Too short a time in Lesvos! Guest Blog by Kathy Vichta

The food scene in Mytilene is great! It’s a student town and there are bars, ouzeries and restaurants all through the little streets behind the main drag. Some of the most recommended are already closed for the season but we manage to eat (and drink) really well and quite cheaply both nights (an ouzerie in … Continue reading Too short a time in Lesvos! Guest Blog by Kathy Vichta

For the Love of God Where Can I Buy Some Pegs! Leros – July 2001

Here is another Blast from the Past from July 2001 - a trip that took me to Rhodes, Kalymnos/Telendos, Bodrum, Leros, Nisyros and Tilos. My boyfriend at the time and I took turns in writing a diary entry and this is an excerpt from the Leros part of the trip. Apologies for the low quality … Continue reading For the Love of God Where Can I Buy Some Pegs! Leros – July 2001

Farewell Arki and on to Leros

It is time to leave Arki.  My hosts Stami and Niko are still on Patmos so I arrange to pay for my room with Niko’s mama Georgia.  She phones Niko to translate.  I have 250€ in cash that I put aside as there is no cash machine on the island and no way to make … Continue reading Farewell Arki and on to Leros

Day 2 of our Car Hire Challenge – Amir Ali Springs, Pharos and More!

Despite my horrendous experience on the road to the cave of Agia Sofia yesterday, I feel surprisingly optomistic about today's adventures.  I'd asked the staff at Manolis Taverna what the roads were like on the North side of the island and was told that they were pretty good.  I felt sure that I wasn't going … Continue reading Day 2 of our Car Hire Challenge – Amir Ali Springs, Pharos and More!

Losing My Virginity on Kythira (Driving in Greece for the First Time!)

Well I woke up this morning still in a bit of a quandary about what to do about hiring a car. Although I was still petrified at the thought of driving a car where everything is the other way around, more than anything I wanted to get out and about to see this beautiful island. … Continue reading Losing My Virginity on Kythira (Driving in Greece for the First Time!)

Monemvasia – Up to the Kastro and Other Points of Interest

The weather was very pleasant during our stay.  We were very lucky as we had heard about the Saharan sand storms that had blown their way over to the Cyclades.  Apart from one overcast day we had beautiful spring sunshine and the temperatures of an English summer! We had planned to walk up to the … Continue reading Monemvasia – Up to the Kastro and Other Points of Interest

Ftenagia Beach and a Sunset Trip to the Castle and Monastery

I was so taken by the magnificent sunrise when I first arrived on Chalki that I set my alarm at 5.00am to make sure I catch it again today.  There isn't as much definition in the sky as the storms over Rhodes have moved on. Nonetheless - it is still stunningly beautiful. I set up … Continue reading Ftenagia Beach and a Sunset Trip to the Castle and Monastery

Arrival on Symi

I'm not going to lie - the ferries heading South towards Rhodes don't half leave early in the morning.  7.40am from Nisyros was OK but our ferry to Symi today leaves at 5.50am.  A bit of a killer! Anyway, it has to be the Blue Star Patmos because of my sisters tendancy to get sea … Continue reading Arrival on Symi

Ancient Olive Press, Mountain Villages and Crashing Waves

Today is the first day we've had to set the alarm - being lazy has been heave!  The bus tour of the islands leaves at 9.30am so we need to get our skates on.  Firstly we walk down from the Kastro to the port making a short pit stop at the bakery where we buy … Continue reading Ancient Olive Press, Mountain Villages and Crashing Waves

Plaka Beach and a Sunset Piano Recital in the Kastro

What's wrong with me - this our second beach day in a row!  Today we decide to go to Plaka - lets see if it's the same as I remember it from 20 odd years ago! The bus takes us past the airport which is surrounded by salt flats.  Not sure I fancy landing on … Continue reading Plaka Beach and a Sunset Piano Recital in the Kastro

A Nice Lazy Day on Agios Anna Beach – Well it is a Holiday!

It was 9.30am before we awoke and we were feeling quite exhausted.  We decide to have a lazy day on the beach to finally lay all of the stresses of the previous days travel to rest. We had picked up the bus timetable the previous evening and it shows that there is a very good … Continue reading A Nice Lazy Day on Agios Anna Beach – Well it is a Holiday!

Arrival on Santorini and a Mad Dash to Naxos

We are so lucky to have 18 days for this trip.  Last year we had 16 days for our trip to Kea, Kythnos, Serifos and Sifnos and those extra couple of days really made all the difference to a regular two week holiday.  I had taken so long deliberating over which islands to visit this … Continue reading Arrival on Santorini and a Mad Dash to Naxos