10 Cheeky Days

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Re: 10 Cheeky Days

Postby Gemma1 » 11 Oct 2019, 08:29

A great start and I also recommend the Manchester Meet & Greet which we have used a couple of times - including earlier this year before our Greek island hopping trip.

Glad you arrived safely and the beef in metaxa is my favourite dish at Georgios - delicious :D

Enjoy that Symi sunshine and your first Symi walk - it's pouring down again here :|
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Re: 10 Cheeky Days

Postby silverfox » 12 Oct 2019, 05:42

Thursday 10th

Deer, Peacocks and Pigs


After last night it is difficult to get out of bed but once awake I find it hard to drop off back to sleep. Liz has no problems this morning so I’m up, half unpacked showered and ready to go by 8am.

I leave Liz and I’m off down the Kali Strata. There is always something special about your first walk of the holiday and it’s usually down the steps I like best. As I turn the corner I can hear the Islands children at school and the sound of a digger somewhere.

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Kali Strata


It’s hazy sunshine this morning but still pleasantly warm as I reach a quiet Gialos and wander round towards Nos Beach and right in front of Elpidas the digger is taking up the berthing ramp to presumably replace. My intention was to turn around and head back but I decide to carry on to Nimborio.

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Digger


It’s the first time I’ve walked this way along the road and it’s good to do so as you see things you may not have noticed before. I turn off and up the Zig Zag path up to the church taking a few water rests along the way.

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Zig Zag Path


I stand and gaze a while at one of my favourite views looking down into Nimborio before heading along the path with all the goats and chickens and the odd barking dog for company.

On reaching the cemetery I turn left and up past some small holdings on the left where I spot Peacocks, Deer and little Pigs which I never knew were here as I’d never ventured this way before.

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Deer


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Little Piggies


I come across yet another church I never knew existed before the steep decent into the back end of the square.

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Church


I carried on along past the bus stop and took in more drink at the kiosk before heading up the road. I did my small litter pick of plastic bottles, a bag and a few cups safely deposited in one of the may bins.

I phoned Liz and we met up in the village to do our first shop of a still warm loaf, eggs, ham, cheese and water etc.. I ended up trying 3 supermarkets before finally finding a large bottle of Metaxa at the Americans up near Zoe’s Taverna.

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We have a simple lunch of bread, ham, cheese and tomatoes and try to write up Wednesdays blog but have real problems getting my laptop to boot up properly with many error messages. I finally give up as it’s time for an afternoon beer at The Rainbow where we are joined by Neil, Toby, Libby and Terri. We change the chat to food and get great reports of Scena and Terri recommends a new dish at The Secret Garden.

After enough beer and Ouzo to kill 2 elephants we almost decide to go straight to Scena but after all the travelling and perhaps too much walking on the first day I hit a “brick wall” and we head back to room 18. Liz is still hungry so she rings The Dolphin and orders a Carbonara and Butchers Pizza to be delivered. They arrived in an amazing 20 minutes and were both delicious and filling. (Sorry I had a bloggers nightmare today, NO FOOD PICTURES!

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To make up for no food pictures!


A further fumbled attempt at getting the computer working and a night cap of Metaxa and we were both ready for sleep!

No Fitbit but I have a new Huawei watch that says neary 18,000 steps today!

Symi is hard work....but we love it!
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Re: 10 Cheeky Days

Postby silverfox » 12 Oct 2019, 07:46

Friday 11th October

Gone Fishing


Up at 7am after being awake since around 5am and managed to get the computer working and finally posted Wednesdays ramblings. (The laptop is still being awkward as I speak...well type)

We are greeted by one of the local cats who tries to get in both windows before finally sitting at the door once we have opened it to let the morning in.

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Good Morning


We have eggs, ham and bread for breakfast and I do a little work on picture re-sizing to try and catch up slightly with this blog before we venture out.

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Breakfast


Just a warning for anyone heading out that the mozzies are still very active and we have numerous bites overnight so bring your sprays.

Liz is on the 10.30am bus and I’m already down by Petalo before she passes having done my little litter pick on the way.

We meet at the Comfy Chairs and D&E are chatting with one of their many friends on the next table. We have a nice Latte, people watching as the day trippers start to arrive, before being joined by Neil and Toby who were down to collect parcels.

We have a beer and then make our way round to Merakles for lunch, shared starters of Crab Salad and Cheese Balls with Liz having a shrimp omelette, Neil and I plump for the Lamb Chops and Toby having metballs. Loads of white wine washed it all down.

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Cheese Balls


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Lamb Chops


Now usually when in Greece things happen that surprise, shock or entertain and this day was not to let us down.

I’ll go back to yesterday first. On Islands like Symi all sorts of things get carried on bikes and yesterday when turning the corner near the car park at camos 2 men were heading up on a bike and the man at the back was carrying a 10 foot pole which started to swing sideways as they approached me. I swiftly moved away as the smiling men stopped and apologised for my little scare.

Back to today, as I was walking into Gialos another biker sounded his horn by mistake just as he was about to pass me which really made me jump so another apology was forthcoming.

Now to the present as we were eating another bike backfired which sounded like a gun shot!

But the real fun was about to unravel in front of our eyes.

Looking behind Neil there was a Greek man on a balcony in his underpants dangling his fishing tackle down into the lane complete with float and a big lure on the end. This came to rest outside the entrance to one of the shops and a man sidestepped to go inside. Next a young lad came around on his bike and nearly crashed into the wall before shouting up at the man who appeared to be deaf!

Next up was a group of ladies who managed to get tangled until rescued by Neil. At this point we were looking for a fish carcass to attach but as none were available Neil took the remnants of a Lamb Chop and placed on the mans hook.

Unfortunately we could not see his face as he reeled in a Lamb Chop but fair play he did throw it back!

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Look what I caught!


I Love Greece!

Liz, Neil and Toby jumped in a Taxi and I walked back up taking the “Lazy Steps” and up the road behind the school. I get an offer of a sit on a young boys bike on the way up….I must look so tired!

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Lazy Steps view


I needed the cold beer at the top and we were joined by more Steves, Pat, Penny and Anne. We stay too long and drink too much but we are on holiday!

To save going back out we try the new Scena down past Zoes.

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Scena


We share some interesting pancake rolls, which seem to have mixed meat and prawns, and a very nice chicken fillet with a slightly curried mustard sauce.

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Pancake Rolls


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Chicken with Mustard Sauce


A simple white wine served in an ice bucket was nice too. All for 25 Euro.

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Wine


It’s a nice place with great views and we were the only non Greeks there and worth another visit if we can fit it in!

A slow walk back under moonlight to number 18 and a Metaxa nightcap brought another fun filled day with great company to an end.

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Moonlight on Symi


Fun and magic on this little rock!
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Re: 10 Cheeky Days

Postby Gemma1 » 12 Oct 2019, 09:12

What a great read and the amount of walking that you do (and the time you start) puts me to shame although I do enjoy a good walk myself but rarely set off anywhere before mid morning. I always walk to Nimborio 'over the top' but usually walk back along the road and it's often one of the first walks of my holiday as the view from the top is one of my favourites too. Those little piggies look so cute - it's almost enough to put me off eating bacon again :?

Laughing away at the Greek man on the balcony and thank goodness it was only his fishing tackle that was dangling down :P
Glad you managed to add the photos, those cheese balls look delicious and once again I am drooling :D Scena is definitely on my agenda for next year and your meal there was excellent value - I'm beginning to think I should have booked for 3 weeks to fit everything in ;)
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Re: 10 Cheeky Days

Postby Allan » 12 Oct 2019, 15:05

We've missed Manteio over the last couple of years since it closed. We used to spend a lot of time there enjoying their assortment of strange Greek beers and generous "bar snacks". It's good to see it back in a much newer rather swish-looking guise and with a new name. The food looks good and I look forward to trying Scena on our next visit.
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Re: 10 Cheeky Days

Postby silverfox » 13 Oct 2019, 06:49

Allan wrote:We've missed Manteio over the last couple of years since it closed. We used to spend a lot of time there enjoying their assortment of strange Greek beers and generous "bar snacks". It's good to see it back in a much newer rather swish-looking guise and with a new name. The food looks good and I look forward to trying Scena on our next visit.


It is worth trying for sure Allan.

We are planning to go again this week!
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Re: 10 Cheeky Days

Postby silverfox » 13 Oct 2019, 07:00

Saturday 12th October

Out with a bang!


We are very tired but I’m awake early as usual but try to stay in bed until 7.30am. I’ve managed to keep the laptop working long enough to catch up on this blog but don’t hold your breath as it’s got a mind of it’s own at the moment. The word processing program has just asked me if I would like to send a crash report to it’s owners!

As one of the cats called to say good morning we have a breakfast of yogurt and honey and a few cups of coffee.

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Good Morning


A quick shower and out into the morning sunshine, we can’t believe how warm it’s been for October with the temperatures generally between 28 and 32. Liz came down on the bus and I’d managed to walk down the road and was waiting at the bus stop down in Gialos. I don’t know if it’s the time of year but I must have spotted at least 10 Lizards on my walk down!

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Lizard


Jordana and son were outside To Spitiko so we had our greetings and her little boy took a liking to my shirt which resulted in a cuddle from him which surprised Jordana as he’s been so clingy with her.

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Great views


We are soon in the comfy seats and share some toast with our Lattes. There is only the King Saron boat in so Gialos is so quiet and we think it’s so pleasant when it’s like this but I’m sure the cafe and taverna owners would not agree.

We are missing a wedding back home today as our friends Laura and Liam tie the knot so we send our best wishes for their special day and we will raise a glass later to them both (ooooo...2 meanings of the word toast in 2 sentences).

We call in at Supermarket Taxas and finally find some Ice cube bags that we have been looking for since we arrived as I like some Ice in my Metaxa nightcaps.

We meander round to Elpidas for a drink and we are presented with some very nice cheese pies slightly warmed.

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Cheese Pie


We see the only signs of the refugees/migrant situation as the contrast between some impounded boats against the backdrop of a very nice yacht.

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Contrast


I make may way back up the road and meet Liz back up at the Rainbow Bar where we are joined by Neil, Toby, Anne, Penny and we meet Andy from the Symi Travel Blog who provides great travel information. http://www.andyward.me.uk/symiblog/

We are also joined by a dog who sits beside me who we are told is a very good sheep, well goat, dog! He had a rest a drink of water and went on his merry way.

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Doggy


Friends back home video called us in their wedding suits but it was a pretty disjointed call with very poor audio but it looked like they were all having a great time.

After staying too long, yet again, we take the short walk down to The Secret Garden where we are the only punters and we plump for the Chicken Roquefort and a Tigania Fried Pork with sweet chilli sauce which had been highly recommended to us by Terri.

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Secret Garden


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Chicken Roquefort


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Tigania Fried Pork


She was right as both dishes were delicious with Liz saying we need to return for more of the Pork...we were nearly very naughty wanting to order another but we shared some of Katchas excellent apple pie instead.

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Apple Pie


We finished our wine and made the short walk back to number 18 with the great intention of typing this up but the laptop refused to boot up yet again.

A Metaxa night cap and we are just nodding off when a firework display started close by to finish the evening off in true Symi style!
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Re: 10 Cheeky Days

Postby Gemma1 » 13 Oct 2019, 08:30

More great photos and I'm drooling again at the thought of Katja's excellent apple pie / apple cake which I've sampled a few times. I've only ever had the set meze at the Secret Garden but the pork and chicken both look delicious so maybe it's time to try something new ;)

I'm amazed how warm it is on Symi for mid October - after a lovely sunny day and mild temperatures here yesterday it's back to grey skies and rain today so keep enjoying all that wonderful Symi sunshine and thanks for another excellent report :D
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