Month: July 2018

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Smile and Say Cheese

You can really learn a lot about a place by its cheese. Seriously, think about it! Almost everywhere you go in the world, they’ll have some kind of cheese that’s unique to that particular place and the cuisine that goes with it. Greece is no different. We have our specialties—for example, the town of Arachova is known for its hard formaela cheese—but if Greek cheese brings any one thing to…

Monemvasia PD

A Rock Solid Destination

Monemvasia isn’t quite your typical Greek island. When you hear those words, “I’m visiting a Greek island!” you probably picture the sandy white beaches of Santorini and Mykonos, or maybe the unique history and culture of Crete. Monemvasia is often called “the Gibraltar of the East” because, well, that’s kind of what it is! It may not be palm trees and windsurfing, but approaching the gigantic cliff from the edge…

Sparta

This. Was. Sparta.

Yesterday I told you all a little bit about the unique Olive and Olive Oil Museum in Sparta, but that’s far from all there is to do in the area, so why don’t we go through what other awesomeness you can experience in that part of the Peloponnese. Of course, Sparta hardly needs an introduction: the ancient Spartans (or, as they were called in ancient times, Lakedaimons) have been renowned…

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No Breadsticks At This Olive Garden!

I missed #MuseumMonday this week, but when I drizzle my Greek salad with olive oil at lunchtime, I’m often reminded of the Olive and Olive Oil Museum in Sparta, one of my favorite quirky little stops around the Peloponnese. Let me tell you a little about it, and if you’re coming to Greece soon, maybe we can arrange a visit! Why, you might ask, do olives and their oil deserve…

Neda  Waterfall

The Temple Under a Tent

Believe it or not, the world-famous, superstar architect isn’t a recent invention: the ancient Greeks had their own Frank Lloyd Wrights and Frank Gehrys too! Some of the most famous ancient sites and temples in Greece are thought to have been designed by the same person Reports that he too was named Frank are as of yet unconfirmed. When you think of a stunning Greek temple, you probably picture the…

Panagitsa Beach

No Day Like Beach Day!

Vacationing in Greece can be whatever you want it to be—anything from ultra busy and active to laid back, chill and relaxed. It’s exhilarating any way you take it. If you’re hoping to take a day or two to kick back in the sun on some warm Mediterranean waters, take some words of wisdom from Basil on the beaches we have here in Greece! “Sandy beaches are overrated. Whenever I…

megalopolis

Zeus Was Here

I never thought I’d be doing a #FossilFriday post about Greece (shoutout to the Field Museum for the hashtag!), but I just came across some pictures of Megalopoli, a small town and site of an even bigger ancient city in Arcadia, smack in the middle of the Peloponnese. Fun fact: the ancient city was called Megalopolis, which literally means “large city,” not unlike the first dinosaur ever scientifically discovered and…

Dare I Say… Theater Thursday?

I know I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but if you’re in Athens or Argolida sometime soon or looking for something to do this weekend, I really think you should try to see some part of the summer Athens-Epidavros Festival. For the next two weekends the Greek National Opera will be performing Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, right on the slopes of the Acropolis. Carmen is…

Wednesdays are for Wishes and Wanderlust…

As we all know too well, Wednesday is the farthest day from the weekend in any direction, so a lot of the time I find my mid-week #wanderlust for one of Greece’s too many to count island paradises… this time I was looking at pictures of Aegina (pronounced egg-ee-na), one my absolute favorites, as if I could ever choose one. Aegina is a big old island smack dab in the…

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The Summer Markets Are In Full Swing

If there are any perks to the mid-July heat, it’s that the summer vegetable season is in full swing! For #TravelTuesday I thought I’d give you guys a peek at one of Athens’ many outdoor markets, which should have your stomach rumbling just about year round. Whether you’re just there for a look around or being guided through our excellent foodie tour of central Athens, the wonderfully bright sights and…