Greece

Playground of the Gods.... These are some of my personal favourite places in Greece that I have enjoyed over the years!
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Crete - Knossos. This is one site on Crete that you must not miss! Considered as Europe's oldest city, The palace of Knossos was the ceremonial and political centre of the Minoan civilization and culture. In Greek mythology, King Minos dwelt here and had Daedalus construct a labyrinth  in which to retain his son, the Minotaur.You can wander through this amazing site and get a graphic view of Cretan life in the Bronze Age provided by restorations of the palace's murals.

Photo of the day: "In Knossos your heart beats different" - Nikos Kazantzakis -

Kos - Asklepeion. I was on the very first charter flight to this island from the UK many years ago. Then, it was an undiscovered backwater. Now it is a vibrant and very busy mainstream tourism destination, but the charm of its small villages and the magic of its ancient sites remains intact. This focal point of the Dodecanese Island grouping is celebrated as the birthplace of Western medicine: here Hippokrates founded the first medical school in the 5th century BC here at the Aslepeion.

Asclipeion just outside Kos Town, on the island of Kos in Greece

Crete - Plains of Lasithi. The largest of all the Greek Islands (260 kms east to west), Crete provides history from the Early Minoan around 2,500 BC to the German invasion of WWII. It has mountains rising to over 8,000 feet, a spectacular coastline, Europe's deepest gorge (Samaria Gorge) and its best-kept secret: the The Lasithi Plateau, a fertile plain ringed by mountains at an average altitude of 2,760 ft. The plateau is famous for its white-sailed windmills that used to number over…

Restoration of Lasithi Plateau’s Windmills with Perforated Sails, Crete, GREECE

Poros, the Saronic Islands. Just two and a half hours by the regular ferry from Athens, Poros makes a lovely day trip from the capital. A narrow channel separates the island from the mainland and there is lots of activity in the harbour. This a stroller's paradise and you can walk to secluded coves or to the remains of the Temple of Poseidon where the famous Athenian orator Demosthenes committed suicide in 322 BC rather than surrender to a Macedonian general.

poros island Greece - Inspirational, setting for my first novel Moondancing - never published.

Symi - Yialos. There are no sprawling resorts here, just a few simple accommodations in tiny local hotels and apartments sprinkled amidst the lovely pastel-coloured mansions that rise above the harbour town of Yialos. Known as 'The Jewel of the Dodecanes', this tiny island is mesmeric. I stayed in one of the old mansions on the hill and lost myself in the maze of pathways and trails and soaked up the heady atmosphere of this whole other world.

Colourful houses - Shores with neoclassical architecture, Yialos, Symi island, Dodecanese, Greece ~ ღ Skuwandi

Rhodes - Lindos. The largest island of the Dodecanese has it all: breathtaking beaches, history in every stone and an island culture all of its own. The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, once stood astride the Harbour of Rhodes Town whose Old Town is now a UNSCO World Heritage Site. Go to Lindos, for the perfect combination of beach, picturesque white-and-blue village, all topped by a Doric Acropolis with a Knights of St. John medieval fortress for good…

Car Hire Rhodes Airport - Rent A Car in Rhodes and discover the beauties of this majestic Greek Island

Hydra. This island is the closest one to Athens where you can truly get away from the crowds and immerse yourself in the Greek experience. Picturesque waterfront mansions give way to steep cobbled streets that rise up into the hills. Hire one of the ubiquitous donkeys and just go where you fancy takes you. Relax: you're on Greek time...

Riding Burros through Cobblestone streets of Hydra Greece

Sunset over the Bay of Messene in the far south of the Peloponnese. Every day the sunset from the old stone cottage I was staying in was different...but never less than spectacular.

Sunset over the Bay of Messene in the far south of the Peloponnese. Every day the sunset from the old stone cottage I was staying in was different.but never less than spectacular.

My base for my travels in the Peloponnese was a gorgeous stone cottage perched high in the hills overlooking the Aegean Sea in the village of Megali Mantinia, about 20 minutes from Kalamata. The village itself is a delight to wander through - full of winding lanes, churches such as the one pictured, olive groves and flocks of goats and sheep.

My base for my travels in the Peloponnese was a gorgeous stone cottage perched high in the hills overlooking the Aegean Sea in the village of Megali Mantinia, about 20 minutes from Kalamata. The village itself is a delight to wander through - full of winding lanes, churches such as the one pictured, olive groves and flocks of goats and sheep.

One of the many delights in the Peloponnese region of Greece are the hiking trails through the mountains and the gorges. On this trail along the Rema Mili Gorge near Kampos I came across this medieval packhorse bridge. Above it, was a 19th century bridge which had also been abandoned for a still higher 21st century bridge...and so the centuries roll by...

One of the many delights in the Peloponnese region of Greece are the hiking trails through the mountains and the gorges. On this trail along the Rema Mili Gorge near Kampos I came across this medieval packhorse bridge. Above it, was a 19th century bridge which had also been abandoned for a still higher 21st century bridge...and so the centuries roll by...

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