When we got married in 1982 we couldnt afford a honeymoon so had one the following year! My husband - for some reason he still cannot explain - had always wanted to go to a Greek Island and we chose Corfu for no reason other than we could fly from Newcastle at a civilised time of day.
We stayed in Kanoni (in the Royal Hotel) right above the airport runway and had a fantastic holiday - we were young and fit enough to walk down into Corfu Town regularly and get the local bus back - we were young and "green" enough to book excursions through the rep (we have grown up a lot since then). Inexplicably although we loved the holiday it was some 14 years before we went to Corfu again. This time we went to Roda because our daughter liked the look of the slide in the accommodation's swimming pool and the rest as they say is history.
Many of our friends and family now have the Roda/Corfu bug and we cannot wait until July for our visit this year when for the first time we will be staying in a villa (very grown up). We love the laid back atmosphere, the lovely food, the weather (of course) but most of all the lovely people and the friendships we have made that will last a lifetime.
Message posted by tor the viking on 07 April 2011 at 5:16pm - IP Logged
tor the viking
In Norway we say we have two winters - one white and one green. The green one is worse because we have less clohes on...
Therefore we decided to go to Corfu in 1996. Woke up in Kassiopi. Been going each year (2-4 times a year) and our summer 2011 will be our 27th time.
They call me Tor the Viking over there. I'm even a Godfather for Spiros, son of Don and Fationa! Met some great people there. Even some Brits lol. i.e. Bruce and his Maria. Big Al and Edith a.s.o.
We are going on our first trip this year next Saturday via Venice.
See you there!!
Message posted by SusieB on 07 April 2011 at 5:17pm - IP Logged
Funny reading Deedee's post as after holidaying in various places we fell in love with Samos! Spent 7 very happy years holidaying there even one Xmas on a recommendation of a friend who came from there. Had always had a inkling to visit Corfu so in 2006 we made the monumental decision to go instead of Samos, would we, could we love it as much, would it be too touristy... Had looked at Kassiopi before so the deal was done and we have been at least once if not twice a year since, have got the bug even worse than Samos, we absolutely blimmin love the place!
Message posted by BruceAndMaria (Born again CTG member) on 07 April 2011 at 5:25pm - IP Logged
I'll tell you what did surprise me as somebody who had never been any further from the UK than the end of Dover pier..was Corfu Town, after we left the airport...I really didn't understand other peoples culture...I thought that every city in the world would look something like here in the UK...but at the time with the coach winding it's way around the back streets of Corfu Town to Kassiopi and looking at the shops and cars parked every where..I wondered if I had made a mistake and should have stayed in the UK...to me at the time it looked more like a war zone.
But today I love the place to bits, and spend at least two days visiting Corfu Town on our holiday and I hope it never changes and for all it's faults, to me it's one of the loveliest place I have ever visited.
Only been to one other place and that was to Gibraltar to visit Maria's family and spent the whole week looking left thinking Kassiopi is down that way and thinking I'll be there in three weeks time .
Message posted by BruceAndMaria (Born again CTG member) on 07 April 2011 at 5:52pm - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by Mrs Mushypea on 07 April 2011
Thanks Bruce this post is great... it's lovely reading all the posts about their first experience and how they came about landing in Corfu for their hols.
Makes you feel good and all Mr Kiplingy inside..
Cheers Sweetheart....It does make you feel good and Kiplingy..I know I have 122 days to go before I'm back in Kassiopi, but I'm so thankfully glad that the young girl in Lunn poly 22 years ago sent us to Kassiopi.
Even at 70 years old I'm like those kids in the Disney TV advert..still jumping for joy at the thought of going to Kassiopi.
Message posted by Mrs Mushypea on 07 April 2011 at 6:04pm - IP Logged
We came across Corfu purely by chance. I had travelled to many Greek islands and was looking to take my hubby to only his second one. I did a search for a last minute holiday and Kassiopi Corfu was the one I picked...and boy am I glad I did.
We arrived on the transfer coach into Kassiopi, everyone was being dropped off and after the drop off in the harbour we were the last ones left on the coach . That's when I started to get worried...the coach stopped at the top of a lane on the road that leads out of Kassiopi. We were deposited on the roadside complete with cases. Oh my what have I let us in for!!!
We got taken down the lane and shown to our apartment by a wonderful Greek lady called Ellie, she turned out to be our cleaner. She showed us into our apartment and then left. I went to the patio doors, opened them and my breath was taken away at the sheer beauty of the view...we were right on Kalimianos Bay.
We fell in love with the place there and then. As a result we have been back 12 times in 5 years and I've also introduced lots of family members to the place too.
I used to laugh at folk that went back to the same place year after year...not any more!!!
Can't wait to get back there this year to see all the wonderful friends we've made both Greek and other nationalities alike
Message posted by BoltonLynda on 07 April 2011 at 6:36pm - IP Logged
Our first visit to Corfu came after we decided to go somewhere different - we had been camping in France for years when the kids were little. So we looked through the brochures and liked the look of Corfu. I went to our lovely local travel agent, armed with a list of accommodation in various places that we liked the look of. Everything was booked up - until we came to about the 8th place on the list. We arrived in beautiful Kalami at about 4.30 am one morning and fell in love with the place on sight. In 7 weeks we will be going for about the 15th time!
Message posted by MartynG on 07 April 2011 at 6:37pm - IP Logged
Here goes - Lynn and I first visited Corfu in September 1985, prompted by watching the Treasure Hunt programme. (There had been a plan to visit Paxos a couple of years earlier, travelling by motorcycle, but that didn't come off).
Not knowing the island, we booked a villa in Acharavi for two weeks through Direct Greece (it's still there, but now very difficult to find) and spent much of our holiday touring around in our hire car - a very battered Kermit green Fiat 126.
I clearly remember going to Paleo and the monestry, driving at least part of the way up Pantocrator (the road was then unmade once past Strinilas) and having to abandon the car as the road ran out where the large sterna is just before the final climb, a day spent in a little hire boat out of Kassiopi (all of Philipos boats were out so we rented one from an old fisherman) and discovering San Stephanos (N/E) The road down the hill was really bad in those days - unmade and with craters almost swallowing our little car. There are many other memories - these are just a few of the highlights.
We really fell in love with the island and have only missed two years since. Both of our sons have grown up with Corfu as part of their lives (James first visited as a 10 month old and Michael was 10 weeks)and we now have a small house in Porta - you could say that the island has become very much a part of us.
Which is all of a bit of a surprise really. My first impression (after the airport) wasn't exactly encourageing. The stretch of coast after leaving the New Port (and before getting to what is now the end of the dual carrigeway at Kontokoli) heading north was very scruffy, with derilict boats and all sorts of rubbish and I really though to myself "I'm really not going to like this!
How wrong I was!
Message posted by janmanessi on 07 April 2011 at 7:00pm - IP Logged
First visited in 1969 when hitchiking round Europe- on our way home from Turkey. Only stayed a couple of days before heading for Brindisi, but remember swimming out to Ponticonissi, sitting on the Liston etc.
Went off to Africa and forgot about it. Then in 1976 had to leave there (stopped giving work permits) and needed a job, and rang Olympic Holidays (never having been on a 'package' but en route to Africa had worked in Rhodes, and had heard of Olympic!
I got a job, and thought- well I can get experience wherever they send me and then maybe I can get back to my real love- long haul- esepcially Africa. I was offered a job in Benitses, met my husband and married the next year, and the day after tomorrow I am driving out to Venice to return to live full time (for the second time) on the island having retired last week in UK I intend to start a new business in Greece!
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