We planned to stay at an apartment, in a small town (population is almost 40,000), on an island (population of 97,000). Does that sound limiting to you? It did give us pause. Would there be enough to see and do?
On our first rainy day we headed for the Museum of Asian Art of Corfu. It seemed a strange location for what turned out to be amazing collection. We spent most of our time looking at two areas of the museum, the collections donated by Gregorios Manos and Jason Deighton-Sarzetakis + Yiannis Sarzetakis. The latter collection had unusual pieces we’d never seen the likes of in any museum.
The more we saw icons on Corfu, the more interested we became. We considered purchasing one to hang with the miniature painting of St. Michael we bought in Cuzco, Peru. At one shop the owner advised us to learn something about icons before making a commitment, and she sent us off on a search to see some of the very old works.
We’re not sure that we even scratched the surface learning about icons, but we did buy a very small, hand-painted (and affordable) one that will look great next to St. Michael in our future cottage.
One other piece we wanted to buy was at Myrto Zirini Ceramics. When we were at her shop, she highly recommended a tour of Patounis Soap Factory.
A challenge for us is finding a suitable place to stay – and that’s especially true for a month-long visit. How lucky we were to have found the perfect place to stay in the Old Town!
The month flew by too quickly, and, by the end, we realized that there were still places to see and things we’d not yet done. It was hard saying goodbye.
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Very sad about the archeological museum. Those are always fascinating to me. The one in downtown Athens is spectacular. I am spending a week in Corfu next month. Looking for an AirBnB in old town. Would you highly recommend the place where you stayed? If so, could you share or send me a link?
Lucky you! We’d love a return visit to Corfu. We highly recommend the lovely AirBnB. Just be prepared for lots of steps up to a sunny apartment with amazing views! https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/12768663
I recently stayed on the 9th floor of a residential apartment in old town Zadar with no lift. Nice workout every day! LOL! Looks like this one is not available for my dates. It is a bit pricier than what I was looking for… but is gorgeous!
Somehow, I have no doubt that you two can find plenty of things to fill up your day. The Baluch Rugs are gorgeous and the icons, with a story behind each, must have been fascinating. Corfu is now firmly on my radar and I can clearly see that the small town on a small island has an endless variety of things to see and do! Anita
What a wonderful serendipitous choice. Well, serendipitous after all the research that I know you do 🙂 How lovely that it turned out so well.
Looked like a great place to spend a month.
How nice for those business owners to recommend other shops for you to visit. A month long stay would mean you don’t have to rush every day. That sounds perfect to me.
A month to explore is wonderful, and it seems as if longer wouldn’t have been an issue. The joys of slow(er) travel…
nice story and photos. I have been to Kefalonia many times, which is not so far away from Corfu.