Thursday, May 29, 2008

Corfu: Final Port of Call

It was a hot day to be doing much besides sitting at the pool with a cool drink and a good book. That would definitely have been the more relaxing thing to do. But instead we felt compelled to spend hours walking around Corfu, our final port of call.

Since we didn’t take an excursion, we were limited to what we could see on foot. The walk from the dock was not one of the more picturesque parts of town. But finally we reached the town center and things improved. We couldn’t resist following a sign that said “Jewish quarter”, which led us to this bakery where the owner claims not to use butter, milk, or sugar. I find it hard to believe she can turn out such a variety of pastries without these key ingredients. We ended up with 5 Euros worth of sweet stuff that we didn’t really want or need just because the woman was so nice.

Clothes and jewelry seem to be the hot items for sale. It would seem Italian fashion is everyone’s ideal.

We ran into our traveling companions who had hiked up to an old fort and we all sat at an outdoor cafe for a cool drink.

When we wandered over to the water, I spied the boat on which I wish I had spent the afternoon.

The Corfu pigeons were feeling especially amorous despite the heat.

As we walked back to our ship, the Splendor of the Seas, I once again realized just how big it is. You can see the bus pulling away as we make our final boarding. Those little boats hanging on the side are how we would survive if it went down, something hard to imagine. The people who paid the big bucks have the balconies on decks 7 and 8.

Tomorrow is a day at sea and then we arrive back at Venice on Saturday morning. In many ways it will be nice not to have all the constant food temptations the cruise offers. We can once again eat a big salad for dinner instead of a three-course meal if we choose.

But until then we continue to live in this floating city that provides all the comforts of home and more.


Blogger Kristin said...

Love the bougainvillea on the side of that building. Gorgeous pics all the way around from this trip.

1:02 PM  
Anonymous lr said...

Yes, as Kristin said, the pictures are wonderful and unusual, see mating birds. I am most interested in learning what ingredients were actually used in your sweets purchase. Were they tasty?

2:13 PM  
Blogger media concepts said...

Thanks for the Corfu travelogue. I tried to get there once from Brindisi, but there was a near-riot at the Ferry ticket station, someone went through its giant plate glass window, tickets to Corfu sold out, and I ended up beginning the Greece adventure in Patras. It was big fun.

9:37 PM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

Beautiful pics (all except the pidgeon porno ... ewwww!)

Glad you'll be on solid ground soon!

8:01 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Kristin -- Corfu is supposed to be one of the greenest Greek islands. The vegetation was lovely!

LR -- I can't imagine what was in those sweets other than honey, but David quickly devoured one and pronounced it delicious.

MC -- Greek adventures are always interesting. I remember once camping out on the Athens Airport floor after arriving exactly 24 hours late for a flight that left at 00:15 a.m.

Reya -- Maybe the pigeons were just being friendly!

12:07 PM  
Blogger mouse (aka kimy) said...

catching up as I've been on the road and fell behind....

all I can say regarding this post I'm cracking up....I have dozens - rather scores - of pictures of fornicating animals that I've taken over the years, who'd have thought that my sweet friend barbara would share this say wackiness!


6:11 PM  

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