Day 2: Corfu/Kerkyra

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Welcome to Corfu or Kerkyra
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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.
Clock tower inside the fortress
Things look better from above, no doubt. The sun made its first appearance of the day way out over the Ionian Sea.

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.
Self portrait
We weren't sure. :) We went down to a little church/restaurant that was built on a tiny little peninsula. The sun was out so we decided to stick our feet in the turquoise Ionian water. Bit chilly, but refreshing.

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.
Light house
Even the men. Liberato (that's the waiter's name) has been calling dad "Papi" (with an Italian accent) since the first night when I had said that "Papi" is having a beer. He got a kick out of that, so now it was always,  "Papi! What can I get you?" (again strong Italian accent). A great change to the waiters that served coffee in the morning. The empty shells of  20-year-olds, walking around like zombies, the live sucked out of them. If this was due to a heavy work schedule or late night partying, we couldn't figure out. It wasn't just one time though. Same thing every day. I have to say. The "older" personal seemed to still have interest in their jobs and had a better attitude toward it.


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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Welcome to Corfu or Kerkyra
Welcome to Corfu or Kerkyra
Clock tower inside the fortress
Clock tower inside the fortress
Self portrait
Self portrait
Light house
Light house
Love the blue and the cactus
Love the blue and the cactus
Bay of Garitsa
Bay of Garitsa
View of Kerkyra from the old fortr…
View of Kerkyra from the old fort…
Dad doing what he does
Dad doing what he does
The romans built this part of the …
The romans built this part of the…
The sun came out for a split minut…
The sun came out for a split minu…
The Albanian and Greek mainland in…
The Albanian and Greek mainland i…
Bay of Garitsa again
Bay of Garitsa again
St. Georges Church built by the B…
St. George's Church built by the …
Full frontal
Full frontal
Self portrait
Self portrait
Inside of the church
Inside of the church
St. Georges church and the little…
St. George's church and the littl…
I wanna swim. :(
I wanna swim. :(
Wish I could just jump in and snor…
Wish I could just jump in and sno…
More spectacular clouds
More spectacular clouds
Statue right outside the fortress …
Statue right outside the fortress…
The moat
The moat
Palaio Frourio or Old Fortress
Palaio Frourio or Old Fortress
Church of St. Spyridon
Church of St. Spyridon
Kerkyra city
Kerkyra city
Palaia Anaktora
Palaia Anaktora
More of Kerkyra
More of Kerkyra
residential and pretty
residential and pretty
Everything looks prettier when the…
Everything looks prettier when th…
The sun is out!!
The sun is out!!
Vido island
Vido island
Dad, again, doing what he does
Dad, again, doing what he does
Body language is a blast
Body language is a blast
Spiral staircase descending from t…
Spiral staircase descending from …
Vido island in the background
Vido island in the background
peek-a-boo
peek-a-boo
Old gardita, reminds me of San Jua…
Old gardita, reminds me of San Ju…
Love those colors
Love those colors
View from The Garden of the People
View from The Garden of the People
Neat little orthodox church
Neat little orthodox church
Looking back toward Kerkyra
Looking back toward Kerkyra
Looking back toward Kerkyra
Looking back toward Kerkyra
Same few further away
Same few further away
Vido Island
Vido Island
Our AWESOME waiter Liberato
Our AWESOME waiter Liberato
Ready for the Gala dinner
Ready for the Gala dinner
Corfu
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