Category Archives: Greece

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

Day One – Village exploring

We can’t believe that we are finally in Corfu!  It’s been our dream to come here for a holiday but it just remained as that – a dream, until today.   Two reasons why we are finally doing it.  First, to check on the Marina where we could relocate our tiny boat which is currently moored in Saint Laurent du Var in France.  Second, to de-stress.  H has just finished a long and stressful assignment,  he badly needs a holiday.

 The first time my husband set foot in Corfu was when he was in university.  He passed his holiday on this tiny Emerald isle with his bestfriend and it left wonderful memories.  He promised himself that he would return someday.

The trip to Corfu takes 24 hours by ferry originating from Venice…..

Day One –

The next day, we took a drive around the island.

Kentroma.  We saw the sign “Way to the Beach” so we parked the car and started the descent towards the beach.
 

The next village we went to – Nimfes

As a self-declared floriphile, Nimfes took my breath away..

Corfu

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The beauty of sailing is being able to get to places impossible to reach by car or by foot.

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Found this jewel of a bay and decided to moor here to have our bbq and a little swimming.
in just few minutes of arriving, swarms of yachts and tour boats started mooring….

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cooking lunch…..in the boat!

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we will be sailing this way SOON! in the meantime, our tatty and hole-y sails need replacing!

Kalispera (Good afternoon)!

Corfu is just blowing us away! it’s the emerald isle of the whole Greek islands because of the color of her bays, .so sparkingly emerald! and it’s the greenest of them all, too!Everything grows here! Plants which I have never seen before in Western Europe, and if there are similar ones, they are much much bigger, thicker and really growing more beautifully! What is it in the soil here? i wonder..

Now, since I am a plant fanatic, I can see myself living here! Well, H is already toying with the idea especially that his dream of sailing the Greek islands is close to happening!

The way of life here is so relaxed, no stress, a bit disorganised and unkempt, with holes, very narrow. In fact, I have already labeled the island as the “one-laner” capital of Europe! And you or the other incoming car has to give way to let you pass the very narrow stretch. But that’s exactly the reason why it is so easy to live here! No rules. Everybody takes their time! Nobody is in a hurry! Their lunch hours are from 2pm to 5pm!

And it is sooo hot! The temperature in the car yesterday was 50degC and outside was 45deg! if not for the seabreeze, it would have been like the Mid-East!

Corfu is the stronghold of the British! Many British families already have their second homes here and if they are tourists, they try to visit several times a year!

As to the buffet, we went for a 20euros per head buffet dinner the other night. good grief! 18 courses and the table was endlessly being re-filled with food! the price includes half a liter of wine for a couple, a fruit buffet afterwards and long hours of Greek dancing, music and everybody dancing afterwards. I imagined, it was not a buffet-for-profit after all but just a big Party! The Greeks sure know how to throw a big party, everybody had lots of fun and fill that night!

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Greek men love to gather and talk in cafes….

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Greek women are very chic!

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Greek dancing.
If you have seen the men dance together a-la-Aristotle Onassis, you will cry – in regret –
why the heck you did not marry a Greek!