Athens is my favourite foreign city, after Paris, but it wasn’t love at first sight. My first nights in Athens were spent in a worn out hotel in a dodgy part of town. It looked okay by day but was seriously sketchy at night. Starting and ending every day feeling a little vulnerable around the hotel didn’t do much for my impression of the city. Luckily, … Continue reading Boutique Hotel in Athens: Hotel Hermes
Santorini was our last stop on our Greek Islands cruise. The first thing I learned? Santorini is too enchanting for a brief port call on a cruise. I was nowhere near ready to leave Santorini after our brief afternoon visit, 1.5 hours of which was spent on the return bus trip between the port and Oia. On the way to Oia, we crossed rocky, desolate … Continue reading Cruising the Greek Islands: Oia, the jewel of Santorini
The iconic Greek islands such as Mykonos, Santorini and Ios have a reputation for being expensive and crowded holiday destinations, but there’s more to Greece than the big names. You can have a cheap holiday in Greece, and still enjoy the crystal clear waters, lively waterfront towns, ancient monasteries and beautiful beaches that you’ve been dreaming about. See another side of Greece, with some of … Continue reading 7 Alternative travel destinations in Greece
Mykonos is unlike any other island I’ve ever visited. In fact, it’s unlike anywhere I’ve ever visited. Unfortunately, my cruise only stopped on the island for 3-4 hours, but I loved the little bit that I saw. I had enough time to eat delicious seafood for dinner, watch the sunset, visit the iconic windmills (although, was not particularly wowed by them), check out a couple of bars … Continue reading An evening in Mykonos
I didn’t fall in love with most of the places on this list when I visited for the first time. I’m not expecting to love every city or country I visit, but I think part of the reason I didn’t “get” it was to do with having not enough time, the weather, or other external factors in my life that didn’t really have anything to … Continue reading 5 Places I want to re-visit
Athens really divides peoples. I’ve found that people love it or hate it, but if you visit Athens with an open mind and a few tips up your sleeve, it’s hard not to fall in love. Before I went to Athens I was a little nervous of what I’d find. In fact, my first impression of the city left me a ‘little underwhelmed. Luckily, when … Continue reading 6 Reasons you should visit Athens
Update: This was originally posted in 2014, after experiencing Athens when it was reportedly at it’s worst (if you believe everything you read!). The views below refers to Athens as it was when I visited during the financial crisis in late 2013. As of July 2015, Athens is going through particularly uncertain times. If you have concerns for your travel to Athens, contact your country’s department of … Continue reading Is Athens safe for Tourists in 2015?