Kalimera from Corfu

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Kerkira, Ionian Islands, Greece
The stories about the shopping in Corfu were certainly not exaggerated! We took a nice leisurely 30 minute stroll from the cruise ship to Corfu Town and wandered around town for a couple of hours. The old town is a spider web of narrow streets, pedestrian walkways and small alleys all chocked full of little shops. You could buy everything from vacuum packed olives to handmade linens and the requisite hats, t shirts, pictures and postcards. I was thisclose to buying a pair of Gucci boots for 85E until I realized that they were not only knockoffs, but likely knockoffs of knockoffs! And oh the leather bags...but it just didn't feel right traveling to Greece to buy Italian handbags. There were so many shops packed into such a small town center that I can't imagine what the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul will be like. The shops close down at 2 pm for the afternoon, so we made our way back to the ship for some rest. I was going to say "some much needed rest", but how could we need rest when the busy part of our excursion schedule hasn't even started yet?
                                                        
This evening we had some photos taken They were advertised as "casual, fun portraits" and we're all about both casual and fun. We'll get to see the final results tomorrow. And it just so happens that we have a coupon for a free 6 x 8 photo, so may as well get the nicest one we can get. There will be lots to pick from because it's hard to walk 20 feet on this ship without some crew member snapping a photo of you...and most of them are so not attractive.
Tomorrow is an "at sea" day so time to enjoy what the ship has to offer. There's everything on the schedule from a slot tournament to art auctions, line dancing lessons to 2 separate cards of Bingo. Not to mention Port Lectures for Istanbul and Mykonos. All this AND our second formal night.
We're headed up to Decks 15 and 16 for a huge deck party! Slainte!
                                                      
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sarnfield
2013-09-25

Loved Mykonos! When you get to there, a trip to Delos is worthwhile...if you feel like hopping on another boat! The whole island is a museum. I particularly liked The Avenue of the Lions. Don't miss watching the resident pelican at the harbour (while parked at a table in the sunshine drinking beer) and there is a fabulous store in Little Venice called Nicoletta's -- this tiny old Greek woman does beautiful weaving on this humongous loom (if she's still alive -- I was there in 2008). Enjoy!

Patti
2013-09-25

You passed on Italian leather bags?? You must be suffering from sun stroke!

sarnfield
2013-09-25

There's more to life than shopping....not sure what -- but there is !!!!

Susan
2013-09-25

Sue and I were also in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul...I bought a leather jacket there! Huge and crazy place~!

katgoaway
2013-09-25

Would love to go to Delos but we don't arrive until after the last boat has left Mykonos for Delos...so unless we do an excursion with the cruise ship, it can't be done. :(

katgoaway
2013-09-25

I thought I'd be more likely to get an authentic Italian bag if I waited till we were back in Italy...after the Gucci boot knockoffs, I was a bit leary!

katgoaway
2013-09-25

Can't wait for the Grand Bazaar...it's tomorrow!

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