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Patmos, one of my favorite Greek islands
This appeared to be the local kafeneon in the square in Skala. We frequented this place every night we were on Patmos and enjoyed the locals company.
I remember Nick getting so drunk one night here, he couldn't walk up the steps to our room and kept falling backwards!!
We were given BBQ'd little fish here, gratis. I think this was the first time we had ever seen a BBQ helped on it's way by a hairdryer !!! It amused us at the time but now we have seen this frequently.
Updated Apr 1, 2006
Address: Skala, Patmos
In 1985 Skala's banking facilities consisted of changing money in a drinks shop. A nice idea that the whole process is so frought you simply must indulge in a bottle or two to get over the usually long-winded proceedure!!!
Now, I read, there is even an ATM. Whatever next???
What to buy: Personally I don't go to places like this to shop. I'm sure the up-market shops are overly priced, ready and waiting for the wealthy cruise ship occupants.
What to pay: Whatever the shopkeepers think they can take you for.....
Written Mar 30, 2006
Address: Skala, Patmos
The usual "trip" for the cruise tourists, while on the island, is something like:
Port --> Monastery --> Grotto --> Port (and to the ship)
So the taxi drivers (or some taxi drivers at least), trying to make the best (the most) of every cruise ship's visit, they take people from each spot to the next one. ie they take you from the port to the monastery, leave you there while they take another passenger to the grotto, where they leave him to take another to the port, and then they come back to the monastery (you already have seen the place and you are ready to leave) to take you to the grotto etc. This is how it works. At the same time they take three different passengers and of course they are paid triple money.
Fair enough, but this is a bit difficult to understand for someone who knows that "I take a taxi, I ask the driver to take me where I want, and then I pay the relevant fare".
So, either you deside you have no problem with that and you just follow the drivers "trip", or, you should discuss this with your driver from the beggining before getting in his car and, probably, hire another taxi. This will save your good mood.
Written Sep 8, 2006
Phone: Patmos taxi : 22470 31225