World at a Glance: Old Town Corfu

2014-07-25T09:19:37+00:0027 November 2013|Ionian Islands, Islands, UNESCO World Heritage|

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.
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  1. Ana O 27 November 2013 at 2254 - Reply

    It really does look like Paris 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 December 2013 at 1137 - Reply

      Felt like Paris, too 🙂

  2. A 28 November 2013 at 0557 - Reply

    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 at 1138 - Reply

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

  3. Leigh 28 November 2013 at 1447 - Reply

    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 at 1139 - Reply

      The Greek islands are surprisingly different from one another.

  4. Lisa Goodmurphy 28 November 2013 at 1957 - Reply

    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 at 1139 - Reply

      Ah, yes, the classic ones. All beautiful.

  5. Marcia 29 November 2013 at 1623 - Reply

    Beautiful combination, Sophie. The photo does suggest Paris.

  6. Marcia 29 November 2013 at 1623 - Reply

    BTW, love your new header. Cool!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 December 2013 at 1140 - Reply

      Thanks, Marcia.

  7. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} 30 November 2013 at 0803 - Reply

    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 at 1140 - Reply

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

  8. Mette 1 December 2013 at 1418 - Reply

    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 at 1141 - Reply

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

  9. Mary @ Green Global Travel 2 December 2013 at 1850 - Reply

    Beautiful image – and yes, so like Paris!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 December 2013 at 1142 - Reply

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

  10. Mary {The World Is A Book} 4 December 2013 at 0121 - Reply

    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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