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San Stefanos news and views / Is it really you?
« on: November 06, 2017, 08:16:39 PM »
 There was an article in The Mail today re."celebs we'd like to fly with".Adele came top of the list of people most holidaymakers would like to sit next to on a plane. Got me thinking how many of us have come across someone well known either at the airport or on our flight.
 To set the ball rolling,when we flow out of Stansted in September, Joanna Lumley was standing outside with a friend having a cigarette.
 She's someone I would like sitting next to me, I love her travel shows and she was so funny in Ab Fab. Unfortunately she wasn't on our flight.
 A few years ago we encountered Ian Lavender in the departure lounge in Corfu airport.

San Stefanos news and views / Corfu General Hospital
« on: February 12, 2017, 02:54:02 PM »
 There has been a lot of publicity lately about the failings of our NHS,Believe me if you have ever had the misfortune to visit Corfu General Hospital you will realise how fortunate we are.
 In September last year my husband had a very bad fall and, after treatment from the local doctor in Arrilas, we had to take a taxi to Corfu for Xrays at the hospital.
 The facilities provided were what you might expect in a third world country.The only wheelchair available was broken,some of the seats in the waiting area were also broken,there was no paper,soap or handtowels in the toilet.Patients were walking about holding their IV drips above their head because there were no stands to put them on.
 Apparently most of the staff were on strike,not surprising as they haven't been paid for months,the few who were on duty looked tired and demoralised,I felt sorry for them having to work in those conditions. There was only one Orthopaedic Surgeon on duty for the whole hospital and we had to wait for him to finish his ward rounds before he could look at the Xrays.
 Fortunately after having his arm put in plaster we were able to leave.
 I have nothing but praise for the treatment received from Dr Yiannis and his wife from Arrilas,they were with us within minutes of the accident,they took us to their surgery and stitched up a very nasty head wound(about 35 stitches).They came out to visit two days later
to change dressings and replaster the arm.
 I was grateful for the kindness of other people waiting to be seen at the hospital who waited with my husband while I went searching for a taxi back to Agios Stefanos,by this time it was after midnight.
 I used to wonder why our friends chose to go to the mainland for any medical treatment when they had what appeared to be a perfectly good and fairly new local hospital on their doorstep,I know why now.
 It says it all when one friend has been collecting sheets from hotel and apartment owners,who are renewing theirs, to donate to the hospital. 

San Stefanos news and views / Makes you think
« on: November 25, 2014, 08:06:37 PM »
 We were in Agios Stefanos in September when the voting on Scotish Independence was happening.  We were sitting in a Taverna one day discussing
 this and the various financial advantages of living in Scotland namely free University education,free prescriptions and free care for the elderly.
 Curiosity prompted me to ask a Greek friend who was sitting with us and who like us is not in the first flush of youth "what happens here if you have to go into a care home does the Government pay or do you have to pay"? He looked completely puzzled so I rephrased my question "what happens when you get old and too ill for your family to look after you"? His answer to this was simply "we die"!!
 There don't appear to be any care homes for the elderly in Corfu and I believe there are only a couple in Athens,families look after their aged relatives and if they need nursing help they pay for private nurses.
  Why is it that people in so many other countries count it as a privelege to care for the parents who cared for them when they were young yet in Britain some see older people as a burden,a drain on the NHS and just too much trouble to look after. Makes you think!

Out and About / The Beach in Autumn
« on: October 27, 2014, 07:44:35 PM »
 Shame the webcam isn't working just now I've enjoyed seeing the beach in all it's natural beauty,no sunbeds ,no cars and no people.

 When it's stormy it still looks amazing with wonderful cloud formations and rough seas.Hope you can sort it out Noula we need our daily fix.

San Stefanos news and views / Clean Monday
« on: March 03, 2014, 10:13:20 PM »
 Lesley, you didn't remind us that today is the beginning of Lent in Corfu and everyone would be down on the beach this morning flying kites.When we've been there our kites have usually ended up in Albania.Today is called Clean Monday and it's anything but.People get blacked up and take delight
in blacking everyone else up.There is a carnival  in Avliotes and dancing and bonfires in the main square and everyone has a wonderful time. Wish I was there.

San Stefanos news and views / This year's holiday promises.
« on: February 24, 2014, 08:00:14 PM »
 The Arrilas Forum has a topic on the go just now that I thought we might "borrow" and see if it creates any interest.The jist of it is
"Things I am going to do this year on holiday that I have intended to do on previous visits but never quite got round to".
Let's face it we all go with good intentions about places we are going to visit or trips we are going to take or tavernas we are going to eat in
 and when we finally get there we spend most of our time blobbing out and before you know it the holiday's over.

San Stefanos news and views / Supermarket
« on: February 06, 2014, 06:54:36 PM »
  I see that the San Stefanos Supermarket,which I believe is the one near Condor,are offering to deliver a welcome pack to your accommodation
 prior to your arrival if you send them an email.Good idea if you are going to get there late in the evening.

San Stefanos news and views / School Holidays
« on: January 31, 2014, 07:45:13 PM »
 There is a lot of publicity just now about taking children on holiday during term time. In my opinion if anyone needs a holiday it is the hardworking
 parents of young families.
 When our granddaughter was in infant school we took her to San Stefanos every year,sometimes twice a year. Do I think she suffered from missing
 a few weeks of schooling,not a jot!  She experienced a different culture,she made friends,her daily playmate was the little son of our Greek hosts
 and when she was two and a half she could even speak a few words of Greek.
 She enjoyed the food,her favorites being Pastitsada and Stifado and she loved drizzling her bread with olive oil. Her social skills were developed as she mixed with people of all ages and nationalities. She saw oranges and figs,peppers and melons growing outside in people's gardens. In Corfu town she
 was surrounded by Venetian architecture.I could go on and on.
 Things changed when she went on to junior school,lessons became more important and holidays had to be taken when school broke up.
  Did her education suffer? I don't believe so,she did well in all her exams and is now in her first year at University. I rest my case.

San Stefanos news and views / Boring
« on: January 27, 2014, 06:26:11 PM »
 Is it just me or is anyone else getting fed up with the seemingly never ending Word Association??

San Stefanos news and views / Old Calendar of Avliotes 2004
« on: January 18, 2014, 08:04:43 PM »
I have just found an old calendar of Avliotes from 2004.There are fascinating photos dating from 1922 through to 1980 including some of San Stefanos. Of particular interest is a school photo taken in 1955,I'm sure some of the children must be the parents or even grandparents of the people we know now who run apartments or tavernas in San Stefanos. Another one,from 1959,shows a group of young men playing in the snow,quite a novelty in Corfu,but it does happen occasionally. By far the most poignant is the one taken in 1945,just at the end of the war,which shows a group of  rather malnourished men working in the fields.
Does anyone else have one of these calendars and do they recognize anyone?

Out and About / Car Park
« on: June 06, 2013, 06:38:23 PM »
 Does it seem as though the cars are parked much further along the beach this year?
 They appear to be as far as The Waves,I wonder why! :o

San Stefanos news and views / Busy on the Beach
« on: April 22, 2013, 07:04:11 PM »
 Have you noticed the JCB has been on the beach the past two days? Yesterday they were clearing the seaweed and today they seem to be

re-directing the river back to it's original course,over the past few weeks the river seems to have edged ever closer to "the Waves" and they

won't want that on their doorstep.

Out and About / Favourite places to visit around Corfu
« on: April 11, 2013, 07:57:18 PM »
Perhaps some of us who have been going to San Stefanos for many years would like to share our favourite haunts with our newer visitors.
One of the places I like to go back to every year is Afiones. The younger and fitter ones amongst us could walk there,otherwise drive,leave your car in the village,before the Church and walk up through the old village which is absolutely beautiful just the way you imagine a Greek village should look like,little white houses and blue doors.
At the top are two tavernas,Dionysos and Porto Timoni,we prefer the latter,the food is great and not expensive.The views over St Georges bay are spectacular.If you go in the evening it is magical watching the sun go down and the lights come on around the bay.

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