Hold on to your hats

Hold on to your hats

Just back from two tourism hotspots, Santorini and Mykonos. Santorini has a lot of (up to five a day) cruise ship traffic but, because the island is what is left of a volcano, people arriving by sea need to get up the steep walls of the crater. For years one did this on foot or by donkey/mule. In recent years Santorini or a private entity has invested in a chairlift which hauls victims up the steep slope to shopping heaven and later deposits them back down at the port.

The ride up must be nice but the ride down could be dramatic if not heart-stopping as the gondolas move pretty quickly.

Another service, either public or private, is a fleet of boats to meet the cruise liners and bring people ashore efficiently. These craft look to hold between 50 and 100 passengers and makes the arduous task of unloading loaded geezers a breeze.

Shall we recommend that the mayor look into funding for one of these things for Glossa?  If so, we might be visiting Glossa one day to buy our supply of Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, and other brand names which people must have.




The Facebook page “Skopelos through time” showed us another interesting photo of Loutraki/Selinous of 1906 ! Do you see the ancient walls on the hill?


Have a good month

The 1st of November today. A new month and people here on Skopelos are worrying the “bad” weather of the last days might be an omen for the rest of the winter. Trucks with heating oil have been going back and forth in town and on the ring road to fill up the containers used for the central heating. The price for the oil is significantly lower than last year so people can “afford” to use heating oil instead of wood. We (Daphne) still have a lot of wood so we will burn that and change over to oil when it gets really cold. Some of the beaches have nice driftwood we use too! The quality of olive oil is 2 and these are olives taken from the trees and not from the ground. Not a good sign for the pickers because 2 winter’s ago the quality ranged from 0 to 1,5. Not a lot of people are picking olives. Glossa seems to have more than Skopelos. Have a good Sunday tomorrow, everybody all over the world!

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The Skopelos Scramblers were joined by a number of new walkers for a lovely walk on Sunday October 19, beginning from the centre of the island and walking down through Mourtero for lunch on Panormos beach, where three from the group braved the October waters.

This Sunday, November 2, the group are looking forward to a first-time adventure along the ridge above the old Stafilos road then through a few olive groves before they climb the opposite ridge from the main Stafilos road up to Agios Elios and along to Villa Dunlop for coffee and Scottish pancakes. From there they will take a secret path used by Muriel to walk down to town.

This circular walk around the town outskirts begins at Carrefour supermarket at 10.30am. Further information from Muriel Dunlop on 24240 23732.


We know that the beach of Glysteri collects a lot of garbage during the winter (currents?) and when a beach cleaning effort was made a couple of weeks ago I (Daphne) thought that Glysteri was the perfect spot to begin. Unfortunately nobody came to clean at least the upper part of the beach which is far from the shore because this part with rubbish doesn’t get washed away during storms. Fortunately there are people who visit Glysteri and during their stroll they usually pick up some garbage.

Doctor at sea

Skiathos clinicWell, quite nearby, at least. A reader tips us off about the relatively new (opened May 2013) Skiathos Polyclinic, where our reader was referred by the Skopelos health centre for a check-up on a back problem. The clinic, a large building signposted two-thirds of the way along Papadiamantis, the Skiathos ‘high street’, is open 24/7 for emergencies, but operates an out-patient service between 9am-2pm and 6-9pm weekdays. While most Skopelos residents will also probably only visit it on the basis of a referral, it offers a wider range of out-patient services than is currently available here, including cardiology, dermatology, general practice, microbiology, obstetrics, radiology and urology, which could make it a far cheaper (our reader paid €40 for a consult and test) and quicker option than travelling to Volos. We’re including it in our health listings page, and still welcome other recommendations from readers.


Another rainy day on Skopelos. I have been on Skopelos for about 20 years and I cannot remember it raining for so long! The fifth continuous day and we’re counting. Anybody remembers a year like this?
We hear that the quality of olive oil is not good. Due to the dako worm and too much water intake?
On Monday morning we saw the first truck with olives speeding to get to the olive press in Skopelos. Yes in Skopelos they’re open too but for how long?
If you can’t pick olives you might want to turn the television on and see what damage the rain is causing. Changes are coming concerning your television.

If your television screen, by the end of the month, is not so clear anymore, digital television might be on its way and your television needs a decoder. Thessalia and the Sporades will have digital television at the beginning of November. A big part of Greece already has digital television and to receive the signal a decoder is needed. You will need to check your television to see if it has a decoder. Most new televisions have this decoder built in. So what to do? If you can find the decoder wait for the change over and reset your television via the menu. I (Daphne) am not sure if my television has a decoder so I will get someone to look at it for me. Electricity shops have decoders and so has Papaliosa and the guys there know what needs to be done. What I gathered from the articles I read is that we need to wait for the digital signal on the 31st of October and see after that what needs to be adapted. We will keep you posted.


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