Corfu airport runway
Driving around the island provided some interesting scenery, the most notable were Mouse Island and the airport. The Corfu Kerkyra airport's runway extends literally to the street! As we drove by, a plane was landing and basically headed straight for us! When driving on the road, you must use extreme caution as the risk of being hit by a runaway plane is a real possibility. The guide talked about several times when the planes have overshot the runway and eventually come to rest in the middle of the road! Imagine having a runway that close to the open road in the U.S. where people could get that close. Yeah right!
The other interesting stop was to view Mouse Island which is located in the bay of Kanoni, just south of Corfu Town.
Close up of Mouse Island
It's name is Pontikonisi which is the greek word for mouse island. Pontikonisi is home of the monastery of Pantokrator (Μοναστήρι του Παντοκράτορος); it is the white stone staircase of the monastery that when viewed from afar gives the impression of a (mouse) tail which lent the island its name: 'mouse island'. Apparently, Pontikonisi and Vlacherna are the most photographed places in Greece. Vlacherna is the white convent with the single cypress tree and Mouse Island is the small island to the south of the convent. Many people get the two confused - only one building is on mouse island which is the small chapel surrounded by all the trees. Vlacherna is connected by the mainland by a small dam or breakwater.