Greetings from a beautiful Autumnal Corfu. An
exciting and news packed newsletter this month - especially the launch of
our new villa and accommodation business: agni-travel.com.
September has been a little wet, but an enjoyable month. More on all
of this later. I had some problems sending out last month's newsletter.
If you missed out and have not read it then please do:
After last month's celebrity visit by 'Noel
Edmonds', I thought it would be a struggle to do better! I needn't
worried as 'Fatos Nanos' was soon in Noel's place! Fatos who? You cry. Even
I had to search CNN for an answer - he is the president of Albania!
The party arrived on a large ketch, escorted
by two Greek naval gunboats. Within seconds of them anchoring in the bay, two commandos in a rigid raider came skimming across the water to
our jetty. Fortunately, there were only a few people in the Taverna as it
was around 6pm - normally the kitchen is closed! We watched in amazement as
they stealthy searched the beach for 'terrorists' among the sun beds, while
clutching automatic weapons with dangling hand grenades to the ready.
Another boat came to the jetty with a host of officials. After a brief
introduction, I was told they needed a quiet table for dinner. I nearly
said 'sorry you need a reservation' but by this stage I was being eyed up by
a huge, gun wielding, scar faced commando! They wanted a table for
eight, away from the already arriving evening diners and another table for
the bodyguards - who promptly ate and drank more than anyone. We
provided a large meze seafood spread - including of course our Albanian
mussels. They now have the presidents seal of approval! Four hours
later, Fatos wanted to meet the kitchen staff - some of whom are Albanian.
Later he signed our visitors book with the following entry:
"Delighted to taste the spirit of Taverna
Agni. Best wishes, Fatos Nanos. 06.09.02"
Did he pay? Yes - by credit card!
September is always a such a beautiful month.
The island starts to loose its tourist grip and returns to its quieter
natural self. This month though it rained - although it was not cold. Even in the rain,
many enjoyed themselves.
At the end of the month we watched the annual round
the island powerboat race.
As many of you may know, the lovely Tuula
has been helping me with the website. She has updated many of the resort
guide notes and is continuing to help with our new venture. The site though
has suffered a little during the month at the hands of a determined hacker. I
seem to have plugged the leaks now and fixed the problems they caused. Now
that the Taverna is quieter, I am planning a great site re-vamp. I am
changing the look and feel of the site - including the navigation. I also
have lots more content to add. My new digital camera - a Fuji 602Z, bought
over by my parents, takes stunning shots and I look forward to using it and
adding the pictures.
Now at eleven
months. She is walking about six steps or so on her own - occasionally
clutching chairs and furniture for support.
Perithia is a deserted village. It is located high up, off the main road between
Acharavi. It is strange driving in the mountains, coming across this deserted village with a few sheep and a
couple of Tavernas in the middle! It is interesting walking around just wondering about those who used to live there.
HOW TO GET THERE BY CAR
the main coastal road out of Kassiopi, continue on this road until you reach
the EKO petrol service station, this will be on your left and the General
tourist office is opposite on your right, you will see the signposts for
Loutses and Old Perithia, the turning is on your left immediately after the
service station. Follow the road up to new Perithia, this is not far, turn
left at the fork in the road, you will see the signs, go through the new
on this road up the mountain to Old Perithia, you will pass through Loutses on
your way. The road is narrow in parts and extremely windy so go
careful!!Driving up the mountain side you will witness spectacular views all
around you as you climb up to the village of
Broken down houses line the roadside. In faded sun bleached shades of
summer offset by the brightly coloured flowers in hot pinks, oranges and red
tones. Take time to look at the traditional Greek
Loutses. Stop off for a cold drink in the local Taverna there,
the welcome will be as warm as the drinks are cold.
continue on your way up, up and up!! Winding through the hills, lush green
vegetation of olive and cypress trees surrounds you, contrasting with the
stark grey of the stone and rocks on the mountain side. The road starts to
trail down after the climb, there nestling between the mountains almost valley
like in appearance is the village of
A secret place of years gone by. Perithia was built in
Byzantine times around the 14th century when people fled their
coastal homes in fear of the pirates raiding their coastal villages. Even when
this threat subsided the villagers were still not able to return to their
original villages and homes due to an outbreak of malaria carrying mosquitoes.
Old Perithia grew and boasted eight churches, each one belonging to a
different family in the village. There was a school, a police station and even
a court. Over 1,500 people lived in Perithia.
the village was made part of the
of Kassiopi. As tourism developed, down on the coast, more of the village
inhabitants and families moved down to the 'new' coastal resorts. By 1955 the
village was occupied only during the summer months. After these months the
remaining villagers would come down to their olive groves to harvest their
crops. By 1975 most of the villagers had moved further down the mountain and
only a few remained.
there are six people who live in the old village throughout the whole year,
they tend the local crops and look after live stock.
Tavernas sit in the main village square. Walk through the roughly cobbled
paths to find them.
Sit and sample the real taste of Greece, in Foros Taverna or
the Old Perithia Taverna. Spend time talking to the Taverna owners as I did,
they will enlighten you, giving you an insight to Perithias past. As you sit
in the square overlooking the terrace gardens and the now empty houses,
reflect on how once they were full of life. Most of Perithia's houses now
stand empty and abandoned, broken down shutters at the windows and crumbling
stone walls, bright blue sky shines through holes in roofs. Houses full of
memories for the families that built them and still mainly own them. Take a
walk around the village, venturing out further to get a feel of this amazing
piece of Corfiot history.