Corfu. Traditions make feel happy
Corfu is the harmonious combination of mountains and valleys, lonely bays and endless beaches, ultramodern and ancient buildings. Goethe and Oscar Wilde were charmed by this contrast. This place was a Muse for inspiration for such painters as Edward Lear, Alfred Sisley, even Napoleon said that Corfu was one of the most beautiful places in the World.
Nowadays Corfu is a luxury resort. To be honest I was pleasantly surprised that the island kept its charming privacy in spite of crowds of tourists. You will be able to find picturesque lonely bays and wild beaches without any problem. Most of all I was charmed by girls in the mountains where the old traditional way of life was kept. In one of the trips I was lucky to hear the legend why this Island had been called Corfu. It turned out that it had been done with the God’s help. The God Poseidon fell in love with a nymph named Corfu (or Kerkyra). Poseidon brought Korkyra to the hitherto unnamed island and, in marital bliss, offered her name to the place: Korkyra, which gradually evolved to Kerkyra. Together, they had a child they called Phaiax, after whom the inhabitants of the island were named: Phaiakes.
The collection of pictures from this place will not be full without visiting the Church of St. Mary of Blachernae. There is the real Palace In the village Gastouri where a few halls are opened for visitors.