Interview with former Evzones – soldiers of the Greek Presidential Guard


Any tourist visiting Athens won’t have failed to experience them—you know, the soldiers that stand guard outside Parliament with dead straight faces; not flinching, not moving a muscle and occasional doing a funny walk. I was interested to dig deeper—so when Anthe Mitrakos of Portes Magazine put me in touch with two brothers, one who served in the Evzone Company and the other who served in the Command Company of the Presidential Guard, I was chuffed to be afforded an interview with them! Background What’s an Evzone? They’re the soldiers that stand outside the Tomb

Discover Greek Culture – An evening in a Greek Mansion


Founded in 2013, Discover Greek Culture offers tourists to Greece… hands-on Cultural Tourism Experiences [in Greece]. DGC promotes Greek culture by showcasing the history, archaeology, art and gastronomy that set Greece apart from the rest. DGC’s unique tours weave together the very best of the Hellenic experience for discerning travelers looking to immerse themselves in Greek culture. On a rainy Monday evening in February 2015, Licensed Tour Guide Sotiris Karkanias and Marketing and Sales Co-ordinator, Michael Tanteles met myself and other members of Travel Bloggers Greece to take us on a ‘mystery tour.’  Despite the rain, I felt quite

Street art of Athens by Alternative Tours of Athens


I knew Athens was a city with a lot of streetart – but I wasn’t prepared for quite how much until Alternative Tours of Athens took us under their wing and hosted us on Sunday, 8th February.  Representing Travel Bloggers Greece, myself, Table Salt and Passion for Greece were take on a comprehensive three hour tour of the neighbourhoods of Metaxourgeio and Gazi. Streetart is a contentious form of ‘art.’  Many see it as graffiti and indeed, it cannot be denied that there is a lot of pointless defacing of already run down neoclassical buildings

Interviewed by Gutsy Living about my travels


Sonia Marsh is the creator of Gutsy Living.  She likes to seek out brave people and talk to them about their gutsy lives. Sonia’s pretty gutsy herself!  Her and her family moved to Belize for one year – she shared that gutsy experience with me here. Sonia’s book “Freeway to Flipflops” is about her experiences there – I interviewed her here once I’d read her indie memoir. Today it was my turn to be interviewed.  Sonia is intrigued about my container ship adventures and life abroad.  I share with her here a synopsis of the

Artist Mathew Halpin talks politics & Greece through his amazing art


Who is Mathew Halpin? His short bio from his site  describes him as: “…an Australian visual artist and qualified theater set designer. His theater work had him designing in opera, short films, dance and plays. Mathew has had many solo exhibitions and is at the moment looking for more mainly in Greece but also mainland Europe. Over the last ten years Mathew has lived in London UK, Tallinn Estonia, and Sydney Australia. At the moment he is living in Heraklion city (Crete), Greece and has settled there for a few years.” I had the fortunate

Travel Bloggers unite – in Greece!

Travel Bloggers Greece

Sunday 25th January 2015 is an important day in Greece with the elections, but for me, Sunday 18th January 2015 was the most important.  Why?  Because it was the first Travel Bloggers Greece meeting, in which we had an Introduction discussion,  brunch at the Grecotel Pallas Athena and a limo ride around town! What is Travel Bloggers Greece? The founding members are Marissa Tejada and Elena Sergeeva.  Both ‘expats’ – their profiles can be found here. Marissa Amongst other things, Marissa is a travel blogger at My Greece, My Travels and loves this country with

London Walking Tours – with a social conscience


I’ve lived in London in the past, but when you live in or are from a place, you don’t really see it.  That’s why now, whenever I return to the UK, I see it with a fresh perspective and have a better appreciation of it.  I am, in effect, a tourist in my country of birth. Unseen Tours Christmas period 2014 and I was staying with friends in London.  I’d heard about Unseen Tours, “a multi-award winning social enterprise which offers unique London walking tours led by homeless, formerly homeless, and vulnerably housed tour guides.”

Personalised Luggage – a review

Proud of my Personalised Luggage case.

I received a discount for this product in return for an honest review. My regular followers will know that I have re-branded from Leaving Cairo to Life Beyond Borders Blog.  As my site’s pimarily a travel blog, I decided I wanted to celebrate this re-brand by purchasing a personalised wheelie bag. What better way to showcase my site than wheeling around on public transport and at airports? Hmm, but where to buy one? As I’m based in Europe, I researched my options and came across some great U.S. companies, but shipping would have cost me