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22nd April, 2014


A relaxing time shopping

There was quite a breeze as we came through the Corfu Channel around coffee time, Albania close on our port side. But within half an hour the wind had dropped away to nothing, the sea was glassy calm and the horizon became very hazy.

The pilot smiled broadly when he arrived on the bridge, recognising me from my regular calls ten years ago. The extension to the old jetty, over 300 meters long, was still incomplete and was perhaps indicative of the difficult financial constraints the country has been in.

Ashore in town the café society were in full swing at lunchtime, giving one a completely different impression. The Easter holiday break was obviously still being celebrated in almost gay abandon, every outdoor seat seemed to be taken with chatting laughing locals and the crowded scene was a surprise to me.

Stunning local clock tower

We ventured into the tourist shopping streets normally rather hectic with tourists, but of course the season has hardly started. Consequently we could wander around quietly, saying hello to the shop owners who, almost without exception, were standing outside endeavouring to entice whatever potential customers were around to enter their premises.

What a contrast to just a few hundred yards away. I was told that the Greek people will always continue to enjoy themselves, at least at those recognised social occasions.

We did what we could to improve the day for two shop keepers. My wife found a garment that apparently cannot be bought anywhere else, and we have finally (after many years of searching she advises me) found a piece of wood that I have to turn into a cheese board during my next leave. Olive burr, very attractive.

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