Talk to someone who knows!
I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.
However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that you should be aware of and prepared for to make sure that the trip is as easy and enjoyable as possible. We always try to see everything once we're there, but this is not always an act of responsible travelling. We always talk to the locals and we know that they have the information about just the right spots to visit and how to undertake them. It will not only enhance your experiences but also avoid any unnecessary hassles.
For us the travel tips we have written in this section made the most of our travel experience and we came home in the same happy, healthy state that we left.
Very large beer!
Why did we visit Amorossa Pool Bar? We think that this is a very good and valid question, because Acharavi does have a huge choice in bars, restaurants and tavarenas -> So why have a drink at this one? The answer is rather simple. When we arrived at Acharavi we found a parking lot just accross the road of the bar. We had a hike at the beach area and when we returned for our car we decided to have a drink before we would leave Acharavi.
When we sat under an umbrella enjoying our rather large cold beer we agreed that Amorossa is a really nice pool bar to laze your days away. We read in a brochure that it offers free sunbeds, some simple snack food (a midweek Greek BBQ and Sunday roast dinner), all kinds of drinks at the bar and a satellite TV. We also had a view at the swimming pool and it is all situated near the beach of Acharavi. For us it was good enough for the drink, but had no intention of ever having dinner at the place, but this is not a good criteria for you to judge it. We just like the cosy Greek taverna style better. Well, can't really say, because we only had a drink at Amorossa, or it would be the complimentary nuts :)
Pontikonissi - Picturesque little island.
When we arrived we had a nice sence of excitement over us. Before we started walking aroun the little island we asked the boatmen for some extra background information. We learned that the monastery buildings have gone from the island, but the little Byzantine church of Pantokrator (11th or 12th century) still stands. This small church and its tiny cell, hidden among the trees, are the only buildings on the island and is dedicated to Christ Pantocrator. After our talk to the boatmen they left with the caique and, of course, we were hoping that they would return :)
Via a beautiful stairway we ended up at the top of the island, which provided us some beautiful views towards Kanoni and Perama. This spectacular view inspired the German painter Becklin to draw "The Island of the Dead". We could just look around everywhere, trying to get a glimpse of the inside of the church and trying to smell the atmosphere of this historical place. We also walked all around this little island and saw a huge albino rabbit. This, of course, took Iris' attention completely! After about 15 minutes we were glad that we saw a boat coming our way. The boat arrived and we jumped in and said goodbye to the place that is also considered Odysseus' island.
There were so many beautiful flowers in Corfu, I just couldn't resist taking photos of some of them. I saw many unusual looking flowers that we don't have here in Finland.
This red one is one of the most exotic ones that I found, as is the next one.