The ferry terminal was right next door to our hotel which was rather convenient, so we shed our Albanian Lek by buying a truckload of snacks again and walked down to the port for passport checks, bag scans and a short wait for the ferry.
The journey took about half an hour and wasn’t too busy so the entrance into Greek territory didn’t take too long and we were at our hotel in Corfu Old Town in no time. We had an orientation walk and stopped for some lunch and of course local beer.
It was my aim on this holiday to have one Greek salad a day, and I excelled myself. Today was my first GREEK Greek Salad so extra delicious. If I had to have Greek Salad every single day of my life I’d be happy.
Corfu Old Town is really pretty and reminded me of happy family holidays around the Med. ‘My Family and Other Animals‘ was set here and conjures up idyllic images of life on the island which have stayed with me since reading the book at school.
I’ve always been in love with Greece: the history, the Greek philosophers, the people, the atmosphere and the architecture. Greece is another place where if you show a bit of interest in the people they’re suddenly your best friend. Having said that I found London to be incredibly friendly most of the time when I lived there for a year. People told me it would be lonely and that people would be rude, but I discovered that as long as you make an effort, people make an effort back. I think that’s universal, but it’s just more obvious here in Greece and Albania.
The Old Fortress was constructed by the Venetians in the 1500s and boasts spectacular views of the town and coast apparently. We arrived in the hottest part of the day so I decided not to go up there and instead went for a swim in the crystal clear water below.
That evening we dined in a nearby restaurant where I sampled my first Moussaka of the trip. On a first day in Greece I think it’s essential to have a Greek Salad and a Moussaka but Christ the portions are big. They reeeeally love their Mousakka here. I think my portion was as big as my head.
I pretty much rolled back down the hill to the hotel.