PHOTO OF THE DAY
31 December 2010
It’s only in Corfu (or maybe all of Greece) that I see Santa Claus working overtime. The morning of New Year’s eve, he and some friends went from house to house singing Christmas carols. I took this picture from our apartment balcony.
30 December 2010
We went picking some clementines today, courtesy of a friend’s mother-in-law who invited me to her farm and I felt it was one of the happiest days of my life! I just love farms, clelmentines and all the bounty of this land, picked by my own hands!!
29 December 2010
28 December 2010
27 December 2010
26 December 2010
This is a matchbox cover that I find very cute. This is “Barba-Giorgos” or Uncle George. It is an odd character from the greek countryside. He is bigger and stronger than anybody, and the turks fear him. He is good hearted and rich and owns a lot of property and ships. On the other hand he is very stingy.
25 December 2010
After eating our Christmas lunch at home, we went to Corfu town to do some people-watching as we are sure everybody would like to do a lot of walking after a Christmas eve of feasting:
24 December 2010
I always walk past this plant of a neighbour’s front garden and noticed the leaves similar that of a gladiola and wondered how could this bulb be growing in this European winter, but of course, we are in Corfu where the climate is very mild. This morning, I noticed that the flowers have shot up and it is so beautiful…..such perfect symmetry!
23 December 2010
A visit to Sissy’s Palace, Corfu
22 December 2010
It’s normal in Corfu to see vehicles plying the road without number plates! Some reason we found is, they can’t or won’t pay the tax for changing plates, especially if the car is non-Greece registered.
21 December 2010
20 December 2010
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19 December 2010
Tonight we held our Anglo-Greco-Philippine Christmas Party at home and what a blast we had – playing foolish (and childish) games that brought the apartment down!! After some calm and quiet, H entertained everyone with his mandolin repertoire. The party was a big success! how do I know? because everyone was still bursting in laughter till the next day!
18 December 2010
17 December 2010
16 December 2010
15 December 2010
We were on our way to our favorite taverna when we came across the Jewish church of Corfu and noticed the little plastic tube fixed on the right side of the main door. My sister-in-law who was with us said that it is the Mezuzah and it contains some chapters of the Torah (similar to bible for Christians). Naturally, I googled the whole thing and here is what I found:
The Requirement of Mezuzah: Any Jew, man or woman, who lives in an apartment or house is required to place Mezuzos on the doorposts of his or her home. It is not the obligation of the landlord or landlady. It is the obligation of the person living there.
On the doorposts of every Observant-Jewish home, you will find a little rectangular case. Inside that case is a Mezuzah. It’s there because the Torah commands us to affix a Mezuzah on each doorpost in our homes.
What is a Mezuzah? In brief, a Mezuzah is two chapters from the Torah written (in Hebrew, of course) on a piece of parchment. The parchment is then rolled into a scroll, wrapped in paper or plastic, usually inserted into a hard-plastic or metal case, and affixed to the doorpost.
Excerpts from: Being Jewish
The essence of the mitzvah of Mezuzah is the concept of the Oneness of G-d. The very first verse written on the Mezuzah is the Shema: “Hear oh Israel, the L-rd is our G-d, the L-rd is One.” When we pass a doorpost, we touch the Mezuzah and remember that G-d is One: a Oneness that is perfect and unique, a Oneness that is not one of many, nor one of a species. G-d is One without parts, partners, copies, or any divisions whatsoever.
Excerpts from: Being Jewish
We had our lunch in our favorite taverna in town and since it was only 12:30pm (the Greeks take their lunch starting at 2pm) it was still too early for our favorite moussaka or stuffed tomatoes, but they have this fish cooked in the traditional Greek tomato sauce and we simply adore it! So far, we love all the Greek cuisine we’ve have had!
Just when we are running away from the snow, it seems to be catching up on us! I think it is time to move downwards even more…to Turkey perhaps? Oh well, we will be in the Middle East in January, not too long now.
Here is the snow-capped mountains of Albania as seen from our apartment window. Driving into Corfu town, you will see a longer range of these mountains covered in snow…it’s like Switzerland!
14 December 2010
It’s eleven days to Christmas and this is a good time to go people- and decor-watching in Corfu town:
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13 December 2010
It’s always a great delight walking around Corfu town. The mixed influence of Italy, Britain and France – all had their hands in invading the island – had created a wonderful fusion of architecture that makes it the most beautiful island of Greece….
12 December 2010
Today, Sunday, is the feast of St Spiridion, the patron saint of Corfu so the church was packed with people, queueing up to the altar to get a glimpse of the corpse of the Saint which is displayed to his devotees 3 times a year: in August, April (Easter) and December. And since Saint Spridion takes the name “Spiros”, all Greek boys with that name celebrate their Name Day today and their families and relatives gather around for some feast like it’s a real birthday celebration!
11 December 2010
“Ambrosia” in Greek means “food for the gods”. On the photo is Baklava, a famous Greek patisserie, and I must say, the word Ambrosia is a fitting word for it! For 2-euros, the divine taste is truly ambrosiac!
10 December 2010
I believe this succulent has sharp edges that could stab anyone trying to uproot it much less lift it into the boot of a car. This is the beauty of taking my camera anywhere I go, surprises arise just about from everywhere! (Corfu town)
09 December 2010
Here’s a weather-proof car that is green (uses electricity) and thin (practical in driving through the narrow alleys of Corfu town). The only thing is, it is exclusive for the physically disabled.
08 December 2010
“Gymnasio” in Greek, means School (for Lower Secondary students).
This is the school where I attend free Greek language class three times a week, totalling to 9 hours per week. It is sponsored by the EU and is offered to any non-speaking Greek. I found too that more language and activity classes are offered in the same school, so as soon as I become fluent, I might give a try on Italian and African Dance!
7 December 2010
Driving to Corfu town is quite a mess but when the scenery is like this, you start to forget your cursing and pick your camera instead. This is the old fortress built by the Venetians in the 15th century.
6 December 2010
The monastery of Pantokrator and the Mouse Island, a famous postcard scene in Corfu
5 December 2010
This is not just any ordinary conference room. It belongs to the Catholic church in Corfu town and is the venue for the Sunday Greek language course offered by them, for free, supposedly for non-Greek residents only but they are not that strict as they allow almost anyone who just wants to learn the language. The religious paintings make you feel you are in a museum somewhere in Italy..
4 December 2010
The most delicious marmalade I have ever tasted is cooked out of clementine courtesy of our very generous and amiable neighbour, Amelia, a Greek mother of 25 whose pastime is cooking (as seen in her voluptuous anatomy) and doing the laundry (you know she is there when her terrace is all-covered with her nice-smelling newly-washed clothes) in between going home to her village (uprooted only when she got married). It was the season of clementine a couple of weeks ago and you can buy them for as cheap as 50 centimes a kilo.
03 December 2010
02 December 2010
While the upper part of mainland Europe are going through heavy snowfall, we, in Greece, particularly in Corfu, are enjoying the mild weather. Thank heavens! That’s the reason why are here, to escape the freezing winter as usual!
01 December 2010