Thursday was our last full day in Skopelos, and the major challenge we have had is finding lettuce, or any green salad leaves really.
Our neighbours had both gone. George and Carol had left in Miles Away on Wednesday morning for Skiathos where other co – owners were due to take over the boat and we had dinner ashore with Mike and Lynda that evening before they left on Thursday morning towards Skyros and Linaria; we asked them to say ‘Hi’ to Sakis for us.
So, having bid farewell to Mike and Lynda we got the bus into Skopelos Town to search for a supply of green leaves for our next few days anchoring around the Gulf of Volos and Northern Evia. We also needed a Post Office and a Vodafone shop; we’d bought a data sim card in Thassos but couldn’t get it to work!
Skopelos is a relatively large town and the main port for the island with a variety of ferries coming and going; it looked nowhere near as quiet and relaxing as Nea Klima! We only had a few hours before needing to get the bus back so we had a stroll around the narrow streets and alleyways doing a bit of window shopping. We found both the Post Office and Vodafone shop, almost next door to each other, had lunch and found a selection of supermarkets and fruit and veg shops. It was a very successful expedition, letter posted, we now have two data cards which work, we got salad leaves and lettuce and coconut!
Back in Nea Klima we visited the local ‘supermarket’ which delivers to the harbour to stock up on water and beer, and some more veg, and then sat down to plan out our next few days. We decided to give Skiathos a miss completely. My original intention was to anchor in one of the bays on the south coast for an evening before moving further west towards the Gulf of Volos; I think it is actually the Gulf of Pagasitikos but Volos is the big port at the north end. However, a Command Decision was made that we should head directly for Ormos Pigadi, part of a big bay just west of the entrance to the Volos Gulf.
From there we’ll explore some of the southern end of the Gulf, around the Trikeri Peninsular before heading for Orei, a small port on the north coast of Evia; we’ll need more lettuce by then!