Corfu Impressions

Corfu is one of the Greek islands, and is called Kerkyra as well. It has a capital by the same name.
It is called "green island" - there's really alot of green plants, if you compare it with continental Greece. The humidity of the air there is quite high.
Corfu is located in the western part of Greece, close to the Albanian border. Most of the Greek Islands are located in the Aegean sea, while Corfu is in the Ionian sea.
All the people we met were very nice to us.

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Aerial photograph taken in the time when we were waiting for getting the permission to land. As you can see, the airplane must approach from the sea. The runway is 2375m long, with water on the left, water on the right and highway at one of its end... We were told that the airplane captains must have special training before they are allowed to land there. I don't know if this is true, but I can say it's really amazing when they have so much control over their machines!

A cliff not far from the place where I lived. I lived on the northern coast in Agnos/Karrousades. This cliff is on a way to Roda (east from Agnos when going on the beach)
We tried to go to Roda on our very first day, but we ended up in a place that was full of weeds and thick bushes with thorns, which prevented us from going further. The next time, we tried to get there by a road, and just short of Roda, the road went across a small bridge. There were tourists leaning over the railing and throwing pieces of bread into the puddle below. We thought - they are feeding the fishes! But there weren't any fishes, there were turtles.

I found this flower on a fence as I went on a road to Roda. In our language, it is called "Mucenka" ("Passiflora" in Latin).
As Central Europeans, we were dazzled by the number of tropical plants growing there without too much effort, while back at home they are hard to grow even in a greenhouse.
Let's name a few of them: olives (olives were everywhere), opuntia, fig tree, banana tree, lemon tree, orange-tree, eucalyptus, almond tree.
We were told that Corfu produces 2% of the world's production of olive oil!

When we went west from Agnos along the beach, we came across a small restaurant offering fresh fish. This "Three brother's" boat probably belongs to the restaurant's owner, as it bears the same name.
Once at this restaurant, we sat down under a green "roof" of grape-vines. We ordered Greek salad. You can prepare it at home. All you need is tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, onion, feta cheese, black olives, salt, pepper, vinegar, and olive oil.

Once, as I was returning from an "on foot" trip around the Agnos neighbourhood, I noticed the sun going down under the sea. I could not resist taking a picture. I had 100 ASA film, so I had to improvise a little bit to avoid the camera shake.
The beach was almost deserted, with only a few pedestrians passing by, watching the same romantic scene as I did.

Small houses in the olive grove.
Olive trees could be found just about everywhere. In the past, the island had been ruled by the Englishmen. Venetian brought the olive trees to Corfu. The peasants were paid a gold coin of considerable value for each planted olive tree. Other trees became extinct because of extensive exploitation for ship construction.
Olives are harvested during the winter - it's rainy during that part of the year. First, the grass below the trees is cut. Then, the ground is covered with wide stripes of black plastic net. Over time, the olives fall onto the net and people sweep them for storage.

Paxos is a small island to the south from Corfu. There's another even smaller island on the South from Paxos, called Antipaxos, but our boat went only to Paxos. Here is a back street in Paxos. I would call this "Greek still-life"...

You can find this view on a majority of Corfu postcards. If I remember it well, this place is called Vlakheros and it serves as a monastery.
The island in the back (on the left) is called Pontikonosi (The Mouse Island).
From the very same place, from which this picture was taken, you can watch the airplanes landing and taking off.

This is one of the 7 monks who live in the monastery located on the hill above Paleokastritsa town. As far as I know, monks shouldn't smoke - this one tries to hide away the cigarette in his hand. - Can you see any cigarette? No!
In the meantime he let the tourists take pictures of themselves sitting next to him. This definitely wasn't what I imaginged to be a monk's life. Well, the guide had told us, that Corfians make their living on tourist traffic.

Another monk from the same monastery. Here, he doesn't want to be photographed, although he is already on a postcard dedicated to this place.
You can see children pointing their fingers in my direction - they revealed my presence to him.
I'm sorry, but the monk should have said something sooner!

A back street in Corfu town, with clothes hanging across the street, a blackboard with a restaurant's menu, and the small boy. It's a kind of romantic place, isn't it?
Unfortunately the film was unable to express the richness of the shadows and lights - some moments are hard to capture by any means!

Seagull on Agnos beach... he was a little bit afraid of me, but in the end, he let me approach to him half meter away. I talked to him, explaining why he should wait for a while. He seemed to understand.
Have you noticed the same dark orange colour around his eyelids and on his beak? What a fascinating designer Mother Nature is!

This is the very last sunrise that I saw on Corfu. The air was quite clean and dry, so the Albanian coast was clearly visible. The Albanian coast is about 2 km away from the Agnos coast, and you can see the Albanian shores if the fog is not too thick.
I guess I don't have to tell you that I would have stayed there longer, if it would have been possible.

Beach sand from Agnos I took some sand from the beach to Prague, where I've used it as a bed for a photo of shells.

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