Why I fell in love with Greece – Kefalonia

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Lettie has written about her first encounter of Greek hospitality (and literally, hospital!).
‘Lettie’ is the Office Manager of CEL UK Ltd, designer & maker of power tools.
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Argostoli Beach – Kefalonia

I thought I’d write about my second visit to Kefalonia, which is the reason I fell in love with the Greek culture and also the Island itself. I could probably write an essay on this particular holiday but I’ll start at the beginning, with the very first story….
Having visited Kefalonia for the first time the previous September 2006 we had decided to book again, arriving just 5 months later on May 1st at the beginning of the season. My boyfriend, daughter and I were staying in Lassi – a purpose built tourist town, but we liked it there. 2 minutes from the beautiful beach and only a 40 minute walk to the capital of Argostoli, where you can catch a Ferry to the mainland, along with other areas of Kefalonia. As our daughter was only 3 years old at the time Lassi was a good base.I thought I’d write about my second visit to Kefalonia, which is the reason I fell in love with the Greek culture and also the Island itself. I could probably write an essay on this particular holiday but I’ll start at the beginning, with the very first story….

Having visited Kefalonia for the first time the previous September 2006 we had decided to book again, arriving just 5 months later on May 1st at the beginning of the season. My boyfriend, daughter and I were staying in Lassi – a purpose built tourist town, but we liked it there. 2 minutes from the beautiful beach and only a 40 minute walk to the capital of Argostoli, where you can catch a Ferry to the mainland, along with other areas of Kefalonia. As our daughter was only 3 years old at the time Lassi was a good base.
3 days into the holiday we decided to trek to the beach. I say trek as with a 3 year old that meant a pushchair, swim nappies and allsorts of things in bags to carry. Arriving at the beach we found it was so quiet, only 1 other couple on the beach and almost 1 km away.
The weather became overcast after an hour or so, the wind speed crept up. My boyfriend had put the parasol up so our daughter would not get sunburn etc. Anyway to cut a long story short I ended up building a sandcastle when a gust of wind took the parasol, lifting completely out of the sand and blowing across the beach – hitting my head on the way!!
Blood started to pour down my face, I sat down and it began to form a puddle in the lap of my sun dress. Luckily the owners of the beach bar nearby had witnessed the event – the owners insisted I was taken to hospital in their nice shiny BMW whilst my boyfriend and daughter were taken to the beach bar where they were kept informed and given free food and drinks.
I was taken to hospital by Elena, she was very calm and knew exactly how to calm me too. It was our first meeting. In the hospital I was in A&E, she stayed with me, translated for me, phoned back to my boyfriend constantly and held my hand and wiped my tears. I was so glad to have her with me, especially when my head was covered with a blanket so I could not see while the Dr injected my wounds and stitched my head.
Once the hospital had finished X-rays and discharged me Elena drove me to the nearest pharmacy and made me stay in the car while she collected my prescription of anti biotics. She then drove me back to the apartment, where my boyfriend and daughter were waiting after hearing I was on my way back.
Now for most people this could ruin a holiday, but this story is the beginning of my love of Greece…..
I have not visited Elena for a while but writing this has made me want to say hello when I visit this year.


Thank you for sharing!  Anybody else have any Greek tales?  Positive, negative, the good, bad, ugly (just keep it clean please).
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