Archive of ‘Greece’ category

Dreams come true in Ikies

dreams come true in ikies ikies hotel santorini greece dreams come true in ikies oia greek islands dreams come true in ikies ikies hotel santorini dreams come true in ikies

dreams come true in ikies santorini greece
dreams come true in ikies greece
 

dreams come true in ikies (4)dreams come true in ikies greece santorini travel stories

Photos by Antonio Giannakos

I have been dreaming of that specific place for a long time and have been patient till that day the cobblestone alleyways in Oia would lead me to the extraordinary scenery that would take my breath away. I did my research on the internet, I couldn’t be wrong. I wanted something special for the last weekend of August and I knew where I could find it. Once I arrived there, I closed my eyes, I reopened them, I pinched myself and later on I thought…Oh yes, dreams come true in Ikies.

Ikies and the view in front of its apartments is the dream of a photographer. I wanted to take pictures of each and every small detail of our beautiful maisonette, pictures of each and every angle of Ikies traditional houses. If you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen some of my pictures that were uploaded real time. I even took a selfie while I was waiting for my friend to come (generally I never take selfies, although that kind of photos seems to be very popular lately.) We then snapped some pictures together, trying at the same time to be quiet and discreet for the other guests of the hotel.

There are many luxury boutique hotels in Oia that have a panoramic view of caldera. What makes Ikies Traditional Houses different and stand out from the others is its key position. It is situated exactly on the edge of the village Oia, which means you don’t need to go out and walk around. You don’t need to leave your maisonette to go to the other part of the village to see the sunset, like loads of tourists do. Just sit in your balcony, and you will have all that you need that will make your stay unforgettable. A better position cannot be found in Oia.

Needless to write more, just to thank the lovely girls at the reception and the whole staff for their kind welcome and their excellent service.

Another day in paradise

travel stories in Greece

samos greece travel guide travel stories greece

another day in paradise samos
the viennese girl blog greece samos
 

another day in paradise greece samos

greece samos travel stories

Another day in paradise

Another day in paradise

another day in paradise

On Instagram I found some other Samos lovers and I am glad to share with them the excitement of being here. I hope the rest of you also enjoy my photo journal as I travel through the Greek islands. It is literally one more day in paradise for me here and it’s one more day in paradise for you as well, wherever you are.
I borrowed the title for this blog post from one of my favorite songs “Another day in Paradise”, although the song of Phil Collins is referring to a social problem and aim to raise awareness about the countless number of homeless people living on the streets world wide.

Oh think twice, it’s another day for
You and me in paradise
Oh think twice, it’s just another day for you,
You and me in paradise

Life is a beach

life is a beach life is a beach greece travel stories life is a beach greece travel wanderlust life is a beach wanderlust life is a beach travel stories samos greece life is a beach greece the viennese girl blog the viennese girl viennalife is a beach greece

Have you ever been to a desolate island? Samiopoula is such an island, a Greek islet situated on the south of Samos Island. All you can find there is one beach, one church, one taverna and a drove of goats that want you to feed them. I usually visit Samiopoula once a year. This time 24 friends of mine and me were gathered at the port of Pythagorio and they told us that we had to be there at 07.00. The plan was to stay there until 19.00. So you can imagine one day before, we prepared food supplies like we were about to go to a war. We made sandwiches, toasts, baguettes, we bought watermelons, bottles of water, soft drinks and beers, and we also brought cooked food on a baking sheet.

If it happens that you are in Samos on holidays, take your friends and make a one day excursion to Samiopoula. Small boats depart everyday from the port of Pythagorio. They leave you in Samiopoula, then you have to walk a little bit to get to the beach in the photo below. There are signs that indicate the path to the beach. Since there are not so many things to do in Samiopoula other than lying around in the sand, playing with a beach ball, taking some pictures or swimming all day, life there is a beach..but probably only in Samiopoula.

La isla bonita

la isla bonita greece samos la isla bonita greece samos travel stories la isla bonita greece travel la isla bonita samosthe viennese girl vienna la isla bonita greek islands la isla bonita greek islands la isla bonita greece

We usually get up around 11.00 or 12.00 and the weather is very hot in “la isla bonita”. Then we slowly head straight to the beach, where we spend the rest of the day. Around 18.00 or 19.00 we go for a dinner to a taverna, preferably next to the sea listening to the waves. Our favorite outfit is of course….the swimsuit. When we come back home, we have a shower and later on, a glass of sweet Samos wine makes us dizzy and looking at the stars is the perfect way to end one more day in this paradise.

With all this beauty around me, it is difficult to sit in front of the computer and gather my thoughts, concentrate and write something for this blog. I see vivid colors and happy people everywhere. We have 3 turtles in the garden, cats and a Chihuahua dog, with big eyes and ears, called Lady. The neighbor wakes us up with his loud folklore music, the dog barks every time a stranger comes in, the turtle doesn’t like to be touched, the cats make the dog nervous but at the end of the day we all have good time in “la isla bonita”. I think I am literally in heaven.

Dear Greece

dear greece travel stories

My father comes from Athens and my mother comes from Samos. Samos is a Greek island in the eastern Aegean Sea, the birthplace of the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras. When my parents met, they decided to settle down in Athens. Consequently, my life was divided into two places. As a family we used to spend the summer in Samos and the winter in Athens. I consider myself very lucky having grown up in a Greek island because those experiences in Samos have influenced and shaped my life in a very positive way.
How I ended up living in Vienna is another long story. The situation now is even worse because I feel that my life is divided in three countries, something between Italy, Austria, and Greece. Sometimes I have an identity crisis (you know, who am I, where do I belong) but I think to myself that I am just a girl who went international and it is absolutely fine like that.

There are two ways to reach the paradise aka Greek islands from abroad. Either you fly with a direct flight from your country to your desired destination, or you fly to Athens and then you take the ship from the harbor or the airplane from the airport Venizelos. Usually direct flights from abroad to the islands costs more but they are more convenient. On the other hand, taking the ferry from the Piraeus harbor to the islands takes more time to reach your desired island but it is more adventurous and you can hop the islands around. You have options; it’s up to you to choose what suits you the best.

I have always been asked which Greek island tourists should definitely visit. That’s a hard to question to answer for the reason that there is no correct answer. Greek islands vary and have a lot to offer. I am not able to know which one you are going to like most. They are all beautiful, each one for different reasons. It always depends on what you want and what you like. And they are so many. For romance, go to Santorini. For summer beach parties, go to Mykonos. For history, go to Crete. For the most carefree holidays that you have ever experienced, go to Ikaria. If you like small islands go to Paxi or Antiparos. For a less touristic island, go to Patmos, Skiros or Samothraki. For beautiful beaches go to Zakynthos, Skiathos or come to my paradise, to Samos.

Holidays in the Greek islands

Holidays in the Greek islands
Holidays in the Greek islands
 

Holidays in the Greek islands Holidays in the Greek islands what to do in Greece what to do in Greece what to do in Greece what to do in Greece what to do in Greece Greece travel stories Greece travel stories Greece travel stories Greece travel stories pythagorio samos Greece pythagorio samos Greece pythagorio samos Greece pythagorio samos Greece

20 things that I like to do when I am on holidays in the Greek islands:

1. Closing the eyes and listening to the waves of sea.

2. Endless beach parties.

3. Having breakfast, lunch, and dinner next to the sea.

4. Looking at the endless blue of the sky and sea without thinking anything.

5. Smelling the aroma of Greek bakery in the middle of the night that challenges you to go there and taste everything. The choice is difficult. Begin with tiropita, spanakopita and for something sweet take a bugatsa.

6. Climbing on the roof of a white church in Santorini.

7. Eat eat eat. Fish, Suvlaki, musaka, greek salads, and fresh fruits.

8. Discovering a hidden cave and swimming naked.

9. Renting a motor yacht and having a hop on hop off tour from island to the next island.

10. Spending the whole day with bikini and pareo.

11. Listening to Greek music such as the song of Melina Merkouri that says that the moon is made from paper and the beach is fake. But if you had believed her just a little bit, everything would be real.

12. Feeling the sea salt sensation all over your body.

13. Looking around myself and seeing happy carefree people.

14. Losing the sense of time. What time is it? Is it Monday or Sunday? Where did you say that we are now?

15. Participating in a Panigiri!!! Eat and drink like a local and dance Syrtaki or Kalamatiano with strangers.

16. Letting myself enjoy the Greek hospitality. It will sound strange, but only when I lived in foreign countries, I really understood what Greek hospitality is. When you live in Greece, you don’t really understand it because you take it for granted, but when you go to live in a foreign country, then you get it. Only if you compare it with other countries, only if you see a different side, you understand what Greek hospitality is all about.

17. Window shopping jewelleries that are inspired from the ancient Greek architecture.

18. Having a hot tan. Going there with a skin which has the colour of milk and coming back home with a chocolate skin.

19. Walking barefoot in hot sand.

20. Coming back to your country, looking at the photos that you took in Greece and spontaneously having a big smile in your face that makes you desperately want to have a bit of Greece in your life and forever.

Do you have similar experiences in Greece?

1 2 3