Epilogue and thank you.
A little place to say thank you to those that are helping with support,
Thank you to :-
All those who have taken the time to send photo's and information.
George and Co. Panorama, Peroulades - great photographs, help and
friendship. Corfu 1995 -
Gjermund, Aud & Sven Arn - Norway - friends, superb photographs and support.
Demon.co.uk - for unofficial web help. Thanks lads. England 1996 -
Sheree for photographs and useful advice. We're mates. Corfu 1999
Aspasia - from UK (ex Greece) for her perfect Greek words. England 1999
Trevor, Chriss, family and friends (met Corfu). Their bed and a great weekend.
Corfu 1999 -
Cowboy & girl (Pam and Jon) For brightening up a holiday without knowing it.
Stewart for the photographs of the cliffs at Longas Beach. Corfu 1999
Babis for a new outlook on Greece. Corfu 2000.
Bernadett, from Hungary, for so much enthusiasm for this web site
Corfu 2000 -
Noula - San Stefano Travel, always working, always a friend. 2000 -
Andrew - For the photo's of St Stefanos West and information 2001
Articles - Hilary Whitton Paipeti - Editor, The Corfiot Magazine. 2001 -
Liz Robinson - For Ipsos. England April 2001-
Janet, John & Jill - Northern Island for 'that' email 2001
Sally. Friendship and all the work she is doing for this site - THANKYOU 2002-
Caroline. For support when very much needed 2002.
Verena. Spreading the word to Germany 2002 -
David from Ireland for the sailing saga 2003 -
It is 11 years and 18 visits ago that we started going to Greece. We had
three holidays in Skiathos and Crete before 9 years in Corfu. The first few
years were around Sidari. Then came a move to Melitsa and finally to
Peroulades. We often visit the other local villages like San Stefanos, San
George, Arillas and Roda. They each have their own character but they
are all there primarily for tourism. Without tourism Corfu would be back
where it was a hundred years ago. Not necessarily a bad thing in some
ways. Some tourists - Oh dear!
We have our own small group of friends that we always try and see every
time we are there. Apart from Vasillis and Agneta, whom we are so close to
that Agneta feels quite at home walking into our bedroom while I am sitting
on the bed naked (not a pretty sight), there is Leftoria and Nickos. I think
these two are the most gentle people I have ever met. Leftoria just makes
you feel she needs a cuddle and Nickos just has a smile that makes you
feel all is well with the world. He also plays the Spanish guitar very well.
Then there is Spiros and his brother Aristotle. Everywhere we go Spiros
turns up on his moped or we find Aristotlel sitting in the Coffee Shop.
They are both unique characters. Yianni and Anastasia from the Coffee
Shop. Nafsika, Dimitri, George and Spiros from Panorama, Noula from
San Stefanos, they all are, and others, the reason we keep going back.
We don't lie in the sun or worry too much about the weather, we went twice
last year (03) and it rained the whole time. We just quietly sit and talk to old
friends, drink too much and eat too much. They say we are not tourists
anymore. I do know one thing, we know more about what is going on in
Peroulades than we do our own village in England. Forty days after a
funeral there is another church service. We have been to one in
Peroulades. It was a lady we had known and respected. She taught us
the right way to say hello and goodbye, a kiss on each cheek. I think
the locals then began to realise that we wanted to be part of the village.
We are accepted now and there is a little smile with the 'yassas'.
Prices on Corfu have gone through the roof. Changing to the Euro
has been used to hike prices in the resorts. Taxis are one of the best
examples. The fares have doubled for some journeys. Use the
busses (coaches) if you can, they really are much better than ours,
air conditioned and very modern.
Once you get away from the tourist traps you will find far better prices.
I think I should add 'Shop where the Greeks shop' to 'Eat where the
Greeks eat and swim where the Greeks swim'. There are one or two
very useful larger supermarkets at the far end of Sidari on the road to
Corfu Town near a large crossroads. Well worth stocking up there
if you are self catering.
Most of our Greek friends do not really understand this 'Internet
thing'. Many Greeks have paid a lot of hard earned money to have
web sites that are impossible to find, boring and the content is just
awful. The number of web sites, etc. about Corfu that have poached
photo's and text from this one is out of order. If I read 'It is ideally suited
for young children, teenagers and those that remember the Beatles.'
just once more I am going to throw up.
Greece has been shooting itself in the foot where UK tourism is
concerned. Plane spotters, soggy apartments,etc. have allmade many
tourists go elsewhere. Raising prices to the present level means I am
afraid some lean years ahead. This is the opinion several Greeks I know
have and I must agree. Anyone thinking of moving to Corfu should perhaps
take this very much into account. The cost of living must be almost the
same as ours now and in some cases like meat worse. The pound being
so low really has aggrevated the tourist situation.
' In Ipsos this summer they say business is down 30% on last summer
so they hike prices up by 30% and more to compensate for the loss.
That's the philosophy of some Greeks.' That is an extract from
A Sailors Story - New Part II
which you may find useful.
Towards the end of the season in Sidari some bars started to cut their
prices. Sidari centre was very quiet in July 2003 and September was not
much better. There have been price wars in the past and I have a feeling
that they could happen again very soon. Good news for us visitors, but if
it goes too far it will not help the little family tavernas.
The greetings we get from our friends in Peroulades each time we go there
is so genuine and warm that I can honestly say Greece is our second
home. These friendships started long before I knew anything about web sites,
not that I pretend to now.
I think we English are a little insular, that is the problem of living on an
island. It is so nice to get email from so many countries, what better place
for us all to get to know each other than Corfu on a warm summers night.
Would my wife and I go anywhere else?
I would like to say thank you for all the kind emails I have recieved. I never
expected such a response. I try to reply within 48 hours unless I am in
Corfu in which case I look at my emails whenever possible.
If you do not receive a reply there could be two reasons. 1) Your email address
is defunct, this happens so often you would not believe it. 2) Me having
problems. Please try and contact me again.
I hope this site has been informative. It is not meant to be too critical of the
Greek life style which I think in many ways is far more civilised than ours.
It should be they have been around far longer than us. I have tried to make
it a little amusing - but true. To me other Mediterranean countries are second
best not because of the climate but....... something is missing.
Last but not least - this web site would be impossible without the patience
and understanding of a wonderful lady - my wife Maurn.