Santorini is for lovers

One of the world’s greatest sights, and a favorite destination for 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 gigantic … Continue reading Santorini is for lovers

In Mykonos, 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 In Mykonos, the party never stops

Meteora – 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 – high in the sky, almost in heaven

Athens, where it all started

I’ve often heard people say that ‘Athens is an ugly city, don’t bother with it, go straight to the Greek islands’. I’m glad I didn’t listen – I found Athens beautiful, exciting, culturally rich and full of layers.     Of course there’s no account for taste – different people look for different things when traveling. But how not to be awestruck by the Acropolis, the citadel … Continue reading Athens, where it all started