Alex Roque

Writer By Night

Wandering Wednesday – Corfu [Part 2]

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“Whatever, in fact, is modern in our life we owe to the Greeks. Whatever is an anachronism is due to mediaevalism.” — Oscar Wilde

After checking out the Achilleion Palace in Corfu, our next stop was Mon Repos Palace. On the way there, we stopped at a couple places.

First was Mouse island. It is a tiny island that is the home of a monastery and is called such [actually Pontikonisi in Greek] because the white stone staircase apparently gives the look of a mouse tail.

I don’t see the mouse tail, but it’s still a cute little island!

And then we saw our first stray cat of the trip [though there would be so many more]. Although I’m not sure if she was a stray, but she was gorgeous.

Yes. I’m posting a picture of a cat. Deal with it.

After this stop we continued on to Mon Repos. This is a palace that was the birthplace of the Duke of Edinburgh, and is next to amazing excavations from ancient Greece.

Inside it’s still set up as it was when it was a home to royalty.

One of the rooms

After checking out this palace, it was time to head to a small cafe near the Spianada, a park and plaza area along the water. From our seats outside, we could see the site of the ancient city of Corcyra.

It looked like something out of a movie, like a lair.

We also walked around the park area for a moment, and it was here I was first introduced to the wild dogs that run around Greece. At first I thought “Oh poor babies,” but then a moment later we witnessed two of the big dogs ATTACK a small dog on a leash, and it was terrible but the owner managed to snatch the pup in time before anything terrible happened but OMG. I no longer felt bad for the dogs. D;

Back to sitting at the coffee shop, we got to watch an awesome thunderstorm come towards us.

On the right side you can see where the rain starts

And instead of coffee, we had these delicious Fanta-like drinks.

nomnom

And then within minutes of the bus showing up, it was DOWN POURING. Insanely. Luckily we had our umbrella this time. I took video once we got to the ship of just how bad the rain was, but I have a tendency to narrate my videos terribly and I hate the sound of my voice, so no videos for you.

Next week I will talk about Athens! I’m really excited to show pictures from there.

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4 thoughts on “Wandering Wednesday – Corfu [Part 2]

  1. I had to google Mouse Island because I wanted to see the staircase that looks like a mouse tail :)

  2. ALl of your photos make me so jealous! What a gorgeous place!

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