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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 - Typical Greek lunch by the sea. This is my perfect moment on any Greek journey: a plate of fresh Calimari and just-picked lemons, with a Greek Salad and a glass of local island wine. The table is close enough to the Aegean waters to hear them lapping at the harbour wall. And the sights and sounds of a busy little fishing harbour are spread out before me... Bliss!

Crete - Typical Greek lunch by the sea. This is my perfect moment on any Greek journey: a plate of fresh Calimari and just-picked lemons, with a Greek Salad and a glass of local island wine. The table is close enough to the Aegean waters to hear them lapping at the harbour wall. And the sights and sounds of a busy little fishing harbour are spread out before me... Bliss!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

Athens - View to Acropolis from Monastiraki Square in Athens. Give yourself time in this city. It's one of the great Travel Cities of the World and time has a special quality here. Above the loud and colourful city streets rises the ancient citadel of the Acropolis and atop this rampart of a hill are the exquisite buildings that include the Parthenon. Here midst 2,500 years of history, you can gaze down upon the sprawl that is modern Athens and dream about Civilisation's stirrings...

Athens - View to Acropolis from Monastiraki Square in Athens. Give yourself time in this city. It's one of the great Travel Cities of the World and time has a special quality here. Above the loud and colourful city streets rises the ancient citadel of the Acropolis and atop this rampart of a hill are the exquisite buildings that include the Parthenon. Here midst 2,500 years of history, you can gaze down upon the sprawl that is modern Athens and dream about Civilisation's stirrings...

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, 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.

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.

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.

Corfu - Mouse Island. Corfu lies off the west coast of Mainland Greece in the Ionian Islands and it has always appealed to travellers - and for good reason. The landscape is glorious, Corfu Town is historically cosmopolitan and the coastline is necklaced with coves and beaches. Just avoid the one or two over-developed package vacation centres and you will love the laid-back vibe. My favourite spots are the ridiculously pretty Paleokastritsa and Mouse Island, pictured here.

Corfu - Mouse Island. Corfu lies off the west coast of Mainland Greece in the Ionian Islands and it has always appealed to travellers - and for good reason. The landscape is glorious, Corfu Town is historically cosmopolitan and the coastline is necklaced with coves and beaches. Just avoid the one or two over-developed package vacation centres and you will love the laid-back vibe. My favourite spots are the ridiculously pretty Paleokastritsa and Mouse Island, pictured here.

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…

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…

Kavala, Northern Greece. I like this city for its genuineness. Yes, it has beaches, antiquities, Museums and a splendid Castle...but it is not primarily a tourist town. It's the second largest city in the north of the country and it's port is always busy with ferries to the northern islands - including my pick: Thassos.

Kavala, Northern Greece. I like this city for its genuineness. Yes, it has beaches, antiquities, Museums and a splendid Castle...but it is not primarily a tourist town. It's the second largest city in the north of the country and it's port is always busy with ferries to the northern islands - including my pick: Thassos.

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