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