I’m back from beautiful Kefalonia


Myrtos beach Hellooooo there! How have you been? Well, I think I can answer that one, having arranged for you to have the most unbelievably gorgeous weather while I was away, you're probably browner than I am! 

Seriously though, if I could have had a euro for every person who texted or called me to say how hot it was in blighty, I'd have paid for the holiday twice over!

Of course I realise not all of you will have been able to loll about in said weather, as it's business as usual unless you're actually in 'holiday mode', but having waved goodbye to QVC Towers on the Wednesday night, before I knew it we were landing at the tiny airport in Kefalonia, so I was definitely there :)

Actually we call it Kefalonia, some write it as Cephanlonie, the airport was named Kefalenia, and baggage control on the way home lost the plot altogether as I think our bags came from Cairo! That aside, call it what you will, IT IS BEAUTIFUL!!! From the moment we landed in 31 degree heat, I felt like I was home.  Our hotel was only a quarter of an hour from the airport but with just 6 flights a day, it's not exactly a flight path, more of an amble…

Captain Corelli's beach Of course, our reason for going was because last year we'd stayed in Zakynthos, and every evening we looked out over the Inonion Sea to this large, green island that we knew had staged the Cage and Cruz onscreen success 'Captain Correlli's Mandolin'. We had also been told it had the fifth most beautiful beach in the world, and so on the strength of those two things we made the booking, and boy was it worth it. 

The beach is called Myrtos and with its moon white pebbles and neon blue water, it is literally breathtaking… and I mean literally! Because if you're foolhardy enough to think you can get into the water with its six feet waves, to happily bob around without having the breath knocked out of you, you're sadly mistaken! 

Initially the beach is flat but as it dips into the sea, there's a heck of slope and the undertow is fierce.  There I was like a child holding Colin's hand, but decided to stand on my own two feet and wait for a gap in the waves, so I could launch myself into the fabulous flumes. The next thing I know I'm flat on my face, swallowing seawater like a thirsty mule while the waves pound over me and I get pulled futher under. 

Alison at Myrtos beach As I tried to stand up another one got me, by which time Colin realised it was serious and so grabbed my arm and yanked me upright. It was a hoot in hindsight, and a story we had great joy in regaling to anyone who stood still long enough, but my grazed knee and pebble-filled bikini (interstesting sight!) were sufficient to put me off trying it again. This picture is about as far in as I was prepared to venture for a photo opportunity on another day!!

It went from drama to delight though when we visited the Melissani Lake which is about halfway up the Island at the bottom of the mountainous ridge which forms the backbone of Kefalonia. Discovered in 1951, it's 22 metres below ground level and a massive 30 metres deep (which to you and me is about 98 feet)!! 

The century before, a huge earthquake caused a mighty hole to appear in the ceiling of the cave, and it's through this that the sun shines and turns the water into THE most incredible blue. I was stunned. So pretty, and so unlike anything I've ever seen in my life before. I took these photos so I could share it with you :)

The Drogarati Cave We also visited the Drogarti Cave which is over 150 million years old (and when you think dinosaurs were extinct 65 million years ago) - that's old! It was also pretty chilly and damp (funny that Alison) so yours truly had to don a fleece to keep warm. 

Sadly that fleece became a second skin to me for the next couple of days as we sat in our room watching the rain come down in stairods, and the grey clouds blowing angrily across the sky. 

But then, just as the hotel staff assured us, on the day I had wept in reception because of the weather (joking… just), the storm blew itself out, and we were treated to turquoise skies and blisteringly hot sun.  "Just like being at home," I hear you cry! :) 

The lake Of course the holiday would not have been complete without a visit to Captain Correlli's beach and the town of Sami where most of the filming took place. I couldn't help wondering as we traversed the narrow streets in our Fiat Panda 4 x 4 – oh yes, we'd upgraded from last year's lunchbox on wheels – how on earth they'd got a Hollywood crew, film equipment, tanks and jeeps plus Penenlope Cruz's make-up and wardrobe up the winding track and onto the beach at all! 

But you know, it really didn't matter, because once there it would have been so worth the effort. Crystal clear water as far as the eye could see. Warm breezes that carried on them just a hint of wild thyme, mint and sage, and the gentle sound of the waves lapping onto the pebbles… Heaven…

Final view of the ocean Before we knew it our holiday was over, but for me,the thing I will remember for always is the unbelievable colour of the coastal waters on the west of the Island. Not just one tiny bay, or even a small inlet, but a whole ocean as far as the eye can see, with water the colour of paraiba tourmaline. I took so many photographs of this phenomenon as I wanted you to see it, so I really hope this one does it justice…

Once home I'm proud to say my Sam had done a fab job of keeping the plants watered inspite of the drought, and I was able to hang out all six loads of washing on the line as the sun continiued to shine. (No Colin and I didn't wear that many clothes, Sam didn't ever figure out how to work the washing machine…).

Alison and Colin Enough of the domestic chores as with only today and tomorrow to go before Ros's wedding on Friday, I'm all of a fluster deciding what to wear, do I need a hat and do I have enough roses for the cake? Exciting times :) 

Looking forward to hearing how you've been, and if you've been away or are planning a break. Let me know what you think of the photos won't you, and of course next week, I'll have the wedding pictures to share.

Lots of love,
Ali xxxx


  1. Julie June 30, 2010 at 4:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Lovely photo’s and glad you enjoyed yourselves.
    Need you ask what I’ve been up to? It’s my favourite two weeks of the year-Wimbledon! I’ve been glued to the TV-didn’t have much choice really came down with Laryngitis and had no voice at all for 10 days-just my luck eh??
    Will keep in touch as hosp apt next week-fingers crossed and everything else!
    Hope you have a lovely time at the Wedding and speak soon.
    Take care
    Julie xx

  2. Susan June 30, 2010 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    What a lovely blog! And hilarious as always! The pictures are stunning stunning stunning – super jealous! I said to Julia that us lot who can’t get away have to make do with other peoples pics!!! And no we haven’t all been lucky with the weather before you say!! I have to say that your photo of you and Colin is beautiful. You are such a warm couple and must be a pleasure to know.
    Take care and enjoy the wedding!
    Susan x

  3. Teresa Karasavvas June 30, 2010 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    What lovely photographs.
    My husband and I went to Kefalonia in September 2008 and it was beautiful. We too went to the lake and the water colour is amazing.
    We toured the island on a quad bike – try it sometime it is great fun and beats having a car any day.
    We had really heavy rain one morning and couldn’t leave the apartment – we had a lake outside our room by the time it decided to stop! We had our own swimming pool you could say!
    Did you go to the main town of Argostoli – some lovely shops – I HAD to go into a jewellery shop and have a diamond ring made. Their workmanship is fantastic and I had seen a ring in a different jewellery shop in a small resort but it was way too expensive so had it made for me instead at a fraction of the price. It is very special to me now as I paid for the ring using Birthday money that was given to me by my late Dad who unfortunately I lost just a few months later and so it has a very special memory for me.
    Best wishes

  4. Marg July 1, 2010 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Great to see you home safely after what looks like a dream holiday,nevermind only around 50 weeks till you can do it all
    The last of your photos doesnt need a caption,your look says it all. Remember the song Marlon Brando sang to Jean Simmons in Guys and Dolls when they came back from Cuba? I think at this time we should dedicate that song to you.
    Well Prince William and I shared our birthday on QVC’s Sunshine Day,we were slotted in between fathers day and the budget,it didnt really make any difference I celebrate with Joe next week.
    Great to see you enjoying life,
    Cheers Ali,

  5. Rhodd July 1, 2010 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    We spent our honeymoon in Kefalonia two years ago (2008) – the weather in late September early October is no different – one morning we went from our hotel for a walk to old Skala ( we stayed in Skala) – needless to say we got lost and the heavens opened.Luckily for us some peple took pity on us and gave us a lift back into Skala – where we spent the next two hours watching the main street turn into a river!!! By the afternoon I was lying by the pool soaking up the sun!!
    Kefalonia is a magical island my in-laws go every year
    Love the photos

  6. Marg July 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali, I forgot to wish you well with your cake for Saturday,I hope the weather is kind to the bride and wish her lots of love and joy. I hope we will see some pictures,

  7. AIMEE KING July 2, 2010 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Reading your blog brought back memories of a fabulous holiday me and family had in Kefalonia.
    We have saved hard over the years to have holidays in many parts of the world but i have to say the one that stands out for me was our time on this beautiful Ionian Island.The colour of the water around the beaches are absolutely amazing;piercing blue/turquiose and yes the strength of the waves can be frightening.I too experienced the force of waves on Myrtos beach !!!! The people are so friendly and welcoming and its a place you feel happy to return to as im sure we will someday.So glad you had a great holiday .Best Wishes Aimee

  8. Gail July 2, 2010 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, hope the cheque’s in the post from the Greek Tourist Board. The Island does look very beautiful; the sea is an amazing shade of blue. It looks a very romantic place and I am going to google it when I finish writing this. I will definitely be recommending this place to my son and his girlfriend for their next vacation (cheques from the Greek Tourist Board can be forwarded accordingly).
    By the time you read this the wedding will be over; hope everyone had a lovely time and best wishes to Ross and HUSBAND.
    By the way Ali, funnily enough I look exactly like you when wearing my bikini – NOT.
    Lovely photo of you and Colin. Take care.
    Gail xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  9. Steven July 3, 2010 at 11:33 am -  Reply

    Great to see you back Ali and you look as gorgeous as ever in the photo

  10. alison keenan July 4, 2010 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julie, Sorry to hear about the laryingitis, but glad it gave you the chance to sit and watch the tennis! My sister is an avid fan, and has seen most of the main matches. Felt a little sorry for those who will have set their TV’s to record the matches that ran over time and moved from BBC 2 to BBC 1 for the last 15 mins!!! :) Literally everything crossed for the hospital appt – am typing this with one finger…. Much love, Ali xxx

  11. alison keenan July 4, 2010 at 3:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Susan, lovely to hear from you and so glad you like the photos. Don’t laugh, but I took delivery of one of those new fangled phones that have a camera, maps, internet and a spa built in, but didn’t realise that I had the ability to take moving pictures as well as stills….. also that there was a free ‘app’ available that would enable me to zoom in! Never mind eh… :) Sorted it before the wedding though, and so have lovely photos of Ros and her special day. And thank you for your compliment about colin and I…. he scrubs up well :) Love Ali xx

  12. alison keenan July 4, 2010 at 3:04 pm -  Reply

    Oh and Susan, I’m sorry you didn’t have the weather everyone else was boasting about, although it sounds (having read some of the replies to this blog) as though Kefalonia is regularly wet! So maybe not such a rare occurance after all. I do hope the sun shines for you throughout the rest of the summer whether you’re at home or do manage to get away. Ali xx

  13. alison keenan July 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm -  Reply

    Teresa, thanks so much for writing to me and for telling me about your holiday. What a lovely way to remember your Dad, and to have a piece of jewellery made, that was only possible because of his birthday money. I’m sure it’s something you always wear and as you say is very special to you….. I have to say that Kefalonia may well be the only European Island I’d feel safe enough to tour on a Quad bike as the roads were virtually empty and a great deal wider in most places than other places I’ve visited. Yes, we did visit Argostoli, but loved Assos even more – although there were virtually no shops just many restaurants! See where my priorities lie :) Lovely to hear from you and do keep in touch, Love Ali xx

  14. alison keenan July 4, 2010 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

    Marg, you are a sweetheart, and thanks to you and the internet, I was able to relive that beautiful old song from that lovely old film and enjoy Jean Simmons and Marlon Branda in romantic mode …. Yes, it was a good holiday :) So sorry I missed your birthday last week, but hope that your celebrations with Joe next week will more than make up for the lateness of my wishes :) It’s all gone a little grey and cloudy here today, but am hoping that the sun will once again return as we have a BBQ at Colin’s brothers’ tonight, and I don’t want to have to wear my vest! Love to you Marg, ali xx

  15. alison keenan July 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

    Rhodd, What a cracking choice of destination for a honeymoon. A little bit of deja vu going on there with the weather, although we actually stayed in Lassi and not Skala. It must be why the island is so green, although one wise tourist came up with the notion that the dew was heavy in the morning!! A little unlikely methinks :) I’m very glad you got a lift back to the hotel though, and that the storm blew itself out. I got caught in torrential rain trying to find Colin who’d wandered up a beach that was about 3 kilometres long. No-one else there except he and I but luckily I did have a towel to wrap myself up in! Hope married life is still treating you well, and you may perhaps one day revisit this gorgeous Greek paradise. Love Ali xx

  16. alison keenan July 4, 2010 at 3:28 pm -  Reply

    Marg, just spotted your last comment, and yes thank you, the cake was grand, the weather fine, and day beautiful, and the bride stunning! (groom not half bad either :) Will fill you in with pictures etc later this week, Love Ali xx

  17. alison keenan July 5, 2010 at 11:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Aimee, how lovely to know that you too have such fab memories of this cracking island. I think it makes a holiday all the more special when you take time to save up for it, and then start pulling together all that you want to take – anticipation is a wonderful thing :) I’m glad too that it lived up to your expectations, and although you too experienced the full force of the waves at Myrtos, it wouldn’t ever put you off returning. I definitely plan to one day. Hope you have a lovely week, and if you are heading off anywhere for a break you’ll have a great time, love Ali xx

  18. alison keenan July 5, 2010 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Gail, I think that would be an excellent idea to recommend the island to your son and his girlfriend, as it’s lovely and quiet and there are plenty of unspoilt beaches and coves that they could explore. I am indeed waiting to hear if the Greek Tourist Board would like me to travel to other islands and promote them, and if a cheque were forthcoming it would be course be forwarded to you …. I wish!!! :) The wedding was wonderful, and I’ll be writing in full over the next few days with some photos too. Everything we wanted for them :) Lovely to hear from you Gail, and I’m certain you’d look FAB in a bikini! Love Ali xx

  19. alison keenan July 5, 2010 at 11:53 am -  Reply

    Steven, as always, your comments are much appreciated….. I’m still blushing :) Love Ali xxxx I do of course expect a photograph of you in Bulgaria!!

  20. Marg July 5, 2010 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali, I know its too late to warn you about the BBQ, please remember what happened with your thermals, If the vest is the top half you could end up with an ankle lenght, or longer dress under your summer outfit,Just watch how you go,and I’ll pray it stays warm and dry. I hope my fears are unfounded and they made good cleaning cloths.

  21. Rhian Jones July 5, 2010 at 8:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Just read all about your holiday in Kefalonia, and it brought back my owm memories of our first holiday to Greece – this island is much a lovely place and has now become very special to us – we went to all the places which you show, and we have a hand made plate given to us at the end of our holiday from one of our favourite restaurant.SO pleased that you enjoyed your holiday – Have you been to Santorini? it is a magical island and the jewellery shops in Thira had to be seen.
    Best regards Rhian

  22. leanne smith July 6, 2010 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali your holiday looked fantastic and what a stunning place to be..you making me get into the holiday spirit now as in september Im off to sunny Cyprus for 2 whole weeks of holiday fun and seeing your holiday Pics I now cannot wait..(Im so excited I love holidays..so glad to hear you had a fab time and you looked all bronzed and refreshed and ready to go..cant wait to see you on qvc and see your gorgeous tan…take care lots of love leanne xxxx

  23. Steven July 6, 2010 at 5:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali! Thats no problem. I always think you look great. Ha Ha I’ll see what I can do. You’ll need to give me tips on how I upload it onto here though
    Cheers x

  24. Dorothy July 6, 2010 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    pleased you enjoyed hols looked a fab place. Sorry had to laugh keep tkinking of waves knocking you over but really pleased you are OK. You both take a good photo you look relaxed. Laura is off to Australia at the end of the month for 3weeks, so that 3weeks sleepless nights for me. hope wedding went off ok at least weather was good.hope all is well with family.
    love best wishes
    Dorothy xxx

  25. Louise & Jenna Appleyard July 6, 2010 at 9:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I knew it was you in the taverna in Lassi on the evening when England played Slovenia but my 16 year old wouldn’t let me come and speak with you as she said I was too much of an embarassment (would you credit it!)
    Anyway, I fully agree Kefalonia is so beautiful and the scenery is wonderful along with it’s long and sometimes sad history it makes the perfect holiday for both sun seeker and history lovers too. We loved Assos and Fiskardo – what’s that your yacht Alsion moored by the harbour in Fiskardo?
    Anyway I’m so glad you had a great holiday we did too and I’m sorry I missed saying hello.

  26. alison keenan July 6, 2010 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    DOH!!! Marg, you found me out!!! Luckily I tucked my vest into my knickers (not the thermal ones, they DID become a duster….actually several) and so my dignity was saved :) In truth it was so cold they’d given up on eating out doors by the time we arrived and so we ate in the kitchen….here’s hoping it’ll warm up a tad today as I have lunch with Kathy Tayler and we thought we might take a sarnie over to the park. I’m sure they sun’s shining on you Marg. Thanks as always for keeping in touch :) Love Ali xx

  27. alison keenan July 6, 2010 at 11:13 pm -  Reply

    HI there Rhian, lovely to hear from you and so glad that you too enjoyed your time on this fab Greek Island. Yes I did visit Santorini once years ago but we were touring a number of islands at the time and I truly only remember the beaches and the fabulous yoghurt I had for virtually every meal while I was there. Love it! How nice that the restaurant gave you a souvenir of your stay… I kept the beer mat from a bar, but I guess it’s not quite as sentimental….Have a good week, and thanks again for writing. Love Ali xxx

  28. Susan July 7, 2010 at 5:54 pm -  Reply

    Meant to say Ali, when you see Kathy tell her how fab she is looking! You, Debbie and Kathy seem to get on so well and must be such a lovely normal, genuine & kind bunch to know.
    Have a good week.
    PS Do ask the lovely ladies Claudia and Sara to blog about the new little ones!!

  29. Rhona Fenton July 7, 2010 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, lovely to see you back hope you and colin had a fantastic holiday sounds like you did and the pictures are awesome what a beautiful place it looks, really like the picture off you and colin what a lovely couple you make:) sorry Alison I didn’t catch who’s wedding it was could you please fill me in? so glad you got the pictures I sent,hope you had a laugh, oh and will email you let you know about my hair:) as in what I use:) my colin is off this week and we hope to head to St Andrews you know where that is, and I hope the boy’s as in your colin, Suzi’s Adam won’t be too mad with us since the Golf open is away to start as I know they had a wee round when you were all there:) but you will let me off since thats where I come from anyway eh? Have a lovely weekend love to you all lot’s of love Rhona xx

  30. james July 7, 2010 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

    hi alison! hope you are doing well! i just want to say that i like your photos. they are very beautifull. take care
    PS. by the way you have very fit figure. keep posting nice photos

  31. tina July 8, 2010 at 12:05 pm -  Reply

    hi alison how are you? lovely pictures blue sky tarquise water and sandy beach and you look great on bikini. though the pictures is not clear, they are distroted.

  32. alison keenan July 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    Leanne how wonderful for you to be heading off to Cyprus! I’ve never been, although my dear old Dad loved it when he went there many years ago. Not too long to wait, and if we continue with this lovely warm weather here it’ll seem like an endless summer :) Enjoy the weekend, and thank you for writing. Lovely to hear from you, Ali xx

  33. alison keenan July 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm -  Reply

    Louise and Jenna!! What are you like?! :) I would so loved to have had a chat and an ouzo with you. Next time, don’t be shy, or listen to your daughter! How funny that we were there at the same time, and thank heavens the weather improved although the football didn’t :( ! Delighted you had a great holiday, and thanks for writing to me, Love Ali xx

  34. alison keenan July 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

    Dorothy, you’re such a lovely mum :) Try not to worry, Australia is such a lovely safe place for Laura to be, and she’ll have a ball. Just start counting the days backwards from when she leaves and before you know it she’ll be back. maybe next time she’ll take you with her, I’m sure you’d love it :) Lovely to hear from you and glad you liked the blog and the photos. Hope you like Ros’s wedding ones :) Love Ali xx

  35. alison keenan July 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm -  Reply

    Steven, the chances of me being able to advise you as to uploading anything are mightily slim!! I will however, speak to the oracle that is my editor, ‘cos she’s really bright :) Have a cracking weekend, and keep counting the days. ali xxx

  36. Wendy Cassidy July 11, 2010 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Glad you had such a fab time in Kefalonia, I went a couple of years ago with a friend and am now trying to get my husband to go with me, perhaps next year. Our holiday plans have been modified as I had to have a hip replacement operation at short notice! A bit of a surprise, I was the youngest person in the hospital, but I am doing my best to get back on my feet as soon as possible. My two little dogs keep looking at me and wondering why I can’t take them out for a walk, and they are very unsure about my two sticks.
    I have been filling time between exercises etc watching QVC! I saw you today with the juicer and decided that this is a good way to start getting myself fit again. I thought you were looking very bright and summery, you were wearing a very neat pendant and earrings, and bangle, are they QVC?
    Look forward to seeing you on air over the next few weeks, best wishes from Wendy xx

  37. alison keenan July 12, 2010 at 2:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan, Funnily enough I saw Kathy for lunch on Wednesday and did tell her how lovely she looked :) It had been ages since we’d had more than 10 minutes together and so we talked the ears off each other. Kathy has this incredible twinkle and sparkle on TV doesn’t she? Always smiling too. Lovely girl :) Debbie too is great to spend time with and I even managed to catch up with Julia yesterday, after nearly a month so all is well. And they are genuine and very kind and just like everyone else really – although I doubt they’d say I was normal :)Love Ali xxx

  38. alison keenan July 12, 2010 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

    Sorry Susan, meant to add that I believe both Claudia and Sara have blogged about their babies! Having seen photos they’ve both produced beautiful boys :) x x x

  39. alison keenan July 12, 2010 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Wendy, firstly sorry to hear that you’ve had to undergo surgery, but on a plus note, the recovery time for hips seems to be relatively short, and well done you for being up and moving around on sticks. My ex husband had his first hip replaced at 42 years old which seemed a little young then, but it made the world of difference. Glad you liked the juicer – I did too – particularly as Tracey kept making me all those delightful drinks! Do try broccolli, apple and root ginger once you get yours. It’s fab! I hope you continue to improve, that your dogs are patient, and that your husband will agree to your visiting Kefalonia next year. He’d love it. Take good care, love Ali xx

  40. alison keenan July 12, 2010 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    OH, and Wendy, yes the earring and pendant set are from the Diamonique Tacori range and the bangle too is Diamonique! That’s from the Eternal range – Stainless steel that looks like platinum! x x x

  41. alison keenan July 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Tina, it was a lovely holiday and thanks for taking time out to write. I’m sorry that the pictures were distorted though…perhaps if you double click on them it might make them a tad bigger and clearer. I hope you’ve been enjoying the holiday like weather we’ve had here too. Ali xx

  42. alison keenan July 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi James, Good to hear from you and yes it was a beautiful island, and bless you for your kind comments :) Enjoy the summer, love Ali xxx

  43. alison keenan July 12, 2010 at 2:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Rhona, lovely to hear from you and very much hope that you and Colin enjoy your time in St. Andrews. Can’t believe it was over a year ago that we were there with Suzi and Adam, but you’ll be glad to hear that she’s back this week and I’ll be with her at 11am this Thursday! Don’t miss it, she has some beautiful jewellery with her this visit. The wedding I went to was my friend Ros’s, and if you have a look at the blog I posted last Friday you’ll see some of the photos of her. It was a lovely day :) Say hi to your Colin and enjoy your break. Hope the sun reaches you in Scotland! Love Ali xx

  44. Steven July 12, 2010 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    3 weeks today Ali :D Hope you had a fab weekend. Saw you on QVC at weekend. If I end up half as tanned as you I’ll be doing well.
    Looking gret with it too

  45. Jan Smith July 19, 2010 at 12:45 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I have been admiring your lovely tan (sorry Ms Young!) and was delighted to hear you got it on the lovely island of Kefalonia. We are going to Skala for the 4th time on 12th August. A most beautiful place with a stunning beach, and enough tavernas to enjoy a variety in a 2-week holiday. I agree with one of the other commenters – you do sound like an advert for the Kefalonia tourist board, but I can totally understand why. I’ve bought Ultrasun this year (factor 30) and have just treated myself to 2 of Suzi B’s pieces, so looking forward to taking them away. Do go to Skala next time Ali, you’d love it. All the best. Jan x

  46. Mrs Heidi Barnett July 23, 2010 at 8:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison..only just found out you went to Kefalonia after watching Lola Rose & desert island beauty!
    Your tan has done well with the help of Elemis..you look newly tanned!
    Love the photos..but then I love the Greece..have been to Zakynthos 5 times,Crete once and mainland once. My hubby and I have’nt been able to afford it the last couple of years but long to go back. So, we have just sat drooling over your gorgeous pics of Kefalonia! Lovely colours are’nt they in the Ionian/Agean..and the Greeks are such hospitable people too. Kalamaki is our fave,its quiet but not too quiet and Crystal beach is beautiful..with a view of Turtle Island ;0)
    Might I add you look amazing in a bikini..what a cracking figure, you lucky lady! Glad you had a good time (apart from the waves!),your’e such a lovely person/presenter Ali..you deserve it. Luv Heidi, Somerset x

  47. Susan Lee August 20, 2010 at 7:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Just heard you mention Kefalonia and comment how beautiful you found it. I think everyone i have spoken to that have visited the island agree. We loved it so much after quite a few years of visiting for holidays,we moved lock stock and barrel to this wonderful place.We absoloutly love the greek life. We did eventually move back to England(the pull of the grandchildren),but we still visit every year,mainly to visit our “Greek famiy”. Even sometimes visisting out of season to spend Greek Easter with them. Which is an experience in itself.!!
    Beautiful island beautiful people.If we could we would be back there like a shot.We even had a marriage blessing on Lourdas beach last year!!! Glad you enjoyed it.

  48. Christine Coombe September 11, 2010 at 11:27 am -  Reply

    Dying to go the Kefalonia but I hear it is very hilly and my husband is disabled. Is this true.
    You looked great in that grey dress with crossover over bust on Thursday. Where did it come from hope QVC so I can order it. Luv all commentators on QVC you all have your own lovely personalities. Love James the model best though???

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