Maybe Once Or Twice In A Lifetime

Once or twice in a lifetime you might have the extreme good luck to stumble upon a person whose life and aspirations so closely mirror your own that you are instantly connected. One such person in my life is my friend Viviane. It just so happens that she lives in a pretty amazing place–The island of Corfu, Greece.

Both of us are drawn to write stories of struggle and triumph, passion and everyday extraordinary people. When we met online we began a nearly daily interaction that has included, what she terms ‘the slashing’ of each other’s work, as well as sharing thoughts and feelings about everything under the sun.

The waning days of July found me landing at Corfu’s small airport, renting a car and making my way around the bay to the Hotel Oasis where Viviane works as front desk clerk/hostess/psychologist/stand-in parent and jack of most trades.

Viv at her Station

All images by C London

Corfu’s economy is largely dependent on tourism, most of which occurs between May and September. During the cool rainy winter months the residents return to their quiet lives, but during high season it’s seven days a week long hours spent smiling and tending to the onslaught.

This is my second visit to Corfu. This time I had the pleasure of meeting Viv’s boss and family owner of the hotel. A host this rare should be mentioned. Generous and helpful, Petros made our time at his lovely little hotel a gem.

The Oasis clings to the cliff side and overlooks the crystal clear Ionian Sea. Little Mouse Island dots the warm aqua/azure water and families from all over the region enjoy its private beach, daily breakfast served on a large open air terrace and sparkling pool.

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Oasis Hotel private beach area

Mouse Island

Touring about the island affords many more gorgeous vistas, none the equal of Viv’s little corner of the world, but magnificent nonetheless. From Agios Gordios distinctive offshore rock spiking from the sea,

Agios Georgios

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to the tiny villages that reflect Greece past,

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Lakones Village next to Achillion

to the nightlife action and rocking sea sport town of Kavos,

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and the beautiful curve of Roda’s cafe-lined beach,

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Outdoor cafe decor-

the world weary traveler can find endless beauty and a way of life not unlike that of a small town anywhere.

People know each other, care about each other and, yes, sometimes gossip about each other. But isn’t this a sign of human connection so many of us crave in this impersonal work-a-day society?

Don’t expect to hear much English should you choose to visit, but almost everyone knows it and uses it as the lingua franka. Mythos–perhaps the best lager in the world, flows plentifully.

Kebab dinner

Pitas are unlike their cousin Gyros, but every bit as delicious and the local Kumquat Liqueur is served over ice or with a swirl of cream.

Sailboats and yachts abound.

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Cruise ships goes by

The night time sky like a diamond spattered ebony velvet. Cicadas sing in the trees and the smell of junipers mingle with baked earth and grass.

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Gorgeous Junipers

From thirty thousand feet it looks like a dream.

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Small wonder this Italian flavoured jewel is sought after for relaxation by those in the know.

Thanks for the insider tip, Viv.

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Albania just across the water

Sunset

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9 Responses to Maybe Once Or Twice In A Lifetime

  1. What absolutely fabulous pictures and how fortunate you are to meet Viviane and visit a place so beautiful. I envy you.

  2. Mia says:

    Lovely, and it gave me a little respite during a very busy day. I can feel myself exhaling.Maria

  3. festival8 says:

    I wish I could travel like that. I'm scrimping my pennies for maybe, fingers crossed this coming RT Convention. I'll be representing Muse for sure. Corfu looks gorgeous and a virtual wave to Vivianne and you too Christine! Hi Roseanne!

  4. Lushly gorgeous photos and descriptions of an enviable visit to one of the loveliest spots on Earth.

  5. Robena Grant says:

    Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Oh, how I wish I was back, the sun warming my back (because I hate to tan but the backside is okay :)But seriously, gorgeous pictures to reflect an absolutely 'must visit' country.There are so many islands in Greece it's impossible to visit them all in one visit so, Christine, you have to go back and again, but this time bring tons of suitcases and maybe a few of us can sneak on board. LOL

  7. Jodi says:

    Simply breathtaking! Funny story, I agreed to marry my husband of twelve years on two conditions…I wanted a new SUV and we would be married in Greece. He said, "Sure." We were married in front of a JP in OKC, honeymooned in Mexico, and I drove the same old Nissan Maxima for three years. Men are such liars! =)JoelleGood thing I was well travelled beforehand.

  8. Wonderful, what an amazing place. Thanks for sharing.

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