28 June 2016

Kefalonia

Kefalonia or Cephalonia - choose your own spelling - is a pretty big island. With a land area of 302 square miles, it is twice as big as The Isle of Wight which lies off Britain's south coast. In my travels, I have visited more than twenty of Greece's many islands but never before Kefalonia. 

In recent years, one of its main claims to fame has been its association with Louis de Bernieres' brilliant  best-selling novel "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" which was turned into a mediocre film in 2001. 

I don't know how much of the island we will get to see in the week ahead. Our chosen hotel is in a remote and quiet location on the south coast. If the pound doesn't tumble any further I expect we will hire a car for three days and use it to  see more of Kefalonia than the little corner occupied by our hotel. There are beaches, mountains, farming villages, ancient archaeological sites, olive groves, old men with donkeys and old women with black shawls. Plenty of photo opportunities.

This may come as bad news to you but I shall be taking this laptop on holiday and with good wi-fi promised, I expect to compose some holiday blogposts. We will  be flying away quite early on Wednesday morning. 

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  1. Have a good time, should WW III break out then just hide in the hills and live off goat's milk.

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    1. Watch out for balaclava clad gangs of Remainers seeking Leavers. You could get beaten up.

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  2. Wow! I'm jealous of your wonderful upcoming trip!!

    Please post a lot of photos and I'll try to live vicariously through you.

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    1. Living vicariously through me? Just wait till I smother my body in sun oil!

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  3. Have a good flight and enjoy your time on the island - with or without car, I am sure you will not just see the immediate neighbourhood of your hotel, you're just not the type to limit yourself that way.

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    1. You are right Miss Arian - I am a restless wanderer.

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  4. I should hope we'll get some holiday blog posts! I expected nothing less! :)

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    1. To use an old English expression - I shall try to bore the pants off you Steve!

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  5. Have a great time. Looking forward to those posts.

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    1. I shall try to give you a sense of Kefalonia Helen.

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  6. Like Helsie, I am looking forward to posts from yet another Greek island.

    Alphie

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    1. I shall try my best to oblige Alphie.

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  7. It looks wonderful...and even if you just do some intense navel gazing (your own, that is) you won't be criticised because that is what holidays are all about!

    I hope you and Shirley relax and enjoy the ambience. :)

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    1. What? I hope we won't be riding in an ambience like some unfortunate holidaymakers!
      Thanks for calling by once again Lee. Your visits are always appreciated.

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    2. Hahahaha! I hope the only sirens you hear are those calling to you from the azure ocean. :)

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  8. I hope you have a great trip and I will be looking for your posts...old men and donkeys and more. Depending on the pound you may have to stay there so it's good you're taking your ipad.

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    1. While we are away, a civil war might break out in England. Living in Kefalonia I will have to get my own donkey. In your honour I shall call him Red.

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    2. Enjoy your holiday, send us the odd blog post, don't read the papers, don't be tempted to look up any news - just let the world pass you by for the duration of your stay.

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  9. So, I should get out my very tiny bikini in order to travel with you on this island, Mr. Pudding? Tell Shirley that I will bring the wine. White or red? (Have a wonderful holiday!)

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  10. Have a great time both of you. Forget all the worries, problems and in-fighting at home. Bask in the sun, enjoy the splendid scenery and sunshine. Just don't forget us here at home, awaiting your pearls of wisdom...and some wonderful photos.

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  11. Oh boy. I'm waiting for old men on donkeys, old women in black shawls, olive groves...old country. Greece seems but a fairy tale to me here on the edge of the good ole USA. Is it really out there? Hope your holiday is full of good times, good memories and good food!

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