Driving to Greece’s Monasteries in The Sky

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Meteora literally means “suspended in the air” or “in the heavens above.” Along with Mount Athos, it is one of the most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox Monasteries in Greece. Due to the outstanding geography of the area, the feeling you get when you arrive is surreal; as if the place was specially created to […]

The Bits and Pieces Tour, Greece


Hot dust at my feet, hazy valley behind me, I trudge up the hill. Fuchsia wildflowers cling to the rocky ground, struggling to survive in arid conditions. The rest of my group has scattered over the hillside, some already walking to the nearby (air conditioned) museum. Sweat drips down my back and I drink the […]

Croatia, Greece and Montenegro: Eastern Mediterranean Dreams

Dubrovnik Summer

Eastward Bound — Cruising the Mediterranean Over 20 million people now take cruise holidays each year. One popular destination is the Eastern Mediterranean and there are number of reasons why this vacation option has risen in popularity. Obviously, cruises are an excellent way of visiting more than one destination within a week or two and […]

How Tilos; a Tiny Greek Island Stole My Heart


I enjoyed the book, “Falling in Honey; How a Tiny Greek Island Stole My Heart” by Jennifer Barclay and wrote about it for the Huffington Post. I asked if we could share an excerpt and she said YES! From the book, “Falling in Honey; How a Tiny Greek Island Stole My Heart:”  Tilos is a tiny […]

Let the Games Begin in Greece


Our ship was scheduled to dock at the seaside town of Katakalon, situated off the Ionian Coast, at 9am. Referred to as the “gateway to Olympia” the town often gets overlooked as most visitors use it as a passage to ancient Olympia – the birthplace of the Olympic Games. It was the fifth stop on […]

Greece; A Timely Muse


The significance of time is time itself. To waste time is to waste that which cannot be regained. Furthermore, to live life with regrets is to deny its brilliance at permitting much needed do-overs. -Self This I know all too well. Each new day being announced by the intrusive wail of the alarm clock, never […]

Crete, Greece – My Spiritual Home


It’s the one place on earth where I don’t like to sleep: I don’t want to miss a thing. I don’t want to waste a minute of the day, or night. It’s my spiritual home. The place where I take off my suit of armour and just be me. It’s where I breathe deeply. Where […]

Vassilitsi, Greece: The time of peace and joy

Golf from Corinth

A couple of years have passed already since we travelled to Greece to spend our best holidays ever. We, my husband, our two girls and me, had taken a flight from Vienna to Athens. We now live in Australia and Europe is way more distant now. After we had arrived in Athens we had hired […]

Greece: Awe-inspiring Resilience on the Tiny Island of Rhodes


Awe-inspiring Resilience on the Tiny Island of Rhodes Samantha Katz I have a bit of a fascination with tiny Jewish communities in unexpected places. I know it’s random, but it’s just my thing. Having grown up in the Northeast US, where I’ve always enjoyed freedom of religion and been surrounded by large Jewish communities, I’m […]

Sailing and exploring Peloponnese


  The Peloponnese is a mystical peninsula in Greece that many Greek gods and heroes used as their playground. Today, many historical sites such as temples, cities, palaces and fortresses are scattered across the landscape as far as the eye can see. Alongside the historical sites, snow capped mountains dominate the skyline along with vineyards, […]