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Christmas on Corfu: Experience the festive season with a difference

Fancy going somewhere different for Christmas and experiencing the festival season amidst a unique culture, scenery and climate?  By

If so, you may want to consider spending Christmas on the Greek island of Corfu. Christmas is one of the biggest Christian celebrations on Corfu, which is strongly associated with the Greek Orthodox tradition.

It is a truly colourful and joyous occasion when the whole of the island comes alive with lights, decorations and festivities. Like in the UK, Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25th, marking the birth of Christ. Though unlike our Christmas tradition, gifts in Corfu are exchanged on January 1st.

Christmas Eve is steeped in tradition on Corfu. Children go from house to house, often carrying small clay drums and metal triangles, singing Christmas carols.

Christmas Day on Corfu involves families and friends gathering together to enjoy a large feast. The first course comprises of egg-lemon chicken soup with rice. Turkey or pork is typically the main dish, accompanied with traditional Christopsomo – Christ’s Bread. This sweet type of bread is baked in various shapes, with the crusts engraved in symbols that depict the family’s profession. As well as sweet bread, locals tuck into Melomakarona, which are cookies doused in honey, as well as Kourabiedes, a crunchy shortbread with nuts and raisins.

Similar to Spain, the 6th of January is heavily celebrated on Corfu, which officially marks the end of Christmas. If you’re staying close to Corfu’s shoreline on January 6th, you may witness crucifixes lit up in the sea, which have been put there by priests in order to bless the waters. The day is also celebrated by priests throwing crosses into the sea and locals diving in and racing to be first to retrieve them from the water.

Yes, if you’re looking to celebrate Christmas with a difference this year, heading to the beautiful island of Corfu, with its unique festive traditions and celebrations, would certainly be a Christmas to remember.

 

Dec 10, 2017
WOW! Package Holidays CORFU from UK for £94 (7 nights at hotel + flights)

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Package Holidays CORFU from UK for £94 (7 nights at hotel + flights). Find the cheapest holiday package to Corfu, Greece from the UK and book your ticket at the best price!

Corfu is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is the second largest of the Ionian Islands, and, including its small satellite islands, forms the edge of the northwestern frontier of Greece. There are pockets of overdeveloped resorts, particularly north of Corfu Town and in the far north, but the island is sufficiently large enough to easily escape the crowds – venture up its woody mountains studded with spear-sharp cypress trees and explore vertiginous villages, coves fringed by cobalt-blue water, and the fertile interior ashimmer with olive groves.

Travel dates:
April – May 2018

INCLUDED: 7 nights at hotel + flights. The cheapest price you have when you book trip for 4 people.
Routes and examples:

London Luton – Corfu – London Luton
12 – 19 Apr (£113)
14 – 21 Apr (£103)
19 – 26 Apr (£97)
24 Apr – 1 May (£110)
26 Apr – 3 May (£103)
1 – 8 May (£117)
8 – 15 May (£121)

London Gatwick – Corfu – London Gatwick
17 – 24 Apr (£111)
18 – 25 Apr (£106)
22 – 29 Apr (£109)

Manchester – Corfu – Manchester
20 – 27 Apr (£105)
23 – 30 Apr (£99)
27 Apr – 4 May (£111)

Birmingham – Corfu – Birmingham
21 – 28 Apr (£94)

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Nov 24, 2017
Christmas in Corfu. The major Christian celebrations...

Christmas is one of the major Christian celebrations and in Corfu, Greece, it is still strongly connected with the
Greek Orthodox tradition. For Greeks, who in their majority are Orthodox, Christmas is second only to Easter in religious importance. The name 'Christmas'declares exactly the purpose of the celebration, which is the birth of Christ. Christmas in Greece, like many other countries, is celebrated on the 25th of December. During the early Christian years, Christmas was celebrated on the day of Epiphany, but in the 4th century, the 25th of December was settled as Christmas Day because it was connected with the 25th of March, when Greeks celebrate the Holy Conception Of Christ (Evangelismos). On Christmas Eve, children travel from house to house offering good wishes and singing Kalanda, Greek Christmas carols. Often their songs are accompanied by small, metal triangles and little clay drums.
Christmas gifts are exchanged on St. Basil's Day (January the 1st). St. Basil is the Greek version of Father Christmas and some families leave a log in their fireplace for him to step on as he slips down the chimney with a bag of toys.

The 25th and the 26th of December are Bank Holidays and Greeks usually attend Holy Mass on the morning of the 25th of December, and then gather together with friends and family to eat and celebrate the birth of Christ. They fast for 40 days before Christmas because they believe that they should celebrate this Holy Day with clean body and soul.
After 40 days of fasting, the Christmas feast is looked forward to with great an ticipation by both adults and children alike. The Christmas table is rich and, in every part of Greece, local dishes special to the particular day of celebration are added. Usually on the Christmas table there is meat (roast pork or stuffed or boiled turkey) and loaves of the famous Christopsomo (Christ's Bread). It is made in large, sweet loaves in various shapes, and the crusts are engraved and frosted with symbols that in some way reflect he family's profession. It is served with dried figs, nuts and honey. In many places the housewives prepare various pies and of course they treat their guests to Kourabiedes (almond cookies) and Melomakarona (honey glazed cookies), the Greek traditional sweets for Christmas.
The decoration of the Christmas tree is not originally Greek. It was introduced by the Bavarian King Otto, around 1830. Of course, today, like in most European Christmas traditions, the Christ balls, stars, angels, fairy lights and other mas tree is decorated with colourful ornaments. It is placed in the sitting area of the house and underneath it, St. Basil is supposed to leave the presents for the children on New Year's Eve. The typical Greek wish for Christmas is Chronic Polla and many presents are also exchanged on the 25th of December. The custom of Christmas cards is also very popular and Greeks decorate their sitting rooms with them, and also put them underneath the Christmas tree.
Christmas gifts are exchanged on St. Basil's Day (January the 1st). St. Basil is the Greek version of Father
Christmas and some families leave a log in their fireplace for him to step on as he slips down the chimney with a bag of toys. The 25th and the 26th of December are Bank Holidays and Greeks usually attend Holy Mass on the morning of the 25th of December, and then gather together with friends and family to eat and celebrate the birth of Christ.
They fast for 40 days before Christmas because they believe that they should celebrate this Holy Day with clean body and soul. Christmas in Corfu is a fantastic experience and if you are lucky to be a guest in a Greek home, you will be treated like a real guest of honour, since the message of Christmas for the Greeks is love, peace and hospitality. 

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Nov 09, 2017
Content is the name of the Game at WTM London 2017

How to Build a Dream Content Team will be a key tech topic discussed at WTM London, the leading global event for the travel industry, with a stellar line-up of speakers, organised by digital tourism marketing experts Digital Tourism Think Tank (#DTTT).

In the last 18 months, many of the leading destinations and travel players have quickly adapted their approach to prioritise strong content marketing as the central component to gain traction online and engage effectively with potential visitors.

WTM London and Digital Tourism Think Tank will explore this trend further and look specifically at how to build a Content Dream Team on Tuesday 7 November on the WTM Global Stage.

Nick Hall, founder of the Digital Tourism Think Tank and overall destination marketing expert, will moderate the session and look to understand how teams are reinventing themselves to be more content ready and how they’re pulling together creative talent, putting an emphasis on editorial workflow to be able to engage wherever and whenever it’s relevant to do so.

Hall explained: “We’ll look at what skills are needed, how long it’s likely to take, what should and shouldn’t be considered in this journey and how a great content team should function on a day to day basis.”

Joining Hall on this content masterclass will be Mark Henry, Central Marketing Director for Tourism Ireland, telling their Game of Thrones story and how they’ve incorporated it into their tourism marketing campaign.

Other speakers include Ross Borden, Founder of Matador Network will share his knowledge on building a global creator network;Robert Wells, Marketing Manager for Evaneos will talk about communicating authentically local stories; Bart van Poll, Co-Founder of Spotted by Locals will discuss how they work with local ambassadors and Simon Lewis from Travel Concept Solutions will share his news from a recently successful campaign.

WTM Portfolio Conference and Seminar Manager, Charlotte Sutton said: “The Digital Tourism Think Tank sessions at WTM have always been an extremely popular choice for delegates, with the hottest trends and leading speakers all sharing their knowledge and best practice.

“Nick Hall brings with him an abundance of knowledge, and this session will not disappoint. A must-attend session for those looking to update their content marketing strategy or simply just wanting to stay ahead of the game.”

This session will take place on the WTM Global Stage, from 16.00 – 18.00 on Tuesday 7 November.

Digital Tourism Think Tank will also be running a session on Wednesday 8 November, from 10.30 – 12.30 entitled The Era of Intelligent Tech in Travel.

Nov 02, 2017
Oxford Students | Durrells in Corfu: Back to nature

All of us feel the need to go back to nature. Going away from the mundaneness of life, the mechanical and demanding reality of everyday routine. Summer seems to be the ideal time for a temporary escape in paradise, but what happens when you get the chance to live in a heaven-like place on earth?

This becomes the case for quite an unusual and high-spirited family, The Durrells. Not only does living in Bournemouth perpetuate the misery of losing a much beloved father but also offers little to the youngest son Gerald, punished at the age of nine by the headmaster for fighting back against a bully. The solution envisaged? The Greek island of Corfu – because as Larry, the eldest son tells the family: ‘What we all need is sunshine’. The ITV series The Durrells is written by Simon Nye, directed by Steve Barron and Roger Goldby, and produced by Christopher Hall.

Based on Gerald Durrell’s Corfu Trilogy, an autobiographical book containing the adventure of young Gerald and his family in Greece, the series is set in the stunning island of Corfu or Kerkyra, the second largest of the Ionian Islands. Through an ingenious use of sound and lighting, the viewer is introduced from the first episode of the series into the world of the Durrells. It opens with shot of the seaside of Bournemouth accompanied by the sound of heavy winds and high tides that smash on the shore, which represents the sole background music.

The camera then cuts to a long take of houses by the sea, overlooking a promenade area with vintage cars and people dressed in black suits and hats, as a popular song of that time plays in the background. The episode thus portrays the atmosphere of the 1935 seaside resort. The grey lighting of the outside is presented in sharp contrast with the much darker and gloomy view of the interior, as the camera frames the house and then cuts to an image of Louisa Durrell cooking. The scene that follows Gerald’s punishment and the following scenes that portray the everyday life of the family are intercut by the credit sequence. This is introduced by the use of the theme song of the series, composed by Ruth Barrett, alongside an expressive, rich-in-colour graphic that enlightens the gloomy atmosphere while presenting what is to become of the Durrells in Corfu. Throughout the series several scenes will be intercut by such extraordinary animated pictures: impressive wildlife, cypresses, donkeys, orange and lemon trees and of course the future house of the Durrells in Corfu. The light seems to come from heaven as they are surrounded by natural beauty and the real-life décor of the still remaining today Venetian architecture.

The series offers it all from comic situations, possible love stories, natural conservation matters, financial crisis, ancient olive groves and breathtaking views that will make you green with envy. Another asset of the series is the cast, as you are sure to witness the highest level of acting, most notably that of Keeley Hawes as Louisa Durrell, Milo Parker as Gerry Durrell and the talented Daisy Waterstone as Margo Durrell, who never ceases to amaze with her skill and ability to arouse a rollercoaster of emotions. One cannot help but compare the series with the 2005 BBC adaptation of the My Family and Other Animals extracted from The Corfu Trilogy, with a screenplay also written by Simon Nye. Spreading the same Greek spirit, the ITV series goes way ahead of the film, proving itself more than just a strict adaptation, offering absolute freedom to the director and including in a just and absolutely necessary manner Greek actors in the cast, most notably Alexis Georgoulis as Spiros Hakaiopoulos and Yorgos Karamihos as Dr. Theo Stephanides. The series comprises 2 seasons so far, the original release being 3 April 2016, with the third season filmed this summer and expected to come back on the air in 2018. The series has been nominated for the Best Drama Series in 2017 at the BAFTA TV Awards and has won through the joint work of Leslie Caron and dog Tchi Tchi the Palm DogManitarian Award, at Cannes Film Festival 2017.

Not only will The Durrells take you on a journey in a tableau-like paradise, a land of unspoiled beauty where nature flourishes undestroyed by human intervention, but it will also make the viewer understand and feel the true spirit of Hellada. Whether you have been to Corfu and want to explore the promised land of Greece once more, or you have planned your holiday and are about to visit the Durrell’s White House situated in the village of Kalami on the north-eastern coast of Corfu, the series is a must if you want to get into the Greek mood or chase away the nostalgia of leaving the

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