In Journaling Greek Vacation Travel – part 3, I gave a small view of Venice where we spent a day before our Greek Isle Cruise. Now, I’m taking you to our first island: Corfu – a couple more of our digital scrapbook pages are shown below. This was my favorite stop. I pretty much thought all the Greek Islands would look the same, white buildings, blue sea – but Corfu is different. They get more rainfall so it is a much greener island.
The first stop was a visit to the Achilleion, built by the Empress of Austria Elisabeth of Bavaria, also known as Sisi. Our guide was very knowledgeable and talked at great lengths about the art, artifacts, and history. Sisi lived a tragic life and was obsessed with beauty, fashion and her weight (most think she was probably anorexic and a hypochondriac.) I just loved the Dying Achilles statue (Achilleas thniskon) – I’ve never seen a statue that moved me like that. Even before the guide mentioned it, I noticed the strained veins and exquisite detail – it, along with the view from the garden took my breath away, (well, and the sublime buttocks too.)
The other main part of this trip was a traditional Greek luncheon (feta, Tzatziki, peppers, olives, salad, sausage, meat stew and more) at the famous Tripas Tavern. They were just so wonderful about accommodating our special diets. Since daughter is pescetarian, they made a special dish of fried fish – really not necessary since there was so much other food. We tasted Ouzo – I wouldn’t go out of my way to get it. We were also entertained by some traditional Greek dancers. At one point the man picked up a table with his teeth!
Do you have photos from a great vacation?