Blue Star thoughts
I woke up to a cloudy day yesterday, and the forecast showed it staying all day. (It’s only 8.30 yesterday as I write this, so I can’t say yet how the rest of the day will pan out.) I was up in time to see the Blue Star coming in on the early run. The images might not be wonderful as I use my phone camera, but you might get an idea of how it looks from up here in the village.
Later this morning (yesterday, remember) we’re off to have lunch with the bother-in-law before he heads back on the Panagia Skiadeni, spending a night in Rhodes before heading back to Vienna tomorrow. Our next house guests will hopefully be the son, fiancé and grandson in August if they can find suitable flights from Scotland at an affordable price. After that, the next visitor will be Mother who is staying at the Village Hotel this time. I’ll be going to meet her in Athens, and after a couple of days there, we will come back on the same Blue Star that arrived today, getting back to Symi at 4.55 in the morning.
I know, that’s early, but what this way of arriving on the island does is knock out the need for the flight to Rhodes and a boat from there. It depends on budget and timing, but instead of flying from Newquay to Gatwick for a night, then to Rhodes for a night and then a boat to Symi, this way should only entail flying to Gatwick, then to Athens arriving in the evening and allowing for a couple of days to recover there before a ‘cruise’ down to Symi. It saves the night in Rhodes which is often necessary, and the taxi from airport to hotel and the taxi from hotel to ferry and the boat from Rhodes to Symi. Instead, we’ll board the Blue Star around 2pm on the Tuesday, take a cabin each (already booked), and have plenty of time to watch the first islands go past until dinner in the a la carte restaurant, and a night’s sleep with an early wake-up call provided by reception. I find it hard to sleep on these boats, there’s too much to see, although you don’t reach the Dodecanese islands until during the night, and it also gets a bit noisy as the boat pulls into port. But so much better than all those planes, pains and automobiles, and it’s more or less door to door. We shall see how it goes.