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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My Holiday in Corfu...

As some of you will know, I recently enjoyed a week's break on the Greek island of Corfu with my partner, Jayne. I thought I'd take this opportunity to tell you a bit about it, and share a few photos.

Although we love Greece and have visited various islands and the mainland, we had never been to Corfu before. We stayed in Arillas, a quiet resort in the north of the island - the south being reserved for the under-thirties ;-)

Arillas turned out to be an excellent choice for a relaxing holiday, with wonderful food and drink, beautiful scenery, a sandy beach next to a crystal-blue sea, friendly people, and perfect weather thrown in as well.

That would be more than enough in itself, of course, but another reason I like Greece is that - in the parts we visit anyway - every business is different. Many are family-owned and run, and each has its own unique style and atmosphere. Every time you visit a new taverna (for example) it is a voyage of discovery.

This is a sharp contrast with Britain and many other industrialized countries, where every town looks almost identical, with the same predictable range of 'brands', and customer service is based on a manual rather than any personal passion for the business. Despite the well-documented economic problems of Greece, I still think there's a lot those of us living in supposedly more advanced countries can learn from them.

Anyway, I promised you some photos, so here's one of the place we stayed. It's called the Rainbow Complex. Our apartment was at the top of the block pictured. Naturally, I started each day by diving into the swimming pool from our balcony ;-)

The apartments were set in beautiful gardens, with oranges, lemons, peaches and grapefruit growing in profusion. The owners didn't mind guests picking the fruit (within reason), so we had a fresh peach every morning with our breakfast cereal. The photo shows lemons growing above a traditional English rose.

Arillas enjoys some spectacular sunsets. Here's a typical one...

By night, the swimming pool at the Rainbow Complex was lit up by this colorful fountain. By day it was removed from the pool so swimmers could use it. We'd never seen anything like it!

There were various small bars and restaurants along the seafront, but this notice in particular caught my eye. I'm still wondering what Fruit Pants are...

One day we booked on a coach tour of the island. In the capital, we saw these horse-drawn carriages waiting to carry visitors around the park. Sadly, our itinerary didn't include enough time to try this ourselves.

Our tour also included a visit to the beautiful monastery at Palaeokastritsa, where I took this photograph.

Finally, I guess I can't get away without including a photo of myself, so here I am on our balcony, about to head off for another delicious evening meal!

Well, I hope you've enjoyed hearing a bit about my holiday and seeing a few of my photographs. Back to writing-related matters in my next post!

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Blogger Sarah Pearson said...

What a beautiful place, that fountain looks wonderful!

6:43 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Sarah. Yes, I recommend Arillas, and the swimming pool fountain was an added bonus!

7:15 PM  
Blogger Gibson Goff said...

I'm glad you posted pictures, Nick! Thanks.

The colors! Everything about the place says 'island getaway', doesn't it? Sure beats big concrete boxes and brass chandeliers.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Gib. Glad you liked my photos!

8:39 PM  
Anonymous blogilicious said...

Hi mr, I hope someday I will be there too :)

5:33 PM  

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