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 European Swallowtail Butterfly, Lassi, Kefalonia, Greece.

Kefalonia by Andy
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Nikos apartment in Lassi Kefalonia Greece. June 2015.

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 Lassi watermill.

We really enjoyed our holiday in Kefalonia, it was really nice not to be hassled by restaurant owners or holiday reps like Turkey and Tenerife. I loved the wonderful colours of the flowers around the island especially the beautiful oleanders a very pretty place. Some of the island reminded us of Corfu which we visited 30 years ago. We stayed at Nikos self catering apartment in Lassi, every day the apartments were cleaned and sheets change. I did moan that we were missing wine glasses and had to buy our own and the terrace could  have done with a parasol. I did like the free security safe but "hand" shower could have done with a shower curtain.  No TV or radio but I did not miss the TV in such a lovely place.

One couple went ballistic over the apartment being too small and complained about the hand shower and other things, but it was basic and you get what you pay for so I thought it was ok. The first night I did hear the squeal of a air-con which was extra cost but we never use one anyway, but generally the rooms were well sound proofed. No hearing couples screaming with beds banging like we experienced in our Tenerife hotel ha ha.

The view from our apartment and restaurant was stunning the best panoramic sea views we have ever had except for the very ugly crossing electricity cables from our apartment and pool which I hate for my photography. Our pool was lovely, so close with parasols and plenty of sun loungers with palm trees. A deep pool so not suitable for children though and no entertainment. We spent most of our time at the pool it very relaxing and very quiet. I spent many hours reading my photo and wildlife magazines sipping wine and I enjoyed watching the Swifts feeding their young on the wing, drinking and dipping in the pool which is not treated with chlorine only wishing I had my SLR and long lens with me. On our last day because of a late departure time we had to spend our morning at the pool, like Spain I was really pleased to film a movie of a European Swallowtail butterfly feeding, which I wanted to do after watching one lay an egg on a wild fennel plant earlier in the week.

Although I would only recommend Nicos apartments is you do not mind walking up that bloody hill, walking down the hill I would say "defiantly returning to this place again" going up the hill I would say "never coming here again" my wife would say "we are not even at the Church yet" which everybody used as a land mark. We knew about the steep hill but should be called a very steep winding hill and hard going in the hot sun. I think Thompson should arrange free transport a few times a day. We did well though only using the taxi back after a long walk along the coast to the main town of Argostoli. The taxi fare from the town was 6 Euros which is a lot further so why are taxi drivers charging up to 6 Euros to go up the hill, ripping tourist off I think. If you spend 20 Euros the two supermarkets at the bottom of the hill they will deliver your shopping. The second time we asked for our shopping to be delivered from the nearest supermarket, we walked up the hill and waited for our shopping which was our lunch with wine. It arrived two hours later and was going to the wrong address so we did not do that again, not very good service on that day.

We went on one excursions trip with Thomson called the premier around the Island by coach and boat. I thought it was worth the money and loved visiting the fishing villages, especially Fiskardo a very pretty place for my photography. 

Thompson review.

Service from our Thompson rep this year 2015 was terrible, she was ill at the beginning of our holiday but did not make herself known to us at all, only on our last day did my wife find her at our pool answering a complaint. The welcome meeting was the only time we saw a rep and I could have done with map having to buy my own. We were at our pool most of the time so there was no excuses. Extremely poor service from Thompson this time, otherwise a lovely holiday. Leaving at the airport as expected was terrible after long queues at passport control we had to wait outside for a long time in the hot midday sun even the old and disabled, many dressed for British weather while the plane was refuelled. 

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All pictures of Kefalonia taken with my Canon G1X which worked ok except any macro pictures, video and stills was easier using my phone than close up filters on my compact. I watched my Canon battery split open in my hand, the Opteka battery purchased at the same time is still working ok. I ended up using a hair grip to keep the canon battery closed when not in my camera. I tried gluing it when I returned home but the metal strip inside was too damaged. Very disappointed with canons original battery.