Final day in Corfu
Written by Ali Mushaima   
Friday, 20 June 2008 22:08

It's my last day on Corfu Island, but Greece and its islands are like a second home for me and I know I will be back.

Tomorrow morning, I take the ferry to Venice where I will stay for two days and then travel for another three days to other cities in Italy.

Another reason to come back!
Written by Ali Mushaima   
Thursday, 19 June 2008 21:54

 Ali, left, exchanges books with Sotirios Vosdou, Secretary General for the Region of Ionian Islands.

After a much needed rest, I woke up in the morning and called Mr. Spiros, who works in the tourism department of the Ionian Islands (which include Corfu). I had met him earlier in Dubai during the Arabian Travel Market, and he told me to get in touch with him when I visited the island.

When I arrived, I showed him some of our publications including the best-selling Visitor's Complete Guide to Bahrain and the first of our new travel book series, 101 Things to See and Do in Yemen. Three more books in the 101 Things... series are currently in the pipeline and Mr. Spiros was very interested in having the Ionian Islands added to that list.

He arranged for me to meet Sotirios Vosdou, secretary general for the Region of Ionian Islands and talked about tourism in general and how can we work together on some good projects.

Mr. Spiros also very kind and arranged to host us on the way back, to visit some small islands which are lesser known than Corfu and Kefalonia.

We exchanged books - he gave me a coffee table book about the Ionian Islands.

After lunch, I visited Sissy Moschidou, a Greek friend who run a ceramics workshop and does very nice pottery.

Later, it was off to enjoy the beach for a while before going to meet an artist friend and have dinner and go to bed early.

Time for a break in Greece
Written by Ali Mushaima   
Wednesday, 18 June 2008 22:18

Corfu Island in Greece 

After four busy days in Macedonia, I arrived at the Greek island of Corfu to rest for a couple of days and will also visit some friends. 

It was also hard to leave Macedonia since it was my first visit, but I am sure I will be back since I didn't have time to explore the entire country.

 I was amazed with the people, the landscape, the food and shopping. Unlike other European countries, it is not very expensive. I highly recommend it for people who want to discover new places.

With all that Macedonia has to offer, it deserves to be called the jewel of the Balkans.

Buying honey on the way to Corfu 

Questions at the Greek border
Written by Ali Mushaima   
Saturday, 14 June 2008 08:06

While fuelling the car in Greece, Ali made friends with a family who told him they were avid Formula 1 fans who followed the race in Bahrain, and offered him free coffee. 

With the Friendship Tour wrapping up its Turkey leg and entering Greece, it was time to bid adieu to three members of the team - David, Nizar and Ammar. 

It's always hard to say goodbye after going through so many experiences together, and just as with other team members who were with the tour on various legs of the journey - Maria, Rebecca, Petra, Haider and Taha - it was sad to see them go. But it's a long tour and not everyone can get that much time off.

It was also sad to leave Istanbul, which deserves at least a week to really take in the sights. 

On the other hand, going to Greece is like going home for me since I know the country so well – I spend my holidays here every summer.