Archive for ‘Greece Travel’ Category

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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Greece – sometimes you don’t need words.

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How does the bank crisis affect tourists in Greece?

While some ATM’s , mainly in Athens, ran out of cash over the weekend ( June 27th)  as people stormed them, by  Monday, most of the ATM’s  were refilled, and are working fine, especially on the islands. We advise people to take the sensible precaution of bringing more cash than usual,  as well as  a … Read More

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Paros- Away from the beaches- the Byzantine road and further afield

Paros beaches are fun, plentiful, sandy, safe, clean and  get rather full in summer. Here are some ideas  for getting away from them for a day or two.   THE BYZANTINE ROAD Through Paros’ green and flowery June meadows,  along hillsides and down into cool valleys, a path of weathered, grey marble  flagstones meanders from … Read More

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Kythnos “How sweet it is to do nothing, and then relax afterwards” (Spanish saying.)

  We are thrilled to introduce a new island to our portfolio of  destinations with lovely villas – and Kythnos is a particularly low-key and charming island, with very few villas and not much to do. Just what we like.  In fact, the glamorous Athenian owner of our new villa shook her head in wonderment … Read More

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The Camellia – A Classic Motor Yacht to cruise the Ionian Islands

The seven islands that make up the Ionian Islands are about soft  seduction; they don’t go in for  brash, bright, harsh, wind-blown,  barren, dynamic or other such theatricals –  Corfu, Paxos, Lefkada, Ithaca, Kefalonia,  Zakynthos and  Kythira have always been a country apart – the Venetians owned them,  as did  Napoleon and then  the Russian … Read More

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Antiparos revisited

Women, as all Greek men know, cannot drive. When they therefore have to reverse onto the little ferry deck of the Paros-Antiparos ferry, the shortest ride in Greece, and the one that affords the deepest insights into the gender war, any good Greek sailor knows he has to shout  “Left, left, LEFT, right RICHT RIGHTRIGHTRIGHTISAID, … Read More

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Paros in a new light

The Five Star Greece Inspection tour hits Paros.  accompanied by our new Parian colleague Dimitris, whose enormous family seems to run Paros,  and is  clearly the key to the island. People wave and smile as we pass by. “I am beginning to feel like the Queen” I say.  Dimitris gently puts me in my place “The … Read More

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Five Star Ios

Like a young girl who misbehaved when she was 17 and has been given funny looks and avoided ever since, Ios sits,  largely avoided by   “those who know”,  half way between Mykonos and Santorini, connected to both, but unvisited  and resigned to an unjust fate – The party scene on Milopotas beach which was … Read More

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Karpenissi – A world apart

        Karpenissi is one of Greece’s last undiscovered corners; tranquilly enfolded in the arms of its pine-clad mountain slopes and snowy peaks, it hangs in the azure air in a world that hovers,  all on its own,  above the hubbub of the coasts.  To the the East  lies the sparkling Aegean and … Read More

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The best taverna in Greece

Dedicated to Billie Cohen of Condé Nast Traveler.   The real joy of travelling is not in seeing things –  the world is so overrun with images already – but in experiencing things, the magic moments are when we become someone different from our usual selves.   I was in slow, gracious Charleston, South Carolina … Read More

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