Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Remembering Greece: Stop-Over in Santorini

With a heavy heart I left Milos after only two days. It wasn't enough. By far! I want to go back and have a much closer look. Rent a car and visit the whole island.
I took the ferry to Santorini, had a 5 hour stop-over there (that became a 4 hour stop-over because the ferry was one hour late - Greek time, my dears!) and then continued on to Heraklion, Crete, in the evening.
I had heard many things about Santorini. All kind of things. From very good to very bad. I had even read a newspaper article describing the hordes of Chinese that apparently were fond of the island. As usual, I listened to the reviews only halfheartedly because I wanted to form my own view!
Oh my.
How should I put this nicely?
After Milos ... it was a shock! Hordes (like HORDES!) of tourists. Many of them (like MANY!) were Chinese. Every third or so restaurant was actually Chinese.
To say it in two words: Big Chaos
I was in over my head. Totally overwhelmed.
I have to admit though that once I got over the hordes of people, I came to appreciate the views. What a place this must have been, say 10 years ago? Absolutely breathtaking.
Santorini shows the bad side of tourism. Many Greeks I've met after having visited Santorini told me that, in their opinion, "Santorini sold its soul". Gotta love the Greeks for their theatrics!!
The Cyclades made it to my travel bucket list but Santorini and Mykonos won't be part of that future trip, that's for sure!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Remembering Greece: Island of Milos (Cyclades)

Milos made it to my top 10 list of favorite destinations and I will definitely have to go back. Absolutely. Two days was not enough. By far. Whata wonderful place. It was like living in a poetry.
Even the ferry trip to Milos was exciting. I left the port of Pireaus early in the morning and was happy to discover that we were allowed to stand on the upper deck where the view of the sea and the islands was fantastic!
The ferry stopped at Sérifos and Sifnos before arriving in Milos. That's when I started falling for the Cyclades (Sérifos and Sifnos were actually on my list of places to visit but in the end I choose Milos. I did good because Milos is the biggest of the three and for this trip it was the best place to visit. Next time though I will visit them all, with more time on my hands!).


Then we arrived in Milos and I fell in love immediately. The white houses/churches. The blue windows/doors. The dark blue see. Friendly people. Easy going life.
What not to love?

Church in Adamas

Adamas (on my way from the port to the hotel)

Plaka, the capital of Milos

I had dinner in a restaurant and this was the view (view from my table)


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Remembering Greece: Athens

Prior to my departure to Greece, I had been excited and worried at once. Excited for the obvious reasons and worried because of that whole high season/size of crowds thing. I feared that it would somehow spoil my time there.
I shouldn't have worried. Well, high season was certainly not the best time to take off to Greece (or any other European destination actually) and the crowds were quite impressive (apparently, Greece is expected to welcome 26 million tourists this summer!).
The places though were so magical, the people I met so nice and friendly and funny that I totally forgot about the crowds!

I started my trip in Athens, as you may recall. What to say? The city was chaotic and the temperatures were hot (OMG, you have no idea how hot!!). I loved walking around the city and being surrounded by 2000 and more years of history felt wonderful to me. I visited the Akropolis museum (it didn't exist the last time I visited) and I avoided the Akropolis itself (the line was too long for my linking and in this heat? No thanks). I walked around the Roman Agora and the temple of Zeus, I strolled the small streets of Plaka (old town) and Monastiraki (another cute part of town).
By the end of my first day in Greece I was already in a totally relaxed and feel good kind of mood. I knew then that this trip was going to be wonderful!

Don't let the clouds deceive you - it was hot! Akropolis seen from below

I loved the houses

Temple of Zeus

Acropolis again - seen from the other side

houses, house and more houses

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Being Back From Greece

What an intense trip this has been! So wonderful. Magic. My head is still spinning. I will need a couple of days to sort it all out (starting with all the pictures I have taken!).

I was looking for some words on Pinterest to describe what I felt this morning on my first day back from heaven. I couldn't have said it better.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Greece Update

Wow. What a trip this has been and still is! I'm at the swimming pool of my hotel in Chania (Crete) and keep thinking, wow, what a trip. I've seen so many places, talked to so many people, my head is spinning actually. I can't seem to find the words yet to describe everything but they'll come to me. Once I'll be back home. Once I'll go through all my pictures. Once that everyday liife will help me think in a structured way again. Because, honestly, these days I'm in a kind of "I feel good, life is so good" bubble that all I want to do is enjoying the flow! You'll get the words and the pictures later on, I promise!
Kalispera everyone

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Colors of Greece

I have fallen for the blue and white feeling of Greece! 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

First Impressions of my Greek Trip

I've been to Greece like what? 3 days? Feels like at least one week! I've seen and done so much already. 

Athens was as beautiful, majestic and chaotic as I remembered from my last trip (some 10 years or so ago. No, wait, more like 15, now that I think of it...)
Walking the streets of Athens made me think of this last trip. Back then I was taking Greek lessons and I was starting to master the ABC (well, the Greek equivalent, obviously haha). I remember walking the streets and reading the signs like a first grader. Oh man, was I proud of my skills. I had no idea what exactly I was reading BUT I WAS reading!! Hilarious! 
I never got past reading and writing the single letters though. I stopped the classes because... I can't remember. Not worth the effort or something like that I'm afraid. Well, anyway, kalimera from Greece!