SOS The Return

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Re: SOS The Return

Postby silverfox » 08 Jul 2016, 16:15

Tuesday....

Holidays always seem to go so quickly and this is our last full day on Symi and soon back to reality.

I wandered the lanes again to the top corner of Chorio looking for photo opportunities before heading back and down to the Kali Strata and down the school steps into Yialos. Liz stayed behind and did the majority of the packing before catching the bus down to meet for some light lunch as were planning on another meal out up top for our last night.

We called in at the Nikolas, across from the International and went to peruse all the cakes before choosing. Liz went for a slab of a ginger cake with cream and I had a banana tasting creamy sponge thingy. Huge portions and very reasonably priced washed down with cool orange Fanta.

It was so hot again today so we ended up in Eva's coffee bar for a frappe stop before going on our last walk around the busy harbour. There have been many more boats around in the last few days hopefully with people spending their money to help keep Symi going.

Liz stopped for a sit down on the benches near the clock tower as I carried on to the boatyard to take a little more video and photos. For anyone thinking of Symi I don't think you could tire of all the views you get just wandering around this place!

I did my last walk up the road way as Liz caught the bus back and into Yiannis Rainbow bar where we spent a couple of hours with the "Symi Family" chatting away with Jo, Toby, Neil, Terri, Colette and Penny. We said our goodbyes in case we did not see anyone later and headed back to the apartments for a quick shower and change of clothes.

As we left the apartments for our evening meal we said our goodbyes to Manilos and Nickos. Hugs all round as we thanked them for looking after us so well and their friendship, they are such a great family and deserve to be full all season. Back down the lanes where we had decided on Georgios for our last meal.

We ordered and as we waited Sevasti came out to chat with us. She is such a lovely lady, so kind, friendly and hard working.

We decided on a few dishes to share so went for fried potatoes, Shrimp and cheese Bourataki and Courgette Balls and Chicken in oregano and lemon. And of course a litre of white wine. As we asked for the bill an extra half litre of white appeared on the house that I struggled through not to cause offence! :)

As we are leaving the apartments at 6am tomorrow we called Sevasti from the kitchen with hugs all round as we said our farewells.

Toby and Neil had followed us into Georgios with a friend and as we left mentioned that we'd be at Yiannis for a nightcap before turning in and the duly joined us after their meal where the Ouzos flowed.

What was supposed to be one turned into at least four strong Ouzos and after our final, final goodbuys and thanking Yiannis for looking after us (and him thanking us for handing him such a portion of our holiday money) we made our way back for our "early night" Haha!

The biggest problem now is will we make the ferry?

:)
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Re: SOS The Return

Postby Val » 08 Jul 2016, 20:41

Great read Steve. Hope you and Liz are safe and sound back home now. Really enjoyed your updates and appreciate all your
efforts. What a great place Symi is and lovely to read about your time there. Thank you.
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Re: SOS The Return

Postby Gemma1 » 09 Jul 2016, 08:09

I've really enjoyed reading your reports Steve, thanks for sharing your holiday with us - I've still got 10 weeks to wait ;)
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Re: SOS The Return

Postby D and E » 09 Jul 2016, 09:41

We echo Val & Gemma's comments - love reading your exploits.

But come on Silverfox - it's like a Saturday morning in the cinema (showing age here :shock: ) you have left us on the edge of our seats.

Did you make the ferry or are you still in Yiannis :D ?
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Re: SOS The Return

Postby silverfox » 09 Jul 2016, 20:39

Thanks for all the kind messages.

We did make it as the pictures here confirm!

http://www.symidream.com/

A top tip on Symi for anyone who can spot us the back of the boat picture!

I will try to sort the Wednesday post tomorrow and links to some more pictures.

:)
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Re: SOS The Return

Postby silverfox » 10 Jul 2016, 12:35

Wednesday....

We as you can see by the pictures on Symi Dream we did actually get up early, even after little sleep, and finished our packing and a quick shower.

Liz left her hat on the the coat peg in the apartments as it was starting to look a little tatty with the words "wherever I lay my hat that's my home" :)

After checking we had our stuff we went down to the road 10 minutes eary and the minibus was already waiting for us with Colette onboard as she had been picked up first.

One last trip down to Pedi to collect others with a great sunrise view before heading down to the ferry where Nicollette was waiting with the tickets.

We took in all the views as we left Symi...always a sad part to holidays!

We had a smooth crossing to Rhodes where the coach was waiting for us and we were dropped off near the International Hotel where the bags are looked after until the coach pick up at 12.10 in our case.

We wandered back to the Old Town and had a look round but we are not that impressed as it's so busy after the peace on Symi.

We had a breakfast back in the Tavera closest to the pick up point. The coach was 25 minutes late due to heavy traffic but it wasn't long before we at the airport in the queues to check in. There was chaos at the gate as we were switched at the last minute and no one could understand the announcements! :)

A good flight back with space as we had no one sat next to us so we spread out. Our son was waiting for us and we battled the traffic back to Sheffield arriving just after 8pm to watch the Wales match.

The temperature was a muggy 19 c, probably half of what we'd been used to for the last fortnight.

We had a great relaxing holiday again on Symi!

Will we be back next year? Watch this space!

:)

Ps... I will try to get some more pics up as soon as I can.

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Re: SOS The Return

Postby silverfox » 11 Jul 2016, 17:59

Gemma1 wrote:More great updates, though I can't get over how many times you walk up and down that road in one day :shock: I've never walked down to Yialos on the road, only down the steps and it would be interesting to see how many miles you've walked on this holiday. You certainly deserve a few lie-ins after all that walking - you're on holiday after all ;)

I'm looking forward to trying the new improved path to St Nick's when I'm there in September :D


The total miles according to Fitbit was 115 miles!

Not as many as I wanted to do.

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