A Jolly Jaunt in July

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Re: A Jolly Jaunt in July

Postby Pollychops » 12 Jul 2017, 16:50

Yours days sound so effortless and relaxing which is just the ticket for a Symi holiday. I am not sure when we go that we could not dine down at Tholos or Odysia, we mostly stay up and really enjoy Georios and Zoes but then you will be back in September to go down. It will be interesting to see if temptation gets the better of you this week. Great blog.
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Re: A Jolly Jaunt in July

Postby Robert » 12 Jul 2017, 17:13

We always go to Tholos on our last day for lunch - its a ritual and I could not miss it! It will be interesting to see if you do get tempted down!
Great blog - I cant wait till August this is all so enticing
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Re: A Jolly Jaunt in July

Postby Pollychops » 12 Jul 2017, 19:28

D, I like your new toy. I have been looking at getting a new one as my old one hasn't got a wind speed reader. How good is yours and were did you get it?
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Re: A Jolly Jaunt in July

Postby D and E » 13 Jul 2017, 13:52

Pollychops wrote:D, I like your new toy. I have been looking at getting a new one as my old one hasn't got a wind speed reader. How good is yours and were did you get it?


Hi Pollychops,

It's a AZ8909 - if you Google that it brings up the machine.
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Re: A Jolly Jaunt in July

Postby D and E » 13 Jul 2017, 13:57

Wednesday

Weather Report at 09:00
Baro Pressure 1000
Humidity 50%
Wind Speed 0.0 mph
Temp Shade 28 C
Temp Sun 34 C

It seems strange to think that we only have today and tomorrow as our last two full days on the island but as we said to each other last night the journey is worth it even to spend just a few days on Symi.

We had thought today would be St.Nikolas on George’s boat but that is going to have to be avrio as it is a lazy start to the day - we both seem to be running 30 minutes later than our usual routine but ciga ciga.

Having had a beach day in Pedi the day before we decide to have a port day again. So after breakfast we head up by Yannis and along the road that affords those wonderful views down through the cedar trees to the harbour. This takes us to the back steps more worthy of donkeys than humans. E, as always, says to be careful as these steps are uneven and rough. It is therefore ironically funny that she then slips but no damage done except to pride.

We arrive in Yialos just as the crowds of day trippers are being herded around by the various guides. They will be freed later to do their own thing for a while and hopefully make many purchases from the various Symi shops. We arrive in Cafe Aiglios and the very helpful waitress gives D some paper towels as the humidity is up and he is perspiring like a tap. The water taxis are doing good business with departures right up until 1pm and returning at 6pm. We have our frappe and freshly squeezed orange whilst D posts the blog with some pics.

E then heads back to see George of Alexandros Jewellers. Those news Apostolos pieces he has in has caught her eye and there is every chance they will be added to her Symi “collection”. D wanders around the back streets and sees that Spagos on the square is yet another business that has closed down. D finally settles in Stella for a small beer and counts 5 day boats in altogether.

E arrives in the Stella and the jewellery transaction is discussed - D visits the ATM :D

We then head for Elpida’s for an ouzo & retsina and before we know it the Sea Dreams day boat is heading back to Rodos so it must be around 2:30pm. E has the shopping bug and pops in to negotiate with Takis and comes back with those new design bags. We are certainly trying our best to do our bit for the Symi economy.

Our timings are a bit out and so we have half an hour until the bus and we stop in Cafe Alegrito for the first time this visit. The mezes of sweet cherry tomato, creamy feta, cucumber and cooked smoked sausage that accompanies our ouzo & retsina is just wonderful. We then head for the bus but passing the cafe just in front of Trata Restaurant we see that a small but enthusiastic crowd has gathered and the Andy Murray game at Wimbledon is showing live on TV and it is one set all. We therefore decide to watch the match - thankfully Querrey finishes Murray off just in time for us to walk the short distance and get the 6pm bus up.

No siesta today and we are in Yiannis maintaining our 100% record by just after 7:30pm. We get chatting to a very pleasant couple from Bolton who have come up to sample “village life”. As we are about to head to Zoe’s, friends who we have known many years come out of Giorgios so we settle back down and hear all about how S&L have finally made the big move to live on Symi. We are so pleased their dream has come true.

We are much later eating than expected. We start with those wonderfully earthy dolmades with a yoghurt dip and some skodalia and also the imam. D then has the King Fish which is beautifully presented with shaped vegetables, those excellent slightly roasted potatoes and a very fine fish sauce. E has the succulent chicken in a cashew sauce with rice. It has been a long day - D blames Andy Murray ! So we politely refuse the sweet and drinks that Zoe so generously offers and head home to bed.

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That Well Known View from Aiglios Cafe


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A Day Boat We Don't Usually See


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The Zoom Working From The Stella Bar
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Re: A Jolly Jaunt in July

Postby D and E » 13 Jul 2017, 14:00

Many thanks for all the kind comments on the blog so far.

Anyone on the Site just now will see it's a hot one at 41 C.

We are about to head down to Yialos - walk down bus back.
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Re: A Jolly Jaunt in July

Postby silverfox » 13 Jul 2017, 19:10

Thanks for all your "work" in the heat!

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Re: A Jolly Jaunt in July

Postby D and E » 14 Jul 2017, 09:23

Thursday

After yesterday's “long day” and the fact that we head back to Rodos tomorrow we decide it is not worth replenishing breakfast material and after a bit of a lie in we head to The Olive Tree and have poached eggs on toast with great coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice - we agree we will do the same tomorrow.

Janine is her ever cheerful self and the views out to sea on another perfect morning cannot be beaten. We watch the first couple of day boats arrive and then take a short stroll down the Kali Strata to the bend where we sit on the steps in the shade and just watch the comings and goings of Yialos. We will need to pop down later to catch the ATM (again) and pick up a necklace of E’s that is being restrung but that will wait until the midday heat goes down slightly - it is a warm one.

Weather Report at 12:00
Baro Pressure 995
Humidity 27%
Wind Speed 3.5 mph
Temp Shade 34 C
Temp Sun 40 C

So we head back to the apartment and read some in the comfort of the aircon. D steps out into the balcony around 14:30 and encounters a wall of heat - that heat that you can breathe in. It is now in the 40’s in the shadier part of the balcony.

We walk down the Kali Strata around 4pm keeping to the shadier bits as there is not a breath of wind. We take a right and go down through the houses coming out at the kiosk. We head for the fans and comfy chairs of Cafe Aiglios and have a frappe to start followed by a cold small beer and notice that the temperature read out on the Pharmacy Sign reads 45 C. By around 5pm it is showing 40. We watch the taxi boats and the Poseidon return and both seem to have had a good day. D gets to the bank and E collects her necklace and we head back up on the 6pm bus.

As usual we head to Yiannis. Easy to have a 100% record when only on Symi for 5 nights but then we find it easy when here for longer. We say our farewells, although it will only be for a short time as we return in mid September, and head to Zoe’s where we have dined every evening except the first.

We indulge in our favourites. We start with imam and order some creamy, garlic tzatziki with that. Then the barbecued prawns as a bit of an indulgence on our last night on Symi - regular readers of the previous blogs know our love affair with the prawns we get on Symi, probably more accurately described as langoustines. D has saved Beef Stifado for the last night and E returns to her soutzoukakia in the rich tomato sauce. Another wonderful meal served by Zoe’s son Kristos who gives us some water melon to cleanse the palette. We say our farewells and head home for the last time this visit. It is still hot and entering the air conditioned room is pure joy.

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Breakfast in The Olive Tree


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From George at Alexandros


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