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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

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?

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!

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!

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!

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: May 23, 2017, 09:21:29 AM »
After a rather grey Sunday, Monday was a glorious one, with many back out on the beach, and in the sea.

Olga's travel now opened, as has Chilly Chili, so nearly everywhere up and running......just Ozzy Oil and Patricia's salon to go, both will be opening in June, and Summer Dream who will open once work on their new villa next to Beer O Clock is finished, which it is close to being.

Waves is nice and busy lunchtimes at the moment, and the new taverna, Captain Octopus is looking busy, and is getting great reviews.

Many of the people who came for the 'soul train' week at Silver Moon left today......we didn't get to enjoy the music this time, having moved shops, but we had some come to the shop, and it sounds like they had a great time!


San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: May 17, 2017, 09:53:32 AM »
Thanks Gav, yep Glenn is working hard, we went for a drink on Aquarius' opening night last Tuesday.
Well, unfortunately for those  that arrived on Monday, yesterdays weather was awful, wet nearly all day, with a few little respites in between showers  :-[

But in true Corfiot form, whilst it's not a scorcher today, it's definitely brighter, and more importantly, currently dry!

Work is going on at the old Lubrano grill room, opposite 2 Stars, where all the kitchen equipment has been removed,  and it's being redecorated......I was told it is going to be a new travel agency, so we'll keep an eye on it and see. Nice to see another empty property being put to use, although at the moment Olga travel is not open, so not sure if they are just opening later this year, or are not opening at all, again, time will tell.

But the village is getting busier, and lots of regular visitors arriving.  :)


San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: May 15, 2017, 09:53:21 AM »
Another nice day yesterday, although the wind did whip up a bit in the afternoon, resulting in a bit of sandblasting from the beach!

Yesterday morning the horses were having lots of exercise galloping up and down the beach, I guess that will end soon, once it gets busier, and hotter!

The digger was also out, smoothing over the sand in front of Waves, possibly for their sunbeds to be put out?

Last night Captain Octopus, the new taverna opposite Little Prince bar was looking quite busy, and quite a few people enjoying a drink or 2 at 3 W's as we passed. 

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: May 14, 2017, 09:54:14 AM »
Well, Friday was a quite blustery day, which resulted in some great waves, which were thoroughly enjoyed by the 8 surfers who were out in the sea for hours!

And, as predicted, quite a number of people arrived on Friday, so suddenly the resort feels like Summer has finally begun  8)

Also, the weather calmed yesterday, and the sun re-appeared, so what glorious weather for arrivals to wake up to.

The sea also calmed down, and there were quite a few swimmers out yesterday, and there are sunbeds out in front of Athina and Vicky.

Last night Beer O Clock busy with locals out enjoying a Saturday night beer, and it was party night at Condor.

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: May 12, 2017, 10:10:44 AM »
The first of the sunbeds went out on the beach yesterday, just as the weather turned cloudy!! ::) A bit of a shame, but hopefully it will blow over, and not last too long.

Manthos taverna opened last night, with Waves, and Beer O Clock opening today.

Other than Ozzy Oil, I think that's just about everyone now open.....Ozzy's opening in June.

Think it's quite a busy arrivals day today, so I think the village will be getting busier from here on in, and all being well, the sun will be out again soon!  8) 

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: May 09, 2017, 09:22:55 AM »
Another nice sunny day again today, albeit a little cool in the shade, and after dark.

More places up and running now, including Perdita's shop, Peli and Maria's shop, and Little Prince Bar, with Yiannis at the helm once again. I understand they will also be open daytimes too, when Mike will be running it.

Mistral also opened yesterday, and did a good trade at lunchtime, with people enjoying the beach views.

Have also heard a rumour that Aquarius is opening by the end of the week, and maybe open by tomorrow.

And the new taverna has a name....Captain Octopus, and has also had some of their first customers. 

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: May 08, 2017, 10:27:58 AM »
Thanks, Dupnica. Yes, think the sofa is going to be a big hit!

Yesterday started cloudy, and also incredibly quiet....we actually thought we'd looked at the time wrong and arrived earlier than usual!

But I think people were having a lie in, as people started appearing late morning, and a little later the sun broke through, giving us a gorgeous afternoon!

Quite a few enjoying walks on the beach, and a couple of horses enjoying a gallop, with riders of course  ;D

The new taverna opposite Little Prince is now open (no name yet), and Olympia opened last night too.

It feels quite quiet at the moment, but I'm sure every week we'll get more and more arrivals, to get us all into the swing of things!

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: May 05, 2017, 10:02:44 PM »
Well, the resort is really coming to life now after the Winter!

Today saw the opening of Thomas Bay, and Little Prince, with their first guests arriving, joining others already staying around the resort.

From photos I've seen on facebook, it looks like Tereza's new terrace above the bar is meeting with lots of approval.

Taverna's opening up too, including Zorbas, with others, including Beachcombers,  following on tomorrow, and Silver Star also opened today.
Also saw plenty of alcohol being delivered to various places, so no shortage of refreshments!

Elizabeths and Condor also open, with the shop now even bigger, with even more choice of clothes.

And the weather is gorgeous, just a little breezy, but nothing major!  :)

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: May 03, 2017, 06:39:51 PM »
More businesses opening each day, or prepping to do so soon.

All the supermarkets in the village are now open, so plenty of choice for stocking up on provisions.

Tables and chairs being set up at Yiannis taverna, Zorbas, Brusko, and Olympia, so all should be ready soon.

Zest for Life juice bar is up and running, so ideal for refreshment on the way to the beach.

And the sun is shining, another glorious day....what more could we wish for?!  8)

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: May 01, 2017, 09:58:02 PM »
Lovely sunny day to start the season off.

Some accommodation received their first visitors today, with Romanza, Vicky, Silver Moon, and Barras all opening this morning.

2 Stars also opened today, and Yiannis gyros started on Saturday.

Both Pegasus Bikes and Spiros Bikes are up and running, and Spiros is using our old shop patio for extra display this year too.

Vasia and Zest for life both looked open, whilst ourselves and Perdita are just getting to the finishing touches before we open.

Work is progressing at the old 2 Stars, where a new taverna is opening soon. I must find out the name so I can stop calling it 'the old 2 Stars!'. We did meet the new owners today, a very nice couple called Alex and Betty, and their cute little black pug, who Bod enjoyed saying Hi to!  :D


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