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Offline kevin-beverly

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Re: A to Z - Photographs of Arillas and Corfu
« Reply #2040 on: November 12, 2016, 11:27:50 AM »


Hi All

V FOR VIDOS PRISON

 


The small, wooded isle of Vidos lies just half a mile from Corfu Town's Old Port, allowing you to glimpse the
historical buildings of the Old Town and St. Spiridon's church, framed by pine trees and clear blue sea. Known in ancient times as the Island of Hera, sister of Zeus and goddess of marriage, the seemingly tranquil paradise of Vidos has lived through much history. Under Venetian rule, which dominated Corfu Greece from the 15th century to the early 18th century, tunnels were built linking Vidos with the main island. Criminals were tried at the Old Fortress in Corfu Town, and then transported through the tunnels to Vidos island , which was once Corfu's 'Alcatraz'

The isolated remains of the prison and its solitary confinement area can still be found today. Vidosisland had
always been a strategic point in Corfu's defences, and following the departure of the Venetians, Vidos island was fortified under French governance. Vidos also gained its name from the French. The last foreign power in Corfu was the British, who turned Vidos into an almost impenetrable fortress, before destroying their own and all the previous fortifications on their departure. They also demolished the church of Agios Stefanos, which had been built by the
Saints Jason and Sosipatros. A final chapter in Vidos' island history came during the First World War.

By following forest paths, you can discover the haunting Serbian Mausoleum, monument to some 1,232 Serbian soldiers who lost their lives to plague and starvation while defending Corfu's freedom. Inside, all of the soldiers are commemorated and offerings of flowers and candles are strewn amongst the photographs and memories.
A memorial book is also provided for those who wish to add their gratitude and thoughts. Today, the island of Vidos is a more peaceful escape, and a favourite amongst Greeks and tourists alike. The pine-strewn paths lead you through the island's history, but also to its present beauty. Stunning, secluded beaches and quiet forest spots can be found, as well as a sole taverna at which you can enjoy the traditional food and spectacular view across the sea to Corfu Town.

Another point of interest is a beautiful old house, which was used in the filming of 'Fedora', a 1970s film set in
Corfu and starring Michael York. Vidos also accommodates the Kerkyra Bird and Wildlife sanctuary, and you will come across the wild rabbits, pheasants and goats who call Vidos home as you explore Corfu island.
Many resorts on the East coast of Corfu offer organised excursions to Vidos island , but it is also possible to visit the
island using a regular boat service from Corfu Town's (Kerkyra)Old Port

I would love to go down in to the tunnels

kevin



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Re: A to Z - Photographs of Arillas and Corfu
« Reply #2041 on: November 12, 2016, 11:56:33 AM »
Thanks Kev-bev for that wonderful posting.  I was completely unaware of Vidos and it intriguing history so, not for the first time, have learned something new.
So now we go on to 'W' and my entry is WAVES breaking over the jetty at Arillas on 14th September 2012 after a storm.



Corfu Arillas The bench in heavy weather
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Re: A to Z - Photographs of Arillas and Corfu
« Reply #2042 on: November 12, 2016, 06:18:13 PM »
X is for fire extinguisher needed. Cheating a bit I know but X is xspecially difficult.


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Re: A to Z - Photographs of Arillas and Corfu
« Reply #2043 on: November 12, 2016, 07:40:50 PM »


Hi Sonia
I agree x is to hard was that in the Kaloudis

Kevin




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Re: A to Z - Photographs of Arillas and Corfu
« Reply #2044 on: November 12, 2016, 08:05:30 PM »
No, it was in the Little Prince in San Stefanos. They have Geek dancing there ever night and the food is excellent and very reasonably priced.

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Re: A to Z - Photographs of Arillas and Corfu
« Reply #2045 on: November 13, 2016, 11:17:52 AM »


Hi All

Y FOR YOUNGSTERS HAVING FUN

 

KEVIN



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Re: A to Z - Photographs of Arillas and Corfu
« Reply #2046 on: November 13, 2016, 02:10:56 PM »
Time to be imaginative for 'Z', so I've gone ZOOLOGICAL with this lizard - the Dalmatian Algyroides, which I photographed on our balcony at the Horizon Hotel while staying there in June 2007



lizard Dalmatian Algyroides
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Pat
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Re: A to Z - Photographs of Arillas and Corfu
« Reply #2047 on: November 13, 2016, 10:59:09 PM »
A is for alley in Pagi.


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Re: A to Z - Photographs of Arillas and Corfu
« Reply #2048 on: November 14, 2016, 09:02:08 AM »


Hi All

B FOR BENCH
As you come out of the Kaloudis
kevin



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Re: A to Z - Photographs of Arillas and Corfu
« Reply #2049 on: November 14, 2016, 05:01:01 PM »
that's my morning coffee bench!


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Re: A to Z - Photographs of Arillas and Corfu
« Reply #2050 on: November 14, 2016, 05:20:19 PM »


Hi jo
Yes we sit on the bench and just watch the world go by

Kevin



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Re: A to Z - Photographs of Arillas and Corfu
« Reply #2051 on: November 14, 2016, 05:37:39 PM »
"B FOR BENCH
As you come out of the Kaloudis"

What a beautiful picture! Who is the artist, Kevin?

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Re: A to Z - Photographs of Arillas and Corfu
« Reply #2052 on: November 14, 2016, 05:44:22 PM »
  For the letter 'C' I think we could do CLIFF - this photo was taken on 11th September 2013 shortly after a cliff rockfall buried a dozen sunbeds towards the North Beach.  Fortunately the occupants were all in the sea at the time.


Arillas Rockfall north beach
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Re: A to Z - Photographs of Arillas and Corfu
« Reply #2053 on: November 15, 2016, 12:32:01 AM »
D is for Dimitris at Romeo's , Pagi.


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Re: A to Z - Photographs of Arillas and Corfu
« Reply #2054 on: November 15, 2016, 08:32:33 AM »

Hi emeralddragon

Thank you for your comments for the photo of the bench no artist just me i have photo shop also i use lunapic it is free  http://www194.lunapic.com/editor/ it is so easy to use if anyone wants help using lunapic i will try my best to help you

kevin