Monday, 11 March 2019

Syros Carnival 2019

Συριανό Καρναβάλι 2019 - Syros Carnival 2019

Putting this on the bucket list for a future year: Carnival in Ermoupoli on the island of Syros in the Cyclades, Greece. Syros Carnival is a three-day-event with festivities on the Saturday night - the traditional Zeibekia (masquerade) custom in Markos Vamvakaris Square - in Ano Syros, a procession along the harbour front on the Sunday afternoon that culminates in dancing in Miaoulis Square, with a Latin party on the Protopapadaki pedestrian street and, on Καθαρή Δευτέρα (Ash Monday or Clean Monday), the customs of Koulouma with kite flying in the countryside and particularly in Gallissas village.

The dates of Clean Monday in Greece let us work out when this carnival takes place.

Photos and videos from Syros Carnival 2019

Rail-Ex Taunton 2018







A few details from Rail-Ex Taunton 2018 on 28 October 2018

Monday, 25 February 2019

Monday, 10 September 2018

Ten Things We Loved About Kos: 1. Santa Maria

About to set off from Kos Town harbour on the Santa Maria
The Santa Maria 3 Island Cruise - which visits Pserimos, Kalymnos and Plati - is a really fun and entertaining trip. We initially picked it because it's a lovely looking wooden (proper) boat. The crew, particularly Captain Mario, are ace performers and make it an experience to remember. Nice stops for coffee, beach, sightseeing; food on board was way more than good, dolphin spotting and swimming off the boat in crystal waters. Definitely the best boat trip and definitely our favourite trip on Kos.

Reviews: Santa Maria Kos 3 Island Cruise

(Much cheaper to book at the harbour, which conveniently, will be just a few meters from our hotel.)

Looking back to Kos Town as we leave on the Santa Maria

Neratzia Castle from the sea

Out to sea on the Santa Maria

First port of call for coffee and beach

Santa Maria at one of the islands we visited

Santa Maria at one of the other islands we visited


Monday, 3 September 2018

Ten Things We Loved About Kos: 2. Taverna Fantasia

Greek night at Taverna Fantasia in Zia

The Greek night at Taverna Fantasia in Zia is completely stereotypical and a wee bit cheesy, but this night out was such fantastic fun and well-organised, with a lovely atmosphere, not to mention the unlimited supply of wine and very good food for mass catering. We booked the trip, which includes transfer from your hotel by coach and a stop in Zia village to look at the views - at sunset - on the way, via Kosinfo

(Please note: prices drop quite quickly when you add more people to your party!)


Monday, 27 August 2018

Ten Things We Loved About Kos: 3. Aegli Cafe

Aegli cafe (left) on Eleftherias Square
Aegli cafe right on the main Eleftherias Square in Kos Town, is run as a women’s co-operative supporting low-income women, where you will find Greek mums doing amazing Greek home cooking, with a menu including dishes and salads that you won’t find on the menu everywhere else, along with delicious home made deserts and cakes (and probably the best Galaktoboureko I've ever tasted). We love them for the food and the welcome, as well as the business ethics. Highly recommended any time, but especially for lunch or for late night desert, coffee and people-watching.

Simple, but extraordinary salad at Aegli cafe
NB: We'll have to work our way through the entire menu of deserts all over again (it's a hardship, what we'll do to provide a full and accurate review ... eh?) as we singularly failed to get a photo of any of them. They were just too irresistible!


The Forou Gate HAns [CC BY-SA 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

The bougainvillea-covered Forou Gate is on the opposite side of Eleftherios Square to the Aegli Cafe. Walk through the gate at night and you will arrive in the area known as Bar Street (actually, at least two streets) to find Clubs, Bars & Nightlife.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Ten Things We Loved About Kos: 4. Agkyra Fish Restaurant

Agkyra Fish Restaurant
There are fish restaurants in this area of Kos Town that describe themselves as the best, but this one really is. The food, wine and service at Agkyra Fish Restaurant are all excellent, the welcome genuine and if you want that Shirley Valentine moment sitting at a table right at the water’s edge – this is the place to find it perfectly. Oh, and they respond to comments on Facebook too – real people. Love them!


The Agkyra take on paella

Something on a stick at Agkyra