Travel With Friends
Greece still remains in a category of it’s own for holidays; the Greek way of life is the essential ingredient. Avrio" is the equivalent of "manjana" and is very much the culture. For the Greeks, people are the priority; the service is casual, usually friendly. Nothing is so important that it cannot be put aside for a chat and a cup of thick Greek coffee. Children must be seen and heard and are called "gifts from God", always welcomed with a smile. Greece is still rural; everyone has chickens, sheep or goats, and very likely a noisy cockerel, which will have no respect for the hour! Old Spiros still has his donkey for bringing home the firewood who often honks "kali mera" to Katerina's donkey at 7 am, along with the dog, saying his piece, and so the day begins!...
The simplicity of Greece has long been its attraction and whilst all owners constantly try to keep up with changing demands the plumbing often gets a mention on first timer's post cards! We all wonder how modern Greeks came to forget what their forebears had mastered 2000 years ago! Loo paper still often has to be put in bins. (EXCEPT AT BEACHSIDE BUNGALOWS). Lets mention too that electricity cuts are an occasional fact of life (not unlike rural Britain!)
PLEASE ASK FOR QUOTES FOR HOLIDAYS OF LONGER DURATIONS AND EXTENDED RENTALS!
The water is perfectly safe to drink and Corfiots are proud of it. Greek life is geared to outside living, so sitting rooms are rare; we "lounge" on our balconies.
Showers not baths are the norm. Kitchens are basically equipped for cooking breakfasts and knocking up a quick snack not a gourmet meal, but all have ovens, but do not go looking for the microwave (except at Beachside Bungalows Thalassa houses where you will seek and find! Besides eating out is fun and still good value) Though Travel with Friends has supplied toasters, and kettles in most houses.
Bedrooms all have wardrobes, but limited drawer space. Please note extra beds are fold up camp beds. On arrival, your house will be clean and beds made up.
The maid’s duties are just to make beds, empty bins and clean bathrooms and sweep
through (as long as the floors are clutter free) -
Linen is provided and is changed once a week, towels are changed twice a week (except where otherwise stated under each house description). You will need to bring your own beach towels.
THE WEATHER in the lonian is normally good from May to October. Greekophiles and
walkers will come in early season knowing the mountains will still be green and everywhere
ablaze with flowers, bring a kagool in case of the odd late April shower. Everything
is clean and fresh -
The sea remains warm right into October when preparations start for the winter crop of olives.
WAY OF LIFE -
FESTIVALS are innumerable. We have parades on national holidays with an English heritage of brass bands, and colourful local fiestas. We will be happy to advise which ones fall within your holiday.
LANGUAGE English is widely spoken, though many locals also speak some German and Italian.
PHONING HOME is easy from card phones. Cheap rate Greek international phone cards can be bought at www.lemontel.com and local shops. Make sure you have activated a roaming service with your mobile phone provider. With Pay as you go mobiles, ensure that your card has sufficient credit, as you will not always be able to top it up locally. Remember you will pay a portion of all received calls whilst abroad too! People with phones not “locked” may find it best to buy a local Sim card. If in doubt check before you leave!
MONEY Sterling Travellers cheques are still the best and safest option, though cash is widely accepted; all exchangeable locally. The rate of exchange is better in Greece than the UK. Credit cards are useful, but not widely accepted in shops or tavernas. Cash withdrawals can be made at cash points, with pin numbers in Kassiopi, Acharavi and Sidari and Roda (though this is a more expensive way to get foreign currency).
POST OFFICES are located in Karousades, Acharavi and Corfu town.
TAXIS are reasonable and there are ranks in Sidari, Roda, Kassiopi and Acharavi.
BUSES radiate to and from Corfu Town. There is a service along the north coast between Sidari and Kassiopi.
MOSQUITOES are a Mediterranean nuisance easily controlled with repellents -
THINGS TO DO -
SCOOTERS, MOPEDS, QUADS AND BUGGIES deserve a mention, we realise they are a cheap and fun way of getting about, but the roads are entirely unsuitable for inexperienced riders and are not recommended.
WE SUPPLY COTS FREE OF CHARGE
· Bring your own cot linen and plastic sheet.
· Highchairs/Pushchairs available on request.
DISABLED CLIENTS please contact us for advise as we know all the properties and areas inside and out and know which are suitable, and which not.
BRING WITH YOU -
· A torch is useful.
· An umbrella and sweater are wise in early and late season, and for cooler evenings.
· Adaptors are needed for all your appliances, which WILL all work on Greek voltage.
· Beach towels.
· Please be considerate to fellow travellers -
The attractions of Travelling with Friends are many fold, but our clients say that we communicate our love and in depth knowledge of our chosen island home, creating a comfortable feeling of security from booking through to the journey home.
Many of the titles below will lift you into your favourite place before you come on holiday or when trying to escape long winters evenings!
SUGGESTED READING, MAPS & GUIDE BOOKS
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