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  • THE BRIDGE OF ARTA
    THE BRIDGE OF ARTA
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  • An abandoned house in Rethymno
    An abandoned house in Rethymno
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  • At the Fortezza, Rethymno
    At the Fortezza, Rethymno
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Greece Favorites

  • Plaka

    Athens Favorites

    Starting at the foot of the Acropolis, the old area of Plaka is a maze of narrow, cobble-stoned, medieval streets that twist through ancient sites, tourist-packed squares and lovely Byzantine courtyards. The best way to explore it is simply to get lost among its enchanting passages. The most beautiful section of Plaka is Anafiotika, a cluster of...

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  • Towns and Villages

    Crete Island Favorites

    Bali is a small, picturesque village between Heraklion and Rethymno. People go there usually when they buy the whole package (flight, hotel, food etc) Bali used to be a fisherman village, but now during the summer it is a family vacation destination. There are few large hotels and many small hotels. Bali has at least 3 beaches with the largest (not...

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  • Fira Town

    Santorini Island Favorites

    Santorini is probably best known, by people that have never been there, by the dramatic white buildings with the blue domed roofs. Hiking around the island you'll see all sorts of colors but the hills of Thira are very dramatic with their stark appearance against the volcanic cliffs.

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  • City overview

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    this tip is not about a "favourite thing" nor a "fondest memory". it is only here to give you a link to this website http://www.thessaloniki360.com an excellent work that gives 360 degree images of the city, overlaid on a map. i think it's both helpful for travellers and a good way to see images of the city even if you do not plan to travel...

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  • Museums

    Ioannina Favorites

    You shouldn't miss the VRELLIS WAX MUSEUM! If you have heard of Madam Tysseu's museum in London then you'll get to know that its only Greek counterpart are to be found in Ioannina! But in contrast with that of Mme Tysseu, Ioannina museum hosts exclusively persons of the Greek -recent mainly- history.(In the photo a close up of one of Ali-Pasha's...

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  • Athens Acropolis

    Athens Favorites

    It’s on all those annoying lists of ‘places you must see before you die’ but the city’s centrepiece, the Parthenon, and the Acropolis, the rocky hill on which it stands, really do live up to the hype. It’s more impressive than ever now that most of the scaffolding has come down and a massive restoration project launched in 1983 is finally nearing...

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  • Exploring the Island

    Crete Island Favorites

    Cretean spring is beautiful. After months of bad weather, relative cold and rains the plants burst with life. Crete becomes a blooming place and the fresh greens give a great shade against strong sun.

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  • Nea Kameni - The Volcano

    Santorini Island Favorites

    The present-day funny shape of the island is created by a huge eruption of the ancient supervulcano, which dates back more than three thousand years. The 30-40 kilometers high eruption cloud was seen from hundreds of kilometers and the thundering noise from the explosions must have been heard in almost the entire world. The height of the following...

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  • Upper (old) city (Ano Poli)

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    Take a long walk at the Old Town It's one the pretiest areas of Thessaloniki. With old houses, small alleys and a beautiful view its worth it. Especially when you realise that you are totally lost but you still keep going. A map would be helpful at the point that you decide you would rather head back. There are a lot of small squares where...

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  • Lake and island

    Ioannina Favorites

    visit the ISLET ON THE LAKE. A Very picturesque place. Frequent boat departures from 'molos' (every half an hour during the summer). You can visit the house where Ali-Pasha's killing and decapitation took place (there's a small museum and wood-carving shop there), visit the 'secret school' in Filanthropinon Monastery (note an unusual fresco of...

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  • Athens Museums and Galleries

    Athens Favorites

    This small museum is situated on the Acropolis, just next to the Parthenon. It contains finds from the Holy Rock. The exhibits are put chronologically. You'll see the characteristic Kouri and Kores, statues of the Archaic period (6th cent. BC) as well as pediments from the archaic temple of Athena. The statues were not actually white but painted...

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  • Beaches

    Crete Island Favorites

    While staying in Stalis although the beach there is not bad I prefer sissi , sissi is a very picturesque village and a lot of boat trips come here and stop for a swim and lunch. we drove the short distance from Stalis to sissi going through the town of malia and just after malia you come to sissi. The water is extremely clean and its a lovely...

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  • Oia Village

    Santorini Island Favorites

    Our accommodation was in Firostafani Village only 10 minutes walk from Fira Town. It would have been easy to remain in this comfort zone and have a memorable holiday on Santorini , however we made the trip to Oia twice, once for the sunset and again mid afternoon the following day to enjoy the village when it is less crowded. If you want to see...

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  • Seaside (Paralia)

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    To most Northern Europeans, the Thessaloniki climate will appear very generally pleasant and sunny, especially if they visit in the (hot) summer. But to a southern Greek like myself, Thessaloniki represents the North, its winters colder and foggier than those of Athens or the Peloponnese. However, I don't count this among the city's...

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  • Cave of Perama

    Ioannina Favorites

    visit PERAMA CAVE (located in the homonymous village, 4 km north of the city of Ioannina) The Cave was incidentaly discovered during the Greek-Italian war of 1940 by a resident of the village who was looking for a shelter to avoid bombardments. In 1951 the speleologists Ioannis and Anna Petrocheilos proceeded to the exploration of the cave and...

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  • City Scenes

    Athens Favorites

    Athens is wonderful to walk, even we, Athenians love to do it! The Rough Guide Map of Athens is the only thing you will need to get around It has not only the map of the whole city, but also of Piraeus, Kifissia market and an extra , more detailed picture of Plaka-Monastiraki. Also a metro map, sights/shops opening schedules a huge selection of...

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  • Exploring Cities

    Crete Island Favorites

    Chania (Hania) is the capital of the Prefecture of the same name and the second biggest town in Crete, with a population of 60.000 inhabitants. As for me Chania is one of the nicest towns in Crete with wonderful houses, parks and squares and a well designed town-plan. Visit Public Market in the town center with grocery stores, butchers' shops,...

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  • Beachs

    Santorini Island Favorites

    We did a 3 hour tour on a yacht called Dreamcatcher (Santorini Saling) ... had fabulous time ... swam at couple of beaches and saw Oia village from the sea .... thanks Vladi (Captain), George (Chef) and Pete (Bartender) for a great time!!!!!

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  • Airport area

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    There is no Olympic Airways shuttle service to main city which is 16 Kms, but Bus # 78 can help u in this regard.It leaves from the front of the train station and stops in front of the ferry terminal costing 0.50 Euros (Approx.). A one way taxi costs 7.50 Euros.

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  • Castle/Old town

    Ioannina Favorites

    A Stroll Around the Frourio: The Walled Old Town & Citadel / For many of the centuries that Ioannina fell under the occupation of foreign conquerors, city walls enclosed all the most important structures. There's virtually nothing of historic or architectural importance outside the citadel except on the islet of Nissi. Originally the fortress was...

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  • Athens by night

    Athens Favorites

    What do you do if you have a 12-hour stopover in Athens en route to your destination? Lie around in the airport? Absolutely not. Based on our experience (we had a stopover from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.) there is an alternative for the adventurous. First of all, ask for your bags to be sent straight through on the first flight if you can, and try to take as...

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  • Hiking/walking

    Crete Island Favorites

    As I rose to continue, my legs reminded me they weren’t entirely enjoying this but I got into a rhythm again. Then, sometime before the next stop, I was all alone. For about half an hour there was an eerie silence with no voices, just the occasional twitter of the forest birds. The feeling of being alone has rarely been more paramount in my life as...

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  • Food and Drink

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    Eat a pie that is well known in Thessaloniki and it´s called 'bougatsa' and it is with cheese or with cream. Eat greek kebab to one of the millions fast-food places and taste the crepes in Navarinou square. Walk by the sea and enjoy your coffee to one of the numerous cafe by the sea, or you can enjoy in the old town from where you can have a...

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  • Athens Acropolis (south slope)

    Athens Favorites

    Unfortunately, for visitors like you, the ticket to the Acropolis is "one-entrance ticket"! Once you enter there, the ticket-collectors withdraw a part of the ticket, practically make it "invalid" for a next visit! That means that you can enter as nany times you wish to the Acropolis, provided that every time you pay a new entrance! Do not forget...

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  • History of Crete

    Crete Island Favorites

    Tourists don’t come here by the busload, they come by the shipload. Cruise boats pull up in Irakleio Harbour and then come here in their thousands. I spoke to one of the ticket office men and he estimated that they’d get around 5,000 through today. Little wonder the other side of the road is lined with souvenir and ice cream shops. It’s the second...

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  • Excursions

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    Although Vergina is not in or near Thessaloniki, you must not miss it if you have time to spare. Vergina is the site of excavated palace remains and tumulus tombs of the Macedonian kings and dignitaries. In fact, one of the tomb is believed to be that of Philip II, father of Alexander the great. First, while still in Thessaloniki, you can start...

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  • Panathenaic Stadium

    Athens Favorites

    This Stadium is called "KALIMARMARON" which means "Beautiful marble stadium". It was built in the 4th century BC. It has been restored twice and its capacity is 70.000 spectators. In 1896 the first modern Olympic games were held in this Stadium.

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  • Minoen Ruins

    Crete Island Favorites

    It was probably the number one thing I wanted to do on Crete, this epitome of Minoan ruins, built 4,000 years ago, on top of an already 3,000 years old Neolithic village, by a society who were the first major civilization in what today is Greek territory. The tsunami from Santorini and earthquakes about 300 years after that basically wiped them out...

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  • Summer Resorts nearby

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    Visit Perea Perea is at the eastern end of Thessaloniki. You can reach it by bus or car. During the night it has probably the best view at Thessaloniki (sorry I don't have any photo to show you). There are a lot of bars and tavernas where you can sit down and enjoy the view.

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  • Syntagma Square/Parliament

    Athens Favorites

    A free wifi Internet connection service is now available on Syntagma square. This service is going to be free ultil December 2007 (that's the plan at the moment). More information on www.athenswifi.gr So now, with either a laptop or mobile supporting wifi technologies, you can connect for free to Internet, while enjoying your coffee on the square's...

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  • Language and Culture

    Crete Island Favorites

    Greek people will really appreciate if you try to speak a few words in Greek while talking to them, you will see their faces smiling, for this reason below you will find few of the main words you "have" to know when traveling in Greece: Salad = Salata Potatoes = Patates Wine = Kras-si Beer = Birra Greek coffee = Elliniko No sugar = Sketo A little...

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  • Aristotelous square

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    Aristotelous square is just beautiful. It's full of cafes and shops and the best place to meet friends..it's a large square that connects the bigest street in Thessaloniki, 'Egnatia Odo' with the sea 'paralia', so you can view the city unfolding from the upper part of the square and the beautiful sea, sparkling from the reflection of the sun on the...

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  • Churches and Monasteries

    Athens Favorites

    As Brotherleelove said the airport Chapel was a good place for a nap, but it is not allow, and generally looks bad when the staff is going into work with campers all over the hall ways and their front door. (I was one of them) Many people still sleep all over the place and camping under escalators like myself and spill into the Mc Donalds coffee...

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  • Food and Drink

    Crete Island Favorites

    A lot of things are favourite to me in Crete, well i can simply say know that i would like to drink some tsigoudia in a taverna in the mountain and having at the same time graviera (cheese) dipped in honey and then have a short walk nearby in the very quite nature. Camping times

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  • Byzantine Churches

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    Church of Panaghia Chalkeon A cross-in-square church, built in 1028, with wall paintings dated to the 11th and 14th century A.D. There is also beautiful ceramic ornamentation. Located at Egnatia street.

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  • The Temple of Olympian Zeus

    Athens Favorites

    Also known as the Olympeion, THE TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS is located on Amalias Avenue about 500 meters south-east of the Acropolis. The Temple was built of marble from Mount Pentelus. It consisted of 104 Corinthean columns, each 17 meters high. Only 15 of these columns remain standing today.

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  • Visiting Islands

    Crete Island Favorites

    A small island is situated south of Crete, just 9 miles of Ierapetra town. It is called as '"HRISI" (Gold), a incredible exotic small island all covered with white sand, cedar tree forests and beautiful beaches. It can be reached by small boats.

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  • Museums & Galleries

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    The first thing you should visit is the Byzantine Culture Museum. It received an award for being one of the best museums in Europe. I wish I had gone there soon after arriving instead of 4.5 months later... It gives a good idea of the city's history and the area's development and place in history. Directly behind the museum is the free municipal...

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  • The changing of the Guard

    Athens Favorites

    Every hour at Parliament Square you can see the Changing of the Guard. The soldier called Euzone stand stright and still for an hour in front of the Ignote Souldier Monument. Than new soldiers come and both the old and the new couple of men walk around in kind of dance. Very interesting to see. They wear their traditional clothes that are different...

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  • The People

    Crete Island Favorites

    Greek people as a whole, and especially Cretans are some of the nicest people I met on my trip. While Switzerland's people are almost too nice, too good to be true, Cretans just seemed at home helping you and being nice. Engaging a Cretan person, who for me HAD to speak English, was one of the easier things I did. They were always courteous and the...

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  • Compliments

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    There are two kinds of people - Greeks, and everyone else who desire they were Greek! The Greek people are famous for their hospitality to foreigners. Greece is one of the few places where you may be invited for a meal but most Greeks would think it a big discourtesy, if you, as guest want to pay for the meal. The Greek people use different...

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  • Lycabettus Hill

    Athens Favorites

    From the Lycabettus hill you can enjoy the fantastic view of Attica. The funicular brings you up to the top of the hill, or you can reach the hill by walking.The nice little chapel of St. George and the theatre in the north of the hill are very nice. At the top of the hill there are some cafes and restaurants.

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  • Fairs & Festivals

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION-THE FILMS: 1. BOATS OUT OF WATERMELON RINDS, Ahmet Uluçay (2004) 2. DAYS AND HOURS, Pjer Zalica (2004) 3. GREEN HAT, Liu Fendou (2004) 4. HARVEST TIME, Marina Razbezhkina (2004) 5. THEY CAME BACK, Robin Campillo (2004) 6. DUCK SEASON, Fernando Eimbcke (2004) 7. TO TAKE A WIFE, Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz (2004) 8. ONE...

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  • Athens Ancient and Roman Agora

    Athens Favorites

    The Gate of Athena Archegetis is situated in the west part of the Roman Agora. It was built between 19 and 11B.C. The entrance of the monument has a row of four Doric columns and a pedestal made of marble. It was constructed with donations of Julius Caesar and Augustus. I was dedicated to the partoness of the city Athena Archegetis. The entrance...

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  • Aghia Sofia church

    Thessaloniki Favorites

    See AGHIA SOPHIA built in the 8th century, is a Christian church.You will admire its mosaics and wall paintings. Pavlou Mela Str, Agia Sofia Square.

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