Look Through the Innocent Eyes of Little Big Artists

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

… 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

The Byzantine Trail of Paros

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 efforts

The Byzantine Trail of Paros

The Lunar Landscapes of Milos

#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

#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

#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

#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

A Tour Around the Sights of Ios

#LoveIOS If you want to see the many facets of the island, you will – unfortunately – have to exchange your hiking boots for a set of wheels

I think we can all agree that walking is the perfect way of experiencing foreign destinations. The problem is that you do not always have the choice between good, better and perfect, but must instead take what is possible or do entirely without.

A Tour Around the Sights of Ios

Want to Experience Easter in the Churches of Ios?

#LoveIOS If you like Greek Orthodox churches and chapels, the island of Ios in the Greek Cyclades is the perfect place for you. Hiking (and driving) through Ios, you cannot miss the fact that there seem to be an awfully large number of churches and chapels around. No field or farm, no hill and certainly no mountain, no promontory and not even the most remote rock in the ocean seems complete without one of those

Want to Experience Easter in the Churches of Ios?

How they Celebrate Holy Week in the Cyclades

#LovePAROS Good Friday Celebrated with a Series of Byzantine Tableaux Vivants There are many reasons to love the holiday of Easter. Here is mine: while Christmas nowadays is more or less the same everywhere – a truly globalized event, celebrated from Alaska to Zimbabwe with decorated pine trees, Silent Night and a jolly fat man in red pyjamas – Easter has managed to preserve its diversity, its many ancient faces and flavours.

The

How they Celebrate Holy Week in the Cyclades