For those who expected something naughty, forget it...
Just seen Rick Stein (repeat) on Corfu cooking and wondered how we can get people who have never seen or been to Corfu and have found this site by googling Corfu what makes it special to us regular members ..
For me its the people 30 years and still feel welcomed every year.
The food something special.
My favourites Corfu town at night eating the atmosphere of the town.
As the island isnt huge driving is so easy and the small villages/towns can have some great eateries (food again)
Ive found the best places are west coast from Aghious Mathious down to yes Kavos but stop at Lefkimi and again food...
Petriti back to Messonghi on the coast road still unspoilt and again good food and great veiws...
Tell the googlers what you admire about CORFU...
We need to let people know what we see ... and ... the revenue will help the locals (Greeks) ...
The Greeks make serious food ...
Wonder if Im selling Greek food here?
Rick Stein Thank you for reminding me how great the food is.
Message posted by NIGEL on 30áDecemberá2011 at 12:23am - IP Logged
I also started going to Corfu about 30 years ago. We stayed at the Romanza apartments which is now the Romanza hotel on the very top of the windy hill in San Stef north. Mr Costa the then owner used to chat away to me in Greek and the only word I understood was wine. The electric kept going off and the walk up and down the hill was very hard but at the same time it was all very magical. My three children adored it, also the owners son at the Nafsica who then looked like Patrick Swayse put reserved on our dining table every night and looked after us for the fortnight exceptionally well. When the weather was bad he took us home in an old camper van with white patio chairs in. I have been to Corfu, mainly Sidari about 30 times since but that first Corfu experience was fantastic.
Message posted by weshamers on 30áDecemberá2011 at 11:31am - IP Logged
My first time was in Kassiopi, about 17 years ago. It was different in lots of ways, we had always done Spain, and once to Italy, and usually in hotels with entertainment for the kids, but as this was the first holiday on our own we went self catering. It was early May the weather was lovely, all the flowers were vibrant colours, the Drachma was still the currency, the tavernas were magical, service very slow and leisurly and the waiters actually spoke to you when they served your food!! Everyone treated us like we were long lost friends and made us feel special. The place it self was very pretty, a harbour with tavernas and shops dotted round. Took a boat trip with the legend Christo, all along the north east coast, to Agni, Kalami, Kouloura, his banter made it a day I will never forget. The night life was so laid back, Greek dancing, food, ouzo which I had never had before, and chats with the taverna owners, really felt like we had had a holiday. On the down side the apartment was tired, and not the cleanest, the cleaner poor sole looked like she was on her last legs, but sitting on the balcony early morning watching the village wake up was magical, and late at night sipping a glass of wine. This was with my now ex husband, and when we split up, it was a place I felt I could come on my own. When I met my hubby Alan, we decided to get married in Corfu, in Sidari, and it was his first time, he fell in love with it too, and in May next year will be our 10th time. Think this says it all, we have had other holidays in different places, but the island always calls us back, and we are never disappointed. Sorry to rattle on but it one of my favourite subjects, and it also took me back. Soon be May lol ann xxx
Message posted by SpearTravels on 30áDecemberá2011 at 1:15pm - IP Logged
In early June 1973, aged 20 and without a job, but having won some money at roulette (don't ask: mis-spent youth!), I jumped in my old car, drove down to Brindisi and caught the overnight ferry to Corfu, sleeping on deck to save money. At about 0530 in the morning the dark, purple hues of the north coast of Corfu started to come into view, shortly followed by a waft of gentle heat and, not unsurprisingly, the scent of garlic and finally the noise of the cicadas as the sun rose and another day started. By the time we approached Corfu Town and seeing the wonderful Venetian skyline for the first time, I was already totally hooked and the rest, as they say, is history!
Message posted by ecotrails on 30áDecemberá2011 at 2:03pm - IP Logged
That's a good one Mr Spears, never tire of arriving by ferry to Corfu, eighth wonder of the world.
For me, arriving as a tourist on a flight many years ago, the heat combined with the smell as a brit trying to show my passport to the passport official who was not the least interested in looking at it, airport security pointing his sub machine gun at a couple of kids and going rat a tat tat shouting 'this is what happens to the friends of Gaddafi, giving them so much pleasure in such a strange way.
On the coach, the strange lettering in blues and reds, the chaos going on at every corner. Arriving at the hotel wanting a beer and our host nearly asleep on a bench in the shade waving us away and telling us to get our own beers from the fridge, count how many and pay at some point in the future.
Could go on forever since every minute in Greece brings new delights, it's a Peter Pan world it seems to me.
Message posted by razaker on 30áDecemberá2011 at 5:48pm - IP Logged
The heat, the flowers and the smells in 1968 and the lunatic taxi driver who collected us from the airport with plastic flowers along the back window and icons jangling from the rear-view mirror and very loud Greek music blaring.
The fireflies and the procession of the Epitaphio on Good Friday.
Also the caravan of horse-drawn, painted wagons carrying colourful Romanies in bright clothing, gold glinting, who stopped to read our fortunes in Ipsos one afternoon.
The old men flicking their komboloyi (worry beads) for hours on end sitting in the kafenion and the ladies riding side-saddle on the back of motorbikes. The old ladies in their snow-white head-dresses often riding a donkey, the tiny emerald green tree frogs who were everywhere in the valley behind Ipsos (there were two hotels in Ipsos then and one kafenion!) Ta Dixtia nightclub in Dassia where we used to dance by the sea until dawn.
The guests from Club Med. who wandered around with strings of beads round their wrists or necks as this was how they paid for things inside the complex.
Brandy sours before dinner watching the lights gradually twinkle across the sea in Corfu town as the sun went down accompanied by the putt-putt of the little boats as they set off for a night's fishing.
Nescafe with evaporated milk for breakfast accompanied by friganies (rusk type things) and jam and apricot juice.
It was all so exotic and strange.
Message posted by Elliemay on 30áDecemberá2011 at 6:27pm - IP Logged
Well I must say that all these posts bring lovely memories back, but not unfortunately just of Corfu.
The first Greek island that we visited was Thassos on an 18-30's holiday. Wow, was it really that long ago? Think that it was about 1976, the old memory's going now.
Then after that we visited a further eight or nine Greek islands, plus other holidays elsewhere.
Finally visited Corfu in 2003, then visited again in 2004, then visited again in 2005 ad infinitum.
I cannot say what draws me to Corfu as it was one place that I never wanted to visit (saw some of the holiday programmes). Got there and totally bitten by the bug.
I think it is that feeling of utter peace as soon as you get off the plane in Corfu, no matter when you get there, there is always someone that you know outside the airport. Where else could that happen?
The welcome that we get in our village from the locals, the peace and tranquility sitting on our balcony, with a glass of krasi, overlooking the village and watching the world go by.
Oh yes Brian, also the local food. Simple, but well cooked and tastes far better than here in the UK.
Wish I was there now. Roll on April!!!
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