2013-Thessaloniki, Byzantine city on the Gulf of Salonica

2013-Thessaloniki, Byzantine city on the Gulf of Salonica

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in Greece, Thessoloniki | No Comments

In 316 BC, Kassandros, son of Antipatros, general to Alexander the Great. married Thessaloniki, the half sister of Alexander and named the city after her. We’ve been walking up and down the Leoforos Nikis that runs along the Gulf of Salonika. We can see the White Tower, the symbol of Thessaloniki from our hotel window. […]

2009 – Corfu or Kérkyra

2009 – Corfu or Kérkyra

Posted by on Sep 20, 2009 in Corfu, Greece, Ionian Islands | No Comments

We’re staying at the Grecotel Eva Palace overlooking Kommeno Bay and Corfu Town. It is one of the most beautiful views we’ve ever had from a hotel room terrace. We’ve been taking the same photo for days; view at dawn, view at 10am, at 5pm, sunset, night with the lights of Corfu town in the […]

2009 – Athens; the Acropolis Museum and a trip to Hydra

2009 – Athens; the Acropolis Museum and a trip to Hydra

Posted by on Sep 17, 2009 in Athens, Greece | No Comments

We’ve come back to Athens specifically to see the new Acropolis Museum, a project that has taken over 10 years to design and build. It was originally scheduled to open for the 2003 Olympics, but then, it’s Greece. Things move slower here, mostly because as soon as someone sticks a shovel under the ancient ground, […]

2007 – Peloponesse; Naplion, Mycenae, Epivadros, Olympia

2007 – Peloponesse; Naplion, Mycenae, Epivadros, Olympia

Posted by on Jul 20, 2007 in Greece, Peloponesse | One Comment

Athens to Nafplion is an easy 2 hours. The roads are good, the traffic manageable and the drive was without incident; well, we did almost run out of gas and had to coast down a few hills for 2-3 kilometers before we found a gas station. We are truly in the land of the gods. […]

2007 – Athens; the Plaka, Acropolis Hill and the Agora

2007 – Athens; the Plaka, Acropolis Hill and the Agora

Posted by on Jul 16, 2007 in Athens, Greece | No Comments

When American basketball superstar, Shaquille O’Neal came back from Athens last year, a reporter asked him if he went to the Parthenon. Shaq’s told him he went to a lot of clubs but he couldn’t remember the names of all of them. It kind of sums up a visit to modern Athens. For many it’s […]

2007 – Kos in the Dodecanese Islands

2007 – Kos in the Dodecanese Islands

Posted by on Jul 12, 2007 in Dodecanese Islands, Greece, Kos | One Comment

Kos Island, Greece is a one hour ride on the ferry from Bodrum, Turkey. Of course that doesn’t include the 75 minutes it takes to go through four passport inspections (3 in Turkey and 1 more in Greece). But if you’re in Bodrum (like we were) it’s a lot easier than flying back to Istanbul, […]

2000 – Athens

2000 – Athens

Posted by on Oct 29, 2000 in Athens, Greece | One Comment

October 12, 2000 United Airlines sleeper suites, yahoo!  You never know if they’ll have them. You don’t find out till you arrive to the airport. A good sleep; a peek at the Northern lights; a brief layover at the Frankfurt airport and a retail experience to buy a small screwdriver to fix my glasses. I’m […]

2000- Mykonos, where Zeus battled the Gigantes

2000- Mykonos, where Zeus battled the Gigantes

Posted by on Oct 26, 2000 in Cyclade Islands, Greece, Mykonos | No Comments

October 15 We checked into the hotel and 20 minutes later we were back on the main road towards the main town of Chora, a 30 minute walk down the main road. Most of the tourist population has left the island. It’s pretty tranquil here in October. During the tourist season (May-September), Chora is the […]

2000 – Rhodes; the Colossus and the Knights Castle

2000 – Rhodes; the Colossus and the Knights Castle

Posted by on Oct 25, 2000 in Dodecanese Islands, Greece, Rhodes | No Comments

Rhodes or Rhodos is the largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands, lying about 11 miles from the Agean coast of Turkey, which is why there is such a big castle guarding the harbor. There was a lot of battles over the control of this strategic island. The Colossus of Rhodes, a 100 foot tall bronze […]

2000- Santorini, overlooking the lost civilization of Atlantis

2000- Santorini, overlooking the lost civilization of Atlantis

Posted by on Oct 20, 2000 in Cyclade Islands, Greece, Santorini | No Comments

The caldera (crater) of Santorini is a result of one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in recorded history, over 3,500 years ago. Rumor has it that the eruption wiped out the island civilization of Atlantis around 1450 BC. Whether this is true or not, we do know that the tsunami waves caused by the eruption […]

2000 – Crete, island of Zorba the Greek and the lost city of Knossos

2000 – Crete, island of Zorba the Greek and the lost city of Knossos

Posted by on Oct 18, 2000 in Crete, Greece | No Comments

This is the home of Zorba the Greek, birthplace of Nikos Kazantzakis. It’s by far the largest of the Greek islands. It’s the home of the Minotian civilization, a 15th century Venetian stronghold, beautiful beaches and some really beautifulvillages. There are three main cities on Crete. The capital, Heraklion is the largest and close to […]