GREECE

GREECE

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

My experience of the Hilton, Athens. Have you been? Pictures © Hilton Athens

The Hilton Athens

Come and explore my Hilton Athens Experience with me. Not usually being a fan of 'chain' hotels, I was in for a pleasant surprise.
Hosios Loukas Monastery - Central Greece

Undiscovered Greece – Hosios Loukas Monastery and Archaeological Site

Greece is such a diverse country offering - besides climate; culture, tradition and a real feel of getting away from it and stepping back in time. Come and read more and be tempted to discover more that this diverse country has to offer.
Christmas Lights in Athens - Greece

Where to find Christmas lights in Athens – Greece

Greece isn't so big on Christmas - Easter is their big celebration. But Greece does do Christmas lights and every year, in some form or another, in Athens -  Syntagma Square is the best place to...
Old Town of Rhodes Greece - LifeBeyondBorders

Rhodes Old Town Greece

Much has been written about my love of Rhodes, it's been well documented on this blog. It’s one of my favourite Greek islands, not least due to the famous Old Town. Complete with cobbled...
Hiking in the Pelion region of mainland Greece. A great all year destination

Hiking in Pelion, Greece

Pelion is a mountainous area in the south east part of the Thessaly region of mainland Greece (Thessaly being in Central Greece). In mythology, Mount Pelion was home to the Centaurs - those mythical half man/half horse creatures.
Alkyonides_Days_Reason_to_visit_Greece_in_the_Winter

Alkyonides days – the Greek myth. Why visit Greece in the winter

Everybody imagines Greece as being a sun and sand destination with Greek islands the only place to head to.  Indeed, I have shared an Insiders Guide to the Greek islands to help you choose....
Top 10 Things to Eat & Drink in Athens Greece

Greek Dishes – Top Things to Eat and Drink in Athens, Greece

The land of the Ancient Gods and the city that introduced Democracy to the western world knows how to celebrate life, and that’s through food. Eating Greek dishes isn’t merely an activity to fill...
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...