Fishy Visit to Corfu Town

Yes I am going to harp on about the holiday stuff again and I am not going to apologise. Well, you have to make the most of the 2 week experience because it will be at least 6 to 8 months before we get the chance again!

I mentioned before about going to Corfu Town for the day to go to the fish market, it was brrrrrrrrriliant.

I wanted to go last time we were there but we never got ourselves motivated in time in the mornings, well when I say ‘we’ I really mean the gorgeous other half! He had a reoccurring morning problem, he was stuck to the bed sheets and by the time I got him free we missed the boat taxi.

The market itself was not actually all that big but the selection of fish….WOW. We bought some tuna (my favourite) one giant slab for only 8 Euros! Like all the other produce on offer it had been caught that day, the slice was huge, there was enough for six people to have a very healthy portion. I think we would have paid more like £25-£30 for the same piece here in the UK.

What I loved so much about the experience was that it was presented as it should be, freshly caught, gutted on site and laid out for purchase. No polystyrene trays, or computer generated printed price tickets and not a piece of plastic covering in sight. Just the fishmongers themselves with their work weary hands, hardened to the familiar work of their trade.

See the Swordfish, they cut off his poor head and displayed it next to the produce for sale. It is hard to convey the actual size but if you look at the till in the background it gives you a sense of scale of this mighty fish. We  had a bit of fun with the vendor miming swashbuckling Zorro style to explain in English!

There was stall after stall with trays brimming with sardines.

Squid and Octopus, which I have to admit are not my cup of tea but when they serve it to you over there it is nothing like the tough chewy stuff you are presented with here, it is as tender as a good fillet steak. It is all about the preparation they told us but I will tell you about that another time if you are interested.

And the prawns looked fantastic, in some supermarkets they would have us believe these are King Prawns at this size but not in Corfu Town Fish Market, these babies were just your average prawn.

We got there at about 10.30 am but my plan next time is to go in the wee small hours of the morning and watch everything, from the fish being brought in and unloaded, the haggling over price the see all the preparation in the market itself.

My only problem is getting the other half there at that time, I think the trick will be to not let him go to bed at all then there can be no ‘sticky bed’ malady!


Agathi’s Handmade Crochet, Lace and Handcrafted Olive Wood – Kassiopi, Corfu

While we were in Corfu enjoying the friendly atmosphere wonderful food and of course, the sunshine, we visited Kassiopi which is bigger than San Stefanos where we were staying but still a relatively small place. The photo below, provided by Agathi as you can see was taken in 1963, this little place has definitely grown over the last 50 years.

I met Agathi in Kassiopi when we were here last year, she is such an inspiration with amazing talent and so many skills, crocheting, knitting, lace making, weaving, whatever I take to show her she can tell me more about it. Oh how I long to absorb all her knowledge.

I couldn’t wait to go back to her shop this year, it is a veritable treasure trove of wonderful things, they are literally everywhere………

……….hung are tablecloths in all shapes and sizes in featuring handmade lace and embroidery………

………more cloths, sheets, pillowcases and bedspreads are stashed and stacked on shelves along with the paintings by one of her sons………

………on hangers are napkins and smaller tablecloths………

………in bowls, on the counter in shelving.  A zillion things in this little shop, from carpets and rugs to baby shoes, bibs and Christmas Angels.

Shelves are piled high with hand embroidered sheets, table cloths of all sizes just waiting to be snatched up.

Crochet is very fashionable in Europe and Agathi makes a range of different clothing and accessories.

They are a talented family, Agathi’s other son creates with olive wood, his wonderful creations are also available in the shop.

There is an area dedicated to his work with the shelves bursting with options.

All these beauties are turned on the lathe he imported.

My favourite is this pestle and mortar but unfortunately it was too heavy to bring back, I will try to allow for the weight on the return flight next time.

For a small shop Agathi is amazingly busy. If you ever have the pleasure of going to Corfu I would definitely recommend a visit.