After an explosion and fire destroyed the Captain’s Table in Molyvos harbour on Tuesday 13 May, nobody believed that the restaurant could possibly re-open this summer. Nobody except Melinda, Theo and the family that is.
Today is Thursday 6 August and all the hard work has paid off.
The Captain’s Table is open!
When you consider that what was left of the old building had to be knocked down before
the rebuild could start, you realise just how much hard work has gone into today’s opening.
The building is new, the kitchen is new, the tables and chairs were rescued from the debris of the explosion. Even the badly burnt tree next to the restaurant is making an effort and today has new green shoots to help celebrate the re-opening.
A new chapter begins for the Captains Table, let us hope that the final lines are
“and they all lived happily ever after.”
The old sign survived the fire.
Melinda back taking her first order.
New kitchen ready to go.
The new building – looking good.
All set and ready.
The cruise ship Azamara was at anchor outside Molyvos today. It is not often that cruise ships visit here, which is a huge pity. The views of the village and castle from the ship would be fantastic.
I decided to have a look at the operators web site. Sadly they have some key facts wrong. “Rhodes is the largest Greek island.” Sorry guys but Rhodes is the 4th largest Greek island. Oh well, never let the truth get in the way of a good advertising campaign!
I hope that those that came ashore enjoyed their visit and will decide to make a proper visit next year.
The Epiphany is celebrated on January 6th. In Greece, Epiphany marks the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the River Jordan with the tradition of the Blessing of the Waters.
Molyvos was bitterly cold but the risk of hypothermia was not enough to put off the brave (some might say foolish). The village gathered at the entrance to the harbour wrapped in their warmest coats. Except of course for the hardy few who await the chance of glory in their swimming shorts.
After the divine liturgy, the priest cast the cross into the water and the brave volunteers dive in and race to and retrieve the cross.
We salute all the young men who helped maintain an old tradition and congratulations to Alexandros Moliviatis who got there first.
I can’t think of anything I would rather be doing right now other than sitting outside The Seahorse Hotel on Molyvos harbour with a cold Mythos, or better still a nice chilled glass of white wine, watching the world go by. What is it about this place that tugs at the heartstrings so? There are numerous pretty Greek Islands, and there are are plenty of attractive harbours all around the world, and I have been lucky enough to see quite a lot of both, but this place has a magical quality that truly cannot be matched anywhere else.
Of course, we are not alone, in fact, we are veritable newcomers, visiting for just the last 10 years or so. Many, many more have been coming for decades and countless other Brits, Dutch, Germans and many more nationalities now call Molyvos home.