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Pontikonissi

According to its mythology, the island of Corfu was named after the nymph Kerkira (the Greek name of Corfu is Kerkira), daughter of Asopos, with whom Zeus fell in love and brought to this island. The fruit of their union was Phaiakas and so Corfu was also known as the island of Faiakes. It was here that Ulysses met the daughter of Alkinoos, Nausica, as described by Homer in the Odyssey. Nausica took Ulysses to the palace where she took care of him and afterwards gave him a ship to return to Ithaki. Legend claims that Neptune, furious, petrified the ship in the location where there stands today the small, lovely island before the town of Palaiokastitsa, where Alkinoos's palace is said to have been. Tradition claims that "Pontikonissi" is the ship which, after returning from Ithaki, was petrified. According to another tradition, this was the rock on which Ulysses' ship crashed because of a heavy storm. In spite of the mythology, no archaeological excavation have proved that the island of the Phaiakes is the same one as Corfu.

Source:

www.kayakingreece.com/corfu.htm

This picture was taken during my vacation in Kerkyra (Corfu), Greece.

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