Monday, 9 July 2018

A Postcard from Gouvia Marina Corfu

The first privately owned marina in Greece, not far from the International Airport and about 6 kilometres from the town of Corfu.

Fortunately for us too, a walk from our apartment.

Sail your soul ...

Even if you're not into yachts you will love the atmosphere here and the many restaurants and bars where you can sit and watch the world go by.

In fact the marina was our first stop by car where we ate our very first lunch and sipped our ice cold beer en route to Kontakali.

Celebrations ...

Today it was Malcolm's birthday and he had, from the time we left UK, decided where he wanted to eat lunch on his birthday.

So we sauntered down to Gouvia Marina and stopped for a Freddo Cappucino, which had become one of our favourite mid morning treats, prior to lunch.

Online booking ....

Kontokali Lake House has wifi, so we took the opportunity of booking Malcolm's birthday lunch online the day before. 

However, we hadn't received confirmation, so whilst Malcolm was having his coffee I popped along to confirm in person.  I received a very warm welcome and was told we could have a table overlooking the marina. 

Happy now :)

Olympia Mare here we come .....
And this is Malcolm's smug face when he gets what he wants :)
Bubbly?  Why not ..... whilst we choose from the delicious, get your taste buds going, menu.
Actually we had pretty much decided that we were definitely having fish.....and we weren't disappointed with our choice.
For me Tuna (which was huge!) and Malcolm had the 'catch of the day' Dorado.

Absolutely delicious.  Great food and very friendly service, along with bubbly and good company, of course, brings a smile to my face.

Now after that huge lunch we thought we ought to go for a stroll.  
And no better place than the Marina where you can get lost in a world of yachts. 
 And if superyachts are what you aspire to then this is the place to be.

Things you need to know:

  • The Marina gets busier in the evenings so if you want to eat out booking is recommended.
  • Changeover days for the yachties!  We found Friday and Saturday busy there and a real buzz about the place.  So if you like quieter days visit midweek.
  • We highly recommend Olympia Mare for their food and service.
Thanks for visiting, look forward to seeing you again soon ...... wherever that may be :)

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Train, Boat, Bus & Chain Ferry to Osborne House and a Warning

My friend and I were sat chatting and recollecting our last visit here and I suggested we go again.

Yes, she was up for it so plans were afoot without further ado!

Umm?  Looked up the journey on Wightlink Ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth.  Shock!  Horror! Way, way too expensive for a day trip.

However, not to be put off we settled on train to Southampton, Red Jet to West Cowes, chain ferry over to East Cowes (much cheaper)
and a walk (quite a long walk) up to Osborne House.

Like a circle in a spiral ....

going through my mind, the journey sounded quite exhausting!  But let's do it!

So we did ..... and to my surprise it wasn't anywhere nearly as tedious as I thought it would be.

Lunchtime arrival...

So all this meant a lunchtime arrival and an early light lunch prior to further walking.

It was a glorious day, so we decided to give the house a miss on this occasion and do the walled garden and ....
taking in the glass houses and fab plants
and then the long walk down to Queen Victoria's beach, the Beach Hut Cafe
and an ice cream, of course.  We chose to sit in the shade to eat ours as the sun was melting it quicker than we could eat it ... be rude to waste any wouldn't it 😉😜 - apologies I had to lick mine before taking the picture!
And then a meander back - well for me anyway, friend is fitter - oh and younger :) but she kindly slowed her stride for me.
A beautiful house and I would definitely recommend you go in if you haven't already.
Our last visit the sunflowers were amazing and the grounds were more colourful, but any time of the year is lovely for different reasons.

A warning comes with this blog ....

If you choose to travel our way, put some good walking shoes on, take a bottle of water, a very small handbag (aimed at the women that one of course!) with small camera or make do with phone camera, and be prepared for some quite long walks.

I, of course, took my trusted Nikon D7100 with 28mm lens which is the lightest of my cameras and lens.  However,  I have promised myself I'll get an even lighter one for my days out with friends.
Of course, I had my phone with me but you can't see the image on a bright day on your phone can you 😏 and I find it incredibly frustrating when I can't see what I'm taking!

Need to know basis :) 

  • If you do travel on Red Jet and you need to catch a bus back to the station, your Red Jet ticket acts as your bus ticket too.
  • There is an Osborne bus that takes you to the beach and a buggy so you really don't have to do the walking bit!   
  • OK Fitbit how many steps?  22000 eeek if I didn't feel tired before I do now after knowing that! 

Enjoy..  if you do go we'd love to hear your comments or 
let us know what you think by email and we'll be happy to share here.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

A Sunday in Godshill and You Can be Forgiven if you Think You're in a Time Warp

Malcolm had an appointment in Godshill on IOW.  Knowing I love a trip to the island he said 'd'you want to come'?  

Well, of course, I want to come!

But I wasn't expecting this ..... going back in time.

We pulled up at The Old Smithy and the car park was being invaded by Classic Cars!  The smile on Malcolm's face was from ear to ear and, of course, he was deep in conversation without any delay!

When I could prise him away from these amazing little cars, he went off on his appointment and I sauntered around The Old Smithy's pretty landscaped garden.
Then a wander through this quaint little village of Godshill.
I didn't venture in to Godshill Cider or Candy Cottage mainly because there was so much more to see and I wasn't sure how much time I'd have.
 There's a model village here too, which I'd love to go back and see some time. 
This village is only small but there's so much to see and explore.  Many cute little shops, tea rooms and, of course, the odd pub or two.
When Malcolm returned we felt a little hungry so we opted for Sunday lunch, well it was Sunday after all.   

I have to admit peeking 😉 in the window of the Taverners earlier at someone's lunch, which looked good so opted for there.
Absolutely love these little squidgy table numbers you're given when you order your meal!
Highly recommend this pub!
As you can see the Sunday roast is a gastronomic delight 👇 

More Classic Cars?

You'll have to forgive me if I seem to be posting images of many Classic Cars on this occasion, but Sunday here you definitely go back in time and apparently it is Isle of Wight Austins meet up most Sundays in the car park at The Old Smithy.  It's absolutely lovely.  

Me thinks we maybe going to visit again 😉
Before I go I need to post an image of my favourite .....

So in Godshill on a Sunday and you can be forgiven if you think you're in a time warp ............

Thanks for visiting ..... see you next time.
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Friday, 22 June 2018

An Experience You'll Never Forget - Nearly Over - Go Now You Won't Be Sorry

I had so little time this week but I so wanted to see these and my husband said 'go now or it'll be too late'.
Wow, wow and wow some more.  The beautiful rose gardens are incredible and Malcolm was right to push me out the door to go now.

They are certainly past their best, but still beautiful and I swear you can smell the roses throughout the grounds. 

Arches and arches of roses that awaken your senses as you walk through or sit a while on one of the many benches and take it all in. 

Lots of refreshment stops around the grounds too. 

I sat with a refreshing bottle of Luscombe Sicilian Lemonade, which was my choice on a glorious sunny day. 
I have never ever had such an experience like this.  I can't believe I haven't visited before at this time of year.

Go now to Mottisfont Rose Gardens you won't be sorry and even if the blooms are almost over their perfume certainly isn't!

And anyway these gardens will still be full of colour with so many other flowering plants and so much more to see too.
The Lavender borders too will be in full bloom very soon.
An experience you will never forget.  Go now, you won't be sorry.
Visit Mottisfont Website for opening times and more info

Enjoy and be sure to let us know about it.