A lot has happened since my last blog, with many miles travelled, an on board robbery which included my laptop (with a whole heap of unfinished blogs) and camera, and some fairly hefty boat maintenance issues to address as La Mischief starts to show her age.
So lets start again with our adventures with my son, Alex and his mate Milo, which all began in Skiathos.
After anchoring in the bay, we checked out the town and worked out that if you timed it right you could get a spot on the town wall. With Alex and his multitude of camera gear coming, we thought the wall was an excellent place to get him settled in.
The airport at Skiathos right next to the town bay, an by right next, I mean 20m. Makes for some interesting plane watching. Alex duly arrived and we got him settled in with a nice meal overlooking the old port. Skiathos is a great little spot, with nice shopping streets, lots of restaurants overlooking the old port, and of course Mamma Mia playing at the outdoor cinema on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (and no – we didn’t make it, but thanks for asking!)
Next day we hired a car and drove around the island – the highlight being the old deserted Chora on end of a cliff. Complete with drawbridge for keeping baddies out. If that didn’t work there was always boiling oil.
We also visited a nice monastery with wine that cures sadness (thought all wine did that?) and some really nice beaches on south side, which Skiathos is famous for – noting the great anchoring opportunities.
Returning to La Mischief, we invited Lynn, a very old (as in long time) friend of Jenny’s and got the low down on the Greek economic crisis, which has been blown out of all proportion by the press, who haven’t grasped the fact that nothing has changed for tourists – its only the locals who are suffering.
We had a day’s wait for Milo, so we shot off to Skopelos (the next island across) for the day. Got another hire car and drove round to Mamma Mia church – you just can’t get enough of Mamma Mia in this neck of the woods. It was well worth it as the church has a very spectacular location, perched on top of a cliff, overlooking the ocean.
We did a circuit of the island, stopping at a few very cute bays with small walls and small resorts at their head. Quite green and once again a favourite island of ours. Last stop was Skopolos town, which got a tick of approval. Driving back to the boat, we got caught in a big thunderstorm. We were running a bit late, which meant we got back in the dark so decided just to anchor in the same spot in the bay as the wall fills up at night.
Next morning, it was off to pick up Alex’s friend Milo in the dingy, who arrived on a 6.30am flight from Athens.
With Milo (and windsurfer sail) safely on board, it was off to Skyros.
For pictures of Skiathos, please see https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10203983486580413.1073741977.1620379103&type=1&l=c7fba87af3
For pictures of Skopelos see https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10203983557662190.1073741978.1620379103&type=1&l=c28e250696