No perfect place for next

Several years ago we started to plot out where to go on this year’s round-the-world trip.   The beginning fell right into place.

We’d spend January and February in Laos and Cambodia. (Photo of Ta Prohm in Siem Reap, Cambodia.)

As for the end of the trip – we were delighted with our plan to spend April and early May in Italy. (Photo of the Pantheon taken during our last trip to Rome.)

Somehow we just couldn’t figure out a good place to go in between. Where to go for the month of March?

It seemed logical to find a destination mid-way between Cambodia and Italy – but that would put us in Afghanistan or Iran. Hmmm….probably not. To keep our airfare relatively low, we didn’t want to stray too far off course.

The search was discouraging as we plotted what the weather in March would be in a number of possible destinations. Not surprisingly, relatively cool and rainy weather was the forecast everywhere we looked. We spent too much time trying to figure this out, and there was no getting away from the fact that we did have to go SOMEWHERE. So, here’s what we finally decided:

We had loved our summer stay a few years before in Chania, on the Greek island of Crete.

Along with the rest of the world, a few years ago we had watched many islands in Greece take in large numbers of refugees in transit from Syria and other countries. Why not go back to Greece as a thank you?

The weather would not be wonderful, that was understood. The average high in March would be 61 F with 3.5” of rain. Still, we could do what we love to do each day – walk, explore, take photos, read.

We noted that Corfu was not totally closed up in March so decided to look to see if we could find a great place to stay – and we did! (Photo taken from the AirBnB’s bathroom window looking over to the mainland of western Greece and Albania.)

The Old Town of Corfu, where we would be staying, is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, described as “ located in a strategic position at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea, and has its roots in the 8th century BC. The three forts of the town, designed by renowned Venetian engineers, were used for four centuries to defend the maritime trading interests of the Republic of Venice against the Ottoman Empire. In the course of time, the forts were repaired and partly rebuilt several times, more recently under British rule in the 19th century. The mainly neoclassical housing stock of the Old Town is partly from the Venetian period, partly of later construction, notably the 19th century. As a fortified Mediterranean port, Corfu’s urban and port ensemble is notable for its high level of integrity and authenticity.”

Once we had arrived on Corfu we realized it would be a wonderful stay.

The Old Fortress of Corfu

 

 

March 2018

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17 Responses to No perfect place for next

  1. I’m picturing you twirling a large globe between you and tracing your fingers over the countries as you plotted out your trip. (Much of the fun of a journey is the planning and anticipation!) I loved the teaser references to Corfu as your solution and can’t wait to read more about your time there! Anita

  2. icelandpenny says:

    I so enjoy your attitude…

  3. I am sure the cooler temperatures were a welcome relief after the heat of Cambodia.

  4. What a great choice. I’ve always had curiousity about Corfu – wasn’t it a location for one of Mary Stewart’s adventure/romance novels?? Yes, I just looked it up “This Rough Magic” – just in case you haven’t enough to read ;))

  5. leggypeggy says:

    Lovely choice, although I highly recommend Iran.

  6. How lovely to wake up to that view every day! It sounds like you’ve made a great choice.

  7. sberger10 says:

    Can’t wait to read more about your stay on Corfu. We only spent 3 days there and really enjoyed our time. Lots of places to visit around the island. We found the Museum of Asian Art a real surprise and quite spectacular.

  8. plaidcamper says:

    Excellent decision! I visited Corfu over thirty years ago in October – some rain, some sun, and it was fairly quiet, so hopefully March is similar for you.

  9. jackhonderd says:

    Been there, and it’s lovely! Oh wait–we haven’t been there. We’ve just watched “The Durrells of Corfu” on BBC and Amazon Prime! It must be wonderful if it’s anything like the show, which is based on a book about the real-life adventures of a naturalist and his/her family, I believe. Enjoy!

    • We saw the series only after we’d made our plans to come here. Funny to see one of the settings featured in the show and then to discover the Durrell park near the Old Fortress – a great place to watch birds.

  10. Jet Eliot says:

    I know the victorious feeling of satisfaction when you realize you have made the right choice in your travel destination. How wonderful for you to have time to explore and frolic in this ancient and beautiful place in the world — cheers to you both in Corfu.

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