Carol Rakicic

Joined March 2018Living in: Sydney, Australia
  • Day14

    Day 14 Corfu to Ioannina

    Yesterday in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Was glad to leave the cave behind though only scratched the surface of Corfu. Took me the 3 days to work out how not to get lost - it was a surprisingly big town and with a car the island must have a lot to offer.
    Early start with 8:15 bus from the Green Bus Terminal. Had to buy bus and ferry ticket at bus station but yet they stop at the port for some to get out and buy the ferry ticket. Ferry was uneventful, found the bus again and got stuck with crazy woman who looked terrified the bus would crash, then Ktel at its finest dumped me 5 km out of Ioannina. Lovely greek girl from bus appeared with taxi going to bus station i was expecting and she offered me a lift - saved!!
    Ioannina bus station was savage - crowded as it is election day tomorrow and many people have to return to their home town to vote. Bought ticket for Monday and was not thinking much of Ioannina till i reached Its Kale Hotel in the walls of the old castle - mountains with snow in the distance. Half an hour wait for room but they gave coffee, apple pie, water, wifi and information - doesnt happen that way in Berlin!
    Great lunch of mushroom, potato, cheese bake and first retsina at most crowded taverna in main shopping street. And complimentary salad with unusual greens “from the sea”.
    Dinner at Serios recommended by hotel was ordinary grilled chicken, large bowl of horta and 1/4 kilo white wine.
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  • Day13

    Day 13 Corfu

    May 24 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Fun day even though the cruise ships were in. Bought 2 excellent small spanakopitas and walked early up to the new fort and the old fort for spectacular views over the town and sea. Decided against bus to Sidari as likely to be as touristy as Paleok yesterday and really haven’t spent much time round Corfu town.
    Then walked south to the windmill for an excellent swim off the rocks. Meet the local swimmers who are 365 day a year-ers and retired Olympic Airline stewards. Then stopped for what was to be a light lunch and have never tipped nearly 100% of the bill before. Ordered ouzo and fried zucchinis for 6euros total and was also given tzatziki, olives, orange cake, yoghurt and strawberries -Taverna Alexadis will get a good tripadvisor rating when i have time!
    On way back had afternoon swim just off the corner of where i am staying and was entertained by italian boys being too afraid of the cold water to swim but trying to impress the girls who were already in.
    Angie and Giorgio invited me to their air bnb for ouzo aperitivo so using what Georgina taught me, popped downtown and bought a selection of fancy chocolates to take. Just as well as of course aperitivo of course with greek/italians turned into dinner - very pleasant on the steps of the Byzantine Museum with uninterrupted sea and sunset views. Angie’s 90 yo mother Toula joined us also - a very fiesty woman who had a strange fixation with Israel and calling us snowmen as we were wrapped in cosy blankets.
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  • Day12

    Day 12 Corfu

    May 23 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Greeks invented the word chaos - the main square in corfu town where the buses stop defines the word!
    Bought a spanakopita and bougatsa from Thessalonikas as recommended by Angie and Giorgio then found those buses have to be caught from another 15min walk away. Made it to Paleokastrisas with beautiful sandy beach coves and stunning aqua coloured water. Walked to the monastary, then baked and swum. It must be shockingly crowded in high season.
    Not really into the “cave” that i am staying in - the feng shui is all wrong. So spending minimal time there, going out for pre dinner ouzo in Mikro Cafe again.
    Got annoyed at the touristy eating options so had tarama, bread, gigantes.
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  • Day11

    Day 11 Berlin to Corfu

    May 22 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    From a drizzly morning in Berlin to brilliant sunshine and the blue-est ocean in Corfu! And the people are so much more friendly and relaxed.
    Easyjet was smoothe, sat next to the only german extroverts in berlin who said his Australian boss said he had a laugh like an australian native bird. And he did just like a kookaburra.
    Corfu town looked gorgeous so walked round the bay viewing the old fort and the new fort, through the venetian Liston Square, then hit the tourist shops and started to get a bit disallusioned in the search for an authentic ouzo stop.
    Then i stumbled on the Mikro Cafe with outside tables stretching up some steps with a decent greek crowd which was perfect.
    Stuck up conversation with greek (via NY) and italian couple living in Milan. Unbelievably his son owns a B&B in Lecce and a few months ago i booked 3 nights at the very B&B for Sept! Micro cosmos !
    They come to Corfu every year so showed me the best galataboureko shop (also home made risogala) which had been there since 1945. Apparently they usually have a mound of butter on the counter.
    Got terribly lost getting home as i had left in daylight and hadnt got my online maps sorted... anyway back now.
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  • Day9

    Day 9 Berlin

    May 20 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Potatoes, sausage and 3 poached eggs at Factory Girls, then the re-constructed old Berlin area (very twee). Afternoon street art tour chiefly in Kreuzberg was fun though the 30 yo made too many Contiki “jokes”. Saw astronaut, pink man, dead animals by rooaarr, a possible banksy and the now blackened wall where the “peeling back” work was but the artist covered it as block has been sold to developers. Only 4 of us but we bought beers as proof it is legal to walk streets drinking - becks lime and mint is first beer I’ve ever been able to drink.
    Very hot in the morning, late arvo thunderstorm and dinner of Haxe at Sophieneck in Gros Hamburgerstrasse.
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  • Day8

    Day 8 Berlin

    May 19 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Change of pace today with Spree River cruise from East Side Gallery to Charlottenberg, authentic snitzel lunch with glass of Sav Blanc billed as best SB in Germany and probably the world in a beer garden beside the river in Charlottenberg. Walked along shady green paths beside river that were surprisingly pleasant.Read more

  • Day7

    Day 7 Berlin

    May 18 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Another sunny breakfast coffee in my quiet apartment over looking the tree filled jewish cemetry.
    It was a sunny warm (low 20’s) Saturday and everyone was out enjoying it in trendy Prenzlauerberg. So pleasant it could almost be french - street food market, loads of cafes serving healthy brunch and nice ambience. Had a prosecco and cassis near the Water Tower ( also used by Nazis).
    Before this walked to Brenauerstrasse where those film clips of people jumping out windows across the wall happened as the sides of houses formed part of the wall. It is the only place where the wall setup is still complete with inner wall, death strip, lights and watch tower. Yet another good Documentation Centre with videos, memorabilia and viewing platform.
    Had the famous CurryWurst at Kannopke Imbiss which has been under a railwaybridge for zonks - actually very good!
    Home dinner of canard saucisson, rucola, tomato, homus and german weis.
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  • Day6

    Day 6 Berlin

    May 17 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Walked further into the depths of the east to discover friendly bakery and supermarket. “Activ” roll, tomatoes and a white mozarella in my sunny south facing room for breakfast.
    It was opening day of the Gustave Caillebotte exhibit at the Alte National Gallerie and i was first in, having it to myself. A few choice Monets, Pissaro, Renoirs and only myself and an english couple in the room. A lone Hodler, Segatini, some Max Lieberman’s including funny dog with sausages across his nose. Then sat in Lustgarten in sunshine, then to Altes Museum for overdose of greek and roman antiquities before excellent salad lunch at Barcomis Deli.
    Afternoon was Deutsche History Museum - yet another fascinating display. Over to east Berlin TV tower in Alexanderplatz - first crazy busy place yet.
    Home dinner of rocket, tomato, salami, hommous and german white wine.
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  • Day5

    Day 5 Berlin

    May 16 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Slept in till just after 6 this morning. Take away coffee and grainy seedy roll with the last of the tomatoes and speck.
    It was a rainy half hour walk to my new lodgings at Frederics Hackescher Mkt, then to the impressive Museum Island to Neues Museum for the gold filigree Berlin Hat, famous head of Nefertiti, Xanten bronze. Lunch choices abound round Hackescher Markt area, had excellent salad bowl at mexican Mishba.
    Anne Frank Museum was down graffiti alley and was excellent.
    Spot of window shopping, coffee, then Pergammon Museum and Panorama. Islamic Art was impressive and crowded, saw the Ishtar Gate but the star was the market gate of Miletus. There was not much at Miletus, Turkey when i was there, now i know where the remains are! It is the largest piece ever reassembled. 60% is original and it took 6months in 1920s to assemble and it survived WW11 bombing.
    Dinner in german cellar (sausages, sauerkraut (bacon flavoured), potatoes. Interesting chat to local from GDR. Stayed awake to 8pm!
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