Μost tourists to Corfu flock to the beaches and after soaking up the sun dine simply in the local tavernas.
Back in time we did the same, except then the beaches were empty and the tavernas were mainly in Corfu Town.
Corfu has since become one of Europe’s top destinations.
As the crowds arrived.
Why didn’t we seek new paradises to call our our own?
Because the Corfiots we got to know became our friends.
In 1971, we built our minute summer house above Agios Gordis on the wild and empty west coast.
We had our problems: our retaining wall slipped down the mountain,termites
ate a room and our neighbor pumped sewage on our land!
Despite the challenges, our love for Corfu and its people grew.
Our view of Agios Gordis
and the island of Ortholithi off- shore has always been a favorite for visitors. For children the beach offers golden sand for building perfect castles: for adults the autumn storms drive boogie board on the raging surf. Other tavernas have arrived to join our beloved Theodoros’ which opened in 1960. In my opinion, heaven is still swimming as the sun goes down as newly wed
Hannah fries fish and calamari and Fotis and Tassos look after their guests
as their parents Olga and Theodoros did forty years ago.
As for my wife, heaven is just sitting under our ancient olive tree
sipping a glass of wine, watching the turn the sky red, then a visit to Theodoros.
But Corfu is more than beaches and tavernas. In spring, a carpet of flowers covers the island. Autumn is the time to explore
the beautiful villages and meet the friendly villagers who welcome
the tourist with a bunch of grapes.
Theresa Nicholas’s hardback Corfu Sketches contains descriptions of 30 villages plus water-colors and sketches of their buildings and the villagers at work. Buy some feta cheese, a few tomatoes and a fresh loaf of bread from the village shop and picnic under the olive trees.
A visit to Corfu Old Town is a must.
Now a World Heritage site, it offers fascinating walks off the tourist trail.
There are more water colors and sketches of the Old Town in Corfu Sketches with maps to led you from the historic centre along alleys trodden by locals for 700 years.
You will see the island through the eyes of an artist. She arrived on the island in 1961 and over the years captured the beauty of the buildings and the character of the people. Use Theresa’s book to take you on a journey you will always treasure or give it to another lover of Corfu for Christmas.
John Waller’s books Greek Walls and Corfu Sunset and Theresa Nicholas’s
Corfu Sketches can be bought where foreign newspapers are sold and also
from the bookshop the arches in the main tourist street in Corfu Town.