Trikala (the coolest small city) and Meteora

(January 2023) Trikala -the cool one in Thessaly, not the other one in Corinthia– is one of the most beautiful towns I’ve visited. Many describe it as being the most “European-like” city in Greece, and I think that must be because of the great job they’ve done with the town…

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Vienna, the Quintessential Central-European City (May 2022)

I have always believed that the best time to visit Central and Northern European countries is during spring and that the second best is during summer. This has also proved true for Vienna, which we visited at the end of May. We combined Kathy’s work at a conference with a…

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Messologi, Agrinio (and a little bit of Aitoliko) – *Pandemic Edition*

For a long time, we wanted to visit our friends Panos and Evie in Agrinio. At last, we found the right time to visit and also took the opportunity to see Messologi for the first time. It was a 3-day trip, including just a night’s stay in Messologi and another…

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Andros (2021 Pandemic Edition)

Andros is one of the most accessible islands of the Cyclades. It is about 2 hours by ferry from the port of Rafina, which is 40 minutes from Athens. We booked a long weekend on a very nice-looking hotel cheap, a little bit after the COVID-19 ban on transport was…

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Skyros is neither Sporades, nor Cyclades (but still charming)

Following an impulse, after Kate had a lot of stress in her workplace, we found ourselves in Skyros for a few days. She organized our trip On the spur, in a day (ferry tickets and accommodation). We were thinking about going, but it was the fact that it was so…

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Trizonia (Summer 2019)

In July 2019 we spent some days in Nafpaktos. This time we went to Trizonia, a group of islets in the middle of the Corinthian Gulf. There is a small village on one of them, which we visited. There is a really relaxed atmosphere on the island. Kids would play…

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A Weekend In Kalavryta (2011)

Kalavryta Square

(Photos from November 2011) This trip to Kalavryta, on 19th November 2011, was one of our first trips with our then 5-months-old baby daughter. Somehow the photos got lost in time and were never posted here on this blog. I remember that we needed more than three hours to get…

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Nafpaktos in Summer

(Photos from the summer of 2016) When our youngest son, Dimitris, was 4 months old, we were looking for a nice place near Athens to stay for a couple of weeks in the summer. We found a nice apartment with a small back yard in a garden, in Nafpaktos which…

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Three days in Pylos

(Photos from June 2015) Usually June is not so warm as it was in 2015, when we spent a long weekend in Pylos with some friends. We even had our first swim in that weekend, which was nice despite the sea being a little bit colder than I would like….

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The Abandoned Village of Apano Symi, Lasithi

(Photos from August 2018) In the summer of 2018, we went again to Crete for 2 weeks. One place we had never been to was the abandoned village of Apano Symi (literally translated as “Upper Symi”). We had frequently visited the adjacent Kato Symi (“Lower Symi”) just to have lunch…

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