Well, children, are you sitting comfortably? and if you remember this phrase,you are the same age as me!
For me, it waas fortytwo years ago this month, I first went to what is now, my beloved Corfu. I think. How much of a saga do you guys want?
I had suffered unfair dismissal from my job at Horizon Holidays, and my dear dad took pity on my grizzling, and gave me the fare to go to Corfu to, obstensibly, look after my sisters baby while she worked at her travel representative job. Now she has her own memoirs, and memories, so we may differ here on timelines and events.
I booked to travel by Minitrek, anyone remember them? to Athens, and picked up the coach at Marylebone Station on a Friday morning. Actually they still owe me the return trip. My dad saw me off and away we trundled, nonstop to Athens. Through Belgium, Yugoslavia and Greece, to the lavender light of evening in Athens. My sister met me, and we stayed overnight in a hotel, possibly the Estia Emboron,in the spice district. Fabulous smells, I still go wobbly at the smell of thyme and sage (and onions in a big chicken for supper), but I digress. We flew to Corfu next day, into a lifetime of memories and love, for it was there I met my future, and still is, husband! But that's another tale, worthy of a novel. Any ghost writers out there interested?
My husband was working on a yacht, in The New Port, and the only buildings there then were a row of shops and The Ionion Hotel. I stayed there many times in later years. Got locked in the loo one night, about three in the morning, and feebly shouted help, and who should just be coming by, but my sister! We called it the One Onion.(How childish)!
The shops were the only buildings there at the time, and we frequented a souvenier store run by Vicki and Costas.
Business on the boyfriends yacht was slow, so one day, a crowd of Dutch ,English and family set sail for Kassiopi. The yacht was La Vague, a sixty footer, and we went under sail, fantastic experience. I dont know now if there was a road into Kassiopi then (1967), but we sailed in, to the two houses and a taverna for the locals. After lunch, we organised a climb up to the Fortress. Actually climbed through the thyme smelling undergrowth to its top. I seem to remember a stone strewn courtyard and a well-head, but since I once attemped a novel set there, I could be quite wrong.
So, two houses in Kassipioi! But the essence of Corfu will never change - the sights, scents and the experience of rounding another turn in the road and gasping - oh!
There's more if you are interested children, forgive the term of endearment.
Do I need to say 'this is my words and I claim copyright? Enjoy!
Message posted by Lavinia on 19 April 2009 at 8:58pm - IP Logged
Message posted by zachmummy on 20 April 2009 at 12:58am - IP Logged
Amazing stories!!! - I was born at least 60 years too late - would love to be able to travel back in time to then.... I've only been going to Greece for 20 years - but would love to have visited in the times you describe so vividly.
back to Dassia 2 weeks tomorrow!!!
Message posted by rhinofan on 20 April 2009 at 9:53am - IP Logged
Everything that's been said would make an exeptional read, I think that the man who wrote Greek Walls,John Waller is now in Corfu, and has a publishing co, I may be mistaken. It might be worth investigating.
I have read many books about people and life in Corfu,can't get enough.
Good luck with your writing, look forward to reading the final work
Message posted by rhinofan on 20 April 2009 at 10:15am - IP Logged
I have not been on the forum for a while, but have enjoyed reminiscing with you about old times. I started the thread: 25 years ago and old friends (now 28 years ago!) Not as far back as some of you, but you might want to read some of the contributions.
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