Monthly Archives: July 2014

Ioannina, Greece. July 2014

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July 28, 2014 Today, we planned to spend time with the family and also explore the city of Ioannina. There are several things that rightfully put Ioannina on the traveler’s map: multiculturalism – the city has always been dominated by Christian, Islamic and Jewish influences Old city and Castle of Ioannina – built in AD 528 by Emperor Justinian, it is the oldest Byzantine castle in Greece Perama – the Europe’s most beautiful caves Expression “Live like the Pasha in Ioannina” – hinting that it is not enough to have a title of a ruler, you also have to live in Ioannina to enjoy the best things in life Lake city …

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Vergina and Pella, Greece. July 2014

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July 27, 2014 Vergina (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Pella deserve to be on the itinerary of everyone who comes to visit the northern part of Greece. Unjustly, Lonely Planet dedicates only half a page to both of those places, which I intend to correct. Not only are Vergina and Pella rich in historical heritage and archeological sites, but also they have names of Philip II and Alexander the Great written all over them. Welcome to the ancient (Vergina) and slightly younger (Pella) capitals of Macedonia! It is a long day trip (700 km) from Ioannina, so we left town shortly after breakfast, while D’s family was packing their bags to …

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Meteora, Greece. July 2014

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July 26, 2014 Last night D. and I drove from Delphi to Kastraki so that we could start our day at the Meteora early in the morning. We stayed at the Doupiani House, which was a nice and comfortable hotel with fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. Please don’t expect an extraordinary customer service and neither fast-speed internet, but if you’ve got a room with the view, who needs the internet?! Meteora, which means “suspended in the air” is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the second largest and most important Greek Orthodox monastery complex in Greece, after Mount Athos. The mountains of Meteora became the place of refuge in the 9th …

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Delphi, Greece. July 2014

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July 25, 2015 Today, D. and I started our road trip around Greece and on our first day, we planned to visit 3 places: Thiva (also called Thebes) – the birthplace of Hercules and Dionysus, once the most powerful city-state in Greece Delphi – one of the most famous and influential places of Ancient world, where Oracle of Delphi prophesied the future of the kings Thermopylae – where the infamous battle of 300 Spartans with the army of Persian king Xerxes I took place in 480 BC. This historical event served as a plot for the “300” movie by Zac Snyder. Night we planned to spend in Kalabaka, at the foothill …

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Athens, Greece. July 2014

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July 21, 2014 D. and I caught a very late flight from London to Athens that didn’t land till 4.00 the next morning. D. parents met us at the airport and drove us to their apartment in Chalandri, a quiet tree-lined residential neighborhood in the northern Athens, where we were going to stay for the following 3-4 days. Thus, Greece was the second pit stop of our journey. July 22, 2014 I like to give detailed historical previews of the cities/countries I am visiting, but in order to describe the history or the importance of Athens to the world, I would need to spend years to research and just as many …

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Greece. July-August 2014

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Greece has always been on my mind, but I never felt “ready” for it. I will try to explain, in my opinion, you need to know the history, the heritage, the characters, the contribution of the country to the world, before you can go there and truly enjoy your experience. And I always felt that Greece had such an overwhelming past, that it would take me years to go over it. Well, I got engaged to a Greek guy and “had” to get a crash course in history of Greece, with hope to catch up while “one the ground”. Nevertheless, I had a few months to prepare so, I think I did …

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Cambridge, England. July 2014

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July 16, 2014 My husband and I started off our 7 week European vacation in Cambridge, England, where he, at the time, was undergoing his company’s week-long training. We just got married and planned to visit Oxford, a place where we met and went to school, along with a dozen of other destinations in England, Greece, Belarus and Russia. I admit, the only reason I bought Norwegian air flight from New York to Gatwick was the price, indeed, it was relatively inexpensive. The truth is – you get what you pay for – since I brought my dinner with me on the plane (and didn’t pre-order it with the airline), …

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