Kerkyra Off The Beaten Path

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    Amerigo Vespucci

    by JLBG Updated Nov 21, 2008

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    On one of our sailing visits, we were lucky to spot the impressive Amerigo Vespucci, the famous school sailing ship from the Marina militare (Italian Navy). It was built in 1930 as a school ship for Navy officers. It has three masts and 26 square sails (2,800 square meters). The main mast is 54 m tall

    It often participates in sailing parades and Tall Ships' Races and we were very lucky to be able to get very close to it.

    Sergey (Sergey_Kuznetzov) convinced me that I should add a link with the page in Wikipedia that gives a lot more details on the Amerigo Vespucci. This is an excellent idea, Sergey, thank you so much !

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    Ancient road sign

    by JLBG Written Sep 28, 2008

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    This one was also shot several years ago and again, I feel that standard road signs that are not funny at all have replaced those handmade road signs! Anyway, there are no horses drawing neither carriages not cabs anymore in Kerkyra!

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    Old Alleyways

    by Silvereagle0914 Written Jun 25, 2008

    Unfortunately, we arrived on a Sunday and almost everthing was closed. However, that didnt stop us from exploring the local area. On our way to the Old Town, we got somewhat detoured and ended up wandering across some alleyways and a run down area of town.

    It is in my opinion best to take everything in no matter what location you are at, and this was no exception.

    The old run down buildings are an example of a culture recovering from times of turmoil, and taking in even old run buildings, and silent alleyways near the old town is worth a look.

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    "ANAGNOSTIKI ETAIREIA"-Reading Society

    by INSULARIUS Updated Mar 16, 2008

    The wonderful mansion that houses "Anagnostiki Etaireia" or "Reading Society" in English, was built in 1836 and modelled according the similar one in Geneva (Switzerland).

    It is the oldest cultural institution of Modern Greece!

    Some of its members were: Dionyssios Solomos, Lorentzos Mavilis and Dinos Theotokis.(Maybe foreign visitors are not familiar with their names, but to Corfiot and generally Greek people, mean a lot!).

    The mansion houses one of the most important libraries in Greece and it is member of "Europa Nostra" Institution.

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    Kanóni - Visiting Vlacherna Monastery of Panayia.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 18, 2007

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    This beautiful little monastery with its Venetian Belfry tower is being maintained by a few women who sell handmade artifacts in a little shop inside the monastery. With the proceeds they pay for the restoration of the Vlacherna Monastery of Panayia. At the end of our visit we lighted a candle in the chapel, just to make sure our plain flight back would be without any problems. Due to the fact that we're able to write about it, is proof that it helped :).

    Th degree to which a monastic community is socially sperated from the surrounding populace can vary widely. The women at Vlacherna Monastery of Panayia are focused on interacting with the local community in order to provide mutual servises. The women do their job at the shop and cleaning the monastery and they're paying the locals who are willing to help to keep the monastery in shape. We noticed that there is still a lot of work to be done. When we walked around the monastery we were able to enjoy nice views at Pontikonissi, the airport runway and the hills of Kanóni.

    Kanóni is linked to Perama (where we stayed) opposite by a narrow bridge - for pedestrians and bicycles only - which crosses the Halikiopoulos lagoon. It's a nice walk which we took several times, just to admire the beauty of Kanóni as a whole!

    Address:
    Area of Kanóni.

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    Situated at the southern part of the city. It is a 5 km drive from city centre of Corfu Town.

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    Kanóni - Beautiful little monastery.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 18, 2007

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    At our 3th visit we once again parked the car next to the tourist pavillion. We hiked our way down by some beautiful stairs. Because at its end, the pesinsula is connected to a small island by an iron bridge. From here one can take a caique to the charming Mouse Island, with its little 13th century church dedicated to Christ Pantocrator. But at first we were more interested in the 17th century Vlacherna Monastery of Panayia, the most characteristic feature of Corfu, that is built on this islet. Monastery is a term derived from the Greek word μοναστήριον (monastērion). Vlacherna denotes the habitation and workplace of a community of nuns, that were set apart for religious purpose.

    In ou life we have visited many monasteries. Our conclusion is that they vary greatly in size, from a single building containing only one senior and two or three junior monks, to vast complexes and estates housing ten of thousands. Vlacherna is really small, but that maybe might just it power why it attracks so many visitors.

    Address:
    Area of Kanóni.
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    Situated at the south side of the island. It is a 5 km drive from the capital of Corfu, Corfu Town.

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    Kanóni - Pensinsula connected to a small island.

    by Jerelis Written Feb 18, 2007

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    The Kanóni peninsular, despite the many buildings, contains a great deal of charming secenry and of course here you can see with your own eyes the famous picture-postcard view of Ponikonissi (Mouse Island) and Vlacherna.

    We visited Kanóni three times. The first time we drove there by car and we only visited the square at the tourist pavillion. We enjoyed a nice cold frapé and the breathtaking view. The second time we hiked our way around and explored the entire area. Up the road towards Kanóni, along a side road sign-posted 'Stratia', we found the ruins of the Temple of Artemis where the famous Gorgon pediment was found. From that point on we went looking for the Convent of Ayios Theodoros and a suriving section of the wall of ancient Corcyra, dating back to the 5the century BC. Maybe a bit weird, but we could not find it an it was already getting a bit dark, so we decided to get back to our apartement. Of course we were determined to find it during our stay at Corfu, but we must admit that we didn't have the time for it as we explored other parts of the island instead. Maybe some other time?

    Address:
    Area of Kanóni.

    Directions:
    Situated at the southern part of the city. It is a 5 km drive from city centre of Corfu Town.

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    Kanóni - The name of the place.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 18, 2007

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    At one of the last days of our visit to the island of Corfu we had a great hike starting at the city of Corfu. Our walk ended at the lovely site of Kanóni, at the southern tip of the Paloeopolis peninsula, and one of the island's main touristic attraction. It is still one of the most picturesque spots in Greece, despite the changes brought about by the rapid development of tourism in this area.

    Konóni got it's name from the battery of artillery set up here by the French in 1798, which still reminds us of the island's turbulent past. One of the canons installed by the French nowadays still stands above at the little square, next to the tourist pavillion. This internationally famous site has an idyllic landscape, with the little island on which the Vlacherna Monastery is built in the foreground, and the Pontikonissi (Mouse Island), also known as "the island of Odysseus" further left. Maybe the best view can be found at the square of the tourist pavillion.

    Address:
    Area of Kanóni.

    Directions:
    Situated at the southern part of the city. It is a 5 km drive from city centre of Corfu Town.

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    Pontikonissi - Picturesque little island.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 15, 2007

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    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.

    Address:
    The island of Pontikonissi.

    Directions:
    Situated at the southern part of the city. It is a 5 km drive from city centre of Corfu Town.

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    Pontikonissi - The caique journey.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 15, 2007

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    To visit Pontikonissi from here boats ferry visitors across to Mouse Island. Asking around learned that the first caique was due to leave around 10 o'clock, so we had to wait for a few minutes, but used this time to buy tickets at the nearby café. To our great surprise the journey towards Pontikonissi was only €2.50 per adult and Iris (at that time almost 2 years) was allowed to go for free. A funny thing was that Iris was even allowed to use the steering wheel for a while, which was, of course, a great experinece for our little girl!

    They didn't wait for the boat to get full and therefore we were the only tourists on the boat and therefore the only visitors at the island at that time.

    Address:
    The island of Pontikonissi.

    Directions:
    Situated at the southern part of the city. It is a 5 km drive from city centre of Corfu Town.

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    Pontikonissi - Inhabitants love to promenade.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 15, 2007

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    Relinde and Iris towards Vlacherna Monastery.
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    We crossed the Halikiopoulos Lagoon and finally reached the Vlacherna Monastery, which is the centre of the Kononi peninsula. We concluded that this location probably is one of the most charming parts of the island of Corfu and is the place where all the island's inhabitants love to promenade.

    Pontikonissi lies at the southern end of the Kanóni peninsula and managed to retain its beauty despite the proximity of the airport runway. In this same peninsula you'll find the island of Vlacherna and the convent of the Virgin Mary with its pretty Venetian belfry. Do consider that Vlacherna and Pontikonissi must constitute the most photographed view of Corfu and therefore it can also be a massive tourist trap. But because of the fact that we were so early we didn't notice any tourists (yet).

    Address:
    The island of Pontikonissi.

    Directions:
    Situated at the southern part of the city. It is a 5 km drive from city centre of Corfu Town.

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    Pontikonissi - Crossing the Halikiopoulos Lagoon.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 15, 2007

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    A host of small islands surround Corfu, most of them are only small clumps of rock, around which popular imagination has woven fascinating legends. Pontikonissi (Mouse Island) is one of the best known islands in Greece. According to legend, Pontikonissi is the Phaeacian ship that brought Odysseus back to his homeland Ithaki, and was turned into stone by an angry Pseidon. Another legend claims that this is the rock where Odysseus crashed because of The Storm.

    During our holiday at Corfu we stayed at the little village of Perama, which is derectly accross Pontikonissi. Therefore we we able to see this pictoresque small island every day and knew that we wanted to see it up close. For us this was just a firm walking distance away and we left early in the sunny morning, just after breakfast. From Perama we descended towards the narrow concrete causeway. It was a beautiful Sunday morning and we saw several locals fishing on the causeway. We crossed the Halikiopoulos Lagoon and also had some planes coming over that were landing on the airport runway, it was quite spectacular!

    Address:
    The island of Pontikonissi.

    Directions:
    Situated at the southern part of the city. It is a 5 km drive from city centre of Corfu Town.

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    Daytrips to Paxos

    by XenosUK Written Oct 31, 2005
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    (This page is also included in my Paxoi Island tips)

    For a lot people, their first experience of Paxos is on a daytrip from Corfu. There are many organised trips available, but most of them only seem to give you a couple of hours actually on Paxos and time for a quick swim when the boat moors off a beach on Anti Paxos, so are more about the trip itself than actually seeing Paxos.

    For anyone who is more interested in "being there" than "getting there", I'd recommend going independently by either hydrofoil or seaplane. The seaplane only takes about 15 minutes, as opposed to an hour by hydrofoil, but the timings mean that on a daytrip you don't actually get that much longer on Paxos than by taking the hydrofoil . However, the views from the seaplane are supposed to be breath-taking, so it's worth considering the extra expense for at least one leg of the trip

    If travelling by hydrofoil, I would recommend going on a Wednesday or Sunday, when the Paxos Flying Dolphin leaves Corfu at 9.30 am and returns from Gaios at 5pm. This gives you around 6.5 hours to either explore Paxos, using a combination of bus and taxis, or to get one of the express boats that run from Gaios to Anti Paxos about once an hour throughout the day.

    Anti Paxos is a beautiful island and well worth a visit, but it has little natural shade and so in high season it's not good for walking during the middle of the day. If you go in July or August, you'll probably spend most of your time there sitting in a taverna or on the beach under an umbrella and it's a long way to travel from Corfu just for that. So if the weather's very hot and sunny, I'd stick to exploring Paxos and save the Anti Paxos trip for when you go back to stay on Paxos ;o)

    Hydrofoil and seaplane schedules are on the website below.

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    Archangel Michael Church on hill top

    by BodhiDhaara Written Aug 15, 2005
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    Angelokastro.

    The tiny little church ontop of the hill named after Archangel Michael has an incredible feel I had not experienced elsewhere, after my many travels to spiritual places. I really felt what I percieved to be the energy of angels in this tiny little church.

    I went up to the top that day stressed, and came down glowing!

    This tiny location is on a major leyline that runs from UK to ISRAEL.

    I spent some time, just taking in the feel of the church. There was a tiny altar and some pictures of archangels on the walls. It was, however, more an inward feeling.

    The views are breathtaking on top of the hill.

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    Evgeniou Voulgari Street - Beautiful belfry.

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 12, 2005

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    Belfry of the Roman Catholic Church.

    We also had a view at the crenellated belfry of the Roman Catholic Church of the Annunciation, a venerable building from the end of the 14th century. The whole building was destroyed in the World War II bombing, and the only remains are the belfry, two inscriptions and a bas-relief representing war trophies.

    At the square itself we noticed some nice terraces for a cool refreshment. Also overlooking this beautiful square was the residence of the bailos, which has not survived and the residence of the Roman Catholic Archbishop, which was initially built in the 17th century and rebuilt in the 18th century, thereafter undergoing several changes. At one time it housed the Law Courts and is now the Corfu branche of the Bank of Greece.

    Evgeniou Voulgari Street is just one of the hidden secrets of the City of Corfu. Just try it!

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