holidayreviews.info

Reviews on Resorts visited
It is currently Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:12 am

All times are UTC [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:08 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:34 pm
Posts: 85
day 8


My phone awoke me requiring a charge, so I turned it off, it was a nice morning

Image
p1110724

Mrs Db and I have the same phone, so we bring just the one charger between us, so my phone was placed on charge first

whilst we hit the beach

Image
p1110725

Whilst sitting on the sunbed, a bee decided to commit kamikaze and flew into the sole of my flipflop so hard, it killed itself

Image
p1110726

A part of the morning past, I went off to look at some more apartments

On returning to our apartment, my phone hadn't charged up and to cut a long story short, one of the pins on the charger had broken and was only showing a metal stud. This meant neither of us would have a phone for the rest of the holiday, Mrs Db switched her's off to save a fraction of the battery that was left. Meanwhile, I found, if I pushed the charger in hard, it briefly gave a brief sign of a charge but i would need to spend 4 hours holding it near the wall switch. :shock:

"We need some gaffer tape", I said to mrs Db, "this is a vital part of my survive kit, of any mountain climb"

lunch time was at the Palude, they toast their bread and drizzle it with olive oil and oregano

Image
p1110734

I had a tuna salad and Mrs Db had the chef's salad but they looked the same in the picture

Image
p1110735

and we even had a free jelly for pudding lol

Image
p1110737

the afternoon was spent on the beach

Image
p1110746

It was evening and the mini train was heading to Skala Potamia with lots of restos down that at that end, the ride was 4€'s return last time we used it

Image
p1110751

However, tonight we were eating in the Nisi

Image
p1110752

Image
p1110753

I had the chicken chicos, the cream and brandy sauce attracted me to it lol

Image
p1110754

Mrs Db had the pork tenderloin

Image
p1110755

and a free dessert of strawberry mousse

Image
p1110757

the evening ended with me holding the charger to my phone whilst trying to drink a coffee on my bed at the same time lol

End of day 8


Day 9


It was a nice morning and I wanted to walk to the village of Potamia, one of the villages in the mountains where the local people live during the winter, very few people live in Golden beach and Skala Potamia they are just a holiday resorts that can get flooded in winter time

Image
p1110757

I left mrs Db on the sunbed

Image
p1110760

and headed down the beach to Skala Potamia

Image
p1110762

about a mile of sandy beach down here

Image
p1110764

Image
p1110771

until you get to the Magic Coast restaurant, where it becomes pebbles, the Korina Hotel is back a bit from the Magic Coast, so if you are staying there you just need to turn left to get on to sand

Image
p1110772

A lot of the restos here have tables and chairs right next to the beach

Image
p1110774

Image
p1110781

here at Krambousa, a popular resto

Image
p1110788

there is a breakwater, after which the beach changes to sand again

Image
p1110789

The beach is much narrow here

Image
p1110792

and the free sunbeds provided by the bars /restos are crammed in

Image
p1110793

Image
p1110794

I did walk this bit last year but here are a few more photos and a couple of new things

Image
p1110795

Image
p1110796

Image
p1110798

Image
p1110799

Image
p1110803

I asked for a picture and they all posed lol

Image
p1110806

first year there were dodgems at the harbour, they disappeared last year and now a amusement arcade on the prom

Image
p1110807

a new Atm in Skala Potamia, so they now have two

Image
p1110812

this resto had a very nice white wine last year but of course it's all depends upon your tastes

Image
p1110819

and the resto front of it

Image
p1110820

So that's a brief view of Skala Potamia but lots in between i have cut out

Image
p1110826

However, I'm going to walk up to Potamia which is the village up there in the mountains

Image
P1110827

nice hobby, I used to do that lol

Image
p1110830

anyway, after getting instructions from a shop, I went up this hill

Image
p1110833

and down this very long road, looking for a left turn

Image
p1110834

and passing a bakery, if anybody wanted fresh bread but there are 3 bakery vans running around the resort

Image
p1110836

I took this left turn at the other Atm in Skala Potamia but should have stayed on the same road for a mile or two more lol

well other cars were coming down it, so it must be a proper road

Image
p1110838

Image
p1110941

but like all roads in Greece, they start dividing

Image
p1110842

and then disappearing lol

Image
p1110843

but I could still glimpse the village, so wasn't going to go wrong. Some beehives in a field

Image
p1110846

eventually arriving on the outskirts of the village

Image
p1110853

someone's flowers

Image
p1110856

Image
p1110857

this museum is sign posted as Bagi but from memory of a previous visit and talk, it is of the Artist and Sculptor Polygnotos Vagis who, again from memory, survived the Titanic disaster and lived in New York and then returned to Potamia and dedicated his works to the village museum

Image

Potamia has two churches, again from my memory, one church adopts a calendar which is a week behind the calendar we are all use to and therefore if you have been in Thassos for just a week, you are not there according to one of the churches lol

Image
p1110859

Image
p1110861

Image
p1110863

Image
p1110865

It's not really a touristy village but it does have a few taverns and locals can be seen sitting and have a coffee, a glass of water and chat

Image
p1110868

Potamia has very narrow streets the bus runs through the village and one needs to be a good driver not to knock some of the rooves off

Image
p1110871

I did search for the sign to the mountain walk but couldn't find it, so I need to come back before the holiday finishes

Image
p1110872

but for now it was a walk down hill

Image
p1110879

and on the way, passing some unusual flowers

Image
p1110883

Arriving at the Korina and looking in at the their new refurbishment

Image
p1110888

Image
p1110889

Image
p1110890

Image
p1110891

so now with another 4 hours of walking under my belt, I somehow need to get my phone charged but for now it was lunchtime and we went to Nisi and had another of those gorgeous cheese pies

Image
p1110892

Image
p1110893

the afternoon was spent on the beach

Image
p1110896

this evening we are back to the Enavalion

Image
p1110898

Image
p1110899

Image
p1110900

we shared a starter of cheese and ham pancakes

Image
p1110904

I had a steak in a different style lol

Image
p1110905

Mrs Db was give a massive plate lamb kleftiko

Image
p1110906

to finish we were each given a free dessert

Image
p1110907

a nice evening

End of Day 9




day 10


another cloudy morning, which is strange weather for this time of the season

Image
p1110908

but not cold, so a beach day
p1110910

we had a nice chat to an English couple in the Enavalion last night and they mentioned they might be on the Zeus boat, so at 10am it went passed but couldn't see them on the picture lol

Image
p1110911

lunchtime we went to the Palude

Image
p1110917

we shared stuffed pepper and tomato

Image
p1110923

and salad

Image
p1110924

always washed down with a Mythos and their toasted bread

Image
p1110921

and a free little ice cream roll each

Image
p1110925

on the beach again and the Zeus boat returns at 4.00pm with less passenger lol

Image
p1110928

anyway, it was evening and Delboy attempts to fix his phone, you see I don't give up on my desires lol

Image
p1110930

However, as I wrapped it up, I knocked my glasses on the floor and they broke, is someone up there trying to tell me something, as my survival kit has just fallen to levels of water and loo roll lol

Image
p1120188

this evening we are dining in Finikas

Image
p1110935

the food is so reasonably price in here, their litre of wine is only 6€'s if i remember correctly

Image
p1110931

I had lamb chops

Image
p1110933

Mrs Db had Chicken Baltimore

Image
p1110934

and then a free sweet given between us for a total bill of 24€'s including the litre of wine

Image
p1110936

back to the apartment for coffee

End of day 10


Day 11


Another cloudy day but am going to walk from Potamia to Panagia today, mainly to get some more mileage in the legs and find the start of the mountain walk for perhaps others that may be interested in it (my phone didn't take a charge as the tape couldn't put enough pressure on the connection)

Image
p1110937

It was a good day for walking but not so good for taking photos. passing both Atms in Skala Potamia and Golden Beach were both showing empty after the banks had been closed for the week

Image
p1110940

Also I asked several restos whether cards were being accepted and some did and some didn't

this Atm on the Skala Potamia's main road, I just couldn't tell without putting a card in to see and I didn't need any money to try it

Image
p1110941

this route was all main road really, although a path on the side up to Potamia

Image
p1110942

even the flowers don't look so bright in this light

Image
p1110944

I spotted a BP garage and went over to ask if they accepted cards and they said no, cash only as their account was closed

Image
p1110947

the hydrangeas grow well here

Image

so i left the main road and headed up to Potamia on the road which I should have taken a day or two before

Image
p1110948

Passing a beekeeper's shop, selling evreything for a bee keeper lol

Image
p1110951

I found this village map

Image
p1110953

and followed the road up

Image
p1110954

and here was the sign at the top

Image
p1110955

I saw a small supermarket just 20 metres down the road and decided to buy another bottle of water.

What i wanted to know was, was the sign pointing up to the road next to it, the road I had previously come down the week before, the lady shopkeeper didn't really speak any English but called a couple near the shop.
One was a German lady, who seem to speak good English and said "yes that is the road". "Are you going up now", she asked. "No I'm just preparing for the day", I replied. "Why not go now ? the day is perfect and the views are stunning", "Yes I know, but have you done it"?, i asked, "No but I want to do it",she said. "So how long does it take", I asked. "Around 3 hours to the top", she replied.

Hmmm this trip could be on again, I thought lol.

anyway, I headed of to Panagia, which is all main road and not that pleasurable to walk

Image
p111960

the views which are normally good, were poor for taking camera pictures with such a cloudy day

Image
p1110970

so not really worth showing them

Image
p1110976

after a long walk I came into Panagia

Image
p1110990

and walking down the hill, I met the same goat farmer from last year, taking hundreds of goats up the pathway

Image
p1110993

Image
p1110997

Image
p1120001

and it was back to mrs Db for lunch , I see the Princess Golden has a flashy new silver sign next to the others lol

Image
p1120007

Lunch was in the Nisi

Image
p1120008

where we shared mushrooms in stilton sauce and a salad

Image
p1120009

Image
p1120010

the afternoon was spent on the beach but i think we decided to return to the apartment early

Image
p1120011

Im going into the apartment if you are taking pictures of roses said mrs Db lol

Image
p1120012

Image
p1120013

tonight we are eating in Vigli's for a second time, it was a windy night and they are quite sheltered

Image
p1120022

Image
p1120016

for those that like fish

Image
p1120017

Image
p1120018

I had the roast lamb with mint sauce but had to ask for the mint sauce, as they forgot it but no problem

Image
p1120023

Mrs Db had the peppered steak

Image
p1120024

and free liqueur

Image
p1120025

another nice evening

Image
p1120027

End of day 11


day 12


It was a nice morning and it was going to be a beach day. Tomorrow was going to be a big day for me, as I have decided to go for the mountain walk. I told mrs Db the road looked to go straight up and I would stick to the route that was said to be marked and hopefully I shouldn't need a phone to do it.

My plan was to go as far as I could get in 2.5 hours and hope I could at least get on the top ridge to get some great shots before coming down. I have also decided to get the first bus to Potamia at 7.25am to save an hour of walking both ways.

Image
p1120032

Image
p1120033

want a doughnut Delboy, no mate, got to watch my figure for tomorrow

Image
p1120060

mrs Db, do you think doughnuts would be good for mountain climbing lol

Image
p1120061

anyway, having had 5 minutes rest on the sunbed, I was off to speak to people up at the Emerald about the nearby reported building work. The people staying there said it wasn't a problem, I could hear hammers in the distance but in conversation one just didn't notice any noise

Image
p1120066

Image
p1120067

lunch was at Finikas and we both had omelettes

Image
p1120062

and melon for free

Image
p1120064

The afternoon was spent on the beach

Image
p1120071

till it was time to go back to the apartment for a cup of tea

Image
p1120072

in the meantime, someone had asked on the forum where Golden View was, so I popped out to find it, oh that silver sign didn't last long did it

Image
p1120073

quite a steep hill, I have walked up, good practise for tomorrow lol

Image
p1120077

this was the studios but the light has got in the camera

Image
p1120076

tonight we are eating in the Sotiris, if you remember, mrs Db had faniced a Shirley Valentine table at the side of the beach and for the last two years the heavens had opened on us lol, could it happen a third time lol

Image
p1120080

white wine was 6€'s a litre and red 7.5€

Image
p1120081

Image
p1120082

I had the chicken Souvlaki

Image
p1120084

Mrs Db had the stroganoff

Image
p1120085

and as we finished our wine, I kid you not, a full moon came up a bright orange

Image
p1120088

and mini choc ices for free

Image
p1120090

After dinner, I tried to get the best shot of the moon, "how many more pictures are you going to take of that moon" said mrs Db, just trying to get a good one, the orange doesn't seem to come out well on my camera, if i had another hour, I know I could have got a better one lol

Image
p1120091

Well it didn't rain there this year did it lol

End of Day 12


Day 13


I was up early around 6:15am and was was a sunny morning but mrs Db informed me the weather forecast said it would rain but the forecasts have not always been right. Mrs Db had packed me a small lightweight rucksack but with my survival kit now down to loo paper and water, it seemed over the top. However, placing a large bottle of water inside and putting it on my shoulders, I felt like I should be making a dive with Jacques Cousteau

Image
P1120103

The bus should get me to Potamia easily before 8am and that gave me until 10:30am for the climb and then a return to Potamia by 12 noon with a few photos. I just wondered whether there would be an earlier bus, so set out just before 7am for the bus. The supermarket hadn't opened and their timetable had dropped on the floor. During my wait the baker came along with his delivery and at 7:20am the staff arrived to open up.

Image

It was already getting warm and I didn't want to sit on the seat or really tire my legs standing, however, the 7:25am bus didn't materialise and at 7:50am I almost gave up. I was standing under some shade when it finally turned up at 7:55am, the timetable may have changed lol

Image
p1120105

A big party of 26 people were waiting at Skala Potamia and were trying to pay for the whole group which delayed the bus a bit longer but we eventually arrived at Potamia at 8:15am

So here I was at the start

Image
p1120106

so it was a up hill walk, on a reasonable pathway

Image
p1120107

Image
p1120108

morning Delboy lol

Image
p1120109

a farm selling honey with an honesty box up ahead

Image
p1120110

after some way up, the road started to narrow a bit

Image
p1120112

finally coming to this point (after walking up for 17 minutes) where the road curved right, with a river bed going up, there were no markings, so I first tried the road but it just didn't seem right. So I decided to go up the river bed.

Image
p1120114

I promised mrs Db I wouldn't go off the marked path and if I wasn't going to find it, I would have to walk straight down and abandon the walk

Image
p1120115

But I could explore, provided I kept straight with the river bed

Image
p1120116

just looking for any sign that indicated I was on the right path

Image
p1120117

Image
p1120118

There was a water source here and I was told you can drink the water from the mountains, I did try it the other day and it tasted better than the bottled water and I'm still here lol

Image
p1120119

The rocks are bigger here but there are path ways at the edges to avoid the worst

Image
p1120120

and then other bits that are more pleasant to walk on

Image
p1120121

Then back to rocks, wait a minute, that tree has a red spot on it, could it be a mark ?, I was expecting brown tourist signs lol

Image
p1120122

And that sign is familar, it was the same sign as I saw last week when lost and I actually took this river bed to get down, so it means to the Yspario lol (here in 31 mins)

Image
p1120123

so it was onwards and upwards

Image
p1120124

This sign is pointing to heaven (not far wrong)

Image
p1120125

Then there was a red and white striped tape hanging from a tree

Image
p1120126

the walkway continued up

Image
p1120129

Image
p1120130

and another sign

Image
p1120131

and the odd red circle and tape on a tree

Image
p1120132

It's a bit like doing the Samaria Gorge walk in reverse, a good job I didn't talk mrs Db into doing it lol

Image
p1120133

the river bed continued until reaching this point, when I could see a fallen tree in the distance

Image
p1120136

fortunately, I could get under it

Image
p1120137

then once under a tree, there was an arrow pointing up the embankment which was dodgy and I put my camera away to use both hands, holding on tree roots sticking out of the side of the bank to pull me up

Image
p1120138


the signs were being to look like most of the walkers would feel lol

Image
p1120139

Image
p1120140

another red mark, I must admit this walk is nothing like I had expected but felt good

Image
p1120143

better than this sign, which is telling the climber to crawl up on their hands and knees lol and this point I had been continually climbing for an hour now

Image
p1120145

a further climb

Image
p1120146

Then I reached this point but not sure what it says, perhaps it's Shangri la lol

Image
p1120148

and i got my first views

Image
p1120150

Image
p1120152

but i was to continue on

Image
p1120153

going over this stuff

Image
p1120154

Image
p1120155

Till I got to this spot, surely I'm not suppose to climb up there? there is a red arrow going down

Image
p1120157

I certainly wasn't going to trust those loose rocks

Image
p1120158

I got up on the bottom ones and my thoughts were that there is a path way just across the other side and that would be my guess of the right way. However, it had started to rain and my heart was telling me to go for it but my brain said no, no phone if problems occur, call it a day.

Image
p1120160

so 1 hour 15mins into the climb I called it a day, I think I may have been agonisingly close to getting near the ridge.

I did the descent down the same path and got to the tavern in Potamia 15 minutes before the bus was due, I bought a large beer and reflected on my mornings adventure.

I think Jim Bowen in the TV programme 'Bullseye' summed it up nicely with

... Let's look at what you would have won

Image

(Taken from the 4x4 trip two years ago)

...But you have your bus fare home lol

Image
p1120175

Lunchtime we went to the Palude and we had salads

Image
p1120171

Image
p1120172

and given a free ginger and honey cake

Image
p1120173

an afternoon on the beach and the man sells some corn

Image
p1120174

this evening we go into Skala Potamina to eat there for the first time this year at Flisvos, which has tables on the beach

Image
p1120179

Image
p1120180

menu

Image
p1120178

I had a cheese burger

Image
p1120183

Mrs Db had meatballs or were they rolls lol

Image
p1120184

We walk back after quite an exciting day

Image

end of day 13



day 14


our last day and it's a sunny day

Image
p1120186

A bit of a wind last night, seems to have got rid of the stoney bits

Image
p1120193

our last lunch was in the Nisi, where we had our last cheese pies for the year with salad

Image
p1120197

by 3:30pm it had clouded over and it was time to go back to the apartment to pack

Image
p1120201

tonight we had booked the Enavalion (known as the Wedding Cake)

Image
p1120202

Image
p1120204

we shared a starter of stuffed aubergines rolls

Image
p1120207

Image
p1120203

I then had fillet porto

Image
p1120208

Image
p1120205

Mrs Db had the stuffed chicken rolls

Image
p1120209

and free desserts and liquers each

Image
p1120210

and our last tea on the balcony, we had run out of coffee lol

End of day 14



Day 15


well the time has come to leave, we were told to be at the pick up point at 7:25am, that was 15 minutes earlier than the people who left the week before, however, it was gone 7:50am when the coach arrived

Image
p1120212

after picking up a couple in Thassos Town, we arrived at the docks at 8:30am for the 9:15am ferry

Image
p1120214

and allowed on the boat at 8:50am

Image
p1120218

As usual the seagulls swoop for any food on offer

Image
p1120222

Image
p1120228

The accordion chap was playing on this boat

Image
p1120240

and it was farewell to Thassos

Image
p1120242

now coming into the straight for Keramoti

Image
p1120247

and coming in to dock, the deck didn't look so crammed with cars this year

Image
p1120253

The boat docks quite quickly and cars and passengers start to come off, the Thomson reps group together with boards raised, to point where to assemble

Image
p1120259

Then it's reboard the coach for the airport at 10:09

Image
p1120261

and here we are at the airport at 10:27am

Image

I did have a brief encounter at the airport with TA's member Brian J from Manchester, it was nice to meet you Brian, pity we didn't have more time to speak. Brian was on the Manchester flight.

Anyway on board the Gatwick flight, the Captain saw me

hi Delboy, I heard you were aboard, how did the holiday go ?

Image
p1120262

well on day 1, I did this blah, blah, .........day 2, blah, blah...................and on day 15 blah,blah

Oh my god, listening to that interesting holiday, I have missed my takeoff slot, what the hell am i going to say to the passengers ??

Just tell them air traffic control said there is busy traffic in the French area Captain

Thanks Delboy,

Ladies and Gentlemen, Air traffic control say we may have to wait due to it being busy in the French area.

returning to my seat "What did the captain say to you", asks Mrs Db, "something to do with it being busy in France", "well why is the Manchester Flight just going, they are supposed to be 30mins behind us and they fly the same flight path"

Well we were off and the captain made up the time lol

Image
p1120276

Hope you enjoyed holidaying with the Delboys once again lol


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] 

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group