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Thassos is an Island in the Aegan Sea in the Northern part of Greece, the island didn't really come on to our radar until a couple we met last year recommended it to us. It didn't have an airport and involved a ferry trip to get to the island, for me a lousy sailor there was an inital apprehension of it all but this is how it all went.


Day 1

So it was 4am on the 23rd June, a dull cloudy morning at Gatwick, where it just didn't seem to get light, we checked in our luggage and everything went to time and by 6am we started to board our 757-200 to Kavala on the Greek Mainland

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Mrs Db had booked us seats over the wing, so that saved you all a couple of hundred photographs more to look at lol

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We were both surprised how green the land looked coming into Kavala but with Greece authorities not happy with photographs of the airport no photo's there either lol. The plane landed bang on time but unfortunately an Air Berlin plane had arrived just before us, an hour late. There is only one carousel in Kavala, so the next hour was passed watching if ones bags were intermixed with the Germans

Soon we were underway on a 15 minute coach ride to the dockside and the rep told us that a variety of vegatables and fruit was grown in this region, it was good for kiwi fruit, corn on the cob and even rice and there were paddy fields for growing it, "oh good for mozzies", I thought.

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At the dockside we disembarked from the coach, we were told we could leave our luggage and bags on the coach, as it would all be locked up. Last year Thomson coaches did the crossing for the first time, before that the luggage was put on a lorry.

We were just in time to have a quick beer if we wanted one but I didn't bother, as have got caught out on prices in these sort of places in the past but nobody complained that they were expensive, so I guess they were ok. Shocked

Then the ferry started to appear, it was bigger than the IOW ferry  Very Happy  

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The doors at the front already dropping to sweep up the concrete slope

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Cars can do this trip across for just 16 euro's each way and 3 euro's per passenger and it takes 35 minutes

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As the doors drop down, there appeared to be a moment of organised chaos as cars, buses and passengers all stream off.

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We were then ushered on the boat by our reps and told to go to the far end and up some staircases to the top of the ship

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In the mean time cars, lorries and coaches were being loaded on fairly tightly lol

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We were told to listen out for the Captain to call out Dolphins in Greek but we didn't hold our breath, as a pod of them was last spotted a fortnight ago. Also the seagulls would follow the trawler and will take the scraps from your hand (did Cantona say something like that lol)

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or was it they would take your hand off lol

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but for what ever it was, they were not pecking today

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with everything loaded we were underway and I noticed they even had a lower deck for more cars lol

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This was going to be a lovely smooth crossing

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Mrs Db spent her time in the air conditioned cabin, cold cans of Mythos were 2 euro's on the boat, so not too bad, so we had one each

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whilst I followed some others to the front of the deck and we were told to go to the back of the boat, I would expect just in case we were blocking the captain's view of the dolphins lol

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now we were leaving the last part of the Mainland, with some beaches on the left and heading to the Isand of Thassos ahead

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the sea got a bit choppy at this point, but it was not long before the boat started to lower its ramps down ready to hit the port or is that land in nautical terms

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Once we disembarked we were told to go to the left hand side, where our coach would be waiting for us to take us to our resort of Golden beach some 30 minutes from here

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All went very smoothly and we were soon on the coach

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The rep told us that Thassos's main industry was Marble, also Honey and olive oil. The bees on the island take the sap from the Pine trees rather than blossom and if we had previously tried honey before and didn't like it, it was worth trying this, as it tasted like caramel but more on that later, as we saw our first glimpse of Golden Beach

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so in just 6 hours from flight takeoff, we were at our hotel, some of the people went on by taxi to their hotels, as roads were not too good for the coach but more to come on that, as delboy tries to cover all angles on this place

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With our cases unpacked and now 3:30pm Greek time, which is two hours ahead of us, we had a stroll down to a beach restaurant which was through a camp site and near the beach

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We decided to open the holiday with a greek salad each and that 1/2 litre of cool beer

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Then a stroll, to see the beach, lovely almost white sand, this area was almost dunes

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then a walk along the path to see what restaurants were available

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here the sunbeds were run by the restaurants / bars and the sunbeds were free if you bought a drink / or meal

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but too late for us to try the beds today

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but for us time to buy a few groceries

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However, there seemed to be loud argument at the bus stop between some Greek people, then two guys came across the road and one smack another around the face, I just carried on photoing lol but it all died down with an elderly lady making idle threads back at them

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Anyway, excitement over, we got some food for breakfast for tomorrow

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total bill for that lot was

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and then back to the apartment to shower and get changed for the evening

we choose Fedra as it looked the part, with tables near the beach and about 10 minutes from our apartment

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Mrs Db choosing from the menu wisely lol, just a couple of pages from it

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we chose a spicey cheese dip between us as a starter

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I had a burger stuffed with cheese and Mrs Db had a pork steak but both meals has a mushroom sauce, so they looked the same lol

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and the evening ended with a full moon shining lol

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Day 2, Monday

so after a good night sleep aided by the air con

Mrs Db produced our Greek breakfast, we had risked buying a large jar of this Pine honey and my verdict was it tasted like honey to me, but a little bit less sweet

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breakfast on the balcony was lovely in the mornings

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whilst Mrs Db worked out the best position to put the toaster lol

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no more breakfasts lol

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This mountain looks like the one in the start of Paramount Pictures

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So it was the reps meeting this morning at 11:15am, so worth finding out a bit more about the place, it was being held at the Marina Hotel, another hotel in the Thomson Brochure

So we set off from the Nostos quite early, this section is probably only interesting to find your way in Golden beach from the Nostos if you go to Thassos

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The road the first week didn't have too much traffic but there are no pavements, so one has to be careful and one morning a car did sweep passed me using that gutter edge

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Passing the hotel called Dimtris looked quite good, next to the Nostos and had a swimming pool but is not in the brochure

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so going passed there and continuing down the road

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One gets these signs with all the hotels / bars / restaurants listed

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so here we take a right turn

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and walk 100 metres down here

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There were goats on our right

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then a right turn, to see the mini train parked outside the Marina Hotel

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on the other side of the road the Marina Apts has a bar and swimming pool

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we were early, so we had a beer, as you do

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So the rep arrived and told us that he had worked on the little train opposite for 3 years and had some affection for it and now lives on the Island. The train leaves each evening at around 7:30pm and travels to the other end of Golden Beach and the resort there is called Skala Potamia, it costs 4 euro's (That is the return included which wasn't mentioned and the last return to Golden Beach is 11pm).

Skala Potamia was said to be the real Shirley Valentine place with chairs on the water side, the journey takes about 15 /20 minutes. Mrs Db and I said, "we would do that trip to let you know our opinions on the place".

The little train also does a trip to visit 4 villages for 11 euro's, however, one of the villages is Golden Beach itself, it lasts all day and sounded really good value, so we signed up for that straight away. Full report on that one

Buses were cheap but we didn't have a timetable and apparently they stop running early evening. However I found the timetable written down at the supermarket

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There is a water taxi that leaves Golden Beach harbour at 4:30pm and goes to Thassos Town, just the one way for 5 euro's but you would probably need a taxi back costing 18 euro's, if you could share a cab, it would be cheaper of course.

There was various trips around the Island for around 49 euros, the road around the Island is just over a 100 km, so hiring a car would be ok for a few days but you could end up wondering what to do with it for much longer.

The exchange place, here opposite the Marina Apts is not yet functioning but the rep did tell me the bigger supermarket in Golden beach did exchange, I did confirm this, as I spoke with the supermarket owner afterwards, who seemed to give a fair rate but probably no better than at home.

Now ATM's, there is no ATM in Golden Beach you have to go to Skala Potamia and hike to the back of town, a fair walk. However, at some point, we needed to do that, as I had a preloaded card. I did notice an exchange place in Skala Potamia but all will come to light when we visit there on the mini train trip.

Now Thassos is a mountainous area with the resorts all at the bottom, so one is not far from a mountain, one of the trips available is to go up to the top of the highest mountain by a 4x4 jeep to get a 360 deg view of the island, it cost 69 euro's and last 8/9 hours going up brown trouser roads. Now that was a challenge and I mulled it over for half the holiday with Mrs Db, what happened comes later

The Islands main industry is marble, a lot of it is exported to the far east for the building of Palaces, it apparently keep the heat out. Huge hunks of the mountain side have been cut out to process this demand.

Pirates used to raid and land on Golden Beach in the 17th century and any settlers by the shore got attacked and a lot of the people moved to the mountain areas to avoid them.

The Romans had a big presence in Thassos and I understand there is a coliseum there with a lion pit. Apparently the first Roman Gynmasium was built on Thassos but has never been found, good for a hunt lol. Also gold has been taken from the mountains and Cleopatra was said to have taken her wines from Thassos, probably not the red I had last night though.

On a lighter note, the rep said that the baker calls at the Nostos every morning and sells delicious cheese pies

So with the meeting now finished, we asked how one got to Skala Potamia walking and after a slightly confusing reply we had a wander in the heat, and carried on down the road to look for the said directions

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at the bottom of this road is the Golden beach campsite and beyond the beach and sea but there are other areas to get down to the sea

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so at the campsite we turned right

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we ended up going around the Alexander Boutique Hotel and coming to some stepping stone across a river

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not sure whether there were aligators in there, we called it a day and decided to go back for lunch

The restaurant we selected had a menu fixed to the table but it turned out they didn't have half the stuff and we had to go over to the counter to see what was available that day Shocked

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Oh can't be bothered we'll have another Greek salad lol

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so having eaten in there, we qualified for free sunbeds but we had to pick their ones but all was clearly marked

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This system suited us because we would always have lunch somewhere

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but within minutes it had clouded over and started to rain :o

So it was back to the apartments for a cup of tea, or in my case a beer. I chatted to an English guy who spends 4 months of the summer out here and he asked me, if he had missed any good weather back home Shocked

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It was evening and I had spotted this place for a meal, it's real name is Anavlion but is known as the wedding cake, I can't imagine why lol

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This place was sheer luxury for modest prices, house wine was the dearest at 8.80 euro's a litre

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their house red IMO was better than their white but both very drinkable lol

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we decided to share a starter, something we don't normally order but first we were given this for a dip

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Then came the starter, it was 3 big pancakes filled with cheese and ham

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I order Beef stamna, i know this picture doesn't do it justice but the beef, cheese and potatoes melted in my mouth

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Mrs Db had lamb kleftiko, which she said was lovely

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Then we were given a free trifle each to finish, service was brilliant, proper tablecloths and serviettes, a wonderful evening ended with coffee on our balcony

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Day 3, Tuesday

The next morning I woke up early, it was 6:11am, must be all those siestas lol

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I sat on the balcony watching the sun shining on the mountain side

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and the moon losing it's colour, as it slipped down behind the mountain

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soon it was breakfast time, I was waiting for the horn of the baker man, as Mrs Db said I could have one of his cheese pies today

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he's here, he's here lol

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please sir, two of your finest cheese pies

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Mrs Db said they were too big for breakfast and I should have half, but they were lovely, all piped inside with feta cheese

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Then it was time for the beach

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your not going to tempt me with one of those doughnuts yet lol

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soon it was lunchtime

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so a snack up at the restaurant

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oh egg in this salad

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and of course, two beers

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and much of the same for the afternoon but this evening we would take the train into Skala Potamia

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Some photos in the apartment gardens that are not really part of the story but perhaps should go in the hotel section bit

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some of the beautiful butterflies out there, some you just couldn't photograph as they didn't stay still long enough

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I think mainly due to the heat

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It was evening and we needed a trip to Skala Potamia, mainly to check that the one ATm in the whole of the resort would give us cash from my preloaded card. We had a torch as many people had said they walked back in the dark

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The driver was a real friendly guy and he said if you are coming back with me, the last train is 11:00pm but if i'm late wait for me. We were told to keep our 4 euro tickets for the return journey

We got in the front seat lol

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The train first took to the road but after a while curved it's way around to the promenade and beach

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we were astonished by what we saw, there must be a 100 Shirley Valentine restaurants there with what seemed every Greek family owning a restaurant. The beach had changed from sand to pebbles over a long stretch and then back to sand but was difficult taking pictures from the train but don't worry Delboy does go back to walk the full length of the bay on a later sortie.

The train chuffs and hoot and rings it bell all down the promenade and everybody waves. The train stopped at the end next to the harbour. First impressions were that Golden Beach and Skala Potamia are like chalk and cheese but my next task was to get some money.

I saw a sign indicating an ATm and confirmed with the driver it was up this road. Stay on the train if you like but I thanked him thinking it was just up the hill. It turned out to be about a kilometre away lol

The place to me, seemed to have a German feel to it with Chalet type hotels

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but at last we found it, in the middle of nowhere and I got some cash and the the little train chuffed passed

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So now it was a hike back to the harbour to take some more shots before it got too dark

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a nice serene harbour

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wait a minute, what are those dodgems doing there lol

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down at the harbour end it is sandy and there are plenty of restaurants/ bars on the edge of a wide beach

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a lady sells roasted corn on the cob as a cheap meal

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as one gets further from the harbour end, the Shirley Valentine restaurants start to appear and my imagination ran wild, as I thought of a chorus of a 1000 waiters saying to their clientele, "My brother has a small boat, I take you around the island tomorrow, yes?"

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but for us, we wanted to just eat and headed back towards the harbour

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Is there such a film for the men, "My sister has a small boat, I take you around the island tomorrow,yes?"

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but we ended up in this restaurant, I rated it the 2nd best meal and the best house white wine of the holiday, I would buy it in Tesco's, it was that good

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I picked the chicken stuffed with bacon and cheese

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mrs Db had pork fillet medallions both meals were delicious

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we sipped wine until the wee hours of 11 o'clock until we saw the little flashing yellow lights of the train weaving it's way along the promenade and it was time to go.

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but we just missed the front seat lol

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a nice evening

with the train passing by the ATm on it's route on the way home lol

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Day 4, Wednesday

It was a lovely morning again and we were establishing our little area of the beach

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whilst Mrs Db got settled on the beach I had a little walk down to the harbour in the corner

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passing a few restaurants

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now down at the far end of Golden beach

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so now up at Vigli restaurant which has surperb views over the beach

I noticed they did a 60s/ 70s night on Friday which I thought might be interesting

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after an 8 minute walk I was approaching the little harbour

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It wasn't a very affluent harbour, with what appear to be elderly people, may be ex fisherman living in caravans and small places

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wait a minute, these blocks are solid Marble

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here I am being being asked to pay a £1000 for a slice of this to make a fireplace and they are blocking the harbour with it lol

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These are marble chippings going to the boat

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This is where the Captain Zeus's boat docks that does the boat trips for 30 euro's

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but time to hit the road back to Mrs Db

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They say the streets of London were paved with gold, these were paved with marble lol

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so back with Mrs Db and having a pint on the beach was a novelty for us but we could get in the swing of this lol

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I was good today, avoiding both the baker and doughnut man and doing all that exercise

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but ended up with an Italian Job

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Mrs Db always the sensible one Rolling Eyes

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later after a nice afternoon, it was time for another shop

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Notice a bog roll, this is where we anticipated our empty roll wouldn't be replenished and we were right lol

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it was evening and I had suggested trying Vigli's the restaurant I spotted on my walk, however, I forgot to tell Mrs Db that the entrance up was like the last scene in the Mama Mia film leading up to the church lol

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I chose a curry but would have rated it high but it was so mild, milder than a Korma but really it was good with nuts, raisins and other things along with the chicken

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Mrs Db had mousaka and a salad

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and we had a lovely evening and thought we would return to experience the 60s /70s night

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Day 5, Thursday

Another lovely morning

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and Mrs Db get into our position on the beach

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meanwhile should delboy return next year he has a look at other Thomson accommodations, the first was the Emerald City oh sorry I mean't Emerald hotel, some on TA regard the journey up to the hotel, as Cardiac hill

The hotel is high on the hill here

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200m the signs says

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well I obviously dont have the brains doing this but do have the courage but will Dorothy and the tinman attempt it and what a better way for the tinman to find if he had a heart by attempting cardiac hill lol

well the photo doesn't quite give the steepness of the hill, but you can get an idea

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however, one has the next part to come around the bend to the right lol

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and continuing

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getting near the top but there is a left turn

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being to blow a bit now

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up the final part now lol

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just going round into the hotel grounds

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oh still a last bit up hill

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so here we are at the top, it has a small bar and a swimming pool, with chairbeds to use if required. I spoke to the ladies at the bar saying I may be interested next year and I was able to look around and take pictures

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there was nobody by the pool, which is a good sign, as people are making the effort to go down to the sea

the accommodation is higher that this, as Im on ground level

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people staying there tell me they have views that are not blocked by these buildings

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two couples staying there told me their rooms were also small, so much so that they were looking at a way of booking an Emerald suite, a new block down below which is not available to Thomsons

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The new suite block is just down below, so they would be prepared to do the hill again, if they had bigger and newer accommodation.

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There is a slightly less severe hill to take a bit off the up route but after Mrs Db attempted it, we decided it was a no, doing that hill twice a day in the heat for what sounded a lesser room was not for us and I would need a beer each time to do it lol

well now back with Mrs Db, I had avoided the cheese pie man and the doughnut man, due to an ever expanding waistline

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but it was lunch time, I'll just have something light today, a club sandwich, oh my god, it didn't say on the menu it came with chips lol

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anyway, I'll start cutting out some of the dinners on here, as I'll never finish this holiday lol and you end up as fat as me reading it

I will do the relevent ones from now on but no meal was bad



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Day 6, Friday

With Mrs Db comfortable on the beach I decided to have a look at the Blue Bay Hotel another on the Thomson brochure. It has had one of only 8 tourist awards for the Island but gets mixed reviews on TA. It also has the webcam fixed on Golden Beach

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I started my walk at The Vigli restaurant, the nearest restaurant to them at the end of Golden Beach

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and got to this sign in 8 mins

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but going up and down roads not as severe as the Emerald

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It took me 12 minutes walking up to get to the hotel and restaurants further in town would add to the walk.

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The views were good though

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So Delboy goes up and asks to look around, which was no problem

no swimming pool that I could see of

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The entrance going down a staircase to the road below

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The harbour is just below

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There was a bar area, two couples were relaxing in chairs looking at the nice views

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after discussions with Mrs Db afterwards we thought the hill would be a long drag for us twice a day

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Couldn't see where the webcam was but I spotted the road changed to dirt and continued around to another bay lol

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hunks of free marble here lol

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funny enough, I found out it was called Blue Bay lol

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however, someone has built a house right at the cliff edge virtually cutting it off, apart from a very narrow pathway of about 2ft lol

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this narrow path down didn't seem too bad lol

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but coming back, I had to put my camera in my pocket to have both hands free around one part, I think I would have to have left Mrs Db there if she had come along

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anyway I was now off back to Mrs Db on the beach

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and a well deserved burger, what no chips ??, what is it with these restaurants that give chips with a club sandwich but not with a burger lol

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Well it was evening at the Vigli's disco night

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we weren't sure how it would work out but the restaurant was full

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a few menu's

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I had lamb chops with a yogurt and mint sauce

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not sure what Mrs Db had, she can't remember lol

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but she was happy, music of the 60s/ 70s was playing quietly in the background. The evening continued, oh Tobacco Road, now who played that was it The Who, no says Mrs Db, well the Nashville teens just came into my head, that's them replied Mrs Db,

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so the wine and dinners were over and music went up a level, we went down a few stairs to join others

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soon the lights were on and a member of staff mixed his records lol

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"Now was that freddie and the dreams", I didn't like him, said Mrs Db, do you remember the Hollies at the Legion, 6s 6d to get in. Conversations went on way passed 11:30, so we decided to call a day, having had a very nice evening, leaving the others bopping away lol


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It was Sunday evening and at last Mrs Db had got her Shirley Valentine chairs and we picked from the menu at the side of the water

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It was a lovely clear evening the seagulls crying overhead

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and we could see the Island of Samothrace for the first and only time

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about to quote the line "My brother has a small boat" to what would have been a confused Mrs Db, as she hasn't seen the film, I got a splat right on top of my head. I couldn't of imagined what a mess a seagull could make, as I raised my hand up to feel it and then another splat and another, phew it was heavy rain.

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We picked up our wine and went inside, whilst a few brave souls partly under cover hung on

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but then came the thunder and lighning, it's no wonder these people in the old days thought their gods were angry, as it sure echoed in our bay lol, I imagined Skala Potamia had a 1000 Shirley Valentine's rushing in for cover with mascara running down their faces

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I had even forgotten what we had ordered lol

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never mind dear, it won't be as good as the steak you cook me a 6pm on Tuesday week lol

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perhaps the mountains was telling us something earlier on

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but a very interesting evening and the rain had kindly stop for us to walk home

well you may remember, Monday got a bit mixed up with walking on the beach but we ended our evening on Monday in Enavlion again as we had liked it so much

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Mrs Db makes her choice

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amongst the ambience of the restaurant

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my choice, a chicken mastic lol

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Mrs Db was chicken souvalaki

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presentation and service again was excellent and a free desert

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another lovely end to the day

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Day 10, Tuesday

Well it was Tuesday morning and nothing had been said about the brown trouser jeep ride by Mrs Db and I could see she wasn't too keen, the problem was that it was 8 hours in rough terrain, with out any facilities and sharing a jeep with others would involve going behind rocks lol. Anyway they only do the trips on a Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, so we had missed Tuesday already.

so having left Mrs Db on the beach, I was going to do a ramble to find the pathway to Skala Potamia, as there was some confusion as how to walk it in the evenings

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there were some lovely wild flowers out

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down the road at the bottom is a 5 star Alexander Boutique hotel but didn't know if a package company did it

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but going round the side of it I met the Thomson rep and chatted to him about the jeep trip for 69 euro's, I had heard of others doing a cheaper one, he did say the guy doing theirs, was very knowledgable guy and he had covered 4x4 cars and he said, you get a lot of dust up there. Anyway, he said, that the Thursday trip was full and there were only 3 places left for tomorrow. I explained my position with Mrs Db and said, well you may have a place for one or two or none from me but he quite understood.

anyway we parted and I carried on, till I got to the river crossing , there is a footbridge 10 metres up but Mrs Db wasn't with me, so its the devil may care lol

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might be the bridge with a torch at night lol

Then this was an unlit footpath after dark

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it went on for a duration of 3 minutes

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till it came out to a crossroad, with a supermarket on the corner

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I continued on the road briefly, as this was now the main route through

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so at this point, I veered to the path on the left

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and continued down the lane

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until coming out at the promenade, so easy peasy lol

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on my way back, I saw a cafe with this sign, as you know Delboy likes to find out more info, so I dropped in

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The place was run by an English couple from Lancashire, who moved over 10 years ago and have only gone back to England twice, for a funeral and a wedding lol. He told me the Greek Goverment had put the Golden Beach campsite up for sale and the people had a protest march. I chatted for 30 minutes or so but bid my farewell to get back to Mrs Db

gypros were had by all and an afternoon on the beach

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I discussed my meeting of the Thomson rep, I felt guilty going without Mrs Db and she felt guilty not going, not wanting to tag along was ok by me, as long as Mrs Db didn't mind me going without her. Frantic calls to the rep took place in the evening and by 8pm I was booked on clap

so with dinner near the sea again

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we hoped the evening wasn't going to be stormy again but wondered what effect my walnut and beetroot salad would have lol

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and would I need a Kwell and a bog roll as part of the survival kit tomorrow lol

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So it was evening, after the mountain trip and I got showered and changed ready to catch the mini train into Skala Potamia. The reason being to replenish some money from that ATm in a Galaxy far far away. So we walked down to the train to find we were the only one's going and got into the front carriage. All was well until I realised that everyone still wanted to wave to us and kids would appear from nowhere to wave. Well you have to wave back don't you.

By the time we reached the promenade of Skala Potamia half the town were out waving to us. It was as if we were the Queen and Prince Phillip driving up the course at Royal Ascot. We walked straight to the ATm and were then ready for a meal, we decided to pick the same restaurant as before, IMO the best house white wine that no other restaurant had matched

It was still daylight on the beach

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This was the restaurant

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I had the chicken, bacon and cheese dish again

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while Mrs Db had the burger stuffed with cheese

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The wine was as good as before and by 10:30pm we were ready to catch the train back but this time with more people in it lol

so the end of day 11 with a coffee on the balcony

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Day 12, Thursday

I didn't seem to do anything inspiring and sat on the beach with Mrs Db

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I did go in for a dip

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and I was obvious looking rough from my trip over the mountains, to be asked, "want a massage Mister"

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going back to our apartments we met a couple going back to the Emerald Hotel, the guy thought he had found an easy way up to the Emerald. So tomorrow I had to investigate that.

Tonight we were eating at the Finikas

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I had the Lamb chops which had a nice barbeque flavour to them

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Mrs Db went big time and had the fillet steak with pepper sauce

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washed down with the house red

Then it was coffee on the balcony

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Day 13, Friday

another loverly morning

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So I was going to try the road up to the Emerald, which starts opposite the Avis car hire. If you are that end of the resort it has a slight advantage, as it has a more gradual hill but if your down the far end of the beach, Vigli's end you have 200 metres to get to it

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but all it does is bend round at the top

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and run across the top cutting into the road where the Emerald Suites are

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then it's up a steep hill again, verdict slightly easier than cardiac hill but still hot doing it

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after all this it's on the beach again lol

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it was 4:30pm and the water taxi to Thasso town was just leaving the harbour

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and we ended up having a delicious frappe with ice cream in it, on the beach. At around 5:30 we headed back but dropped into the Enavlion Restaurant to book a table for our last night, as I feared that we might not get in, as it's so popular. I was so right, as we got one of the last two tables on their higher balcony.

for our penultimate dinner we picked the Playa d'Oro restaurant

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I had a curry souvalaki

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Mrs Db had a chicken hawaii

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we had a litre of the house red to wash it down

Well part way through the dinner, Mrs Db was feeling full and asked me to help her out. I did explain I was on a diet, however, I did take half her dinner. Then Mrs Db announced she didn't want any more of her wine. so I had to help her out lol.

The restaurant presented us a free deserts and I had to eat Mrs Db's portion

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Then the restaurant gave us free ouzo's but Mrs Db wasn't keen on ouzo, so I had to drink hers lol

Then it was back to the apartment for a balcony on a coffee lol

I think it was a nice evening

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Day 14 Saturday, the last day

Mrs Db wasn't feeling quite right so we decided to stay on the balcony but I was allow another of those cheese pies

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And the rest of of the clientele around the place must of thought I was feeling unwell chasing butterflies around the lavender lol

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So after breakfast Mrs Db was more than happy to read her kindle on the balcony whilst I did a sortie on the Alexander Boutique as I know the Boss likes a bit of luxury. I had also noticed the traffic on the road was more busy in our second week, it's easy for the eastern european's to drive here and come over on the ferry for 16 euro's. Also there are cheaper flights from the UK into Thessaloniki airport which is just 2.5 hours drive to the ferry, so anyway, I found some short cuts off road

This one was just 100 metres down the road and ran through the olive trees

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you get to the botttom and turn left

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not that the roads are that busy just more hazardous with the traffic

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so saved about 200 /300 metres of traffic in that pleasant little walk lol

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Then it's just a short walk down the road to the campsite and beach ( I found and off road short cut to that as well, but all there to be hunted out)

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so it's just down this road passed the mini train to the campsite

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so lets go in to see what they have to offer lol

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well either side of the path they have three rows of tents and caravans

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This row of caravans /tents face the sea

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This is the place, if I got my facts right, that the Greek Government have put up for sale

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The fear is the new owners would have the ability to take the beach with it and cutting it off from others

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There is a beach bar there, open to all

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but with what ever form of camping you pick

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all the bugs and spiders that may go with it, is never going to please Mrs Db (I can imagine all the women reading this, thinking I don't blame her lol )

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at the other end of the scale lets go and seek out this bit of luxury in Golden Beach, so out of the camp and turn left and walk do the road 250 metres, the mini train has just left for it's all day Saturday trip, as described earlir in the review

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I approach the 5 star Alexander Boutique hotel

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The gates were open, so I had a quick look, wow

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I need to find out more about this place a couple of hundred more a fortnight each just might tempt me

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So it was into reception, I'm Delboy with Thomson, I'm interested in staying here for next year, is it ok if I look around. Feel free Delboy, oh great Mrs Db will like this

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Mattresses around the pool with large parasols overhead lol

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a terrace with a restaurant and bar behind

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The beach looked good from the walkway they had, which was straight out of the back of the hotel

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So I went back into reception and asked if they had a brochure for their rooms, we have a CD Sir, I thanked the lady and made my way to Mrs Db still clutching my given CD and some rolls, cheese and ham to make sandwiches. However, once home we found the cost to be too expensive and by the time we had added spending money we would be approaching a luxury AI villa in the Maldives lol. Although one does get breakfast, free air con and a taxi instead of a coach transfer

It was evening and Mrs Db was feeling much better after having rolls at lunchtime and at 8pm we arrived at the Enavlion to have our last meal

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we were given a different free appertiser of a cheesy type spread

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I had the lamb special

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Mrs Db had the honey and mustard pork

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Then I ordered a walnut pie Embarassed

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but Mrs Db couldn't help me eat it, now I had noticed before that someone got a free liqueur after ordering a desert, but no such luck, we were given another free desert which I couldn't finish

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The service was brilliant again and we went back to the apartment and sat on the balcony drinking coffee and reminiscing of a lovely holiday but that dreaded morning comes when you have to board the coach to the airport

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and the ferry home

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Then back in the coach for the final 15 minutes to the airport, where four baby storks waited for the call from the next person to drink from the kissing fountain

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then it was onboard for our flight home, ok Delboy's on board we can take off now lol

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would we return to Thassos?? well yes and neither of us drank from your Kissing Fountain

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But OMG, looking at my waistline, I've just become pregnant lol

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Hope you enjoyed the virtual holiday with the Delboys, I enjoyed making it
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