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It was time to head up towards the top western corner to Greece, to visit Corfu. Did you know that Corfu only joined Modern Greece in 1864? We didn’t! And it also turns out that Phil the Greek – or is that Sir Phil the Greek, was born in Corfu! And it was also the beloved holiday location of Empress Elisabeth (Sissi) of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. We visited both locations (Mon Repos & Archilleon) but weren’t very impressed ...
... the Ducal Palace (though why she needs alcohol when she is so high on art remains a mystery!) and then returned to the hotel to relax and freshen up before dinner.
Tomorrow we move on to Parma (famous for its cheese) by way of a four hour taxi, bus and train trip. The actual travel time is much less than this, but of course you have to allow for connections etc. Meanwhile, enjoy the blog and the photos ...
... artist as yet unknown and now on her 'list' and a room full of superb drawings followed by another huge room full of monochrome paintings by Claudio Ridolfi. Wow....wonderful. And then of course just another quick visit to see Bianca!!
Nearly 3 hours later she wandered back down the hill to meet Michael for a well earned glass of red and to here all about his and Liam's afternoon strolling the city walls.
Now to read the book bought about Bianca.......
... a good menu of local dishes, and very reasonably priced: three courses, plus wine, dessert and coffee, came to 41.50, and could not have been faulted. We reckon on going back there tomorrow.
Speaking of which, that will be our last chance to visit the town's National Gallery, which has been closed for the holiday so far. Hopefully it will be open tomorrow, as it has several paintings by Joys boyfriends and it is in the beautiful and historic Ducal ...
... con lenticchie
Cinghiale stufato in terracotta
Patate al forno
"Fructus" Dossi Conero DOC cantina Conte Leopardi
Vino Spumante Brut Offida Passerine DOC cantina Colli Ripani
Sounded good and was only €45 each, not bad for new years Eve. The meal started at 9.30 pm and ...