Hi everyone, as the holiday season draws to a close for another year here is the Corfu villages blog from my latest visit to Corfu. We arrived on Corfu late on Monday 11th and as usual we dropped the bags at our apartment and headed for the village. I reached into my bag for my wallet but it wasn’t there? We searched around and realised I must have left it on the plane as that was the last time I had used it. Luckily I had taken 300 euros out of the wallet shortly before we landed, but, I still had two debit cards, 130 euros, a £20 note and photos of our children in there. We went up to Pelekas where I cancelled the two debit cards and settled down for a drink with friends and suggested we go to the airport when we were in town and see if the wallet had been handed in. 🙁
In the morning I rolled my scooter out from its resting place and was looking forward to a quick start as in June I had bought a new battery and spark plug. No such luck! I battled for half an hour without success using the electric start and the kick starter. Damn! Today was a free day before we headed off to the mainland to visit the resort of Parga…On the ferry and on the scooter! I phoned a Greek friend who is a mechanic and lives a short distance down the road but he was in Germany. We walked to the village to ask if anyone else could help but to no avail. I pushed the scooter down the path to our neighbours house and left the keys and a note to say if they could arrange to fix the scooter I would be back in three days after our mini holiday.
Day three and we caught the bus to Corfu town (2.70€) and walked down to the old port. We had a wait of an hour before the next ferry so had tiropita and a coffee for breakfast. The ferry took around 1 hour 50 minutes to Igoumenitsa (22€) and arrived at 15.00pm. There are two buses a day from the port to Parga. One at 07.30am and one at 13.30pm. So we negotiated a taxi (60€) down to a fare of 50€ for the journey. The taxi only took 35 minutes in the Mercedes along the new roads built for the Greek Olympic games, mind you Gregorios was driving at 140 km/p/hour! We arrived at Marina’s rooms which is next door to the Kastro at the top of the town with the houses tumbling down to the harbour and the sea. The room was superb and the view from the bedroom window and the balcony was spectacular. To the right was the impressive Kastro built in 1380. Straight ahead was the sea and the beautiful Island of Saint Mary and to the left was the town and the day tripper boats and the harbour tavernas. There have been many changes to Parga since we last visited 15 years ago but mostly good and we had a brilliant mini break visiting places old and new and even managed to see old friends who made a big Greek welcome as always.
We caught the bus from Parga (6.70€) to the port and took a faster ferry to Corfu this time and when we arrived it felt like we were coming home and that we had been away for ages. We went up to the village for dinner and had an early night (01.00am) as we wanted to be up early the next day to fix the scooter.
The next morning I awoke at just after 07.00am and decided to get up as I wanted to take some sunrise photos. Our apartment is above sea level and has views over the valley to Corfu town on the right, Afra to the sea and to the left Mount Pantokrator. In the distance are the Albanian and Greek mountain ranges. I opened the shutters and stood on the balcony to find the most amazing view. Before me lay a blanket of mist covering the valley and the hues of blue, pink, yellow and orange as the sun began to show its bright yellow crown.
Lunch would be down at Kontogialos beach (Pelekas) with a table for ten. My Greek friend’s family were together on Corfu. Nick and his friend Eleni. Guy and Jessica from the UK. Pavlos and Chloe and their little ones Leo and Melina Sofia from Evropouli. I walked down to see my neighbours to see if they had any luck starting my scooter. Xristos and Stamatis had fixed it Brilliant! Now we could get around and go wherever we wanted, whenever we wanted for the rest of the holiday…Phew! 😀
A few lazy days and nights followed until it was time to go to the electrical shop Kotsovolos to buy the fourth and final air conditioning unit for the children’s home in Analypsis, Corfu town. This unit was for the children’s study room where it was very warm in the summer and as you may know the children in Greece have a lot of homework. It would cool the room in the summer and heat the room in the Winter. The price was 625€ with 25% off and I negotiated a free delivery and fitting worth 80€.
The next day we decided to have a ride out. We rode to Paleokastritsa and stopped just short at the rocky bay of La Grotta. This is a very trendy Mediterranean bar with tables and chairs set on different levels overlooking the small rocky bay. It’s a mainly young crowd listening to chill out music, drinking frappe and jumping from the rocks or diving from the springboard into the turquoise water below. I jumped in from the rocks with my new face mask and snorkel and swam around for a while gazing at the hundreds of fish of all sizes and colours. Poli orea!
The last day and time to clean the apartment, pick up a new fridge and say our goodbyes…Until next time Kerkyra agape mou!
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Bless you all, you have made a difference to the poorer families, children’s home and animals on Corfu. 😉 x