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IT’S GREEK TO ME (or what a difference a week makes)

Corfu struck us as more like Italy than parts of Greece we previously visited.  The buildings have red tile roofs and are soft pastel colors.  No white washed buildings with bright blue trim as we had seen in the Cyclades on a prior trip.  

Corfu or Sardinia?

Corfu or Sardinia?

The landscape is lush and green with many cypress and olive trees.  There are flowering trees as well this time of year and the fragrance of oleander scents the air. 

 Our first day ashore was taken up with clearing customs and immigration, getting our “transit log” and obtaining cell and internet service (the latter of which is very poor compared to Croatia).  We rented a moped to accomplish all these chores which made Kent (on the front) happier than Carol (on the back–holding on for dear life with her eyes closed–not much different than sailing in the dark). 

Speedy Kent

Speedy Kent

 After a couple days at Gouvia Marina we moved Destiny to the Noak Yacht Club which sits under the shadow of the Old Fortress in Corfu Town.  We wandered the streets like the tourists that we are, ate at sidewalk cafes and bought a local speciality, kumquat liquor (which is quite tasty).  The cafe scene is very diverse as evident below.

 

Corfu Cafe Scene

Corfu Cafe Scene

Even McDonald's has a sidewalk cafe

Even McDonald's has a sidewalk cafe

We attended church services on Sunday and then toured the Old Fortress, capturing some interesting pictures of Destiny docked at Noak Yacht Club.

Inside the Old Fortress

Inside the Old Fortress

At 35 Euros a night including water, but no power, this was a bargain.  In the season this marina will be filled to overflowing.  We’re the second boat from end of pier.

Noak Yacht Club from Fortress

Noak Yacht Club from Fortress

Destiny at Noak Y.C.

Destiny at Noak Y.C.

One night we had dinner along the shore at a wonderful restaurant with a view of the harbor and Old Fortress.

 

Twilight Dinner

Twilight Dinner

Jolie likes Greece too--she is welcome at dinner

Jolie likes Greece too--she is welcome at dinner

 Thoroughly rested and getting ready to move on we headed south to the Ionian island of Paxio where we anchored in a small, nearly land locked bay called Lakka.

 

Lekka on north end of Paxoi

Lakka on north end of Paxoi

Now a week from the day we left Dubrovnik we are totally immersed in Greece.  The people have been extremely friendly—even the officials and everyone we meet who is doing what we are doing comments on how “laid back” things are here vs. other countries.  We have been particularly surprised by how many people speak English.

 

Then on the other hand, our experience has been primarily in Corfu which reportedly has 1 Million visitors a year, most of them from Great Britian.  It is nice to see English on labels in the grocery store, albeit very small compared to the Greek.  Carol bought what she thought was sliced chicken only to read the fine print later and find that it was turkey.  Also, the local table wine is sold in bottles that resemble water bottles in the US but is quite palatable.

We’ll be working our way south through the Ionian islands toward the Corinth Canal which will take us into the Athens area over the next week.  More sunrises to follow.

Corfu Sunrise

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