5 reasons to visit Olympos village on the island of Karpathos

Olympos on the northwest of Karpathos, built on mountain slopes at an altitude of 310m…a village surrounded by clouds, a step back in time and an absolute must if you visit the island. Here are 5 reasons why you should bother! 1. It is the most traditional place in Karpathos Pigadia or Karpathos town, the…

10 reasons to visit Lipsi islands

Lipsi or Leipsi: a group of 30 tiny islands and islets, somewhere in the south-eastern Aegean Sea, north of Leros and east of Patmos. Many compare it to Maldives, others consider it the diamond of Dodecanese, whereas Lipsos, the main island of the cluster, with 750-800 inhabitants, competes together with a few other candidates for…

Erimitis beach all to myself

On the western side of Paxos, a cliff collapsed in 2008, during an earthquake. Just 3-4 years after the landslide, the waves had already formed a stunning beach, Erimitis. White pebbles, light blue, sulfuric waters with healing properties and with a bleariness reminiscent of chemistry experiments, bushes and yellow flowers, beside white, imposing cliffs and…

Christmas in Kastoria, Nymfaio and Prespes

The wedding of a family member promted us last year to spend 4 days in Thessaly and Western Macedonia. Our main destination was Kastoria, a 2000 years old aristocrat with 13,000 children !!! A beautiful, quiet, clean and fascinating city, built on a peninsula sticking out in Orestiada Lake. We arrived in the late afternoon…

Home is where the heart is

In addition to my getaways, I have to fly every 1.5-2 months back to Greece. The flights are not an issue, I enjoy them a lot…it is all the trains, metro, city or intercity buses…I need 6-9 means and at least 9 hours transit time door to door. And it is mostly the transits within…

24 hours in Chania: A loop trip through the Samaria Gorge

I have visited Chania several times and the Samaria Gorge had always been in my bucket list. However, I had never got around to doing it, as I was either distracted by the Old Venetic Harbor and the wonderful beaches of Falasarna, Balos, Elafonisi, Palaiochora, or I could not convince anybody to join me. Last…

Kalambaka – Venetikos – Siatista – Meteora

December 24th 2016 we left Athens and headed towards Kastoria, Prespes and Nymfaio (see related post here). We took advantage of the 500km we had to drive to reach Kastoria by making several stops for sightseeing, lunch or rest. On our onward and return journey, we stopped at Kalambaka (see photo album here), 350km from…