From Gouvia marina Jim and I took the bus into Corfu town
centre for two reasons. One to check out
the buses to and from the airport for arriving friends and secondly to find a
Vodafone shop to sort out a new USB stick for the computer. The buses were no problem but on speaking
with Vodafone they wanted 60 euros a month for a connection. We tried two other suppliers to no
avail. We have managed the last two days
to use the notebook at the cafe but it would be easier to be able to use it on
Ariel especially for the weather reports.
When we return to Corfu town we will have to bite the bullet and pay for
the honour now we have got use to the idea.
Everything we have seen of Corfu is very nice. Corfu town was no exception. Corfu is the name by which we tourists know
the island but the Greeks call it Kerkyra.
It has a lush green landscape and the bays have lots of villa’s dotted
in the hills together with hotel complexes.
75% of visitors to Corfu are British and it is not surprising most of
the people you speak to can converse in English. Corfu town is on the east coast and looks
across to the borders of Albania and Greece on the mainland.
Corfu started out life as a colony of Corinth, the first
settlers arrived in 734 BC. The island
played little part in the rise of Athens or the defeat but Corfu saw a
succession of rulers but it was always on the fringes of the Hellenic
world. The island came under Roman rule
in 220 BC when Emperor Augustus made it his base prior to the battle of
Actium. Nero is said to have dropped in
about 67 AD. Corfu over the years never
saw Turkish rule although the island was raided and besieged in 1537 when
20,000 inhabitants were carried off into slavery. In 1716, Saint Spiridon, Corfu’s patron saint
saved the day by bringing on a rainstorm in August. Every year on the 11th August Corfu
celebrates this day. It is also
documented that about every fourth male born on the island is named after the
The arrival of Napoleon in 1797 saw the end of Venetian rule
and in came a period of unstable French rule.
The British took over Corfu between 1815 and 1864 when control was given
to the new Greek state.
There are colonial houses in the town of French and British
Georgian buildings with two huge fortresses, a cricket pitch in front of the
Royal Palace which now houses Chinese and Japanese porcelain and bronzes. There are many museums in the town with
something for everyone such as the Archaeological Museum which houses
sculptures from the Temple of Artemis 580 BC.
We enjoyed the side alleys and all the little shops. As it was so hot we stopped at a restaurant
overlooking the bay for lunch. It was a
marvellous place to stop and we enjoyed a lovely Greek salad before making our
way back through Corfu town to the bus stop.