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San Stefanos news and views / Re: The long and winding road?
« on: May 15, 2017, 08:45:27 PM »
Sorry for any confusion but it's me and my daughter this month, so no mobility scooter needed this time! I just wanted to check we could get down to the beach avoiding the road, although she's not keen on too steep a hill either....youngsters!!
On one occasion several years ago Richard (on scooter) and I did miss the turning back down from Akrotiri and ended up going across the top in the dark. Noula took great delight in telling everyone! He needs a better off road one before we try that again.

San Stefanos news and views / Re: San Stefanos accessibility help
« on: May 11, 2017, 08:16:54 PM »
To be fair it looks a bit like a cherry picker but the ambi lift and operators at Corfu are really helpful, actually better than our side. You just wait on the aircraft with the crew until they arrive at the opposite side to the steps. Flat access off, they drive you to arrivals and they push or help you up the walkway.
Make sure you book assistance with the airline (in advance) who pass your details on to the airport at home and in Corfu. You may get dedicated assistance through passport control depends on airport and your individual requirements.
( If you hire wheels in Corfu you will be taken care of throughout the airport process as hubby will have a helper who will collect you in a manual chair and save you pushing).
Prepare yourself for sarky comments about preferential treatment....😤
On your return you go to a designated departure gate (no 6) and they come and get you (usually first)
and the process is reversed. Seems there aren't as many restrictions in Corfu and occasionally it has seemed a bit more chaotic but we have done the journey about a dozen times and it works, Greek style!
Depending on the age of your children you will be kept together but as ours are older they just board the usual way and I go with R.
Pool lifts are a step too far I'm afraid and I'm not aware of any beach style entry pools. R's managed to get in and out by being lifted in and out by sons in law but not very dignified!....we have relied on the beach rather than pools.
Friends ask us why we go back to the same place. From a carer's point of view it takes the stress out of travelling, knowing we can manage! Makes a huge difference to me! 😃
Hope you have a good time whenever you go.

San Stefanos news and views / Re: San Stefanos accessibility help
« on: May 10, 2017, 01:49:20 AM »
My husband has used his scooter for years in the village and is pretty much able to access most places which we wanted to visit. If we couldn't get in, hey ho, our € were spent elsewhere! 😃
Drop kerbs are okish but vicious in places and tbh we found keeping to the side of the road was the best bet as if you can get up the kerb, it doesn't necessarily mean you can get down without doing a u turn and ending up back where you started! We accept that accessibility isn't as good as here but we have always managed ok.....Tried not to get frustrated and had great holidays with the family.
He takes his scooter from home and flying from various airports has been easy. The issue with Thomson is that whilst you can take an electric scooter on the plane, you can't use their transfer buses. (Manual yes, electric no! ☹️)...definitely cheaper than hiring, though you would need a taxi transfer, sorry but I can't help with accessible options as R can get in and out of a car independently.
Thoughts on restaurants....from memory I think the only places we couldn't get into were Ozzy oil as the pavement to it has a tree in it which sort of gets in the way (no drop kerb) and Olympia where the angle is ridiculous and not smooth which resulted in him coming off the back last year!!! Caused a bit of excitement over dinner 🤣
We go up to Gravia on the Arillas road and off road to Akrotiri at one end and Romanza at the other and pretty much all points in between. Athens have a ramp which they are happy to put out so don't be put off if it looks too difficult.
Fantasea, Nafsika, Manthos, Beachcomber, Beer O'Clock (I think) 2 stars, Yiannis, Barras, Zorba's, Pizza place, Little Prince all doable....honestly you'll be fine and have lots of choice. That's one of the reasons we keep going back, we know that we can manage there.
Where are you staying? Accommodation without steps is definitely trickier. We usually stay at Noula's Blu Rose apt which has a double sized shower and ramped access but there are only the two of us.
Anyway, apologies for the reply being a bit lengthy, but I hope that it has been useful.
Hope you have a fab holiday

San Stefanos news and views / Re: The long and winding road?
« on: May 06, 2017, 06:29:37 PM »
Thanks for that. I'll take it as a positive!

San Stefanos news and views / The long and winding road?
« on: May 06, 2017, 02:31:15 AM »
Have booked a week for my daughter and I at the Romanza at the end of the month but have been a little economical with the truth ref the hill!
I have had drinks there before, but have only approached the hotel from the road as my husband uses a mobility scooter.
How accessible is the beach please? I assume there is a path down but not sure as we haven't really explored this end of the village as we usually stay at Margarita's and prefer the older end of the village.
I need to get my story straight (or at least prepare the ground) before we arrive! 😜

Where to stay / Re: Accom for 2+2 July 30th - Aug 13th reqd
« on: January 09, 2015, 10:52:26 PM »
Theodosia via Noula?

Out and About / Re: Oh to be somewhere sunny!
« on: November 14, 2014, 01:19:49 AM »
Cornish coast taken another battering today.
I've come to the conclusion I am definitely a spring/summer rather than an autumn/winter person!

Out and About / Oh to be somewhere sunny!
« on: November 07, 2014, 01:23:28 AM »
Working outside in the weather of the last few days has been a bit grim. Last summer seems a long way off and next summer's visits even further away.
I know where I would rather be!

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Norwich flight next year - crazy
« on: October 01, 2014, 12:42:56 PM »
Unfortunately for us Exeter could give you a run for your money!
No choice and top dollar 😞

Where to eat out in San Stefanos? / Re: Summer Dreams.
« on: September 22, 2014, 10:30:13 PM »
Each to their own and I know you can only speak as you find, but sadly, contrary to everybody else's experience, our visit was one we will never repeat.
Went for early evening 7.30pm ish pre dinner cocktails.
Service by the waiter was fine, but the women behind the bar were very miserable and that's being charitable!
Ordered two Mojitos which came with 3 bits of lime, a sprig of mint and what tasted like tap water. No fizz, no tasteable rum...v v poor. Queried it with the waiter who tasted it for himself. Up went his eyebrows and off he went to the bar and spoke to miserable lady no. 1. She shrugged and insisted we pay the full cost of both drinks which were left full on the table........€12.
In 7 visits (11 weeks) it is the only experience which has left a bitter taste in my mouth. Would we set foot in the place again?.... Not on your nelly!😪😪

Richard uses "Fish" insurance but as, touch wood we haven't had to claim for anything not sure how good they are in a crisis.....hoping not to have to find out, but for peace of mind could be worth a look.

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: August 31, 2014, 01:07:37 AM »
Hi there
Just to let you know that Isla's turtle and the "crane" both made it safely home! Thanks for the expert packing!!

Information and help please / Re: Doctors surgery
« on: June 18, 2014, 02:19:12 AM »
I work with a guy called John Thomas and fortunately he has a sense of humour! Perhaps I should ask him if the hot spoon works?
It is also fortunate that, working in a school, our students are either too young or are not well read enough to realise there is great potential for mickey taking. Even some of the younger staff don't get the joke.
I was also tempted to ask if the John Thomas in this thread was related to the "dizzy Thomas" in another?

Where to eat out in San Stefanos? / Re: fantasea
« on: June 03, 2014, 02:07:59 AM »
We always eat in the older part of the village and saved our last night's meal for Fantasea having previously enjoyed both the food and meeting Kostas.
We were really disappointed to find the place almost deserted with no one around to welcome us, one couple in the restaurant and a large TV screen showing the darts.
Whilst I have nothing against darts players per se, we did not want to spend our precious last night here so decamped to a very breezy Waves!
I hope it's not like this in August too.

Where to stay / Make that 9
« on: May 19, 2014, 01:30:16 AM »
Two of our daughters plus partners and Grandaughter are joining us in August for a bit of a family get together. Thought I'd have a nose at the Thomson website to see what was happening re prices......(always a bit worrying when you've booked so long ago).
Amazed and a bit shocked to see the prices to be honest.
One week at Little Prince (where they are staying) August 8-15 £776 p/p
One week Nafsika, half board from Exeter £388 p/p........couldn't believe it £388!!!!!!
Booked immediately for eldest daughter and partner so there are now 9 of us.
Feeling happy but rather guilty, thinking how little Speros will see from that...will need to make sure we all visit regularly and eat and drink plenty.
Difficult, but we'll manage somehow.
Roll on August....and Saturday.

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