Free day today so you could get up and do what ever you wanted. However I got up in time to be at the buffet breakfast on time. Again the food was awesome. I had bacon, bake beans, frankfurts. Was awesome. After breakfast Rhian and I made the decision to pay the $83 euros and have the washing done at the hotel. It cost us about $118 Aus. But neither Rhian nor I could be bothered taking all our washing on the bus into the city to get it done. It would be cheaper but it was still a service where you drop it off and pick it up later.
After dropping our washing off we went the bus stop out the front of the hotel. We bought tickets at the shop up the road because they are slightly cheaper than buying them on the bus. The ride was very cramped and hot into town. Rhian and I walked around the town for a while looking in all the shops in the city. Rhian was like Matilda let of the leash. Darting from one shop to another.
We found one store where I bought a man bag to carry the tablet and other small things. Rhian bought a handbag a dress and some other stuff. We also found a nice Corfu magnet to add to the collection. We stopped for pizza and milkshakes at a cafe near the beach. We caught the bus back to the hotel and then chilled by the pool and had a swim. Rest of the afternoon was spent around the pool drinking and relaxing with others from our tour. Rhian then went of the the beauty salon across the road at the other hotel while I stayed around the pool with others.
I got some water stuck in my ear while swimming. I couldn’t dislodge it and after dinner I went straight to the room to rest. Hoping it would dislodge. Rhian put some ear drops in my ear which sort of helped but was painful. I got nauseous so I had a few hours of hell until I passed out. Rhian took of to go bowling across the road with the others again.
The water finally exited during the night but I was up a few time because of it. Rhian is in good health though. Hopefully when we leave Greece tomorrow I can leave my sniffly nose here too. I have not been ill until we arrived in Greece so hopefully it stays here.
Today started with a Late breakfast and a late checkout at the hotel. This was due to the Ferry which would take us to Corfu (Greece) did not depart until 8pm. Turned out the hotel did not know about our late breakfast and had packed up our breakfast room so we were sent to the normal dining room which only had scraps left.
After breakfast we checkout out of the hotel and loaded bags onto the bus. After a short ten minute delay while Kritz moved the bus between cars and trucks so we could leave the hotel we were soon on the road again for the drive to Port de Bari where we would depart for our overnight ferry to Corfu. On the way to the port we took a detour to a place called Montcassino. It was the site of the Battle of Mont Cassino during the war in 1944. It was destroyed and later rebuilt after the war. For our bus driver this is an important place. Many Polish soliders were killed here and he had never visited the site before. Unfortuantly we just missed out on doing a tour and no other access to the site is available, We left here and descended the hill again to rejoin the motorway.
We arrived at Port De Bari at just after 6pm. This is where we learned our first new fact about Greece. In Greece and including the ferry you can’t flush toilet paper down the toilet. You place it into a bin next to the toilet. Seriously in 2013 they have not overcome this? After boarding the boat and dumping our stuff in the room most people then went back to reception to purchase WiFi passes for the nights journey and then made themselves comfortable around the bar.
After just one drink and dinner with Rhian I went to bed. I was buggered from the night before. The ferry ride was really smooth. Surprising. I expected it to be bumpy but you could only feel the rumble of the ships engine. The phone in the room rang around 0530 to wake us up and let us know we were nearing port. Three guys from our group stayed up drinking all night and one was in the same spot I left him last night passed out.
The boat arrived at our first destination at around 0600. We departed the boat and the bus got refueled near the port. Our breakfast was handed out which was not all that interesting. We had to wait around the port for another three hours until our next ferry departed for Corfu. Once departed the ferry only took two hours to reach Corfu.
Our bus dropped us off in the old city. We had a few hours to kill before we could checkin too the hotel. A group of us walked up and explored the old fort. We climbed to the top and took a few photos before coming down to find lunch. After lunch we took a walk around the old city until it was time to get the bus too the hotel and checkin.
Our hotel is located just near the Corfu International Airport. From the balcony you can see part of the runway and the terminal building. Our room also has a great view of the pool at the hotel. After dropping bags in the room and a quick shower most people made their way down to the pool area for swimming, relaxing and drinking.
We had around four hours to kill before dinner so was perfect time to take advantage of the three euro beer. Dinner was great. Was a full buffet. This was probably the best food we have had on the tour. So good I went back for seconds. After dinner most of the group headed across the road to the other hotel which had a bowling ally. You buy a drink and you get a free game of bowling. Rhian and I stayed for two games with the others then returned to the hotel and went to bed.