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It was June 1989 when we had decided to head back to Corfu. I had been seeing Ann for a year now and this was to be our first holiday abroad together.

A few months before our local football team had just won the league and at the presentation night Ann had bought her best friend Tracey to the night and i introduced Bob to her. They got on great and started to go out together.

One night there was a few of us in the pub talking about holidays and we said we were going to Corfu. Bob and Tracey said they would like to come and so did a friend of ours called Dave.

Everything was sorted and we were all excited about our adventure until tragedy struck the day before we were due to fly out.

Ann and Tracey worked together for an insurance company and their Manager Tony had a heart attack the night before and had died!
Tracey was the senior clerk at the time and had worked with Tony for a few years, under the circumstances she would not be coming to Corfu.
Bob said it would be difficult for him to come and leave Tracey in the situation she was in and we agreed.
We phoned Dave to give him the bad news and he asked if we were still going. We said we were, and he asked if we minded if he still came. We said yes, there had been enough upset already.

It felt like home when we arrived back in Kato, and i couldn't wait to show Ann and Dave all the great places we had been the year before. We dumped our suitcases had a shower and walked down the road to the Red Penguin Bar where we used to have last drink the year before. Spiros the owner was pleased to see us and we had a few drinks. Next door was a Travel Agency owned by a Swiss lady called Dora. She had sorted out the apartment for us and arranged a lift to Gouvia to see Alex where we could hire a couple of scooters.

Alex, his brother Christos and their mother greeted us as if we were long lost family. The Ouzo came out and after a few glasses the bikes were ready.

We went down to Michael's in Ipsos and then to the Parallel Bar in Dasia. I introduced Ann and Dave to all the people we had met the year before and we had a great night. When we left the bar we got on our scooters and as there was some gravel between the bar and the road i said to Dave to be careful. I pushed my scooter over the gravel but the front wheel gave way and with Ann on the back i lost my balance and over we went. No problem, pick the bike up and of we go.

NO! NO! Steve, said Andreas the owner. You are not riding the scooter home, i forbid it, you will kill yourself ! I said i was ok and that i slipped on the gravel but he wouldn't have it so we had to leave it there and walk 2km back and uphill to Kato. Dave decided to leave his as well and we just laughed all the way back.

The next day it was lunchtime by the time we got Dave out of bed. We walked back to the bar and picked up the scooters. We headed back to Dassia but it was looking a bit overcast. I said we might as well have a drive up the east coast if we can't sunbathe but it had started to rain as we got to Ipsos.

We parked up and went into a taverna for something to eat. The clouds were still gathering so we had a couple of beers and talked about the strange turn of events that had led us to here. Then it rained and we ordered more beers, Ouzo and Metaxa. Ann was ok until Dave and i decided to take our beers and the lilo into the sea in the pouring rain.

We headed back for a nap and later went down through Ipsos and Pirgi to the village of Agios Markos. Spiros from the Red Penguin lived there and said we ought to go to the Moonshine Bar. They brewed their own Krassi, Red and Rose wine.

We poured ourselves a copper tankard each and settled down by the open view across the bay when BANG ! A crack of lightening came like a thunderbolt from Zeus. The noise was defening and it felt as if was right above us. This carried on for half an hour. The locals just laughed at us as we were the only tourists in there. It was a fantastic display of electric current running through the moonlit sky and an array of the colours of blue, pink and grey i will never forget.

We eventually got up to pay and the owner asked how many tankards we had drunk. I said i had know idea, i thought you were keeping count?
Ann had forgiven us by now and said that Dave and i had drunk three and she had drunk two. The owner said pay me for three? What! i said, I will buy you a round and your Greek friends have bought the men a round. So you owe me for three! What a gesture, what nice people. I told you the Greeks were great didn't i when we got back.

Before Ann and i went to bed that night i said we ought to go to Paleokastritsa and the view from Bella Vista tomorrow, the only problem was getting Dave out of bed before 1.00pm.
When he was asleep i took his watch off his wrist and turned it forward two hours. I got up at 9.00 and told Dave it was 11.00. We arrived in Paleo for breakfast at 10.00/12.00 and Dave looked at the lunch menu and complained of being tired. I said i'm not surprised mate, it's 10.00 in the morning and you've only had three hours sleep!

We had a great first week and on the second week we went to a Panigeri at Doukades. My Greek was just good enough to read the sign on the Paleo road the week before.

We went cross country bypassing Ano Korakiana and Skripero and followed the crowd to a large field. There was a Greek band playing, tins of beer in big tubs of cold water and Lamb on the spit.

We got drinks and sat down on one of the long plastic tables. I felt confident enough to order the meat in Greek but people were shouting over me and pushing in the queue.
Suddenly, I was lifted off the floor and a shout from behind me ordered the food.
I looked round and standing there was this huge guy about six foot six and built like a brick s--t house!

I am Spiros the seaman from Zigos he said, sit down and have your food i will come and talk to you later.
 
There must have been 500 people there that night. Spiros came over and we had a great chat, he invited us to his house in Zigos the next day and introduced us to the only other English family there.

We sat down and had a few beers with them, a nice family, he was the director of "My Family and other Animals" !!!!

Great people, great holiday!

Steve,  8)




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Re: Steve's Stories Part 2 Kato, Dassia, Ag. Markos, Paleo and Doukades
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2012, 06:43:32 PM »
Well done Steve!
An enjoyable read :)

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Re: Steve's Stories Part 2 Kato, Dassia, Ag. Markos, Paleo and Doukades
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2012, 09:49:55 PM »
Thanks Maggy,

Who will bring a book out first, you or me?

I enjoy your stories too.

Steve,  ;)  8)
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Re: Steve's Stories Part 2 Kato, Dassia, Ag. Markos, Paleo and Doukades
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2012, 10:28:05 PM »
What an enjoyable story Steve.

You certainly know how to holiday!
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Re: Steve's Stories Part 2 Kato, Dassia, Ag. Markos, Paleo and Doukades
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2012, 11:07:10 PM »
Thanks Trisa,

There's more, Only another 22 years to go !!

Steve,   ::) 8)
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Re: Steve's Stories Part 2 Kato, Dassia, Ag. Markos, Paleo and Doukades
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2012, 12:26:32 AM »

Brilliant Steve! Loved reading that.....and guess what?  The' Moonshine Bar' you refer to in Agios Markos is the one that we use often which now goes by the name of 'Panorama Bar'. There are signs referring to the 'Moonjuice' sold there on the outside as you walk in! It's a lovely place, owned by lovely people, great food and of course spectacular views towards Corfu Town. You and Ann must return and meet up with me and Kacey in the summer.

Back to Ano K on Friday for two weeks so can't wait!

Baz and Kacey

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Re: Steve's Stories Part 2 Kato, Dassia, Ag. Markos, Paleo and Doukades
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2012, 12:31:27 AM »
Thanks Baz,

Yes, we must meet up this year!!

Are you back in August?

Steve,  8)
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Re: Steve's Stories Part 2 Kato, Dassia, Ag. Markos, Paleo and Doukades
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2012, 01:07:08 AM »

Yes Steve, I'm there for most of August. My two daughters are staying with me at the end of July for 10 days and then Kacey is out for the last two weeks of August so we will have to organise meeting up.

Speak soon

Baz

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Re: Steve's Stories Part 2 Kato, Dassia, Ag. Markos, Paleo and Doukades
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2012, 01:22:31 AM »
Great Baz,

We will meet up in August then file mou !

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Re: Steve's Stories Part 2 Kato, Dassia, Ag. Markos, Paleo and Doukades
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2012, 01:22:00 PM »
Really enjoyed reading that Steve, thanks for sharing :)

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Re: Steve's Stories Part 2 Kato, Dassia, Ag. Markos, Paleo and Doukades
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2012, 02:10:54 PM »
Thanks,

Next one due out next week !  ;)

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