We arrived on the Friday which was perfect timing. I had a busy work day on Saturday and then Sunday to walk up to the Academy and plan whether I needed a taxi each day or not. It was a mile walk up a steep hill. Fine if the weather was cool and difficult in the blazing sun.
I decided my plan would be to walk up early in the morning so I had plenty of time to cool down and change before the classes started. But for the second session in the afternoon I would use a taxi. The International Academy was really well kept and had beautiful gardens and sitting areas. On this little island, with a population of less than 3000, and very quiet and unspoilt by tourism, the college was bringing 100 Doctors and homeopaths to the area for 20 + weeks of the year. The International Academy had been set up in 1995 and so was very well known and respected through the island. It was a real treat to be able to be part of it.
George Vithoulkas is one of the leading Professor’s of homeopathy. He has been a homeopath for over 50 years and has been teaching for the last 40 years. He has spoken at The World Health Organisation, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe and has attended Congress around the world, speaking with Governments about the future of an integrated health protocol.
Professor Vithoulkas is now dedicated to collating as much resource and medically accepted homeopathic studies as he can, getting them accepted and published in the medical journals. His educational programme has been adopted by various universities around the world offering a post graduate course in Classical Homeopathy for medical Doctors. It was inspiring to be part of this important movement.
The island of Alonissos is beautiful. It is green, hilly and unspoilt. The locals are friendly, helpful and hardworking. We were surprised that even in late June, there were not many tourists around, the whole island seemed very quiet.
The old town on the top of the hill, the Chora, (where most of the island’s population had resided) was devastated in an earthquake in 1965. Everyone was moved down to the port area and a new town built for them.
The old town has since been rebuilt and has lots of little shops and tavernas winding around the hillside. The windy streets and tiny shops were worth the trip in the coolness of the evening.
The National Marine Park extends around the whole island and surrounding islands to the north. There is no fishing allowed in parts and the dolphins and seals are monitored throughout the year. It is a real surprise when you go for a swim and find a seal sunbathing on the beach or swimming beside you.
As you can imagine, we had a wonderful week, the weather was kind to us and the wind stayed calm. We were safe in our anchorage and didn’t need to move at all. Paul was the perfect host when I bought fellow homeopaths back to the boat for lunch and afternoon swims and paddle boarding.
All to soon it was time to move on. We went into the port on the Sunday to fill up with water and then head off to explore Skopolos and Skiathos. I thought because of Mama Mia, the island would be crowded but they too were surprisingly quiet.
We had some fabulous sails but only with the Genoa up. The wind here was mad, ranging from nothing to 25 knots and swapping from North to South to East to West in a matter of minutes. Sailing required constant trimming of sails, you have to focus with such changeable conditions. We were only doing very short hops so we really enjoyed it.
We had been given a mission by my son Dominic to find a place to stay in a quiet spot close to where we could safely moor if the meltemi sets in. For his planned visit in September, Dominic and family and friends have decided to stay on land and come for day sails in the boat.
This is probably sensible as with 2 small children, keeping then safe 24 hours a day on a small boat with a big dog seems an impossible task. So now our mission was to explore the islands and find the perfect spot for everyone.
We stopped in Stafilo, Agnondas, Panormou, Klima and Loutraki on Skopelos and Prassou and Platania on Skiathos. We took advice from our boating bible again and went up from Loutraki to the old village of Glossa to go to the much acclaimed restaurant there.
We arrived about 7 in the evening feeling thankful we had opted for the taxi to get up to the village as it was still very hot and it was several miles drive. I was slightly worried that we hadn’t booked a table but when we arrive the town was all but deserted. With just one or two shops open, we had no problem finding Agnanti and we were early enough to get a table on the balcony overlooking the harbour below. We had the most beautiful meal and at very reasonable cost, it is definitely somewhere you must visit if ever you find yourself in Skopolos.
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