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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Naxos October 24th 2018

In 2000 during my first trip to Greece, I was far from the maniacal peak bagger that I am at present. I visited both Naxos and Rhodes back then without any interest in summitting the high points of either of those islands but I did get to the overall high point of Greece on that trip, Mt. Olympus. Greek Island high points Parts I & II were both on Crete in 2014 as it was necessary to summit 2 peaks to be assured of hitting the highest one. After 3 weeks blowing through the Balkans and finishing my overland stretch in Thessaloniki, I visited 3 islands on this trip, returning to both Naxos and Rhodes with a stop in Santorini which was far and away the easiest way to bridge the other 2 islands out of ... read more
On the Ascent of Mt Zeus
Filoti
Temple of Apollo, Naxos

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Amorgos August 31st 2018

We’ve flown to Greece to spend a few days sailing with our friends from Melbourne who live on a yacht here. They have spent most of this summer in Turkey but we join them just as they start their sail back across the Aegean to Greece. We fly into Kos and meet them there. We have some good days sailing, first north to Leros and then a long day sail across to Amorgos. Although we originally planned to sail further, either to Naxos or Paros, but the weather forecast isn’t great so we decide to sail north from Amorgos anchor for the night and then sail back to Amorgos from where there is a regular ferry we can take to Pireaus. Amorgos isn’t one of the better known Cyclades islands but is a lovely spot. The ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Rhodes » Lindos August 15th 2018

A long Eid break and I was certainly not going to spend a single day in hot Kuwait. I packed my bags and planned a trip to two places in Turkey and 2 places in Greece which became a delightful three. Here is a story of my Mediterranean summer trip. The pre booked taxi was late and it was my good fortune because I hailed a taxi at half the cost! I took Pegasus flight to Istanbul. I got out and took a visa on arrival; an air-conditioned Havas bus to Taksim and voila! I was in the trendy European side of Istanbul. The free walking tour started at Hippodrome, covering Hagia Sofia (church turned mosque turned museum), an Egyptian oblique transported by Constantine from Egypt, a fountain donated by German king, Topkapi Sarayi (the palace ... read more
Fountain donated by the Germans
Underground cistern
Map of Meditarranean region

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Ios August 6th 2018

Une petite journée à Ios, ou nous louons une voiture pour rejoindre une plage quasi déserte et passer par château en ruines et tombe d’Homere On domine partout la mer, avec vue plongeante sur Iraklia et Shinoussa ou nous étions la veille Depuis le côté ville et hôtel, c’est Sikinos où nous serons demain que l’on voit Le soir, poisson de luxe en bord de mer après coucher de soleil d’antologie Petit hôtel fort sympathique, où nous ne faisons que passer...... read more
En chemin vers le château en ruine
Vue du château ( et Iraklia)
La plage du jour

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Iraklia August 5th 2018

Nous avons passe la journée de dimanche sur Lady K, le voilier de Kostas Nous avons. commence par traverser jusqu’à Iraklia, avec pause baignade dans une crique où s’est écrasé un avion pendant le seconde guerre mondiale Puis nous avons longé la falaise et traversée jusqu’à une crique de l’ile voisine (Skinoussa ?) pour une nouvelle baignade et le déjeuner, aux côtés de véritables bateaux de luxe Puis nous remontons le long de Naxos avant une dernière baignade et la traversée du retour, en mode penché : une excellente journée, qui nous a plutôt rassurés quant au fait d’avoir renoncé à une semaine complète de voile... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Paros » Naousa August 4th 2018

L’excursion prévue à Delos est annulée : le vent est trop fort On ne s’en rend vraiment compte qu’une fois en mer pour le plan B : Antiparos Heureusement, la traversée est très courte car la houle est vraiment forte A Antiparos , rue principale puis bus puis grotte puis bus puis plage puis restaurant puis bus puis bateau retour (traversée directe , la houle ayant encore augmenté, la traversée longue n’est plus possible ) Dans le bus , animation spéciale «la technique de drague à l’italienne par Alessandro » Sur le chemin du retour pause visite et baignade à Naoussa : les terrasses au bord de l’eau attendent du monde pour le soir ...... read more
Grotte d’Antiparos
Kite surfers entre Paros et Antiparos
Naoussa

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Paros August 2nd 2018

Nous avons rendu la Jeep, et nous déplaçons avec ferry, bus ou voiture des propriétaires de nos logements Nous découvrons la plage au bout de notre rue (Logaras), le petit port de Piso Livadi et le village de Lefkes La mise en scène des maisons aux murs blancs et volets bleus qui s‘entassent sur les pentes le long de ruelles pavées et piétonnes est très reussie. Principaux figurants: chats et chatons. Nombreux éléments de décor de type arrosoirs, pots de céramiques, chaises en paille, et surtout ces fleurs roses dont j’ignore bien sûr la variété.... read more
Cathédrale de Lefkes
Une eglise orthodoxe a Lefkes
Lefkes

Europe » Greece » South Aegean July 18th 2018

Sun, turquoise blue sea, scenic vistas, luscious food, nice people, ruins, hiking trails, and a laid back atmosphere - what's not to like in the Greek Islands. During the past two weeks we revisited some of our favorite islands in the Cyclades. The photos speak for themselves. We flew to Krakow on Friday and arrived in the little alpine town of Zakopane in the Tatra National Forest yesterday afternoon. Hope the rain stops SOON!... read more
Mykonos
Donkeys at the beach
Wooden sculptures

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos June 22nd 2018

We were lucky enough to be invited to a family wedding in Mykonos in June with my daughter and two nieces getting the esteemed role of bridesmaid. 7 of us flew out with EasyJet at 7.30 on a Friday from Luton, which felt painful being up at two but in reality meant we were arrived and unpacked by 2 pm, ready to enjoy the rest of the day. My husband, 21 year old daughter and I stayed in a one bedroom apartment at Secret Spot Mykonos, about a minutes walk from where my brother and sister in law were staying at Mykonos Secret Spot! Owned by a sister and brother the traditional Greek dwellings were joined up by a communal garden and small pool (the kids said it felt like the Love Island garden!) It was ... read more
Mykonos town
Mykonos harbour
Beautiful Mykonos

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini June 8th 2018

I arrived early in the morning when none of the shops were open yet. Stepping out of the bus I was so excited! Everything looked sooo beautiful! It was just like in the movies and all the travel magazines I've read. Walking along the pathways next to the cliff facing the ocean I had to stop a few times to take in everything. What a lovely morning with clear blue sky, the peaceful Aegean sea, the Cycladic architecture; and to have that all to myself. I felt like I was in a movie. Lost in Santorini. I literally was except without the cameras. It was still winter but it wasn't so bad. It's just like spring in Korea, about 12C. I was having problems locating my hotel even with Google Maps. There were three other hotels ... read more
Oia
Couple in Oia at night




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