A Jolly Jaunt in July

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Re: A Jolly Jaunt in July

Postby KN9700 » 10 Jul 2017, 19:19

So nice to have you back on Symi D and E.
My wife and I really love to read your dairy.
In five weeks we´ll be back on Symi our favourite holiday spot.

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Re: A Jolly Jaunt in July

Postby Pollychops » 10 Jul 2017, 21:46

Fantastic to hear you both are back in Symi. After having a superb blog fix from Silverfox we are now being treated to another in such a short space of time. Cant wait till the next posting....have a great break as we are sure you will.
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Re: A Jolly Jaunt in July

Postby Gemma1 » 11 Jul 2017, 07:42

Brilliant, as one blog finishes another starts and an excellent blog as always :D Very envious that you are staying in my favourite room at Anastasia's with that lovely balcony with its superb views. I'm in the process of planning a return trip for September 2018 (no Symi this year sadly) though it will be in one of the studios as the supplement for booking the one bedroomed apartment for one person is £242 :shock:

Looking forward to your next instalment and reading about more culinary delights 8-)
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Re: A Jolly Jaunt in July

Postby D and E » 11 Jul 2017, 07:56

Monday

After a great night’s sleep - the aircon keeping the room at a perfect temperature - D is up and out on the bread run. The sun is well up by 07:30 and Symi is looking beautiful. Warm bread cooked freshly this morning - 60 cents, the perfect foundation for breakfast on the balcony.

Weather Report (D has his “toy”, sorry, mini weather station with him) at 09:00
Baro Pressure 1000
Humidity 48%
Wind Speed 0.2 mph
Temp Shade 29 C
Temp Sun 36 C

We head out around 10:30 and go down to Yialos by the school steps. The port is very quiet.

We reach Cafe Aiglios for frappe and freshly squeezed orange juice and watch the full taxi boats head out - Irini is busy. D does some cutting & pasting of the notes he has made and then gets in a bit of a tangle with the resizing App he uses for the photos but the blog does get started. It is an acclimatising day so we take a wander round the lanes bumping into George whose lovely air conditioned jewellers shop is a nice stopping point to catch up on his news and see some really nice new pieces he has bought in.

From there we get as far as the Corner Cafe for two small beers. New seats and a new counter where the ice creams and pies are served. We are about to move on when Yiannis and Giorgio arrive to start their afternoon shift and let dad go for a well deserved rest as he opens up very early. Two more small beers are needed as we hear how the lads have spent their winter and show pictures of our wanderings - the joy of the iPhone (other brands are available :) )

We had to use the ATM so crossed the bridge and as we do we think - something's missing. It is the kiosk. That tiny shed that must have been like a sauna. It's gone and is now an open fronted shop opposite (between the bar and Vasilis Restaurant) and is called The Kiosk.

The cafes appear to be doing good business with the four day boats that are in port.

We say our hello’s to Takis whose shop is now a bit smaller but still full of quality leather goods. E is particularly enamoured with his newly designed range. She is also on a mission for a friend back home who saw E with a Takis bag and would like one. Alas despite sending several pics either the size or the colour wasn't suitable. After all that activity another beer stop is required in Stella Bar where we bump into a couple from Sevastis. They had taken our recommendation and gone to Zoe’s on their first night and were not disappointed - which is always good to hear.

We finally arrive in Elpida's where she has just made one of her amazing pies - spinach pie this time. It is an appropriate hour for an ouzo & retsina and that comes with a generous mezes of the spinach pie, a very salty cheese (perfect with the ouzo), pickled cabbage, cucumber & olives. We also order and share an omelette.

E pops next door to Anna’s shop and returns with a very nice dress and top. Thankfully the other ATM is close by :shock:

We watch the 16:30 Skiadeni leave and then head round and catch the 17:00 bus up to the windmills and cut down through the lanes back to Anastasia’s.

The normal routine commences around 18:30 and we are in Yiannis Rainbow for the nightly ouzo & retsina. We start off bar side as “our seats” are taken when we arrive but Yiannis moves us once the group leaves and the balance of the universe is restored. We have a couple more and watch the people go by and before we know it, it is 9:30pm - Symi Time is a strange thing - and time to visit Zoe’s for dinner.

A lovely welcome from Nikos and then Zoe and we find the restaurant busy. With only two restaurants in Chorio now, this may benefit Zoe & Giorgios although both tell us that the number of visitors for this time of the year is less than expected. We decide to have the totally delicious imam with the sweet, almost caramelised, onions cooked to perfection plus the very simple but equally superb beetroot with skadalia that has the perfect amount of garlic. This is followed by E having the meatballs which are ever so light and seasoned with spices and herbs and come with very nicely flavoured rice. D has the Symi lamb which he describes as without doubt the best lamb he has tasted. It is served on the bone - or should say bones - looks like the ribs and clearly having been slow cooked this has given the meat an intense flavour. Simply put this is how lamb should be. Served with waxy potatoes that have been boiled and then slightly roasted - perfection. We catch up with Zoe’s news over one of her light cinnamon cakes before heading home under a full moon and hearing the church bell strike midnight.

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Symi Lamb in Zoe's - Perfection
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Re: A Jolly Jaunt in July

Postby D and E » 11 Jul 2017, 08:00

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D's Weather Station


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The View From Room 5 Anastasia's


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E's New Top From Anna's


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Yacht Arriving Late Afternoon
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Re: A Jolly Jaunt in July

Postby Pollychops » 11 Jul 2017, 12:44

Symi lamb........................three words.............Fab.....U.....Lous,

and the same for the top on E.

Keep it up as we can't wait till tomorrow.
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Re: A Jolly Jaunt in July

Postby Gemma1 » 12 Jul 2017, 07:41

Another great read - and that fabulous view :D
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Re: A Jolly Jaunt in July

Postby D and E » 12 Jul 2017, 09:52

moon and hearing the church bell strike midnight.

Tuesday

Although this is a very short break with only 5 nights on the island D’s Symi Routine is like riding a bike. He is up and out just after 07:30 and back with the bread by 08:00; writes the blog and does his bits and pieces until around 09:00 when E (the breakfast chef) surfaces - this often requires the delivery of a cup of tea to help the process along. There is no wifi in this part of Chorio so postings can be delayed but now that Data Roaming is part of our normal monthly mobile phone package it is easy enough for the iPad to access 4G through the link to the iPhone.

Weather Report at 09:00
Baro Pressure 1004
Humidity 40%
Wind Speed 0.0 mph
Temp Shade 28 C
Temp Sun 37 C

So after the normal breakfast of yoghurt, honey & fruit, fresh bread with cheese & ham and coffee we need to replenish our stock of water and get one or two other things. The supermarket just down from Giorgios is bustling with a large new delivery and all the locals exchanging stories and having banter with the shop owner.

We decide to spend the day on Pedi Beach so we wander down the deserted Pedi Road and round by the boat builders. We have our morning frappe in Tholos taverna whose sun beds are doing rather well. We then walk along towards the jetty where George is doing a good trade back and forth to St. Nikolas & Agia Marina - we think avrio. Another taxi boat is also working the route.

Pedi Beach is busy. The Greek schools are on holiday so there is a great family atmosphere. We find sun beds (€4 per bed) and settle down with two small beers that the sunbed guy is only too happy to bring to us. The wicker canopies are much improved and for the first time in a long time D does not whack his head.

The sunbed guy is using a hi-tech means of servicing all the people. He takes orders on his phone and texts them to the bar - the theory being that by the time he returns to the bar the order has been prepared. It seems to work to a certain degree.

Soon the bus deposits a large American / Greek family who seem to surround us. The open conversation that they have over and around us is simply hilarious. Two of the mothers describing the births of their children - apparently one just “slipped out”; and then toilet frequency became the topic of the day. We were in fits of disguised laughter. But they were great fun and the cute kids were having a ball.

We decide to be very lazy and instead of taking the short walk to the supermarket by the jetty we order a light lunch of a very good spinach pie full of spinach and made with a very thin and light filo which we share. This with ouzo, retsina, olives, succulent cherry tomatoes & garlic bread makes an excellent lunch.

We swim in the afternoon and the best description of the water is - lush.

We just miss the 15:30 bus so decide to have a beer and retsina in Katsaris bar. There are no seats in the new area where we spot the owner of Tza Ti having an afternoon with his friends and he comes to greet us. We sit on the jetty and have a lovely cold draught Mythos and meet a charming young couple from Ireland who tell us they have accommodation booked in Rhodes next week but they are trying to cancel so they can stay on Symi.

We get the 16:30 bus which drops us at the bend beyond The Secret Garden and as has happened each day when we return to the apartment, we start to read and soon find we have dozed off. But it's soon 18:30 and the showering and getting ready starts and like clockwork we are in Yiannis around our usual times and “our seats” are free.

After our usual ouzo & retsina / E visiting her friend in the boutique routine we head to Zoe’s. We have decided that this is an “up” holiday so have no plans to head down in the evening and will keep Odysia, Tholos, Trata & the other Yialos restaurants for September.

It is good to see Zoe’s busy again. We order the prawns and tuna salad to start. Four large prawns simply cooked on the barbecue come with sliced carrots and cherry tomatoes and two very flavoursome dipping sauces. The tuna salad is the creamy variety that is excellent to mop up with the bread. For mains D has the always reliable moussaka whilst E has the lamb cutlets cooked beautifully on the barbecue and served with chips - that’s real chips cut from potatoes that day.

We end dinner with a serving of watermelon and then head home in the moonlight and, unusually for us, find the church bell ringing midnight once again.

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Takis' New Designs


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Chorio By Night


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