The Old Fort

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Outside the Old fort
The morning after the wedding we woke up feeling very sluggish.  This didn't stop me from wanting to find some adventures.  Firstly, food.  We head out and follow the path of the sea again.  We follow signs for Faliraki and come upon a concrete beach with a jetty.  The price to swim here is €1.40 per person.  We see lots of locals sunbathing and swimming here.  We discover that the food is only average, which is why no one else is eating here.  I had a plate of random things fried in breadcrumbs, mostly cheese, some calamaries and surprisingly broccoli.  Otu picks a meat dish, a kebab of some sort, fairly big portion.

Unsure if the main sites are open on a Sunday we stroll to the Liston, through the Spiananda and then onto the Old fort.
Mucking around inside
  They stay open till 8pm, entry price €4 per person.  There are three levels to the Old fort you have the lower level, middle level and upper level.  The forts were built for defense purposes by the Venetians mostly in the 15th and 16th century.  There is a church on one of the levels, it is peaceful to sit inside it, if not to take a break before the real climb to the top begins.  The ascent up to the top of the fort is very steep and the pebbly rocks are slippery, especially if you're not wearing the right shoes.  Even in my birkenstocks I found if difficult, luckily there are some barriers to help you along the way.  Luckily for us we had the weather on our side, the harsh wind kept blowing to keep the heat off us.
To begin the climb
  We pass many peeople who had jus finished at the top level were leisurely making their way down at a nice easy pace.  The views from the top are absolutely stunning.  You can see out into the deep blue sea and all the way around Corfu town.  All the roof tops of the houses, the cars running on the roads and people going about their business.  You have a good view of the New Fort too.  With the wind blowing so wildly you can almost feel the urgency, as if something about to happen...

The journey down was much easier on your calf muscles and your lungs but the slippery cobbles can still be a problem.  Slow and careful steps can take care of that.  We left at 8pm after the gates had closed.  From here we walked past through the spianada, past the Liston and back into the streets full of shops.  We passed a church where a wedding was taking place.  The whole street was full of wedding guests and the atmosphere was so happy.

We head back to the hotel and have a quick night time siesta, even at 11pm when we come back out into town the restaurants are still trading and the streets are still happening!  The island that never sleeps. 
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Outside the Old fort
Outside the Old fort
Mucking around inside
Mucking around inside
To begin the climb
To begin the climb
Top of the world
Top of the world
Through the tunnels
Through the tunnels
Town view from the top
Town view from the top
Sea view from the top
Sea view from the top
Corfu
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