Have just returned after a wonderful month in Corfu.
We left England on a wet and windy morning in our 24 year old Landrover with trailer fully laden, caught the 7am Channel Tunnel (curtesy of Tesco vouchers). As we drove down France towards Lyon the day got warmer and the scenery more interesting, found the Pheriphic this time to get through Lyon, missed it last time.
Headed up to the Tunnel De Fru Jus, it was dark by now, we passed a village with a beautifully lit up church stood on an outcrop of rock all by itself, looked magical.
The tunnels are an amazing engineering feat, we entered the Tunnel de Fru Jus in France and emerged in Italy, we tackled Turin and Milan in the early hours before anyone was up, straight down the A4 to Venice, arriving at the port mid morning.
We met a man called Paul here, he came and chatted as he also had a Landrover, he delivers boats all over Europe for people and was delivering The Mary Mary 11 to Gouvia.
Had a pleasant crossing arriving in Corfu 29 hours later, we made our way up Trompeta and across the mountain to Prinilas arriving in the village at 11.00 at night.
We left the unloading of the trailer till morning.
The next morning the villagers all welcomed us as we unloaded and set about putting everything away.
we had tomatoes, letttuce, cucumber, potatoes and courgettes given us during our stay by the villagers.
That night as we sat on our balcony having a quiet drink, the Pine Martin came up the steps and went to the olive tree and marked his territory, then proceeded to the bush and did the same and then went to the stack of pallets climbed through them to the top and rolled all over it marking his scent, before disappearing off into the night, then the Hedgehogs starting roaming about. Its quite special to watch all this activity.
We visited many places and friends during our month, everywhere is very quiet, the local bar owners told us its mainly East Europeans visiting, but not spending in the bars.
The weather was very hot, we had about 4 days where the humidity was very high and you were unable to do a lot.
Our Son visited us for a week, his first time in Corfu, he loved the island and has already planned to return next year.
This last week fuel has been short on the Island, lots of petrol stations closed due to the drivers strike, we had enough to get us back to Venice.
Arrived in UK to fog and rain, our trusty Landrover had taken us all that way with no problems at all.
We had a fantastic time, have come away with lots of memories to keep us warm in the winter months.
Corfu is as magical as ever.
Message posted by NIGEL on 01 August 2010 at 6:22pm - IP Logged
Great post! I really enjoyed reading it, especially the bit with the hedgehogs, as I was convinced that I had seen one in Corfu last year but my other half said it was probably a large rat and hedgehogs only live in the UK!
Message posted by Linda2 on 02 August 2010 at 12:18am - IP Logged
I would love to see a Pine Marten Tully. Makes me think of psipsina in Captain Corelli's Mandolin (the book of course - I don't think she appeared in the rather awful film.)
Message posted by Dennis on 02 August 2010 at 2:42am - IP Logged
Great report Tully
It's very nice to read about Prinilas when we are at home in UK. We called in there in May to try to see an old friend of ours called 'Angela' who we haven't seen for several years and lives very near your place. We missed her but had a nice chat with one of her lovely sons. We have nice memories of sitting under the tree in the plateia trying to chat in our poor Greek with the old people sitting there.
My thoughts are often floating around the streets of old Pagi and spending many an hour sitting outside Jimmy's cafe watching the world go by. Has he managed to open his new place at the beach yet?
And how is Nicos who now has the little shop in Pagi main street. My friendship with him goes back about 18 years when he was our taxi driver.
Lovely thoughts but sometimes sad ones too when old characters who have passed away come to mind. For anyone visiting the area I have several notes about old Pagi village on my web-site. As a general rule I have refrained from posting photos of the interesting individuals there for privacy reasons.
Message posted by matsui on 02 August 2010 at 11:35am - IP Logged
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