“Suspended in the air”. That’s the meaning of Meteora. These monasteries of northern Greece perch on rocky outcrops hundreds of metres above the valley floor, seemingly defying the forces of nature and gravity.
From vibrant graffiti to the Islamic arts of the Ottoman era, Athens’s artistic and cultural heritage is apparent in every step you take.
Modern street art
Street art is encouraged in Athens and the walk from the Metro station of Monastiraki to Kerameikos via Thiseio gives plenty of opportunities to see colourful murals in a variety of settings.
All the other assistants of Santa Claus had somehow found their way to Technopolis in Gazi and they were totally ready to initiate the Christmas Factory so the world would not remain without holidays and the children would not lose the magic. Entire Athens would glow and send with pride the most beautiful Christmas all over the world. Read more
1. Know Greece before you get there
|Rough Guide To GreeceTake the book with you, I have found them invaluable when travelling.|
There is so much to love about Athens. Some of the most valued antiquities in the world, incredible food, and non-stop entertainment. Sometimes, we need a break, to slow down. Your immediate thought might be Santorini or Mykonos. But Greece has so much more to offer than just beaches and the Pantheon. Parga is an idyllic village that lazily lounges on a hill overseeing the Ionian Sea. Read more
Alone for the first time in her life, far from her beloved Santa Claus, Mrs. Santa was leaning against an ancient marble column. The column, lying on the ground, as if it was resting its’ memories and all its’ experiences, this morning it was hosting the sweet lady having no idea who she was. Read more
If like me you’re from the UK or the seemingly cold lands of Northern Europe in general then summer is well and truly over for this year. I didn’t get my big dose of all things Greek this summer as planned, it seemed the gods did not favor it for 2014. So instead I’ve had to be content with looking at travel guides replete with gorgeous images of sun kissed beaches, wondrous ancient monuments and monasteries which seem to touch the very clouds themselves.
As I have gazed through the plethora of things to do in Greece I decided to put together a little top ten list of all the great things I’d like to see on my next trip. Okay it would have to be one heck of a big trip to take it all in in one go, but this is a dream holiday and whilst we’re dreaming let’s not let real life get in the way.
I am occasionally spellbound by man’s will. His sheer determination. Bewildered and even confused. How did man accomplish this? Moments of wonderment come to mind when I think of Petra in Jordan, the Taj Mahal in India, the temples of Bagan in Burma or the Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan. Read more