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"My vicinity affords many good walks, and though I have walked almost every day for so many years, and sometimes for several days together, I have not yet exhausted them. An absoutely new prospect is a great happiness, and I can still get this any afternoon. Two or three hours’ walking will carry me to as strange a country as I expect ever to see. A single farm-house which I had not seen before is sometimes as good as the dominions of the king of Dahomey. There is in fact a sort of harmony discoverable between the capabilities of the landscape within a circle of ten miles’ radius, or the limits of an afternoon walk, and the three-score-years and ten of human life. It will never become quite familiar to you". - Henry David Thoreau

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We had a great time with you as our fearless guide. Loved it all especially the colours of Cornwall. We really enjoyed the pace of the walks. It allowed me to lag and take photos and be one with the land. Also it allowed me to fantasize about the smugglers and customs men dashing along the trails.

–Pam V, USA

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Walking in Corfu part 1

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Why do some places have a hold, a tenacious grip on ones being? You feel drawn, a connection and even that unfathomable innate sense of having been there in a previous time and body. Your soul overrides the logic.

I have this feeling about Corfu. Not so for the USA, Canada, most of the UK or Scandinavia all of which I have spent enough time for a sense of place to overawe me and embed itself below the surface. Cornwall has also had this effect on me and I do give way to this overriding idea that I am openly succumbing to being immersed in a culture, ambience and way of life which will take me on a life changing personal direction or path (I try to avoid the word Journey).

 Whether I am hiking around the alleys of Corfu Town, up above most of the island at Agia Deka and the historical buildings of Old Perithia and Krini where time seems to stand still I feel I know these places, I belong and they have stories yet to be told for me and of me. It makes no sense but then again the paradox is that it makes complete sense to return and follow my inner voices. I experienced the one week and two week love affairs that visitors had and still do with anywhere they visit and yet with a gap of almost 30 years I once more fell in love with Corfu, a love that has never diminished. 

Walking is the best way to understand a landscape and the interaction between humankind and the contours and content on and beneath ones feet. From the moment of disembarking from the plane and the smells and often heat that grips you from the off invites, nay implores me to get walking as soon as possible. Luggage precludes this but I'm off, walking my proverbial arse to an exhausted halt from minute one. Feet on the surface is the medium to best experience where Earth meets Sky and in Greek mythology there are stories of many gods who populated the heavens and Earth and all places in between.

Romantic? Deluded? Idealist? I'd be interested to know where people are pulled towards. Do you share a wanderlust, a home far away that is slowly but surely working its magic on your heart and mind? The Greek Oddysey continues.