Corfu Island: A Little Piece of Paradise

Enjoying the view and the wind.
Here I am enjoying the view and the wind.

For a mere three days I visited Corfu Island. I’m pretty sure Corfu really means paradise in Greek because as we traveled by ferry (first, a four hour hellish bus ride) to reach the island I felt like I was in paradise.

The wind was blowing, the sun was shining and the water looked blue. If you haven’t visited New York before let me tell you a secret–the water isn’t blue, don’t go in the water, just don’t do it.

Seeing clean blue water is a big deal to me. The only time I go to the beach is when I’m in Puerto Rico and the strong waves make standing a workout.

Do you see how blue the water is? No filter people. This is unedited beauty right here.
Do you see how blue the water is? No filter people. This is unedited beauty right here.
A view of Corfu Island while on the ferry.
A view of Corfu Island while on the ferry.

Everyone was excited to visit the island (it was practically a vacation within a vacation) but after four hours on a bus and an hour and a half on a ferry (then a thirty minute bus ride to our hotel) we were all hungry, grumpy and hot.

A closer view of Corfu Island. The picture doesn't do it any justice.
A closer view of Corfu Island. The picture doesn’t do it any justice.

I’m not entirely sure how we survived the weekend. No one wanted to waste any time so the moment we got to the hotel we left about two hours later to check out the town.

Let me tell you something about Corfu that’s really unfortunate. Though beautiful, the downside is that it’s really expensive. We had gotten used to paying 8 euro at most for a taxi in Thessaloniki. On the island it cost my roommate and I 35 euro just to get back from the beach.

But the cost doesn’t matter much when you’re there because you have to experience and see as much as you can. According to my roommate’s Greek friend, Tassos, in three days you can only get a “smell” of the island, a small “taste.” Considering it’s the second largest of the Ionian Islands he’s right.

Embrace the smell and the small taste, ask yourself if sleep is really that important for a three day trip and when will you ever be in Greece again.

Here, I’ll help you with your answers:

Sleep isn’t important. Just get yourself a frappe.

Maybe never, so why waste another minute?

The city was actually inspired by Venice so the buildings and the cobblestone streets give you more of a taste of Italy than Greece.
The city was actually inspired by Venice so the buildings and the cobblestone streets give you more of a taste of Italy than Greece.
They have McDonald's. McDonald's is seriously everywhere in the world, isn't it? It's a little sad that I got excited once I saw it because the franchise reminds me of home.
They have McDonald’s. McDonald’s is seriously everywhere in the world, isn’t it? It’s a little sad that I got excited once I saw it because the franchise reminds me of home.
Music is sometimes played here. You can listen or watch while you sit or walk around the park.
Music is sometimes played here. You can listen or watch while you sit or walk around the park.
Apparently wealthy people take a trip on their boats to Corfu. Many of the girls I was with were excited at the possibility of meeting a rich man (one of them actually met two).
Apparently wealthy people take a trip on their boats to Corfu. Many of the girls I was with were excited at the possibility of meeting a rich man (one of them actually met two).
The food was expensive but seafood in general is expensive in Greece. It doesn't matter though, you need to have some while you're here. Our mussels were in lemon juice and just out of this world delicious.
The food was expensive but seafood in general is pricey in Greece. It doesn’t matter though, you need to have some while you’re here. Our mussels were in lemon juice and out of this world delicious.
Here was my main dish, chicken with potatoes and vegetables. The chicken fell right off the bone and nearly melted in my mouth (now I'm getting hungry just thinking about it).
Here was my main dish, chicken with potatoes and vegetables. The chicken fell right off the bone and nearly melted in my mouth
The highlight of my trip was visiting Achilleion palace where Empress of Austria Elisabeth of Bavaria loved. According to our tour guide, Elisabeth was a very unhappy woman and she suffered from anorexia.
The highlight of my trip was visiting Achilleion palace where Empress of Austria Elisabeth of Bavaria lived. According to our tour guide, Elisabeth was a very unhappy woman and she suffered from anorexia.
A look inside the palace and down the stairs.
A look inside the palace and down the stairs.
Elisabeth was actually a tall woman but her bed appears to be for a shorter person. During her time people used to sleep sitting up with pillows behind them because they felt laying down looked too much like the dead.
Elisabeth was actually a tall woman but her bed appears to be for a shorter person. During her time, people used to sleep sitting up with pillows behind them because they felt laying down made them look too much like the dead.
Besides the beautiful garden, Greek statues surround the outside.
Besides the beautiful garden, Greek statues surround the outside.
Take a quiet walk through the gardens, you won't be disappointed with the view at the end.
Take a quiet walk through the gardens, you won’t be disappointed with the view at the end.
The palace is named after Achilles. There are statues and paintings which depict Achilles and scenes from the Trojan War.
The palace is named after Achilles. There are statues and paintings which depict Achilles and scenes from the Trojan War.
Probably one of my favorite paintings, next to Las Meninas (by Diego Velazquez), The Triumph of Achilles by Franz von Matsch. Here he is dragging Hector's body from the gates of Troy.
Probably one of my favorite paintings, next to Las Meninas (by Diego Velazquez), The Triumph of Achilles by Franz von Matsch. Here he is dragging Hector’s body from the gates of Troy.
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