After leaving the Gulf of Volos we spent a night at Ay Kiriaki to the south side of the Trikeri Peninsular, on the town quay. The village was completely charming. There were virtually no other tourists there at this time of year. We walked around the sea front and admired the prettily painted cottages and window shutters. Every colour under the sun.
In the distance, we could hear a persistent, rhythmic slapping noise and on further investigation found that a robust lady in her sixties, wearing a fetching plastic apron, standing up to her knees in seawater, was knocking seven shades of ink from an unfortunate octopus, actually, several octopi! One by one, she bashed them mercilessly with a large flat wooden paddle, rather like a rectangular ping pong bat. Presumably intending to tenderise them and force them to relinquish their inkiness to the ocean.
The next morning we set sail for Skiathos again passing huge limestone/marble quarries on the way. We anchored in a sweeping bay trimmed with a long sandy beach. The sand was dotted with regimentally arranged chess board patches of straw umbrellas.
Music, suitably matched to the time of day, pumped out from the bar nearby. Soothing watery techno loops in the morning; raising the beat and volume early afternoon; popular songs with strong added under beat mid to late afternoon; mellow jazzy pop songs in the early evening. All finished by 1900hrs and then the beach was quite literally our own!
We met up with new friends on Miss Adventure and with friends from Marina di Ragusa on Halcyon.
After a couple of days there, we moved a massive two miles east after a couple of days to Ormos Kolios where we had arranged to meet my old (As in, long-standing) PGCE pal, Heather Wilson and her hubby, Gary. We had a lovely afternoon catching up on the boat and then a meal high up above the trees overlooking the bay.
Later, we headed back to Skiathos town where we wanted to fill up on water and diesel, but after abortive attempts to get on the very full town quay we headed round to Skopelos instead. Here we met up with more M d R friends, Lindsay and David on Goldcrest.
The forecast was for strong winds and rain, and I had a painful back, so we decided to stay for a few days. Old Skopelos is a lovely warren of narrow streets and steps. We took the opportunity for a bus trip across the island to Glossa, a delightful, small village clinging to the steep slopes above Loutraki. White edged steps and passages, snickets and alleys weave like some intricate knot around the houses which have balconies overhanging the street. Each balcony accommodates an ‘outside’ loo with no obvious means of plumbing.
After our exertions walking up and down steps we revived body and soul with gyros and a beer whilst watching local colourful characters in full flow.