An Update on Poros -
- The Alexopuli at the Saga Hotel
- Frances and Dennis McCallum
- Shawn and Bob
- Businesses of Poros
- Poros Municipality
Poros Sewage Works from the cliffs...
...Yes, everything's photogenic, on Poros...
Updates to June 2006 Blog ...
Readers of the Poros 2006 website may recall that our stay was really made wonderful by three families and some rather
fascinating businesses - also, in an unusual way, by the Municipal authorities of Poros and their efficient response to
a water problem. In this page we will try to keep things up to date during 2007 on the matters that affect all these
contributors to enjoyment of Poros.
- The Alexopoulos Family and the Saga Hotel :
Zefi, Takis and family remain as healthy and cheerful as ever, the most significant things for the writer and his wife
being that Zefi wanted us to come for two weeks, not the one. But, the Hotel has some news :-
- The Roof Terrace - Jenny's favourite sunbathing roost - now has a bar for cool drinks and necessary shade for sun
shirkers such as myself.
- The Studio bathrooms are being refitted.
- Zefi will be hosting at least two more weddings this year - with at least one to be held on Daskalio Island.
- Zefi is planning a cooking and recipe page/site, in view of response to my mention of her Moussaka and Lemon Cake.
- Frances and Dennis McCallum :
These two great-hearted friends have settled quite happily into a working retirement that sees Frances managing a lot of
paperwork for Zefi and generally enjoying life as a Greek in Poros. Dennis has made slightly more frequent trips back to
Scotland, but he is also enjoying life. He has (at last) got his own artist's website.
- Shawn and Bob :
Shawn continues to run the olive farm, but Bob regrettably has not kept up the promise of the early months after his
stroke and takes a lesser role. Frances, Dennis and the Alexopouli have helped with gathering the olives and with the
essential pruning of the trees. The other problem has been the lack of rain; by the start of March 2007, the only decent rain
had been way back in November 2006. We remained concerned for both Bob and Shawn, looking forwareds to seeing both of them.
- Businesses in Poros :
The Rota Taverna have noticed that they were well-mentioned on the Poros 2006 website (well, they deserved it)
and this has got back somehow to Frances. The Cinema Cafe is still going strong and Apaggio's continues to serve its Greek
home cooking. However, Apaggio's has moved from its 2006 location to one on the seafront opposite Galatas, right down on the
southern end of Poros Town, the Pundi area.
To my surprise, the Hotel Theano closed its Spiro's Taverna over winter, but no doubt will be going strong from
- Poros Municipality :
In Poros 2006 I praised the commonsense approach of the town to the brief pollution problem of the water supply, now long since
rectified and back to normal. There has also been progress on another front; Poros built a modern sewage treatment works a
few years ago but did not have the money for linking the sewers to the works. This money is now available and work starts in
2007 to connect the properties in Kanali and Askeli to the sewage works, so helping a number of local hotels such as the Saga
Hotel. The Mediterranean towns (including, by report, wealthy Nice in France) are not all as careful as Poros in ensuring that
the streets and bathing beaches are free of sewage and pollution. Another gold star for Poros ! As you'll find in the 2007 blog,
I accidentally took Jenny on a walk with a good view of the new works.
Poros 2007 Updates :
Alas, the Bridge Cafe has closed its doors, due to insufficient winter trade. Frances hopes it will re-open, but it will not
be under the current management, so I fear the two ladies' juices and cakes are gone for good.
Globespan, to my grief, withdrew their Athens service in favour of Cyprus after 2007. A search in 2008 disclosed that the
KLM and British Airways flights to Athens from Newcastle are probably the best value now.
© 2007 Richard Edkins, Dalbeattie Internet.