The right cover for many situations
Wear walking boots and long pants, if you are planning to walk through nature. There are moskitos and SNAKES.
Bring a rain coat, if the month is a rainy one. Rain gets bad!!
Gentleman wear long pants in churches, chaples and in all restaurants, also in your hotel for dinner!!! Ladys cover knees, shoulders and arms in exactly the same places. PLEASE DO SO, otherwise you are considered VERY IMPOLITE!!!! Bring one warm jumper or blanket, and a torch. If heavy rainfall sets in, electricity oftenly breaks down, and it becomes cold (heating breaks down), and light´s out ( therefore the torch). Our hotel provided unvoluntary candle light dinner in lack of electricity, you could hardly find the food on the plate! It can get cold there, and the bed sheet oftenly is only very thin. Therefore: bring something warm, too.
This could be a hotel tip but its not! We went up there to see the amazing view from Kaizer’s Throne and then we realized that there is this hotel near by (pic 3 shows the hotel as seen from Kaizer’s throne). They have an amazing outdoor place with tables where you enjoy your drink.
The gorgeous view is the reason for many people that come here just to sit for a coffee/drink and watch the amazing sunset (this explains also the name in case you wonder).
I guess the nice pool (pic 2) is a good reason for some people to spend some calm holidays up here.
Kassiopi, is a small village that many tourists prefer for more calm holidays that in the center. It has many rooms with nice view to the sea (the village faces Albania) but also many restaurants, pubs and sea activities so some people that don’t want to move a lot prefer Kassiopi as a base.
It was probably founded form Epirus king Pyrros (3rd century BC) and was one of the rich towns during the roman period.
We found a small peaceful café and then we walked along the small port, there is a small monument-war memorial(pic 1) but we loved the small boats that locals use for fishing (pic 2) and further down I noticed some other that were repairing/painting theirs (pic 3).
Then we checked the relics of the byzantine castle. The Normans occupied the castle in 1081 and used it as a base for their attacks against the Byzantine empire. The castle was destroyed by Venetians when they occupied Corfu in 1386.
You can see the walls over the houses (pics 4-5) most of them are covered by olive trees.
If you have some time check the church Panagia Kassopitra (also a monastery) that was built over an old roman temple(Kasius Deus) which means it is used as holy place for more than 2000 years. The first Christian church was destroyed by Barbarosa but the one we see today was built in 1580. It has some nice paintings from 17th century. The litany of the Virgin’s painting is taking place on May 8 to commemorate a miracle that the legend says that a blind child found the light when worshiped the painting! That was back in May 8, 1530.
Although there are some buses from Corfu town there aren’t many of them so it’s much better to drive there
Diary of a Madman.
"How we won't forget any details!"
“Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.”
~ Samuel Johnson, 1775 ~
Whenever we undertake a journey to a particular country we always want to know all about the surroundings, it’s history, it’s culture, which cities to visit, which hikes to undertake, et cetera. In advance to the journey we browse over the internet to get certain information and read travel books just to make sure we won’t miss out on anything.
Once we’re travelling we like to talk to the local people about their own country, their own region and those conversations will retrieve lots of extra information about some beautiful spots to visit, the ultimate restaurant or sometimes a particular area to avoid.
Ever since we had our own personal travel site an this one at Virtual Tourist we like not only to undertake the journey, but also write about it for everyone to enjoy. Just to make sure we won’t forget the details of our journey we write is all down in a diary. We have given the dairy the name “Diary of a madman” and it contains all the information we have gathered. We like to make the diary more beautiful to glue in some pictures out of folders and also the entrance tickets to museums, National Parks, bus tickets, et cetera.
This way we’re able to tell all our friends about our travels. For Virtual Tourist we can reproduce all the information for (hopefully) solid tips with lots of good details that will help you in your travels. Besides that it’s always fun to read about a journey we took for example 7 or 8 years ago and read about what we exactly did and how we experienced it. We also have managed to keep in touch with the local people we talked to and do nourish these contacts. On this Travelogue of Virtual Tourist you can see some pages out of the Diary of a madman and have an impression on how it looks. Enjoy!
"Or should we call it a scrapbook?"
The dictionary says about a diary:”A diary or journal is a book for writing discrete entries arranged by date reporting on what has happened over the course of a day or other period.”
We guess that this qoute says it all what we want to accomplish by writing a dairy during our journeys. The diary plays a huge role in many aspects of our trips. We’re listing the weather of each day and write about daily personal events. Besides that we make quick notes about specific facts we hear from the locals or read in papers. Whenever we’re back at the spot we stay, we translate the notes into a story of the day. It’s really a from of hobby writing and together with the pictures, entrance tickets and other stuff we glue in it we might refer it something similar to the term "scrapbooking."