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Gem56

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The little village, Sidari, has a load of character with lot of shops to roam through. A little drive away is Logas Beach where amazing sunsets are viewed from, so we believe. There is also another taverna here. Sorry, no photos of Sidari.

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On the way back to the Domes we stopped at a little shop called The Art of Olive Wood. They have some interesting things made from olive wood, all carved by the husband at his workshop. Sad to think about them chopping down the olive trees, especially when the trees apparently last forever. Some of them have been aged between 2,000 and 2,500 years old. These trees have been severly chopped, however one would hope not to their detriment.

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Our last stop of the day was in Old Peritheia, the oldest village on Corfu. The sign says it's one of the oldest, but the locals say it IS the oldest. It’s basically abandoned however there are a number of tavernas here and I’m guessing that the owners live there. The village has been heritage listed and really interesting to wander through. Parking is at a premium especially at eating times, and I guess that can be at any time of the day. Approximately 10-15 mins drive from the main road, vere left when you reach a fork in the road. Signage is minimal.

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Our last dinner on the island of Corfu was at The Rose Garden. One of the recommendations and an easy walk from the hotel - approx 1½ kms. More sophisticated than a taverna. A small plate of olives and patés and a basket of bread was complimentary. Very happy we didn’t order an entre! The herb crusted lamb chops were beautiful, tender with no fat. JV had the chicken in champagne and 3 pepper sauce, also very nice. Sadly the desserts weren’t anything to write home about. The profiteroles are a long way behind Le Petit Pernod in Marseille.

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A nice ending to our stay at this lovely hotel.

It was nice to spend a little time in Corfu to soak up the atmosphere. I can certainly see how people come for a visit and then stay for many years. It’s more Italian than Greek and in fact some have been referred to as the Greek Italians, or is it the Italian Greeks, mainly because of the Venetian’s influence.

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Spring is here!!! I’m in love with all the wild flowers in bloom at the moment, especially the mix of yellow, purple and then spattered with red poppies. There are lots of hanging baskets, window boxes and pots loaded with colour. Our (Australian) callistemons (red bottle brush) are everywhere. Looks like they grow easily here and are a favourite. I’ve been proudly telling everyone they are an Australian native. I think JV is over the flowers already, but I just can't get enough!! :D


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On the other end of the scale with the abundant colour are the number of abandoned buildings, lots that were probably commenced, we assume, prior to the GFC and nothing more has happened. A sad indicator of the economy. It doesn’t seem to have dampened the Greek’s enthusiasm though.

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Back to the ferry and on to Patra. According to Lonely Planet, Patra/s (depends where you look), there's nothing much there. JV booked the Moxy in Patra which is part of the Marriott chain, opposite the marina, mainly as a stop over (we are heading to Olympia and the driving time was just a tad too long).

Fabulous position, newly opened hotel (less than a month), although I think it has the appearance of being a party hotel. Just the same it is nicely appointed. One of the challenges since Marriott bought Sheraton is the huge number of brands and working out what your entitlements are. As far as we can work out, Moxy include a self-serve breakfast for everyone and Platinum Elites are entitled to a €10 per person check-in amenity (not sure about other status levels.)

Rather than offer €10 per person, they gave us two "disks" which entitled us to two free cocktails. Worked for us.

The first couple of photos are the Rion-Antirion Bridge. This is one of the longest multi-span cable-stayed bridges and the longest of the fully suspended type. It crosses the Gulf of Corinth. The toll over the bridge is €13.50.


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With a recommendation, we ate at the seafood restaurant on the same street. I'm sorry, we just can't tell you the name of the restaurant, however the sign out the front is IOM and it is on the bend. The restaurant is on the water's edge. Beautiful and very good value for money. Nice ambience to boot.

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Olympia

What an experience that must have been all those years ago. Apparently if an athlete was caught cheating, a statue was constructed and their name was engraved on it. Name and shame existed all those years ago!

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Back to the ferry and on to Patra. According to Lonely Planet, Patra/s (depends where you look), there's nothing much there. JV booked the Moxy in Patra which is part of the Marriott chain, opposite the marina, mainly as a stop over (we are heading to Olympia and the driving time was just a tad too long).

Fabulous position, newly opened hotel (less than a month), although I think it has the appearance of being a party hotel. Just the same it is nicely appointed. One of the challenges since Marriott bought Sheraton is the huge number of brands and working out what you're entitlements are. As far as we can work out, Moxy include a self serve breakfast for everyone and Platinum Elites are entitled to a €10 per person check-in amenity (not sure about other status levels.)

Rather than offer €10 per person, they gave us two "disks" which entitled us to two free cocktails. Worked for us.

The first couple of photos are the Rion-Antirion Bridge. This is one of the longest multi-span cable-stayed bridges and the longest of the fully suspended type. It crosses the Gulf of Corinth. The toll over the bridge is €13.50.


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