A Sunday walk in Corfu town

Walking around Corfu town is a feast for the eyes and with Christmas just few days from now, it’s fascinating looking at the Christmas decorations in shops while shoppers walk about doing their Christmas purchases.  Truly, people-watching is a great delight, what with Corfiot women not having the slightest intention to fall behind their French and Italian sisters in the fashion scene!

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I suppose it’s the twins’ first-ever Christmas shopping!

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Greece is where I have seen the most number of boots-lovers!
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A corner shrine

 

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The ageless stone pavement  that always looks better with time

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One minute you are in the High Street and the next, you find yourself traipsing  through residential alleys.  You get a lot of housekeeping ideas though, like, how to dry socks in tight spaces!

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The mountains of Albania as seen from Corfu town

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Cruise ships are a common sight around Christmas

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This is where we buy our 2-euro “gyros” (shawarma) if we don’t feel like cooking…

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“Kronia Polla!”…….(“Merry Christmas” in Greek)

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Antique shop

 

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The art of Gaugin

The Olive Season

We went driving to the hills today and were truly impressed by the glorious sight of the olive trees heavily laden with fruits and the black nettings underneath them.  The harvest season starts in October and lasts till the early months of the following year. 

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Climb this footpath at your own risk!  The olives dropping on the ground slowly excretes  their precious oil making this pavement dangerously slippery for walking!

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These black nettings laid out under the tree collect the dropping olives.  When the harvest season is over, they are carefully folded out and stored away, to be taken out again next season.

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The dropped olives

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A majestic olive tree standing golden and proud at sunset.

A Quick Stop in Amsterdam

My flight Nice-Manila via KLM  the other day had me stopping over in Amsterdam for five hours. Instead of sitting bored at Schiphol airport, I decided to take the train to the city for few hours of sightseeing.

Now I would like to share with you how to see Amsterdam in 3 hours, for only 13.20 euros.

From the airport, I bought a return train ticket to Amsterdam Centraal at 7,60euros.  The 20-minute ride took me to the center of the city where I could have just walked around easily, but I opted to buy a tram ticket (2.60euros) hoping that I could get farther and see more. Realizing that most of the interesting sights can be seen by foot, I got out at the Dam Stop and started walking along the canal with my backpack and camera.

At midday, I was getting hungry but didn’t feel like splurging on a meal so I bought a hotdog sandwich in Dam Square which came  with a large selection of sauces and add-ons, like toasted bacon, salad and I thought, for just 3 euros, it was a giveaway!

I continued exploring the little alleys until I reached the zone of sex shops, hemp seed shops, all sounding seedy and suspicious but actually teeming with tourists of all sexes, taking shots of the gadgets on display.

Two hours to my flight, I went back to the train station and conditioned myself for the marathon run I was about to do at the airport in search of my gate!

Now I am contented to have seen Amsterdam again which  I first visited  ten years ago,  had my memory cards filled with photos of bikes, of people, of shop facades, but most of all, I got the walking exercise I needed before my 12-hour journey to Manila.

 Photos of Amsterdam

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The neo-gothic Magna Plaza Shopping Centre. The former main post office building was transformed into a shopping centre in 1992.

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The Singel canal which encircled the city in the Middle Ages is now the inner-most canal in Amsterdam’s semicircular ring of canals.

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Statue of Multatuli on a square over the Singel canal in Amsterdam

According to Wikipedia, Multatuli (from Latin multa tuli, “I have suffered much”), is the pen name of Eduard Douwes Dekker (2 March 1820 – 19 February 1887), who was a Dutch writer famous for his satirical novel, Max Havelaar (1860) in which he denounced the abuses of colonialism in the colony of the Dutch East Indies (today’s Indonesia).

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Very conspicuous atop building facades are these protruding structures fitted with pulleys and hooks. They are for transporting furnitures into or out of the narrow building as moving them through the stairs are almost impossible.

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Damrak Avenue

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At Dam Square, this looks like a protest against the brutal killing of animals just to take their fur

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They were doing some renovation works infront of the Central Station and this art  board is just a portion of a long one used to cover the messy building work.

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Another “renovation works” cover along Damrak Avenue

The bikes of Amsterdam

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How to park your bike in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam Centraal Station in the background

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What to do in Amsterdam

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