Corfu town and back to the beach

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We got up pretty late, went to breakfast, got the car and headed back to Corfu City to check out the East side this time.  I was really lucky to find a great parking place right on a main plaza by the Old Fortress, Museum of Asian Art - close to a lot of sights we want to see.  We wandered around the old city for a while and visited an old Byzantine church which has been converted into a museum.  We also went into the Museum of Asian Art but didn't visit the exhibition about Korea. 

Now we're in the Old Fortress.  This used to be a peninsula but was cnverted to an island by digging a channel during the  15th centrury when the Venetians ruled Corfu. They were there from 1386 to 1797.

  The fortress was built during Byzantine times and was later reinforced and remodeled by both the Venetians and the British.  The island was unified with the rest of Greece in 1864.  It's incredibly hot and there aren't too many people out walking around.  I see quite a few sitting on park benches in the shade though.  Aside from the intense heat it is a beautiful day.  We've found an excellent place for a cold drink and are sitting here cooling off.  I haven't sweated so much for a long time! 

The Old Fortress cost about 4 Euros to visit - definitely worth it. It's interesting to walk through some tunnels there, see the fortifications and visit the Church of St. George.  From a distance I thought that this was going to be some kind of ancient Greek temple but it was actually built by the British during the 19th century and was originally an Anglican Church.

This square in Corfu is pretty with parks and gardens on one side, buildings on two others and the new fortress on the other.

After a few hours in Corfu town we headed to Pelekas and back to the beach on that side of the island.  The indications aren't too good and it was a little hard to get out of Corfu and on the right road, but after a few detours we made it.  We checked out a couple beaches.  Nothing as nice as Mirtiotissa though.  We're now in a restaurant perched on the side of the mountain in Pelekas having lunch. The view is fantastic.  The food is ok too, but the girl waiting on the tables here was pretty unfriendly.  The place is called "pink panther" - the place really is pretty - the name doesn't do it justice. 

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