I retired to my room, took a shower and wrapped myself in the fluffy white bathrobe. Turning down the bed covers I switched on the flat screen TV and zapped through several channels until I found the second French channel and tennis at Roland Garros. I started to watch the game but must have dozed off at some point, because when I opened my eyes again, I found myself facing a screen showing my employer's (who's French) most recent commercial!!! Ghrrrr ... the familiar music must have woken me up. I felt annoyed that my job had even followed me to this beautiful island!
More hotel views
I got dressed and went down to the bar for a drink while waiting for my SIL, who had promised to come over after work to have dinner with me. While I was waiting in the lobby, I was approached again by my new friends C. and P. They confirmed that they would accompany me the next day on my private taxi island tour, sharing the cost. While we were discussing the practical details, I saw a blue-eyed blond walking up the hotel steps. I would have recognized her anywhere ... even after all these years. It was my SIL M. !! She saw me too and came running over. 'You haven't changed!' she beamed, throwing her arms around me, almost smothering me in her firm hug. Over her shoulder I saw C. and P. smiling at the sight.
M. and I spent a very pleasant evening together, chatting, laughing and eating at the hotel's restaurant, where we received an almost VIP treatment when it turned out that M. had worked there 5 years earlier and still knew most of the staff. The Maître d'hôtel, Kostas, made sure that we were looked after properly. When we said goodbye for the night, Kostas promised M. that he would watch over me. A promised he kept!
It was almost 11.30 p.m. when M. left. She lives at a 6 minutes drive from the hotel - one of the reasons why she had recommended it. She had to work the next day, but we would spend next Sunday together lunching and shopping at Corfu Town - Kerkyra.
Back in my room and in bed, I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. A great feeling that I hadn't experienced in months ...