Small treasures

After some rough seas, two visits to a certain beach, a certain corner of the beach and these shells, a sea star and some very small sea urchins I found. Pure joy, I am still amazed how shells are formed. And their beautiful colors.

This pink sky was showing this afternoon. An omen for a change of weather? Who knows.

The winter months may be quiet on the island but there is always something moving. You just have to look for it. This is the Proteus ferryboat travelling to Mantoudi. I saw it from Stafylos beach this afternoon. An easier route getting to the island from Athens. Glad we have it back.

These two fishing boats got into each others way whilst throwing out their nets. After a discussion one boat found other fishing grounds. The boats were fishing of Milia beach yesterday.

The weather will change towards the weekend. Colder temperatures (below zero) and a possibility of snow on Saturday. We will see. This image below is from https://www.meteo.gr/cf-en.cfm?city_id=230

I am getting some extra supplies.

Updated timetable 16/01/2022 (source https://www.anes.gr/el/dromologia/sporades)

The Proteus ferryboat starts with sailing on Monday the 17th of January to and from Volos and from Wednesday (and every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) to and from Mantoudi.

Source: https://www.anes.gr/index.php/en/itinerary/sporades

Easyjet will fly to Volos airport starting on the 2nd of April 2021 from London Gatwick.

In the middle of it

At the moment we are in the middle of a big storm with a lot of wind that has caused damage to properties close to the sea. We have had a couple of electricity cuts but so far so good the electricity cuts were only for a few minutes.

The photos are from the beach of Glyfoneri today and the winds were not so strong yet. It has rained a lot during the day and we received again a government warning to not leave the house without a very good reason.

Extreme weather allert

This message arrived on my phone just now. Be careful, stay safe.


Tomorrow it is the sixth of January, also called Epiphany. It the last official celebration and bank holiday before Easter. In Greece the Greek Orthodox Church performs the ‘Great Blessing of the Waters’on the 6th of January.

On the actual day outdoors priests bless large bodies of water, sea, rivers, lakes etc. Mostly men, dive in the water and try to retrieve the cross (attached to a line) that is thrown in the water. You will be lucky for the rest of the year if you catch the cross, they say..

Because of the Covid-19 situation many events have been cancelled all over the country because big crowds usually gather for this ceremony. Not sure what will happen tomorrow in Skopelos, Elios and Glossa.

The names: Fani, Fotika, Jordan, Ourania, Peristera, Photini, Photis, Theofanis, Theopoula celebrate tomorrow. The day after on the 7th of January Jannis and Joanna celebrate their nameday.

A freak accident with a car ending up in the harbor and the driver that drowned has quickened the installation of small pillars along a part of the harbor. Because of the new road in the harbor there are no obstacles present anymore, preventing somebody to fall in the harbor whilst driving a big vehicle. In, at least, the beginning of the harbor there are now some small pillars in place.

The weather on Skopelos is fantastic at the moment with 18 degrees Celcius most afternoons. The skies turn pink and orange when the sun goes down.

It is magical.

This video I was supposed to post on the first of January. It took me some time to have it in a form that everybody could see it.
I also could not find out who made it and. I apologize to the makers for that.

The video was send to me by an friend. It is a suggestion for the New Year. It is an optimistic message and I think we have to try to stay optimistic in these difficult times. Happy New Year!!

(source: unknown)

With great sadness and a big sense of loss we laid to rest today, Mr. Apostolis Kosifis, who was an anchor on Skopelos for many, many people.

Apostolis was known because of his work as a travel agent. He had a boat ticket office opposite the harbor for many, many years.

Who hasn’t received help from him, before, during or after traveling with a boat. No boat ticket available ? but he put you on that boat, no room for a car ? but that car travelled to its destination, luggage lost, he found it.

Apostolis was not a man of yes and no. He was a, probably, maybe and there is a good chance. He thought there was always a solution and he would share that information with you.

Many people worked for Apostolis and they became friends and have been with him for ages. Only with regret you stop working for him and you leave his office.

Many years ago he also was a tour operator. And again many people passed by his office. Elli was one of them. She was a rep for Attica Reisen and started working in the office of Apostolis. This describes, her and her husband Max’s, friendship with him.

(Elli, Max and Apostolis)

One for the road…. Our dear friend Apostoli
We lost a very good soul.
Whenever we arrived on Skopelos, we first went to his office to greet him and it was as if we were coming home.
We met Apostolis for the first time in 1999 in his office in the old harbour where Elli worked in his office at that time.
He told her that she will learn a lot in Greece. It was more than a lot.
Even when it was very stressful in the high season he never lost his great sense of humour. He was always friendly and solid as a rock.
In the following years, in which we met regularly on Skopelos, a wonderful friendship developed.
We remember his amazing quotes like “Everything is under Control“ or “Finito La Musica – Passato La Festa“.“One for the road and one for the asphalt road and after that one for the dusty road!“ That was what he said, when we couldn’t end a marvelous evening we had spent together.

What will it be like when we arrive next year on Skopelos and go to his office?
We are very sad, we have tears in our eyes and pain in our hearts.
Our thoughts are with his beloved ones; Maya and his children Angeliki and Vangelis. Apostoli we will miss you and we will drink „one for the road“ remembering what a great person you were. We are grateful to have had the privilege of knowing you.
Goodbye, our dear friend. We already miss you infinitely. Now the party is over. “Finito La Musica Passato La Festa!“
Elli & Max

My first job on the island was in Apostolis his office. I think it was 1998. I was also a rep but for Hotelplan, a Dutch travel organization. I met Elli there and until today we keep in contact. Apostolis taught me the ropes in tourism, he introduced me to the people I had to work with and through him I got credit, they helped me because Apostolis vouched for me. He had my back. What a start for a stranger on a small Greek island. I never met a more kinder boss. I made mistakes but he never got mad. When I became pregnant and had to start work again with a very small child he allowed me to take my three month old daughter to the office so I could feed her. After that she slept in a office chair because she was still so small. Ηe called her, up to this day, (rose) bud/ μπουμπουκι. Years later when I went to work somewhere else he gave me a bonus. I still have that bank transfer paper.

A boulder in the harbor is gone. The harbor is not the same anymore. Apostolis will not walk up to the incoming ferryboat. Apostolis is gone. Our thoughts are with Maya, Vangelis and Angeliki and all those that loved him.

Light, a lot of light

For all the readers out there in the world, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and hope you can spend a wonderful time with your loved ones. May 2022 be a year full of light, a lot of light.

I received a Christmas wish that I want to repeat here because when something or somebody is hurt, broken, injured or damaged, it does not mean there is no hope for something better. There is always hope, and lights that will shine and helps us move forward.

Anthem from Leonard Cohen (four lines of the song)

“Ring the bells that still can ring,

forget your perfect offering,

there’s a crack in everything,

that’s how the light gets in”


Fears over the fast-spreading Omicron variant of Covid-19 have prompted Greek authorities to require as of 6am on Sunday, December 19, of all inbound travelers, regardless of vaccination status, to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result taken before entering the country.

PCR tests should be performed within 72 hours before travel and rapid antigen tests should be performed within 24 hours before travel.

Speaking during a media briefing on Thursday, Deputy Health Minister Mina Gaga said that the measure was being taken as a precaution due to the holiday season and that exempt from presenting a negative test are (vaccinated) people who stayed abroad for less than 48 hours.

Further details and updates on travel restrictions are expected to be announced soon by the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA).

Highly concerned, earlier today, European Union leaders agreed that vaccine booster shots were necessary, particularly in view of the holiday season as epidemiologists warn of a surge in cases.

The heads of EU nations said that repeat doses of vaccines against the deadly virus were “urgent” and “crucial”, stressing at the same time that a coordinated response to travel was critical in order to avoid creating confusion and trust among travelers.

Source: https://news.gtp.gr/2021/12/16/greece-require-negative-covid-19-tests-all-travelers-december-19/