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GREECE

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

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...
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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...
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Things to do on Leros island – Greece

As part of my research for the Rough Guides to the Greek Islands, both in 2014 and 2017, one of the islands I visited in the Dodecanese chain was Leros.  It's a smaller Greek...
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Things to do on Halki island Greece – Tips on Visiting

Halki is roughly an hour away by catamaran from Rhodes and is tiny, literally, at only 10 sq miles. It's perfect as a day trip from Rhodes, or stay overnight (see Accommodation below). I'd travelled by...
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Kea island Greece – a day trip from Athens

I always felt that in order to feel like you're on a 'proper' Greek island, one should travel about five hours by ferry to Paros or Naxos, for example - or even further afield to Skopelos or...
Day Trip to Nafplio from Athens

Athens to Nafplio Day Trip

Why Nafplio makes a good day trip from Athens If you've only a short time in Greece, you must do an Athens to Nafplio day trip. Located 137.2km from the capital in the Peloponesse, it...
Riot Dog of Athens - the true story - LifeBeyondBorders

Riot Dog Athens

I originally wrote this article back in 2012 when there was a lot of negative press about Athens on the news.  The Greek economic crisis was really starting to bite and rioting wasn't an...
Where to Find the Best Souvlaki in Athens

The best souvlaki in Athens, Greece

In the UK, fish and chips is the takeaway of choice. In the US, Pizza reigns supreme. In Japan, sushi outlets are the norm. But if you’re hungry for the food of the Greek...
Three Greek islands in one day from Athens

Three Greek Islands, Athens One Day Cruise

One sunny Saturday in November 2015, I was afforded the opportunity to experience three Saronic Greek islands in one day; Hydra, Poros and Aegina, hosted by Olympic Cruises (now Evermore Cruises) on an Athens one day...
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Things to do on Kos island, Greece

Located in the Dodecanese chain of islands—at its shortest point only 4km from the Turkish coast—after Rhodes, Kos is the second most popular holiday island.   Why? Because of its magnificent stretches of beaches and...
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How to travel to Zakynthos – Levante Ferries

Back in 2013 I wrote a post about alternative ways to reach the Ionian Islands instead of flying.  These islands are Kefalonia, Lefkada, Ithaca, Paxos, Corfu and the very well known island of Zakynthos. I...
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Insider Tips for Taking Ferries in Greece

You've come to Greece for your vacation and stayed in Athens for a few days, looking at the alternative guide to visiting Athens. Afterwards, most people naturally want to head to one or a...
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Travelling Responsibly in Greece – some tips by locals

One of my most popular posts on this site is my Do's and Don'ts in Greece - Greek Customs and Etiquette by an Athens Resident where I offer you some advice as to what...
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Things to do on Paxos Greece

As an island, Paxos is relatively small at only 30 sq miles.  There are several luxury villas in Paxos to rent on this Ionian island, inviting the visitor to merely go and relax for...
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Luxury Villas in Paxos – Paxos Villa Greece – Villa Glaros

Throughout my time as a travel writer located in Greece, I am very lucky to have been able to experience various luxury hotel stays around both the capital, Athens, and various parts of the...
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Discover Kalymnos island Greece – Dodecanese

Depending on which boat you catch from Rhodes, Kalymnos is between two and five hours away.  Apparently, Kalymnos island, Greece is one of the most wealthiest overall in Greece. I was lucky to be...
Mount Parnitha's Tatoi Royal Estate - a Day Trip from Athens

Mount Parnitha and the abandoned Royal Estate – Athens

Athens, Greece is a city blessed with it all; an ancient capital with enviable famous sites, yet also some hidden spots, see my Insiders Guide to Visiting Athens for more. Within half an hour you...
Things to do on Karpathos Island, Greece

Things to do on Karpathos island – Greece

Located in the south east Aegean sea, Karpathos is the second largest Dodecanese island in Greece, after Rhodes. It's mountainous, offers many traditional villages and, of course, beaches. Read more.