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.
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:
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.
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.