GREECE

GREECE

Discover what it's like to live, work, eat and travel in Greece as well as general cultural observations

Kalimera and Koukla mou - Greek greetings you're sure to hear when you visit the country- LifeBeyondBorders

“Kalimera” and “Koukla mou” – Greek greetings you’re sure to hear when you visit

We've looked at some odd Greek superstitions such as why Greeks might spit at you when you visit (truly! But don't worry, it's a compliment).  There are also some really helpful tips about Do's...
Little KooK Themed Cafe - Athens, Greece

Little KooK – most Instagrammable Themed Cafe in Athens – Greece

Greece is renowned for its mythology; the Gods, her ancient history and philosophers.  But fairytales?  Not so much. Hidden in the depths of Monastiraki - the famous tourist area of Athens - lies a...
Do's and Don't when travelling in Greece, from an Athens Resident - LifeBeyondBorders

Do’s and Don’ts in Greece – Greek Customs and Etiquette from an Athens resident

As a resident in Athens, LifeBeyondBorders presents to you a post about some Etiquette in Greece - a useful read to prepare yourself for your vacation to this beautiful Mediterranean country.
Best Souvenirs to buy from Greece; come and look at my eclectic recommendations

Best Souvenirs From Greece

You've come to Greece for your holidays and your friends and family are good-naturedly envious.  You feel obliged to bring a Greek souvenir back for them as a gift, and also for yourself because there's...
Why the Greeks Might Spit At You

Ftou Ftou Ftou: Why Greeks might spit at you

I love the contradictions in my adopted country of Greece sometimes.  Here's a great one related to superstitions and the 'ftou ftou ftou' and the ftou ftou meaning - or rather,  Greeks spitting for...
Discover Vouliagmenis Lake - natural thermal spring lake along the Athens Riviera, Greece - LifeBeyondBorders

Vouliagmenis Lake – Athens Riviera Greece

A unique geological phenomenon, that's how Lake Vouliagmenis on the Athens Riviera (the south coast of Athens, Greece) is described.  Why though? What and Where is Lake Vouliagmenis, Athens Riviera, Greece? [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d3152.2371647278655!2d23.783402115104696!3d37.8079135180256!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x14a1eab29c507229%3A0xa7ddc3171e5490e3!2sVouliagmeni+Lake!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sgr!4v1523193262961&w=600&h=450] To quote their website: "Vouliagmeni Lake,...
Cats of Greece - LifeBeyondBorders

Cats of Greece

Cats of Greece - the attitude Some may find this post controversial, but don't forget this is an observation as a British person who lives here. I've lived in Greece for over a decade and notice...
Turkish Baths in Athens - LifeBeyondBorders

Al Hammam Turkish Baths – Athens

Turkish Baths are not a new phenomena.  According to Wikipedia, Turkish Baths: ... a place of public bathing associated with the Islamic world With Greece's history, it is no surprise to know that modern day Turkish...
Things to do in Nafpaktos Greece - Life Beyond Borders

Things to do in Nafpaktos- mainland Greece

With a castle and the Rio-Antirrio cable bridge - one of the world's longest multi-span cable bridges and the longest fully suspended bridge, at 2250 meters, Nafpaktos, located just opposite the Peloponnese area of Greece and approx a 3 hour drive from Athens makes for a great weekend break.
Visit the Keri Caves in Zakynthos Greece and learn about olive oil

Things to do in Zakynthos: Learning how to make Olive Oil and Visiting Keri...

The Ionian Greek island of Zakynthos is known for package tourism and popular resorts, but it's possible to visit its quieter and more traditional side too.  Let's take a look at the more traditional...
Best Place to Stay in Erikoussa Greece - Acantha Hotel - LifeBeyondBorders

Best Kept Secrets in Greece – Acantha Boutique Hotel on Erikoussa island

Have you heard of the Diapontia islands in Greece? Not very likely as Greece has so many islands and islets.   Many people think of Santorini, Mykonos or Rhodes - these are the most well...
Where to Stay in Athens - CocoMat Hotel - LifeBeyondBorders

Luxury hotel in Athens: CocoMat Hotel – Kolonaki, Athens.

Founded in 1989, CocoMat never started out as a hotel.  The company actually makes beds and furniture, but it's so much more than that...because these beds are luxury, or beyond luxury in my option,...
Athens International Airport Greece - LifeBeyondBorders

Athens International Airport – Greece. Why it’s a pleasure to fly from/to

Having travelled a fair bit, I've seen my fair share of the inside of airports.  Back in the 1990's, I even worked for about half a decade (that makes me sound old) at one...
In Camera Art Boutique Hotel - Rhodes Island - Greece - LifeBeyondBorders

In Camera Art Boutique Hotel – Luxury on Rhodes island, Greece

Most of you will have heard of Rhodes Island, Greece. I travel regularly to the chain of islands that Rhodes belongs to (the Dodecanese) because I have the chance to research and update the...
What to pack for a Greek island holiday, in summer and autumn/fall

Greek island all round packing list

**For a free downloadable PDF version of this post, click here.** Many people head to the Greek islands in the height of summer, when temperatures can hit up to 33 C (91 F) or, in...
Things to do and tips on visiting Kastellorizo Greece - LifeBeyondBorders

Kastellorizo Greece

Kastellorizo - Greece: Where is it? Kastellorizo is one of those incredibly remote Greek islands that people tend to visit for a completely real Greek island experience.  Its distance from other islands and the mainland,...
Luxury on Kos island, Greece: Grecotel Imperial Thalasso

Grecotel Kos Imperial Thalasso

Having travelled a fair bit around the Greek islands (and further afield), when having the opportunity to stay in luxury, I'd primarily stayed in small boutique hotels such as Kokkini Porta Rossa in Rhodes...
Begpacking Comes to Europe - Life Beyond Borders

Begpacking in Europe. Trying to reserve judgement, but…

Picture this scenario: A sunny day in Athens at the start of spring 2017...I come across a controversial and, to me, distressing sight: two lads 'begging' for money to fund their onward travels.  They...
Evzone Soldiers of Greece - The Interview

Evzone Soldiers of Greece interview

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....
Apokries - Carnival time in Athens, Greece. Better than Venice and Rio! Come and celebrate carnival in Athens, Greece. "Metaxourgeio Carnival" (CC BY 2.0) by Meta Lands and Acropolis image by Anestiev

Greek Celebrations – Apokries – Carnival in Athens Greece

Greek celebrations Greece has many celebrations throughout the year, Greek Easter being one of the most popular. But before Greek Easter, a period of fasting (Lent) for seven weeks before occurs, ie: no meat and...