Category archive - Greece

Escape to the Greek Islands

Escape to the Greek Islands

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The Monasteries of Meteora: Thessaly, Greece

The Monasteries of Meteora: Thessaly, Greece

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Photo Essay: Villages of Paros Island, Greece

Photo Essay: Villages of Paros Island, Greece

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Kali Orexi: Culinary Adventures in Greece

Kali Orexi: Culinary Adventures in Greece

 

It’s 6pm and still a long time before the sun will set over the Aegean Sea. On the Greek Islands this routinely becomes the time we retreat to our rooftop terrace and indulge our pre-dinner thirst. Wine o’clock, if you like. A couple of glasses of icy cold Retsina (traditional Greek white wine infused with pine resin) or special “Poros Island wine” and a snack of bread and tzatziki…and we are all prepped to head out for dinner.

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Paradise Amidst The Chaos. Paros Island, Greece

Paradise Amidst The Chaos. Paros Island, Greece

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Why I am Dying to Go Back to the Greek Islands

Why I am Dying to Go Back to the Greek Islands

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For the Love of Travel (Oh, and I’m Off To Umbria!)

For the Love of Travel (Oh, and I’m Off To Umbria!)

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Secret Paros

Secret Paros

 

This is a guest post by Madi Dale @ Odyssean Slipstream.

Paros Island lies in the Cyclades group of islands in the Aegean Sea of Greece. The port of Parikia is one of the busiest in the vicinity. At the height of the summer season, dozens of massive ships and ferries berth daily, off-loading tourists by the hundreds.

 

Arriving from sea and rounding the headland into the large, natural inlet of Parikia harbour, is an unforgettable sight. Far above the white-washed spread of the town, a series of hills fold across a blaze of blue sky; below, bays and coves carve into the shoreline edged with tavernas, chapels and fishing boats.

 

Photo: Myrtos Beach, Greece

Photo: Myrtos Beach, Greece

 

 

“The first thing that struck me was the painful clarity of the light.
I suppose that would be ridiculous to maintain that the air in Kefalonia has no density, but the light is so pellucid, so pure, that one is temporarily blinded and overwhelmed, and yet feels no pain…I found that in Kefalonia the night falls without the intervention of twilight, and that before it rains the light is like mother-of-pearl.
After it rains, the island smells of pines, warm earth, and the dark sea.
Louis de Bernieres, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

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Footloose and Hands Free: Backpacking in Greece

Footloose and Hands Free: Backpacking in Greece

 

This is a guest post by Madi Dale @ Odyssean Slipstream.

Back packing was never something I planned on doing.  It simply evolved as an easy option for moving around the Greek Islands – negotiating slippery cobblestones, ferries on turbulent voyages and finding accommodation around harbours and convoluted village lanes.

Being hands free on these occasions was always a bonus, especially for an inexperienced traveller such as I in those first days of travel.

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