I did not imagine that I’d get so many sweet comments on my previous blog post (sorry it’s in Bahasa Indonesia). Thank you all so much for your sweet and lovely comments, it has made my week and put a big smile on my face! I wrote a little bit about my short holiday in a Greek island, Corfu. Although the big news on the post was about my pregnancy 🙂 Thus, I’ve spilled the beans already, now I want to share a bit some holiday pictures from Corfu, a beautiful Greek island that is located in Ionian Sea.
It has so many beautiful sights and it has been a tourist magnet since the 70’s. I really do not mind to go holidaying to a touristic place since I am a tourist too and I have not been to ALL OF TOURISTIC PLACES in Europe. Corfu is the second Greek island I have ever been to. I went to Kos island with my then-boyfriend (now my husband..ahem!) 6 years ago and we did some island hopping to the nearest country, Turkey. Greece has so many amazing islands, and I fell in love with the country and the hospitality since my first holiday in Kos years ago. We finally came back after so many years and definitely loved it.
Corfu (in Greek: Kérkyra), is unlike the rest of Greece, never fell under the Ottoman oppression. Due to the successive domination of the Venetians, the French and the British over the centuries, leaving an evident mark on the local culture. That’s why the island looks more European than the rest of other Greek islands. Corfu is also one of the greenest of the Greek islands – thanks to intermittent but torrential rains from September to May, and the thousands of olive trees that carpet the landscape. On the north coastline- separated only by straits-is the nearest neighboring country, Albania. You can see many excursions are offered to hop on a ferry for a one-day trip to Albania. It costs €19 (low season) or €23 (high season) per person.
Italian architectures in Old Town
Corfu has a hot summer Mediterranean climate, the temperatures at its highest during July-August (30+ degrees Celsius). It is a different kind of hot than Indonesian’s hot temperatures. In Greece, it is very dry and HOT. While back home, it is hot and very humid. So when we were there in September it was perfect temperatures, ranging between 26-30 degrees Celsius. When it was too hot to be on the beach, we would go with our rented scooter and went to other towns and just relax at a restaurant and reading books. We only had 1 day of rain during our stay there. Lucky us! There are many things you can do there besides hanging out at the beach or by hotel’s pool. For instance, you can go hiking like we did. The island is very green, it’s very comfortable for hikers because there are many small paths for hikers. Then of course, you can go to the castles, museums, visiting the ancient ruins, old fortresses at the Old Town, and shopping also in Old Town. It is a perfect destination for people who prefer to be lazy and people who love cultures. In my opinion, it is quite affordable to go shopping here.
The blue sea
We stayed at a small hotel that was located on a cliff. It is a family-run hotel, with friendly service, very affordable and comfortable. We enjoyed our stay in this hotel 🙂
Above is a picture from this site, I don’t own it just borrow it
I did not shop much, I only bought some pots of body lotion made from organic olives and olive oils for our friends and my in-laws. I was really excited to find Korres products at the airport’s duty free shop that were sold cheaply. Korres is a cosmetic brand from Greece that is known for their products that are made from 100% natural ingredients and sustainable approach.
Indonesians are pretty obsessed with Santorini, but believe me, there are many other amazing islands in Greece besides Santorini 🙂 which I think it has become super expensive from the rest of Greek islands’ price standards.
All in all, we’ve had a great summer holiday and we came back home with happy smiles (and quite tanned too). Thanks all for reading. Wish you a great weekend!