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Inside Santorini – Off the Beaten Path

When we think of Santorini pictures of white washed houses with blue domes and pristine blue waters come to mind. I'm pretty sure everyone has seen pictures of the iconic churches located in the main town of Fira and the quaint village of Oia on the island of Santorini. Fira and Oia are probably the most visited towns on the island.  They're always bustling with tourists, specially when a cruise ship or two are anchored in the bay. There's no question they are beautiful towns and should ...

Things to Do on Corfu

Corfu, the second largest of Greece's Ionian Islands lies at at the entrance to the Adriatic Sea. The island enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and heavy rain fall during the short winters.  It is blessed with warm weather from March to October. According to archaeological findings the island has been inhabited since the Paleolithic Age (70,000 to 40,000 B.C.) From about 300 B.C. Corfu was successively attacked and conquered by Spartans, Illyrians, and Romans. It ...

Rhodes – What to do in and around Old Town

Located in the eastern Aegean Sea just 11 miles southwest of Turkey is Rohdes.  It is the largest of Greece's Dodecanes islands. Rhodes is one of the sunniest destinations in Europe.  It boasts 300 days of sunshine every year.  Making it a popular destination for sun lovers and a popular port for cruise ships plying the the Greek Islands route. Rhodes has been inhabited since the Stone Age and has a long and illustrious history.  It's most significant period was around 407 B.C. when three ...

Khios and the Mastic Villages

Khios is the capital and main port of the Greek island of Chios.  The island is located about 5 miles off the western coast of Turkey in the North Aegean Sea. This kidney shaped island is revered as the birth place of Homer and is the 5th. largest of the Greek Islands.  Like the whitewashed buildings and alleys of the famed Cyclades Islands, most notably Santorini and Mykonos, the island and its capital, Khios, boasts its own authentic character. One of its cultural distinctions revolves ...

5 Things to Do in Messina

Messina is a harbor city located on Sicily.  It is the third largest city on the island located just off the tip of the boot of Italy.  It is separated from the Itay's mainland by the Strait of Messina.  It has become a popular port of call for many cruise ships sailing the Mediterranean route. Colonized by the Greeks in the 8th. Century B.C. Messina was originally called Zancle because of its shape.  (Zancle means scythe in Greek.) Three centuries later it was renamed Messene in honor of ...

5 Must Do Things in Kotor Montenegro

Kotor Montenegró is arguably one of Europe's hidden gems.  This picturesque town nestled at the foot of Mt. Lovcen is the end point of the Bay of Kotor.  It is a fairly new port of call for  cruise ships sailing the Adriatic Coast. Montenegró is a new country having gained her independence in May 2006.  It's tourist industry is just getting off the ground which is great for us tourists.  We were quite surprised to find everything in town very inexpensive. Kotor, Montenegró ...

5 Must Do Things in Taormina

Taormina is one of my favorite towns in Sicily.  Situated 700 feet above sea level this cliff top town offers superb views of the Bay of Naxos and on a clear day glimpses of Mt. Etna, Europe's largest active volcano. The lovely village of Taormina has been a world renowned resort since Roman times.  Today it has many things to offer including an ancient historic site, beautiful churches, awesome views, interesting shops, and delicious food.  In short there's something for everyone! Here ...

Bodrum, Turkey – 6 Things to do in Bodrum City

Bodrum is a seaside city in Turkey's Bodrum Penninsula which stretches from the country's southwest coast to the Aegean Sea.  Bodrum City features two bays with views of Bodrum Castle. Bodrum City serves as a gateway to beach towns and resorts in the area.  The city has also become a popular port of call for some cruise ships who ply the Med and Aegean Seas. Bodrum means sun, sea, history, and shopping.  It's a perfect destination for everyone! We recently spent a day in Bodrum, it ...

Kusadasi With Kids – Top 4 Family Friendly Activities

Kusadasi is a Turkish beach town on the Aegean Coast.  It's a popular tourist destination and has become a port of call for the mega cruise ships on the Mediterranean route. There aren't that many things to do in the town itself unless you're an avid shopper, there's plenty of shopping at the local bazaar.  But there are many things to do in the area whether you're a history buff, a sun lover, or a thrill seeker there's something for you at Kusadasi.  This Turkish town has a some fun family ...

The 10 Best Things To Do In Istanbul

Why do I love, love, love Instanbul?  Let me count the ways!  I love the people, the culture, the art, the sites,the architecture, the shopping (oh the shopping!), and most of all the food! Istanbul though not the capital of Turkey, (the capital is Ankara), is a major Turkish city.  It straddles 2 continents, Asia and Europe through the Bosphorus Strait.  The city is the melting pot where East meets West. This city has a checkered past and played a strategic role in the area's history ...