Ren & Andrew


Ren & Andrew

This blog documents the feeding of our travel addiction - one country at a time.

Travel is an essential part of our life, and we'll continue to travel until our addiction wanes (which probably won't be in this lifetime)! The more we travel, the more we see; and the more we see, the more we understand that we know so little - which is a brilliant thing.

We love the little corner of south eastern Australia we call home, but we are at our happiest when throwing ourselves into a new adventure and experiencing new cultures. Rather than doing round-the-world trips, our preferred style of travel is to spend a block of time in one country or region and get a real feel for that area and its people. We also love love love eating and drinking! We think that getting to know the food and its associated cultural nuances is a brilliant way to understand a our posts are bound to contain many epicurean details.

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Ren and Andrew

And if travel is like is mostly because it's a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end. ~ Pico Iyer

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini September 22nd 2022

When the gods are angry with a man, they give him what he asks for… ~ Greek Proverb HE SAID... Today we were travelling south from Mykonos to Santorini– by ferry. We woke early to planes flying overhead. Aegean Hotel Mykonos, our accommodation on the island, was only four kilometres from the airport, and I was surprised I hadn’t noticed any planes since we’d arrived. A quick glance at the harbour in front of our hotel confirmed that it was currently free of cruise ships (hooray), but I could see three gigantic white liners steaming in from the western horizon. They would soon anchor directly in front of us, and the constant announcements over their public address systems would begin. Then, the inevitable and unescapable horror would commence. Endless battalions of cruise ship tourists would land ... read more
mykonos new port
hotel albatros
streets of karterados

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos September 21st 2022

Time is the soul of everything… ~ Greek Proverb HE SAID... Today we were exploring the picturesque island of Mykonos and the sacred island of Delos. We woke early to loud public announcements emanating from gargantuan cruise ships that had anchored in the harbour – directly in front of our hotel – during the night. There were two of them, and another joined them during the day. If I lived in Mykonos, I would absolutely detest the cruise ship industry (unless, of course, my income was derived from the influx of cruise ship tourists). I settled on our terrace and enjoyed the breakfast provisions provided by Aegean Hotel Mykonos. The place was undergoing extensive renovations, and the breakfast room was out of action. I didn’t mind in the least, as the option of breakfasting in the ... read more
aegean hotel
streets of hora
streets of hora

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos September 20th 2022

A thousand people cannot undress a naked person… ~ Greek Proverb HE SAID... Today we were travelling east to Mykonos– by ferry! It was still dark when we woke on our final morning in Syros. We headed down to a tiny bakery store on one side of the bustling roundabout outside Hotel Archontissa and picked up some bougatsa (custard phyllo pie) and tiropitas (feta pies), which we enjoyed with a cup of tea on the small balcony of our third-floor room – which overlooked the roundabout below. We loved our time on Syros. For a start, our hotel was in a very local part of town (about 700 metres from the island’s main ferry quay), which allowed us to witness the everyday life of Syriots. We loved the remote hills; the parched earth; the friendly locals; ... read more
breakfast in syros
syros ferry port
leaving syros

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Syros September 19th 2022

Where there is love there is no darkness… ~ Greek Proverb HE SAID... Today we were exploring the beautiful island of Syros. We woke early to a strong sea breeze buffeting the township of Ermoupoli. The collapsible table and chairs on our small balcony were bearing the brunt of the gusts, so I brought them inside the room. I grabbed a takeaway tea and coffee from the cafe next to our hotel, and the staff was very friendly. They didn’t speak English, but they understood my order. They seemed bemused by my request for a takeaway tea, and had to go in search of a teabag. Coffee is evidently far more popular for Syriots as an early morning beverage. We had a clear objective for the day ahead. We wanted to explore Ano Syros and Vrondado, ... read more
the hill of ano syros from our balcony
ano syros
ano syros

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Syros September 18th 2022

A kiss must last long to be enjoyed… ~ Greek Proverb HE SAID... Today we were travelling southeast from Athens to Syros– by ferry. There are ‘early’ starts, and there are ‘very early’ starts. This was one of the latter. When we woke at 4am, it was way too early for breakfast, so we picked up a pre-prepared breakfast box from the friendly Hotel Attalos staff and made our way to the underground metro (a short walk from the hotel). We boarded a train, found a place to stand, dropped our packs at our feet and headed to Piraeus – the main port of Athens. It wasn’t long before we were storing our packs in the cavernous bowel of an enormous ferry and finding a spot upstairs to settle for the four-hour trip to Syros. We ... read more
ferry from athens to syros
ermoupoli from the ferry
rembetiko at laoutari kafreneio

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens September 16th 2022

Reality is created by the mind, we can change our reality by changing our mind… ~ Plato, Greek Philosopher HE SAID... Today we were travelling southeast from Delphi to Athens. After returning from a brisk walk and visit to the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia in the early morning, we grabbed a quick cup of tea from the downstairs breakfast room at Hotel Varonos, then prepared our packs for the three-hour road trip to Athens on a public bus. As we waited at Delphi’s bus interchange, I breathed in the extraordinary view from this diminutive hillside town for the last time – the Pleistos River valley stretching to the shimmering Gulf of Itea. It was a spectacular setting, and one I’d never tire of. When our bus arrived, we climbed on board with little room to spare ... read more
zucchini fritters
greek pasta
streets of plaka

Europe » Greece » Central Greece » Delphi September 15th 2022

A truth spoken before its time is dangerous… ~ Greek Proverb HE SAID... Today we were travelling southeast from Kalambaka to Delphi. We woke early and headed down to Hotel Alexiou’s stark dining area, where I enjoyed a fairly basic breakfast of yoghurt and muesli, bread and jam, and tea and juice. We checked out around 9am and settled into a very comfy and roomy minibus for the four-hour southward journey to Delphi. In less than a minute we’d left the small township of Kalambaka behind, and we were driving through its outlying rural landscape that featured cotton, tobacco and corn fields. As we travelled further south, hay bales lay neatly in fields, man-made dams glistened in the sun and distant hazy mountain ranges shimmered on the horizon. At times we drove parallel to a railway ... read more
pleistos river valley
greek salad
baked tomatoes stuffed with herbed rice

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora September 14th 2022

From a crow’s beak comes a crow’s voice… ~ Greek Proverb HE SAID... Today we were continuing to explore the monasteries of the Meteora (a few kilometres north of Kalambaka). We woke early and headed down to Hotel Alexiou’s stark dining area, where I enjoyed a fairly basic breakfast of yoghurt and muesli, bread and jam, and tea and juice. Well, one cup of tea. For the first time in our Greek travels, hot black tea was not easily accessible. Black tea bags, for some unknown reason, were like hens’ teeth here. Hotel Alexiou wasn’t luxurious by any stretch of the imagination, but the staff were friendly and attentive. We were happy with our room, the view from our balcony, and the location of the hotel. What more did we need? We resigned ourselves to the ... read more
view of meteora from our balcony
great meteoron monastery
great meteoron monastery

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora September 13th 2022

Constant dripping will wear away a stone… ~ Greek Proverb HE SAID... Today we were travelling southwest from Thessaloniki to Kalambaka– by train. We woke early and organised our packs, then headed down to the welcoming and well organised breakfast room at Le Palace Hotel, where I enjoyed yoghurt and muesli, fresh bread and jam, and a few cups of tea and juice. Our time in Thessaloniki was transitory. We arrived late on a Sunday night, wandered its gritty hilly streets all day Monday, then left early on Tuesday morning. I would love to have spent a few more days here, getting under the skin of this austere yet beautiful city. As I said in our Hydra blog: ‘Time will always be the enemy of travel.’ We checked out of Le Palace Hotel and caught a ... read more
palaeofarsalos station in stavros
view from our balcony - st stephen’s monastery

Europe » Greece » Central Macedonia » Thessaloniki September 11th 2022

The eyes of the hare are not the same as the eyes of the owl… ~ Greek Proverb HE SAID... Today we were travelling north from Athens to Thessaloniki– by train. Having checked out of Hotel Attalos earlier in the day, we caught a taxi to Larissis Station in the mid-afternoon, made our way to the open-air platform and waited for our train to arrive. The platform soon began to fill with people, and by the time our train pulled into the station, there was a rush to board. Once we found our carriage, we settled into the less than comfortable seats and waited for the air conditioning to kick in – which unfortunately it didn’t. We pulled out of Larissis Station at 3:30pm, and we were due to arrive in Thessaloniki around 7:30pm. It wasn’t ... read more
larissis station
trio of dips
grilled eggplant

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