My first stop in Greece was Corfu Island. It is the second largest Ionian island and boasts the title of greenest and most beautiful (how can you pick just one?). It has been conquered and occupied by some of the best and I honestly wouldn’t mind following suit at some point in my life.
Corfu sets the stage for some key Greek mythological events involving the likes of Hercules and the Argonauts. Homer’s “Odyssey” and Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” used Corfu as a backdrop for these classics.
I spent some time exploring the Old Fort which provides a mesmerizing view of the intense blue Ionian Sea. Along the way I stared into a dark, damp prison cell inside the walls and wondered what a stay must have been like. Surrounded by a moat and a few large cannons, this Venetian fortress made for a major hike to the top where earlier we had watched protesters hanging a large banner from the side. Not sure what it said, but seriously it was all Greek to me.
Of course, being from the USA, it was difficult to relate to the Greeks and their frustration with a government who clearly makes bad decisions which hurt the country’s economy.
In town we stumbled upon a big, fat Greek wedding and even managed to meander into the reception (of which I promptly meandered out). While admiring the amazing view from the island, I spotted a few local kids cooling off in their backyard…the Ionian Sea. I want an Ionian Sea in my backyard!
I can only imagine what daily life is like on Corfu. I’d like to take a year and find out-
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