The Liston - Platia  or Esplanade - Corfu Town

"The Platia, laid out with its great arches to resemble the Rue de Rivoli by French Architects in the early days  of the French Occupation of Corfu, was the hub of the island. Here you would sit at little tables under the arches or beneath the shimmering trees and, sooner or later, you would see everyone on the island and hear every facet of every scandal. One sat there drinking  quietly  and, sooner or later, all the protaganists  in the drama were washed up at one's table.

THE GARDEN OF THE GODS © Gerald Durrell 1978

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"Gerald  describes the Liston, the famous terrace fronted by arches, where in the morning and evening the cafes remain the centre of the island's social life. In later visits to Corfu, both Lawrence and Gerald would "hold court" at the Corfu Bar, known then as the "HQ" for gossip, assignations and celebrity spotting. The Corfu Bar, now called simply "Liston", is located in the middle of the arcade, to the left, as you face it, of the dividing road."

- In the Footsteps of Lawrence Durrell and Gerald Durrell in Corfu (1935-1939)

© Hilary Whitton Paipeti 1998

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Near the former Pension Suisse, Kapodistriou Street, Corfu Town.

Kapodistriou Street was where, in 1935, a horse drawn cab containing  a newly-arrived Durrell family and Roger (followed by two dozen "swirling" local mongrels), "shambled to a halt outside a doorway over which hung a board with Pension Suisse inscribed on it". The family arrived in some disarray, their "pose ... irretrievably shattered" and stayed at the Pension Suisse for a two week spell before finding and moving to The Strawberry Pink Villa.

Corfu Town looking down Kapodistriou Street left (the former Pension Suisse location) with the Platia and town cricket pitch on the right. Pension Suisse was located above the Liston bar hence it would have had windows looking down onto the street itself and, from above the Platia arches, seawards, across the town Esplanade.

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