Sunday, November 21, 2010


At last, Corfu and some sunshine (well, pretty much, anyway)! The largest of Greece's Ionian islands, Corfu is another of those much-fought-over places around the Adriatic Sea, last of all the British after the Napoleonic Wars, who eventually ceded it to Greece in the 1860s.

On our first full day on Corfu, we spent the day driving around the mountainous island. Our first stop was the Achilleion, better known as Sissi's Palace. Sissi was the Empress Elizabeth of Bavaria, mother of Crown Prince Rudolf, who died at Mayerling in a famous murder-suicide incident. A year later in 1890, she built this neoclassical palace on Corfu with Achilles as a major theme (hence, the name Achilleion).

Sissi herself, who was assassinated by an anarchist in Geneva in 1898, when she was 60. The palace was later acquired by the Greek government and is now a museum.

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