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Steve's Stories Part 1 Kato Korakiana, Dassia & Ipsos
« on: March 11, 2012, 11:24:25 PM »
I met them nearly 25 years ago and still love them the same now as i did back then. The two women in my life, Ann my wife and Kerkyra my Island in the Ionian.

It had all started the year before in the winter of 86'. I had been dating a girl for five years and we had come to the time when we would get married and settle down or follow our dreams.

My girlfriend had been on a family holiday for a change the previous summer in Zakinthos and had fallen in love with Greece. When the winter came she asked me if i would mind if she could go to work in Corfu for the following summer as a Rep for Sunmed. I agreed but when the time came it broke our hearts and we would never recover from the six month break.

When she returned we tried to make a go of it but unfortunately we had both moved on and as she was due to go back to Corfu the following summer we decided to stay friends.

As the summer aproached i met my now wife Ann and we had been going out for a couple of weeks but had no plans for a holiday. At the same time i had an invite from Sara to come to Corfu for a holiday. Sara was allowed one consessionary flight ticket as a Rep and she wanted me to have it as she said Corfu was the kind of place i would fall in love with.

I asked Ann if she minded and being the kind person she is she said no.
I explained that Sara now had a boyfriend in Corfu and i would be going with my best friend Bob.

So in June of 88' Bob and i headed off for a two week break in near the resort of Dassia with our apartment in the village of Kato Korakiana.

We arrived late afternoon and were shown our apartment and as we caught up on all the latest gossip i decided to make a cup of tea for me and Bob. I boiled the kettle and went to pick it up but it was on a short cord and i spilt boiling water all over my leg and i was wearing shorts! Ouch !
I ran to the shower and turned the cold water tap on and sat there feeling sorry for myself. After five minutes i got up but then only just managed to reach the bed before i passed out !

Later that night we decided to eat at the "Limeri" down the road as we were a bit tired and i was still feeling a bit queezy.
We had a nice meal and drank a few beers and a couple of bottles of kokkino krassi. As we paid the bill i stood up and felt very hot and ran to the gate where i bought back everything i had just digested.
The owner was very upset as he thought he was responsible but Bob told him about the burnt leg and he felt better and proceeded to clean up the mess outside his Taverna.

The next day we went to Dassia Beach and sunbathed with factor 2 coconut oil and a Greek guy from the Chandris noticed that i had burnt my leg. He said the best thing for burns was to swim in the sea as the salt would help it dry.
So we went swimming and we noticed a Ski Ramp in the distance. C'mon Bob said, i will race you there and then we can dive off it.
Bob dived off first and then beckoned me on, I said it looked a bit high but Bob said it was easy and stop being such a girl.
I dived off but didn't get my hands forward enough to break the water and pulled a muscle in my neck ! Ouch ! Two accidents in less than 24 hours !

Our first night out was on the Dassia strip in a bar called the Parallel Bar which was owned by Andreas from Pikoulatika and his Scottish partner. It was Sara's night off and she introduced us to all her Rep friends. Everywhere we went we had discounted drinks, had great service and met the locals. We stopped out late, got drunk, walked back up the hill and woke up the next day with an almighty hangover ! Metaxa and Coke?

The next day Bob asked Sara where we could hire a Scooter. She said from Alex and Christos in Gouvia. We got a good deal and had a couple of Ouzo's with the lads before heading back to Dassia Bob driving with me on the back to plan our next night out.

That night we went with a couple of Reps down to Ipsos to a Bar called Michael's Bar. The guy was from Leicester and people were drinking Cocktails called Ice Tea, a lethal combination of white spirits, so we joined in.
After dancing on the bar we all headed down the strip to Pirgi slapping tourists backsides as we rode past them. As we came back the other way a reached over and slapped this guys backside but he turned round and my arm was thrown back. The Scooter swerved went in to a ditch of shail and we were heading for the kirb. Bob somehow managed to drag us back on to the road and saved the day but after that we said do you think we ought to calm down a bit because at this rate we will be going home in a box !

Day 3 and we are looking like West Indians as our factor 2 is working a treat. Back down to Ipsos on the night and park our chicken chaser outside the bar. Talking to the owner Martin behind the bar we heard a banging noise outside but take no notice at the time. I suggest we go for a few drinks in Dassia and we all get up to leave to find our scooter in a ditch !

We fetch it out and the handlebars are twisted and the speedometer is damaged. Whoops ! Not good.

We went back in the bar to see if anybody has seen anything and luckily they had, an English guy who worked for the Ski Centre had a row with somebody, pulled out a Baseball Bat and decided to take it out on our scooter !

We managed to get back to Kato driving at a 45 degree angle and put the front between some railings to straighten the handlebars but was told we would have to tell the scooter shop lads because the damage would have to be paid for. Sara said that Alex had been in the Greek Special Forces in the Army and was the local tough guy. Ooops !

So, the next day we rode to Gouvia and showed Alex the damage. He said do you know who did it? we said yes and he said get in my car. He drove us in his Golf GTi at about 100 miles an hour down to Ipsos. We found the lad that had done the damage and Alex spoke to his boss Spiros who was the local tough guy from Ipsos and Dassia.

Alex told the lad to get in the car and said you owe me and you have to pay me now ! You have two choices, I will take you to the Bank and you will pay for the damage or you will have to pay the consequences ! It's up to you ! We all went to the bank and he paid !

Anyway, the next 10 days were great, we visited lots of great beaches, villages and Corfu Town.

And yes, Sara was right, I did fall in love with Corfu and have loved her ever since !

When we got back to England i started seeing Ann on a regular basis and we fell in love....But that is another story.....

Steve,  8)



 
« Last Edit: March 12, 2012, 02:28:53 AM by Steve »
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Re: Steve's Stories Part 1 Kato Korakiana, Dassia & Ipsos
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2012, 01:42:19 AM »
Great story Steve :) :)
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Re: Steve's Stories Part 1 Kato Korakiana, Dassia & Ipsos
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2012, 02:01:43 AM »
Thanks Dom,

You have  just received your first "Thank You" Ayeeee !!!!

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Re: Steve's Stories Part 1 Kato Korakiana, Dassia & Ipsos
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2012, 03:26:21 AM »
Enjoyed the story, Steve, never a dull moment!
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Re: Steve's Stories Part 1 Kato Korakiana, Dassia & Ipsos
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2012, 02:36:27 PM »
Great story Steve! You packed a lot of injuries and alcohol into your holiday! ;D ;D ;D You also obviously met a few very helpful people along the way!
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Re: Steve's Stories Part 1 Kato Korakiana, Dassia & Ipsos
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2012, 03:20:43 PM »
Hi Dasia, glad you enjoyed it.

By the way, I have now added Peroulades and Petriti to the Village Section and mayflower has added Halikounas to the Out and About Section. Please add your own posts.

Trisa, i had to shorten the story as we were there for 14 days !!

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Re: Steve's Stories Part 1 Kato Korakiana, Dassia & Ipsos
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2012, 03:52:40 PM »
Love the Story Steve.


Strange though you went to Dassia and fell in love with Corfu.

Our first visit was to Dassia (Dassia Chandris Hotel) where we and our Son fell in love with Corfu  8) :-*


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Re: Steve's Stories Part 1 Kato Korakiana, Dassia & Ipsos
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2012, 05:45:40 PM »
Yes Viv,

Dassia and Ipsos were busy then, plenty going on, Tavernas, Bars and the Beach were all busy.

Great position to stay, near to Corfu Town and the Airport. Within easy reach of the resorts in the north and the sandy beaches of the west.

I think that's why i liked it.

Steve,  8) xx
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Re: Steve's Stories Part 1 Kato Korakiana, Dassia & Ipsos
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2012, 09:56:54 PM »
Ouch Steve, quite a memorable holiday  :)
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Re: Steve's Stories Part 1 Kato Korakiana, Dassia & Ipsos
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2012, 11:50:21 PM »
Hi Raine,

No Pain, No Gain, Ha Ha !

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Re: Steve's Stories Part 1 Kato Korakiana, Dassia & Ipsos
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2012, 01:28:50 PM »
Great story Steve....are you still as accident prone or have you calmed down somewhat :) 8)

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Re: Steve's Stories Part 1 Kato Korakiana, Dassia & Ipsos
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2012, 02:01:32 PM »
Great story Steve....are you still as accident prone or have you calmed down somewhat :) 8)
Wait until he tells you his nose story!! ;) ;)
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Re: Steve's Stories Part 1 Kato Korakiana, Dassia & Ipsos
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2012, 02:04:50 PM »
Thanks yaya,

Believe me something happens on most of the holidays we have.

Luckily though, nothing major.

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Re: Steve's Stories Part 1 Kato Korakiana, Dassia & Ipsos
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2012, 02:06:19 PM »
Great story Steve....are you still as accident prone or have you calmed down somewhat :) 8)
Wait until he tells you his nose story!! ;) ;)

Looking forward to hearing all about it...come on Steve..tell us what happened 8)

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Re: Steve's Stories Part 1 Kato Korakiana, Dassia & Ipsos
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2012, 02:09:28 PM »
Yes Dom, that's a good one !

Iv'e still got the scars to prove it !!

It will take a few months to get to that story though.

Next story is...............

Sorry, you will have to wait until next week !! Ha Ha !

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