Hello all! Just like to say what a great site! I can't believe i haven't happened upon it before. Me and hubby go to corfu every year,i used to be one of those people who thought going to the same place was boring but we have made so many friends there over the years we get more christmas cards from corfiots than our own family!
We first went there to end our relationship(long story)! But we fell in love with each other and corfu,honeymooned there and haven't looked back...
We stay in moraitika and can recommend Charlies bar for any one who likes rock music and the like. Andreas( the owner cum dj extrodinaire) can seem a little shy at first but is a lovely genuine bloke once you get to know him!
Look forward to swapping tips etc
Kala nita!(rubbish spelling i know)xx
Message posted by sidarigirl on 01 February 2005 at 9:12am - IP Logged
First of all welcome to the site Bazz
You will not be disappointed.
Like you, we fell in love with Corfu and we also had our honeymoon there and wouldn't think of going anywhere else now. Its our anniversary present to each other.
You will find a wealth of information and fun from our members. Glad to have you on board.
Message posted by TheresaH on 01 February 2005 at 9:32am - IP Logged
yep me too, great site, winter seems to be the time I miss Corfu most, so surfin\' around came up with some Corfu therapy here! Cant wait to get back. We made some wonderful friends too. My theory on going back to the same place is why change a winning receipe, why take a risk on somewhere new when you KNOW you will like the old place? Bit like if it aint broke dont fix it kinda theory. It just feels like a comfy pair of slippers the minute the plane lands.
Message posted by Trace (Profile Location Assistant) on 01 February 2005 at 9:37am - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by Bazz on 01 February 2005
We first went there to end our relationship (long story)! But we fell in love with each other and corfu,honeymooned there and haven't looked back...
I'm not the most romantic person in the world, and even I thought "aaaaaah" when I read this. How beautifully worded. Not much makes me smile this early in the morning, but this did. Welcome to the site, glad you found us
Message posted by Guest on 01 February 2005 at 4:55pm - IP Logged
What a lovely story. Corfu seems to have that affect don't you think.
Hope you enjoy the site,just as much as i, and everybody else does.
Must dash,gotta pick little one up from school.
Message posted by NatalieDonnan (Forum SuperModel) on 01 February 2005 at 5:30pm - IP Logged
Thank you all for your kind replies and welcomes! You're so right about the comfy slippers theresaH. I count the days till we go and instantly feel right at home when we reach the resort. Hubby is often mistaken for a greek cos he tans so easy and has a certain "look". He takes great delight in serving at our friends bar when needed and accepts people trying to say efharisto etc. The confusion is easy rectified once he opens his mouth though as he is a full blown cockney! All in good fun though!
Anyone got any tanning hints for a pale freckly pauper like me? I've tried that p20 stuff and still burnt! I'm very careful and start with a high factor then work my way down etc but i still yearn for a golden tan though not at the expense of missing out at the bar during the day! Maybe i'm destined to be pale and interesting....
Thanks to you all again xx
Message posted by BruceAndMaria (Born again CTG member) on 17 February 2005 at 11:01am - IP Logged
Corfu has that effect on people once they go there they can't stop going back year after year. My wife and myself have been going since 1989 twice a year with a couple years only once, but the total is thirty times.My holidays don't start until i step foot on the concrete at Corfu airport as i hate flying. and as we only have two weeks at a time i dont want to drive across europe and back.There is a good reason why i hate flying. because of what happened to five members of my family back in 1964.So we did not fly for the next 25 years......
Thanks for reading this everybody
PS. At the moment i have tears running down my face ( I'am a silly old s*d)
Message posted by BruceAndMaria (Born again CTG member) on 17 February 2005 at 11:07am - IP Logged
GREAT NOW I'AM A GOLD MEMBER. THE LAST TIME I GOT A GOLD STAR I WAS ELEVEN YEARS OLD. I'AM SIXTY FOUR YEARS OLD NOW. I HOPE I DON'T HAVE TO WAIT FIFTY THREE YEARS FOR THE NEXT ONE. MY GRANDAUGHTER GOT ONE FROM MCDONALDS FOR CHICKEN NUGGETS WAIT TILL SHE COMES TO MY HOUSE AND I SHOW HER MY TWO...
CHEERS BRUCE & MARIA
Message posted by tor the viking on 17 February 2005 at 8:03pm - IP Logged
tor the viking
live ech day as it no tomorrow-
simera e awreo ( surtently misspelled)
but its a good way of making the day goooooooooood!!
Message posted by caroline04 on 17 February 2005 at 8:39pm - IP Logged
I also have pale skin but each year when i go to Corfu i buy my sun lotion there. It is called 'carroten' and i think it can be bought in all different factors. The carrot extract in it really helps you to tan. It is water resistant and contains vitamin A. I went really brown last year and it lasted for ages, in fact i've still got the marks now (can't be bad)!
Message posted by NatalieDonnan (Forum SuperModel) on 18 February 2005 at 10:52am - IP Logged
I also have pale skin although I have dark hair and eyes I don't tan very well at all. I don't burn either but I would like to come home with a bit of a tan this year. I like the sound of your 'Carroten' sun lotion, where can you buy it? Is it readily available in most resorts? Do its high factors still let you tan or would you have to use below factor 10 like most of the carrot oil lotions?
Message posted by frantoniamama on 18 February 2005 at 11:04am - IP Logged
You can buy that sun lotion in just about every shop in corfu, its everywhere.
The high factor still lets you tan, it just stops your skin from burning. If your pale i would use factor 30 for the first few days then maybe change to a 10 or 15 after that, depending on how intense the sun is, if you use a 30 for the 2 weeks your there and use it properly, you will still get a good tan!
Message posted by NatalieDonnan (Forum SuperModel) on 18 February 2005 at 11:52am - IP Logged
Although i went to Corfu at the beginning of October, it was 30 degrees and really hot in the day time. I have got dark hair and eyes so it would probably be similar for you. I actually used factor 2 dry oil towards the end but just made sure i put loads on regularly. It obviously depends what time of year you are going!
Have a great time!
Message posted by Lizzidripping on 18 February 2005 at 11:58pm - IP Logged
When peeps try and impress me at work with their travels to Goa/Kenya/New Zealand I dont get bothered at all as I know my little paradise is only three hours away and I am guaranteed the most laid back hospitable time (last visit to Majorca, me and my kid was spat on for daring to share a local ladies umbrella).
I love Corfu. I love the food, the people and the marvelous memories it holds, I could not bear to go anywhere else as I would be wondering what was missing in AsproKavos/Sidari.
Message posted by purrypuss (Moderator) on 19 February 2005 at 12:40am - IP Logged
The best sun lotion I have tried is P20.You put it on an hour before you go out in the sun and you get all day protection with a factor 20 and also get an amazing tan without burning or peeling. Its not greasy and you dont get it running in your eyes when you sweat!
Its £10 a bottle but I love the stuff!
Message posted by Sheryl on 22 February 2005 at 3:27pm - IP Logged
Ever since my first visit to Corfu I have been allergic to the sun. I used to go on holiday to Majorca every year and I could sit in the sun all day and at the worst I would burn, no sign of an allergy, (I think this is because the sun is so much stronger in Greece).
I get small bumps on my skin where my skin is exposed to the sun. Every year since discovering this I have had to wear high factor allergy suntan lotion like Puiz Buin, take allergy tablets everyday and put allergy cream on at night. This helps, but for the first week it won’t go away and is really annoying and when you get home with a tan you have white marks where the bumps were! It isn’t a heat rash because any areas covered up are fine but i don’t go on holiday to such a lovely place like Corfu to cover up, i might as well stay in England!!! The worst bit is I love the sun.
I was wondering if anyone else suffers with this and how they cope. Any tips would be appreciated.
Message posted by Deedee on 23 February 2005 at 4:59am - IP Logged
I get P.L.E. (polymorphic light eruption), which is caused by direct exposure to the sun and manifests as a raised, red, very itchy rash. Personally, I find it easier to avoid it rather then suffer when I get it, it is not worth having to stay inside. It has been trial and error to find out what works for me. I use Piz Buin Allergy F30, take anti-histamines and carry a lightweight longsleeved shirt around in case I start to 'tingle' (I get it on my lower arms first) whilst I'm out. I also find a gel type aftersun with a high aloe vera content helps. Rona Ross (available over there) and Banana Boat (avail. here and there) both work for me.
How big are your lumps? Are they itchy or painful? It does sound like it could be prickly heat, which is caused by blocked perspiration pores rather than sun exposure. You might get prickly heat on a dull but very warm day whereas those conditions would not produce P.L.E. A colleague of mine gets prickly heat. What works for her is to keep her skin as clean and clear as possible. I don't mean that she is dirty to start with or has ten showers a day whilst away but rather avoiding oils and anything else likely to block pores, generally using as little product as possible on her skin.
Something else that I find really helps me is a 'prickly heat gel wash'. This does bring relief if the symptoms start (works for P.L.E. too) but I use it throughout my holiday as prevention rather than cure. Again, Rona Ross do one and there is another brand I can't remember. I buy these overthere, I haven't seen them in the Uk.
I have also read that thoroughly moisturised skin is less susceptible to these conditions. If you don't use one already you could perhaps try using a non pore blocking body lotion for a couple of months before you go.
I hope you suffer less this year, Deedee
Message posted by Lizzidripping on 23 February 2005 at 12:17pm - IP Logged
I also suffer from a light allergy...It can be full sunshine not a cloud in the sky, and I'm fine, but as soon as a white fluffy cloud comes and the sun is filtering through it, I get all the things that Deedee has described, I take Piriton tablets to help, not that they do much...Lizzi
Message posted by Sheryl on 25 February 2005 at 3:04pm - IP Logged
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<SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Courier New'">In reply to deedee the lumps are only small and they don’t itch much if at all and are slightly painful if pressed on. They tingle and burn when the sun is strong and when covered are ok. <o:p></o:p></SPAN>
<SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Courier New'">I was in </SPAN><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Courier New'">Rhodes</SPAN></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Courier New'"> during a heat wave where I was suffering with it and wasn’t sure of the cause/cure. I went to the pharmacy where the chemist was extremely helpful and explained that he had the same, he gave me antihistamine tablets and some cream to put on at night and advised me to get a high factor sun cream for an allergy. So I’m quite sure that it isn’t prickly heat.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Prickly heat tends to occur in places that are covered mine starts on my hands, arms and top of my feet first.</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"><o:p></o:p></SPAN>
<SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Courier New'">I went to Zante last year where I was using factor 15 cream but I bought 30 over there because the temperature kept increasing rapidly and the rash was getting much worse. It cleared up by the next few days after using the factor 30. So I think that is the best idea for me plus all the other methods.</SPAN>
Message posted by Deedee on 03 March 2005 at 2:16pm - IP Logged
Hi again Sheryl
Have you spoken to your own GP about this just in case it is something you should investigate further? You could try contacting www.sunall.org for advice, it's a specialist project at the Dermatolgy Centre at Hope Hospital in Salford, Manchester.
Message posted by Trace (Profile Location Assistant) on 03 March 2005 at 2:44pm - IP Logged
Hi folks, I've been reading this developing thread with great interest but now I'm confused . So which allergy does it sound like that I get ?
I only get raised red bumps or pustules and a sort of rash around the bottom of my neck, exactly where my collarbone is. These bumps are stingy and itchy. They are also pretty unsightly, and force me to cover up that area when getting dressed to go out in the evening.
I only seem to get them when the sun is out, no matter how hot it is (Got them in Cyprus and it was only around 15 degrees during the day.) I've tried most of the above preventions/cures but none of them worked particularly well. Best of a bad lot seemed to be the Piz Buin "allergy" option.
I get this PLE too and I've tried everything but it won't go away lol
Now I take anti histamines for about 2 weeks before i go and during my stay try to use non pore blocking suncreams - Simple do one for the face so i use it all over that seems to be quite a good one
Basically I haven't managed to stop it but I dont itch coz of the tablets and it doesnt errupt at the beginning of my holiday anymore I seem to be getting about 5 to 7 days before it starts so i must be doing something right LOL
Added bonus for taking the anti histamines the mozzy bites never itch LOL
My husband suffers from photosensitivity as a direct result of the drugs he has to take.He's also found an increased sensitivity to mozzie bites, presumably for the same reason.He stays out of the sun as much as he can while we're there, and wears long trousers while on the beach for sun protection and in the evening because the mozzies prefer his legs!! He uses the highest factor suncream we can buy-gallons of it, and finds after-sun cream(any brand without fragrance) very comforting.
Message posted by MaryJq on 03 March 2005 at 5:16pm - IP Logged
I get this as well, as do several of my family, but thankfully it's never been too serious, just a bit annoying! I found Piz Buin allergy totally got rid of it.
Message posted by Deedee on 03 March 2005 at 5:40pm - IP Logged
Take a look at that website see if any of the photos look like what you get (don't do it as you are about to eat).
Piriton didn't work for me either but Clarityn do.
Message posted by Trace (Profile Location Assistant) on 03 March 2005 at 5:45pm - IP Logged
Thanks for that Deedee, Yip that's me (although fortunately not as bad as some of those other poor souls in the photos). Hubby thinks it's hilarious.....there's me, a total sunworshipper, and now I'm allergic to it
Message posted by jedi (Avatar Admin) on 03 March 2005 at 6:39pm - IP Logged
Fellow sufferer here - No cure and haven't tried some of these remedies but will soon.
I find I obtain very good relief from the effects of prickly heat can be obtained by smearing natural yoghurt over the affected area. Its very messy and unsightly, also causes a mess when the yoghurt dries and starts to peel - but it ain't half good.
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