Corfu – My Ionian Challenge

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From the Aegean Sea to the Ionian Sea, it took a ferry, a bus, and a plane to get me there but I finally arrived on the Greek island of Corfu.  As I’d had to hang out in the Athens airport for 4 hours awaiting my early morning flight, I was exhausted.  However, there were no buses to my hotel, Pontikonisi Hotel, and the taxis were exorbitant!  So I hiked for a couple of miles before a helpful store owner pointed me to a bus stop that dropped me at my destination.

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After a nice long nap, it was time to see Corfu Town.  I wandered (I really did!) through the romantic cobbled streets and alleys, gazing up at the beautiful church facades, and dodging tourists.  Realizing how hungry I was, I stopped to eat then realized how late it was.  It was late enough that the buses were no longer running!  I headed to the Sea as I figured I’d reach my hotel if I followed it.  Just in case, I stuck out my thumb.  Very quickly, an older man, who spoke no English, stopped and gave me a ride on his scooter.  It’s a long story on the actual getting to my hotel but he did get me there!

St George Church
St George Church

Making sure I had the bus schedule, I spent the following day exploring the sights of Old Town.  There are two fortresses, old and new.  I did not venture into the new one but fully explored the old, most prominent, fortress.  It offered up canons, St George Church, a prison, and incredible views of Corfu and the Ionian Sea.

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Sunset in Corfu Town

In my wandering, I found a fabulous spot near the port to enjoy the sunset and a beer.  The diverse architecture throughout the city was a pleasure for me.  The beautifully paved Liston Promenade is a fantastic spot for people watching while enjoying a rest and a drink or a gelato!

Monkey Island
Sunrise – Mouse Island

I have to say that I was tired at this point in my travels.  I had been moving fast and carrying a heavy load for months and it was catching up to me.  This will explain why I was only interested in Old Town and did not take the time to explore the rest of the island.  From what I understand, the numerous beaches are gorgeous and I did see that the clear, cobalt blue of the sea is entrancing!  Mouse Island (Pontikonisi Island) was actually the view from my hotel, and I actually could have swam to it, but I didn’t bother to visit it or the monastery on it.

Public Beach in Corfu Town
Public Beach in Corfu Town

Probably because of my disposition, Corfu was my least favorite Greek island and a challenge to truly enjoy.  I drank and dined well, had amazing views from my hotel, enjoyed a day of hotel hospitality (private beach, pool, bar, and wifi), and got a lot of exercise.  Maybe I should go back one day to see the rest of the island…just to make sure!

Liston Promenade
Liston Promenade
Old Fortress
Old Fortress
So Clear & Blue - Ionian Sea
So Clear & Blue – Ionian Sea
Palace of St Michael & St George
Palace of St Michael & St George

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Corfu Town
Corfu Town
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Old Fortress

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One thought on “Corfu – My Ionian Challenge”

  1. Corfu is certainly beautiful from your photos and is supposed to be one of the biggest tourist areas in Greece. The water is extremely colorful and peaceful looking. Good job!!

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