The municipal Gallery is housed in St Michael’s & George’s Palace. The entrance (pic1) is from the back side through the small park on the right of the palace. The entrance fee is only 2 euros including entrance for the 2 exhibitions (permanent and temporary). Photography isn’t allowed inside, pic 2 just shows part of one of the rooms at the permanent exhibition.
There are 9 different rooms that house the permanent collection, it is not big which was nice because I could spend more time and enjoy it more. The most famous paintings are “Kapodistrias’ murder” made by Ch.Pahis and the “Arab musician” my P.Prosalentis
The temporary collection is housed on the front side of the Palace, it’s much smaller but some times really interesting. During March/April 2010 I saw Ntemi Kaia’s collection. It was called “With Eyes Opened” focusing on peoples stare/glance and it was really interesting but unfortunately photography wasn’t allowed so I can’t show you any of her work but only the poster (pic 3).
There is also a small gallery downstairs where you can go for free. Pics 4-5 are from that gallery (you can take pics there)
"The Cheapest Holiday Destination"
This was certainly the cheapest holiday destination for our "spending" money! It seemed to go a very long way....
We hired a jeep for 3 days and covered the island. We all adored Sidari, the resort we stayed in, and thought the Zafiris apartment complex was fine. We had a 2 bedroom apartment and the complex was right on the edge of the resort, overlooking the Canal d'amour.
"Day trip to Albania"
We took advantage of a daytrip by ferry to Albania, which is very close to Corfu. The ferry goes from Corfu town. The crossing was a bit on the rough side and the port of Saranda was very run down looking with a few sunken vessels.
We had to go through a long process of getting our entry visas, all scrutinised by three odd looking guys who looked like they would prefer we just went away again. Passports were stamped by a guy with one arm (wonder if he is still around)... We visited some Byzantine ruins and the ampitheatre, which were a great sight to behold and ended off the day by having our picnic lunch served to us on the beach. Fresh ham (straight from the pig) and loads of home baked bread.
"Out & About"
In the middle of Corfu old town you will find an English cricket pitch. Seems a bit odd at first but us Brits had a very big influence here for many years.
The old town is fabulous and well worth a visit.
We hated Kavos - just a scruffy street full of grotty looking bars & clubs. Everyone must have still been in bed, sleeping off the beer when we were there in the middle of the day as there was nobody to be seen.... we had lunch and scarpered.
We almost made the scuba dive but the weather intervened on our way to Ipsos. We were hit by a tremendous storm, which stopped the coach as we were making our way down from the mountain road. A wall of water and hailstones shook the whole coach from side to side! The sea was so churned up and cloudy that it was unsafe to dive that day.
When we got back to Sidari, we found that our resort had received the brunt of the storm and particularly our apartments as they were situated high above the Canal d'Amour. Some of our roof tiles had been ripped off by the wind, the pool had turned green from all the furniture etc that had been blown into it and the shutters on the bar looked like someone had shot at it with a shotgun. The shutters had what looked like pellet holes through it.
Then the sun came back out and you wouldn't have known anything had happened - except for the flood in our top floor apartment.
All in all, it was a great holiday and I would certainly like to go back again one day.