Our Greek island hopping road trip had put us on a rather well-worn old – and very crowded – ferry heading to the island also known by its Italian name, Zante; our final stop on this week-long adventure.
|Alexandro Beach Resort - Zante|
Our long travel day was getting longer as the cell phone overheated with its GPS churning to find the place with no address other than ‘on the beach’.
We gave up and I called the hotel asking for directions. The desk clerk put me on hold after I asked how to find them.
When he returned to the phone, he told me to call back. I did.
The phone wasn’t answered.
Not the best way to start . . .
|Beach Resort Zante|
Once checked in, we figured the trip was looking up as we headed to our room in the expansive hotel wing overlooking the pool and the sea.
Now those of you who’ve ‘traveled’ with us via this blog for some time probably recognize, that this isn’t ‘our kind’ of hotel. We go for the small, quaint, mom-and-pop-type places but in August Greek beach accommodations are booked months in advance, this sprawling resort had availability, looked fine in photos and was pretty highly recommended on TripAdvisor. So what the heck? We’d give it a try!
It was clean, the grounds well maintained and it was packed with families and holiday-makers.
|Not quite functioning|
The LemonWe’d obviously landed a lemon of a room. My note for a replacement water pot was tossed the next day by the maid while the malfunctioning pot remained. Niagara Falls continued to flow through the toilet, the door ‘thumped’ and the front desk is probably still ‘looking into the internet’ as they promised they would.
We stayed two nights and moved after finding an available night in another hotel. The resort did refund our third night’s advance payment.
|We'll be back to Freddie's for sure!|
You really can make lemonade out of lemons! The saving grace for the hotel was its location: walking distance to Freddie’s Beach Bar – a long-time favorite of visitors to this area. This family owned place was the highlight of our stay in Tsilivi – we spent two delightful evenings there enjoying the ambiance, visiting with owners Robert and Ritsa Wallace and staff and dining on excellent food and enjoying libations. A trip to Zante is not complete without a stop here.
Out and About!
|Blue sea, striking coastlines - Zante|
|Zakynthos - an island of contrasts|
|The pedestrian area stretches for blocks in town - Zakynthos|
Our final day and night were spent exploring this sprawling harbor town - a delightful contrast (in our minds) to the over-run beach resort. There were plenty of tourists but it was large enough an area to absorb us all and didn’t feel as congested as had the resort area. In fact, for an hour or so we had a rooftop bar at a harbor front hotel to ourselves as we watched marine traffic.
|Let the harbor show begin.. .|
Well, some of the crew members were pretty entertaining as well.
|The wee assistant caught our eye|
|A fantastic ferry - brand new and like a cruise ship!|
September has arrived at The Stone House on the Hill and with it, signs of autumn’s arrival. We are coming upon a year of being full time ex pats and next week I’ll tell you a bit about how our change in latitude has definitely changed some of our attitudes. Thanks for being with us! Safe travels to you and yours ~
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