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A Night in Corfu Town

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Corfu town is Venice and Naples, a touch of France and more than a dash of England, apart of course from being Greek’ – Countess Flamburiari

While we were in Corfu we decided to spend a night in Corfu town, or Kerkyra as the island’s capital is also known. It was a complete treasure trove of beautiful things. Money and Ryan air luggage allowance permitting, we would have brought home a lot more than we did believe me, but we each found some treasures. The light and setting was so pretty, so I took some pictures to bring home too.

Sometimes I am so busy taking pictures of the kids, that I forget about this one. It’s ten years since we last spent a night in Corfu Town together. So while the kids were busy sorting out which shells to buy, we snapped each other.

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Knowing I am often the one behind the camera, he insisted on snapping me too. I can still feel the sun and the glow of freckly sun kissed skin when I look at this picture.

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The kids were fascinated by the dogs sleeping wild everywhere, they all look like someone’s forgotten pet. They made us think of Max a lot, he spends the time on doggy holiday with a lady who also has a greyhound, he loves his trips to see Shadow, but we miss him.

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This has to be my favourite dog shot, basking on the warm flagstones, completely oblivious to the crowds of passing tourists and locals along the famous The Liston.

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We arrived hungry, so decided to stop along The Liston, a stunning sweep of cafes and restaurants fronted by columns. The term liston is Venetian and actually refers to the long marble slabs used for paving the streets.

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Inside the arches makes for a lovely place to sit and enjoy a feast, as do the pavement cafes across the very shiny pavement. Guide books will tell you to avoid the premium you will pay here, but I think it is worth it for the atmosphere and people watching. Across from us hundreds and thousands of sparrows or starlings had descended and were making the most incredible sound. The waiters banged trays and they stopped momentarily.

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We ate beautiful bread and olives and some more lovely food, everyone was too hungry to put up with any more snapping of their food though!

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Then it was back out into the night to shop some more. Corfu just unfolds, little side streets packed with treasure, that open out into squares, secret gardens or reach pretty courtyards full of cafes and shops.

These sponges just seemed to suck up the last of the light and glow among the darkening streets. There were so many pretty shell mobiles, some made from actual shells strung on fishing net, I wanted to take a piece of the sea home with me.

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I caught a glimpse of St Spirdon’s church tower down a side street, surreal and so colourful. It looked like something out of a Disney film, I think I was probably thinking of Aladdin.

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I love the yellows and reds against the royal blue sky. I’m not sure what that sparkling light is now, but it looks magical.

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Just outside St Spirion church I bought two beautiful hand made cushion covers, a lot like the ones I wrote about here, but this time with a Greek scenes, rather than a Morrocan themes.

Corfu Town is Venetian in architecture, I love the shutters and the ornate balconies. It has a real faded glamour about it, it took me back ten years too, a young Mr A and I, at the end of our week’s holiday, on our last stop before the airport.

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We bustled through side streets full of shops and found ourselves in a square with a brass band playing.

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I spotted this cake shop, now closed, but how beautiful is the decor and how dare it be closed?

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This bakery was going, I just love the colours, so inviting. We watched these little children choosing, before going in ourselves for a treat.

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I love these traditional slippers, I saw on instragram that Cool Bananas actually brought some back from her trip to Rhodes, I wish I had now too, I think they would really cheer me up through the cold Winter.

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L gets her fascination with buskers from my mum and her love of street performers from me. What would the streets be without them?

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She also found a new school bag, ready for her new start at junior school.

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Then it was time for more shopping, G still had some money burning a hole in his pocket. We went back to this magical shop I photographed before it went dark, full of wooden things and toys. And he found a really Greek souvenir, a boomerang. I bought an olive wood necklace to compensate 😉

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My final purchase was a mug to remind me of the beautiful Greek islands…

A Night In Corfu Town – The practical stuff

More than enough here to amuse our family just pottering from late afternoon to evening.

We ate at Aegli and enjoyed a great meal. It seems to average 4/5 on Trip Advisor and also lured the Telegraph’s travel writer too.

We booked with On the Beach and our base was Corfu Club, more on how we found this fab apart hotel and overall holiday experience here.

If we had more time we would have taken a walk to see the fortress and admire the views out to sea, but it was hot, and we came on this occasion, to shop.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Becky

    Great shots Penny lovely one of you and the one of L with the street performer is fab!

    30/09/2014 at 7:18 am
  • Reply Donna@MummyCentral

    Lovely pictures. Never been to Corfu before, but some of the buildings here remind me of a holiday we had in Tuscany years ago. Think my favourite shot is L with the busker.

    02/10/2014 at 3:55 pm
    • Reply parentshaped

      It has so many influences I think 🙂

      07/10/2014 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Panos Dimisianos

    Naples ? not realy… Perhaps you found that there was part of the Angevins’ kingdom 1272-1386 and Naples was the capital, but the Angevins were pretty French…

    05/10/2014 at 10:19 am
    • Reply parentshaped

      Aha I just used a quote there, I wonder why Countess Flamburiarisaw Naples? I’ve been to Naples too and I can see some similarity in the feel of the cites.

      07/10/2014 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply parentshaped

    So many memories, thanks Becky!

    07/10/2014 at 2:13 pm
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