Friday, 21 July 2017

Peace Of Mind

Darrell and I still seem to be suffering from an unduly vigorous and debilitating bout of jet lag, we have always succumbed to a certain degree after all our Greek Odysseys, but never this bad.
IMG_3804Some cynical readers might point the finger at the last round of cocktails we enjoyed in Arillas before our mini bus picked us up, but as seasoned cocktail aficionados, I think that it is very, very doubtful!!!
IMG_3803However, Nigel has been bright eyed and bushy tailed and as such a most attentive “nursemaid” ………….
IMG_3802…….. he’s a pretty good pillow plumper and his frequent cups of hot sweet tea, accompanied by the odd  hob nob or two, or three have been almost degenerative  regenerative in their powers!
IMG_3436But, he had been a bit worried about his beloved swans, so domestic duties performed, he nipped down to the weir to see if he could spot them, sadly they weren’t around, but the good news, he bumped into his friend The Swan Lady and she said mum, dad and the remaining two babies were all still doing well.
IMG_3437The Canada Geese were very pleased to see Nigel though, it was most probably something to do with the big bag of swan and duck food Jan The Fan had sent him that he was carrying, but nevertheless it was a warm welcome.  All is well along the riverbank, so relief all round for Nigel.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Back On Hallowed Ground

We arrived back at The Towers in the very early hours of the morning, to be honest all Darrell and I wanted was our beds, Nigel was a little more chipper. Because Greece is a whole two hours in front of us, we know we must expect to endure the rigours of full blown jet lag, so we will remain in bed for the rest of today and perhaps tomorrow, until our body clocks readjust to UK time.
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Our journey back was pretty uneventful, but while Darrell and I preferred to just don our eye masks, ear plugs, flight socks, inflatable neck supports, sip water and get it done with,  Nigel was determined to embrace every last second, from the mini bus to the airport and beyond …….
IMG_3410……. but making sure that his Twix Xtra, (the last thing he bought at The Arillas Supermart before we were picked up), got through all the security checks etc.  On our outward flight he couldn’t get over, I don’t think he ever will,  being charged £2.80 for a normal size Twix from the trolley, I thought he was going to pass out.  He vowed that it would never, ever, ever happen again, and if he wanted an air bound snack, he would always buy one well in advance at the proper price in future. £2.80 for a Twix?????? Poor Nigel!
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And while the Head Steward bought Darrell and I blankets and hot chocolate, Nigel stayed awake ….. looking down at the twinkling lights thousands of miles below us ………
IMG_3412……… and making bets with himself as to which passenger would be the first one to stand up and open their overhead locker the second we landed, necessitating an announcement to stay seated by the aforementioned Head Steward!  What is he like ……… but very tired now!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Our Last Night Toast To Corfu.

As is our usual last night holiday tradition we took a bottle of Prosecco and some glasses down to the deserted beach  ……….
IMG_3220…… at around sunset, in our humble opinion, the most romantic time of day in Arrilas ……
IMG_3221……. to bid a fond farewell ………
IMG_3224 ……. share a few memories of another happy holiday ……..
IMG_3229……. and make a wish, as we watched the gentle waves lap the shore that we will return to the crystal clear waters of our beloved Greek Islands again in 2018 and beyond …….
IMG_3164Nigel spotted a tiny lizard on our hotel wall as we came in from the beach for the last time and swore that it was a spooky Derek Acorah type omen that Greece would once more welcome us with open arms again ….. within the year ……
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However, I do hope that someone, namely Nigel, will learn how to spell Odyssey properly before that said return ……..
IMG_3377What is he like?
IMG_3231Greek Oddities just wouldn’t be the same without him!!!!!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Darrell’s Holey Stone

For as long as I can remember Darrell has always tried to find and bring home a holey stone (a natural hole, not made by the hand of man) from our many holidays as a sort of lucky talisman ….
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…… but this year things didn’t look at all hopeful ……
IMG_2993……. our beach just didn’t seem to be the sort of beach that yielded up holey stones willingly ……
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…… although it did yield one or two sticks that looked like snakes!
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Anyway, last thing yesterday afternoon, Darrell decided to have one last look ……
IMG_3290…… before admitting defeat, not something he does very easily.
IMG_3291……. and then, all of a sudden after ten minutes or so, there it was, how he ever spotted it I will never know.
IMG_3293But it was a clear sign, a sign that we have all grown to understand, that someone special is watching over us, and it is their way of letting us know ……. if Darrell had found it easily, well it wouldn’t count, it’s been like that for the past few years ……. if you believe in such things. 
IMG_3296The hole was tiny ……..
IMG_3297…… but its significance was massive to Darrell, as well as to Nigel and me.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Considered Purchases Of A Souvenir Type Nature

We’ve been mooching around the shops of Arillas throughout our holiday, but last night, after a delicious evening meal and a very acceptable cocktail or two, it was time to finally get our wallets out and partake in the purchase of a few souvenirs and considered gifts ……
IMG_3177…… just a few tasteful bits and pieces for our special friends, Jan The Fan and Ze Monkeys dans Germany to thank them for their kindness and thoughts over the past few months ……
IMG_3178……. but what to get???????
IMG_3179I think we all ruled out any idea of a faux fur kitten or rabbit pretty early on, as they really didn’t say heady halcyon Corfu days for us. The same also went for cross eyed owl, tortoise and donkey cruet sets.
IMG_3181In the end we went for a small smorgasbord of Corfuvian gifts, a pen, some soap, an evil eye and a little Greek confectionary, nothing showy or ostentatious, that’s not us.
IMG_3180Darrell suggested that we took some Greek bath products back home for us, something we could all enjoy in the weeks following our holiday, the romantic and exotic aromas and suds evoking happy memories as we adhere to our rigorous personal hygiene regime, it was a win win situation, which, in turn, would last far longer than any nougat or other such Greek delicacies.  What are we like ……. if not incredibly clean!!!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

A Reflective Moment

Each time we come on a Greek Odyssey we can’t help notice all the many different beautiful small chapels/shrines know as kandylakia that are scattered along the road sides.
IMG_3401From what we can gather, they are to remember a victim of a traffic accident or built for/by survivors, to thank a saint at the spot where they survived an accident .  You should put at least one icon and a votive candle in the shrine. This one, near our beach, had some very beautiful things in it, but it would have been disrespectful of us to take any photos.
IMG_3403I suppose, in a sort of way, it’s like our putting a candle in a lantern on Christmas Eve and New Years Day, but permanent.  We even saw a place where you could buy one on the way to Corfu Town, it would be a very sad thing to have to buy, but in a way, not wishing to offend any of our readers, much nicer than tying cellophane wrapped flowers, that soon become weather worn, to a lamp post or road sign as we do back home.
We’ve mused while we’ve been away and think that perhaps it might be an idea we might adopt and adapt for Christmas, a new tradition to remember our loved ones  …… it still needs a little thinking about, but we’re going to see if we can find a plain, house shaped tea light holder to perhaps put outside ……. we shall see.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Arillas Sunsets

It has to be said that Arillas sunsets are truly, truly romantic in a Greek sunset type way ………
IMG_3166It’s become part of our Corfuvian evening routine, a cheeky cocktail ……
IMG_3151…… a stroll along the sea front ……..
IMG_3175……. and ten minutes to just sit in companionable silence and watch the sun go down on another wonderful Greek day.
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Happy Days ……..
IMG_2865……. but sadly, time to start thinking about the prospect of going back home to The Towers …..
IMG_2871……. but I think we can still just about milk squeeze a teeny wincey bit more out of it, before ……….IMG_3227……. the aforesaid Tower starts pulling at our heart strings to return, because, Evesham sunsets behind the marina are quite romantic too.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Corfu Town

Corfu town promised much and in turn delivered much in buckets and spades……..
IMG_3071……. especially on the Greek pudding front, where never has baklava tasted soooooooooooooooooo wonderful!
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Old Corfu Town was just so very, very robustly romantic ………
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……. with its tall, narrow alleyways, leading on to intriguingly mysterious candlestine rendezvous …….
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……. only in such old towns can peeling paint and hung out washing on balconies look so picturesque.
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And where else, despite being so unbelievably hot, could making the considered purchase of a fur garment seem so natural?
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Fruit was in abundance……..
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……. so, as ours was only a mid-afternoon/early evening visit we were able to eat on the hoof, follow our rigourous five a day routine and take on moisture from whatever we could, namely cherries, peaches, grapes and plums!
IMG_3068Darrell treated himself to a bottle of kumquat liquor, the national liqueur of the Corfu, an exciting addition to our burgeoning cocktail cabinet back at The Towers and a poignant memory jerker as the nights draw in, if he can find a suitable recipe in amongst his many cocktail books. 
IMG_3027Nigel was particularly taken by all the Corfuvian lace …… although I have to admit to not being too overly enthusiastic about the olive embroidered toilet roll holder he was very enamoured by, no matter how finely machine sewn.
IMG_3078Yes, Old Corfu Town was a rare treat, that will be long remembered in years to come ……. as I said it did not disappoint ……
IMG_3079…… well,  only perhaps in the fairground grabber department down by the harbour …… and that is being a bit churlish! Happy, happy days!