Mom and Bob flew out and joined us for a few hours in Germany before we all boarded a plane for Corfu, Greece. Corfu is a Greek island in the Ionian sea. It is much greener than islands in the Aegean because it gets more rain during the winter. In addition to the typical Mediterranean plant life there are also Italian Cyprus trees. There is a Venetian influence in both the architecture and food which adds a fun new element to the typical Grecian vacation.
Mom and Bob loved it! I think Bob was ready to buy a vacation home to spend half the year in Greece. I knew that he would enjoy the food, people, and sea but I didn't think he would be house hunting on day one! These two nuts even had the fish provide them a pedicure.
We spent the first couple of days exploring the town of Corfu with its large Venetian buildings and two forts. It seems that every restaurant and cafe has a killer view of either the sea, a cute square, or an ancient fortress.
Bob was really excited for Corfu, and had done some restaurant research. We set the bar high for our first lunch.
Two days in Corfu Town went quick, and we loaded up into our tiny Fiat Panda with 4 people and five suitcases plus our 4 day-packs and barely got the back hatch closed. We headed off for the northern part of the island with a pit stop at the end of the runway. This is the runway we flew in on. Pretty dramatic.
The coastal drive was beautiful and we were happy to arrive just in time for lunch. There were a couple of restaurants within walking distance and we loved the service and views at Oceanis. It became our go-to spot. We spent our day hanging out by the water with a few beverages, followed by a float in the pool, and then dinner. It was a real struggle.
On our first full day in Barbati we did a little coastal driving tour and stopped at some little fishing villages, toured around the ancient village of Old Perithia and ended at Sidari which is known for its sand carved inlet. Unfortunately, a storm rolled in and sand was whipping around like crazy so we had to cut it short.
The next day Quinn and I went for a day hike and Mom and Bob tooled around checking out some other little towns. The hike was cut short by a gauntlet of industrious spiders who were blocking most of the path and managed to get one of their webs directly into my eye. AHHHHH. We finished up the evening with an 8 hour cooking course that turned out to be more like a cooking demonstration. It was fun but we would have liked to get our hands a little dirtier. The food was of course, amazing!
Then we let Bob do what he does best, be Captain for the day. We rented a fine craft named Garlic Prawn who served us well on our voyage up and down the coastline. We even docked for lunch by the water and some refreshing beverages. On the way back we hit up a swimming hole that included a blue cave and a private beach. Who doesn't love a day on the boat!?
It was time to move South so we packed up into the car again . We stopped along the way at some famous beach spots and a monastery. We also went on another boat ride to some caves and along the coast to see the rock formations. The northwestern coast of Corfu is full of dramatic cliff coastline.
Our next home in the south proved to be yet another fabulous jumping off point. Our room was less than 500 feet to a sandy beach and the valley we were in was a little agricultural hot spot. It was so relaxing to see both farmland and ocean all from the same balcony. Our property owner kept bringing us stuff he was growing in the garden.
Our days were filled with trying each of the 4 restaurants in our town, hiking to a secret beach bar up in the next valley, and swimming. Quinn also got really good at making Greek Frappe with an improvised beer can shaker. Quinn and I invented a new sport called bahiking. This is where you rent bikes and then push them up a steep mountain up into an olive grove and then ride them along a ridge line where one would normally go hiking. It is tough work but challenging and beautiful.
The day we went Bahiking, Mom and Bob enjoyed a day taking a boat to Paxos and AntiPaxos, two neighboring Greek islands.
We only got in the car 1x to show Mom and Bob another neighboring valley that we bahiked to. It was a very fun trip filled with octopus, water, and family time.
It is always difficult to say bye to these two but I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot more of them since they will be both be retired VERY soon. Congratulations! Here are some parting shots of the two lovebirds who always look so happy together.