Three Go On Holiday In Chorio

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Three Go On Holiday In Chorio

Postby D and E » 06 Jun 2019, 09:46

Tues / Weds : The Journey Over

So here we go once again setting off for paradise with the usual routine of getting Zoë, our little cat, into her holiday home first thing on Tuesday morning before rendezvousing with our old friend G who is returning to Symi for the first time since 2005.

G accompanied us on a few trips back then and has closely followed our regular visits over the years but he has never stayed in the village and so this will be a new experience for him.

We left our car at G’s and got a taxi for the short journey to the railway station where we had a farewell drink before catching the 11:30 to Manchester Airport via Shrewsbury and Manchester Piccadilly. The rail journey went past without any delays and the shuttle bus delivered us to a rainy Crowne Plaza Hotel around 4 o’clock.

Manchester Airport has introduced a system to assist people with Type 1 diabetes and E wanted to avail herself of this facility. So with doctor’s letter in hand we used the shuttle bus again and headed over to Terminal 2 where she was given a lanyard. We walked back under cover from Terminal 2 to the railway station stopping for a drink in the bar of the Raddison Blue Hotel on the way.

Back and a quick change and down for pre-dinner drinks before visiting one of our favourite restaurants that regular readers of our blog will know - Sampans. Starters of chicken satay (G), soft-shelled crab (E), and shrimp dim sum & a tempura prawn (D) were all up to the usual standard. The Thai coconut prawn curry (D), Massaman chicken curry (E) and crispy shredded beef (G) accompanied by coconut steamed rice and stir fried pak choi, all perfectly spiced, certainly hit the spot.

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Sampans

With the alarm clocks set for 4am it was off to bed and before we knew it we were up and waiting for the shuttle bus.

We were at Terminal 2 by 5am and were faced with the masses all bag dropping at the TUI desks. Having never seen queues quite like it we thought it would take ages but the very helpful airport staff noticed E’s lanyard and we were given priority treatment due to her condition. Security took a while as it always does but we noticed that our 7am flight departure was already showing a 45 minute delay. So we had time for a coffee and a wonder around before being called to the gate. We finally got into the air at 08:30 some 90 minutes late.

The flight on a full Boeing 767-300 was uneventful. We had not secured a window seat but the plane did have at-seat entertainment screens and of course D had downloaded a Netflix movie so he was quite happy between that and a large Tanquery G&T. The flight had many young children on board so the headphones came in handy. The TUI staff were very good and with two bar services, the shopping service and the scratch cards the time soon passed and we landed at just after 14:30 local time.

The arrivals hall is being refurbished plus with only two border staff checking the passports there was a bigger than usual queue but it only took 10 minutes to get to the bag carousel which, with such a big plane as the 767-300, took a bit of time to get going - time enough for the cold First Mythos from the vending machine.

Being late landing resulted in Olympic taking the 9 Symi guests in a very swish Mercedes minibus direct to Akandia and whilst the paraphernalia said we would be dropped at Mouragio Taverna the bus took us to the quayside where the ferry would be daparting from. However knowing how good the Taverna is we three walked back and had a drink and some appetisers - stuffed peppers, fried feta and tzatziki.

We then wandered back to the Blue Star Ticket Office and using the Olympic Welcome Letter obtained our tickets. We were aboard and on the top deck of the Nisos Chios by 6pm having a cold Hellenic lager watching the loading process.

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From the Blue Star

A perfect crossing with the sun shining over glorious Symi and we docked around 8 pm where the usual hustle and bustle of the big ferry ensued. Nancy the Rep was waiting to meet us and we were whisked up the hill in the Symi Tours bus, dropped at “the bins”and as we know our way, walked through to be greeted by Anastasia and result - we are given Room 5 - our absolute favourite (and yours JuliaB if you are reading this).

So with no unpacking or faffing we were off to Yannis Rainbow before 9. With ouzo, retsina and Mythos for G, sitting at our usual table, it is so good to be “home”.

First night tradition is Giorgios and we sat at the first table in, looking out over the Olive Tree down to the port where a couple of superbly lit super yachts were anchored.

A light mezes of green beans, stuffed courgette flowers, grilled mushrooms, meatballs and of course the mouthwatering bourekakia with a jug of cold retsina and we end a perfect journey over. We walk back under the stars with a gentle cooling breeze and were out like lights just as the church bells strike midnight.
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Re: Three Go On Holiday In Chorio

Postby silverfox » 06 Jun 2019, 22:56

Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes!

Just what some of us have been waiting for all year....that fix..knowing we will be walking the same paths, tasting the food and filling up all our senses.

The blog masters are at "home" and we all get to share!

Heaven!

:D :D :D
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Re: Three Go On Holiday In Chorio

Postby JuliaB » 06 Jun 2019, 23:12

Our favourite room indeed! Have a wonderful time!
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Re: Three Go On Holiday In Chorio

Postby Gemma1 » 07 Jun 2019, 06:46

What a brilliant start and room 5 is my favourite too :D . Not sure how I am going to survive without a trip to Symi this year but if I close my eyes I am almost there with you ;)
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Re: Three Go On Holiday In Chorio

Postby D and E » 08 Jun 2019, 07:23

Thursday : The Shack Is Shut

D vowed that he would keep up his early morning walks that he does at home and so he was up at 7 and off down the Pedi Road under a perfectly blue Symi sky. George was busy cleaning his boat ready for the Daily back and forth to Agia Marina and St. Nikolaos and a number of yachts on the jetty were coming alive as D sat at a table outside the supermarket with a frappe, taking in the serenity of the wonderful Pedi Bay.

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Early Morning Pedi Bay

The church bells announcing a name day triggered the return walk up the road with a delivery of coffee & milk to G’s room which is just below - Room 3.

We used our usual lame excuse of having nothing in the fridge, even though we could have popped along to the supermarket at 8am, to take the short walk to the Olive Tree where the ever cheerful Jenine and Tina were busying away making their superb breakfasts. Sitting there looking out to sea, watching the boats come and go with fresh juices, perfectly cooked eggs that G added bacon to, drinking possibly the best coffee on Symi although that’s a hard choice, time melted away as D started the blog, photos were uploaded, airdropped and shared by any means possible.

The usual routine continued with a stop at Sotiris Supermarket to load up with breakfast material, water and other odds and sods that were required. After storing these in our rooms we decided to stick with D’s itinerary - YES !!! he decided that as we have G as a guest and with only 10 days we would attempt to have a plan - we will see how that goes.

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D Explains The Itinerary

So this being a “Chill Day” we headed down the Lazy Steps into Yialos and the many Ti Kanis and welcomes from all our Symi friends. The temperature was around 30C which prompted a beer stop at the Corner Bar before visiting the Symi Tours Office where we booked a trip to Tolis - regular readers of the blog will be amazed at this forward planning.

We wandered around the back streets and around the square and by then the day boats had arrived. We then stopped at Elpida’s where the transformation of the inside of the Taverna is amazing. The ouzo, retsina and beer came with a lovely mezes of tuna salad, bread, olives, cucumber, tomato and spinach pie.

From there we walked around Hirrani, up to the church above Nos and then to the shack on the Nimborio Road but alas the shack was shut. So we returned to Yialos over the top road by the church, which was once again open, past all the small holdings and arrived at Cafe Alegrito for a well deserved Mythos.

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E&G on the Shack Walk

Around 6pm the taxi rank was full so we took a taxi up, got changed and rendezvoused in the Secret Garden before Yannis Rainbow and then Zoë’s, that at around 9pm was completely full. Within seconds Nikos appeared with a table and three chairs and we were taken care of. Starters of tuna fish salad and dolmades followed by Symi lamb, beef stifado, and chicken with cashews was up to the usual very high standard. With such a busy service we had little time to chat to Zoë and it was past midnight before we set off for home after a day that everyone declared a success.

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Re: Three Go On Holiday In Chorio

Postby silverfox » 08 Jun 2019, 12:59

What a great first day you have all had! (Don't think we could have such a long day with that sea air!) So good to see you doing what you do best....enjoying all Symi has to offer.

Is that a printed Itinerary? Now that is a plan! :D

Just wondering if D has his Fitbit? If so I may be shown up this summer as my back has gone and struggling to walk with less than 2 weeks to go!

Never mind the Itinerary should cheer me up as we walk your steps in our minds!

Great start to the blog as usual and looking forward to all your updates!
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Re: Three Go On Holiday In Chorio

Postby Gemma1 » 09 Jun 2019, 07:29

What a wonderful first day - though at first I misread and thought it was chilly day until I reread and noticed it was 30 degrees :oops: The food sounds delicious as always. Very happy that by tomorrow afternoon we should be on Syros, which is a new island for us, and should be eating some delicious Greek food of our own which will compensate somewhat ;)
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Re: Three Go On Holiday In Chorio

Postby D and E » 10 Jun 2019, 06:43

Friday : St. Nikolaos Has Grown

The Itinerary said St.Nick’s so St.Nicks it was.

D started the day with a walk up the main road to where the bus turns and sat there looking out over a shimmering Pedi Bay as the local people started heading down into Yialos to start work. He then walked back via the baker and returned with a newly baked oven-hot bread to have with the yoghurt, fresh melon, cheese, ham and coffee on the balcony of Room 5 looking up at the picture perfect Vigla.

A couple of plumbing issues had to be explained to Anastasia as both our rooms needed small repairs and she undertook to organise that and Sotiris (Sam) came out to give us his special welcome.

It was then time to head down the Pedi Road and get the second sailing of the day on George’s boat to St.Nicks. George’s nephew greeted us as he is now collecting the €6 for the return journey. After putt-putting our way across the bay we found the beach quiet and there was no problem securing our favourite spot on the far side. It is strange not seeing the familiar sight of D&W from Wales on their usual sunbeds - maybe they will be there in September.

The sea proved perfect for swimming after which we had a frappe and a shared beer in the shack that has been refurbished and looks great. But when we headed for lunch we saw the most dramatic change with the Taverna doubling in size with a covered extension on the seaward side and a ramp entrance with a new sign asking guests to wear shorts and shirts when dining.

We ordered a Greek salad, chicken souvlaki and a whole grilled calamari which was perfect. After lunch there was a marked increase in temperature and after a short time on the beach we headed back on the 3pm boat. That temperature increase to around 35C was certainly felt as we walked back up the Pedi Road and up the steps to the apartment.

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Greek Salad In The Extended Taverna

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Whole Grilled Calamari

Having decided to head down to Yialos for the evening we had an early start in Yiannis Rainbow bar at around 5pm and then walked down the Kali Strata to Cafe Aiglios where at around 7pm it was still pretty warm.

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Three Go Down The Kali Strata

E&G decided to do a bit of shopping so D agreed to meet up in the Katoi Bar where he sat and had a chat with Yannis, continuing his education of Symi’s history. Another bar stop in Cafe Alegrito and then dinner in The Dolphin - Pizza & Pasta that we hadn’t been too for many years. E has been practicing her balancing of insulin with pizza and pasta at home so it was great to find that this restaurant had lost none of its charm and quality cooking. The Arabian pizza with its spicy bolognese base and yoghurt topping was as good as we remembered it. The spicy bacon penne and the linguini carbonara were stand out dishes and the prices have remained very reasonable.

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Carbonara

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Penne

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Pizza

We set off to catch the last bus at 11pm but as there was a taxi waiting we jumped in that. Anastasia met us on our return to confirm the plumber had been and all was fixed. Everything was just fine on Symi
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