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Holidays 2020

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Lucy, Jan 6, 2020.

  1. Thehooperman

    Thehooperman Well-Known Forumite

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    Close but they used to be alright but not anymore :)
     
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    PeterD ST16 Represent.

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    It was research.
     
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  3. Carole

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    Having just come back from a winter break, we’ve now been planning the year which is unusual for us, we quite often just do things spontaneously.

    I shall be popping over to Spain by myself for about 5 days early spring.

    Husband and I are having a week in Skiathos, and later in the summer 10 days in Spain.

    Then we’re going back to America/Canada in “The Fall”

    All I want to do is travel really, and be on holiday.
    It’s life that gets in the way.
     
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  4. Trumpet

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    Hold on tight.
     
  5. Carole

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    Its ok, we’ve done our homework.
    We’re going early season when it’s quieter and we’re not staying in Skiathos town.
    We’ve booked a resort hotel in Koukounaries.
    We plan to visit churches and monasteries, walk inland through pine forests and olive groves, catch local buses and visit out of the way places, perhaps catch a water ferry to Skiathos town one day and mooch through the alleyways, visit the clock tower, lunch at a taverna.
    One day we’ll hire a jeep and drive all over the island and try and reach the Kastro ruins.
    We’ll spend a day or two reading, relaxing, trying out local bars and restaurants.
    Another day we’ll get a boat to Skopelos and meander through the town and explore the island.

    We’re both really looking forward to it.
     
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    Normally got our whole year booked by now, but had to wait to see what holidays hubby could take with his new company . So now various hotels and flights we originally fancied no longer have availabilty.

    With nothing booked at all yet, going to read back through this thread to see if I can come up with new ideas this afternoon . Need to get something booked to look forwards to !
     
  7. Trumpet

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    I meant for the heavy braking on the very short runway.
     
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  8. Mikinton

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    (I knew what you meant. :up:)

    I've a friend who reckons the runway is on reclaimed land between the main island of Skiathos and a smaller island to the east, but though I've looked at a few old maps, I've never been able to see it. Maybe it's always been a causeway.

    @Carole - We've been to Skopelos a few times, and the town itself is worth a visit. Not sure about the rest of the island if it's just a flying visit. There's some nice beaches and the "Mama Mia" church is good, but I'm not sure you'd have time to go there as well.

    I've spent more time than I really want to in Skiathos Town as we're either waiting for the ferry on the way out or waiting for the plane on the way back. One time we did catch the bus down to Koukounaries Beach, had a wander round and something to drink, then caught the water taxi back to town. All very efficient.
     
  9. Carole

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    Oh! I thought that you meant something to do with young people partying, although I don’t know why I thought that, there was nothing in your post to indicate that. Sorry!

    @Mikinton

    We will get an early ferry over to Skopelos and try and have a full day there so we’re hoping to have time to see the Mamma Mia church.
    Any other things on Skiathos that we shouldn’t miss?

    We do love exploring and investigating. We couldn’t sit on a sun lounger for two weeks that’s for sure.
     
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    Just booked the Algarve for 10 nights :)
     
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    age'd parent 50,000th poster!

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    What, all of it!
     
  12. Mikinton

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    Can't really help with Skiathos as we've never stayed there more than 4 or 5 hours at a time. But I hear the bus service is good and I imagine there are plenty of boat trips as well. Obviously Skopelos, but also Alonissos and its Marine Park.

    Make sure you pick up the SkyMap map of Skiathos, probably free at the airport (I usually grab one when I'm waiting near the carousal for the bags to come through.) - http://www.skymap.gr/apps/site/explore/

    In the meantime, here's the interactive version. - http://www.skymap.gr/apps/site/viewmap/?mapid=53&cid=0
     
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  13. Carole

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    Those maps are brilliant, Skiathos town and Skiathos island.
    I do love a good map, I’ve just spent a very pleasant 30 minutes zooming in and having a good explore round.
    Thank you!
     
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