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Essential Guide to Rethymno, Crete, Greece
Greece

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
Greece

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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Postcards from 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 half the day working and the rest 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…

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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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the essential guide to Thessaloniki, Greece
Destinations, Greece

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…

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Foodie Guide to Thessaloniki
Destinations, Greece

Foodie guide to Thessaloniki

Last month, I spent 4 days in Thessaloniki, which is the second largest city in Greece. Located on Thermaikos gulf, Thessaloniki is a city open to the sea, well-known for its relaxed culture, seaside promenade and delicious food. I have many photos from the city to share with you, as well as tips on things to do and see, but I decided to start with the fun part first: a foodie guide to the city! B. (at the Byzantine museum) The Byzantine museum of Thessaloniki is probably the No.1 Museum you should visit in the city. It’s not only very…

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Exploring Mystras
Destinations, Greece

Exploring Mystras

Today we’re going to explore yet another Byzantine castle town of the Peloponnese: Mystras, which played an important role in the Byzantine Empire during its final centuries, until it fell to the Ottomans in 1460. Mystras location and view are breathtaking as you get to see the plains of Sparta (the hometown of King Leonidas and the 300 warriors who fought at Thermopylae)! Mystras is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mystras’ History Mystras was founded in 1249 by the ruler of the Frankish Principality of Achaea William II of Villehardouin, who built a strong fortress atop the naturally fortified hill…

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Monemvasia
Destinations, Greece

Exploring the castletown of Monemvasia

When you approach Monemvasia all you can see is an imposing big rock standing next to the coast, discerning just a few buildings on top of it. The city remains unseen as it is located in the south-east corner of the rock, which is connected to the mainland with a bridge making it the only access point to the city. That’s how Monemvasia got its name: from the words “moni” (μονή) and “emvasi” (έμβαση) meaning single access. That rock gave to the city the nickname “Gibraltar of the East” due to the similarity to the Gibraltar rock (in smaller scale)…

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