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    Posted: 25 Mar 2015 at 11:42pm
Hello all,

Sorry for the general nature of this question, but I shall be returning to Kassiopi on 12th June for a week with my family - our first return there since 2008! Yes, having very young children certainly curtailed our Kassiopi holidays.

However, I know a good deal will have changed in that time, so I would really appreciate it if anyone could update me on any major changes.

I know that Taverna Strofilia changed hands, but have not yet heard back from Gaynor on Facebook as to how that came about. Could the new Strofilia be as good?!?

Also, I saw on the Internet that Spiros up at the Taverna Imerolia has transformed part of it into a villa. Could anyone tell me if the taverna is still going? I really hope so as that was always one of my favourite spots in Kassiopi.

In addition, is the Charcoal Grill still going? They used to do one of the best steaks in Kassiopi!

Any updates you could all provide me will be gratefully received.

Thanks in advance,

Gonzo
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Mar 2015 at 11:28am
Hello
I can answer a couple of the questions for you.
Yes the charcoal grill is still going I will be there for my lamb chops in June. 
I have not been to the new Stroffilia but from what I know it was not that busy last year but I could be wrong on that.
The taverna at Imerolia is also still there so at least you know of a couple of places that you can still go to.
I don't know if you ever went to Petrinos but that has now moved to the harbour and there is also a new restaurant down the harbour but I have not been but has good reviews.
Nothing has really changed and Kassiopi is still the beautiful village everyone loves.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Mar 2015 at 12:09pm
The Mexican and Chinese restaurants have both gone.
Imerolia taverna has not changed but the apartments that were next door were changed into a villa.
Kassiopi Star has been closed since 2010.
Sconto has closed and been reopened as a Diellas supermarket and there is another supermarket in what used to be the community centre opposite Little Italy.
Kiros supermarket in the harbour has been split off into 2 supermarkets and one also has a bar now.
3 Brothers has a new name. Its now the Old Schoolhouse but still run by the same wonderful family.
The supermarket near to Dons Bar has closed.
The tourist train is no more.
Quite a few new places have also opened recently as well and the place still has exactly the same feel as when we first went in 2007.
Check out the virtual tour here http://www.kassiopi.corfu360.net/
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Mar 2015 at 12:49pm
The person who has taken over at Strofillia is the owner of the place, who  is the uncle of Tassos & Harris. We had a meal in there last summer & it was very good. Totally different menu though & not as much variety. We will go back this summer. One other thing is that Pertino's moved into the harbour four years ago. And my God, don't you get a view.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Mar 2015 at 1:00pm
Hi Gonzo long time no hear. Yes things have changed has you will have read, but one things for sure you will get that same unforgetable Kassiopi Experience. Enjoy   
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Mar 2015 at 2:10pm
Nobody has mentioned Tavernaki Taverna, located where Alekas lace shop used to be. Highly regarded.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Mar 2015 at 3:47pm
The Eucalyptus bar as changed its name to Virginias Place and has had a refurb over the winter. The Albatross bar closed and has now reopened with Valvara at the helm. The Dive place has relocated near to the square. We have another Gyros place and a ice cream parlour opposite and to the right of Illusions.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Mar 2015 at 2:20am
Welcome back Andy (Gonzo) long time no see. I think the last time was about 2004 when you were footlose and fancy free Wink. I have got some good photos of you in Kostas bar with Gwen & Dave and Dave & Mary Faulkner. As others have said there have been quite a few changes in Kassiopi but most of the old places are still there. You will find Christos, the boatman, in the Kafenion most evenings. The old Kassimis aptartments on the Harbour has gone upmarket and is now called the Melina Bay Hotel, very plush. Petrinos, who used to be opposite the Charcoal Grill has relocated to the Harbour as Big Al says.

Spiro at Imerolia is still going strong and specialises in fish nowadays and it has been renamed Imerolia Fish Taverna. He still has the apartments upstairs but no villa. There is a villa  across the little lane leading to the beach which belongs to his cousin.

Illusions, Jasmine, Mak Mak, Bolero, Istoni, Dons are still there along with Lime Lounge the old Classico. Barons, the bar on the corner facing Jasmine is now a shop and next door which used to be the Eclipse is now One for the Road owned by Geordie Micky.

We shall be there at end of August so will miss you, this will be our 36th. year on the trot. We stayed in Imerolia for 30 years but stay in the village nowadays as the walk is too much for us now. The last time I saw you we took a walk from Imerolia around the headland having a drink in every bar up to the square, wish I could do it now but the old arthritis has caught up with me.LOLCry.

Have a great holiday Andy, hope the family enjoy it...All the best...Alec.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Mar 2015 at 1:13pm
Hi Alec,

It is great to hear from you! I certainly do remember our walk around the headland, what a smashing day that was! As a result, I had to go and have a bit of a lie down when I got back to my apartment. You well & truly broke me!

I really feel like I have missed out on a considerable amount of Kassiopi history these last five years, but I have had much to occupy me. I was married in 2009, and our eldest daughter appeared the following year. Her baby sister appeared two years later. The girls are now old enough for us to consider a foreign holiday. In addition, I now live 16 miles from Aberdeen Airport who now do Friday morning flights to Corfu - it couldn't be better!

I promised we would come back to Kassiopi as soon as I retired from the military, which I did in January. So much has happened this past five years. I had an email off Kay a few weeks ago saying that Kosta's hip operation went well. There was me thinking the guy was invincible!

Thank you very much for your updates. I'm so glad that Spiro's is still going at Imerolia. To me, that is possibly the finest restaurant in Kassiopi, with the most hospitable host. I can't wait to see him and his family, Kostas, Kay, Akis and everyone in resort. We're going to have a lot of catching up to do!

But please excuse me for a short while, as I must go and thank these other fine people for their updates.

Speak to you soon,

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Mar 2015 at 1:19pm
Karen, Bob & Rosie, Big Alan, Davvyboy and Bob & Wendy,

Thank you so much for your updates, I really do appreciate all your help. We are so looking forward to going back 'home', even if it is just for a week this time. It does appear that a lot has changed in Kassiopi while I've been away. Still, as we've seen for over 20 years, you can change the buildings, but that can never change the finest village in Greece.

Speak again soon,

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Mar 2015 at 1:54pm
There is also another really nice restaurant called To Kyma or Kyma, the jury is out on that one. Lol
It is on the harbour just past the Wave Bar on the left going up the hill. Well it wouldn't be on the right as you would be in the sea. LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Mar 2015 at 4:21pm
ToKyma as been there for years, but it has had a refurb since Andy was last there.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Mar 2015 at 5:08pm
Not that many years Davyboy. x
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Mar 2015 at 6:00pm
Tokyma was there when we first went. We stay in the apartments above them for a good few years. Owned by Vasilis and Berrie owners of Tokyma. Stopped going when Berries travel in the square shut, where Gorgos Pandias the future mayor worked. Such a nice man. Anyone remember Berries travel?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Mar 2015 at 8:29pm
You can go on Google Earth street view and have a walk round Kassiopi now.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Mar 2015 at 10:39am
The Google Earth street view is very good.
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Click on the red dot then street view in the window. https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zfQC5VtqgMyA.kw4-EE6j1cM8&ie=UTF8&t=h&oe=UTF8&msa=0
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Apr 2015 at 7:29pm
Wow learning lots of new things about the old Kass. Can't believe that Petrino's hasn't always been on the harbour and that there was a supermarket near Don's, this was where the choir practised last year and I think they used it for yoga. When did the pool opposite this close down? Other half and I joked about opening our own snack bar here.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Apr 2015 at 3:03am
The yoga/martial arts place is next door to the old supermarket and still open.
I have been going since 2007 and have never seen the pool behind the Italian open.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Apr 2015 at 9:03am
Thanks for the information, 
I would like to know more about the yoga, what kind and when are the sessions?
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