Look Through the Innocent Eyes of Little Big Artists

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Today, in the final post about our trip to the Cyclades, I want to share with you something that we spotted on the Aqua Jewel ferry from Ios to Milos: children’s impressions of typical motives from the Aegean islands.

Kids can be the greatest painters, obviously not in the philosophical or allegorical mode. You cannot expect them to produce anything to rival the depth of the Sistine Chapel or Titian, but they are

Look Through the Innocent Eyes of Little Big Artists

How to Spend Two Hours in Piraeus

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… and how to avoid spending your entire Greek island holiday on a ferry boat or waiting for one in the port If you are on your way to the Cyclades, having arrived in Athens by plane and planning to continue by ferry, there is a good chance you will have some time to kill in Piraeus.

“Two hours”, in this case, means: if you are lucky. It can easily be a lot

How to Spend Two Hours in Piraeus

Three More Easy Walks on Paros of the Cyclades

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Got an afternoon to kill and don’t feel like going to the beach? Then here are a few ideas of how to pass your time 1. Agios Panthes

This is not an easy hike at all – as we found out, just in time. In Paros, most attractive hiking trails start in Lefkes, the island’s highest and most centrally located village. The road to Agios Panthes, the island’s highest mountain, takes off near

Three More Easy Walks on Paros of the Cyclades

The Byzantine Trail of Paros

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It’s back to the Middle Ages on the road from Lefkes to Prodromos – or is it only back to the 1950s?

Hiking on the Greek islands is overall a very pleasant experience. The blue skies and the blue sea can be counted on to provide an attractive backdrop, and there are always plenty of things to discover.

It’s all the more a pity, however, that not everywhere more

The Byzantine Trail of Paros

Highest Mountain in Athens

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The journey to the top of Mount Lycabettus may not fill you with awe, but it will teach you a thing or two about modern Greece As I said in our last post: Athens is a bit of a strange town inasmuch as nearly everything you see is either more than 2000 years old or virtually new. After a while, you will want to see something completely different from 1970s residential homes and the ruins

Highest Mountain in Athens

Wonder of the Ancient World

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Athens does not do many things, but what it does, it does very, very well The great tourist attractions of the world can be divided into two groups, the foxes and the hedgehogs, representing either destinations that do many things reasonably well or destinations that do only one thing but have mastered this to the point of perfection.

The field of foxes is led by the world’s great metropolises such as Paris and

Wonder of the Ancient World

The Lunar Landscapes of Milos

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#LoveMILOS Subsequent volcanic eruptions have turned the island’s north coast into a freak show of geological curiosities I already told you that most people in Milos believe their local administration and tourism board are not making enough of the fact that the Venus of Milo, possibly the world’s most famous “classical” statue, was found on their island. Here is what I believe is under-promoted about Milos: the island’s stunning geological diversity.

The Lunar Landscapes of Milos

The Mining Hikes in Milos

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#LoveMILOS After a long and “crane’s length” co-existence on the island, the strange bedfellows of mining and tourism are beginning to embrace Most of the Cyclades islands are one-horse economies. Nearly all the people you will meet during your stay – guest house owners, restaurateurs and guides, obviously, but also local officials, doctors and lawyers – are only there because of people like you: if tourists did not pump money into the veins of the

The Mining Hikes in Milos

The Venus of Milo Walk

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#LoveMILOS Classical antiquity’s most famous lady, a most controversial military campaign, catacombs and a murderous espresso machine. Hers is the body that launched a thousand ad campaigns …

… that graces a thousand flea markets all over Greece …

… and that has inspired many artists, the clumsy and the maladroit …

… as well as the playful and joyously camp

The Venus of Milo Walk

Where to Eat in Ios

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#LoveIOS Because hikers also need to eat…

Traditional Greek dishes and desserts

Over the past week or so, we have acquired considerable knowledge and expertise not only about the hiking trails of Ios, but also – thanks to the generosity of the mayor and his local administration – about the best of the island’s restaurants.

Ios, it is said, has a church for every day of the year, and probably for every

Where to Eat in Ios