Good walking shoes.
Very good walking shoes,because on a island there's a lot to go up to and the same to go down. Very good suncream.
Mosquito killer. Have always your camera with you,you never know. Have always 1 bottle of water with you, you can buy them on each corner and it's very cheap in Corfu.
In the beginning it looked a cute small café, we wouldnt suppose to stop but we liked the location on the small alley where a small terrace is packed with some outdoor tables (pic).
The service is slow though, the girl came and when I asked for the menu she said “there isn’t any, we only have the usual!". Although, I didn’t like her answer, I asked for a lemonade(2.5e) and she brought a orarge juice..! Hm…
At least the cold chocolate (3e) was the cold chocolate we asked for. We didn’t stay long here…
Olive groves in the center of Corfu
I love olive groves and on Corfu, they are plenty! These series of photos were taken inland, in the northern part of the island, which receives lesser visits from tourists than the coasts and thus has better kept its character. This was just a midday stop for a quick snack made of tomatoes and … olives under the shade of the olive trees (first photo).
The second photo shows a shelter for the horses, made with reeds.
The third photo shows one of these horses.
The wine we drunk!
"Wine Of Thebes - 1999"
This wine comes from the region around Thebes in Central Greece. In ancient times Thebes was famous for its wines. Kourtakis, at its state of the art winery at Ritsona nearby, is aiming to re-establish their fame.
At the end of 19th century, Vassilis Kourtakis (1865-1946) established a small winery at Markopoulo, in the very heart of the Mesogia and of the Attica vineyards. He was the first Greek ever to obtain a Diploma in Oenology in Greece and was thought-of as the "doctor" who ensured quality in the production of wine.
Today, 100 years after the company's establishment, the family business has grown into the largest wine producing and bottling operation in Greece having wineries - apart from the original and much enlarged establishment at Ritsona - in Markopoulo, Crete and at Patras in the Peloponnese.
This Wine Of Thebes is the result of the skilful blending of selected imported and native grape varieties growing in the region nearby Ritsona. It's bottled in Markopoulo. It offers a medium bodied, well-rounded wine to go with meat or pasta dishes.
The women of Tanagra, a Boeotian city east of Thebes, tell that they went to the sea to wash themselves and a Triton attacked them as they were swimming. As it was just before the festival of Dionysus 2 they prayed that the god would come to their aid, and they affirm he did, overcoming the Triton in the fight. But another account, which appears more credible to some, says that the Triton used to lift all the cattle that were driven to sea and that he also attacked small vessels. The people of Tanagra then set out for him a bowl of wine and he, attracted by the smell, came and drank the wine, falling asleep on the shore. Then a man of Tanagra struck him on the neck with an axe and chopped off his head. Because the Triton was thus caught drunk, they said that Dionysus 2 killed him...
"Demestica - 2002"
The Achia Claus name is the stuff of legends. The history of this vineyard is very charming. A Bavarian called Gustav Claus liked drinking wine. He read about Greece in a book and decided to visit it. In 1854 Gustav arrived in sunny Greece and one day he reached Patras. Here he discovered a paradise of vineyards which covered the surrounding hills. Without taking much into consideration he decided to settle down in Patras where he built a castle and within its walls he made a wine factory.
Today Achia Claus annually produces 25 million bottles a year and exports to nearly 40 countries. Its portfolio consists of a staggering 70 labels, running the gamut from bulk quality products to emerging boutique styles to rare wines for only the most compelling clients and events.
This particular Demestica is said to be the highest selling rose in Greece. Whenever we are in Greece we always drink this wine, which you can buy in 1,5 liter bottles. It always gives us the ultimate Greek summer feeling! It's not an outstanding wine and may be considerd one of Achia Claus' bulk products. Still it has some nice peachiness in its fruity taste.
"Dionysos - 2002"
What to think about this wine? We were at the shop and had a look at the label. Everything was written down in the Greek language and the only thing we could discover that we did understand was "Table dry red wine". We asked the local salesman, but his English was as bad as our Greek :) So we just bought it anyway and tried is ... it was okay.
Once back in our apartement we asked around and someone translated the label. This together with our tatsing experience gave the following conclusion. This wine is selected of traditional Greek red grape varieties, from mild climate vineyards. Its made at the Dionysos Winery after a very strict quality control. The modern red-wine-vinification, the temperature control fermentation, and the maturity under favourable conditions, develop delicate, friendly tannines and a boquet with potent fruity flavours.
It's a perfect partner for grill, game, meat dishes with red sauces and spicy cheeses. Do serve at room temperature (18-20 C).