Day 2: Corfu/Kerkyra
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October 20th, 2009 – by: missandrea81
Today was the first time that we booked transportation through the cruise line. We were told that the harbor was too far from the old city of Corfu to walk and so we booked the shuttle bus to old Kerkyra for about 8 Euros/person.
The bus took us all the way to the Palaio Frourio, or old fortress. There we paid 8 Euros admission fee. We climbed to the light house first. More reconstruction going on here, but you didn't really see anyone working. When we arrived at the top by the tiny little light house, we were pretty exhausted but the view was well worth it.
The fortress itself is an old Venetian fortress built on an artificial islet with a moat. At the foot of the observatory lies St. George's church, which I mistook for a Greek temple. Turns out it was built buy the British during British rule over Corfu. When we had seen everything there was to see on this complex, we moved on to get some souvenirs from the vendors across the park. I quickly found a magnet (my second one on this trip) and stepmom found her thimble.
Now we went over to Palaia Anaktora, which is used as a museum, and its gardens. From here you have a beautiful view of the Greek mainland and I assume you could also see Albania if you know where to look.
What a gorgeous day. Thinking that we could be stuck in snowy/rainy/cold Germany made the whole thing even better.
Well, time was almost up so we had to go find the bus stop and our shuttle again. Turns out everyone was done sightseeing at the same time so we had to wait a couple of minutes. We ran into our dinner table neighbors. Nice German couple with their 16 year old son. They had seen enough too.
We joked about our outstanding Italian waiter on the ship, who we all adored.
Back on board we had received notice that it was going to be the first gala night. A welcome from the captain, who you could get your picture taken with (and then pay 10 Euros to get it). So we all dressed up and went to our restaurant Le Maxim at 6:30pm. The menu was a bit different tonight. One choice for each course, which you could skip if you didn't like it. One substitution for the main entree. I liked the regular menu better, at least you had more choices, but okay. Let's be fancy for once. haha The risotto was to die for. That's all I can remember about the food. Liberto, charming as always, served us well and with a smile on his face.
After dinner, we went to the theater on decks 5,6 and 7 to enjoy the 30 minute show of some acrobats and ballet.
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