Archive for September, 2017

It has probably been there for ages but just now we spotted the second ATM of the National Bank in the town. It is placed in the building of the KAPI, the municipality cafe along the harbor.


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Flying Cat 4 this morning with captain Jannis Karadis. Photο made by Yiannis Chatzitrakosas.

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Parking where ?

Daniel send me an email informing me that a couple of visitors received parking tickets whilst parking their car in the village. I don’t know where exactly but the only thing I can say is that there has never been a clear rule in Skopelos harbor where you can park you car or motorcycle. Because the port police is not checking every day all year round people just try and see what happens. Most people know that in full summer you will get a ticket if you park it in the road in front of the cafe’s and restaurants. Clearly marked restricted no parking areas which have cones are only placed in front of the Skopelos harbor entrance because buses need to turn there. Everybody local usually ignores the traffic signs.There are “no parking” signs though. It is if nobody knows anymore that :


Anyway. Last week the port police had a stroll around the harbor and gave many people a parking ticket. If you pay within the week you pay half. Wouldn’t you rather pay nothing? The solution. Always park your car in the parking lot or at the far end of the old harbor. The catch… you will always have to walk a little to reach your destination.

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From above

Mich has send us some drone photos of beaches on Skopelos. Thank you Mich. On his facebook page you can see more.

https://www.facebook.com/dronicles/posts/884516995034524 with some more beaches.

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The Monastery of Panagia Livadiotissa (Ζoodochou Pigis) is of the 17th century and is situated in the lower part of the area east of Skopelos town. There are no monks or nuns living there now but it is considered a very important church. Every year there is a church celebration where many people carry an icon of the family around the village. The ceremony starts in Panagia Livadiotissa.

Sofia has been an inhabitant of Skopelos for many years and one of her many talents is restoring houses, walls, buildings in general. She restores and up-cycles many things. This way the island and the village of Skopelos, where she lives, remains authentic and beautiful. Sofia also takes visitors around Skopelos and informs them about the herbs, plants, history, way of life, culture and nature of Skopelos. Sofia has her own blog. http://www.skopelos39steps.com/home/4557264669

Sofia likes to take on projects. She always looks for ways to restore and improve. It all started when helping out a friend she discovered an old archway. Here is what she says:” It all started with my intention to raise funds to replace a rickety old gate at the Livadiotissa monastery. That gate has now been replaced with a new one, made of the recycled metal from the old one fitted to new side posts.The funds for this gate were raised by voluntary donations from participants in free walks and forage sessions to gather herbs and other plants abundant on the island.

Such was the success of this project, it has been possible to use the surplus funds to plan the restoration of the beautiful, but crumbling stone archway at the forecourt of the monastery’s main entrance. Already, Manthos the stone mason has completed the archway restoration

and it is now the turn of Andonis, the blacksmith, to show his skill in re-fashioning a foraged cast iron bar gate for the beautiful archway.

Contributors to the fundraising included holidaying visitors to the island from far away countries, Greeks from the mainland and members of the Skopelos community (Greeks and ex-pats alike). I thank all those involved for the success of this restoration project which all of us can now enjoy in this beautiful, prime location.


Thank you Sofia !

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Bad weather on Tuesday

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Apostolis from Skopelos recycling has finally acquired all the permits to continue to gather more products for recycling. There are bins coming for plastic, paper and iron and later also for clothes !!! The buildings and the road to the recycling plant will be finished. For a little while more we have to take our stuff, except glass, for recycling to the plant on the road to the Agios Reginos monastery. Not a problem Apostoli ! If have stuff you cannot get there call Apostolis and he will come and pick it up. His mobile telephone is 6973029626.

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