It seems like just yesterday, but three weeks ago the Monkey visited the Greek island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea. Corfu lives up to all the images Kongo had about life on a Greek island. Corfu lies across a narrow strait from Albania.
Corfu, known in Greek as Kérkyra, has a long and colorful history. It’s been conquered many times and the hills and mountains are dotted with villages, castles, and monasteries. Kongo spent some time exploring the old city, which has been important to the region since the 8th century, and then went for an exciting bus ride around the islands narrow, twisting mountain roads.
The island attracts hundreds of sailboats that anchor in scenic little coves and bays next to spectacular architecture and landscapes.
The old city of Corfu is paved in travertine and the streets are dotted to sidewalk cafes the offer the perfect vantage point to watch the world go by. The narrow streets are filled with shoppers looking for a bargain. Around every corner is a fantastic view that lets you know that you’re someplace special.
Old balconies and colorful buildings add charm and character to the town.
In the afternoon we drove up to the top of a mountain to see the view. The ride itself was pretty exciting and Kongo gives a lot of credit to the Greek bus driver who kept us on the road.
The video below is a short segment of how the bus ride went…and it lasted for an hour and a half.
One bit of trivia learned during the visit was that this place was the inspiration for “Prospero’s Island,” scene of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the site where the Argonauts took refuge after seizing the Golden Fleece. It certainly was an inspiring place! Kongo couldn’t find the fleece.
Travel safe. Have fun.