In the footsteps of Gerald Durrell
English zoologist Gerald Durrell wrote about Corfu. Thanks to its ingenious and exciting sketches of the life on the island that described myrtle groves, chafer, turtles, azure sea, afternoon sleep under the shade of olive and carefree atmosphere of happiness.
Despite the fact that the beauty of the island captivated many famous people like Goethe and Oscar Wilde, Durrell has made the greatest contribution to the popularization of this paradise. The whole world has rediscovered the fabulous Corfu thanks to his trilogy «My family and other animals» first published in 1956.
Many years later, in 2006, the island's authorities have noted that contribution by renaming Boschetto Park in honor of Durrells. His brother Lawrence Durrell, the famous English writer, had also dedicated a book «Prospero's cell» to Corfu. This book was translated to many languages.
Gerald wanted to write a book about the rich nature of the island, but, letting the first page of their loved ones, it turned into almost a collection of anecdotal stories about the life of a mad Englishmen family among the simple natives.
When in 1936, Durrell family came to the island, it was untouched by modern civilization. There were no gas and electricity in the island. Sewage was built by Napoleon Bonaparte and has never repaired. Thats why many days of searches have gone on to find a suitable house, which would have a bathroom.
Accustomed to the modern benefits British family had to fight with a lot of domestic problems. There was no medicine on the island so the illnesses were treated with traditional methods. But even these flaws could not overshadow the obvious Corfu advantages: a fantastic climate, beautiful and varied landscapes, the abundance of cheap fruit and vegetables, extremely funny, cheerful and temperamental Aborigines that have traditionally worshiped by the British, and called Gerry «little Lord».
Many changes have occurred since that time. Thetourist’s interest increased, so the infrastructure had grown, although it was considered too wild place to relax for pampered Europeans for a long time. Comfortable hotels, souvenir shops, museums and other tourist attractions had appeared on the island. But the main treasure of the island are people.
The main attraction of Corfu are monasteries and Orthodox churches. The most magnificent of them is St. Spyridon — the one in which the older sister of Gerald, Margo kissed the urn with the relics to the great dismay of their mother.
This unique corner of the world is filled with tourists from various countries. Corfu offers a vacation for any size families: a water park and entertainment for children, romantic vacations with nice cozy restaurants for couples, active excursions, cruises and tours for youth.