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Royal Honeymoon in Corfu

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In the news today, reports that the Royal couple will spend their honeymoon on the island of Corfu.

The Royal family and the British have a long history with the island – Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, was born in Mon Repos, formerly the Greek king’s summer villa, the Palace of St Michael and St George.

The island exhibits authentic Greek, Byzantine, Venetian, French and British influences.

The French, having regained control of Corfu’s administration in 1807, only stayed for 8 years. The British besieged Corfu in 1815 by order of the Treaty of Paris. The British occupation saw the establishment of the island’s road network and a clean and reliable water supply for Corfu Town. The British ceded Corfu to the Kingdom of Greece in 1864.

Amongst other things, the British established the game of  cricket in Corfu (which they still play) and introduced ginger beer to the island.

It is suggested that apart from visiting the historic and romantic Corfu town, a UNESCO World heritage site, they will stay in the enchanting and unspoilt region around the north east coast and close to some of the islands most attractive beaches.

Perhaps, if they have time they’ll visit the island’s oldest village, Old Perithia. Dating back to the 14th century, this historic village is a protected heritage site set in an area of natural beauty, nestling beneath the islands tallest mountain, Mount Pantokrator, 908m above sea level.

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Written by oldperithia

April 5, 2011 at 11:24 am

Posted in Corfu

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