Corfu was our first official day in Greece, and wow was it beautiful! We booked a tour through our cruise line, which took us to two official stops. First up was the Paleokastritsa Monastery, which sat beautifully atop a hill over looking the ocean.Like we had seen in Montenegro, the monastery was Greek Orthodox, built with a lot of symbolism. While most of the monks were not seen, there was one who enjoyed speaking with the tourist, speaking English, Greek and Italian. He had traveled the word before committing his life to the church; very neat moment listening to him speak with everyone that was willing to listen.
Next we went to the Achilleion Palace, which was again very beautiful and full of history.It was built for Elizabeth, the Empress of Austria. As it’s name suggest, it was built with the hero Achilles as its central theme. The palace provides a panoramic view of Corfu, which was stunning.
[Side Note: We enjoyed seeing sites we wouldn’t have been able to reach without the tour, but I am not sure we would do this one again, because the sites were on opposite sides of the island, the majority of our time was driving.]