photos by Neill Taylor

This beautiful Greek island has a wealth of breathtaking sights, still largely unspoilt despite the upsurge in tourism thanks to the musically-talented Italian army officer. As it rises sharply from the Ionian Sea, its shores join the lush mountain foliage to an exquisite palette of deep blues in its sparking clear waters.

Here are some of my attempts to capture its beauty, during a wonderful visit in September 2001.

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All photos ©2001, Neill Taylor.

 

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Stunning blue seas all around the coast.

Myrtos beach (left)
the most celebrated.

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Myrtos beach again

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The charming village of Assos.

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Evidence of the 1953 earthquake is often to be seen.

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Coloured blooms like this are everywhere.

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Another pretty port... Fiskardo.

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Fishing nets drying...

...and being repaired.

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Take your pick...

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The underground Lake Melisani, 50m deep.

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In the town of Sami.

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The island is a fine place to view a spectacular fiery sunset....

....and a cool calm moonrise.

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These thin cypress trees cover the inland valleys.

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Strong seas pounding the shore at Myrtos Beach.

Agia Efimia, yet another lovely port.

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Atheras and its beach.

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Views from near the summit of mount Enos, which peaks at 1627 m asl.

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The capital, Argostoli.

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Be prepared for obstructions on the mountain roads!

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The new church at the monestary of St. Gerasimos, still in the process of painstaking decoration, with huge expanses of gold leaf.

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The older chapel with the remains of St. Gerasmos in the silver sarcophagus.

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Kalata.

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Take out a boat for a day, to discover beautiful little bays like this.

Karavomilos.

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...finally, evidence of Captain Corelli's visit - here are some abandoned trucks, used in the movie.

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