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Visiting Greece

There’s a reason a world of gods and goddesses was born in Greece: the fiery tales of the deities could only spring from a country of such stark contrasts. Modern attractions lie next to ancient ruins, five-star luxury gives way to minimalism, and the sapphire sea dazzles behind whitewashed houses. There’s a reason a world of gods and goddesses was born in Greece: the fiery tales of the deities could only spring from a country of such stark contrasts. Modern attractions lie next to ancient ruins, five-star luxury gives way to minimalism, and the sapphire sea dazzles behind whitewashed houses.    Close

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A village clinging to the hillside: Karitena

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 14 Mar, 2012

From Kleitoria and the Lake Caves of Kastria (which used to be in Arcadia in historical times but are now in the administrative region of Achaia) we drive across the increasingly wilder mountains of Peloponnese into the Arcadia proper. The name has many associations…Read More


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To Kalavrita at dusk

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 13 Mar, 2012

After the bridge the road south-west leads to Patra, the third largest city in Greece and a major ferry port for the boats travelling from Italy. We go the other way, on a coastal road towards Athens. There is an inexplicable toll to pay before…Read More


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Crossing the Corinth Gulf: the Rio - Antirio bridge

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 12 Mar, 2012

The road past Preveza skirts the coast of the Ambracian Gulf, a remarkable inland lagoon which was the site of the naval battle of Actium between Octavian and Mark Antony in 31BC. It's a peaceful and scenery-rich area, although the road winds its way round…Read More


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Gorges, rocks and caves - south of Kissamos

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 25 Nov, 2011

We take the inland road back to Kissamos from Elafonissi. The sun is low and the mountainous routes that cut through the central hill massifs of the island are spectacular. We stop at one of the roadside stalls to buy a bottle of wine…Read More


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Ancient port at the end of Crete

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 21 Nov, 2011

Falasarna is a coastal settlement around 10km from Kissamos, on the very western coast of Crete. The beach is well know because of its ''end of the world'' feeling and pinkish sand, and a popular destination for trips from the area. The village is, however,…Read More


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Hot Kissamos

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 21 Nov, 2011

We spent most of our first day on Crete recovering from the half-night's ferry journey from Kythira, but as our hotel was within walking distance of the town centre, we went exploring around lunch-time; obviously in confirmation of the mad-dogs-and-Englishmen adage.…Read More


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Greek Foodstuffs You Must Try

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 12 Oct, 2011

Self catering in Greece is very worth doing as the country has a range of wonderful products to try. (1) Olive oil. Thick, almost green and incredibly tasty, the best Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil has no trace of acidic after-taste. If you find a…Read More


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Greek Driving Survival Guide

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 11 Oct, 2011

Driving in Greece is hairy, scary and bad. It's also strangely exhilarating, as the landscape features make road building hard and most of the drives scenic, while the rules of the road are treated by Greek drivers as mere guidelines. We drove a UK…Read More


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Skirting Macedonia

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 10 Oct, 2011

We briefly consider stopping near the Mt Olympus, but one can't see everything after all, and we get going.Past the Olympus we are drive along the coastal plain around Katerini and soon arrive on the outskirts of Greece's second largest city, Thessaloniki. As much as…Read More


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Waking up with the gods

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 10 Oct, 2011

The ferry journey from Crete back to Gythio by the way of Antikythira and Kythira was less pleasant that the journey outward. The sea was choppy, the tall and narrow ferry was rocking unpleasantly, people were sick and even the sky was clouded over as…Read More


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