Hi Al and Ali.
I totally agree. Last night I received a telephone call from the owners of the hotel we stay at in Corfu, who are also very good friends of ours. They made the call to find out if we were all organised for August, and was there any thing special or in general we needed for our arrival. There command of the English language was excellent, and easy to understand on the telephone, luckily I have been learning Greek since our last visit, so I was able to say a few words only during the conversation, but they were so chuffed with this.
We always take something over with us, and normally buy a thank you gift before leaving, although they always remind us that just being there is enough for them, but then that is the Greek people all over, never thinking of themselves, but others.
This is one friendship I value highly.