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Beside the road to Kavos

610_8538_wOn our way from Lefkimmi to Kavos, I was kind of surprised when I saw so many abandoned hotels, supermarkets and restaurants directly beside the main road. I know, there are some economic problems in Greece. These problems might als have an impact on entrepreneurs in the tourist industry. But, these buildings seemed to be abandoned for a quite long time. I don’t know, what happened here. This whole town is closed for a longer time, not only one the winter.

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Lefkimmi

610_8501_wNext stop was the small town of Lefkimmi. Nothing very special.The area around the channel is quite nice. But, that’s all to say about Lefkimmi. So, I only have a very small gallery for you today.

No parking ground. Not an attractive town, but clean. Two tiny cafes, a few tiny tables and chairs beside the street, with a view on the channel. Unfortunately, directly beside the main road. (no, there is not much traffic).

Give it a try, when it is on your track.

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A hike along lake Korission

610_8361_wNext, we surrounded the lake Korission with our car. Again, we have had to pass unpaved roads with a lot of street holes. We ended in a place with deep, soft sand. Because of we did non have had an off-road-car, we left the car on the road side at the unpaved road. Luckily the remaining space was broad enough to let other cars passing by. Beside 3 or 4 other cars, we were alone. Despite the beautiful beach here, nearly no one was here. We followed the track along the lake. I wanted to see the tiny river connecting the lake to the sea. On the sea site of the track we passed a few abandoned surf clubs. Unfortunately the fauna along the track was so high, so we weren’t able to see neither the lake nor the sea for most of the time. About an hour after our start we arrived at the river. The fisherman’s hut here was also closed. A very lonesome area.

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From the desert to the ocean

610_8303_wThe unpaved road led us a little bit further to another unpaved parking ground, much bigger than the one we used for our tiny trip inside the desert. Here, were some more cars parking and a broad sandy track let up the hill. We stopped here, too, and walked up that track. It was quite exhausting because of the heat and the lose sand on the track. When we finally made it up the hill we saw the ocean, the most beautiful beach on Corfu and were surprised by some remains.

Although, no hotel or similar building was visible. Thus, only few people were here enjoying sun, ocean beach and silence – a place lost somewhere in the nowhere. But, it seemed once an open air bath must have been here. We found the remains of a kiosk, an open air shower, toilets and a bleachers. Unfortunately, the last visitors must have been Vandales. All the facilities were hard damaged.

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A trip to the desert at lake Korision

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Although, Corfu is a very green island, there is a sandy desert located near the west coast.

A lake, parted from the sea by a small land tongue, is surrounded by a sandy desert. This landscape is very different from the parts of the island, we have seen up to now. The ground is covered by a thick layer of sand, similar to a sandy beach. Bushes with thorny twigs and leaves are growing here, as well as some smaller crops, which love dry grounds. Thick, black insects are flying from one blossom to the next, by paying no attention to the visitors. Shady places are very rare here.

It seems, the locals use this area for driving with dune-buggies and quad bikes through the hills. At least we found many skid marks here, implying this.

The lake itself, unfortunately, is surrounded by reeds. These plants are about 2 m high. So, it’s quite hard to get a view to the lake. From some of the sandy hills we were able to see many herons and other big birds standing in the shallow water and on sand banks or swimming around. But, even 1200mm (400mm + 2x tele-converter attached to a camera with an APS-C sensor) were enough to fill the frame. Furthermore, the sand didn’t give a solid ground, to get sharp images. You also have to plan with heat haze, when trying to photograph over such long distances. What a pity.

When trying to come here, pay much attention to the road. The last mile is an unpaved trail with many thick stones and deep road-holes. Here, at our first short stop, is a small parking ground for about 6 or 7 cars.

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Visiting Sissi

610_8114-e2_wI guess, I already mentioned Empress Sissi (Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary) used to live some years on Corfu. Here palace Achilleon (called after the ancient greek hero Achill, who died during the Trojan War) is above the cliffs not far away from Corfu Town. Today, it’s a museum. Although, we were quite early (before 10 a.m.) and before the beginning of the main traveling season, the parking ground was extremely crowded. Many, many travel busses with tourists from everywhere and even more rental cars stood in front of the palace. Finally we found a tiny free parking slot and walked up to the entrance. This fact and the high entrance fee held me back to enter the area. You can visit the park and the palace. Despite I guess, it’s interesting, I skipped the visit. Instead, I walked around to find a viewpoint to see the palace from the street, but unfortunately, that’s not possible because of a fence and dense bushes behind the fence.

So, we went back to our car, followed the street downhill and came back to the coast to look for a place to spot the palace from here. Below the palace, there uses to be a bridge crossing the coastal street to connect the palace to the ocean. While the pier is still there, the bridge is gone. We stopped near the pier and tried to see the palace from here. Unfortunately, high palm trees hindered your eyes from seeing the palace from here.

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Kanoni

610_8060-ec_wOur first stop on the trip to the west coast was Kanoni, a very picturesque location. A must-to-visit for every Corfu traveller (unfortunately, also the cruise ship travelers know this). It belongs to Corfu Town, but is located some kilometers away from the Old Town. We were here very early: at 9 a.m. right before the first busses arrived. When we left, about half an hour later, we found our, we won’t have got a place for our car, if we only arrive a few minutes later. It’s a very, very tiny parking lot. The busses arrive here, let the people leave the bus and drive at bit further to wait for the tourists to come back. I’d recommend, to be here not later than 8:30 or in the evening.

This is a very iconic view on Corfu, although it’s located in the entry lane of Corfu airport. On the tiny island in the back you can find a cloister. The bigger boats in the foreground are ferries to bring you over to there. We skipped that because of the masses of tourists behind us.

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leaving for the west coast

610_7975_wNow, we’re leaving Corfu Town again, heading to the west and following the coast to the south.

We passed several tiny villages with narrow alleys, often too small to let two cars passing each other. Luckily there is not much traffic.

Outside the villages we were able to hike on tiny paths through olive tree forests. Sometimes bright, sometimes darker. But, always a warm, mild wind.

Suddenly, you turn around and stand on top of a cliff. Hearing the sound of the waves and see the turquoise mediterranean sea below your feet.

Enjoy the gallery below.

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The new castle of Corfu Town

610_8837_wI guess, you might have expected this weeks topic, when being a regular reader of my blog. Last week I introduced you to the old castle, thus I focus on the new castle this week. Don’t get me wrong. Although, this castle is called the new one, it’s also old. But, it’s newer than the old one.

It’s located ‘behind’ the old town and above the harbor. So, the old town is located between two big, old castles. When walking up, to the castle, don’t forget to turn around. You will have a fantastic view over the old town and the old castle in the back. You also have a good sight overt harbor and the huge cruise ships.

There’s also a small entry fee for adults (minors are free). But, you can use the ticked as a voucher for a drink at the exit. We were up there in the late afternoon, when the setting sun was about to paint the old town golden. Unfortunately, there were lots of clouds that day and it was our last evening. So, there wasn’t a change to postpone the visit. But, after waiting a while I got the image of the old town in the right light. Pew!

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The old castle of Corfu Town

 

610_7862-s_wI mentioned it before, Corfu town has two big old castles. One of them is way older than other. Today I want to show you some impressions from the older one. It’s very present in front of the old town. Departed by a moat from the Esplanade.

You have to pay an entrance fee, but in the evening (from about an hour before sunset) you can go inside for free. But, the museum and the chapel are closed now. You can go inside for free, because there is a restaurant inside the castle.

Although, it looks big from the outside, it seems to be much bigger, when standing inside. I don’t know, how many soldiers once were living here guarding the town and the whole island. Once, there were 4 castles around the island. We visited 3 of them: Angelocastro, the old castle of Corfu town (this one) and the new castle (next post). The high density of big castles for such a small island might give you an idea of the importance of this island for the Venetian Empire. Corfu was their main source of olive oil. In those times the people needed olive oil for many more purposes than simply for cooking. They made soap from the olive oil and used it for their lamps. It was a very important product.

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The Esplanade

610_7786-e_wThere is a huge open space between the old town of Corfu Town and the ocean, called Esplanade. Here you can find access to one of the two castles, horse-drawn carriages, a parking ground and a big park. Inside the park, there are two interesting locations:
– Maitland’s Rotonda: this small ionic round temple is a memorial for the british Lord High Commissioner Sir Thomas Maitland (1816-24 in Corfu), who hast build a new water supply system for Corfu Town. It is located just above one of the new cisterns.
– a memorial with seven bronze reliefs for the union of the ionic islands with the greek main land back in 1864. Each of them represents on of the seven main island. Corfu is represented by the Phaiaken boat. I told you a bit about those people and their role in the story of Odysseus (sometimes calles Ulysses) in one of my past posts.

The place itself was created in the 17th century when Corfu was a part of the Venetian Empire for defending the island mor easily by having more room for using cannons. Today, it us used for more peaceful activities and as a meeting point for the locals. To the west, the place is limited by high residential buildings from the early 19th century. Some of these building have arcaded sidewalks called liston. Here you can find sidewalk cafés, restaurants and bars with tables outside waiting for tourists and locals.

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Walking around in Corfu Town

610_7694-s_wToday’s post is a continuation of my post from last weeks. I want to show you some further impressions taken in the old town of Corfu Town. All the images in the gallery below are taken during several strolls though the streets and alleys.

I really recommend to take the time and leave the main alleys with the shops and walk around, just following your heard. This way you can find some hidden places.

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Wanna go shopping

610_8461-s_wToday, I want to make you along trough the narrow alleys of the Old town of Corfu Town. Many, many tiny shops are on the sides. Some for the inhabitants and many more for the tourists. You can buy gifts, food, alcohol (ouzo and kumquat liquor), olive oil, soap, clothes, wooden stuff, sponges and many, many more products.

I’d recommend, going in the old town not before 2 p.m. or so. In the mornings the alleys are very crowded. The harbor is not far away and Corfu is a common station for the huge cruise ships. So, the cruise ship passengers can walk from the ships to the old town of Corfu town in a few minutes. But, in the afternoons the alleys are less frequented and you can walk around more easily.

The old town is quite big for such a small town and island. A few impressions you can get in my gallery below.

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On the road again

610_7461-e_wToday, I only have a short post. Some impressions from Corfu we found right and left the roads.

The nice house stands in a very prominent place with a fantastic sight. Unfortunately, the owner seems to have run out of money to finish it and move in. Thus, it is abandoned. What a pity.

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