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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: May 05, 2018, 06:59:18 PM »
Seems like quite a few people arrived yesterday, which means more places open for the season.

The Wood Shop and the laundrette were both open this morning.

Little Prince has it's first guests, as does Barras.

Elizabeths is now open, and Athens Bar has it's opening night tonight.

Silver Star is also open too.

Quite a few people walking the beach today, Mistral is open this evening, and Waves look like they will be soon too.

Slowly Slowly as we say in Greece, the resort awakens!

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: May 02, 2018, 09:11:56 PM »
Well, yesterday was a bank holiday here in Greece, and with the glorious weather we are having, it was nice to see quite a few people on the beach, and some in the sea too!

And the resort is beginning to open up for Summer. At the moment the following places are up and running;

Aspa,
Yiannis Grill Room,
Spiros Bikes
Dimitra Manos Car hire
Pegasus Bikes
Express Market
3 W's Bar
2 Stars
Zorbas (I think!)
Tasty Corner
El Greco
Havana Beach ar
Town Pizza
Vasia gift shop
Margarita Supermarket
Hippopots Ceramics
Akrotiri
(Apologies if I've missed anyone!!!!)

And plenty of others will soon follow, with Barras all set up ready, tables and chairs outside Little Prince, Tereza's Hotel getting a good scrub outside, Kapitanos cleaning, Sunbeds etc around the pool at Athina and Vicky, Taste of Life, and Zest for Life getting ready, gardening at Summer Dreams, pressure washing at Nafsika and Manthos, and plenty of work going on at Mistral and Waves.

I think by this weekend, most of the village will be open. 8)

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: April 27, 2018, 07:45:12 PM »
Hello Mr Biggins!
Nice to hear you are coming to visit soon.

I can confirm that yes, the other ginger in the village has been spotted, and is busy getting Aquarius Bar ready for Summer. Remember to bring your ear plugs if you don't enjoy his warblings!!!

Another glorious day again, which saw people in the sea! A little braver than me, but if the weather stays like this I may venture in earlier than usual!

Power washers were working well today, with both ourselves and Beachcomber cleaning our patios!

Paintwork has been freshened up, and changed colour at both Acabar, and 2 Stars, and bikes are out at Spiros Bikes and Pegasus, ready for renting soon.

Dimitra and Manos have their cars ready at their new location, next to Express Market, and Aspa Supermarket is up and running.

We're now all ready for opening, so will be having a fw days away from San Stef, until we open on 1st May, so next report will be then.....time for a weekend off before Summer begins! ;D


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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: April 26, 2018, 10:13:52 AM »
Thank you Karen.

We had a day off prepping yesterday, to spend some time with friends, but we did still head to San Stef, to all enjoy a very nice lunch at Tasty Corner.

It was rather pleasant to sit in for a change, and watch the going's on with a nice cool beer!

From our vantage point we watched Silver Star re-varnishing all his chairs, and Vasia's shop being prepared.

Barras was getting a good clean, including the roof being pressure washed....quite handy really as we'd parked outside, and once they'd asked if we wanted to move our car, we just closed the windows, and they very kindly gave it a little wash down with the spray from the washer  ;D

After lunch, a quick trip to Yiannis supermarket revealed preparations of vehicles at Spiros Bikes, and stock being organised in Elizabeths.

Won't be long before we're all ready and raring to go!

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: April 22, 2018, 03:35:41 PM »
Well, we've had a week of glorious weather, which means it's rather nice to be working in, with everyone prepping for Summer.

The sound of strimmers and pressure washers fills the air, as we all start getting ready.

Beachcombers has been busy tidying the patio after the Winter storms, as has Mistral too.

Bars are getting ready, with 3W's, Bar 38, Silver Star, and Athens Bar all getting stuck in.

Painting going on at Acarbar, and the laundrette, and ourselves, Perdita and Vasia busy getting our shops ready.

Just 1 more week until the end of April, then all systems go for Summer 2018! 8)

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: April 14, 2018, 11:51:46 AM »
Well, Easter celebrations are now over (was a lovely weekend!), so time to start getting ready for Summer!

The weather has been amazing, nice and warm, and lots of sunshine, so perfect for getting businesses prepped.

We were in the village a couple of days ago, and pressure washers were in full flow at Little Prince, and Vasia's shop.

Mistral was getting a clean down, and Nafsika getting some painting work done.

El Greco has had people sat enjoying the sun with a drink every time we pass, 3W's is returning to Summer opening hours next week, and Tasty Corner opens today....Summer's coming!!  8)

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: April 04, 2018, 10:20:32 PM »
Well, we've had a week for beautiful weather now, sunny days, and all the spring flowers are blooming, so everywhere looking lovely! Lots of beautiful purple blossom on trees, daisies on the roadsides, and wisteria looking gorgeous!

Bod and I took a little walk along the beach today, and it was lovely to see a lady and 2 young girls playing in the sea!

Ag Stefanos is slowly coming to life....Yiannis new place is looking fab, and Tasty Corner has his signs going up on the wall in front, a sure sign he'll be open soon ,ready to feed us whilst we work!

3 W's looking quite busy this afternoon too, and work going on at Silver Moon, and Nafsika.

Summer will be upon us very soon....even saw my first firefly a few days ago.

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: March 25, 2018, 08:17:46 PM »
Yes Lesley, such a shame about the weather today for the parades.....will Summer ever begin??

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: March 24, 2018, 06:22:24 PM »
Popped into Ag Stefanos this morning, and you can tell Summer is coming with plenty of work going on (though hard to believe it's on it's way, with the cold wet Winter we've been having!)

Plenty of activity today, with cleaning starting at Silver Star and Vasia, stock arriving at Margarita's supermarket, sweeping in Condor, prep work in Elizabeths, painting at Tasty Corner, and Yiannis grill room coming on it leaps and bounds! Think everyone must be getting stuck in, so there will be plenty of time to enjoy Easter festivities without worrying about work!  :)

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Webcam 4/3
« on: March 17, 2018, 12:04:06 PM »
Web cam picture looks so clear......how long before someone spots us and Bod have a walk??

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: March 10, 2018, 06:09:08 PM »
OK folks, spurred on by Sellsey's post about users of the forum, and the fact that not everyone uses facebook, thought it was time I got my a** in gear, and started posting some updates! I can't promise they'll be daily in Summer like before, as sometimes there just isn't the time for me to get out there and see what's happening around the village, but I'm hoping others will take up the reins abit when they're here on holiday  :)

So, Winter in Corfu has be not too cold, but very wet, with ( I was told by a friend) only 4 days in Feb that it didn't rain! But now we've come into March, it finally feels like Spring has sprung. There is blossom on the trees, lambs in the fields, and I heard my first scops owl of the year a few weeks ago.

We had some pretty violent storms too in February, so the beach took a little bit of a battering, and the stream wove it's was right along the beach in front of Waves Taverna. But don't worry, I'm pretty sure it will all be sorted by the time season begins.

And, yes, a few changes in the village this year. Sadly both Ozzy Oil and Captain Octopus are no longer with us. At the moment it looks like both premises may be empty, but you never know, sometimes placess suddenly become occupied, even as late as May, so we shall see.....

Yiannis Grill is moving across the road, from his premises opposite Athens Bar, to a much bigger location, next to Athens Bar, and to the side of Aspa, where Casablanca was years ago. Lots of work going on to prepare his new place. We had a little tour a few weeks ago, when Yiannis explained how it would all be laid out, and it sounds great!

Dimitra and Manos Car Hire have also moved, from next to Bar 38, into our old shop between Spiros Bikes and Express Supermarket, so some changes there too before they open.

Other than that, all has been quiet during the Winter, with just 3W's, El Greco, Express Market, and Town Pizza trading for us locals, but as the weather improves, and time marches ever closer towards Summer work will soon start on making sure everything is ready for your arrivals, so check back soon, I will do my best to post regular updates!!!  ;D




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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Who’s still around?
« on: March 10, 2018, 05:48:53 PM »
Still here Sellsey! Apologies for being VERY lax on the 'what's happening' thread......I got out the habit of posting last Summer, and yes, I did get told off by a few people! Time to start with some updates again maybe?

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: June 12, 2017, 10:06:13 AM »
Very sorry for no write up lately.....was not on line for a few weeks at the shop, and got out of the habit! :)

We are now in full swing of the season, and the resort is definitely getting busier!

We've had some lovely weather, although a couple of windy days last week, and a thunderstorm yesterday afternoon did clear the beach for a while!

Only taverna not yet open is Ozzy Oil, but Nikos is due any day, so they will soon be hard at work too.

All the tavernas on the beach are doing a great trade during the daytime, and Chilly Chili, Fantasea, and Beachcombers have some great el fresco dining at night.

Lots of Greek dancing going on at Zorba, Little Prince, and Nafsika, and the Greek Nights at Tereza, Romanza and 2 Star are very popular.

The new travel agency has also opened, where Lubrano's was, opposite 2 Stars, and is owned by Sophia, the sister of Spiro from Bar 38. She's done a great job completely changing the building from a grill to an office!

Another changeover today, so more people due.....Summer is here!

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Happy memories
« on: June 12, 2017, 09:59:25 AM »
Was lovely to meet you both the other day, and very interesting to hear how the village hadn't changed too much over the years. Hope you're having a great time!

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: May 26, 2017, 09:54:25 AM »
A bit overcast yesterday, but no wind, so the sea was nice and calm.

The digger and truck were out this morning clearing away the seaweed that has been deposited the last week. You can't fight nature, but you can clear it away!  ;D

So the resort is getting a bit busier now....Lots in Condor on Tuesday night for the Rod Stewart tribute. I think it's the same guy as last year, and he's pretty good!

And last night was Greek night at both Tereza's and 2 Stars, so plenty of choice for either modern or traditional entertainment!

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