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One last day in Kerkyra

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Thursday 02 July, one last day in Kerkyra

We quickly packed our stuff and the car is ready but we first walk to the beach for our last English breakfast, as we have done almost every morning during the last 10 days. We have an extensive chat with the English owner who has lived here for decades with pleasure. We can imagine that. The we pay for the apartment and drive off
Church of Jason and Sosipatros, KerkyraAfter an hour's drive we are already in Kerkyra but we go straight to the Kanoni peninsula, southwest of the city. The southern tip is entirely for the tourists but there is much more to see. We park the car in one of the streets on the north side, just along the road as the Greeks themselves do. First we run into the church of Jason and Sosipatros, two disciples of the apostle Paul, who already visited Corfu in the 1st century AD.. The building was built around the year 1000 and therefore a rare Byzantine monument. The architecture also seems to be special, but we do not know anything about it.
In the St. Jason and Sosipater church In the St. Jason and Sosipater churchInside we see a number of beautiful icons. We are also not real art connoisseurs but there seem to be beautiful copies of Emmanuel Bouniali Tzanne and Michael Damascus, names that do not tell us anything.
The church is not always open but we are lucky and inside we see two large icons that undoubtedly represent Jason and Sosipatros, although one inscription seems to say Andreas. The building was built with stones that were taken from Palaiopolis, the old town that was inhabited from the classical Greek era until the beginning of Byzantine times. So, there could also be pillars of pagan temples in this church. The building has been restored a number of times in the course of time and inside there are no real old things to see excepot maybe for the old building materials.
Christian Basilica of Paleopolis Christian Basilica of PaleopolisThe old town (Palaiopolis in Greek) is still full of ruins and remnants from various periods. For example, we see the foundations of a temple without an information sign and the skeleton of the early Byzantine basilica from the 5th century, which was built on top of a Roman music theater. The basilica was destroyed several times, by Vandalen and Goths in the 6th century, by Saracens and Normans in the 11th century, by the Turks in the 15th century, but in the end air raids in the 2nd World War were fatal for the church.
Remains of a temple in Paleopolis, Kanoni Remains of a Roman villaA bit further we walk past the foundations of a Roman villa with baths where an excavation is still going on. The remains are partially protected by tent cloths. One suspects that there are still a lot of finds in this area, especially in the nearby park Mon Repos where not much of the grounds have been searched yet. The city was founded, according to sources, in 734 BC. and remained inhabited for at least 14 centuries.
Monastery of St.Theodore, Paleopolis Temple of Artemis, Peleopolis KerkyraOn our way to the Artemis Temple, at least the meager remains of it, we also pass the monastery of St.Theodore, the oldest part of which dates from the 5th century. It was largely built with stones from the Artemis Temple. They knew how to recycle in the days back then. Later, Byzantine elements were added. There is little left of the Doric shrine of Artemis from 580 BC, where once an impressive colonnade must have been.
Mon Repos, Kanoni at Kerkyra Old map in Mon Repos, KerkyraA considerable part of Kanoni is part of Mon Repos, a park with a palace that was built for his wife around 1830 on behalf of the British commissioner. Later it was given to the royal family who had to give it up after a long trial. Now you can walk through the park where almost no one is walking, while it is definitely worth it. It seems mostly popular with Greeks who come here for their rest. But you can also visit the palace where the archaeological museum for Palaiopolis is located with local finds and there an exhibition of restored furniture from the 19th century.
Doric temple of Hera, Paleopolis Impressive tree trunk at Mon ReposNot much is left from the Hera temple from the 4th century BC. although originally it measured 40 by 20 meters. In 2018 excavations will be carried out again. According to what we read on the internet, it is expected that much more is undiscovered in the park. If they need my help then they just need to mail!
There are many pine and olive trees in the park and near the temple we see a beautiful composite trunk of several trees.
The Kardaki temple in Paleopolis The Kardaki temple in PaleopolisOn the site is also the best preserved temple of Palaiopolis, Kardaki. It is a small Doric temple from approximately 510 BC. and was probably devoted to Apollo or Poseidon. It was accidentally discovered in 1822 when a part of the temple slid towards the sea and blocked a water source. When searching for the cause the British found the temple. The English have partly built a wall around it to prevent the rest of the temple from sliding off the hill.
Sailboats off the coast of CorfuIt is a hot day again and that's why we do not mind walking through this shady park that is freely accessible. In the evening it is closed and you have to make sure you take something to drink with you because you can not buy anything in the park. From above the temple we have beautiful views of the sea and the sailing boats before the coast.
Bizarre that almost no one walks around here while there is so much to see in the 280 hectare park. We can definitely recommend it.
There comes another plane, Kerkyra Another plane lands, KerkyraAfter this wonderful visit we continue to the southern tip of Kanoni where we look for a terrace. We are incredibly thirsty after a few hours of walking and take a long break on a terrace on the hill above the airport. So we can alos do some more plane spotting, something we have done this holiday quite often. But then we have never before experienced such a spectacular approach route where the planes rage so close to you.
View of Mice Island and the Vlacherna monastery View of Mice Island and the Vlacherna monasteryIf you have read the entire report, these photos will be very familiar to you. Yes, the most noticeable picture of the entire island of Corfu and even today we can not ignore the temptation to take a few more photos. A few days ago we made the same photos of the Vlacherna monastery on a headland and Mouse Island in the background. And of course the Kanoni dam from where we saw a lot of planes fly directly over our heads.
On a terrace in Kanoni The fort in KerkyraEven while we are here, they fly off and on, on the left picture you see one arriving again. After sitting for an hour and a half, we feel that we are up to the trip back to the car. We remember where it is, but it is still 2.5 kilometers walking in the heat. We drive back to Kerkyra, walk through the city for a short time and then look for a terrace along the water with a view of the Venetian fortress to eat something.
Then we check in at the hotel for the last night, 200 meters from the entrance of the airport. I bring the car back and no one does mind the few extra scratches that the car has gotten on all the bad and narrow roads that we have driven. Even from our balcony we can see the planes. If we had not driven around so much and seen and done other things, you would almost think we had a plane spotting vacation. Tomorrow morning at a quarter to 9 we will get into the air ourselves again.


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