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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Japan 2013 : (a little bit of) Tokyo

(Photos from February 2013) As I have mentioned before the latest visit to Japan was my second one . My previous visit was very short and it was several years ago, in February 2013. That was a short workweek trip, and I had not enjoyed it as much as my…

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Japan 2019, Part Two

Staying at Hakone During my recent visit to Japan, I had the chance to visit Lake Hakone and Kamakura (in Kanagawa). The scenery in Lake Hakone was magnificent. I am not sure I have seen this much green before as in lake Hakone (me and Rey from Star Wars).  Even…

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Japan 2019, Part One

When I was telling people that I would visit Japan this August, their reaction was “Wow, this is a lifetime journey”. This is my second time in Japan. However this time I stayed longer and I had the chance to visit some places outside Tokyo and Tachikawa. Tachikawa was the…

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