Due to the bad weather and rough seas on April 19th and after
idling the whole day in the safe harbour near the port of
Nafplio (Navplion) and the cancellation of the visit to
Santorini and Mykonos, on day 6 of the cruise, the captain
turned the ship towards the island of Corfu.
The tour bus took us from the port of Corfu (Kerkira in Greek) to Kerkyra City where we
stopped for 1 1/2Hrs outside the Old Fortress (Palaio Frourio in
Greek) in spacious Spianada Square.
The bus then proceeded on the winding road across the hilly and
scenic northwestern part of the island to the town of
Paleokastritsa and the Orthodox monastery dedicated to Panagia
(Virgin Mary) of Paleokastritsa. Built on top of a remote hill,
it gives gorgeous view of the island and the sea beneath. This
Byzantine Monastery dates from 1228, however the current
complex, the cells of the monks and the yard date from the 18th
century. The road to the monastery passes through a forest of
olive trees and cypresses. The monastery has a small
ecclesiastical museum with rare Byzantine icons, holy books and
other relics. Inside the monastery, there works a traditional
olive oil press. I bought a jar of
Koum Quat jam which is produced here and is abundant on the
island (the fruit is related to orange but smaller and native to
South East Asia and introduced in Europe in 1846). This was my
first visit to an Orthodox monastery.
Note: There are an estimated 3 million Olive trees on
Corfu - no wonder the island is so green! The problem, according
to our tour guide is that the middlemen gouge the Olive
Producers so badly that many of them have stopped producing
After departing Corfu in the evening, the cruise ship
was on the way the city of Dubrovnik, the last port of call on our
Mediterranean cruse before returning to Venice where we started
from. The ship passed along the north-eastern coastline of Corfu
and across from
Ksamil Islands and
in Southern Albania. Some of the photos of that passage are
shown below. After the fall of Communism, approximately 1
million Albanians took refuge in Greece, and their presence is
very visible in Corfu.
(Greek: Κέρκυρα, Kérkyra, [cercira];
Ancient Greek: Κέρκυρα or Κόρκυρα; Latin: Corcyra; Italian:
Corfù) is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is the second
largest of the Ionian Islands, and, including its small
satellite islands, forms the edge of the northwestern frontier
of Greece. The island is part of the Corfu regional unit, and is
administered as a single municipality. The municipality includes
the island Corfu and the smaller islands Ereikoussa, Mathraki
and Othonoi. The principal city of the island and seat of the
municipality (pop. 33,886) is also named Corfu. Corfu is home to
the Ionian University.
The island is bound
with the history of Greece from the beginning of Greek
mythology. Its Greek name, Kerkyra or Korkyra, is related to two
powerful water symbols: Poseidon, god of the sea, and Asopos, an
important Greek mainland river. According to myth, Poseidon fell
in love with the beautiful nymph Korkyra, daughter of Asopus and
river nymph Metope, and abducted her. Poseidon brought Korkyra
to the hitherto unnamed island and, in marital bliss, offered
her name to the place: Korkyra, which gradually evolved to
Kerkyra (Doric). Together, they had a child they called Phaiax,
after whom the inhabitants of the island were named: Phaiakes.
This term was transliterated via Latin to Phaeacians.
history is laden with battles and conquests. The legacy of these
struggles is visible in the form of castles punctuating
strategic locations across the island. Two of these castles
enclose its capital, which is the only city in Greece to be
surrounded in such a way. As a result, Corfu's capital has been
officially declared a Kastropolis ("castle city") by the Greek
government. Corfu was long controlled by Venice, which repulsed
several Turkish sieges, before falling under British rule
following the Napoleonic Wars. Corfu was eventually ceded by the
British Empire along with the remaining islands of the United
States of the Ionian Islands, and unification with modern Greece
was concluded in 1864 under the Treaty of London.
In 2007, the city's
old city was designated for the UNESCO World Heritage List,
following a recommendation by ICOMOS.
Corfu is a very
popular tourist destination. Up until the early 20th century, it
was mainly visited by the European royals and elites, including
Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany and Empress Elisabeth of Austria;
today it is also widely visited by middle class families
(primarily from the UK, Scandinavia and Germany), leading to
mass tourism. It is still popular with the global elite however,
and in the island's northeast the homeowners include members of
the Rothschild family and Russian oligarchs. Source:
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Note: All the cruise photos were imaged with my
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Columbus nGPS mounted on the hot shoe.
Nikon ViewNX2™ software connected with
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