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Oct 23, 2014 - Corfu

For our last day in Corfu we walked to the nearby Mon Repos Villa. The villa was built as a summer residence for the English Commissioner Thomas Maitland, and his Greek wife in 1828–1831, although they had to vacate the villa soon afterwards when Maitland was sent to serve in India. The villa was rarely used as a residence for the British governors. In 1833, it housed a school of fine arts, while in 1834, the park was opened to the public. Empress Elisabeth of Austria stayed there in 1863. Here she fell in love with the island, where she...

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Oct 22, 2014 - Corfu

Another tour today; this time around the island of Corfu. Our first stop was the Achilleion palace built in Corfu by Empress of Austria Elisabeth of Bavaria. Elisabeth was a woman obsessed with beauty, and very powerful she built the palace in 1890 about ten kilometres to the south of the city of Corfu. The palace was designed with the mythical hero Achilles as its central theme. Corfu was Elizabeth's favourite vacation place and she built the palace because she admired Greece and its language and culture. Achilleion's location provides a...

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Oct 20, 2014 - Corfu

Another beautiful day so we walked into town again to visit the new fort. In the aftermath of the first great Ottoman siege of Corfu in 1537, the Venetians developed plans to expand the fortifications of the city. They built the new fort close to the old one. Check out the photos of both. There were great views up there but not much in the fort. We stopped for lunch in the harbour where the various ferry boats leave from. We thought we were going to have a light lunch of appetizers but it turned into a large plateful of small portions of...

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Oct 18, 2014 - Milan to Corfu

We had a long day today flying from Milan to Corfu. We walked to the train station from our hotel for the 30 minutes ride to the airport, checked in and then had a couple of hours to kill. We transferred in Athens but had a 5 hour wait. Finally arrived in Corfu and had a 10 minute taxi ride to our hotel. Very nice reception here with a glass of wine to welcome us. We were both tired so checked out the balcony, listened to the sea, unpacked a bit and then went to bed. In the morning we woke up late and opened the curtains to our beautiful...

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Sep 22, 2014 - Corfu, Greece

Today marks exactly half way through our trip. It has been amazing so far. Today we are in Corfu, a Greek Island. It is hot and humid here today. Actually, the whole trip has been a lot warmer than I expected. We bought shuttle tickets from the cruise line. $12 each which saved a 45 minute walk each way. Not a bad walk but as I said, hot and humid. We had to tender in today as our berth was in use by a damaged freighter, but any boat ride is good. We are in an industrial port and ferries leave from here- funny thing is that they are not...

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Europe 2014

Jul 27, 2014 - Corfu

We had to be off the ferry at 4:30am but to us it felt like 3:30am as the time skipped ahead. We got on the bus and drove to another spot to catch the smaller ferry to the island of Corfu. We all slept on the benches for the 2 hour ride into Corfu. Then back on the bus for about 45 minutes until we finally got to the village! It was still early so we could get to our rooms and then get down to the pool. This hotel was great except for the half a km zigzag walk up to our rooms but I guess that is Greece and the weather makes up for it!  I...

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Taking Back My Brave

Jul 18, 2014 - Back on the road

"It will seem initially like we're going there by road", jokes our pilot as he welcomes us to the plane, "but it's just that we're a long way from the runway". His comment seems apt given my plans for the next ten days. Seven weeks since I returned from my last trip, and sitting aboard my easyJet flight to Corfu my mind is replaying my time with Air Serbia. I'm not sure why, because it wasn't my most recent flight. Perhaps though my subconscious noticed the stark contrast and decided to bring it to my attention; those planes were a far cry...

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Oct 11, 2013 - Corfu

Old Corfu is known as the city of 2 castles. The Old Fortress built in 1546 and the new fort built by the Venetians in 1577. They are both incredible structures and we are always amazed at how they were built. We climbed up the old one today and the views from the top were magnificent. There is a lovely park right behind the fortress and from there we walked around the old town. A nice day wandering around a beautiful spot.

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Jul 15, 2013 - Dubrovnik and Corfu

Hello from our lunch cafe in Greece! Wifi is a bit expensive on the ship, so we jumped at the free wifi they offered here. Chrissy just had her first Greek salad of the trip and I had a gyro plate. It was all very good. We were in Dubrovnik, Croatia yesterday and had a lot of fun walking around the famous wall and I took a dip in the Adriatic Sea. Today we walked around Old Town Corfu and I tried their famous kumquat liquor. Weather has been on the hot side, but no rain. Starting our journey back to the ship now. Have a good one!

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May 14, 2012 - Corfu

Today we arrived at Corfu. Corfu is quite a large Island, of which we really only saw a small part. Our first stop was a palace, which was nothing compared to Doge Palace, but the views of the ocean were amazing from the water and it had quite a large garden. Corfu has many olive trees, I believe the tour guide said over 3.5 million. They are also the only place in Greece that can grow kumkwats, so they produce them in mass quantity. They almost look like lemons growing on trees, and they are everywhere. They harvest olives on Corfu by...

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Lisa's Travels

Apr 27, 2012 - Kerkira, Greece

April 27 - Kerkira, Greece, on the island of Corfu Corfu is the 2nd largest of the Greek islands in the Ionian Sea. (Albania lies just 3 miles off its northern coast.) It is very green and mountainous with olive trees covering 1/3 of the island. Our bus tour took us to 2 palaces and a viewpoint overlooking the water and a nunnery. Achilleion is a beautiful Habsburg palace tucked into a Greek hillside built for the tragic Austrian Empress Elisabeth (1837-1898). 'Sisi' struggled with courtly life and sought escape from the Vienna grind so...

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Nov 11, 2011 - Day 12 - Corfu, Greece

Corfu is an unusually lush and fertile beautiful Greek Island, located in the Ionian Sea which separates Greece from Italy. The gray-green of the olive tree is everywhere, making olive oil a principal export. The history of corfu and the Ionian group of Islands is very distinct from the rest of Greece. Most of the foreign influences here are British, French, and Venetian. Some of the earliest colonists on Corfu came from wealthy Corinth. Corfu Town is the port of call today and the town center, or Spianada, is easy to reach by shuttle bus....

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Eastern Mediteranean

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