“Travelling. It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”- Ibn Battuta
Oh how true that is.
I can’t help but share the delights of a new adventure. The words spill out of me as I find a need to capture the essence of our experience.
It’s what has inspired me to start-up my own dedicated travel blog to walk you through all the individual momentous adventures we’re so lucky to enjoy. Really getting down to the nitty, gritty side of a country. The quirks that make it unique.
But where do I get the inspiration behind certain trips?
Well, my desire to visit Greece and in particular, Corfu, has definitely ramped up in need since the start of ITV’s hit TV show The Durrell’s. With every new season comes a more awakened internal desire to just book the tickets.
You can’t fail to be inspired by The Durrell’s when it comes to wanting to visit Corfu. Their idyllic lifestyle which is often fraught with comical adventures draws you in and makes you want to grab a slice of that Corfian lifestyle as well.
Sleepy villages, crystal clear waters and fresh seafood feasts with hand-picked olives washed down with local wine.
Where better to adventure with your family then this Greek island- just a four-hour flight away.
If it can inspire the literary works of My family and other animals by Gerald Durrell as well as Lawrence Durrell’s Prospero’s Cell then imagine how cleansing the island must be for the mind, body and soul to draw out such creative talent.
Perched above two beautiful bays with an infinity pool reaching out to the cyan waters of the sea is Villa Avra.
The pastel pink property might not be the ‘strawberry pink villa’ from the books. But it can be your own version of experiencing Corfu the way The Durrell’s would have.
After all, the original strawberry pink villa was torn down and a private home was built upon its site. But The White House on Kalami beach, which was once the abode of Lawerence Durrell, is a taverna that can be visited. Imagine approaching it by boat and enjoying the delights of sitting by the seafront eating the freshly caught fish.
Or if like us you also love the idea of a wild, wonderful picnic you could head to Lake Antiniotissa, following in the footsteps of the Durrell’s as it was one of their favourite picnic spots.
Of course, The Durrell’s make a great foundation when it comes to planning the perfect experience in Corfu. But living your own story and exploring the island in a way that’s personal to your needs and wants is what makes your story different to anybody else.
You could go island hopping to the romantic Paxos, which was apparently created by Poseidon who chopped off the tip of Corfu to make an island retreat for his love interest. Or you could head to Antipaxos, an island that wouldn’t look out-of-place in the Caribbean.
Or take the children to the Corfu Donkey Sanctuary. A free-to-visit home to many donkeys who have arrived for numerous reasons such as retirement, ill-health or abuse. While it’s free to visit a donation to help with running costs would be advisable.
And if you fancied exploring Albania for the day that’s also a possibility from Corfu.
This year I think Greece is going to be a hot destination for families, and who better to enjoy this idyllic location with then award-winning Simpson Travel who’ll help you take care of all the finer details.
I’m hoping we’ll be sinking our feet into the soft, sandy Corfian beaches in Greece soon.
After all we’re missing the freedom of living by the sea now we’re back in the UK. So it’s time to start planning a new adventure.