24 March 2013

Corfu Gets A Real Greek Breakfast

How nice to see something positive, especially in terms of food. For so long the Greek hotel breakfast was dry toast, plastic cheese and ham, and a slice of cake. Anyone who has stayed in one of the traditional hotels virtually anywhere in Greece in the last few years will have experienced a breakfast made with some of the ingredients below and it really can be something special, so it's encouraging to see that that the hoteliers are trying to adapt this type of quality as a general policy - and publicise it which is something we do not seem to be very good at! You can read the article here.

22 March 2013

Rats on Benefits

Having discovered lots of hollowed out oranges under our tree, we managed to trace the likely culprits - with the help of that very useful Facebook page "The Corfu Grapevine", and my other favourite source of local information, The Corfu Forum - to the local rat population. They are not called Fruit Rats for nothing evidently, and they are very happy at our house, since our cat has only one eye and obviously misses a lot of what is going on around him. We have also very kindly built a rat palace for them to live in, which was intended to be a rather superior garden shed built to house our water pump and olive nets when not in use. Our nets are now lying between the olive trees to protect them from rat droppings and the rats are breeding away with free housing and free food!

15 March 2013

Tourism, Corfu, 2013 season

There's a lot on the radio, and local television stations and in the press at the moment about the future of tourism in Corfu. Some of us went to a talk in Corfu town given by Dr. Heather Skinner, head of the School of Marketing at Glamorgan University. 
Dr. Skinner has been given a research grant to assist and advise on the re-branding of Corfu. She hopes to find ways to encourage more tourists (particularly from the middle market) to visit Corfu this summer. So I was interested to be sent an email from Aegean airlines which goes right to the heart of the matter - getting people here in the first place! 
We all know that there are many Russian tourists wanting to visit Greece, and Aegean seem to be recognizing this fact with their new programme of flights to various Greek destinations, including Corfu. 
If there are plenty of affordable flights from many and varied parts of the world tourists will at least be able to get here. After that, it is up to us in Corfu to make sure that they have a good time, that the roads have as few potholes as possible, that the rubbish is collected regularly, that prices remain stable, and lots lots more. I hope after tonight's meeting there will be a huge long list of suggested improvements that we can all take part in implementing.

We are not alone

'Pothole Problem' is one of today's headlines on Sky News. Isn't it cheering to see that we are not the only ones suffering this blight of potenetial car and tyre wreckers!

1 March 2013

Spring is sprung

After all that rain how about reminding ourselves that this is Corfu in the spring. Photo taken this morning at Alonaki Beach House on the west coast.