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Recipes, our exploits & random musings about all things Greece.

Of Venetians and Venizelos

Aug 21, 2018

If you’re visiting Crete, most of the to-do lists will have you somewhere in the vicinity of Iraklio, Crete’s largest city and one of the biggest in the whole country. But it’s not the only major metropolis on this majestic island—don’t count out Chania! Like everything else in Greece, and especially Crete, Chania is really, …

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Not Your Usual Cape Town

Aug 18, 2018

A skeptic of the Greek vacation experience might wonder what makes some of the ancient sites and temples around the country so special. “Aren’t they all the same?” They might ask. Well, a lot of temples and houses of worship built by the ancients might seem a little similar on the surface, but beyond the …

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This Win is Dedicated To…

Aug 16, 2018

For the second day in a row, this #ThrowbackThursday is a little bit less ancient than what we usually talk about about when it comes to Greek sightseeing: this time fourteen years ago, it was an exciting time for Athens, as we were right smack in the middle of hosting the 2004 Olympics! Along with …

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Travel Insurance

Aug 16, 2018

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Tourism is an Olympic Sport

Aug 16, 2018

Have you ever wondered what it must have been like to witness an ancient chariot race? Can you imagine yourself in the midst of something that might be straight out of Ben-Hur? Well, the screaming crowds might only converge once every few years, but if you come to Athens, not everything gets left up to …

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For The Culture

Aug 15, 2018

If you’re really going to get the most out of your Greek experience, you need to spend a few days in Athens. Well, you don’t HAVE to spend time in Athens, but one of the biggest mistakes people make is thinking they can do Athens in just a day or two. If you’re really pressed …

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Olive Love

Aug 13, 2018

There are a million different parts of Greek food and cuisine that have made their way into our modern foodie lexicon, but there might not be a staple more intimately associated with Greece than the simple olive. The Greeks love their olives—they even have a really fun olive and olive oil museum in modern Sparta …

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Unorthodox Literature

Aug 9, 2018

It’s National Book Lovers Day here in the United States, so I thought I’d take a look at look at one of modern Greece’s most famous and foremost writer of books, Nikos Kazantzakis. In keeping with the theme of some of my other posts this week, Kazantzakis technically wasn’t born a Greek—when he was born …

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Beware the Minotaur!

Aug 9, 2018

Oh, Wednesday wanderlust! Thinking about El Greco yesterday made me realize how long it’s been since our last visit to Crete, which is criminally underrated as far as Greek vacation spots go. It’s a different kind of island destination than Mykonos or Santorini—you’ll want to spend more than a day or two here, because there’s …

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Get Me To The Greek

Aug 7, 2018

Can you imagine being so good at what you do that people all over the world simply know you by where you’re from? Maybe in a couple hundred years someone will see one of my photos in a museum and know exactly what’s going on where they’re told it’s one of the best known works …

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The New Classics: Part 1

Aug 7, 2018

When talking about Greece, I often find myself using the fact that everything there is really old as one of ways that it’s super interesting. Thinking about it a little more, it’s not just the fact that things are old that makes them cool, it’s that when things have been around for a long time, …

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Wine Lovers Welcome

Aug 3, 2018

It’s International Beer Day! Greece isn’t terribly well known for its beer (if you’re interested, here’s a pretty cool rundown of Greece’s brew scene), but it’s got one of the oldest winemaking traditions in the world, so I think you’ll probably be okay should you choose to celebrate tonight with some Nemean red. Today I’m …

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Delos: Day Trips Only

Aug 2, 2018

You might think that all the coolest ancient sightseeing is reserved for the Greek mainland, but a relaxing vacation to the Cyclades can be more than just beaches and sunsets! Don’t get me wrong, those are some of the best parts, but if you want to mix in some adventure with your island paradise, ask …

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The 2000 Year Old Travel Bug

Aug 1, 2018

I don’t think anybody could have embodied #WanderlustWednesday Greek-style more than Pausanias, a native of what’s now modern-day Turkey, but made his name in the 1st century CE by pretty much taking my dream job to its fullest extent. What might that be? He just travelled all around Greece and wrote about it! His Description …

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Smile and Say Cheese

Jul 31, 2018

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 …

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A Rock Solid Destination

Jul 30, 2018

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 …

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12:40 18 Aug 22
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17:50 24 Jul 22
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05:40 26 Jun 22
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15:31 20 Jun 22
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23:50 08 Jun 22
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11:05 26 May 22
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21:11 21 Aug 21
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22:37 08 Aug 21
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15:18 29 Oct 19
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17:08 30 Sep 19
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15:44 02 Apr 19
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Carol PoulosCarol Poulos
17:58 05 Feb 19
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Meg HeinemannMeg Heinemann
17:28 04 Nov 18
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