This year Greek Easter luckily coincided with the May Bank holiday, which meant only one thing- a long weekend in Greece, celebrating a traditional Greek Easter.
We arrived in Corfu on the Friday, in time for the parades, commiserating the death of Christ. Despite the somber theme, the cafes and bar were beyond bursting and the atmosphere was anything but somber.
Dinner for the first evening was in Corfu Sailing Club, located in the castle ruins, overlooking the harbour. While it is traditional to not eat meat, I had to cheat for the cured meat, fig paste and blue cheese starter….a dish that inspired a fair quantity of fig paste to come home with me!
After a morning on the beach below our hotel, Saturday called for some real exploring around Corfu. With historical influences from the Venetians, the town is a beautiful colourful mix of mazed streets.
Before some late lunch we stopped at the Church Panagias Vlachernon in Kanoni.
I find Greek churches incredibly spiritual places, covered in intricate icons, lit by gentle candle light and rich with the smell of incense.
We stopped in the taverna overlooking the church for some lunch- the freshest mussels and a well deserved beer…
Our evening was spent relaxing with family, in preparation for the Easter Sunday celebrations.