Restaurant in Agios Stefanos
Little Prince is the restaurant of a hotel by the same name. It's very popular among tourists, the food is good and the service friendly. Little Prince is located in Agios Stefanos (the one in the north, next to Arillas), near the beach. We tried pork gyro plate, served with pita bread, green salad, tzatziki and chips.
Palace of Saints Michael & George
The palace of Saints Michaels & George is an impressive building in Georgian rhythm by maltese stones. The main entrance is fronted by a long colonnade in Doric style. There are two tall gateways on both ends, we crossed many times from the one at the left that leads to the harbor. On the upper part of the building are many symbols of the Ionian islands (Corfu is shown as a ship).
The palace was built in 1819 (it was completed in 1823) by Sir George Whimore during the british occupation of the island. The bronze statue in front made by P.Prosalentis showing the second English governor F.Adams(he constructed the city’s water supply). The building first was the headquarters of the Order of Saints Michael & George and then it was used as the summer palace for the greek king between 1864 and 1913.
The reason to visit the interior of the palace is that it houses the Archive of the Ionian Senate, the Corfu Public Library(with more than 60,000 books) and the Corfu Museum of Asian Art. The collection includes more than 10,000 exhibits, most of them donated by Gregory Manos(in 1919) that collected them from Japan, China and other asian countries. Some other rich people like N.Chatzivasiliou(in 1974) and C.Chiotakis(in 1980) donated some art works too. I got bored with the many porcelains but I liked the Japanese masks for the theatre, some Chinese statuettes from 7th century, and I found interesting the samurai’s suits and armours.
The museum is open daily 8.30-15.00 (closed on Mondays) and the entrance fee is 3euro.
The palace also houses (at the east wing) the Municipal Gallery (see next tip)
Corfu, a noble lady
"Agios Gordis, Corfu"
Agios Gordis is one of the most beautiful beaches and areas in Corfu, on the west side of the island.
"Kalami bay, Corfu"
Everybody heard for Mr. Lawrence Durrell, famous English writer. From the 1935 until 1939 he lived at this very special place in Corfu, Greece. At this place, called Kalami, he wrote "Prospero cell" novel. At the stone house behind me (White house) he lived at the 70 m2 apartment which can be rented now for reasonable money. In memory of Mr. Durrell this apartment is named "Prospero Cell".
"The Platia, laid out with its great arches to resemble the Rue de Rivoli by French Architects in the early days of the French Occupation of Corfu, was the hub of the island. Here you would sit at little tables under the arches or beneath the shimmering trees and, sooner or later, you would see everyone on the island and hear every facet of every scandal. One sat there drinking quietly and, sooner or later, all the protaganists in the drama were washed up at one's table.
THE GARDEN OF THE GODS © Gerald Durrell 1978
"Gerald describes the Liston, the famous terrace fronted by arches, where in the morning and evening the cafes remain the centre of the island's social life. In later visits to Corfu, both Lawrence and Gerald would "hold court" at the Corfu Bar, known then as the "HQ" for gossip, assignations and celebrity spotting. The Corfu Bar, now called simply "Liston", is located in the middle of the arcade, to the left, as you face it, of the dividing road."
- In the Footsteps of Lawrence Durrell and Gerald Durrell in Corfu (1935-1939)
© Hilary Whitton Paipeti 1998