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My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:58 am

My Family and Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Once again, my mother's Christmas gift to us was to take us - myself, my wife, our 2 children, and my sister - on holiday. Again, our destination was our choice. Following the same thing last year and our holiday to Ibiza, we had the same criteria. Flights from Norwich, our local airport, at reasonable times of the day. This narrowed down the choices to Ibiza again, Mallorca, and Corfu. We decided on Corfu as it would be a bit different again to the Balearics, and neither the children, my mum or sister had been to Greece before. With the onset of the financial crisis, my mum was worried about protests and demonstrations, and how we might cope financially, but I was sure all would be ok, as indeed it was.

Credit must be given to user Carmelo for his trip report:
Greek Summer [SXF-CFU-SKG-JSI-ATH-SXF] (by Carmelo Nov 24 2011 in Trip Reports)
And video of some airport activity:
http://vimeo.com/28533966

25/05/2012
BY5528
NWI-CFU
G-EZDR

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Route map, courtesy of www.gcmap.com

As last year, my mum and sister came to our house, and we took a taxi together the 10 minute drive to the airport. Unlike last year, where we had booked a complete package holiday through Thomson Holidays, this time I booked us on flight only tickets with Thomson, 2 adjacent apartments found through www.holiday-rentals.co.uk, and 2 cars booked from Europcar. We arrived about 2 1/2 hours before departure, mainly to avoid a long queue for checkin and security, which the children can find painful. There were 3 checkin desks open for the CFU flight, each was occupied, but we were next in line. Checkin was painless, and our bags weighed and processed. We even managed to be under weight! Next up we paid our "Airport Development Fee" tax and went through security. They were indeed thorough, but soon we were through and had 2 hours before departure. At least from here there was enough to keep the children from being bored.

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View across to the maintenance area

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Matty looking out of the window

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A Dornier 328 of Suckling Airways, operating the Flybe service to Manchester

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Our aircraft arriving from CFU

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What is this doing here? No services to Spain today.

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FIDS

After some looking out of the window, reading some books, and eating some snacks, it was soon time to board. We had seend the incoming aircraft arrive, so knew that it wouldn't be long. There was no pre-boarding of families with children, partly I guess because there were quite a lot of families heading on holiday! Our boarding passes were checked, and we walked through Gate 4 (or rather, door 4 onto the apron) and were directed along the front of the building to the parking stand.

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One for Markus

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Boarding. I had left our pushchair, folded, at the foot of the stairs.

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View forward from the top of the stairs

W found our seats - we had 21A, B and C for us, and my mum and sister had 22A and B, the row behind. My wife gets quite airsick, so she had the window, and we though it best for Matty to be in the middle, so he wouldn't be able to run around so much. My mum had the window behind, with my sister in the middle seat. She is often afraid of flying, but loves the travel aspect, so she buried herself into her ipod and Kindle until takeoff, and again as soon as electronics could be used again. I handed over my camera to my mum to take some photos out of the window - the aerial outside shots were taken by her.

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Matty settling in

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Outside whilst still on stand

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Completing the boarding

Pushback was on time, and we taxied to the runway and backtracked to the western end. Taxeoff was powerfull, as NWI only has an 1800m runway, and soon we were up into the clear air. A beautiful day for flying.

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Climbout

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I grew up in the village at the top right of this picture.

Since the last year, Thomson Airways has ceased to offer pre-booked airline meals, now only offering BOB. As none of the options are gluten free, we had prepared sandwiches ahead of time (and of course a jar of baby puree for Amy).

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The Alps

Our route crossed the Alps, and followed the Adriatic coast down towards Greece. Somewhere near Croatia we spotted another Thomson aircraft, it looked like a 757. I'm pretty sure we saw the same one on the ground at CFU later, having arrived from Leeds or Manchester.

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Following us

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Zoomed in

Shortly after we started our descent. As far as I could judge from the aisle seat, and the aircraft banking movements, we flew southwards along the western coast of the island, before doing a 180 near the southern tip near the resort of Kavos, approaching the airport from the south. Even from my seat I could see some of the spectacular mountains, above our window level. We landed with a bump and braked heavily - Corfu's runway is longer than NWI's, but still quite short, with a main road at one end and surrounded by sea water the other end. We pulled off onto the apron at a remote stand, and busses were waiting to take passengers to the terminal.

The terminal seemed quite chaotic, and slightly run down. The busses dropped us at the bottom of a ramp, leading up into the building. Immediately inside was a bathroom, and passport control. The agents were both lax and strict - I waited for some members of our family to use the facilities, and could see sometimes the agents didn't even open some people's passports, but one woman who was also waiting for someone in the bathroom poked her head round to see if her luggage had arrived onto the carousel, was shouted at harshly. For us, a glance at our passports was deemed sufficient, and we waited inside for our luggage. By this time it had got dark. Eventually our bags came through, and we threaded our way past the other 2 planeloads still waiting for their luggage to the exit, found the agent for our apartments, and then got the keys for our rental cars. We had precise directions, and an hour or so later we arrived at the apartments, just near Acharavi on the north coast. We spent a lovely week there, there are some destination photos further down this report.

01/06/2012
BY5529
CFU-NWI
G-TAWA

On our last morning, we loaded the cars and headed back to the airport. After the long journey, we handed back the keys to the Europcar agent, and I had a look to see where to check in. The Norwich flight was not yet checking in, a Thomson rep said that they had set up a queue outside (alongside a Glasgow flight), so that when our flight opened, they would bring in passengers to the small checkin hall. We found a seat near arrivals to wait a bit, and have a sandwich for lunch, again that we had prepared in advance. Then we moved outside, to join the Norwich queue. Soon the rep brought the 1st group of passengers inside to the 2 desks assigned for our flight.

Busy checkin hall, from the queue

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FIDS

When we reached the front, we were checked in, our bags weighed, but none were taken - we had to take all checked bags to a side desk, where an X-ray was set up to scan them, from where they disappeared into the bowels of the baggage system. We then joined the security queue. Both children were very well be haved, it must be said. In these situations, certainly with Matty, a lollipop will keep him quiet for ages! Through and to the departure lounge, were we found seats and ate some more. I went to the cafe kiosk to buy some water, and the guy there offered me a 500ml bottle - I asked if he had a larger one, he didn't but said "Take two!" So I asked how much, and was very surprised when he said "50c each". I wasn't sure, but he confirmed! Very cheap. Slightly mitigated by the EUR2.90 bag of crisps to go with them though!

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Departure lounge

Apron view. This turned out to be our plane.

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One of the ramps up from the apron, to the arrivals hall, to the right

As with the arrival, we boarded by bus. We had the same seat arrangement as before, only this time I couldn't give my camera to my mum to take photos as it was broken. So please note all return journey photos were taken with my phone (in flight mode of course!) We had rows 12 and 13 this time, so further forward. Again, like the outward flight, there were no empty seats.

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Passengers boarding

Even when everyone was seated, it took a while to take off. We had to wait for an arrival, then another departure to backtrack the length of the runway to turn around and take off northwards. Takeoff was powerful and we quickly climbed over the height of the surrounding mountains. Once we levelled out to cruise, we got some toys out for Matty - he loves doing jigsaw puzzles. He had been making his way through a bag of Haribo gummy bears on takeoff, to enable his ears to adjust. Amy drank some water from her bottle.

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Matty doing a puzzle

We followed much the same route back, as far as I could tell, only this time as we were on the left we could see the Italian coastline. Unfortunately clouds took over before we got to Venice.

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Italian Adriatic coastline

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More of the Italian Adriatic coast, I think somewhere near Rimini

After an hour or so of the 3 hour flight, the children were getting restless, as it was later than their normal afternoon nap, so we snuggled up Matty as best we could on his seat, Amy in the sling on my wife, and they slept, or rather dozed, until the announcement came that we would shortly start our descent. We flew over Rotterdam and the North Sea, heading inland over Norfolk before turning to approach from the west. Again, we landed with a bump, and braked hard, before turning and backtracking to the taxiway off the runway to the apron.

We disembarked, unfortuantely this time the pushchair would apparently be placed onto the luggage carousel with the bags. This was a shame, as we'd then have to carry the children through the immigration queue - they are much stricter in the UK than some other places, all passports are scanned and recorded. The queue for the border control filled the small room, and outside under a temporary, bus shelter-like cover. We had waited to get all our stuff off. As we left the plane, Matty said to the pilot, "Thank you driver!" completely unprompted. Very polite, though I don't know what the pilot thought of being called "driver"! When we take the bus, it is normal to thank the driver, so that may be where he got it from.

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Our aircraft, back on stand

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The outside queue

Whilst waiting still outside, we saw the ground crew bring the pushchairs to the nearby door to get loaded onto the baggage carousel, so we asked if we could take it here. This was ok, so we laid the dozy Amy in her part of the double pushchair (a Phil and Ted's Explorer) and Matty sat on the top seat. Finally through border control, we picked up our cases, and out to the taxi rank to get a taxi home.

A lovely holiday, on a lovely island. One of my wife's favourite books, "My Family and Other Animals" by Gerald Durrell is set on the island, and several people have remarked on it, so I have been reading it too now we are back. I only had one day at home before the Berlin meeting on the Sunday.

A few photos from our stay on the island, as has become customary...

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Our apartments are the two ground floor ones, middle and right side.

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Sunset over the beach in front of the apartments

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George's Taverna, 2 buildings along from the apartments

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One day we took a trip to the Kanoni Peninsular. Here is a view of the island, and showing how close the airport is, in the rear view mirror.

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Lunch with a view

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Some air traffic from the peninsular lookout point

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The iconic view from Corfu

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The same view, zoomed out a little, showing the airport runway approach lights

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Impressive departure

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Niki landing

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Matty flying Olympic Airlines

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Corfu Town

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Mountains over the north coast

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More mountains, looking across the bay towards Corfu town

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Amy on the beach

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A small bay near to Kassiopi

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Matty on a waterslide

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Sign for the turnoff to the apartments

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Snails on the garden light

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Matty on a digger

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Matty eating fish. Mummy hates it so he won't be getting if often at home!

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The local beer

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Flightsimboy
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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:17 am

How nice to see your little guy all grown up, and now he has a little sister too  . I can still remember that pic of him looking out the aircraft window in your past reports, how cute!. Glad to see your family had a good time. Those spotting pics at Corfu are amazing, especially the Thomas Cook aircraft. Thanks for sharing.
 
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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:24 am

Great report with great destination photos. Too bad that your camera went belly up on the way back.

It was great to see photos from NWI, a definitely very rare airport here. By the way, what were all these "BHL" flights to places like "Sean Papa" and "Seafox 4" seen on the FIDS at NWI? Are they helicopter services by any chance?

Corfu seems to be a great place. Glad to hear that you and the family had a good time there. Thumbs up for the beer photo. I'd never heard of that brand before. Was it any good?

From some of your photos it becomes apparent that there are spots around CFU that one can do some great plane-spotting. How nice that you could do so while enjoying lunch. I love airports that are like that.

Thanks for putting this together,

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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:04 am

Nice report, nice pix of Corfu, never been though give those aircraft shots, one feels tempted to visit!

Good to see you got two different machines, I often find the same plane is operating the return on these kind of flights, had two on G-OZBL recently!

The ADF @ NWI has been going on for a while, are they using the money to do anything?

Cheers

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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:42 am

Hi Signol.

Nice to see your pictures and report of Corfu. It is a wonder that you can get flights directly out from NWI. Very impressive.

I am blessed to be able to be reminiscent about my own holiday there as a boy 12 years ago, and your report brought back fond memories.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Once again, my mother's Christmas gift to us was to take us - myself, my wife, our 2 children, and my sister - on holiday.

Awfully nice and probably a good sort of present.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Somewhere near Croatia we spotted another Thomson aircraft, it looked like a 757. I'm pretty sure we saw the same one on the ground at CFU later, having arrived from Leeds or Manchester.

Interesting as when I recently went out to Crete a sister FR pulled the same sort of manouvre - probably just coincidence,.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
A small bay near to Kassiopi

Our villa was very close to this.

Thomson looked pretty good. Especially the a/c. Perhaps pictures of young Matty gives the seats a more roomy illusion!

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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:40 pm

Nice read - different airports and from an airline thats not been covered much on here. I agree with what Luke says, Thomson do look pretty good - be interesting to see more of what they're going to do on their 787's.
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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:12 pm

Hi guys,

thanks for the comments so far!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 1):
How nice to see your little guy all grown up, and now he has a little sister too

Thanks  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 1):
Those spotting pics at Corfu are amazing, especially the Thomas Cook aircraft. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks again - it is almost impossible to take a bad shot from some of the photo locations!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
Great report with great destination photos. Too bad that your camera went belly up on the way back.

Thanks! My camera broke one day at the beach, well it still takes photos but the screen stopped working. I've sent it back to Olympus, as it should be under warranty still, less than a year old.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
It was great to see photos from NWI, a definitely very rare airport here.

Thanks. I think I've written the majority of NWI reports on here  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
By the way, what were all these "BHL" flights to places like "Sean Papa" and "Seafox 4" seen on the FIDS at NWI? Are they helicopter services by any chance?

BHL is Bristow Helicopters Ltd - http://www.bristowgroup.com/
They operate flights to offshore gas platforms and oil rigs.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
Thumbs up for the beer photo. I'd never heard of that brand before. Was it any good?

It was good. It was the only beer on draft at the local taverna, I also tried a bottle of Royal Ionian. Not bad either but I prefer draft.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
From some of your photos it becomes apparent that there are spots around CFU that one can do some great plane-spotting. How nice that you could do so while enjoying lunch. I love airports that are like that.

Yes, there are a couple of cafes very close to the end of the runway, one at ground level near the causeway to the little island (where we ate) and another on the top of the hill overlooking the island and runway - where we had an ice cream to justify taking some of their space   There were a few others with much more professional-looking cameras to mine up there! I borrowed my wife's Nikon D60 for those shots.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
Nice report, nice pix of Corfu, never been though give those aircraft shots, one feels tempted to visit!

Absolutely! Most of the traffic is British and northern European charter traffic, with (apparently) most traffic on Mondays and Fridays. Well worth a visit for a day at least at that spot - the end of the Kanoni Peninsular.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
Good to see you got two different machines, I often find the same plane is operating the return on these kind of flights, had two on G-OZBL recently!

I've been lucky so far, the only time I had the same aircraft on a return trip was on a Ryanair daytrip to Belfast a few years ago.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 4):
Nice to see your pictures and report of Corfu. It is a wonder that you can get flights directly out from NWI. Very impressive.

Thanks. NWI does have a good range of flights - multiple daily flights to AMS, ABZ, EDI and MAN. Multiple weekly to NQY, EXT, PMI. And once per week to CFU, IBZ, DLM in summer, and GVA and TFS in winter.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 4):
Interesting as when I recently went out to Crete a sister FR pulled the same sort of manouvre - probably just coincidence,.

I do like air to air photos - did you get any? Any chance of a report?  
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 4):
Our villa was very close to this.

A beautiful part of the island.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 4):
Perhaps pictures of young Matty gives the seats a more roomy illusion!

Lol   Seating was quite tight, but better than the next trip on Easyjet  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 5):
Nice read

Thanks!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 5):
Thomson do look pretty good - be interesting to see more of what they're going to do on their 787's.

Indeed, though I doubt we'll get any 787s at NWI!

Thanks for the continued comments!

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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:14 am

Quoting signol (Reply 6):
I do like air to air photos - did you get any? Any chance of a report?  

Erm. There is a distinct chance of a report - yes. Only to say that LCC reports ain't massively popular on this forum. FR is the antithesis of surprising luxury quirks that users adore so much. Still, I've done one before, and I ought to follow up on the Crete one. Will get to it!
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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:30 am

Hi again Luke,

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):
There is a distinct chance of a report - yes

 
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):
Only to say that LCC reports ain't massively popular on this forum. FR is the antithesis of surprising luxury quirks that users adore so much

There are some that are only interested in LH, SQ Business Class reports, it is true. I however like all, and especially of interesting destinations as well (if you were to prioritise, your KSA flights might just pip Crete   )

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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:04 am

Nice report Robin...I was looking forward to seeing the Corfu pictures

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
FIDS

Interesting to see all the Helicopter traffic

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Since the last year, Thomson Airways has ceased to offer pre-booked airline meals, now only offering BOB.

Interesting that they couldn't make any money out of the pre-booked meals

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Thomson rep said that they had set up a queue outside (alongside a Glasgow flight), so that when our flight opened, they would bring in passengers to the small checkin hall.

Sounds sensible, although about time they enlarged the check in area

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
So I asked how much, and was very surprised when he said "50c each".

Wow, must be the cheapest airside water in the EU!

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
"Thank you driver!"

Haha

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
A lovely holiday, on a lovely island. One of my wife's favourite books, "My Family and Other Animals" by Gerald Durrell is set on the island, and several people have remarked on it, so I have been reading it too now we are back. I only had one day at home before the Berlin meeting on the Sunday.

Glad the book got a mention...did you enjoy it?
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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:17 pm

Hey Robin ,

Lovely report on Corfu and glad you had a great holiday in Greece. I knew you would have a great holiday and bring us some fantastic shots from the CFU turning circle   You didnt dissapoint .

The last time I was at ''Mouse Island'' was the morning of 9/11 . Never forget that day and where I was .

Anyway great report and thanks for showing us .

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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:49 pm

Hi Robin,

Nice to read this report about flights out of NWI, not really covered here. Bless your Mum treating you all to a holiday as a present, how very generous of her. And how very generous of you to sacrifice your window seat on the way out!

My holidays in Greece have always been fantastic experiences and the tourist industry is so dependent on guests in these hard times. Corfu looks like another island for the to-do list then. There look to be some good spotting locations too.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Somewhere near Croatia we spotted another Thomson aircraft, it looked like a 757. I'm pretty sure we saw the same one on the ground at CFU later, having arrived from Leeds or Manchester.

Great photo!

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Matty flying Olympic Airlines

Oh yes, definitely an aviation enthusiast in the making  
Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Matty on a waterslide

He's the spitting image of you!

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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:52 pm

Thanks for the new comments!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
Nice report Robin...I was looking forward to seeing the Corfu pictures

Thanks!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
Interesting to see all the Helicopter traffic

Yes, I wondered if they were to pad out the FIDS to look more busy  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
Interesting that they couldn't make any money out of the pre-booked meals

I know. Last year, if I recall correctly, it cost £12 for meals on both flights, so £6 per meal. After cost price, and the fact that maybe only 10 or 15 were sold, they were clearly not so popular.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
Sounds sensible, although about time they enlarged the check in area

I know, it was very cramped.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
Wow, must be the cheapest airside water in the EU!

Yes, I did wonder if it was a Greek regulation, especially after FlyingFinn said the same at Thessaloniki. They made their profit on the crisps!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
Glad the book got a mention...did you enjoy it?

Lol, I'm still reading it, and very much enjoying it!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
Lovely report on Corfu and glad you had a great holiday in Greece.

Thanks Philip!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
I knew you would have a great holiday and bring us some fantastic shots from the CFU turning circle You didnt dissapoint .

Thanks. It would be very difficult to miss good photos from the lookout there! I did read after coming back that Monday and Friday are the best days for traffic. As we flew on Fridays, it was very lucky that we picked Monday for our visit to the peninsular and islands!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
The last time I was at ''Mouse Island'' was the morning of 9/11 . Never forget that day and where I was .

The world changed on that day. It will never be forgotten by anyone.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
Anyway great report and thanks for showing us

Thanks!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
Nice to read this report about flights out of NWI, not really covered here

Thanks. I know, I've probably written most of them  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
And how very generous of you to sacrifice your window seat on the way out!

And the return   In fact, whenever we've flown together, except once when we went to PRG on U2, we had window seats one in front of the other!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
My holidays in Greece have always been fantastic experiences and the tourist industry is so dependent on guests in these hard times. Corfu looks like another island for the to-do list then

It is certainly worth a visit, the north of the island especially. I was also surprised at how upbeat, and kind the people were. No hassling or touting for business at all.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
There look to be some good spotting locations too.

Yes, you must go to that lookout if you visit. Even if not into planes, it is worth it for the views over the islands.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
Great photo!

Thanks, though my mum actually took it!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
Oh yes, definitely an aviation enthusiast in the making

Good  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
He's the spitting image of you!

Thanks! People have remarked on that before!

Thanks again for the replies!

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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:37 pm

Corfu Airport has not changed since 1979.

We had booked at the Corfu Hilton. In those days there was no internet. We had no idea that the hotel was right smack near the airport runway.

Some rooms faced the runway and others had a beautiful sea view. We had to insist they switch our rooms from the runway side.

It was however a beautiful hotel. It is no longer called Hilton.
 
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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:15 pm

Quoting signol (Reply 12):
Yes, I did wonder if it was a Greek regulation

There is a Greek regulation for the maximum price of 0.5L bottled water and it is at 50c.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 13):
It was however a beautiful hotel. It is no longer called Hilton.

I remember that hotel, I stayed there once when it was still the Hilton. I was too young to remember the proximity to the airport.
 
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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:03 am

Thanks for TR! It brought back a lot of memories, I spent two weeks in Acharavi and Govia in summer 2000, great island with mixed Greek-Italian-British atmosphere. It was one of my best package holidays and one of the last AY MD-83 flights I had.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
One of my wife's favourite books, "My Family and Other Animals" by Gerald Durrell is set on the island

"My Family and Other Animals" was one of the reasons I wanted to visit Corfu.
I just loved Gerald Durrell's books (Finnish translations) as a kid, that time I wanted to become the Mr Durrell of Finland and travel the world after exotic animals  
 
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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:05 am

Thanks for the comments!

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 13):
Corfu Airport has not changed since 1979.

It looks like that is the case.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 13):
We had no idea that the hotel was right smack near the airport runway.

Some rooms faced the runway and others had a beautiful sea view. We had to insist they switch our rooms from the runway side.

It's now called Corfu Holiday Palace. A shame you had to switch - there are plenty of A.netters who would rather switch the other way  
Quoting lewis (Reply 14):
There is a Greek regulation for the maximum price of 0.5L bottled water and it is at 50c

Thanks, I thought as much. 50c in an airport! Like I said in a previous reply, the cost of the crisps evened it out somewhat!

Thanks again

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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:54 pm

Hi signol,

a nice little trip report here. Good idea to take your family on a short holiday to Corfu. Never been there, but judging from your pictures it must be a nice place. And the airport seems to be something special. You have a few nice pictures of the planes on approach there, I especially like the one with the Niki airbus.

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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Sat Jun 16, 2012 7:10 pm

Hey, R.,

really good to follow you´re impressions about CFU.
Sounds like a nice family holiday.
Also good pictures around you´re flights.
BY is not seen here very often.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):

One for Markus

And for sure a good one!

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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:04 pm

Hi Robin!

Nice report with nice pictures !

Corfu looks very nice especially the spot close to the runway!

Good to see you traveling again with all your family.

Looking forward to your next report !

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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:49 pm

Hi Signol

Sorry for the delayed response - I really enjoyed your report to Corfu. Looks like a great location, especially for spotters - if you can get very close to the airport there.

We don't get too many reports from NWI so thanks for posting this report.

Looks like the kids had a great time too. Seeing all those holiday snaps made me feel like I want to go on hols again.

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Sun Jun 17, 2012 3:42 pm

Hi signol!

Neat little report with some nice destination pics thrown in. You're a brave man: taking your little kids on these longer flights, heck you even take them to SA! I don't know if I want to try that with my kids though 

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
With the onset of the financial crisis, my mum was worried about protests and demonstrations, and how we might cope financially, but I was sure all would be ok, as indeed it was.

Mums and their worries...

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
A Dornier 328 of Suckling Airways

Is that actually an airline   Those D328's are really nice prop planes. Need to get on one asap!

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
I handed over my camera to my mum to take some photos out of the window

You trusted this very important part of the journey to your mum. Respect to you  

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
as NWI only has an 1800m runway

I can imagine it being quite short for a fully loaded B738 with lots of holiday makers.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Matty said to the pilot, "Thank you driver!" completely unprompted

Love it how children can be so spontaneous.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Amy on the beach

Cute girl!

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Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:36 pm

Hello Signol!

Nice report, thanks for sharing. So this is what the infamous SXM of Europe looks like.
Great spotting pics and great scenery pics as well.
Thomson seem to take good care of you guys.

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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:46 am

Late to comments, because I've been busy with our own travels, but what a pleasant little trip. Glad that you seem to enjoy travelling with a parent. Usually means limitations on speed and flexibility for our adventures.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
A Dornier 328 of Suckling Airways, operating the Flybe service to Manchester

Love the name! You'd think that they would be the airline of choice for babies - just milking the name for what it's worth.   
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Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:23 pm

Thanks for the new replies!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
a nice little trip report here

Thank you for reading!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
Never been there, but judging from your pictures it must be a nice place

It certainly is,especially the far north of the island.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
And the airport seems to be something special. You have a few nice pictures of the planes on approach there, I especially like the one with the Niki airbus.

Yes, you can get some good views of approaches and takeoffs.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 18):
really good to follow you´re impressions about CFU.

Thanks!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 18):
Sounds like a nice family holiday.

It was.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 18):
BY is not seen here very often.

Maybe a bit to "faux"   Still, charter airlines are maybe down at the bottom of people's preferences, along with LCCs.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 19):
Nice report with nice pictures !

Thank you!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 19):
Corfu looks very nice especially the spot close to the runway!

Definitely a good place to spend a day!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 19):

Looking forward to your next report !

Might be a while, I've got nothing booked at the moment  
Quoting palmjet (Reply 20):
Sorry for the delayed response - I really enjoyed your report to Corfu

Thanks! Don't worry about the "lateness", I'm often very late with reading and replying.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 20):
Looks like a great location, especially for spotters - if you can get very close to the airport there.

Yes, you can get very close, and there's another spot on the hill overlooking the runway as well.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 20):
We don't get too many reports from NWI so thanks for posting this report

I know, I've probably written most of them  
Quoting palmjet (Reply 20):
Looks like the kids had a great time too. Seeing all those holiday snaps made me feel like I want to go on hols again.

They did! And me too, always nice to go away.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
Neat little report with some nice destination pics thrown in

Thank you!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
You're a brave man: taking your little kids on these longer flights, heck you even take them to SA! I don't know if I want to try that with my kids though

This was a doddle compared to SA   Matt is getting towards being able to entertain himself, especially with IFE, but Amy is nearly needing entertainment...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
Is that actually an airline

Yes, though they only do charters and leases.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
Those D328's are really nice prop planes. Need to get on one asap!

I'd like to too at some point!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
You trusted this very important part of the journey to your mum. Respect to you

I couldn't really see much myself from the aisle seat...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
I can imagine it being quite short for a fully loaded B738 with lots of holiday makers.

Yes, a powerful take off and even more harsh braking on landing.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
Cute girl!

She is  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 22):
Nice report, thanks for sharing

Thanks!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 22):
So this is what the infamous SXM of Europe looks like.

Lol, well one of them. Skiathos has an actual beach at the end of the runway, though not so many flights I think.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 22):
Great spotting pics and great scenery pics as well.

Thanks!

Quoting allrite (Reply 23):
Late to comments, because I've been busy with our own travels

Looking forward to reading about them  
Quoting allrite (Reply 23):
but what a pleasant little trip

Yes, it was.

Quoting allrite (Reply 23):
Glad that you seem to enjoy travelling with a parent. Usually means limitations on speed and flexibility for our adventures.

In this case, it was that or not travelling at all... note we had 2 apartments and 2 cars  
Quoting allrite (Reply 23):
Love the name! You'd think that they would be the airline of choice for babies - just milking the name for what it's worth.

Groan  

Thanks for the comments!

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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:05 pm

Hi Signol !
thank you for putting a big smile on my face   these family stories are so rare on A.net and I give you every credit that you managed to make an interesting photo album and TR ...ok ok Mrs.Mom deserves praise for using zoom and the main actors are photogenic but we all know who is a A.net member ...hehehhe thanks ...stipica  
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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:36 pm

Nice report!

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Once again, my mother's Christmas gift to us was to take us - myself, my wife, our 2 children, and my sister - on holiday

A great tradition. My late grandfather did something for our family.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Next up we paid our "Airport Development Fee" tax and went through securi

Is that for arriving pax too? I'll be flying into NWI in september.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
View across to the maintenance area

Cityjet? They don't fly to NWI do they? They have a maintanance base there?

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
A Dornier 328 of Suckling Airways, operating the Flybe service to Manchester

Ah, that's the bird I'll be flying on, but then from EXT.
 
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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:54 am

Thanks for some more comments!

Quoting stipica (Reply 25):
thank you for putting a big smile on my face

No problem   Glad you enjoyed it!

Quoting stipica (Reply 25):
these family stories are so rare on A.net and I give you every credit that you managed to make an interesting photo album and TR

Thanks!

Quoting stipica (Reply 25):
.hehehhe thanks

 
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 26):
Nice report!

Thanks!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 26):
Is that for arriving pax too? I'll be flying into NWI in september.

No, just departing passengers. There are 2x payment machines, and metro-style ticket gates to get into the security area. When will you be here in Sept? PM me if you like, if I'm not working we could meet for a coffee?

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 26):
Cityjet? They don't fly to NWI do they? They have a maintanance base there?

They don't fly there, no   There's a large KLM Engineering base there, so probably due to that. Arik Air of Nigeria don't fly to NWI either  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 26):
Ah, that's the bird I'll be flying on, but then from EXT.

Excellent.

Thanks again!

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Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:58 am

Quoting signol (Reply 27):
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 26):
Is that for arriving pax too? I'll be flying into NWI in september.

No, just departing passengers. There are 2x payment machines, and metro-style ticket gates to get into the security area. When will you be here in Sept? PM me if you like, if I'm not working we could meet for a coffee?

Thanks for the invitation, I might take you up on that idea. I'll be in Norwich on Saturday September 8th, I'll contact you trough a PM or FB when that time approaches!
 
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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:40 pm

Hi Signol!

Nice report again!
Good to see that you and your family had a good time at Corfu. Love the destinations pictures!

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Completing the boarding

Nice to see you flew a plane with the SKY interior.  
Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Unfortunately clouds took over before we got to Venice.

Yeah too bad, I recently departed from there, and after takeoff we did a sluggish 360 degree turn, and at the end of it I got a nice overview of Venice. A really nice moment.

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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:11 pm

Hi again Robert,

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 28):
I'll be in Norwich on Saturday September 8th

That's my birthday   Though my wife may plan a surprise activity, I'll let you know!

Hi Martin,

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 29):
Nice report again!

Thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 29):
Good to see that you and your family had a good time at Corfu. Love the destinations pictures!

Again thanks. It is a very photogenic island - well the north part is. We didn't venture south!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 29):
Nice to see you flew a plane with the SKY interior.

Yes, both aircraft were very new, only a few months old.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 29):
I got a nice overview of Venice. A really nice moment.

That would be a beautiful picture!

Thanks again

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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:58 pm

Hello Signol, my friend,

I remember when you told me at our last BER meeting about your holiday to Corfu. But, I did not know that it was actually a Christmas gift from your beloved mum. A story about the gesture of the most wonderful person in every family would make me melt right away.  


Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Unlike last year, where we had booked a complete package holiday through Thomson Holidays, this time I booked us on flight only tickets with Thomson, 2 adjacent apartments found through www.holiday-rentals.co.uk, and 2 cars booked from Europcar.

Wasn’t it fun to put your package together this way?  


Quoting signol (Thread starter):
We even managed to be under weight!

See? Hannah and you hold up as example. Traveling light is not impossible.  


Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Next up we paid our "Airport Development Fee" tax and went through security.

Interesting! I thought such fees would only be collected at Indonesian airports.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Matty looking out of the window

Our future A.netter.  


Quoting signol (Thread starter):
What is this doing here? No services to Spain today.

Going tech the previous day or waiting for her next assignment with another airline?

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
I handed over my camera to my mum to take some photos out of the window - the aerial outside shots were taken by her.

Mum does have an eye for aviation photography! Well done, mum!   


Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Taxeoff was powerfull, as NWI only has an 1800m runway

Wow! Apart from INN, you can go to NWI as well to experience powerful take off.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
I grew up in the village at the top right of this picture.

Sweet memories!  


Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Corfu's runway is longer than NWI's, but still quite short, with a main road at one end and surrounded by sea water the other end.

2,375 meter runway is still not that short.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
But one woman who was also waiting for someone in the bathroom poked her head round to see if her luggage had arrived onto the carousel, was shouted at harshly.

The agent should calm down a bit, though I can imagine that he was not be amused by the woman’s behavior.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
So I asked how much, and was very surprised when he said "50c each". I wasn't sure, but he confirmed!

Wow! That price? At an airport frequented by tourists? I am impressed!

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
So please note all return journey photos were taken with my phone (in flight mode of course!)

Nothing wrong with the photos. They’re not inferior to others.   


Quoting signol (Thread starter):
As we left the plane, Matty said to the pilot, "Thank you driver!" completely unprompted.

How sweet! I am sure the pilot did get the message.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
One of my wife's favourite books, "My Family and Other Animals" by Gerald Durrell is set on the island

Now I understand where your TR title comes from. 


Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Sunset over the beach in front of the apartments

Gorgeous!

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
George's Taverna, 2 buildings along from the apartments

A must visit Taverna in Corfu, I assume.   


Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Lunch with a view

And what a view!   


Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Amy on the beach

Aww, your little angel is so adorable!

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Matty eating fish. Mummy hates it so he won't be getting if often at home!

Good on you, Matty!

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
The local beer

Way to go, Signol! Cheers!


Thank you for sharing your experience of the marvelous gift of your mum. Please pass on my regards to your mum and family.

Best regards,
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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:48 am

Hi Suryo,

thank you for your kind words!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
I remember when you told me at our last BER meeting about your holiday to Corfu. But, I did not know that it was actually a Christmas gift from your beloved mum

Yes, she seems to have started a tradition, Ibiza last year, Corfu this...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Wasn’t it fun to put your package together this way?

Of course  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
See? Hannah and you hold up as example. Traveling light is not impossible.

Whilst under weight, we weren't exactly light - cases of 20kg, 19kg and 17kg, as well as the double pushchair and 4 hand luggage bags...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Interesting! I thought such fees would only be collected at Indonesian airports.

Several of the smaller UK airports do it too, unfortunately, BLK and NQY included.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Our future A.netter.

I hope so  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Going tech the previous day or waiting for her next assignment with another airline?

Perhaps, it may have been a sub for the Freebird flight to Dalaman. I'm not sure though.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
2,375 meter runway is still not that short.

True, but the climbout was impressive, to clear the mountains.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Wow! That price? At an airport frequented by tourists? I am impressed!

Apparently, it is a Greek regulation to have a maximum price for water. A good idea in my view  
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A must visit Taverna in Corfu, I assume.

It was very nice, local to our area. As it happens, when we were trying to find the apartments on the first night, we had detailed directions from the villa agency. We had to find the sign for George's Taverna to turn off the main road. We missed it, turned around to look, and pulled over to the side of the road. Then a pickup truck asked if we needed help, if we were lost. "We are looking for George's taverna, our villa is next door". "I am George, of George's Taverna!" he replied, waving his arms! "Follow me!" So we did and he led us to the villa. We ended up eating in his taverna twice during the week, very nice it was too!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Aww, your little angel is so adorable!

She is  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Thank you for sharing your experience of the marvelous gift of your mum. Please pass on my regards to your mum and family.

Thank you, I will do!

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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:40 pm

Hi Signol,

Another great report with great pictures, especially those taken at Corfu  
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great catch!

cheers,
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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:30 pm

Hi Brendan,

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 33):
Another great report with great pictures, especially those taken at Corfu

Thanks!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 33):
great catch!

Thanks - the first time I've managed to photograph another plane from the air! (though that particular shot was taken by my mum - I have a poorer picture from my phone!)

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RE: My Family And Other Animals: Norwich-Corfu

Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:43 am

Hi signol,

very nice report about your Corfu trip! I must have missed that one. The destination pictures look very tempting, they make me want to go there.

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Great shot!


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