Santorini is for lovers

One of the world’s greatest sights, and a favorite destination for romantic couples, the iconic Greek island of Santorini is an easy 45-minute flight from Athens. Direct flights from other European cities are also available, but I opted for a three-hour boat ride from Mykonos instead, to continue my Greek-island hopping. It was a good choice: arriving in Santorini on the top deck of a … Continue reading Santorini is for lovers

Mykonos, Greece: the party never stops

There’s no denying that the Greek islands Mykonos and Santorini attract international jet-setters like honey attracts flies. But these days they seem to attract everybody else, too. Are they crowded? You bet. Part of the Cyclades group of islands in the Aegean Sea – on the east corner of the Mediterranean – both islands are endowed with a striking beauty, different from anything else. But … Continue reading Mykonos, Greece: the party never stops

Meteora Monasteries – high in the sky, almost in heaven

What’s most impressive about the Meteora Orthodox Monasteries – a UNESCO World Heritage site in a remote corner of Greece – is that they were built atop impossibly high stone pinnacles, at a time when no machines were available to help. Some even attribute their existence to divine intervention. But whatever made them possible, I can’t think of better examples of how determination trumps logic, … Continue reading Meteora Monasteries – high in the sky, almost in heaven

The Oracle of Delphi – how a stoned priestess ruled the Greeks

To some people, the word oracle will probably bring to mind the giant software company of Silicon Valley. But the inspiration for the name – the Oracle of Delphi, in Greece – is much older than that. The most important oracle in all antiquity, Delphi and the Temple of Apollo – one of the 12 Olympian gods of Greek mythology – was one of the … Continue reading The Oracle of Delphi – how a stoned priestess ruled the Greeks