A History Lover's Guide to Corfu, Crete & Rhodes

October 3, 2016
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After visiting Venice and Santorini our cruise stopped at three other Greek Islands: Corfu, Crete and Rhodes. When we booked our holiday I had a different itinerary in mind, I wanted to visit the historic Acropolis of Athens and the blue and white picturesque villages of Mykonos so when I found out those we weren't going to stop there I felt a bit disappointed. However, I ended up falling in love with the places we visited. Today, I want to tell you a bit about each of them and share with you some of my favorite pics. If you are a fellow history lover, I'm sure you are going to enjoy this post.

CORFU
Corfu means ‘twin peaks’, the town is bookended by two hills, on which two massive fortresses were built to repel the aggression of five successive Ottoman sieges. Corfu Town was the place we liked the least because it's less spectacular than the others. Nevertheless, we were able to attend a religious procession which we enjoyed a lot. On August 11th a silver case containing the body of St. Spyridon is exposed for public worship for 3 days and nights. Thousands pay homage to kiss his slippered feet.  It was a great way to mingle with the locals and learn about their traditions. The streets were crowded with a mixture of tourists, people dressed in traditional costumes and Orthodox priests.
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corfu town greece travel

corfu town greece travel

corfu town greece travel
CRETE
In Crete we visited Heraklion. It's top attraction is Knossos Palace, a must if you visit this island. I remember seeing picture of this archeological gem in my Ancient Greek text book back in my high school years. You breath history in every corner. It's fun to imagine what the place looked like 3,500 years ago when it was at its peak and the people living there.
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RHODES
Many believe that the name originates from the Greek word rhodon, translated to rose in English. The medieval city of Rhodes is another historic site. Here you can embark on a journey through past civilizations. Christian churches, synagogues and mosques coexist. The Old Town of Rhodes is a maze of cobble streets that makes you feel as if you were back in the days of the Byzantine empire. The knights templar stayed in Rhodes for more than 200 years, transforming the city into a mighty fortress with 12-meter thick walls. The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes and the Street of Knights are beautiful landmarks of this city.

The city is also famous for one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World, the Colossus of Rhodes. It was a massive statue of the Greek titan-god of the sun Helios (nearly as tall as the Statue of Liberty), erected in 280 BC. It was destroyed by an earthquake in 226 BC. Some mystery remains as to where it was really located and what happened after it was destroyed.
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rhodes greece travel history

rhodes greece travel history

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Have you ever visited Greece? Which was your favorite island?
xo Cristina

17 comments

  1. I really loved Santorini, though Crete also was wonderful--especially inland.
    A fun book about Corfu is "My Family and Other Animals," by Gerald Durrell. Laugh-out-loud funny.

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  2. Your photos are just beautiful! I've never visited Greece, but I so want to go! xxx

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  3. Oia was definitely my favorite place in Greece, but I remember Rhodes being really fun too! :)
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  4. OMG we want to go to Corfu sooo bad! Hope you had a great time!

    xo,

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  5. I am glad you enjoyed your visit here. I'm not a fan of Corfu, but I must admit there's a certain beauty about that one. Next time we will be waiting for you to visit Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki. Have a beautiful fall.

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  6. Wow, wow and WOW! This place looks amazing!! I bet that sweet sea water smelled amazing and so fresh (not to mention, that tasty meal!)

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  7. Wow, these pictures are amazing! I have serious wander lust now, I need a holiday :)

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  8. Oh, you're so enjoying. Love this post!
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  9. Oh wow! beautiful and amazing photos, glad you are having fun! I've never visited Greece but someday I will.

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  10. It looks like you had a great time!
    xo

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  11. looks like you had a great time! love the pictures!

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  12. Definitely love this place.
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  13. Great photos! x

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  14. These pictures are great! It looks like such a fun trip!

    XoXo,

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  15. This place looks so amazing!

    xx

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  16. Mademoiselle CoconathOctober 11, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Great photos! The place looks so beautiful!
    xx
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  17. So pretty!!!


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