September 2008

September 2008

  • September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel
  • September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel
  • September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel

Weather

Weather, September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel

Sunday the 14th of September, started like any other summer day, here in Greece. It had been nearly 4 months without rain. How do the olive tress survive without a single drop of rain, I wondered while I walked from Agni to my car......

Weather, September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel

By lunchtime, it started to cloud over but the view was still glorious from the balcony of the Anthi Taverna in Nissaki.

Weather, September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel

Suddenly, while I was tucking into my Greek Salad, thick black clouds rolled down the side of Mount Pantorkrator, engulfing the taverna in a mist and downpour like I have never experienced.

Weather, September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel

Weather, September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel

Several lightning bolts actually struck the open sea!

Weather, September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel

Yet, in no time at all, it stopped and the sun was out again.

Grapes growing in a Corfu Vineyard
, Weather, September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel
2008 Vintage Wine

Nearly 4 months without rain, means that 2008 has been the hottest and driest summer ever, perfect for the vines. Next summer be sure to sample some of the 2008 vintage wines.

Kefalonia Visit

Our Kefalonia office is run by Francesca, an energetic girl who knows more about Kefalonia than anyone else I know!

During July, I spent a few days visiting the island with Francesca showing me some of the locations often missed by the casual tourist!

Corfu to Kefalonia

The trip from Corfu to Kefalonia is an interesting one:
8am
Ferry from Corfu town to Igoumenitsa, which is on the Greek mainland, just opposite Corfu. There are regular ferries (almost one every hour) and it takes just under 2 hours.

Kefalonia Visit, September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel
9.45am

Arrive to Igoumenitsa and take the coastal road down to Preveza.

Kefalonia Visit, September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel
10.45am

The views along the coastal road are simply stunning. The roads are quiet and easy to drive and within no time you go through the Preveza tunnel.

Once out of the tunnel (it costs just 3 Euros), you go past Preveza airport, I speeded up, as I had interesting memories of Preveza airport, which is part military. The last time I drove by, I had Sofri in the car who decided to hang out of the window with his digital SLR and take loads of airport photos for our Lefkada guide. He was blissfully unaware of the 'plane spotters' scenario and subsequent analysis of his photos showed that he had even managed to snap-shot some of the 'No Photo' signs!

Kefalonia Visit, September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel

Once past the airport and a few squiggly roads later you drive along the causeway that connects mainland Greece to the island of Lefkada. (This island is simply a delight and will be the focus of next month's newsletter.)

Kefalonia Visit, September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel
11am

Lefkada is only a small island and very quiet. The roads are a pleasure and particularly suited to my car. (In case you are wondering, it is a mid-engined MR2.)

Kefalonia Visit, September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel Kefalonia Visit, September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel
5pm

There are two ferries per day from Lefkada to Kefalonia. The ferry leaves from the stunningly beautiful village of Vassiliki. I stopped there for lunch, at one of the water-side tavernas and soon it was time for the 5pm ferry

Kefalonia Visit, September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel
6pm

Arriving into Fiscardo by ferry is simply stunning. I am not sure there could be a prettier place when the sun fades and soft 'sunset reds' splash over the village houses.

Kefalonia Visit, September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel

For the night, I was staying at Argostoli, the capital town of Kefalonia. The drive from Fiscardo follows a coastal road that is a rally drivers' dream. Wide twisting roads, no traffic, but vast craggy mountains on one side and panoramic seaviews on the other.

The evening was spent with Francesca and friends at an Argostoli taverna, ready for our trip down south.

I have visited Kefalonia several times as Agni Travel has properties in Fiscardo, Assos and Agia Efemia, but Francesca was determined to show me other parts of Kefalonia. After a breakfast meeting, we headed down South. It was far too hot to put the car roof down as the daytime heat was soon hitting 35C with the car aircon struggling to keep cool.

Kefalonia Visit, September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel

Francesa directed me along twisting coastal roads offering glimpses of sweeping sandy beaches around every bend.
'Turn here', she suddenly demanded. I skidded to a halt! No way was my car going to go along that track! 'It's fine', she reassured and I slowly weaved along the rutted road.

Kefalonia Visit, September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel

We came out onto a glorious sandy beach, remote from the tourist trail and with just one lone beach-bar shack made 'Robinson Crusoe' style, on the beach.

Kefalonia Visit, September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel

Desperate for a drink, in the 40C temperature, (Francesca wanted a pot of tea!), we sat down in the shack.

A friendly lady walked over and said; 'Welcome to Faulty Towers!'

As yet, Agni Travel has not decided to take accommodation in this area, but if we find a Greek version of Basil Faulty, you can be assured we will report all about it! Yammas!

Next month, we visit Lefkada, where you will find some of the most amazing beaches that Greece has to offer.

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XL Flights

XL  Flights, September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel

The collapse of XL Airways last week initially gave both our clients and us some headaches, however reports in the media were slightly exaggerated. On Sunday night Cheryl prepared herself for the worst by going to bed early. Monday morning dawned and, fully made up and overnight bag packed, Cheryl made her way to the airport at 07:30. The first people on the scene were Sky News who were determined to dramatise the story and extract tales of woe from stranded passengers. They must have been very disappointed because everything ran smoothly; Monarch Airlines came to the rescue by sending out extra planes and taking the XL passengers back to their original UK destination. Although some people waited a little longer than usual, they had peace of mind that they were going to travel that day and in the end no-one had to be diverted to an inconvenient UK airport.
Although Cheryl was running around the airport all day, between Arrivals, Departures and Handling Agents, she survived (make-up and hair-do intact!) leaving the airport at about 6:00pm - not requiring the use of her overnight bag after all. After reporting back to Nathan that everyone was air-bound, she went home, opened a bottle of wine and sat on the balcony with her feet in the foot spa!

Agni Travel

Agni Travel, September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel

Corfu airport is always an exciting scene; there is always something going on and people to meet. During my last visit, while waiting with Spiros, the Agni Travel taxi driver, a group of lively 18-20 something girls came through arrivals, dragging their rucksacks and bearing t-shirts with "Putting the 'cor' back in to Corfew!" Spiros immediately ran forward, hoping that these were his clients!

Agni Travel, September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel

Spiros should have known better as seasoned clients of Agni Travel know that 'we don't do that!'

Agni Travel is known for offering accommodation away from the tourist trail, with not a football shirt or lycra swimming shorts in sight!

Agni Travel, September 2008, Newsletters, Agni Travel

Talking of which, we have a great offer for 2009 early bookings. During September any reservations for a villa with a pool will include either a Group A car or taxi transfers. Many people have already re-booked for next year and some flight operators have already opened their bookings.

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