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Dekati Epeskepsi

Postby Pollychops » 01 Sep 2019, 05:41

As I sit typing this post, I am looking at the sunrise over the far hills in Western Turkey and Pedi Bay is lit in a beautiful glow of hues of red and orange, the cockerels are doing their best to outdo each other with their Greek version of " cock a doodle do" Its so good to be back.
Thursday ended with collecting mum after work and bringing her home as she insisted in dog sitting for Kim and I. This is a first since we lost John on our trip last year.

This post will be a literal and not pictorial post as someone forgot the mobile and camera.

Day One. Out on the red eye from Gatwick our driver arrived @ 2am, we were collected in a brand new VW exec car lwb with new smelling leather seats, all very posh since we only ordered a cab. We arrived and were through check in, security and sitting having a light breakfast by 4am. Flight was called on time, doors closed then after a 30min delay waiting for a time slot we were on our way. We arrived with plenty of time to get our bags, taxi and off on the Sebaco with a choppy crossing and arrived to met by Eva at the harbour as Frank had taken some guests out on his boat. We were straight to our room (no 32), unpacked and out to source our provisions. Obviously closed till 5 so we chilled out on the orange seats with a beer. Provisions were then procured, back to base, showered, dressed then downstairs. Our normal pattern is to head to Tholos which is our favourite place to dine and book our three nights. We stopped at Elpidas who were getting ready for a 'gig' with all tables reserved. They invited us to sit as long as we would be gone by 9pm which was fine for us as it had been a long day and getting tired. We had a few drinks with a few meses of ham, cheese, roasted peppers and couscous. We decided to catch the 10 o'clock bus and were in bed and and lights out very quickly.

Day Two
Lazy start to the day with breakfast on the terrace at No 32 of yoghurt, mixed berry fruit and honey with some cheese, ham and tomato. The views from the terrace are straight ahead down to Pedi Bay and beyond which is simply beautiful. We decide to walk down through the trees, past the newly laid football pitch and over the footpath to St Nicks beach. The boys have been busy this winter with the enlarged dining terrace, floating pontoon and by the looks of it more shingle on the beachfront. We take up our normal position on the far side and get prepared for a day with me mainly in shade and Kim catching some rays. The water is lovely and warm when we swim and we stay here until 6pm. We walk back along the footpath and catch the bus up. Tonight is dining @ Tholos, we have a wander down the steps and through the rear end of the harbour looking in some of the shops before we eventually sit @ 8pm. We have a table sat back on the upper deck with a view towards the harbour and hillside. At this time of night the hillside is a light golden shade with the sun setting on the opposite side and to see this getting darker as the sun goes down, with the street lights switching on and the glow of the lights on the houses it transforms into a perfect peaceful setting. Sorry I digress, back to Tholos. Kim and I have been very good of late and just gone through a 10 week period off following the 800 a day plan. Great way to lose some weight as it's a Mediterranean diet and the results were very good. Kim shed 13kg and myself 17kg. So we won't be continuing this regime whilst here on the island, we have agreed to be selective in what we eat within reason and look forward to see what impact if any it has had on our weight. In saying that we had Feta saganaki with honey and herbs which came up with a light and crisp filo pastry case, melt in your mouth warmed feta cheese drizzled with warm honey topped with toasted sesame seeds and light herbs. Along with Fava which is my favourite, chickpeas with a savoury flavour topped with red onion, capers and olive oil. This was followed by Grilled Sea Bream with a side of lemon sauce and salad (no potatoes) for me with Grilled Chicken, roasted peppers and salad for Kim, all cooked to perfection and very delicious. We opted for the house Rose and ended with a complimentary ice cream and Almond Halva sauce topping. All in all another excellent evening with great food and beautiful setting. We wandered back along the harbour and missed the 10 o'clock bus....oops. We sat in Eva on the harbour front people watching and had a coffee catching up with the owner and then off on the 11 o'clock bus. Another good nights sleep and early rise to start this post. As I sign off the bells in the church behind are bashing out some tunes I am not familiar with and the sun is up and running at full pelt. It's a very pleasant morning and today we have been invited by Frank and Eva to go out on his boat to one of the beaches further afield so ' full steam ahead Captain'
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Re: Dekati Epeskepsi

Postby Lisa B » 01 Sep 2019, 06:32

Have a wonderful day, funny to think you're here as we read your lovely words. Our day was eat, sleep, repeat....x
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Re: Dekati Epeskepsi

Postby Lisa B » 01 Sep 2019, 06:37

Sorry eat, sleep, swim, repeat x
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Re: Dekati Epeskepsi

Postby Gemma1 » 01 Sep 2019, 08:29

What a fantastic start :D Shame you forgot the camera but I can remember the view from Taxiarchis very well and was with you in my head :) The food sounds wonderful - I do love fava. Congratulations on your weight loss, that's quite an achievement 8-)

Really looking forward to the next instalment :)
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Re: Dekati Epeskepsi

Postby D and E » 01 Sep 2019, 09:18

Thank you Pollychops for the pleasure of reading this over our Sunday breakfast - beautifully descriptive.
Ahhh - Tholos :D has always been in our Top 4.
We have very fond memories of staying with Frank & Eva and a great boat trip to St.Georges.
So now to Google “800 Diet” :shock:
Have fun 8-) and we look forward to your next post.
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Re: Dekati Epeskepsi

Postby silverfox » 01 Sep 2019, 17:29

What a wonderful start to a blog..the view from Franks...Elpidas...Tholos!

We would have loved the pictures but us regulars can see all too well.

I think me and Liz need to starve ourselves for a few weeks just thinking about Symi food!

Looking forward, if you get the time :), to your next post!

Enjoy!
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Re: Dekati Epeskepsi

Postby Pollychops » 03 Sep 2019, 03:19

Day three.
Following the early rise, viewing the sunrise over Pedi Bay and starting the post we had breakfast of yoghurt, mixed berries and honey with some fresh brewed coffee. Today we are out with Frank, Eva and their nephew Costas and Leeta on their boat. As with all things Symi, there is no rush in getting things done. It appears to be at a slower pace than what we are used to back home. Eventually by mid morning we are in the car and off to the harbour with Captain Frank preparing the boat ready to be launched on our day out. Once on board we are told we will be sailing to St George's bay for some swimming, then onto a secret inlet for some Sea Urchin diving and then onto Marathounda Beeach for lunch. All sounding fantastic with some reservations on the Sea Urchin diving, having done this many years ago around the Summer Isles off the NW Scottish coast I was slightly nervous. So off we go and sail through the calm waters to St George's bay, this is a small inlet with a terrific cliff face of several hundred feet, around two thirds of the way up there is a painting of the Greek flag which begs the question '"did the artist climb up or absail down to complete the work?" The water is crystal clear in this bay and we spent some time swimming in the warm water. Then it was onto a secret bay to go diving, at this point as Frank described the secrecy we thought we would have been blindfolded so not to let on to anyone else however, he trusted our loyalty in keeping it to ourselves so sorry we can't give you the location. the inlet was very narrow and Frank's skill in reversing his boat to approx 30 feet from the edge was extremely skillful, we dropped anchor then Costas and myself tied both sides to the very sharp rocks to keep it stable. We then got back on board with Frank nowhere to be seen, we were standing on the platform at the stern when he appeared from below deck. He was in his diving trunks, flippers, snorkel and mask and strapped to his leg was his dagger. The symi version of Jaque Cousteau all prepared to go sea urchin diving. I was handed a large plastic sack and off we went. What I witnessed over the next 45 minutes will remain with me forever. For those of you who don't know Frank, he is lovely Symi gentleman of small stature and is in his 73rd year. That didn't appear to hold him back one iota. I struggled to keep up with him and to see him dive to the bottom of the rocks and collect the sea urchins was incredible. Not only the danger of the sharp jagged rocks, the waves and current were also pushing us towards them however, this did not detract Frank from filling up the plastic sack I was in charge of. Once this was full we then headed back however, when turning back we were at least 200m from the boat. Normally not a problem but with the large sack full of urchins and seawater it became rather heavy so my one armed breaststroke dragging the sack took longer than normal. Once back Eva and Kim got to work on the urchins whilst Frank then went off for some more!! Frank had told me he has been diving for years and to witness him still doing it was terrific. We then headed back to Marathounda, we dropped anchor and swam ashore for lunch in the taverna. After a couple of hours of swimming we were famished, we had a splendid lunch of crisply fried calamari, ever so tender slow cooked goat, one in lemon sauce and one in a rich tomato sauce, courgette balls, wild rice, lovely crisp potatoes and terrific juicy Greek salad. This was witnessed by the incredibly inquisitive goats all vying for a position looking over the fence towards our table. After lunch we ( the boys ) swam back to the boat, raised anchor and reversed back to the jetty to collect the girls. We then headed back to port, docked and Frank would not accept our offer of cleaning the decks, he insisted we disembarked and go and enjoy ourselves as we are on holiday. We have truly had a wonderful experience and day with Frank and his family one never to forget. We headed back to Taxiarchis and chilled out on our terrace deciding what to do in the evening. After the large lunch we decided to not have dinner so we showered, changed and took the steps down to Yalios, on route there was a wedding party going on near the olive tree so we people watched for a while then continued our journey downstairs, had a wander round the shops and stopped at Elphidas for a couple of drinks and mezes of ham, cheese and tomatoes , this then gave us an appetite so we visited Merakilis and had some small plates of tzadiki, feta stuffed peppers, light and fluffy courgette balls with some grilled pitta bread. This was just enough to end the fantastic day we have had. We then caught the 10 o'clock bus and straight to bed. Another glorious day in Symi.
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Re: Dekati Epeskepsi

Postby Pollychops » 03 Sep 2019, 03:43

Day four.
After our day out yesterday we decided it was a day for relaxing. Kim popped out for some bread from the bakery whilst I arranged breakfast. Now as explained earlier Kim and I had embarked on the 800 a day plan. This is quite simple it's 800 calories a day. Sounds tough but it wasn't so we decided to continue this today. For breakfast we had yoghurt and mixed berries with some ham and cheese, the part outside of the plan was some bread, well we are on holiday. We then made up for lunch a salad with some feta ( protein ) and a couple pieces of fruit. We headed off @ 8.30 with St Nicks in mind, wandered through the trees and over the footpath to the far side of the beach by 9.15. The rest of the day was reading, swimming, sleeping (in the shade) and left the beach when the sun went behind the hills with the whole beach in shade @ exactly 19.04. We walked back all the way to our apartment, unpacked, showered and cooked a lovely tomato, pepper, mushroom dish with baked eggs. We sat on the terrace and mopped it up with the left over bread from this morning. Another very simple however, satisfying day on Symi.
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