By Phil Thorp
After visiting Thassos on eleven occasions in the past ten years you could say that my wife Carolyn and I are hooked on the place.
And you'd be right.
To say Greece's Emerald Island is home from home for us is something of an understatement, but don't think for a minute we are on our own. Hundreds of people return year after year to sample the unique and special hospitality the local people offer in abundance on this island of natural beauty.
To date we have only been able to visit during the summer months, from May to September, when the package tour operators fly into Kavala. But now we have just discovered that we can visit Thassos all year round, independantly without a single “middle-man”.
The following interview and photographs were contributed by Aileen French of Oxford, England.
Interviewer: Aileen French
Interviewee: Clare Jiggens
When was your first visit to Thassos? Why did you decide to visit it at all in the first instance?
A friend from university was working in Thassos with Thomson. She offered to organise the wedding for us so we went out there in May 2005 to do a reccie (reconnaissance).
How many times have you visited Thassos?
Just the once in 2005 and then for the wedding this year.
Why did you decide to get married abroad?
To keep it small, relaxed, informal and to keep the cost down. And because we were given the opportunity to do so. I wouldn't have done it without having a friend abroad to do the organising. It meant that it was still personalised and I had a lot of input rather than letting a tour operator offer us a standard 15 minute wedding slot in a resort.
Why did you decide to get married on Thassos?