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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Webcam 4/3
« on: June 25, 2018, 01:42:01 AM »
Send a PM to Dimitris...

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: June 22, 2018, 12:30:46 AM »
Unusually high typo-count for you, George. Been at the sauce?

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: June 21, 2018, 02:00:18 AM »
There's a lot of activity in the Facebook groups. What's goin' on is: (1) people taking pictures of cats; (2) people taking pictures of their food. Off camera, the cats are probably nicking the food as well - so we can surmise that Brits and cats are getting fatter. Things are being spit-roasted, boiled and grilled at Manthos and other places. The webcam (above) reveals people lounging about on the beach outside Waves from about 11am until 6pm, with a thinning-out around 1pm as people go to Waves to take pictures of their food, watched by salivating cats. Given the, in my opinion rather strange, love some people have for cats I suspect it won't be long before somebody starts a fund to give all the stray cats in the village a mobile phone so they can post selfies to Facebook of their dinners. I recently bought a 170 degree sports video camera so I'll be able to take wide-angle mp4s of everybody's dinner, with a good chance of a photo-bomb by a moggie or two.

So I reckon that with a lack of murders, volcanoes, tsunamis, alien invasions or other interruptions, it's pretty much the kind of languid inertia you'd expect in a Greek holiday village in the summer. For more exciting fare, buy my fabulous collection of novellas "Fragments of tomorrow" in paper or Kindle versions on Amazon and read Digital Rites - there's a murder in Little Prince.

Information and help please / Re: Welcome packs
« on: June 19, 2018, 03:40:02 PM »
Sure - but if you're up at Tsaros the prospect of going a long way down and a long way up (ooer) is a bit daunting compared to munch sandwich and just go to Tsaros pool bar for a bevy, and leave the long haul until tomorrow. Maybe I'm just a lazy old fart.

Out and About / Re: Nude end of beach!
« on: June 19, 2018, 12:46:13 AM »
I would do - but I fear my surgical scar is now the most impressive feature of my lower abdomen!

Information and help please / Re: Welcome packs
« on: June 18, 2018, 05:53:29 PM »
How late is "late"? If we're on a late arrival we buy sandwiches at the airport on the way out. But there are places to eat open until very late.

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Webcam 4/3
« on: May 04, 2018, 10:51:31 AM »
I much prefer them. Cloth brollies are usually too small, so you're moving often.

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Webcam 4/3
« on: May 03, 2018, 09:09:10 PM »
Nice grassy brollies, I think.

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Pound-Euro 2016
« on: May 02, 2018, 12:13:14 PM »
That's interesting. They're showing 1.11 on their web site.

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Pound-Euro 2016
« on: May 01, 2018, 02:15:13 PM »
After a little surge a week ago, the pound has settled back at a low rate. According to the IMX daily news, this is because UK economic performance remains poor. Fortunately for the UK, the Eurozone performance is below expectation, or it would be worse.

It looks like we can expect a TravelFX rate of about 1.12x for the foreseeable future, because continuing uncertainty about the path of Brexit is keeping downward pressure on sterling. The Interbank rate (which credit cards use) is 1.1379 as I write, and the TravelFX rate is 1.1260. This translates to: the cost of a 30 euro meal being: cash bought today £26.64 and on a no-fee credit card, such as the Halifax Clarity Card, £26.36. Not a huge difference, but it adds up.

Footnote: before the announcement of the referendum the meal cost would have been £21.58. That is a big difference!

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Webcam 4/3
« on: April 30, 2018, 05:56:43 PM »
Live is working now.

San Stefanos news and views / Re: How Hilly
« on: April 26, 2018, 01:15:11 AM »
Most of all, Tubbs, we want you to have the best time possible. Ask whatever you want, and we'll be happy to give you the truth!

San Stefanos news and views / Re: How Hilly
« on: April 25, 2018, 06:19:12 PM »
We've stayed at Barass and Little Prince. Neither have wonderful views, but LP is definitely better. If you are tired, you can get the lift down to ground level to eat and have fun, and back to bed. The rooms are huge. I sometimes have back pain as a result of a bad slipped disc a long time ago - and Little Prince is much easier with baggage because all rooms are at least on the first floor. Barass is on two levels,with quite steep steps up to the first floor. Both are very friendly. The bakery is right opposite Barass, which is great for breakfast (apple pie is usually excellent value.)

As lovely Karen says - those are probably your best choices. If you fancy half-board, Nafsika is great. The food is wonderful, and it's about 25 yards to the beach. It also has a lovely pool.

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Extending the season?
« on: April 25, 2018, 06:01:07 PM »
There are flights all the year round. To shift the main start date would mean TUI, Jet2, Thomas Cook and others changing their schedule and contracts with apartments. I don't think that's going to happen!

San Stefanos news and views / Re: How Hilly
« on: April 25, 2018, 04:04:30 PM »
The slopes in the centre of the village are not very steep and can be taken gently. The beach is very shallow and it's easy to get in and out. You can also use almost any pool provided you buy a drink.

Barras is right on the T-junction near the centre, so minimal hill factor. Silver Moon is on the rising road that leads out of the village, up a then steep hill, to Avliotes. A lot depends on what your maximum comfortable incline would be.

If stairs are a problem you might want to think about paying a bit more to stay at Little Prince, which is the only block in village to have a lift.

If you get Google Earth and go to Corfu, and then zoom in on Agios Stefanos you can actually "walk" from Barras to the beach, passing Little Prince. That should give you some idea. The village is quite compact, so there are no very long walks in the central zone. There is never any need to hurry anywhere - in fact, there should be a big bin at the edge of the village with a sign reading "Dump Hurry and Worry Here." The owners of apartments and tavernas are incredibly friendly and helpful: they will do almost anything to make your stay as easy and lovely as possible. They are the embodiment of the Greek concept of "filoxenia," which means "kindness to strangers." However, when you return to the village you will no longer be a stranger - you will magically have become a member of the family. That's why so many of us go back.

If you feel able to share a little more information about your mobility, I and others will be able to give you a good assessment of your options.

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