Magical Margaritas

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Magical Margaritas

Postby D and E » 29 Sep 2016, 17:20

Here we go again .....
But let starts with a couple of thank you's.
Thank you Gemma for getting us in the mood for Symi a week early.
And thanks to the wonderful couple from the Manchester area who we met on the Blue Star and were so kind about previous blogs. Hope you are enjoying yourselves in the Pedi Beach Hotel and there have been no luggage mishaps - that recollection did make us laugh :D

So the journey over - Tuesday / Wednesday (Part 1)
As previously reported we chose to use a one way hire for the journey to Gatwick so that was picked up in Aberystwyth at 08:00. Home, get the cases in the boot, capture Greyam the cat and we were on the road by 09:00. We had to take a slight detour to Newcastle Emlyn to leave Greyam in our reserve Cattery. He was amongst a lot of cool looking cats all relaxing to piped classical music - it is some Cattery.
A coffee stop at Pont Abraham and then carry out sushi and a prawn sandwich for lunch from M&S Express at Reading Services Saw us having a straightforward run down the M4, M25 and M23 arriving Gatwick by 16:00. Filled the car with fuel, returned it to South Terminal and took the monorail to North Terminal and checked in Sofitel before having a celebratory glass or two of fizz in the bar.
As we were on the 05:30 EasyJet flight the following morning we were able to check-in after 20:00 so we did that at the auto-check-in desks and then headed for the Brasserie which is one of the main reasons we return to the Sofitel time after time.
(Now D is writing this at 19:15 on the balcony as the sun goes down and E is calling that it's my turn to hit the shower before we head to our bar of choice in Yialos so Part 2 of the journey over and Day 1 on the island with sized photos will follow in the morning - the suspense !!!)
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Re: Magical Margaritas

Postby silverfox » 29 Sep 2016, 19:39

So looking forward to your take on Symi life whilst there, the pictures and all your food tales!

Hope you have a great time and can't wait to get home from work each night and get yet another Symi fix!

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Re: Magical Margaritas

Postby Adam J » 29 Sep 2016, 21:49

Sounds good D&E and your coming posts will be great for getting us in the mood for our own holiday. We travel out to Rhodes next Wednesday and will be on Symi (for the first time) the following morning. I've already noted some of your restaurant/bar recommendations from previous posts so we've already got a good idea of where we'd like to eat and drink. But don't let that stop you from recommending a few more........ :D
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Re: Magical Margaritas

Postby D and E » 30 Sep 2016, 07:09

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Easy CheckIn


The Journey Over (Tuesday / Wednesday) - Part 2

So we checked the luggage in on Tuesday evening after fizz and martinis in the cocktail bar.

Then we had dinner in Sofitel's Brasserie. An amuse bouche of tomato & sweet pepper soup was followed by starters of curried smoked monkfish with artichoke , girolle mushrooms & capers and pulled pork rillette. Mains were fillet steak cooked to perfection accompanied by confit tomato, peppered cream cheese and red onion jam; and bluer roasted cod fillets with lobster bisque, black lentils, gremolata and sea vegetables; with a side order of triple cooked chips and a lovely merlot. We shared a superb cheesecake with apple sorbet that we had had on the previous visit. As ever we were not disappointed and whilst this a pricey place it is top notch cooking.

So the alarm went off at 03:30 and we were checked out, through security and sitting having coffee by 04:10 and Gatwick North Terminal was pretty busy. Our flight was called and we were boarded and in the air spot on 05:30, arriving in sunny and warm Rhodes by 11:30. Through passport control, the traditional first can of Mythos from the vending machine had, and in a taxi on our way to Akantia.

We stopped in the taverna just opposite the gate to the port that we have now stopped in three or four times. A light lunch of cheese & ham omelette, fried pork and saganaki but made with feta. With water and half kilo retsina and tip we paid €30 and that took us to 14:00 when it was time to walk the short distance to the ticket office and pick up our prepaid tickets for the 15:00 Blue Star sailing. This set off on time despite two tourists who had cut it very fine and having to collect tickets saw them miss that sailing.

We had our first frappe whilst talking to a wonderful couple from near Manchester who are regular Symi Visitors. We exchanged some stories before sitting down to enjoy a very smooth crossing alongside so many known Symi faces. We arrive to a the usual very busy clock tower and the ever reliable Maragarita was there with a lovely welcome to pick us up. As we arrived at the apartment our very good Swedish friends, O&L, were just returning from Agia Marina and it was so good to see them again.

After unpacking there was a soft knock at the door and this was O&L asking us over to their balcony where they had a bottle of chilled fizz ready to welcome us. So we caught up with all the news before they headed to Odyssia whilst we headed to buy the things that we had forgotten to pack :o D a beach bag and E a beach towel. So we sat and had our first ouzo and Restina in Elpidas - our evening bar of choice when "down" and that came with a meze of home cooked paella. This tempted us to have another before heading back towards Margaritas and having dinner in Thollos which at 21:00 was full. So we sat on the wall for 10 minutes and table came free. Good to see this wonderful restaurant doing so well.

Of course we had the grilled prawns, the size of two fingers, between us to start. This was followed by soutzoukakia with home made fries and moussaka. The cooking here is superb. The location looking back to twinkling Yialos sublime. And it is 2 minutes from our front door - what else could you ask for ? So with the usual 1/2 kilo Restina & a large bottle of water and tip we paid €45. A very nice ice cream was served as a complimentary sweet.

And after a very long day we headed home to bed.
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Re: Magical Margaritas

Postby Gemma1 » 30 Sep 2016, 07:51

A great read - as always, I didn't realise you were on 'that Blue Star ferry' as I was snapping away watching it make its way to Symi as I was sailing back to Rhodes. I did intend to try Tholos this holiday but with only 6 evenings on Symi - and only 5 dinners out - the time went just too quickly and I've still never been there.
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Re: Magical Margaritas

Postby D and E » 30 Sep 2016, 10:33

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