Jim & Monica
We’re home and
recovering from jet lag.
The rest of our trip went very well. We had a super week
in Turkey. The ferry
ride over was fine, just a little chaotic in Ayvalik in
customs as there were
two ferries and one customs officer was out sick, so the
line to clear
Immigration was a little long. No matter, we survived. We
Ephesus and Pammukkale, all by car before flying up to
Istanbul from Izmir.
When I get the
pictures, I'll mail them to you.
Vatera was a
wonderful and restful stop during our trip. I'm glad we
I'm so thankful to you for all your help with our
accommodation, tickets & lost items through your travel
agency and the invaluable information, which made all the
difference for our vacation.
Jim & Monica
Val & Ron Clarke
Well, its hard to think that almost 2 weeks have passed
since we returned home.
We had a really good holiday in Vatera and in Lesvos.
Thanks for making us so welcome at Madonna and for being so
helpful. I still find it surprising that the island is so
under promoted; it has such a lot to offer.
Ron took bits of movie film on our camera and we have a good
clip of two of the kittens playing on the roof beneath our
apartment! We have some other clips showing the terrapins,
I certainly miss the blue skies, since coming home the
weather has been warm but mixed - terrible flash floods in
Cornwall yesterday, people had to be airlifted to safety!
I think the worst part was the homeward journey. When we
arrived at the airport we had to join the long check-in
queue. Next, once again, the First Choice (not for food!)
culinary delight was sausages. This was our fourth flight
with them and, guess what - every meal, be it morning
or afternoon, has been sausages! I think they must have
shares in them! It certainly was a shock to the system after
the wonderful food we had in Vatera ! Then, once in
Manchester we ended up on a bus to the wrong car park and
had to come all the way back again!
Val & Ron Clarke, UK
Lucking - Friday April 23rd 2004
Dear Dimitra and
Just a quick e-mail to thank you for your help and hospitality
over the past two weeks, in Vatera. I had a fantastic time
and was very sorry to leave.
The food and service at Maria's Taverna “
” was great. She
could present a significant challenge to Delia Smith if she
ever wrote a recipe book! No complaints at all about the
evening meals. They were fantastic!! I thought the packed
lunches were fine too, especially the spinach pies.
The two tavernas we used for lunch – Taverna Duladeli in
Agiasos and Vafios Taverna in Vafios were also great. The
group really enjoyed the meals and it offered a change from
Finally, the service you provided as the Handling Agent -
Hibiscus Travel was superb. I really appreciated the way that
you handled the late arrivals at the accommodation; luggage
transfers, booking and researching the lunchtime tavernas and
smoothing ruffled feathers. It certainly made my life easier
for which I am very grateful.
I wish the Hibiscus Travel Agency the great successes it
deserves and if there is anything I can help you with, please
All the best
Conservation Officer, East Anglia
RSPB East Anglia Regional Office
From: Marc & Jacqueline - Sunday, April 18, 2004
HIBISCUS Travel & Tourism Services
Vatera – Lesvos 81 300, GR
you for your kindness during our stay at Madonna studios and
our last two days at Kalamakia.
Hereby you will find a picture as a token of our gratitude for
letting us come with you at Easter.
We went back to the church last Friday and again, just like at
Easter day, I saw only women at the balcony. Is it a
tradition that men do not go upstairs?
I eventually I quietly went upstairs to take a picture and one
of the women even encouraged me to go further to have a better
Please say hello to Dirk from us.
And tell him that Jacqueline is thrilled with the book he gave
her (she has read half of it already).
We wish you success in business.
Marc & Jacqueline
From : Angela De Coninck & Roger Tassin – Tuesday, May the 11th
Dear Mistress Maria,
We have a very good souvenir of the vacation in your beautiful
island Lesvos, the enchanting Vatera, the hospitality of the
gentle people and also the excellent meals at your taverna
We still remember that adventure ride with you, to see the
wonderful beauty of those red tulips and orchids. Many thanks
again! We send you the photos of our adventure for the memory!
Please give our greetings to Vaios and Dimitra, our excellent
hosts at Madonna Studios and your very obliging staff at your
Angela De Coninck, Brussels, Belgium &
Roger Tassin, Anderlecht, Belgium
Gijs Van Engen – Saturday May 22nd 2004
Dear Dimitra and Vaios,
Thank you for the wonderful time Sabine and I had at Madonna
Studios and Vatera.. I never thought that it could be that
beautiful. You both are very very very nice people. Even more
than that. I thought first we had a business deal but now its
friendship. Thanks for that.
Thanks again and have a good summer.
Gijs Van Engen
From: Andy Panayi – Monday June 7th 2004
Hi Dimitra, just emailing to say thanks on behalf of the old
folks. They really enjoyed themselves and were extremely
pleased with their accommodation at Avgi Studios, Skala
Mistegnon, their trips to the monasteries & churches around
Lesvos and your excellent personal services. Thanks for giving
me peace of mind while the old folks were in Lesvos.
Kingsbury, London, UK