Well! Here we are again, back home after another 3 weeks in Cyprus at the Kefalonitis Hotel Apartments in Paphos.
When we arrived, the Hotel was still shut for the winter renovations, due to open on 1st April, but Nicos, generous as ever, had said we could still go, so hubby and I duly turned up on 20th March.
What a lot of work had gone on since they had closed in early November. Nicos had been working tirelessly on various projects. Outside painting as far as we could see on all the buildings. Inside, complete renovations on over 40 apartments.Lots of new slab work round the main reception entrance and poolside areas and striking new sign work over the front door.All the garden areas had been tidied up, pruned and replanted where needed. The empty pool was thoroughly cleaned, this took a few days, we watched progress from our balcony! and then refilled, this also took a few days, such is the size of it.The maids had also started work with over 100 apartments to spring clean and get reay for the reopening, they also found time to come to us on a daily basis, cleaning, changing sheets and bringing clean towels.Everything had been done to Nicos's high standards.
Our family came out to join us a week after we arrived and they too were welcomed as we had been. They took their young family out for trips to the Zoo and the mini golf. the local beach and the harbour to look for the pelican and crabs!
The weeather was variable, but that is to be expected for late March, early April, we still had plenty of warm weather and came home with good suntans (except the children who had plenty of high factor ceam on).
It was a little sad to see a few more empty restaurants and shops but the Cypriots have horrendous money problems to deal with. Some restaurants had remained open all winter as usual and these we made good use of during our three weeks stay, food wonderful. Some more had started their clean ups and will by now be open I would imagine.
To return to the money problems, we took english sterling notes with us and found it just as easy as ever to change them into euros. Usually we went down to the harbour shopping area to do this and the shops that also doing money exchange were all open and willing to exchange our cash..
The bus from the harbour to the Old Town and Coral Bay is still running and still 1 euro. Our eldest granddaughter loved the Coral Bay beach and delighted in doing 'sand angels'.
So! what else is there to say, The Kef is still as good as ever, Ted is still on night duty and I believe Helen will eventually run the evening bar when the seaon gets going. I couldn't see any real problems for tourists, prices are probably slightly up, but where aren't they.The pplside food and bar should be up and running by now, open for breakfasts and then food and drink all day though to 4pm ish, then the bar (either by the pool or inside reception dependant on the time of year) till the early hours.
We can't wait to go back in the autumn, we love Cyprus and the Kef and all the people so much.
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