Category Archives: Southern Europe

A region of the world including Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece

Delos – Greek Island Infatuation

The entire island of Delos is an archaeological site, and UNESCO world heritage listed. According to Greek mythology, this island was the birthplace of the god Apollo and his twin sister Artemis. The island was considered as most sacred and its central location made it a wealthy commercial port, attracting the settlement of rich merchants, bankers, artisans, and ship owners. Continue reading Delos – Greek Island Infatuation

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Capri & the Blue Grotto – Italian Island Infatuation

Capri is a beautiful island located to the south of the Gulf of Naples in Italy.  Rising out of the Tyrrhenian Sea, much of the island has a rugged coastline –  home to caves and grottos that have been eroded out of the limestone and sandstone cliffs by the waves of the sea.  From the first time you approach this island and dock at the Marina Grande, you will feel the spell of romance that has been cast over this beautiful location.

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Koufonisi – Day Trip from Naxos – Greek Island Infatuation

During our stay on Naxos, we had planned to do some island hopping.  Unbeknownst to us, because we were there so late in the season (1st week of October), most of the inter-island day trips had finished.  Not being one to easily let a dream die, I decided to ask around at most of the many day tour places in the town.  I found that my best options were on offer from the  Naxos Tours office at Chora Naxos Protodikion square, Naxos 843 00, Greece.  The friendly staff helped me book a Greek Island tour for my day trip to Koufonisi.    Continue reading Koufonisi – Day Trip from Naxos – Greek Island Infatuation

Meteora Monasteries in Greece

The Meteora are rock formations shaped as a result of the erosion of wind and rain over time creating separate pillars of various height and width.  Centuries ago, monks seeking quiet solitude for their devotions created small places of prayer by making cells inside caves that had eroded from the side of the rocks, and the area came to be known as a holy place.  Amazingly, around the 14th Century, many Meteora monasteries started to be built at the very top of the rock pillars, access being gained only by removable ladders and winch systems used to haul up baskets and nets – for goods and people!!.  Continue reading Meteora Monasteries in Greece

Naxos – Greek Island Infatuation

Naxos is the largest and most fertile island in the Cyclades group, robed with pristine beaches on its coastline, and surrounded by blue Mediterranean beauty.  Inland there are ancient ruins, and traditional villages amphitheatrically cascading down the slopes of the mountains they nestle against.   According to Greek Mythology, the young Zeus was raised in a cave on Mt Zas ( ‘Zas’ meaning ‘Zeus’) in the centre of Naxos island, on the tallest peak in the Cyclades.  Naxos also happens to be conveniently located close to other Greek Islands and is a fantastic base to do some Greek Island hopping!

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Chania Old Town – Western Crete

Chania is an exceptionally charming town with cobblestone streets abounding with history.  In the old town area you will find quaint hotels and buildings butted up against byzantine walls, nearby to an amiable Venetian harbour lined with waterfront restaurants, cafes and historic monuments. Continue reading Chania Old Town – Western Crete