They are everywhere … almost as omnipresent as the olive trees. And like the olive trees, they are protected: the cypresses of Corfu. On our day out, a few kilometres south of the capital Kerkyra we enjoyed this beautiful scenery.
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Still the perfect tour guide, Dimitris stopped by the side of the road giving us ample time – and some useful photo tips – to shoot this view. He explained that the trees were protected and that there were penalties for anyone cutting them down. Having said this, he stepped out of the car and went to examine a small specimen (about 1.5 metres tall) that was growing by the side of the road. He examined it very closely, inspecting the trunk, by lifting up the tree’s lower branches, as if he was peeping under its skirt!
“This one is just right. It’ll make a perfect Christmas tree.” He said with a satisfied smile on his face. “I’ll mark this position on my map and come back in December to get it.” I was flabbergasted. Hadn’t he just said that it was forbidden by law to cut the cypresses? When I expressed my astonishment, he shrugged and laughed. “Everybody does it. And it’s only a tiny little thing. Nobody will notice …”
Before I could say more, he quickly changed the subject. “By the way, do you know why some cypresses are fat and others are slim?”
A fat and a skinny cypress tree, side by side, in the hotel gardens.
None of us knew the answer at the time. We do now. Do you?