Monday 7 September 2015
The hotel receptionist has secured an appointment with an English speaking dentist at 10:00. H’s toothache has not subsided and making for one unhappy Howie, so its into a taxi and off to the centre of town. We have the address (written in Greek) on a piece of paper to hand the driver. He takes us to the main square, drops us off at a busy corner and points up the street. OK, can’t be that hard – its a pretty short street.
Umm everything is in Greek and building numbers are in short supply. We stand in the street looking around us fools, until H stops someone and shows them the piece of paper. They point to a glass door and a buzzer. We stand in the doorway looking at the buzzer like fools, until someone unlocks the door and tells us in sign language to go to the second floor.
There we find the lovely Dr Angeleiki Rigga in her tiny two room surgery. We fill out a bit of paperwork and Howard is taken into the other room for a probe and X-ray. Before two long they are back. H has an infected gum, the Dr has given it a good clean and says all should be ok. She scribbles out a recommended antibiotic, just in case it does not improve, no prescription needed! 60 Euro, cash and we are done!
We have a look at the shops in the town centre, this is far from the tourist area of the old town, and its bustling with locals going about their business. Then we wander back to the hotel. Thats the morning done, what to do with the rest of the day?
In the end we organise with the receptionist for a hire car for the day. A tiny little hatch, delivered to the hotel, 50 Euro cash for the whole day, no credit card details taken, no deposit taken, just a quick check of my Australian drivers license. How easy is that!
We have been given a couple of names of beaches to visit on the south of the island. The first beach is on the exposed western side of the island – its a “sandy” beach that is busy with winder surfers, but the sand is a dirty grey and there is rubbish everywhere. Definitely not up to scratch! Back in the car and back to Mesogi a holiday town on the eastern side. Ummm not a good choice either … well its good if your English or German and looking for a very very very cheap holiday. But thirst forces us out of the car and a walk along haphazard wooden planks that pass as a boardwalk to a semi-respectable looking bar for a bit of lunch and a beer.
Back in the car we head back to Corfu, stopping at Benitses for an ice-cream.
I have seen photos of a cute little church on an island that is not far from our hotel so we head there. We find a park at the top of a cliff and look down and there is it – the church of Panagia Vlacherna and little Mouse Island further out in the bay.
Church of Panagia Vlacherna and Mouse Island
Down the stairs and over the 300m causeway to the little church. How cute, there is even a young couple there having their wedding shots.
The church bells
There is another causeway that spans the bay. Ocean on one side and wetland and the airport on the other. It just wide enough for two people to walk side by side. We go to have a look and quickly realise that this is a weir and directly under the flight path for planes approaching the airport. We position ourselves directly under the flightpath and before too long a number of planes line up, head right for us and roar over our heads some 50m above us. Its obviously a favourite place for locals and tourists alike, there are locals fishing and small family groups doing the same thing as us. At one stage we even have to pull our toes in as a scooter rider crosses the weir.
Church of Panagia Vlacherna
Coming in for landing
Fishing on the weir
As the sun starts to go down we head back up the cliff stairs and stop and have a couple of drinks in a cafe that overlooks the airport. From our seats we can see the planes land, and then reloaded taxi to the take off point and then take of with an almighty roar The runway looks frighteningly short and in bad condition. And we have to fly out of there tomorrow!
Preparing for takeoff as seem from Kanoni Cafe
Back to the hotel we ditch our things and return to Nautilus Cafe for a couple more drinks and then to Anemomilys for a simple dinner.