Archive for ‘Greece Travel’ Category

How not to get engaged on Santorini

  A trio of  grand new villas opening on Santorini, (see below for details,) makes a trip to the Rock, as it is known affectionately by locals, imperative, and my daughter and her boyfriend felt that I needed the help of a romantic young couple, as that is what Santorini does best. I had a … Read More

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British Airways makes Zakinthos easier

No more bleary dawn starts at Gatwick, thank you British Airways for giving us direct flights to this lovely Ionian island from Heathrow Terminal 5 at civilised times. Also great for those transiting  to Zakinthos through London from  outside the UK. For a magnificent family holiday villa on northern Zakinthos with ample room for 18 people, … Read More

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Syros in the spotlight

A seven page spread in the Easyjet inflight magazine has a glorious article about Syros. We invited Lydia Bell as our guest and it was the start of a love affair for her. (Not literally as far as we know, though there are some very attractive and charming Syrianoi out there….) Wonderful pictures as well … Read More

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19 things never to say to a Greek

To end the year on a light-hearted note, here is a list of  things never to say to a Greek. 1. How are you? Sounds safe, no? But, a Greek, particularly if he is a she, will invite you home, tell you, in every last gory detail, plus the life story of their doctor, his … Read More

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Where to go in Greece in 2017

We didn’t feel we could compete with world events for your attention until now, but following some grumbles that we have not been keeping you updated, here is our news round-up  to help you choose your perfect island in 2017 Man up and brave the water Greek airport traffic  was at an all-time high this … Read More

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Where to party on Mykonos, what to eat, and what to wear.

So, feeling our age after a very busy summer, Five Star Greece asked a beautiful, young half-Brazilian half -Greek jewelry entrepreneur, who exhibits  cool, funky jewelry on her website, www.varvaralondon.com  to tell us where the party is at on Mykonos, and what to wear. She went with a bunch of equally beautiful friends and we are exhausted just … Read More

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Magical Syros

  There is good food, there is bad food, and OK food. I can cook  all three kinds, especially the last two. Then there is the food where you close your eyes and let something magic happen in the universe. I can’t do this at all, but chef Costas Bouyiouris  can. I will just say … Read More

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The Mani Heartlands; An Exposé on Greece’s Deep South

The Greek islands have drawn millions of travellers to their clear blue waters and stunning beaches, cobbled streets and whitewashed houses. Of course, all this attention is well deserved, especially if you’re after the postcard Greek island holiday, in which case, aim for the Cyclades – full speed ahead! But Greece is so much more … Read More

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Barbarossa, Modern Pirates in the Aegean

If you’ve been hearing “Yarrrr, matey” lately, it’s probably because September 19th was International Talk like a Pirate Day. TLAPD is a parodic holiday that started in Oregon, US as an inside joke between two friends in 1995, and has grown immensely in popularity in these past 20 years. If you think an entire day … Read More

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Greece is for Lovers

SNAPSHOTS OF SERIFOS As a well brought-up Greek girl with a strict father of a certain generation, I was never allowed to go backpacking round the Greek islands with a boyfriend – we were expected to bring friends home, and not go “cavorting around like Scandinavian tourists,” (apologies  to Scandinavian visitors, my father was of … Read More

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Assos – Kefalonia’s Sleeping Beauty needs a kiss

  Almost like a film set, the tiny harbour of Assos on the west coast of Kefalonia,  is improbably picturesque, with pastel coloured houses encrusting the small isthmus from which sprouts a pine-covered headland, crowned with a Venetian fortress.  The village enfolds in its plump and pretty arms a small beach and a perfectly limpid … Read More

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