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Greece

April - May 2014

Everyone recognises Greece. From it's gods, to it's ancient architecture, to it's scenic and beautiful islands. We managed a quick stop on a cruise last year and decided we had to head back and discover more of Greece. 

This time around we are hitting 5 lesser-known islands: Kythnos, Sifnos, Milos, Ios and Paros.

October 2014

We finished our epic European train trip in Athens to attend TBEX Europe 2014 (travel blogging conference). While here Erin did a solo trip to Crete and Josh to Thessaloniki.

  • ANZAC Tours in Greece: The Real History Behind WWII Battle of Crete

    ANZAC Tours in Greece: The Real History Behind WWII Battle of Crete

    Greece

    The Greek Islands are a dream destination on every bucket list. When I recently visited Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, I was utterly dazzled - it doesn’t just have charming towns, immaculate beaches, and some of the best food in Greece, Crete also has an extraordinary World War II history. I took an ANZAC tour with Specialty Tours Greece to witness firsthand what life would have been like for soldiers defending the island during the climactic WWII Battle of Crete.

  • How To Spend 4 Days In Athens: Best Historical Sites, Discount Tickets, Museums & Restaurants

    How To Spend 4 Days In Athens: Best Historical Sites, Discount Tickets, Museums & Restaurants

    Greece

    There’s something about Athens that is simply timeless. The famous Classical period ended over 2,300 years ago, yet when we think of Athens, we still imagine Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato teaching philosophy, the invention of democracy, and massive advancements in medicine, science, and the arts. These things shaped the very foundation of our modern western society, and they all happened in Greece. With this first-hand, expertly crafted itinerary, your 4 days in Athens will cover the most significant historic sites and get maximum value out of your Athens City Pass.

  • How To Discover Modern Athens In 5 Easy Steps

    How To Discover Modern Athens In 5 Easy Steps

    Greece

    3000 years of history is impossible to ignore in Athens, from your first glimpse of the iconic Acropolis, to ancient remnants scattered throughout the city centre. But there’s more to Athens than its history. I found 5 ways to experience Athens as it is today and uncover the remarkable journey that brought it here.

  • Athens Cruise Shore Excursion Ideas: 5 Unusual Experiences

    Athens Cruise Shore Excursion Ideas: 5 Unusual Experiences

    Greece

    Are you planning a cruise in the Mediterranean Sea? Sailing along sparkling deep turquoise waters between paradisiac islands on a Mediterranean cruise is the kind of stuff travel dreams are made of. If you choose to go it alone, you’ll need to find activities that not only provide a taste of the city’s abundant history and culture, but are also timely, affordable, flexible, and interesting. Here are 5 out-of-the-ordinary activities that can easily slot in to your DIY Athens cruise shore excursions.

  • 5 Best Day Trips from Athens, Greece: Meteora, Delphi, Sailing, Islands & Cape Sounion

    5 Best Day Trips from Athens, Greece: Meteora, Delphi, Sailing, Islands & Cape Sounion

    Greece

    With over 3,000 years of history and culture beckoning, it’s no surprise there’s a lot to see and do in Athens. But Greece’s capital is also a convenient jump-off point to explore deeper into the underrated countryside. These 5 day trips from Athens unveil remarkable sites from both ancient and modern Greece, that will take your Athenian vacation to the next level.

  • Where To Eat In Athens: 5 Best Foodie Experiences

    Where To Eat In Athens: 5 Best Foodie Experiences

    Greece

    In Athens, Greece, people don’t just eat to live, they live to eat. And I don’t blame them. Meals often span over 2 or 3 hours and start with meze and aperitifs to really get your appetite going. If, like me, you’re a bit of a foodie at heart and want to know where to eat in Athens, then these 5 dining experiences will give you a real taste of this city’s food culture.

  • Photography Tour Around Thessaloniki, Greece

    Photography Tour Around Thessaloniki, Greece

    Greece

    I recently spent 3 days in Thessaloniki situated along the north of Greece. There are few places in the world where the evidence of colliding empires is so vivid as this particular city. With over 2,300 years of civilisation, this region has been home to ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans and finally modern Greeks. I hope that if you didn’t know much about Thessaloniki before reading this, by the end the post you’ll have a better feel for the unique fusion that defines this city.

  • Not In The Greece Travel Guide: The Secret Ice Cream Shop In Paros

    Not In The Greece Travel Guide: The Secret Ice Cream Shop In Paros

    Greece

    Spending a few days on Paros, Greece provided enough time to get an overview of this Cycladic island. But we didn’t expect that the highlight of our visit would be a secret bakery in the middle of nowhere that dished up the most delicious ice cream. Find out where we found it plus a lot more.

  • Magical Milos And The Most Beautiful Beach In Greece

    Magical Milos And The Most Beautiful Beach In Greece

    Greece

    There was so much to do in Milos, Greece: beaches, catacombs, museums, swings, food and more. One particular beach was unlike anything we had seen before. In fact, we would consider it one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Find out which one.

  • My Life Changing Experience On Sifnos, Greece

    My Life Changing Experience On Sifnos, Greece

    Greece

    Come with us as we explore Sifnos, the beautiful Cycladic island. From picturesque beaches to sky-high panoramas, this island has it all. But more than that, find out how it changed us in an unexpected way.

  • Your Friends Lied To You About Ios

    Your Friends Lied To You About Ios

    Greece

    Ios, Greece has a long-standing reputation for frivolity, parties and alcohol. But that isn’t the complete story and there is much more to this island than meets the eye. Find out more.

  • Visiting Athens, Greece: Flights, Hotels, Transport & Food

    Visiting Athens, Greece: Flights, Hotels, Transport & Food

    Greece

    Athens, capital city of Greece, is the birthplace of some of the world’s greatest eras of art, learning and philosophy. If you’re thinking about visiting Athens, find out how we got there, accommodation tips, how we got around, what we ate and more.

  • Kythnos Is Not Santorini (But That’s What Makes It Awesome)

    Kythnos Is Not Santorini (But That’s What Makes It Awesome)

    Greece

    Kythnos is a relaxing Greek island with around 100km of coastline, and more than 70 beaches, many inaccessible by road. It is not slathered with tourists like Santorini. It's a completely different experience. And, like me, you may lose a piece of your heart when you visit. Come along and visit Kythnos with us.

  • Top 24 Photos From The Greek Islands

    Top 24 Photos From The Greek Islands

    Greece

    In April and May 2014 we had the joy of visiting 5 beautiful islands in the Cyclades. I never expected to be so completely flummoxed by the raw, natural beauty of these heavenly locations. It was simply a life-changing experience. So come with me on a photo tour and get to know the hidden gems of the Greek Islands.

  • Top 20 Foods You Must Eat In Greece

    Top 20 Foods You Must Eat In Greece

    Greece

    Greek food rapidly moved into number one position for my husband and came close to my undeniable adoration of Mexican. What was it exactly that made us fall in love? Well massive apologies in advance, but this is going to make your mouth water. Big time!

  • Top 5 Things To Do In Athens, Greece

    Top 5 Things To Do In Athens, Greece

    Greece

    Like any major world city Athens can be hectic and overwhelming, especially when you mix in the local “organised chaos” way of doing things. But beneath its fast-paced metropolitan exterior is a city oozing with history, dating back thousands of years to the earliest civilisations, waiting to be discovered by you. If you are visiting Athens start with these top 5 things and you’ll be off to a flying start.

  • Where To Eat On The Greek Islands: Paros

    Where To Eat On The Greek Islands: Paros

    Greece

    Join us on our food tour of Paros. With over half a million tourists visiting each year, Paros caters to a very wide range of tastes. The best food treasures are usually found off the tourist trail, in the smaller towns. So asking a local where their favourite place to eat is a good way to start your food journey.

  • Where To Eat On The Greek Islands: Ios

    Where To Eat On The Greek Islands: Ios

    Greece

    Join us on our food tour of Ios! This island is widely regarded as the party island of the Cyclades, however it certainly is very family friendly as well. As such, the cuisine in tourist-centric locations are often aimed at delivering a taste of home wherever the tourists may come from. But if you know where to look, there are classic Greek food gems to be found.

  • Where To Eat On The Greek Islands: Milos

    Where To Eat On The Greek Islands: Milos

    Greece

    Join us on our food tour of Milos! Many of the restaurants on Milos were designed with families and young children in mind by providing playgrounds and toys. These are a godsend for parents looking for a little peace and quiet. Being a bigger island than Kythnos and Sifnos, there were a wider range of cuisines available, however we were completely delighted to gobble down more beautiful Greek food. Much appreciated.

  • Where To Eat On The Greek Islands: Sifnos

    Where To Eat On The Greek Islands: Sifnos

    Greece

    Join us on our food tour of Sifnos! Like Kythnos, there was an abundance of fresh, locally grown produce on Sifnos and it could be tasted on the plate. The time-tested traditions and mountains of love that went into each dish we tasted were evident. We were perpetually full on Sifnos, with so much delicious food available and so little time. Much appreciated.

  • Where To Eat On The Greek Islands: Kythnos

    Where To Eat On The Greek Islands: Kythnos

    Greece

    Join us on our food tour of Kythnos! It was impressive how for such a small island Kythnos offered a wide range of locally grown fresh produce. And I particularly loved the restaurants that grew their own food on a family farm – the difference was tangible. Be warned, when you read this blog post you may end up drooling on your keyboard.

  • 5 Greek Islands You Need To Experience

    5 Greek Islands You Need To Experience

    Greece

    When people come to Greece for the summer it is usually with Santorini in mind, or perhaps Corfu, Mykonos or Crete. Relatively little is known about the other 18 major Cycladic islands. After briefly visiting Crete last year we wanted to come back and see more of the Greek islands, but we wanted to see ones that were more secluded and crammed with authentic Greek culture. During April and May we visited five of the lesser-known, but just as captivating, Cycladic islands.