Luxury in Rhodes – Kokkini Porta Rossa


The weekend of the Gregorian Easter (Fri 03 to Mon 06 April), I was invited to spend my time with Angela and Nikos – owners of boutique hotel Kokkini Porta Rossa – located in the Old Town of Rhodes. Regular followers of my site will know I’ve been to Rhodes before, when researching for Rough Guides in the summer of 2014.  I fell in love with the place, hence any chance I have to go back, I jump at it.  Imagine my delight when Angela and Nikos invited to host me!  A quick search on

My Ryanair Experience


I recently visited Rhodes in the Dodecanese chain of islands in Greece.  The fantastic Aegean Airlines flies domestically on these routes, but Ryanair has recently opened a new hub in Athens serving Thessaloniki (in the north of Greece on the mainland), Rhodes and Santorini islands, amongst others.  It’s a good option for a cheaper alternative. I’d actually flown with them before – again to Rhodes – at the end of 2014, but have to say, I was not impressed.  I know they offer cheap fares, but the mentality seemed to extend to the level of

A new life in Italy – guest post

Expat Life in Italy - Helen Bio Pic

BIO: Helen is originally from Cornwall, UK, and spent some years in London before moving to Dublin, Ireland in 2003. There, she was swept off her feet by an Italian – Mr M. In late 2013 they packed up and moved to Italy in search of sunshine and great wine. She blogs about her initiation into the Italian lifestyle, language and culture at Truly, Madly Italy. You can also follow her on Facebook  and Twitter A new life in Italy, a not-so-dolce vita What happens when a girl from Cornwall meets a boy from Rome,

Scooterise in Athens


What is Scooterise? According to their website, Scooterise is: Fast, safe, and fun. The Trikke provides a unique, personalized way to get around Athens, and lets you set the pace and location of your tour. I’d already experienced a Segeway tour, so I was intrigued by this new concept – therefore when brothers Nikos and Konstantinos Sarafidis invited me to experience their tour of the Athens Riviera, I jumped at the chance. I decided to interview them first, to find out more about this intriguing concept: The brothers Konstantinos Sarafidis studied Mechanical Engineering at Johns

Celebrating Cretan Art and Food


Sunday 15th March saw another Travel Bloggers Greece meet up to discuss and share ideas, how we can positively promote Greece and work together. This time we were invited again to Grecotel Pallas Athena in dowtown Athens, to experience the artwork of Alexandros Androulaks, a Cretan artist. Alexandros showed us his works of art – my particular favourite being entitled “Despite the Recession,” depicting Greeks dancing and having fun, despite what is going on around them.  I felt it made an important statement. Cretan food Afterwards we were also treated to a delicious buffet meal

Living the Cambodian Dream


Half English, half American, Lucy is the author of She has spent the last six years travelling and most of that time is spent getting lost and making friends who can read maps. She has spent a lot of time travelling in Asia and Europe, interspersed with trips back to the United States to eat Reeces Pieces and visit family. She only returns to the UK when she’s in need of a really good fix of cheese. Aside from the blog, you can see what she’s up to on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. She shares with

Diane Kroe Travel Fashion


As a regular traveller, both long and short haul, I’m always on the lookout for well made, comfortable and versatile clothing. When Diane’s collection came to my attention by fellow traveller and author Savannah Grace, I was keen to get in touch with Diane, place an order and interview the clothes designer.  Her clothes are great because one piece can be used as various looks. As Diane Kroe’s website stipulates, her signature collections embrace chic, smart styling to give glamorous detail to multi-function. These timeless, easy care, wrinkle-free pieces are perfect for any occasion and

Anafiotika – Athens


There’s a part of Athens that had always eluded me.  I had never been able to find it!  Anafiotika is the neighbourhood, located under the northeastern side of the Acropolis Hill, part of historical Plaka. History The neighbourhood came into being in the reign of Otto of Greece – the Bavarian prince who in 1832, became the first modern King of Greece.  Construction workers were needed to work on the King’s Palace, and they came from the island of Anafi, a tiny island in the Cyclades chain and with a population in 2011 of 271.