Times to remember


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on 04 May 2010

Category: Corfu General

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What I liked best about Corfu was its greenery. Hot spells in summer and mild winter rains have produced a green island full of olive groves and the landscape is absolutely pleasing to the eye. After few days enjoying the beach in Pelekas and the hot sun, I decided to take a local taxi and explore the island on my own. The taxi driver offered to take me to the Aqualand, the largest water park in Corfu, but I declined (a bit too old to be frolicking in the water!).

I visited some very picturesque villages like Strinilas and the deserted mountainous village of Perithia, where the only life (besides me) was a few sheep. But I was surprised as hell to find a couple of taverns there. Well, the Greeks sure know a thing or two about tourism! The Achillion Palace in the village of Gastouri is a "must see" and is one of the top tourist attractions of Corfu, and so also is Paleokastritsa, a beautiful spot set around three bays with a backdrop of beautiful green hills.

The taxi driver was a happy man in his middle 50s and he tried to open conversations, which I find very amusing to talk to the locals. They always have something different to tell you! If you decide to take the cab to get around the island, first ask a tavern owner for a good taxi driver and then negotiate the price from before. Me I gave 80 euros for all day. If I had a licence, things would be easier but I don't.

What I also liked in Corfu as food. I tasted some fabulous Mediterranean food at many of the taverns I visited. Not being very fond of seafood, I decided to tuck into some of the popular meat and vegetable dishes of the island. Among the great many dishes I tasted, I simply cannot forget: stifado (a meat stew with baby shallots), stuffed chicken breast with spinach and wine sauce, and briam (a baked dish of mixed vegetables), washed down with glasses of Metaxa, or was it Ouzo, or perhaps Retsina?

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