Monday, 1 March 2010

Some pics from the National Geographic Magazine - July 1973

I scanned those documentary pictures from the National Geographic Magazine (2002 greek reprint of an article of the July 1973 american NGM issue). That article was dedicated to the Ionian islands and presented Corfu as a beautiful, then unspoiled paradise with quality tourism and preserved traditions of the past. Let's see what the caption under each photograph said:

" Being a bright lighthouse for seamen, Corfu welcomes them with a seaside park beside the old houses which the time have left its marks on them."

" The passers-by dominate the Nikoforou Theotoki street with its characteristic vaulted buildings "

"By day a museum but by night a casino, Achilleion Palace was built by Elisavet, empress of Austria as a resort from the austere typicallity of the royal court."

"The shops in Corfu trade jewels, sugared fruits and copies of ancient finds. Handmade blouses and skirts cost between 10 and 20 dollars."

"The maze of houses in Corfu Town centre reaches the top of the hill. There, the venetian fortress stood the repeated assaults of the Othoman. The Corfiots believe that Saint Spyridon (their patron saint) saved them from the Turks. His relics are kept in the church at the left."

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