A Week in Dassia – Corfu.

We (my husband Nigel and I) have just returned from a week in Dassia and it’s May 2018. I was hoping to stay somewhere peaceful to perfect the outline of my next book and Corfu gave me that peace, most of the time. This was out first experience of the Greek Islands so bear with me on my lack of geographical knowledge. 

Our Accommodation.

Villa Yannis is set in the countryside, or should I say a shattering twenty-five minute uphill walk from Dassia Beach. However, we did the walk daily, sometimes twice and sometimes in the sweltering heat. We love a walk but if you suffer with any mobility problems and don’t hire a car then this location may not be ideal. If like us, you love a challenging walk, it’s perfect. Walking certainly helps with the extra holiday food we tend to consume, especially all the bread that seems to come free of charge with meals. 

Villa Yannis Apartments.

The view from our apartment – you can see the sea.

Our apartment was traditional in style, beautiful balconies, views of olive groves and trees. Butterflies fluttered in abundance, showing off an array of stunning colours. At night we could hear the Scops Owls calling as we watched the lightning flash in the skies above. Lightning without any thunder. Orange flashing through the black skies. Morning then came with the sound of cockerels. I know I’m painting an idyllic picture here but here comes the little irritation. Dogs chained up and left outside all night. 

We had a few sleepless nights because of the barking relay that was going on. One dog tended to start it, we called it Boomer, then Yappy joined in, then soon after, all the dogs joined in. It only seemed to bother us though. The locals seem to accept and ignore it. We spoke to a lovely woman, Helga who owns Helga Holidays. She exchanged our money at the excursions shop on Dassia front and explained that this certainly was a cultural thing. Dogs are apparently left outside and people get used to the noise. 

If we went again, I think we’d locate ourselves closer to the sea, away from the rural dog chorus. However noisy they were, I did slightly fall for one of the dogs and managed to poke my arm through the fence to stroke it as we passed. My advice to any tourist coming here would be to pack some very good earplugs and request rooms away from open stretches of land that are guarded by dogs. 

My favourite dog.

A local house.

The Beach.

The sandy part of Dassia beach is mostly taken up by the new Ikos Hotel. This hotel is heavily guarded and they spot trespassers like us a mile off. However, the beach is public. Their sun-loungers cover a lot of the sand but you can walk along the front and pitch up with a picnic should you so desire. 

Jetty opposite the Ikos Hotel.

My husband was keen to film and photograph the exterior of the new hotel but was swiftly told by a guard that he had to stop filming. I thought he was being protective of the guests on the beach, sweating in their skimpy swimming costumes but no. Filming the guests was fine. Filming the hotel was a no no. Don’t worry, if you were on the beach sunning yourself last week, we didn’t film you. We really did want to just film a bit of the seafront from either direction. I think the hotel seriously have their priorities wrong on this one but who am I to criticise their external videography and photography policy. Although, I must add, they have no legal right whatsoever to prevent anyone filming anything from a public place so we continued to take some footage anyway. I thought a few lovely photos posted on Facebook might be good for them, free publicity and all that. 

We passed a few establishments, one beach bar with a pool that sounded like a party bar, I think it was called Malibu Bar. Then there was a jetty where the boat trips departed from. I saw a price on some of the literature, I think a boat trip would cost around €30 per person. 

After passing a hotel/cafe, we found our happy place, a little bar/restaurant called La Plaz. It offered brilliant value for money and a lovely menu of which we ate a lot from. The baked aubergine was lovely and the cocktails, they were good too and ranging from approximately €4. I must add that the staff were lovely which kept us coming back throughout the week. They also provided free sun-loungers for customers. The price of the sun-loungers at the Malibu Bar were €12 per day. If you’re on a budget, La Plaz is the place to go. 

Abandoned Buildings.

If you’re facing the beach in Dassia, turn left and keep going as far as you can. You’ll come across an old derelict tourist establishment. The rusty old umbrellas and sun-loungers give the shingle strip a post-apocalyptic look. Maybe it went bankrupt or the project was never completed, who knows. It would have/could have been a lovely place to stay or eat. Now, it has a silent eerie feel about it. *I have since found out it used to be a club/bar that closed many years ago.

The clear sea. 

Evening Meals.

A restaurant we both agreed provided quality and value was 60 Needles. This little gem is situated close to Villa Yannis and is well worth a visit for a special meal at everyday prices. I had the most amazing chargrilled veggies (I don’t eat meat) and tried a lovely sample of yogurt cake that was made by the owner herself. We also enjoyed watching the nesting birds that were feeding their chicks. A delightful evening all round. This was my restaurant of the holiday and I’d recommend it. We were both full and had had enough to drink for €40, and that included a tip. 

Miscellaneous.

I’d recommend the bus service if you want to visit Corfu Town. The journey takes about half an hour and costs approximately €1.70 each way. Tickets can be purchased from the supermarket outside the bus stop in Dassia. Corfu Town is easy to spot when you arrive. It’s grand and bustling, like any major city. 

The Dassia supermarkets are well stocked if you go self catering. If you want local produce the food is cheap but if you’re after Heinz beans, you’ll pay a fortune. It’s well worth trying the kumquat liqueur which is delicious, like yummy cough medicine. I wasn’t all too keen on the candied kumquats though. Each to their own.  

There is a bit of a bin emptying issue but it didn’t affect us at all and wouldn’t have put us off going. I’m not sure why this is, maybe someone can enlighten me in the comments below. 

Would I come again?

Definitely. I’d look to stay closer to the sea where the evenings would be a little quieter. The views are amazing as is the flora and fauna. Corfu is a beautiful island and should be experienced at least one in a lifetime. It’s fairy cheap to get to. Our flights were approximately £120 each for a return and out apartment cost less than £300 for the week. We used Lord Travel for the transfer and they got us to and from the airport without any issues. 

I hope you found my information of some use if you are also planning a trip to Dassia. For now, I’m going to get on with writing my third book in the DI Gina Harte series. Thank you Corfu for giving me the environment I needed for getting into the writing zone. 

Toodle pip, 
Carla Kovach. 
Author of the iBooks UK bestseller, The Next Girl.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarlaKovachAuthor/
Website: http://www.carlakovach.com

The Next Girl 

She thought he’d come to save her. She was wrong. 

Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again …

Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results. 
The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive.

If you love Lisa Gardner, Patricia Gibney and Robert Bryndza, you’ll love this jaw-dropping new crime thriller from Carla Kovach. The Next Girl will keep you guessing until the very last page. 

UK links
GB: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Next-Girl-gripping-heart-stopping-Detective-ebook/dp/B078S55Z34
http://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-next-girl

US links
USA: http://www.amazon.com/Next-Girl-gripping-heart-stopping-Detective-ebook/dp/B078S55Z34

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Giveaway – a signed copy of The Next Girl and a bar of Galaxy chocolate.

Giveaway!

I’m giving away a signed copy of The Next Girl, my iBooks bestseller (number 1 for 5 weeks in the UK charts). What would a book be without an accompanying snack? Guess what? There’s chocolate too. 😊

All you have to do is like this post on my FB page and tag a friend. 

https://www.facebook.com/CarlaKovachAuthor/

The winner will be announced on my page. The winner will be randomly selected this Sunday (27th May) at midday. 🎉

Thank you for taking part.
Carla.

The Next Girl 

She thought he’d come to save her. She was wrong. 

Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again …

Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results. 
The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive.

If you love Lisa Gardner, Patricia Gibney and Robert Bryndza, you’ll love this jaw-dropping new crime thriller from Carla Kovach. The Next Girl will keep you guessing until the very last page. 

UK links
GB: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Next-Girl-gripping-heart-stopping-Detective-ebook/dp/B078S55Z34
http://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-next-girl

US links
USA: http://www.amazon.com/Next-Girl-gripping-heart-stopping-Detective-ebook/dp/B078S55Z34

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Wetherspoons – bring back the avocado bagel!

My moan of the day! So long avocado bagel. 😕

Wetherspoons have scrapped the avocado bagel from their menu so I’ve just dropped them a message through their website. I’m not a strict vegan and class myself as more plant based but this breakfast is my favourite. 
You can still buy avocado as a side and buy toast then make your own, but it’s not the same as you wouldn’t get the salad or guacamole. Just in case anyone else would like to join me in getting the avocado breakfast back, here’s the link and below is my message.

https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/contact/get-in-touch

Hi,

I’ve been very impressed with Wetherspoons lately as it always offers a vegan option. You’re avocado bagels have made our breakfast experience a wonderful and regular one. But hence, the new menu! You offer vegans nothing but a bowl of fruit, the same as everyone else. (Boring – yawn). This is a plea to please bring back an avocado based breakfast such as avocado toast, avocado anything, especially with the guacamole. 
We come in three times a week for breakfast and we have done for years and now all we can have is fruit! We’ll probably just have an occasional coffee now. 

I just wanted to express my disappointment and look forward to your response. I will also be discussing this in the many vegan forums on FB as a lot of people in there champion your efforts and this particular breakfast.
Many thanks, 

Carla.

Anyway, thanks for reading and have a lovely day.
Toodle pip,
Carla Kovach – author of The Next Girl. The number 1 iBooks bestseller.

The Next Girl 

She thought he’d come to save her. She was wrong. 

Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again …

Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results. 
The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive.

If you love Lisa Gardner, Patricia Gibney and Robert Bryndza, you’ll love this jaw-dropping new crime thriller from Carla Kovach. The Next Girl will keep you guessing until the very last page. 
UK links

GB: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Next-Girl-gripping-heart-stopping-Detective-ebook/dp/B078S55Z34

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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta – 2017

All I can say is that this is a fantastic event. After seeing the Night Glow on the Thursday night, I though nothing could top it until the Dawn Launch. What’s more impressive is that this event is free with the exception of paying to park your car. The cost of most car parks was £5 per day. We parked right next to the event and it cost us £12.

If you have children, this is a fabulous event and they’d love it. The Night Glow itself was presented by Heart FM. During the run up, we were treated to a model plane show, the air ambulance landing, fair rides, stalls, food vans galore and a mobile phone light Mexican wave. Be sure to put this one  in your diaries next year. Well done Bristol!

Check out this dawn launch video by Big Frog Films Ltd

While you’re at it, check out the Night Glow. 


Toodle pip,
Carla Kovach
Author of The Next Girl

The Next Girl
She thought he’d come to save her. She was wrong. 

Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again …

Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results. 

The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive.

If you love Lisa Gardner, Patricia Gibney and Robert Bryndza, you’ll love this jaw-dropping new crime thriller from Carla Kovach. The Next Girl will keep you guessing until the very last page. 

GB: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Next-Girl-gripping-heart-stopping-Detective-ebook/dp/B078S55Z34

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The Next Girl – Carla Kovach – coming soon. 

The Next Girl – coming soon. Only 99p to preorder.

… She shivered in the ice cold, dirty room that was little more than a cupboard. ‘Please take me home,’ she begged him. ‘You are home,’ he said before locking the heavy door …

She thought he’d come to save her. She was wrong.

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‘Love and Laughter and Small Disasters’ – Wow, there’s a free album giveaway!

Back in 2015, I had the pleasure of reviewing Adrian Harvey’s album, Temporary Position. We learned that Adrian Harvey has previously auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent and he’s an all round fab guy. His song Ladies and Gentlemen was also used in the film Checking In.

It gives me great pleasure to review Adrian’s latest album, Love and Laughter and Small Disasters. This album contains 10 songs and a bonus Christmas track, written by Adrian Harvey. They were recorded by Simon Ash.

Contents:
Each Day
A Few Things I’d Do
Settee
The Road Ahead
Hope is a Magical Overcoat
Proof
The Other Side of the Hill
Small Disasters
A Different Cage
One More Person Trying to be a Star
Cardboard Wings

At first glance, I have to praise the cover. It’s a little ‘summer of love meets Life of Brian.’ It feels fun already. From previous experience, I expect to feel uplifted, even a little amused and relaxed after listening to the album. Were my original thoughts right? All will be revealed soon. 

As I begin listening to ‘Same Day,’ I find I can identify with the lyrics. In fact, if you can’t identify, I’d say you’ve had an unbelievably exciting life, full of unexpected twists and turns. For most of us mere mortals, our routines are just that – routine. ‘A Few Things I’d Like to do,’ fills me with happiness. The harmonies are stunning. As for ‘Sing a Happy Song,’ who wouldn’t want to join in with that one? The vocal harmonies, meaningful lyrics and melodic voices are simply stunning. Adrian, you’ve done it again! Brilliant. 

Then, I hear ‘Hope is a Magical Overcoat.’ I know many people struggling to break into one or another branch of the arts and I understand the struggles they undergo. 

‘The Other Side of the Hill,’ is simply other worldly with down to earth lyrics. You’ve surprised me again Adrian!

So far I’m filled with hope and happiness as I relax into my chair waiting for the last song to start. ‘One More Person Trying to be a Star.’ This song explores the other side of fame. The price of fame as opposed to the value of anonymity. 

Thank you again Adrian. You made me smile, you made me chuckle, you made me think and you almost made me slip into a hypnotic trance while listening to the beautifully crafted harmonies. Was I uplifted, a little amused and relaxed? Hell yes. Keep making more music! I look forward to hearing more. 

Now you lucky people, Adrian is giving away 20 copies of his album. You’d be a numpty not to get your hands on one. 

Message from Adrian:
‘I’ve got 20 copies to give away to anyone who contacts me via email and tweets and shares Hope is A Magical Overcoat or The Road Ahead. My email address is apharvey@hotmail.co.uk.’ You Tube links below.


Want to hear more or contact Adrian. Check him out. 
https://m.youtube.com/user/drbinoculars

Toodle pip,
Carla Kovach.

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FREE download of Whispers Beneath the Pines – today. 

FREE.
Whispers Beneath the Pines

Twenty two year old classroom assistant Eve leaves England for sunny Turkey with her four childhood friends and Kevin; her first love who she hasn’t seen for six years. The group plan to have one last adventure before they have to finally succumb to adulthood. What they think will be a week of sun, parties and romance soon becomes sinister when they take a trip to the mountainous province of Mugla for the day.

Eve soon realises that things are not what they seem. She sees that something isn’t right but her friends are oblivious. Can she convince them all before it’s too late?  

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