SKopelos

By Sofia, Oct 28 2018 10:09PM

Nearly a month has gone by since the last guests of the season at 39steps left the island! A month full of events!


In my absence - on an unexpected and highly euphoric mission in the mountainous regions of northern Greece, where I was born - Martin and Tereza, from the Czech Republic left. I thank them for their understanding of the purpose of my absence and truly regret not being here to wave them off.


Sally and George, old timers on the island and regulars of 39steps, coped amicably with the small problem I left them with. I trust that Chris and Laura, enjoyed their say on the island and 39steps.



By Sofia, Sep 21 2018 07:02PM

This tiny beach, tailor-made for two, is one of many delightful surprises around the Skopelos coastline.


This one, discovered by Martin and Maisie from the UK, is within easy access from a major, frequently visited resort, but still very private.


For those that have visited Skopelos: any guesses which?


I was pleased to be able to recommend it to another Martin and Teresa on their honeymoon from the Czech Republic


By Sofia, Sep 15 2018 11:02AM

On their last day, again at the crack of dawn, Andrea, Jiri and myself visited another of the Skopelos islands treasures: Ag. Taxiarchis.


This small chapel has always been important to the community of Skopelos. The picturesque and difficult to reach monastery is shielded from vision by the mountainous terrain. It stands in isolation, surrounded by many fresh water springs in pristine nature on the downslope of the Palouki mountain, high up above Velanio beach. The whole terrain faces the open Aegean with a chain of islands forming the Marine Park For me this vista and setting amount to eternity!


For the keen walkers, paths in use have been joined into a continuous walk all the way from Skopelos harbour. I have completed the two hour walk many times, but nowadays prefer and easier route, which is to drive along the bad and stony dirt track to what was animal shelter, park the car there and make my way down the slope.


As uever on Skopelos, there is a hearsay legend relating to Ag.Taxiarchis, that during WW2 New Zealand soldiers parachuted down, were hidden there by the islanders, to be sailed to the shores of Asia Minor.



Beautiful Skopelos Town seen from  across the Bay en route to Ag Taxiarchis
Beautiful Skopelos Town seen from across the Bay en route to Ag Taxiarchis
Down the path to Ag Taxiarchis
Down the path to Ag Taxiarchis
The shrine is beautiful, but the spirng more interesting!
The shrine is beautiful, but the spirng more interesting!
Andrea and Jiri ake in the view to eternity at Ag Taxiarchis
Andrea and Jiri ake in the view to eternity at Ag Taxiarchis

By Sofia, Sep 7 2018 06:08PM

At crack of dawn, Andrea and Jiri - from the Czech Republic - joined me on my visit to the Dimenika.


It is where the Sendoukia, three graves chiseled on top of a mountain and facing east, are located. Notwithstanding their undocumented ancient past, for me this area is imbued with positive energy. It is also a place of some of the most diverse and useful plant species growing on Skopelos island.


During the leisurely walk to and from the top of the mountain, we covered a broad range of local legendary hearsay. We also looked at plants, some of which we took back with us to look at closely for their multitude of edible to medicinal use.


Stretching our outing to cover Karia, Jiri had the opportunity there, to taste and make a breakfast of his favourite fruit: figs. These are unavailable in the wild of the Czech Republic and already past their season in other parts of Skopelos, so a great find.


A well-spent morning I would say!


Making our way up
Making our way up
Herb forage at Dimenika
Herb forage at Dimenika
Happines is wild figs!
Happines is wild figs!
Andrea and Jiri at Sendoukia
Andrea and Jiri at Sendoukia
Andrea and I forage sage
Andrea and I forage sage
The goodies at home, drying
The goodies at home, drying

By Sofia, Sep 2 2018 07:27AM

This summer many have experienced the kind of heat which is normal for us in August.


On these days, it is often pleasant to make an end to the evening by leaving the lively fun of the harbour front behind, to stroll through the cool, mysterious lanes of the Old Town, back to the quietness and tranquility of 39steps.


A full moon over the lanes of the Old Town
A full moon over the lanes of the Old Town
View towards the harbour from the Old Town
View towards the harbour from the Old Town
Meanwhile, the party continues by the harbourside
Meanwhile, the party continues by the harbourside
... and on... (!)
... and on... (!)
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I'm Sofia, 39 Steps' owner and host. This is an occasional blog to keep in touch with my regular guests, give a taste of Skopeliti life and share my experiences of foraging through the summer season

 

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