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Corfu, Greece.
Corfu group
Holiday dates: 1st to 15th October 2018.
Holidaying are: Ben, Andrew, Betty, Alan, James, Peter & Caroline, along with
Wendy, John, Jane & Geraint.
Monday 1st October

After a hectic time, at the Airport, we had a smooth flight and transfer and arrival at the hotel around midnight (Corfu time!). Once there, most of us had a drink at the bar before retiring for the remainder of the night.
Corfu Tuesday 2nd October

We had a lazy day today, to recover from our journey yesterday. However, we did manage to explore the beautiful beach and thoroughly enjoyed the "ABBA" tribute band in the evening.

One of our day trips
Wednesday 3rd October

After a lovely breakfast we split in to two groups. One group went to Kassiopi a spectacular fishing village. We had a good stroll around admiring the beautiful views of Albania. The other group  went to a house with fantastic views of the bay near to where we are staying and played games.
In the evening we played bingo and James won!
winning bingo
cafe Thursday 4th October

The group that didn't go yesterday went to Kassiopi today. They explored the village and the surrounding area. The other group went to explore the local village and the hill which led to the headland. There were beautiful views once there and we enjoyed a coffee at one of the most scenic restaurants.
In the evening there was a quiz and our team came 3rd and won a prize.
Friday 5th October

Today was a 'beach day' as the weather was so lovely. We hired beach beds and had our lunch at a beach side restaurant. Some of the group had afternoon tea and enjoyed some cake. It was a karaoke evening and lots of fun even for those who did not take part. 
Dancing Saturday 6th October

There were thunderstorms today, so we spent the time writing our postcards and nipping to the local shops. We had lunch in the hotel and could eat whatever we wanted. In the evening the entertainment was a show called "Divas" which was all about 60's, 70's and 80's music. The thunderstorm had thankfully died down by the evening.
Sunday 7th October

Enjoying a dip in the sea
boat trip Monday 8th October

Today we went on a boat trip to Corfu Town. This meant getting up very early but it was well worth it. We had a lovely day travelling on the boat and once we arrived the town had interesting narrow alleyways full of slopes. We visited the site of the "Old Fortress", a Venetian fortress which once contained the old town of Corfu during the Byzantine period.(shown in the photo at the top of this diary)
Tuesday 9th October

Some of the group went up to Castle Angelo and the nearby village, both were very pretty places and interesting. The castle is now ruins but the remains could help you imagine how it once looked. There was then a chance to do some gift shopping as well as enjoy the pretty village and seaside resort. We had a TV and music quiz in the evening which our group won!
day trip
evening entertainment Wednesday 10th October

Today was a beach day. Such beautiful weather, the sea was calm and there was a welcome light breeze. We had lunch in a local restaurant where some of the group tried the local Greek dish called Meze. Tonight there was traditional Greek dancing and we enjoyed taking part.
Thursday 11th October

We went for a BBQ today, with traditional Greek food including Octopus. There was traditional Greek music playing and we enjoyed chatting with some of the locals. Tonight is bingo night at the hotel, two of our group won cash prizes!
pool Friday 12th October

Today we went to the town of Sidari, a picturesque beach town. We were able to do some gift shopping here and we stopped for lunch by the beach in a nice restaurant. We had a good look around the busy town.
There was an International Football Match between Croatia and England on the TV today and everyone wanted to watch it. The score was Croatia 0 - England 0!

One of our "pool days"
Saturday 13th October

Today some of the group visited the top of the mountain, from there we had some fantastic views. There is a little cafe there and we were able to sit and admire the view. You can see both sides of the Island from here. The Monastery was also very interesting to look around.
Birthday celebrations Sunday 14th October

It was a hotel pool day today! This was a gloriously sunny day with no breeze, so the day was spent in or around the pool. The evening entertainment was a karaoke and we managed to get some of the staff to sing! It was also Jame's birthday today and we were able to celebrate with him.
Monday 15th October

Time to travel home, even "Ode the Options Teddy Bear" had to pack his bag. We then said our goodbyes to the friends we have made. We have all had a great holiday!
Ode Bear
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