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loiteke

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Camera: Nixon D50 Lens: Sigma 18-200mm
ISO: 200

Photo is taken in Greece island Corfu. The small island close to Kerkyra would have dfifferent name.
Holidaymakers have been coming to Corfu, or Kerkyra in Greek, since the 1940’s, and it is one of the most visited Greek islands. Some find the island too busy during the summer months, and it is a fact that the many years of tourism have taken its toll. The green nature and beautiful surroundings are exceptional, though, and the island is ideal for driving around and exploring it.
Many locals live off tourism, but the agriculture is also an important source of income. The soil is very rich and the climate humid, making crops plenty. Olives, fruit, spices and wine are produced, and many locals also support themselves by fishing or working on boats during winter.
That the island has extraordinary architecture and nature is not to be contradicted though. The island was lucky during the great earthquake that hit the Ionian islands in 1953: while many of the islands suffered great losses in both lives and buildings, Corfu was unharmed.
The island also is and has been a popular resort for royalty and celebrities. The Greek royal family used to spend their summers here, the Austrian empress Elizabeth had a palace here, the Achilleo, and later Emperor Wilhelm II bought it. Today the palace is a casino and hotel but the ex-king Constantine is trying to get it back, which of course is a subject of great controversy here in Greece. Many international stars and public figures spend their holidays here.
The islands saint, Spyridon, is kept in a silver casket in the sixteenth century church. He was a bishop who lived on Cyprus in the third century and is still believed to perform miracles. Reports of seaweed being found on the saints feet in the morning make many people believe he walks around at night, maybe visiting his fiend St. Gerasimos on Cephalonia.
The Easter celebration here is a little different, since it is a custom to break ceramic pots on Good Friday. You have to watch out – people are throwing the pots from their balconies everywhere.

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