Greece Journals

Greece from North to South

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A December 2008 trip to Greece by UK Flower Girl

Meteora Hotel Photo, Kastraki, Greece More Photos
Quote: From Salonica (Thessaloniki) in the north via Paralia Katerinis, the Metéora and Nafplion to Athens in the south. Part of our annual Christmas/New Year holiday.

Hotel The Silk

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Hotel | "Hotel The Silk: White and more White"

Hotel The Silk Photo, Paralia Katerinis, Greece
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After a short visit to Cyprus, we flew from Larnaca, Cyprus to Salonia, Greece. Instead of staying in Salonica, a big city, we decided on a small seaside town southwest of Salonica called Katerini or Paralia Katerinis. Travelling together was my husband, daughter (14 months) and me. I booked the hotel through www.booking.com. The site offered baby cots upon request, which we obviously needed, but the hotel did not have once we arrived even thought we had requested one. Now, if anyone knows what a 14-month old baby is like, this was going to be an issue. We did come up with a solution, but I didn’t sleep well because I worried about her rolling off of the couch. I ended up trying to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 13, 2009

Hotel The Silk
R. Ferraiou 27, Epidaurou 4
Paralia Katerinis , Greece

Vergina

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Attraction | "Ancient Cemetery of Aegae Royal Tombs"

Mound of earth that is the museum Photo, Vergina, Greece
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Imagine the surprise of the archaeologist who found this treasure. Whilst working in the area of Vergina, he unearthed the burial site of the kings of Macedon, including the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great (sound vaguely familiar from high school history?). The site was established as the ancient Aigai (Latinised to Aegae), the first capital of ancient Macedon. Several excavations have been done in the area. Archaeologists knew there were important things in the area, but we interrupted or abandoned for various reasons. Manolis Andronikos, the archaeologist discovering the tombs, found the first tombs, but others unearthed additional items as digging went on into the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 18, 2009

Meteora Hotel

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Hotel | "Stay Here for the Views!"

Meteora Hotel Photo, Kastraki, Greece
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Different countries rate their hotels in different ways. Booking a five-star hotel doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to get what you think is a five-star hotel. Luckily I read online reviews of this hotel before booking so we knew what to expect. That said, this hotel is rated five stars. For the views—yes. For the architecture—yes. For the rooms, breakfast or the hotel services—no. Don’t get me wrong, I would stay at this hotel simply for the view; this is simply a warning that if you are coming here looking for five-star comfort and luxury—you are not going to find it here.One thing that sticks out in my mind about this hotel: cigarette smoke. The beautifully designed lobb...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 13, 2009

Meteora Hotel

Kastraki, Greece

Suspended Rocks and Religion

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The Holy Monastery of Rousa in the Metéora, Greece Photo, Meteora, Greece
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People asked me what we were doing visiting the north of Greece as most people visit Athens and the islands to the south. Once I showed them the truly stunning landscape photos of the Metéora they understood. The Metéora is a complex of Eastern Orthodox monasteries that comes only second in importance to Mount Athos in the northeast of Greece near Thessaloniki or Salonica. Mount Athos would have been another stopping point for us, but because of its restrictions on visitors, particularly women, it wasn’t even an option.After spending three days in Cyprus our travels took us on to northern Greece—the first two nights at the chilly seaside town of Paralia Katerinis and then in...Read More

Omorfi Poli

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Hotel | "Omorfi Poli: Clean, Convenient, Friendly"

Omorfi Poli Photo, Nafplion, Greece
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The Omofi Poli in Nafplion was by far the best place we stayed on this trip; not that there was anything wrong with our other accommodation. The family that runs this pension in the centre of Nafplion went above and beyond for us whenever they could. The pension is a restored Neoclassical house from the 19th century. It has seven rooms on the first floor (or second floor for Americans). Each room is named and is decorated in a different way. We booked a double room on booking.com and wondered how we were going to cope with Sofia (14 months old). To our surprise they had a family room for us when we arrived. This room had two separate bedrooms as well as a loft above one of the rooms...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 18, 2009

Omorfi Poli
Sofroni 5
Nafplion, Greece
+30 27520 21565

Ava Hotel Athens

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Hotel | "Nothing Short of Perfect"

Ava Hotel Athens Photo, Athens, Greece
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Where do you even start when traveling to a big city? There are hundreds of hotels to choose from in the Athens area. We scoured all of the review sites and came up with one we thought would work well with our young daughter--and we picked a winner. Ava Hotel Apartments and Suites is a boutique hotel in the middle of the Plaka area of Athens. It is quite literally at the foot of the Acropolis and right down the street from The Temple of Zeus and Hadrian Arch. The best part—it wasn’t totally overpriced like so many hotels are.We booked the most basic room, a double facing the street. It had a large bed, table and chairs, desk area, small balcony and kitchenette—and it was all sparklin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 19, 2009

Ava Hotel Athens
9-11 Lyssikratous Street
Athens, Greece
+30-210-3259000