Day nine was the Greek island of Corfu. The stop there included a visit to the Achilleion Palace and the old town.

Just a note to the thousand of people that read my blog. OK, the hundreds of people that read my blog posts. OK, just a note to the shut ins that are forced to read my blog. While the Achilleion Palace is a nice place to visit, it can be very, very crowded as all the tours seem to arrive there around 9am. Everybody wants to visit the popular locations early in the day, the problem is everybody does visit the popular locations early in the day. As we discovered later on the cruise in Venice, a late visit to a popular tourist site my get you greet you with a lack of tourists at one of the more popular tourist attractions. That was the case during our visit to the Doge’s Palace. At times there was nobody in the courtyard, and the big room had at most 20 people in it during our visit.

A gorgeous blue and red sunrise off the Greek island of Corfu as seen from the balcony.

One of the many cruise ships we encountered along the way.

On our journey through the Mediterranean we encountered many cruise ships.

The website says, the “Empress Elisabeth built the Achilleion palace to escape the tragedies of her life”. It was later purchased by William II. 

Some of the amazing designs at the Achilleion Palace in Corfu, Greece

The grand staircase that greets you as you walk inside.

A very large painting hangs above the staircase in the Achilleion Palace, Greece

Some of the interesting statues that grace the venue.

One of the many statues in the back courtyard - Achilleion Palace, Greece.

If everybody is facing one way taking a photo, always make sure to look the other way just in case a not so obvious photo opportunity exists. Everybody that walked by this statue with a camera took a photo from the front. I choose the road less traveled and made an image from the other side.

The other side of a statue is not always photographed. Achilleion Palace, Greece

He must have been somebody important as they made statue of him - Corfu Greece.

The sign mentions a free taste of Corfiots Kumquat. I didn’t try any.

The sign on the wall offers a free taste of Corfiots Kumquat - Corfu, Greece

The Museum of Asian Art.

The Asian Museum of Art near the Old Town of Corfu, Greece.

A wonderful sunrise in the morning, and wonderful sunset in the evening.

A colorful sunset seen from a balcony of the Holland America ship m/s Zuiderdam

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