Ever dreamed of escaping to a gorgeous Greek island? I have! And I’ve written about it too. Greece is one of my favourite romance settings. I figure if I can’t be there in person, I can at least visit through the pages of a story.
Interestingly, being Australian, I’ve never been to Greece in mid summer when most of the other tourists visit, because we have plenty of sun and beaches at home. I’ve visited mainly in the cooler months to do things other than swim or sit by the sea. But last April/May I was lucky enough to stay on Corfu, a destination I’ve wanted to visit since my teens, just as the weather was warming up. It was perfect weather for sitting outside to eat and drink and watch the sun go down and even (for some) warm enough to swim.
Corfu is to the west of the Greek mainland, quite close to the border with Albania. It’s large and has a fascinating history. It was even ruled by the British for a while, at which time cricket was introduced and there’s still a cricket pitch in Corfu Town, though I wonder how often it gets used. The island is large enough to have all sorts of amenities but once out of Corfu Town you’ll find yourself in villages or smallish coastal resorts, or in the middle of olive groves. I particularly enjoyed exploring the narrow little roads winding around huge Mt Pantokrator that dominates the island. There are tiny villages, some crumbling as people move into bigger centres, swathes of wildflowers and the most stupendous views down to the sea.
It’s a very green island but once out in the countryside you realise how much hard work is involved in making a living off the land. One of the things I particularly loved was seeing the colourful gardens even in the smallest plots, so bright and cheery. And the colour of the water! As an author you’d think it would be easy for me to describe it but the trouble was it varied from aquamarine to turquoise, teal and azure. Being an island the beach is close no matter where you are, on one side of the island sand, and on the rest, large pebbles (which we Australians really aren’t used to).
The food was terrific. If you visit, try the local seafood, and the vegetable dishes in particular are wonderful, so flavourful. I found it interesting that as well as the usual lemon and olive groves, the Corfiotes grow kumquats and are famous for their kumquat liqueur. I was also offered rose petal liqueur and that was lovely, though sweet enough that one tiny glass was plenty.
The economic crisis in Greece has hit Corfu and its loveliness was in some places a little shabby as if there wasn’t a lot of public money about. I was told that was the reason its archaeological museum had been closed for years. Nevertheless, it’s a gorgeous place and we met so many pleasant people, proud and pleased to see us enjoying their lovely island.
One of the best things for me about the trip to Corfu was that it provided inspiration for my new story! Quite a few of the scenes in the book are set in places I visited. (My April newsletter has some relevant photos. If you’re interested in receiving it, just drop me a line at annie@annie-west). So I found it particularly easy to visualise the settings for ‘Wedding Night Reunion in Greece’ and dive right into the story.
If you’re planning a Greek island escape, consider Corfu. I’m hoping to head back one day for another visit and maybe stop by some of its near neighbours. Who knows, I might leave with ideas for several stories!
Australian Annie West loves writing passionate, intense romances and not just because it gives her a chance to ignore housework! She is a USA Today Bestselling author, published in 25 languages. Annie writes contemporary stories about charismatic heroes and strong heroines. She loves being in contact with readers as far apart as Brisbane, Bremen and Bermuda. When not writing and avoiding housework she can be found walking, enjoying good food and good company, travelling and reading.
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Wedding Night Reunion in Greece (Passion in Paradise)
She’s his runaway bride…
He’s come to claim his wedding night!
Emma Piper’s just promised to love, honor and cherish Greek tycoon Christo Karides…but then she overhears him admitting he married her purely for convenience. Bolting to her family’s beautiful Corfu villa, Emma doesn’t expect Christo to follow—especially with seduction in mind! Their intense attraction promises an explosive reunion. Will a night in her husband’s bed show Emma there’s more to their marriage than just convenience…?
Escape to the Greek islands with this reunion romance!