Three Go On Holiday In Chorio

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Re: Three Go On Holiday In Chorio

Postby D and E » 10 Jun 2019, 08:12

silverfox wrote: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!


Thank you all for your encouraging remarks & yes Silverfox it is a Printed Itinerary :D
Now the problem with that is it is all go & that has impacted the timing of the daily blog & so we must apologise for the delays.
However we are currently having Monday’s breakfast in the Olive Tree and taking the opportunity of catching up.
It is all going swimmingly - lots of swimmingly :D
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Re: Three Go On Holiday In Chorio

Postby D and E » 10 Jun 2019, 08:35

Saturday : The Plan Changes :shock:

No surprise that the itinerary changed when we woke up to a temperature still in the mid 30’s. We had planned to walk over to Nimborio completing the journey beyond the shack but a democratic vote placed that on hold and we agreed that a more sedate village walk would be better.

D had already had a short stroll up by the windmills and had his moment of contemplation looking down on one of the greatest views there is. He returned via the bakery just up beyond Lefteris Cafenion.

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What A View

After a leisurely breakfast we set off up the main road to the point where the bus turns for Sevasti and then walked through the network of lanes gaining height so we came out just below below the big church. Continuing through the labyrinth we finally came out at the top of the old steps / donkey steps and made our way along the road to Yannis for a much needed cold beer. There is nothing better than working up a thirst in the heat and then quenching it with a tall cold lager in a chilled glass.

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G with Pedi below

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Village Walk

The plan for the following day was to go on the Round The Island with Capt. Yannis on the Poseidon so we walked down the Kali encountering Maria “Herbs” on the way. Refreshments in Cafe Aiglios (Comfy Chairs) was followed with each of us heading off for a walk - G returned with a hat, E with rather swish trousers and D had just wandered to the Clock Tower and the secured a seat in the very, very busy Stellar Bar where remarking on there being no Vasilis learned that he was in Rhodes due to his father being rather unwell and in hospital.

We watched the hordes return to the various day boats and that late afternoon serenity was savoured before we caught a taxi up.

We rendezvoused in the Secret Garden and then headed to Yannis Rainbow Bar. The plan had been to head down to Yialos and try the new Mythos Restaurant but with no let up in the temperature we took the lazy option and slipped next door to Giorgios where we had the green beans and the sweetest of imam as a shared starter and then G had the meatballs, E the papoujaksi and D the goat which he confirmed as melt in the mouth flavoursome.

We returned to our rooms and were sound asleep before the bells struck 12
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Re: Three Go On Holiday In Chorio

Postby D and E » 10 Jun 2019, 08:42

Sunday : Poseidon - possibly the best day out in Symi

This would be a first for G so we were up and down in Cafe Aiglios by just after 9am where we had breakfast, after securing our favourite seats on the upper deck, but only when the canopy is up to provide much needed shade. The temperature was 30C at 9am so we knew it would be a hot one and being at sea proved to be the best place.

We set sail at the scheduled 10:30 and headed through the channel between Symi and Nimos where very welcome breezes were keeping us cool. There were maybe 30 people on board with only 4 people joining us on the upper deck - this was superb. Our friends S&L were on board and it was good to catch up on their news.

The first of our swimming stops was at Maroni Bay where the inviting sea was crystal clear. We then headed to the Seal Cave where without the sun the water was more “refreshing”. By now the ouzo, retsina, red & white wine and coffee were in full flow.

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Seal Cave

We had a two hour stop for swimming and the bbq at Sasklia. As ever the perfectly cooked chicken was accompanied by beetroot salad, beans gigantes, rice, spaghetti in a tomato sauce, Greek salad, potato salad, tzatziki and green beans. Eating under the trees by the water with great company to chat with is one of the visit’s highlights.

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BBQ

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Poseidon

We were back in Yialos by about 5pm and before heading back up had a quick Mythos in Alegrito watching the other boats return.

Although several ouzo and retsina had been had during the day we were determined to keep our 100% record going so a quick shower and change and were in a very busy Yannis around 7pm - the pace is relentless :-) The place was so busy that we were sat at the “local’s table”. Around 9 we once again took the easy option and went to a busy Giorgios where the imam and the green beans formed our shared starter and this was followed by D having spaghetti bolognese, he is after all a pasta-head, G having the papoujaksi which he had tasted for the first time the previous evening and E going for the glorious meatballs on tomato sauce.

A Poseidon day can be quite energetic so as we walked back to the apartments with the temperature hardly falling at all we decided that we would have a later start the next day and even agreed that an Olive Tree breakfast was deserved
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Re: Three Go On Holiday In Chorio

Postby Gemma1 » 11 Jun 2019, 06:11

More wonderful reports :)
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Re: Three Go On Holiday In Chorio

Postby D and E » 11 Jun 2019, 06:29

Monday : Our Pedi Day

A holiday on Symi wouldn’t feel right without a day on Pedi Beach. When we first came in the early 90’s that was our place of choice for many years and we can even recall holidays where we never went anywhere else during the day.

D’s Itinerary had scheduled this in as being the restful day after the exertions of the Poseidon adventure. An unscheduled Olive Tree Breakfast was hastily agreed the previous night. D did not stir until around 7:30 and because he was behind with the blog “sacrificed” his early morning walk - hero :-)

It was around 9:30 that we sauntered up to the Olive Tree and the temperature was still 30C+. The usual lovely breakfast was savoured and the backlog blog posted before we returned to the apartments to pick up our beach bags and some old bread to feed the wildlife on the walk down. We took the path through the smallholdings, past the football stadium and down into Pedi just beyond Katsaras.

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Olive Tree Coffee

It was a warm one and so beers in the Katsaras beach bar were essential before taking a sun bed for the rest of the day. This season they are charging €5 per bed but that does give you access to the very attentive Abi whose table service is second to none.

With the temperature holding at just over 30C all day the thought of walking up was dismissed by a unanimous vote and so we caught the 16:30 bus to the kiosk in Chorio and the short stroll back to the apartments.

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Bus Stop Pedi

We had decided to go down so we had Yiannis Rainbow Bar to ourselves at 6:30pm before we walked down the Kali and round to Elpida’s via the ATM and a browse in a couple of shops. The light in the harbour is stunning at this time and the perfect backdrop for ouzo, retsina and a G&T to savour the mouthwatering mezes that this Taverna is renowned for.

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Early Evening Yialos

A final aperitif in Cafe Alegrito set us up for our regular visit to Trata which was as busy as ever. We followed a shared starter of imam and stuffed mushrooms with grilled liver with horta (D), chicken stuffed with cheese and wrapped in ham (G) and stuffed squid (E). And just as we were about to leave and catch the 11pm bus another miso kilo of retsina appeared courtesy of our waiter who we have known for years. So whilst we drank that we learned of his house that he is building at Tolis where we have booked to go the following day.

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Trata Dinner & Elpida’s Mezes

After paying the very reasonable bill for such quality food we hoped that there would be a taxi and yes - three waiting for us. The increased availability of taxis is certainly noticeable.

We walked the short distance from the Village Hotel and remarked on how there was a welcome drop in temperature. And so another wonderful day on Symi ended.

(Tuesday Morning 07:30 and that change in temperature to around 25C has seen humidity levels soar to 73% and clouds rolling in over the Vigla).
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Humidity Rolling In Over The Vigla
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Re: Three Go On Holiday In Chorio

Postby silverfox » 11 Jun 2019, 18:02

Awesome reports as usual with some great pictures!

You are certainly getting about a bit and sampling so much food, don't know how you can eat so much.

So looking forward to all the rest of your adventures.

Please don't complain about the weather....never stopped raining for days back here!

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Re: Three Go On Holiday In Chorio

Postby D and E » 12 Jun 2019, 07:13

Tuesday : Our Tolis Day

Amazing though this may sound we had booked the Symi Tours Tuesday Trip To Tolis on Day 1 of our visit - we have never been this organised. So after D did his bread-walk and we had had our breakfast on the balcony we met a people carrier at the kiosk in Chorio and he was spot on 09:30. There were only 7 of us on the trip and this allowed the vehicle to take us all the way to the gates of Tolis. We had expected the excitement of the minibus and the trip down the final section of track in the 4x4.

The hazy clouds that we saw over the Vigla were taken care of by the sun and then replaced by more clouds. However the climate over in Tolis was much fresher with a welcome breeze that kept us cool. The temperature was around 25C and the sea was perfect for swimming. We were told that it had remained hot and humid in Chorio.

The Maria Boat was doing its tour and pulled into the bay for a swimming stop during the morning and then the taxi boat Eleni came in and moored in the bay. It seemed to be an organised event with a party of around 20 people being brought ashore in small motor boats so that must have been welcome lunch custom for the Taverna.

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Tolis Bay

We waited until we estimated that the Eleni party were getting ready to leave before sitting down to one of our favourite lunches on the island. Of course Daphne Salad was ordered along with courgette fritters that were as light as a feather; tzatziki that went brilliantly with the sumptuous butterflied and boned grilled chicken; herby meatballs a sumptuous complimentary baclava. All this in that perfect setting which was enhanced with the display of oleander in full bloom. This is the first time we have been to Tolis in June and so we have never seen the place looking so beautiful.

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Tolis In Full Bloom

The Symi Tours bus returned to pick us up not long after 5pm and with a stop en route to help a broken down 4x4 and squeeze the driver on board the already full people carrier we returned home and got ready for the evening.

Yannis Rainbow Bar was our first stop followed by Mojitos in Cafe Alegrito. G had declared the Dolphin’s linguini carbonara the best he had tasted so we returned there. On the way we had a chat with Capt. Yannis and met his charming young daughter. The Dolphin was doing a good trade in home delivered pizza possibly due to the European Qualifiers being on TV. With G on the carbonara, E went a bit off piste and ordered chicken caesar salad which was a substantial plateful. D went with penne but this time with chicken in a tomato sauce. D never stops remarking how well the pasta is cooked and G agrees.

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Mojitos Cafe Alegrito

Although our faith in taxi availability is now well founded we still have the tiny doubt that we could be faced with a late night climb so we still head for the last bus, currently at 11pm, and if there is a taxi that’s a bonus. By the way the bus is still €1.75 and a taxi to the Village is €4.

We are back in the apartments by just after 11pm after yet another wonderful day.

And the Itinerary is holding up well :-)
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Re: Three Go On Holiday In Chorio

Postby katy » 12 Jun 2019, 16:23

It all sounds wonderful as usual! Can I ask if you noticed any changes in Pedi this year?
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