Sunday, August 25, 2013

Day 39 Corfu

The port days keep coming and we are in beautiful Corfu today.  Spiro is our driver and promptly at 8.10 we out on the pier. He says to us “you know the tour doesn’t start till 8.30 so we will have to stop and park for 20 min”..... we all look at each other..... “ha ha ha...... no we can start now” and that was the tone for the day..... lots of statements said with a serious face and the smile to remind you he is joking.

We literally drove round all the main sites in corfu.  We departed from the New Port and crossed central Corfu heading north-west to Palaiokastritsa.  Our first destination, the area near the picturesque village of Doukades. An old village with a very old bell tower. We pass many ancient olive trees with the biggest trunks I have ever seen.... Trees older than Australia. We continue to climb the mountains until we reach an area called Alleimatades.  There, we will enjoyed the magnificent view of Corfu Town, Ropa's Valley, and the west coast facing the Adriatic Sea.


Today was a day of views and we seem to drive and stop at hill tops, cafes overlooking Angelokastro castle, the fabulous bays and little islands that dot the coast. We did stop at a little road side stall to sample their olive oils and wine.... hmm the tastiest part of that was the fresh greek bread that Spiro bought from a village bakery... still warm...


Back down the hill we went through the ancient village of Lakones taking photos of the beach area and then making our way up to the Monastery of Virgin Mary.


On our way back we visited Achillion Palace. A beautiful palace that the Queen  Elizabeth of Austria built after falling in love with Corfu on one of her visits. Poor Liz was assassinated in 1898 and the palace was sold to Kaiser Wilhelm II.


Spiro then dropped us back into the old town of corfu where we took the opportunity to have some lunch and walk around until it was time to head back to the ship.


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