Tar............rah, I'm back and it was absolutely smashing!! ANOTHER island I have fallen hopelessly in lurve with LOL!
Where to start hmmmmm.................Perhaps at the beginning.
(I am doing this in 2 parts as I am still doing the holiday washing and other stuff)
Brand new, shiny Thomson plane and everything went as clockwork. There was a display giving precise map details of where we were at any given moment, miles from Samos, miles from Manchester, scary altitude etc etc. Just great for someone who likes to distract themselves from the FEAR of being in a tin can a LONG way up from the terra firma!
Thomson staff lovely right through and also on arrival at Samos.
All very efficient.AND I survived the landing, which was a bonus LOL!!
The best, small Greek hotel I have ever stayed in............Honestly!!
We are easy to please and research well but it exceeded all expectations, both in location and atmosphere.
The Anthis in Pythagoria is just outside of the town and harbour and within easy walking distance to there and the village of Chora.
Our rooms ( note ROOMS, not room) were right up in the roof of the hotel and had wonderful views of the mountains all around us and Chora itself. A long, skinny balcony was just the ticket for those early morning coffee's and late night drinks.
I was thrilled that the owner had really done his best to give us what we had hoped for......... but more of him and the family later.
The first night we headed out for town to get something to eat and ended up at a harbour front restaurant.
As I munched on lamb chops..............SIX would you believe, nom nom, nom,.........The heavens opened up!!
My FIRST Aegean storm and what a tempest it was!! Thunder, lightening and stormy seas. It was great!! I enthusiastically went on and on, waxing lyrical about how scary it must have been for the ancient Greeks and how utterly fearless and splendid they must have been in those days whilst my beloved did a pretty good impression of the 'living dead' and kept forgetting to chew he was so tired.
BTW That night ( after the taxi home) I woke up briefly to the sound of him stumbling about in the bedroom, window open and the lights ON!!
I mumbled what are you doing? He answered that he had heard a mossie and was looking for the plug ins!
The last thing I knew was me telling him that he was a bloody idiot, to shut the window, switch the lights off and get to bed IMMEDIATELY.....and then blessed oblivion!!
So........The exhausted OH tried, for the first few days) to catch up with sleep and learn how to relax again after a hectic time at work.
I amused myself exploring the local vicinity and spent many early hours (grinning) observing the surroundings and watching the house spuggies on the roof of the balcony below ours. They were hilarious in their antics, fighting, pinching each others nesting materials.
There was one bird that was twice the size of his parents and they had another clutch of chicks. He kept trying to get back in the nest and pinch food from the beaks of said parents, even though he was big enough to fend for himself.
What a racket there was for the 2 weeks we were there with him playing merry hell and trying to get them to feed him ( I assume it was a he)........There are some human kids like that haha!
Anyway, he started to get the message just before we left and wasn't getting thinner so must have, reluctantly, got the message.
Husband rested but quiet. Eventually he said that he had forgotten his driving licence...............Grrrrrr! (See separate thread)
A day late but once sorted, we were off!! Hurrah, mountain villages and secluded coves, here we come.
Places we visited, the hotel family and observations :O) :O)Edited: 10 June 2012, 16:25