SKYROS:Gyrismata, Molos, Magazia,Kalamitsa-Linaria

Trip Start May 08, 2010
Trip End Jan 23, 2011

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Flag of Greece  , Central Greece,
Saturday, October 16, 2010

The northern part, green, woody and very fertile, bears the name 'Meroe' which means calm, tamed. And this is where we are heading now.

We drive pass the airport and stop wherever I see something interesting. Oh yes! I have spotted a Skyrian pony in a field.

The worldwide unique small-bodied Skyrian horse is a vivid landmark of the island.  It is considered to be a gift of nature to the inhabitants. This little pony has nothing to do with the known ponies, although it resembles them a lot. 

We move on and come to Yirismata and Pourghia. We come to the lighthouse (restaurant during summer) and just opposite I stop and enter the little chapel of St. Nicholaos. I find a man painting the little church and unfortunately there is not a single icon in there. The man urges me to come again in two days when the painting is over but unfortunately we are leaving.  A few metres further I see another small chapel. It is the chapel of Panaghia (Mother of Jesus) and Aghios Ermolaos.  To reach the latter you have to take a small boat the man tells me. Of course there is no time at this moment, - probably on my next trip to Skyros!

I am curious and ask the kind man why the rocks seem as if they are cut in slices and I am told that in the past locals used to come and cut pieces from these rocks which they used for a specific part as a decoration in their houses.

We come to Molos (a small fishing harbour with a little bridge and colourful floating boats)  and Magazia area.  A very long beach very popular to tourists.  As we park the car I see a couple sitting in their garden.  I approach them, greet them and they invite me in.  They are pleased that I have talked to them and the lady, Mrs. Sophia asks me to take a photo of their beautiful hibiscus plant. We start chatting and she asks me to call Yianni to come also.

I tell her that I want to see the inside of a real Skyrian home for my pages and she gladly shows me in.  With the first step I make, I realize that I have come to the right house.  In seconds however I realize that there is a very sad story behind this loving couple.

They have lost their son 20 years ago.  He was killed in an accident when he was a soldier and at the corner of the dining room there is a whole wall with letters and notes dedicated to the lost son Anesti.  In memory of Anesti, the mayor dedicated the square and they named it after him because Mr. and Mrs. Fragouli, the parents donated the organs of their son.  I feel so sad for the poor parents when they describe their visit to the person who got their son’s eyes.  It was as if they were seeing their son. The heart of the boy is transplanted to a person living in England, but they never met him. They are very disappointed and hurt however because they expected to have a connection at least with the person who has their son’s eyes, but they don’t.

Mrs. Sophia takes me to a room which really looks like a museum.  She has kept the Skyrian style and tradition and lets me take as many photos as I want. The kitchen is also decorated with many porcelain plates and pots and I am amazed.  She needs hours cleaning this little house because of all these!

She wants to show me the house behind the hibiscus as well, and she tells me that if I have any friends who want to rent a house for summer she is renting it.  She asks for 100 euros a day, but I believe the house is big enough for a family with 3 or 4 children.

In case somebody who is reading this wants to rent this house the phone number is 22220 91430. It is just 10 metres from the beautiful beach of Magazia area.

 We are asked if we want some coffee but it is already time to move on so we thank them, take a photo with this lovely couple and leave.

We drive pass Aspous….I don’t like the beach here at all, and drive southern now towards Achili and Kalamitsa.

There is a real long pebbled beach and we decide to drive a little further.  We come to Nyfi  fountain.  There is a man sitting on his knees trying to fill a plastic bottle from the water running out of the spring.

We then take the road back and on the way I see many horses in a field.  What a beautiful picture!  I stop and get out of the car once again.  The view of the coast of  Kalamitsa is awesome from here.

Linaria is the final stop.  It is the main port of the island and there are many restaurants.  We are already hungry and decide to have something traditional.

I wasn’t thrilled with the restaurant and in fact it was not only expensive but the quality of what we were brought was not what we expected. The restaurant was called "Almyra" .

We get back to the hotel and rest for a while. 

In my next entry I am posting many photos from the capital of Skyros.

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laorfamily on

Absolutely stunning - great entry.

travelmonster on

Some lovely photos Popi, interesting rock shapes.

venoth on

Beautiful place Popi. Im sure standing on the edge of the lighthouse facing the sea must have been a breathtaking sight.

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