Category Greece

Western Crete – Part Two

For part one click here. Next day would be all about the journey and not the destination. We were headed for the beach at Elafonisi, which translates as Deer Island. It was described in certain quarters as the ‘ninth best beach in the world.’ Very pretty, very debatable rating in my opinion. We were journeying […]

Western Crete – Part One

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and also one of the most beautiful. It may lack the signature towns of Santorini or Mykonos, but its natural landscapes are up there with their Cycladic Island peers and its place in Greek history as a warrior land from the times of the Ancient Minoans right […]

A Greek Legend Lives On

To mark the the 40th anniversary of her death, Athens is hosting a fabulous Maria Callas exhibition until 29th October at the Theocharakis Foundation situated on the corner of Vasilissis Sofias and Merlin, close to Syntagma Square.  Born in New York but proudly Greek, Callas is one of the 20th Century’s true icons, the Audrey […]

It’s A Marble

In late 2014 I went to the marvellous Acropolis Museum at the foot of the Ancient Acropolis in Athens whilst in January 2016 I paid a visit to the Acropolis itself to get the perspective of what I had read about. You can read my account and see some photos from these visits by clicking […]

Friday Photo 37

The Olympic flame is a symbol of the Olympic Games, commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus. Its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. The fire was introduced at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam and it has been part of the modern […]

Sunday Photo 32

To end my little run of Greek Friday & Sunday photos, this is a photo taken in Rhodes in 1998. The windmill is located at the harbour entrance where the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, would have once stood. Notice the cruise ships in the background – these were […]

Friday Photo 31

Visitors to Athens are always intrigued when they see the soldiers guarding the main parliament building off Syntagma Square. Do not be fooled by the effeminate looking uniforms – these soldiers are amongst the elite with recruitment criteria the toughest in the Greek military.

Sunday Photo 31

The island of Skyros is perhaps the least known of the Sporades Islands with Skiathos, Alonissos and Skopelos being more popular with holidaymakers. Despite that, Skyros is a wonderful gem and well worth a visit if you want to experience an unspoiled, authentic Greece. This picture was taken from one of the many lovely beaches […]

Friday Photo 30

Its not often that you see ducks in the sea – on the island of Skyros in Greece it seems that salt water isn’t foul to fowls (apologies for the pun!).

Orthodox Easter Sunday Photo

Today is Easter Sunday in the Orthodox Calendar. As Mrs Wilbur is an Athenian we keep the many Greek Easter traditions alive. The meal today will be roast lamb with the table also augmented with hard-boiled eggs dyed red. The red dye represents the blood of Christ spilt for the greater good and of course […]