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Molyvos, lesvos Greece

This is a lovely unspoilt Greek village on the island of Lesvos called Molyvos. The perfect place to come a have your unforgettable holiday

Waves

There are many waves in lifeThrough the Trees.                                                                                                                               

Waves hitting the shoreStones washed away.

These pictures were taken by  Elpi Deligianni.

Trouble finding flights to Lesvos for 2012

You might be interested in reading this email that i was sent
Melinda

Hi Melinda,
I don’t know whether you are aware of the dire situation facing Lesvos for next year.
While you and your colleagues are working away to attract more people to Molivos, we are finding it almost impossible to get there.
Our travel agent Lisa Murray, who works for a wonderful company called Travel Counsellors, has been checking out for us today and has found that not only have Thomson and First Choice pulled out of Lesvos for 2012 but have NO plans to return in the near future.
That leaves just Thomas Cook/Manos with just one Saturday flight a week out of Manchester and no-one at this stage planning to fill the void.
Liisa has checked with other companies such as Olympic to see whether they have plans to fill the hole left by Thomson, but none are plannng to do that.
We are now desperately trying to find somewhere else as superb as the Eriphilli where we can book a package two or three weeks next May, before the few available planes are filled by bird watchers heading for Skala Kalloni.
I’m sure the Thomson move will have a devastating effect on the restaurants and other businesses in Molivos.
Problems are even cropping up with Thomas Cook, the one operator still taking bookings from Britain. For instance, the Molivos Queen (below the castle) was being offered at the beginning of this week and a friend of ours booked the first two weeks next May.
When I tried today, the accommoadtion had been pulled from website for what Thomas Cook say are “contractual problems”.
 Slowly but surely, the places we like are disappearing and, more frighteningly, the planes to get us there.
Best wishes,
FRANK and SHEILA

Walking with Eva

Hi my name is Eva and I am an “outdoor-person”.

I first came to the island as a child and explored Lesvos with my father who was a great storyteller and made history come alive for us children.Later after my education in publishing and sports I came back to the magic island and have lived on Lesvos ever since.

I love nature and this is something for which this island is renowned.

Lesvos surprises with a varying many-faceted  Mediterranean landscape.

Rich in flora and fauna, silvery olive groves, green pine woods and wild volcanic scenery.

Lesvos with its great scenery and stunning views combines  the natural worlds of the east and west  – Asia and Europe.

For nearly ten years now I have organized  and led individual walks on this fascinating island.

I enjoy leading people through uncharted terrain, making it safe and enjoyable for all of us, usually in small groups.

My walks are tailor-made to the needs and wishes of the participants.Long walks, short walks, cultural and historical walks, adventure walks, romantic walks and sooo many more, all over the island.

After spending the day in the natural world and experiencing the special atmosphere of  this island we all,  by the end of the day, have made new friends.

On our hikes through the countryside we dicover  picturesque villages, fabulous views, hidden monasteries, and ruins of bygone eras. The routes take us along donkey tracks, old pilgrim trails and long forgotten stony mountain paths, sometimes crossing streams, scrambling over boulders, fences and hedges. On the way we meet up with donkeys, sheep and goats, perhaps a falcon, buzzard or jay even a tortoise or salamander. One memorable time in early springtime I was accompanied by an eagle up in the air . It gave my a very special feeling.

We sometimes take a midday break at a rural taverna, with scenic views or directly overlooking the Aegean,  we  may also enjoy a picnic straight out of our  backpacks somewhere in the middle of nowhere in the silence of the mountains or  with  the sound of the sea.

You may also like to know more specific details about the flora and fauna of the island, as  well as history, and information about contemporary Greek life, You can find me at: www.wandern-auf-lesvos.de or mail me wander@otenet.de

I wish you a lot of fun exploring this fascinating Island, see you in Lesvos

Eva

Magic Green Vegetables

Last week I went for a beautiful walk with some friends in the southern part of the island. I had heard of an organic farm close to a village called Milies and had been thinking of going to visit it.

Well, spring was in the air, and on Saturday night over a glass of wine we decided to go – “we” being Melinda, Evelina, Amber and me.

We have all been living on Lesvos for a long time. Melinda has been here since she was a toddler, Evelina is from Molivos, grew up in Athens, but has been back here for nearly 20 years now.

I have also been in town for nearly 20 years and Amber, who is Dutch like me, has been here nearly 10 years. But, since the island is so big, there is still lots we haven’t seen yet. Amber is actually the  real explorer. She loves to go walking with her dog Bella every day or with friends and her uncle Jan, who lives here as well.

In the end we were lucky, because Jan decided to come as well and he has a jeep so we didn’t have to make a detour, but could drive from the village of Agiassos and past the former mental sanitorium that is now used as an official shelter home for young refugees under 16, often from Afghanistan, who have landed here by boat from Turkey.

After the shelter the road became a dirt track with fantastic views over the bay of Geras and some steep slopes. I have a terrible fear of heights  but  was quite relaxed about it as the slopes are covered in pine trees so I couldn’t really see how high we were. After about an hour we arrived in Karionas, where we parked the car at the local taverna. It was closed, but in typically trusting Greek fashion, a big bag of bread was hanging outside the door, so we were pretty sure that on our way back we would be able to have a nice lunch there.

In Karionas we split up, because Amber and Jan had done the walk already and were going to do another one this time. Evelina, Melinda and I hit the road to the farm.It was a dirt track again, through pine forest and olive groves. It was nice to see that most of the olive groves had signs saying they were organic.More and more olive  farmers around Molyvos have also changed to organic farming which means no spraying of the trees with chemical pesticides.

After less then an hour we reached the farm. It is also a holiday place with some cottages, a café and stables for horses. The horses are used to explore the surroundings, but there are also mountain bikes and guided tours on foot. However, although we had phoned to say we were coming, we didn’t find anybody and, after a look around, we decided to go to Milies, the next village, which is now nearly deserted with only 2 or 3 inhabitants. (there were around 400 in 1920).

We rested at the fountain next to the church and refilled our water bottles because it was going to be uphill on the way back and very warm, I had stripped down to a t-shirt.

For more shade we took a small paved path. We saw some horses and passed the farm again. Now the café was open and an old lady greeted us warmly. We had missed her before because she had been cleaning the cottages as they were expecting guests. Unbelievable! She was 85 years old and still working hard. The timing wasn’t so good because it was now her lunchtime so we just drank a glass of water, had a little chat with her, and then left her to her lunch, which was standing on the table and was no more than bread and a plate of wild greens that she had probably gathered herself.

No wonder she was still cleaning rooms at her age. We had got quite hungry ourselves and were eager to go back to the taverna at Karionas and have lunch. We knew what we wanted for our veggies!

The timing was perfect. Jan and Amber had just arrived. But the taverna was closed even though the bread was gone and there was a car there that hadn’t been there that morning.

So we drove to Perama, a beautiful fishing village at the golf of Geras, and ,besides a big variety of fish, what was on the menu?…. magic wild greens. Why do I call them magic? Because from now on, I’ll be eating them. Who knows – maybe I will be still cleaning my own holiday house when I am 85.

Karen



The party

For a live view of the 60’s,70’s,80’s party
Saturday the 6th of March 9pm Greek time.
http://www.mymolivos.com
A fast connection helps.
Enjoy because we sure will.
Have a glass of wine with us
Melinda

60’s,70’s,80’s party

Finally the party to wash away our winter cobwebs.
Saturday night the 6th of March at 9pm at Risalto bar near Molyvos harbour.
The best news is that there is going to be a web cam so anyone can see the party live from anywhere.
Of course this is the gossip but check this site out as i will post the website when i know it.
Paul and Martin from Molly’s Bar are our Djs with a little help from Andonis (from the clothes shop in the harbour) who is going to play original Vinyl records
There is a first prize for the best dressed. Yes this is a dress up party.
Me i am going easy, as a flower power girl.
Tell you more after the event if the hangover isn’t too bad.
Melinda

Greek Army.

Hello everyone, My name is Alaine and I have lived in Molyvos since 1986,here I met Andonis and in 1988 our first son, Theo was born followed 5 years later by our other son Yianni. In 1997 we decided that yes we could afford to marry and Andonis and I “tied the knot” in the lovely coastal village of Skala Sikaminea in the tiny church perched on a rock. Whilst my life here has had it’s ups and downs(to put it mildly)I can say that I have carved out a comfortable little niche for me and mine and now I find I am walking around with a  permanent knot in my stomach.

The reason for this being the arrival of Theo’s “call up” papers and now the rapidly approaching date of his departure, 7th February where the army takes control of him for at least the next 9 months! As if the emotional side to this isn’t enough I find the anxiety of even getting him to the camp on time very harassing and I have become aware that no-one in my family is able to tell each other of how they truly feel. Weird!

We know full well the seriousness of Theo reporting to his army post on time, who doesn’t, but just a tad of help from the army powers that be would have made this a less stressful time for us all. Theo was given a sheet of paper with details of where to report and what paperwork, x-rays and medical books he had to have with him. And that was it!

After a few telephone calls we were told that if we wanted the army to pay for his travel (very funny) Theo would have to apply in Mitilene and after 2 trips down there he was issued a voucher, was this a ticket in itself? Would he have to book a ticket on the ferry? Yet again we were in the fog and only by asking around did we find anything out and the run around did not stop there, we later found out that the army base is at least 4hours from Athens by bus and realised that he would have to leave the island 2 days earlier than planned. Because the army apparently refuses to let the new-comers in to the camp any earlier than the date given we then had to either consider a hotel for 2 nights or find some kind soul to let him stay with them till he could catch the bus to Sparta.

We have so many questions still to ask and still so much to do in the short time remaining and I find the knot growing in my stomach by the minute. All in all I am finding this whole experience somewhat like being pregnant for the first time, thousands have given birth before but this is a whole new experience for each mother and treats it as such, this is my first time at sending a son into the army and I don’t know what to expect and my emotions are running riot with me.    Call me silly but I have dreaded this for the last 21 years so I say lets get this show on the road and the sensible side of me is saying the sooner he goes in, the sooner he will come out. I will pack him off with all of my love and very best wishes and will be waiting eagerly for news from him, what more can I do!

Alaine

What’s the weather like on Lesvos in the winter?


Buying a field outside the village and building a house looking across the valley to the mountains seemed like a really good idea at the time. But we had forgotten about February!

It’s great to wander down our dry dirt road to the sea in the summer but in January and February this delightful meandering path can become a raging torrent – an escape route for rainwater from all the surrounding high land.

It recently snowed lightly and has now rained non-stop for two days and two nights and, if other years are anything to go by, it will soon be time to drive the car very slowly and carefully through the water to the main road, and leave it there – squelching back up the ‘road’ in wellies, praying that the water doesn’t come over the top of them.

Plodding through this river in the daytime to get to the car again is bearable in the daytime, but not so much fun at night – especially as the four street lights usually blow a fuse when it’s so wet.

This year has been an improvement on past experiences however. Last year my entire garden flooded, as did the sewage pit. The smell I can stand but not when the contents threaten to bubble up through the ground-floor bathroom drain. When it happened last time, we spent hours in the rain digging down to the pit and putting in a pump to empty it.

This year we were well prepared, having dug a hole under the fence to re-route most of the flood water into the farmer’s field next door. It was fallow at the time but he could try his hand at rice-growing now. It’s perfect conditions.

But that’s February! Only a few more weeks of wind and rain now. Then the daffodils will come into bloom, the donkeys will come to ‘mow’ my grass down to a reasonable height, and Spring will be just around the corner……..

Liz

HOW TO GET HERE TO LESVOS

Booking travel tickets

If booking your tickets online, Lesvos (Lesbos) is often described as “Mytilene” by most search engines, airlines and ferry boat operators or just type MJT.

FROM ATHENS

By boat

Every day there are boats  from Piraeus (Athens). Most leave in the evening, the faster one takes 8 hours and the other ones take 12 hours.

www.anek.gr

www.nel.gr

www.hellenicseaways.gr

By Air

The earlier you book with Aegean airlines or Olympic, the cheaper the tickets will be as they both have special offers for early bookings.

www.olympicairlines.gr

www.aegeanair.com

www.athensairways.com

There are also direct flights from different European countries. Below is a list of some of the ones we know, if anyone knows of others please let us know.

FROM HOLLAND

Tuesdays and Fridays

www.sunweb.nl

www.sudtours.nl

http://www.neckermann.nl

FROM LONDON

Thursday and Saturday

www.charterflights.co.uk

www.firstchoice.co.uk

www.thomsonfly.com

www.flightline.co.uk

FROM NORWAY

Thursday

www.apollo.no

FROM GERMANY

Wednesday

Düsseldorf  and Munich on

www.airberlin.com

FROM AUSTRIA

Vienna on Wednesday

www.laudaair.com

FROM BELGIUM

Monday

www.thomascook.be

FROM SWEDEN

sunday

www.apollo.se

FROM DENMARK

Copenhagen on Sunday and Billund on Monday

www.apollorejser.dk

FROM TURKEY

By boat from Avalik and Dykli

Ferries come and go most days during the summer months.

ARRIVING ON LESVOS

However you travel, by air or ferry boat, you will arrive in the island’s capital town of Mytilene (65 kilometres from Molyvos). There are taxi ranks at the airport and the harbour.