Corfu Town

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Inside the new fortress

Our introduction to Corfu Town is good...  Parking is rough, traffic is a little chaotic, but it's all good.  I find a place to leave the car by the New Fortress.  You need to pay to leave your car parked along the road there and to do so you have to find someone selling tickets - they mark the hour and minute until which you have paid and you leave the ticket in the car on the dash...  No problem. 

I paid for a few hours and off we went - past an open-air market next to the fortress - pretty stinky in the hot sun - we looked around a little and then headed for the New Fortress which I wanted to visit.  I wish I could type some Greek letters - in Greek it's called Neo Frourio - and is a huge complex of fortifications that dominate the north-eastern part of the city.

Small market outside the new fortress
  Construction began on this in 1576 and it was completed in 1645.  I read that this is considered a masterpiece of fortress architecture.  It costs about 2 euros to enter and it was an interesting visit. It also gives you access to some spectacular views of the city for picture taking.  It's an enormous fortress.

After the Fortress, we headed toward the center of town, passed by some churches and through streets bustling with people and lots of shops. It's a pleasant place to walk around.  We found a great cafĂ© with really friendly people to have something to drink.  It was just a small little bar on a street corner, but the atmosphere was great, there were some men playing cards and having a drink, old political posters and photos on the walls and a lot of lively conversation going on.

After Corfu Town we drove all over the place again visiting several picturesque towns and a few beaches.

Outside the new fortress
  The roads are amazingly narrow in some places - you need to keep to a snail's pace at some points because if you go whipping around the curves you can easily have a problem with an oncoming car.  The villages are beautiful though.  I even kind of like this narrow road thing, they sure are a lot prettier than freeways!  We went for a swim at Agios Georgios beach and drove down to a large lake further south.  I need to check my map to remember the name of the lake, but it was a hike to see the lake and it's not far from a very large, sandy beach.  After the beach we headed back to Nissaki for dinner at the hotel and then hit the "all you can drink!" bar!  A fun night...

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Inside the new fortress
Inside the new fortress
Small market outside the new fortr…
Small market outside the new fort…
Outside the new fortress
Outside the new fortress
Outer wall of the new fortress
Outer wall of the new fortress
A street in Corfu
A street in Corfu
Corfu town
Corfu town
Outside the new fortress
Outside the new fortress
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Small market outside the new fort…
New fortress - Corfu
New fortress - Corfu
Views of Corfu
Views of Corfu
Views of Corfu
Views of Corfu
Views of Corfu
Views of Corfu
Views of Corfu
Views of Corfu
Inside the new fortress
Inside the new fortress
Inside the new fortress
Inside the new fortress
Inside the new fortress
Inside the new fortress
Inside the new fortress
Inside the new fortress
View from the new fortress
View from the new fortress
Inside the new fortress
Inside the new fortress
Inside the new fortress
Inside the new fortress
Stopped here for a cold drink! It …
Stopped here for a cold drink! It…
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