching the taxi boat back so you get to see the coastline withh all the little hideways.

Have a lovely time and thanks for all the updates. Really appreciate the daily injection of Symi sunshine.
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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby silverfox » 30 Jun 2015, 19:58

Well we managed to get up before 9am.....this sea air is a great aid to sleeping....nothing to do with all that food and drink!

So we found the road out of Gialos (so many spellings of these places) Wow another steep road but as we got to the Cemetery things certainly got a bit easier! Before we knew it we were up by the church....it's not as far as people make out and we'd set of early too!

What we did notice as we dropped into Nimborio was the great smell of the herbs on the hillside.

We reached the Taverna quite early and did wonder whether to stay on the sunbeds but we are not really here on any beach holiday so decided against laying out all day. We did however stop at the Taverna and had some yogurt and honey and a coke with a great simple view and peace!

A slow wander back along the bottom road where the heat of late morning started to build but with the great views it wasn't long before we reached Nos and back to more food stops! We were sp tempted to go the the Tholos again but decided to walk on and sit at the Odyssia.....right we had the Feta Cheese in pastry with sesame seeds and honey, chips, seasonal vegetables in balsamic cream, prawn saganaki and bread....oh and another beer!

I must say it was very nice but the most expensive lunch at a total of 46 Euro.

A wander back round to the port where an extra cruise ship was in but strangely seemed less busy....unless people were hiding out of the heat like we did next for an Ice cream frappe! Liz decided her exercise was finished for the day and was going to take the bus but the madness came out in me and I set off up the long road round for more. I still beat the bus up with 20 mins start, and I was taking pictures along the way!

I waited at the Windmills and met Liz off the bus and wandered down to the Rainbow where I no loger have to say a word before a large beer appears like magic. :)

We were joined shortly after by Neil on his shift and the lady in the band , apologies i'm crap with names, James, Jo and here friend and then a lady appeared with her grand daughter with a local to us accent! I come away to escape local folk was the first thought then it got a little scary as she said..."are you Silverfox?"

Rumbled...my identity is out! Will Jill? now keep count and tell the world on my beer consumption?

After a nice hour on the balcony with a little more reading we were back off out for a pizza at the very quiet Manteio..... we were the only ones there. A bit of a disappointment on the beer front as a lot of the beers on the menu are not available so no Porter was to be found ( the owner is poorly was the explanation after I'd asked for 3 or 4 beers).....the had the Fix Dark but i've had that before so it was the Wheat Beer that Alan has kindly posted a picture off so I don't have to bother! :) The Pizzas we had were good by the way but as Neil had warned us....we did have to wait a while! Liz had half a litre of white and the bill was 26 Euro.

A call at the supermarket before trying to find our way home in the dark :)

I have taken over 100 photos a day so will have to try to share a few more with you all.

Tomorrow? St Nicks? More food? :D
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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby silverfox » 30 Jun 2015, 20:25

Symi moon

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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby silverfox » 01 Jul 2015, 20:09

Don't feel like writing a blog tonight....being honest! Been warm today! Plus nearly 8 miles walked!

I set off up the road to the heights which was actually easier than i thought and got some great pictures. I did manage to find the old path that takes you down near the flag above the castle. Liz stayed back at the apartment as our last big walk in Crete down the Samaria gorge is still talked about when she gets annoyed with me!

By the way I don't think people should do this walk with sandles like I did....the feet are still a little sore!

Back and refreshed with a little juice (no I don't drink petrol) we set off for a walk down to Pedi for a little lunch....the view was great but the food in the Kataras Taverna was well below what we have had elsewhere....we had the mixed meze starter for 2 which had all the dips some beans, tuna and tough octopus. We were not impressed....sorry but say as you see! We decided to retrieve the situation by catching the bus back to Gialos to get some custards from the Nicolas bakery! :) Bumped into a few who we were no doubt to meet a little later!

Once had we had a sit on a bench for a hour before the bus back up to Chorio...we did have to move quick to get the bus so most people must have thought we were late for the ferry!

Another few beers at the local with most of the usual suspects while the Greek workers were hard at it putting up new railings on the square so we didn't have to listen to each other talking the usual entertaining rubbish! :D Some more locals....very tired by their working day starting in the early hours were still managing to nod off whilst all this took place. Wish i'd videod the animation sequence by Neil and Toby. :D

After a short sit in the sun/cloud.....yes there was a little cloud we ventured down to the Zylygos and had a starter of the feta cheese fried in sesame seeds with honey followed by the Lamb with lemon potatoes with a litre of white. Another great meal...so despite lunch I feel we are doing great on the food front.

So back up for a Metaxa nightcap with Liz opting for the Ouzo.

Tomorrow....Lizs' birthday and our 33rd wedding anniversary so no plans made! Wonder if she knows where the Launderette is?

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Re: Silverfox on Symi

Postby Val » 02 Jul 2015, 10:02

Thanks for staying with it Steve. It must be a bit of a bind sometimes getting down to writing the old blog when so many Symi pleasures await.

Lovely moon photo. We had a beautiful clear night here as we'll. Never really got dark that night it seemed.

Have a great day on Liz's Birthday - whatever you decide to do, and enjoy your anniversary the two of you.

Special meal tonight maybe? Look forward to the next instalment.
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