Corfu Greece It's all Greek to us!

Homer's Oddysey

The earliest history of Corfu relates back to the Phaeacians, where the island is believed to be the location of Sceria where Odysseus encountered the young girls including Athena dressed up as one of the girls.

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From medieval times and into the 17th century, the island was recognized as a bulwark of the European States against the Ottoman Empire and became one of the most fortified places in Europe. The fortifications of the island were used by the Venetians to defend against Ottoman intrusion into the Adriatic. Corfu repulsed several Ottoman sieges, before passing under British rule following the Napoleonic Wars.

Kerkyra, the "Door of Venice" during the centuries when the whole Adriatic was the Gulf of Venice, remained in Venetian hands from 1401 until 1797, though several times assailed by Ottoman naval and land forces and subjected to four notable sieges in 1537, 1571, 1573 and 1716, in which the strength of the city defences asserted itself time after time.

climbing the steps of the new fortress

Site of the Siege of Corfu

Two large forts occupy the high hills on Corfu. These shots are from the New Fort. The forts were built by the Venetians and designed to hold off the Emperor Suleiman the Magnificent and the Ottomans. The Venetians held off the Ottomans and Suleiman finally retreated with his navy for fear of losing any more of his men due to plague.

The Esplanade of Corfu

The town of Corfu was designed much like the modern cities of Europe from the 17th century. It included important educational institutions, cultural elements such as an opera house, and many different churches. Catholic churches were the most numerous.

The day we visited Corfu was a Saturday. There were children everywhere doing dances, skits, and music while parents watched, photographed and videoed. Christmas is a big deal here.

Another famous son of Corfu

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (Philip Mountbatten; born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II.

A member of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Gl├╝cksburg, Philip was born into the Greek and Danish royal families. He was born in Greece, but his family was exiled from the country when he was an infant. After being educated in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, he joined the Royal Navy in 1939, aged 18. From July 1939, he began corresponding with the 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth (his third cousin through Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and second cousin once removed through King Christian IX of Denmark), whom he had first met in 1934. During the Second World War he served with the Mediterranean and Pacific fleets.

After the war, Philip was granted permission by George VI to marry Elizabeth. Before the official announcement of their engagement, he abandoned his Greek and Danish royal titles and became a naturalised British subject, adopting the surname Mountbatten from his maternal grandparents.

And a coffee in a sidewalk cafe, before we go...
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