Jojo: My Little Pet Compagnion!
One night, coming back after dark in my room on Paxos, I saw this shadow on the wall before switching on the light. A bit shaky of what I might find, I did turn on the light, only to see this gorgious colored tiny lizard. Of course he rushed off, but kept coming back every night for the week. He was running up and down the wall, so I called him Jojo. And he was great at keeping the insects at bay!
We enjoyed our lunch here. There are some tables outside(pic1) on the alley but we preferred to sit inside with simple but picturesque interior(pic2). You can see the foods in front of you before you order (pic 3).
All the dishes were some great simple plates, so tasty that it reminded us to homemade foods. We didn’t try any meat though but we focused on some that are based on olive oil (very typical in Greece anyway) like Arakas(6,5e), mpamies(7e), fasolakia(6,5e), gigantes(6,5e), xorta(3,5e). Pic4 shows some of them.
We washed them down with coke, water and a beer. The service was quick and helpful, not needed much information anyway as we know about these foods but they helped us with directions :)
One of the frames on the wall says:
This tavern exists since 1920. Thanks to mrs CHRISI(golden), who owned it, the tavern became very famous and the customers used to say that Chrisi had “a heart of gold” because she was very kind and friendly. People from all over the world came to taste Chrisi’s delicious meals, such as Sofrito, Pastitsada and Bourdeto which are really wroth tasting!
The red building that is located at the south end of Spianada square is the Ionios Academy. It was the first greek university that was founded in greek land the years that the Greeks were fighting against the Ottoman occupation (1821-1832) . The Academy was built by Ioannis Kapodistrias and Frederick North(earl Guilford) in 1823 (although Sir Thomas Maitland was against it) and focused on theology, belles letres, law and medicine subjects with the lessons in greek language.
When the Ionian islands connected with Greece (1864) the Academy abolished for no reason!...
The building was bombed in 1943 by Nazis but it got renovated and until today it houses part of the Ionian University.
Lord Guilford was born in February 7, 1766 in London and he was a philellenist. He was baptized Christian in Corfu (the name Georgios was given to him) and he dedicated his life (and most of his possessions) in the Academy (probably that’s why he was called Lord of the Academy).
Opposite the building you can see the statue of Ioannis Kapodistrias (pic 2), the first governor of Greece. From there you have view of the Old Fortess. More info about Kapodistrias at my next tip.
Beautiful Ionian island
"In the northwestern corner of Greece"
The island of Corfu in the northwestern corner of Greece is the greenest. With more rainfall than any other island there is a variety and abundance of plant life that makes this Ionian island in combination with its charming architecture and hospitable people a great place to visit.
"Kerkyra (Corfu Town)"
Don't forget to visit our Kerkyra (Corfu Town) site here at VT.
The narrow stone-paved streets with tall buildings, frequent archways, often hidden by the clothes that have been hung out to dry, picturesque squares, churches with elegant bell towers and mansions with elaborate balconies and hanging lanterns create a medieval atmosphere which is unique in Greece.