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Honeymoon: Corfu, Greece

Friday, August 1, 2014

On a Cruise Critic message board, I found an older lady from Australia who was looking for someone to accompany her on a private Corfu taxi tour to split the cost. I loved the idea of a private tour and not being stuck on a huge tour bus. Sam and I met the lady and her friend on board the cruise ship and the next day we docked in Corfu and went on our tour. The tour guide was excellent! He knew so much about the history of the area and took us places that weren't crowded with tourists.
Corfu has hundred of different wildflowers.

This yellow flower is called Sparta.

Sam picked me some flowers and stuck them in my hair.

Our tour guide is a member of the local photography club and took us to some scenic places on the island to get good photographs. 

There were olive tree groves all over the island.

The first place we visited was the Castle of the Angels. Sam took the photo above of the winding roads while we were standing in the castle.
The Castle of the Angels was built in the 11th century by the Byzantines on the western part of the island. This castle was built around the same time as another castle on the northern side of the island, and the castles communicated with each other with smoke signals. Despite countless attacks, the castle never fell.
It was a long climb up to the castle and we passed more olive groves on the way up.

View looking down from the castle.

Our guide took us to a small, quaint Greek village on our way to the next stop.

We went to the Achilleion Palace, which was built by an Austria Empress Elisabeth of Bavaria. Doctors recommended warmer climate for her health, and she built this summer palace in Corfu in 1890.
The palace had beautiful gardens.

This is mouse island, which got its name because the white staircase resembles a mouse tail. A monastery is located on the island.

Vlacherna Monastery in one of the most well known Corfu landmarks and is the most photographed spots on the island.

This is the northern side of the island, which I photographed from the cruise ship. The Old Fortress can be seen on the right.

Old Town Corfu

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2 Responses to “Honeymoon: Corfu, Greece”

  1. My husband and I hope to go to Greece when we get around to honeymooning! It looks absolutely beautiful there. Your photos are unbelievable, what kind of camera do you use?

  2. That water looks amazing, what a great trip!


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