Posted by: travelrat | February 13, 2018

A Bit About A Book


Before I go anywhere, I like to read up on the place as much as I can. Not necessarily guide books; they’re really for randomly dipping into for the information you need, rather than reading from cover to cover. Narrative … even fictional narrative … is more welcome.

When I returned from Corfu, in my library browsings afterwards, I found Greek Walls, by John Waller, and I really wish I’d found it before I went. It’s an account, spread over four decades, of how he and his wife built a house on Corfu … or rather, had it built for them. Not that I intend building a house on Corfu; I already knew of the labyrinthine procedures involved from Blue Skies and Black Olives by John Humphrys. However, I’m not going to discuss Greek building regulations here. Just take my word they make soccer’s offside rule seem childishly simple.

Where the book excels is giving some idea of how the island developed since he first arrived in the 1960s. Then, it was almost like Gerald Durrell portrayed it in The Corfu Trilogy.

There’s only one thing that disappointed me slightly. I was really proud of the picture I took of the Xalikiopoulos Lagoon and Mouse Island from Kanoni. The book informed me that, even as far back as the 60s, it was regarded as clichéd, and that’s something I try to avoid, if I can. But, in this case, I don’t care … I like the picture, anyway.



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  2. Don’t worry about cliches, just take photos of what you like! I’ve got dozens of Mouse Island. And I like sitting at a bar overlooking the end of the runway watching all the planes coming and going.
    Thanks for the book recommendation, I also like finding books about Greece. I’ve just started ‘a place in Corfu’ by Emma Tennant.

    • Hi, Georgie!

      I found out the other day that Gerald Durrell’s ashes were scattered on Mouse Island … a place he loved!

      • How interesting! I never knew this, thanks!

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