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Europe » Greece » North Aegean » Chios August 14th 2019

We arrived in Çeşme in the evening and walked to our hotel (thanks to some locals giving us directions) for the evening. Lucky I only booked the hotel for one night as the only thing it had going for it was the view! We then went to buy our ferry tickets to Chios the next day, had a stroll around the Çeşme market street and relaxed on our balcony with some beers watching the world go by down by the the marina. The next day we caught a ferry from Çeşme to the Greek island of Chios. Despite being a short distance (8km and 15 mins) the immigration process on either end (the Greek side being worse) made it much much longer. The ferry itself was large and efficient. In Chios, our hotel was very near ... read more
Port of Chios
Church of Mesta

Europe » Greece » North Aegean » Chios July 22nd 2019

When you think of Greek Islands you might think immediately of Santorini and its picturesque hillside splash of white buildings and stunning sunsets. When Seda mentioned taking a day trip to the island of Chios we both though, ‘ok, exploring an island we don’t know anything about for a day why not.’ Our expectations were fairly low. Well, we went for that day trip and liked it so much we returned for three more days after that and wish we could have stayed longer. We accessed the island from Cesme, Turkey via a rather short (approx.. 20 minutes) ferry. Then, both times, upon a recommendation by a friend, stopped at a small local car rental place just on the water by the port to rent a car (one day for 34 euros, 3 day for 25 ... read more
Windmills in Chios
Pyrgi village
Mesta village

Europe » Greece » North Aegean October 30th 2018

I don't normally write travelblogs for just a two week package holiday but in response to requests from friends who don't do facebook I've decided to break the rules. We booked a late deal just days before flying off to Pernera in Cyprus. we weren't disappointed. It felt like luxury to be in a proper hotel with air con, hot showers and maid service, as opposed to bamboo beach huts with nothing but a bed and cold shower. True to ourselves, we abandoned the sunbeds around the pool, that most of the hotel guests occupied day after day, and went off in search of adventure. Firstly jumping on a local bus to Cape Greko where we ended up being persuaded to eat sea salt straight from a rock pool by a friendly, very scantily clad local ... read more
Coastal Walk
Coastal Walk

Europe » Greece » North Aegean » Thasos August 1st 2018

This is the northernmost Greek island, but it's not crowded with tourists. We stayed at an amazing hotel/resort Makryammos with a beautiful beach and a forest of pine trees ...I can still smell them ... amazing place!... read more
Sandy beach

Europe » Greece » North Aegean June 5th 2018

Friday, 18 May – Santorini, Cyclades (Greek Islands) The trip from Lucerne to Zurich Airport by train was pretty, and we thought it was quite cool that they had a train that went direct to the airport from half way across the country. Those Swiss have thought of everything! The flight from Zurich to Santorini was scenic as we flew over the Italian and Austrian Alps, Venice and down the Croatian coastline. I really liked the fact that the captain did the welcome in person at the front of the cabin prior to departure, and provided intermittent sightseeing tips along the way. Things like “Ladies and Gentlemen, if you are in the right side of the plane you will see that we’re flying over the Croatian Islands, with Split coming up. On the left you’ll get ... read more
Santorini caldera
Greek windmill on Santorini
View from Oia, Santorini

Europe » Greece » North Aegean September 12th 2017

Unlike most of out trips, this time we are only away for two weeks.Summer has practically ended in England and we were feeling starved of sunshine and adventure! We chose Greece as its not long haul and Skiathos came highly recommended. We prefer places that have a choice of beaches where you can get away from the crowds and nice walks. This island fits the bill perfectly. A good proportion of the island is covered with dense pine forests. We spent the first few days exploring the beaches closest to our studio before trying ones further away. Practically the first we came across was Banana beach, as we clambered around the rocks from Big Banana to little Banana beach we realized rumours we'd heard about it being a naturist beach were true. The coast line was ... read more
Map of the area around koukanaries
Banana beach
Clambering over the rock to Little Banana beach

Europe » Greece » North Aegean » Lemnos October 13th 2016

Day 19 - Mon. Oct. 10 - Port of call: Myrina, Greece. Weather: Sunny with scattered clouds, temperatures of 79°F/26°C Today our port of call is Myrina, the capital of the island of Limnos. The island lies approximately 40 km from Turkey and southwest of the Dardanelles where the Gallipoli Campaign took place in 1915 during the First World War. The island was a staging area for the British and French naval and army expeditionary forces. The port facilities at Myrina are small and there is no pier large enough to accommodate even a small cruise ship like the Prinsendam so we had to use the tenders. I must say the tenders that are on board are much roomier with wider hatches, making them easier to board and debark. Sitting offshore we could clearly see the ... read more
Mini museum
Drinking cups
Strainer pot

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