A mini trip is always a good idea, isn’t it!? I must confess that in this period it was exactly what I needed…….just to get in the car and go towards the unknown. And it didn’t take much to make the decision to pick some clothes and get away!
I set off in the evening (it was about 8 o’clock) from Nafplio heading towards Corfu!!! I didn’t care about how late it was, or if I was tired, only the idea of the trip made me spread my wings!
After 6 hours trip I reached Igoumenitsa, I stayed there to get rest during the night and early in the morning take the ship to my destination…..Corfu!!!
(many times I feel that in a trip, the journey is worth the same as the destination)
When I reached Corfu in the morning, I was amazed at the crowd swarming about the streets. I was impressed at the fact that, while it’s winter, the island was awash with people! (imagine what happens in the summer!) I started wandering around the quarters of the old town, so beautiful and picturesque, they take you to a Venetian scene.
It was fun when I went through a street where local women had hung out the wash over the street and down below cars and pedestrians were passing. I had seen that only in a washing powder commercial, I didn’t expect this to happen for real in our days!
But the Old Town reminds of past times!!!
Walking for hours in a real maze of small neighborhoods searching for the discovery of old secrets, with a child’s curiosity, is an unforgettable experience. The oldest and most charming section of the old town is Cambiello where I walked in the narrow quarters with high buildings, sculptured wells, scenic squares and flowery balconies.
In the midst of Cambiello in the north of the historic centre there is Filellinon street, where the oldest building is located in the number 18 (1497). It is said that the balcony is identical with that of Romeo and Juliette.
Corfu, due to geographic position, is like a trip in another country, as it has assimilated elements from Italian architecture. All that mixture of civilizations combined with the wild natural beauty, the big blue and the dozens of dotted historical monuments compound a unique landscape. It’s an island full of style!
After I passed by the New Stronghold, walking through the island’s alleys which remind of a maze, I reached the majestic Old Fortress. This one has been divided from the rest of the island by the creation of a sea moat, the so called contrafossa whose only way of approach is by a bridge.
After my visit to the stronghold I got an answer to the question……why Kerkira is called Corfu?
The History of the Old Stronghold begins in the middle of the 6th century A.D. when the ancient city of Kerkira is been destroyed by barbaric raids. At the time, its residents start to move gradually towards the naturally fortified, with two hilltops, peninsula of the Old Stronghold where a Byzantine city starts to develop, the so called Coryfo (that’s where the foreign name of the island Corfou or Corfu came from)!
The current form of the fortification of the Old Stronghold is mainly due to the defensive works which took place during the Venetocracy (1386-1797). You can see everywhere dotted cannons, which constituted the heavy artillery of that age.
Today, the Old Stronghold along with the New Stronghold, the Old Town of Kerkyra and the rest of its fortifications are considered to be World Heritage Monuments by UNESCO.
But the ride doesn’t end here…!!!
So stay tuned for more beautiful landscapes and places of Corfu!!! Kissezzz
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