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Summer in Athens

So, August is here and Athenians are fleeing the city like mice, escaping to the countryside and the islands. I will too, leave in a few days for vacations, as it is getting very hot in here! During June and July I spent almost every weekend by swimming and sun tanning (a bit) in Varkiza beach (one of Athens’ coastal suburbs). It’s the best time of the year to explore what the southern suburbs have to offer (food wise), which actually translates to many visits in Waffle House Vouliagmeni! Our friends from Crete visited us in early July and it…

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the essential guide to Naxos
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The Essential Guide to Naxos

I’m continuing my guides to the Cyclades, bringing you tips about things to see and do in Naxos, which is the largest island of the Cyclades archipelago. The island has a lot to offer: beaches, archaeological sites, picturesque villages and of course delicious food! So, here we go! Beaches in Naxos What I loved in Naxos was the long sandy beaches. The water was crystal clear and inviting, albeit cold. In a nutshell the ones I liked the most are the following: Plaka – long beach with sand dunes, not very crowded Pyrgaki – this beach is on the South…

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Afternoon Walk in Thessaloniki

Last week I spent a day in Thessaloniki for work and although I didn’t have time to see much of the city and explore new places (*ahem* food related), I did take a long walk along the seaside promenade that I gushed about on my guide to Thessaloniki. Unlike October when the weather was cold and rainy, the weather was warm and partly sunny which made it ideal for an afternoon/sunset walk. The starting point was City Hotel near Aristotelous square, where my colleagues and I stayed for the night and walked up to Fokas’ garden (which is part of…

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Essential Guide to Rethymno, Crete, Greece
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The essential guide to Rethymno, Crete

Being married to a Cretan means that I get the chance to visit this beautiful island multiple times per year. I’ve explored a lot of cities, villages and beaches but the fact is that I still have lots to explore! Ugh! Anyways! Today’s post is all about the picturesque city of Rethymno, which lies conveniently between the two large cities of Chania and Heraklion. It has a lot of similarities with the former as the Venetian influence is more prominent than in Heraklion (where they did a pretty good job on not highlighting the dry docks or the fortifications). Its…

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Saturday Walk in Athens
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A walk in Athens: Saturday in the City

When the weather is nice I’m all about Saturday walks in the city! It’s really pleasant to explore Athens during springtime (or fall) and that’s what I like to do! This past weekend the weather was cloudy, rainy and all over moody, but I do have a nice walk to share with you from the previous month! But first brunch! After experiencing the joy having brunch in Montreal and Boston, it was time to check out what Athens has to offer too! New York Sandwiches has been a fixture lately. I love their Eggs Benedict as well as their pancakes, although…

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exploring hidden Athens
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Exploring hidden Athens

Last month I embarked on a different walk around Athens, following Atenistas’ Open Walk. The walk’s purpose is “[…] to help Athenians get to know hidden and unknown parts of the city and its people. The sixth consecutive OWA comprises of locations in the center that we walk by every day but may never have been made aware of the treasures that are hidden within them, in their basements and on their rooftops.  The purpose of the OWA is to showcase these points and inform the citizens of Athens of the invisible treasures of the city.” The Open Walk map…

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view from Chozoviotissa monastery, Amorgos Greece
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Postcards from Amorgos Greece

Last month I had the opportunity to visit Amorgos island for work, but you know how the drill goes: spend the morning working and the afternoon sightseeing. Thankfully we had planned the trip after the daylight saving time date, so we had long afternoons to spend around the island. The lowdown on Amorgos Amorgos belongs to the Cyclades archipelago and is the easternmost island of the group, located almost in the middle of the Aegean Sea. It’s primarily a mountainous island, with raw beauty and whitewashed villages.  The island has two natural ports: Aegiali and Katapola.That’s where most of the accommodation…

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Achilles street artist in Athens
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4 Street Artists in Athens you should know about!

Growing up in the late 80s and the 90s I was accustomed to see lots of ugly graffiti in the streets and walls. This sort of graffiti still exists, but within the last 10-15 years talented street artists emerged in Athens. The first one I noticed was Yiakou, who at created ethereal and powerful female figures. Unfortunately some of my favorite creations were covered up by posters or painted and became store window displays. Last year I noticed his new creations: pinkish deer that sprung out of fairy tales (the photos featured in this post).You can find some of Yiakou’s…

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exploring Chania in Crete
Destinations, Greece

Exploring Chania

This post has been a long time in the making, but I’m finally sharing with you my whereabouts in Chania, which I visited over the holidays! Chania is a very picturesque city in west Crete, famous for its Venetian build old port and old town full of cobblestone streets and colorful buildings. The city also played a great role in the efforts of Crete’s independence from the Ottoman rule and the unification with Greece. Nowadays Chania is a popular travel destination for Greeks and foreigners alike. So here’s a mini guide on the places I visited (and photographed) during my weekend there!…

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A walk in Athens: Christmas Edition
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A walk in Athens: Christmas Edition

The other day I took a walk in Athens with a plan in mind: find and shoot the best Christmas decorations! I headed to my favorite neighborhood of Kolonaki which is full of tasteful stores and festive decorations. There I came across jewelry stores, patisseries, florists and of course clothing stores all decked out for Christmas! Then I headed to Attica department store which has the BEST window displays in town, full of color and glitter! Around the corner from the store you’ll come across Spirou Miliou arcade which is the most beautifully decorated arcade in Athens and you can…

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Nikis avenue at dusk, Thessaloniki
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The Essential Guide to Thessaloniki

After sharing with you all the delicious things I ate in Thessaloniki, it’s time for a more comprehensive guide! To recap: Thessaloniki is Greece’s second-largest city located in the region of Macedonia in Northern Greece. Unlike Athens, Thessaloniki wasn’t a famous city in ancient times, as the Macedonian Kings had chosen different cities as their base: Aeges, Phillipi, Pydna. The city flourished under Roman rule and even more during the Byzantine era. The Byzantine legacy is prominent all over the city and its monuments constitute part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Things to see and do in Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum The Archaeological Museum houses individual…

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