World at a Glance: Old Town Corfu

Old town Corfu

Ah Greece! Looking out my window this grey November afternoon, with the heat not properly working yet in my new office …sigh. One can always dream.

‘Hang on’, you ask… ‘that photo above, where is the azure Aegean sea? The white-washed houses with blue domes? The absurdly photogenic felines stretching in the noonday sun? In fact, that photo… isn’t that, well, Paris?’

No no no, my dear. This is Greece. Corfu to be specific – one of my favourite Greek islands, and quite different from the others (the ones I’ve seen, at least).

Old town Corfu: Greek, Venetian, Parisian…

It’s also the only one where I like strolling around the capital city even more than the beaches. There’s a distinct Venetian influence in Corfu, particularly in the old city. But then there’s the Liston. Although this cafe-lined colonnade is an example of Italianate architecture, I’m instantly brought to Rue de Rivoli.

Greek, Venetian, Parisian… such a lovely combination

World at a Glance is a series of short articles here on Sophie’s World, with a single photo – portraying curious, evocative, happy, sad or wondrous, unexpected little encounters.


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Old Town of Corfu is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Here are more UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world.



18 Responses to “World at a Glance: Old Town Corfu”

  1. Ana O 27 November 2013 2254 #

    It really does look like Paris 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 December 2013 1137 #

      Felt like Paris, too 🙂

  2. A 28 November 2013 0557 #

    It looks really quite beautiful there. I have a goal to visit all the UNESCO sites. Perhaps unlikely but still a goal! One of these days I’ll get to Greece!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 December 2013 1138 #

      That’s quite an ambitious goal, specially as they add about 20 new ones every year. 🙂

  3. Leigh 28 November 2013 1447 #

    You’re absolutely right. I would never have guessed Greece. I’ve not been to any Greek islands but sounds like Corfu is a winner.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 December 2013 1139 #

      The Greek islands are surprisingly different from one another.

  4. Lisa Goodmurphy 28 November 2013 1957 #

    I never would have guessed Greece either but then my knowledge of the islands is limited to cruise stops at Santorini and Mykonos!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 December 2013 1139 #

      Ah, yes, the classic ones. All beautiful.

  5. Marcia 29 November 2013 1623 #

    Beautiful combination, Sophie. The photo does suggest Paris.

  6. Marcia 29 November 2013 1623 #

    BTW, love your new header. Cool!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 December 2013 1140 #

      Thanks, Marcia.

  7. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} 30 November 2013 0803 #

    First, I really like your new header. Second, when I clicked on the link to Corfu, I really was expecting the stereotypical scene. This photo surprised me, and it made me realize that there’s more to Greece than what I thought.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 December 2013 1140 #

      Thanks – and yes, much more than what we think.

  8. Mette 1 December 2013 1418 #

    Didn’t know Corfu was so chic. Mayby I should give it a try, as it is only a boat ride from Brindisi.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 December 2013 1141 #

      Yes, do that. It’s a bit of Italy in Greece 🙂

  9. Mary @ Green Global Travel 2 December 2013 1850 #

    Beautiful image – and yes, so like Paris!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 December 2013 1142 #

      The cafe-culture in Corfu town felt very Parisian as well.

  10. Mary {The World Is A Book} 4 December 2013 0121 #

    It’s great to see this other side of Greece. I don’t know too much about Corfu but this looks relaxing too. I never would have guessed and this is one of those pictures perfect for a guessing game.

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