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Where the sea shrugs its shoulders
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In a small north eastern corner of Corfu lies the beautiful little bay of Kalami. Steep olive and cypress wooded slopes sweep down to meet the blue Ionian sea and Grecian style villas, resplendent in bougainvillea and plumbago, mingle between the trees. Old and new fuse together in what was once a fishing village but is now a haven for those seeking tranquillity and solace. Fishing boats and yachts anchor in its bay while the well-heeled and the once-a-year traveller find common ground amid its charm and serenity. Unlikely friendships are bonded over carafes of retsina and Greek hospitality among the three tavernas hugging the small beach. Laughter and amity are the order of the day here. After just a short time you’re not just staying in Kalami, you become part of it. Its beauty, its charm, its quietude seeps into your being, bringing you back time after time. Our visits to Kalami have exposed us to a richness of life, to a people that have little but give a lot.

We have met many characters on our sojourns; some unusual, some eccentric, some embarrassing – all enlightening. We have witnessed many amusing events throughout our stays ,from an inebriated ranting Scotsman to a wayward donkey. From an over-amorous dog to suicidal coach drivers. And, as much as we want to keep Kalami to ourselves, we also want others to experience what we have. And yes, there is an explanation for the title!

What started off as a chance recommendation from a friend has now turned into a love affair, one which we cannot envisage ever ending for Kalami is part of us and we of it. So come with me now and dip your toes into a little piece of heaven.

David J. Smithers


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Language English
Color Black & White
Illustration Yes
ISBN 978-960-99663-4-4
Publication 2nd Reprinted
Release date 2016
Place of publication Corfu
Number of Pages 176
Dimensions 21 x 14
Cover Soft Cover
Author David J. Smithers

David Smithers was not a naturally born writer but fell into it by chance after a passing remark by his wife Julie that, after experiencing a modicum of success with a book about the Pennine Way he wrote back in the 1990’s, had he ever thought about writing a book about the place they regard as their second home? He hadn’t but a year later Kalami: Where the Sea Shrugs its Shoulders was born and published, garnering excellent reviews and proving extremely popular.Bouyed by this he turned his hand to writing crime thrillers and, under the name David John, has seen great success, his books Sports Day, Nameless and The Rainbow Dead receiving plaudits and five star reviews from both Europe and America.David was born in London and spent most of his life growing up in Essex, but now resides with his wife in Hertfordshire. Kalami is still their second home.

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