Corfu Days

It’s hard to believe only one week ago I was basking in glorious sunshine, in temperatures in the high 30s enjoying my annual holiday with my mother and sisters and one of my nieces. The time went so quickly despite us doing nothing but lazing around the pool all day. Since coming home, I’ve not been warm and tempted to put on the central heating.

Mid Morning Coffee

It all seems so long ago now that I awoke to the sound of the surf on the pebbles outside my window, to enjoying mid morning coffee and doughnuts beneath the pergola, to watching the fishing boats come and go, and the giant ocean liners cruising past the island, to the clear night sky full of stars, to a warm wind playing about my arms and legs at night. Such now is the stuff of dreams and lovely memories.

As villas go, the one we had was perfect with plenty of space. Mum and I had our own separate fully equipped apartment, the infinity pool and views were to die for, with our own access to the beach and a delightful taverna a short walk away. It was certainly worth waiting eight years to book and worth every penny.

We didn’t do any trips as a) it was too hot and b) Mum is getting very frail now and cannot walk far. We also noticed her memory is going, so this really was the last holiday we will all take together, certainly as far as villa holidays are concerned. Now we are all retired, we simply cannot afford it. This, and some other news concerning one of my sisters, did put a bit of a dampener on the trip but we enjoyed ourselves nonetheless.

A lovely view to wake up to

What I saw of Corfu on the journeys to and from the airport (about an hour and a half’s drive) it is a lovely island but I have to admit I do prefer Kefalonia – it’s more green and the food more Greek.

The two small bays where we were located were delightful, if full of the usual tacky gift shops selling flip flops and kaftans, and unusually for us, we didn’t dwell in any of them. The main bay of Kassopia is charming, the harbour a lovely place to sit and eat of an evening watching the world and yachts go by as we sipped cocktails.

The biggest problem was the wasps, the mosquitoes and biting flies. In all the years we have holidayed abroad we have never been so eaten alive as we were this year. They seemed to make a beeline for Mum and my niece. All the insect repellents we took and bought there did not work. What we did find useful whilst sitting out of an evening were smoking coils that kept the mossies at bay; people even lit these in the restaurants.

We found food and drink to buy in exceedingly expensive – £30 for a bottle of gin/brandy etc. So, much to our disappointment, I didn’t do my usual afternoon sangria or afternoon G&T – between five of us, we would have got through a bottle day! Eating out, however, was relatively inexpensive and in most places we dined, we were always well looked after. The taverna a short walk from the villa became our favourite place to eat and on each visit the owner gave us drinks on the house. The food was superb, especially the fish dishes. On our last night, three of us ordered steaks and I have to admit it was the best steak I’d eaten for many a long time – tender, full of flavour and cooked to perfection.

Enjoying cocktails!

Whether it is the state of the Greek economy at the moment but this was the first time we were asked to pay for air-conditioning in the villa. At 7 Euros a night for each unit (there were three), we declined to pay but it did mean the rooms were airless at night. Mine at least had a mosquito blind so the window could be left open. The taxis had no air con on either, nor did the airport. Thankfully, we were not there long and there were no delays in flights.

So, would I go again? To the villa, yes, if I could, but at a different time of year when the bottlebrush bush in the garden isn’t in bloom as this is what attracted all the wasps. To Corfu, yes, as I would like to see the island more and explore Corfu old town. Then again, there are still many more Greek islands I’ve yet to visit. Time will tell.

View from the pool

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21 responses to “Corfu Days

  1. The villa, the weather, and the view look amazing, Kit. I sounds like this was a very special holiday and a very special time to share with your mum and sisters.

    Janice xx

  2. Valerie J. Patterson

    Lovely photos, Kit. Breathtaking views and excellent company…sounds like the perfect holiday to me! So glad you had a good time, so very sorry you were all food for the insects, though.

  3. Wow. It is beautiful there. And, except for the bees and bugs, a wonderful trip for all, eh? Thanks for sharing it with us. I took a moment to go out and check the map to see exactly where Corfu is.

  4. Welcome back, Kit! Sounds amazing. Funny how the insects go for some and not others. I usually escape (cold-blooded?) Hope you relive the memories for a while.
    AliB

    • Mum even gets bitten here whenever she’s in the garden. I normally escape but not this time. But the rest far outweighed the nuisance of the mossies. A holiday to treasure and reflect on in deepest winter. But it is good to be home and back in one’s own bed.

  5. Beautiful pictures, what a fun vacation.!

  6. My highlight of the year, a few weeks with Mum and sisters. I don’t get to see them much and having my niece along too again made for a lot of fun. Funny how you soon get back to reality and it all seems so long ago now.

  7. Good to have you back, Kit, and glad you had such a good time, despite the wasps and costs. Lovely photos and waking up to the sound of the sea on the pebbles sounds divine!

  8. Oh I love your post and descriptions of the sea and sounds. I know what you mean about it being good to be back home though. I’m always excited and enjoy every minute but at about 3 weeks I’m ready for home. I’m so glad you got to have this special time in a special place with your mother and family. Thank you for sharing a piece of it with us.

  9. There came a point when I really did want to come home, Lavada, and now I am here I’m happy to be back but I certainly do miss the warmth and long, lazy evenings sitting outside star gazing. These holidays have been so precious and I’m feel sad it was our last one as Mum definitely won’t be doing any more holidays abroad. It’s been great these last 12 years.

    • I understand your bittersweet time with your mother. Baring a miracle we knew that January’s Dominican Republic was probably the last long trip for Jack. We were all so thankful he’d traveled so many places and we have so many many wonderful memories.

      • Thanks, Lavada. I never appreciated my parents as a child, but have certainly made up for it since. My only regret is that my husband doesn’t enjoy travel or holidays but it has allowed Mum and me some real close times and the memories will always remain.

  10. Lovely shots. It looks like you had a wonderful time. I’m sorry to hear that your mom is getting frail. I can relate to that. It’s really hard to see, isn’t it?

    I haven’t been to Greece yet. It’s on my list. One of my son’s has been and my father went many times but I haven’t made it. Your pictures make me want to grab my passport!

    • If ever I have the chance to retire abroad, Jillian, it would be to a Greek island. Am sure I was a Greek goddess in a former life and one of my novels, yet to be published is set on one. Do visit there if you get the opportunity.

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