Last night the Adriatic Sea was a tad rough so Natalie and I didn’t feel like eating dinner … like we needed more food, anyway. But our cabin attendant brought us Ginger Ale and both candied and fresh ginger to help make us feel better. When Natalie asked for some bread she said crackers or toast were a better choice. FYI: We seemed to be the only passengers who skipped dinner due to feeling queasy, which is kind of embarrassing.
I slept well and when I awoke, I was surprised to see it was already 8:30am. Then I remembered that Greece is an hour ahead of Montenegro. I jumped out of bed because the captain had told us we would be right off the coast of Albania around that time. We were – and for a travel junkie like me, it was torture. Have you ever been this close to a country before and not been able to enter? Reply on my Facebook page.
Natalie and I headed up the Veranda Café for breakfast. We scored a great table but didn’t eat much. I had fresh fruit (oranges, watermelon, passion fruit, pineapple, kiwi, plums, and peaches) and Bircher Muesli. Natalie had fresh fruit, scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. Then we walked towards the bow to soak up the incredible views of Corfu. I have to tell you: Standing out in the warm, fresh air in Greece and being served mimosas was pretty surreal.
A few minutes later we were docked in Corfu and a number of passengers disembarked. At each port, a local tourism representative comes on board to hand out maps and answer any questions. Since we didn’t sign up to go on any tours she gave us some good information.
Corfu’s whole Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It looked like it was a 25-minute walk but Seabourn offered a free shuttle bus that operated every 40 minutes so we lined up for it. I thought for sure there were a lot more than 50 people standing around but I was wrong – there were 52 and the last two got denied boarding (there’s no standing on the bus). I’m sure they took one of the 20 plus taxis lined up.
The ride was under 10 minutes and we got dropped off at the main attraction – one of the town’s three forts. It cost 4 euros a person to get in and they don’t take credit cards. The forts were designed by renowned Venetian engineers and they were used for four centuries to defend the maritime trading interests of the Republic of Venice against the Ottoman Empire. Here’s a link to more history. My tips: Wear a hat and sunscreen, bring lots of water and hold on to the railings when coming down from the top of the fort because the rocks are slippery.
Natalie and I walked around The Old Town of Corfu. It’s really touristy but the shops are cheap and all of the locals were extremely friendly. I bought a belt for 3 euros, a magnet for 1.50 euro and a shot glass for my dad for just 1 euro. One store was selling the most tasteless T-shirts I’ve ever seen (pics below).
I asked a few different shopkeepers for their recommendation of a great place to eat and they all said Rex’s. It’s right near the main square and the food was good and reasonably priced. We had saganaki (7 euros), bruschetta (4 euros) and a salad (7 euros).
We were told that the best beaches were a 20-minute taxi ride but that was too far to go just for sand. I just wanted to swim in the crystal clear blue water that makes Corfu’s coastline so beautiful. We walked to a beach club that didn’t charge an entry fee and had changing rooms and a lifeguard. We swam for a good 30 minutes before going into town to grab some ice cream (I didn’t see any good gelato places).
It was hot (96F) so we decided to head back to Seabourn Spirit and do some work, laundry (it’s free), watch the Greek folk dancers and have dinner (it was Indian night!). As I write this, it’s 9pm and the sun just set. I’m preparing for a conference call and then it’s bedtime. Tomorrow we head to Brindisi, Italy!
Related Posts: Day 1: Venice, Italy | Day 2: Sea Day | Day 3: Kotor, Montenegro | Day 5: Brindisi, Italy | Day 6: Dubrovnik, Croatia | Day 7: Split, Croatia | Day 8: Sali, Croatia | Day 9: Rovinj, Croatia