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Monastiraki • Athens
Monastiraki's square view, Athens, Greece
• October 31, 2021
Visit Monastiraki, Athens, Greece

Monastiraki is a quite busy area in the heart of Athens - the capital city of Greece - a unique blend of styles, multi cultures and eras, with emblematic attractions, such as the ruins of the Hadrian's Library, the Ancient Agora of Athens with the Temple of Hephaestus and the restored Stoa of Attalos, which houses a museum with Athenian and Roman exhibits. The open-air market of Monastiraki has small coffee shops, restaurants and taverns with traditional Greek food and recipes, as well as local shops with handmade sandals, T-shirts and interesting Greek souvenirs.





Travel
Athens Airport Transfer
How to get from Athens airport to the city centre
• October 18, 2021
How to get from Athens airport to the city centre

Are you planning a solo or a Fisrt Time Trip to Athens? Excellent!
The capital city of Greece has so many experiences to offer to its visitors. But what do you need to know in advance and how you’ll get to the city center easily? Athens airport is located in a 27km distance from Athens city center.
There are actually 4 ways to get from Athens airport to the heart of the city center (and this should be the area from Syntagma square, Monastiraki, Plaka neighbourhood and around)





Events
Half Marathon • Athens

• September 12, 2021
9th Half Marathon Race Athens 2021

If you are in the Greek capital today and in fact near its center, keep in mind that the annual Athens Half Marathon 2021 is being held. This means that despite any delays - if you are on a private vehicle or taxi - due to closed roads and traffic around the roads at the center as well as in addition to the possible inconvenience with the changes of the public transportation itineraries, Athen's center will be flooded with runners and people who have gone to watch their race, people of all ages, in a great mood and n an even better reason to set up a small street party.
The Athens Half Marathon is the ideal race for all regular and novice runners of all ages, who by participating in the 5km and 3km Road Races become part of a great celebration along the most important historical and cultural monuments of one of the most popular sports and cultural tourist destinations of the world, Athens. The Half Marathon Race will start at 07.30am. All finishes will be completed by 11.00am at the latest.
Want to know more about this sporting and cultural celebration of Athens?







Emergency in Greece
Survival Phone Numbers
Emergency phone numbers and useful information on touristic services in Greece
• August 5, 2021
Emergency and useful Greek phone numbers

Through all those wild forest fires raging in Greece while the highest temperature on record for Athens was above 45 degrees Celsius, here are some useful emergency phones (that I hope you won't eventually need)





Travel
Airtickets • 2021
Greek Air Travel Deals with Olympic and Aegean Air
• March 30, 2021
Greek Travel Deals with Olympic and Aegean Air

We are all looking forward to this summer. In fact we love to think about where we could go, somewhere by the Greek sea - to be more carefree - on a Greek island possibly or on another mainland Greek destination. So today - the Greek Aegean Air comes along with the Olympic Air and they offer you an impressive discount on your travel tickets...





Greek Gastronomy/p6>
Greece • Lonely Planet
Greece as a gastronomic destination
• February 14, 2021
Greece in Lonely Planet's tribute

According to the Lonely’s Planet tribute Greece may not be known worldwide for implementing formal initiatives surrounding sustainable practices, but informally, Greeks have been green for centuries.
The age-old habit of growing vegetables, harvesting olives and preparing silky oil and cooking up a storm with tomatoes, fresh fish and wild greens is the norm for most folk whether they live on an island or the mainland. If a village doesn’t whip up a unique dish using a wild herb or vegetable prolific to their area, you can be sure they’ll have their own take on a more traditional, national dish.
But nothing is more genuine than the massive serving of filoxenia (hospitality) extended to anyone and everyone; it’s a way of life for the Greeks...





Travel in Greece
Travel • Lefkada
Porto Katsiki beach Lefkada Greece
• January 24, 2021
One of the best beaches in Greece

It's been a while since I wrote my last travel article and as last week I was looking back at Porto Katsiki's photos, the famous beach of Lefkada which is also considered to be one of the best beaches not only in Greece but in the whole Mediterranean, today I've decided it was time not only to tell you but also to show you many interesting and useful things about this magnificent Greek beach.





Wonderful Greece
Travel • Peloponesse
aralio Astros in Peloponesse Greece
• August 27, 2020
A getaway to the Paralio Astros in Peloponesse

As you may have seen in my last public posts on some of my social media accounts, one of my favorite nearby destinations (in less than 2 hours drive from Athens) is the Paralio Astros in North Kinouria. I will take you there mentally today, with photos, suggestions and travel information that I hope you find quite useful when you decide (to go too if you haven't already done so). If you already have been there, read my travel article and send me your own suggestions or your own reviews, I will be very happy - and if you want it we will be published them too!





My Greece
Travel • Lefkada
Perigiali Lefkada Greece
Perigiali beach | Lefkada
• June 5, 2020
Perigiali village | Lefkada, Greece

A small and calm village to enjoy your summer holiday stay in Lefkada (ideal for the “after coronavirus appearance” era) with two tiny ports and some quiet beaches to swim is Perigiali - right before the cosmopolitan village of Nidri on your way from Lefkada town to the village of Vassiliki...





Greek Summer
Travel • Greece
Greek Summer ¦ State of Mind
• June 4, 2020
Greece
2020 Greek tourism campaign

What makes Greek Summer so precious?
It's not the sea - it's not the sun - it's more than that
Greek Summer is a state of mind
Being with the people you love
Connecting with nature
Feeling free
That's Greek Summer
So this year
enjoy your Greek Summer
wherever
you are.





My Greek Vacations
Travel • Greece
Lily in Lefkada, Greece - Travel
Lily in Lefkada, Greece
• May 26, 2020
Greek Vacations / Summer 2020 / Covid-19

Lefkada - the Greek island of the Ionian sea with the amazing beaches to swim - because of its easy access (you don't need to get on board to reach this beautiful Greek island as it’s accessible from the mainland via a causeway on the northern tip) is one of THE BEST GREEK ISLANDS TO VISIT IN 2020 according to the latest CNtraveller's post and during the Covid-19 period.

Except Lefkada, the list of suggested Greek islands also includes: Skiathos island, Sifnos, Paxos, Hydra, Milos, Serifos, Amorgos, Mykonos, Santorini, Kefalonia, Corfu, Ithaka, Folegandros, Syros, Zakynthos, Crete, Rhodes, Symi, Naxos, Tinos, Astypalea and Patmos.





Greek Experiences
Lefkada • Greece
Agiofilli beach Lefkada
Agiofylli Beach, Lefkada
• May 12, 2020
Lily in Lefkada, Greece
Experiences Lefkada Beaches

Agiofili beach is located on the south side of the enchanting Greek island of Lefkada in Greece (you already know it's one of my favorite Ionian Islands - and general in Greece - with a quite easy and cheap access) while you can get there - if you don't have your own yacht or boat (like us) either by a small boat that you will find in the port of the village of Vasiliki and makes this exact route several times a day, or by driving your car up to a certain point after Vassiliki village and...

So what do you say?
Are you coming with me on this emotional journey?
I am sure you'll find it quite useful when you visit that beach too.





Happy Birthday Greece
• Greece

Our race was crucified many times, but, here we are, still alive
• March 25, 2020
Lily in Greece
Happy Birthday Greece!


Who would have expected that almost 200 years since the brave Greek Revolution (1821) - we wouldn't be able to honor it on parades, nor could we celebrate, because of the coronavirus outbreak and WE SHALL STAY HOME. But that's what we are called to do now for the people we love and that is what we will do. Be careful and we shall celebrate again next year (in 200 years).
Happy Birthday Greece, Happy Birthday to Evangelia and Vangelis for their nameday! Let's all stay Home, Healthy and Safe!

“Our race was crucified many times, but, here we are, still alive.”
— Theodoros Kolokotronis, 1770-1843, Hero of the Greek Revolution





Acropolis, Greece
Athens • Greece
Acropolis Athens at night
Acropolis, Athens, Greece
• October 23, 2019
Lily in Athens, Greece
MORE LIGHT | ENHANCED ACCESSIBILITY

The Onassis Foundation improves the Acropolis infrastructures!
Antonis Papadimitriou - the president of the Onassis Foundation in Athens Greece - after his meeting with the Greek prime minister offered him the Foundation’s contribution on upgrading the infrastructure on the Hill of the Acropolis. More detailed they have decided to fund the installation of a modern platform lift (in place of the current lift and hoist), as well as the renovation and upgrading of the night illumination of the archaeological site.
Everything is an issue of education. The Acropolis, as a monument that expresses Athenian Democracy, cannot help but comprise a priority. The monument continues to stand there, with or without us. But we have an obligation to renew its symbolism, according to the needs of the age...





October '19
Athens • Greece
Psiri Athens Greece - Urban Athens
Psiri, Athens, Greece
• October 13, 2019
Lily in Athens, Greece
Sunday morning | Downtown Athens

Kalimera! (means “Good Morning” in Greek)
Where is your favorite neighborhood in Athens?
Earlier this morning I had my usual walk in some of my favorites neighborhoods in Athens.
Where?
Downtown of course.
Some of my favorites places to walk, drink my morning coffee (or my early night drink) and spending time wondering around are Plaka, Psiri, Monastiraki and Koukaki areas.
Where are yours? Send me your favorite neighborhoods in Athens to live in.
💋 Kiss!
Enjoy your Sunday!





October '19
Lefkada • Greece
Milos beach Lefkada Milos beach, Lefkada, Greece
• October 1st, 2019
Lily in Lefkada, Greece
Happy October from Lefkada!

It's a new month! It's a new start! How your October is doing so far my friends? Mine is wonderful and I feel so blessed for being able to combine work and pleasure at the same time from around Greece and world (many times) as I do right now from the magical Lefkada (Greek island). What are your best plans for this month? How are you going to work to win what you've always wanted? Write down (it is important to write and not to just think about it) all your hopes and wants you'll put your best self in (this month) to conquer your dreams. Check them back every day and tick the things you've manage to do on time. In the end of the month you'll be happier and more successful. Just believe in YOU! #NewMonthMotivation





September '19
Amorgos • Greece
Agia Anna, Amorgos, Greece - The big blue Agia Anna, Amorgos, Greece
• September 22, 2019
Lily in Amorgos, Greece
Day one for the Authentic Big Blue 2019

Hold your breath, dive into the big blue!

✍️ In autumn of 2017 we “revived” the legendary film “LE GRAND BLEU” (“THE BIG BLUE”) by organizing, in Amorgos, a unique event; an international free-diving tournament, the Authentic Big Blue; at the location where the most memorable scenes of the film were shot, scenes that created unique feelings.
The second ABB tournament was organized in September 2018 and it was an anniversary event since it was 30 years after the release of “Le Grand Bleu“ film.
The 3rd event will be held from today; 22 – 28 of September 2019 and will be focused on the divers who honor us with their presence every year. Inspired by the magical blue, with the aura of the island and the unique awe-inspiring landscape on our side; this year we create a special, sporting and tourist experience.





September '19
Naxos • Greece
Travel to Agia Anna Naxos Greece Naxos Greece
• September 19, 2019
Lily in Naxos, Greece
Travel tips on Naxos Greece!

Want to know more - after my last trip - on Naxos Greece?

◉ Well here you can see my first attempt to write down some useful tips and notes for you. There are not everything you need to know there yet, but I promise I'll keep updating it with more and more useful info - as time goes by - so that soon it will be ready for you to help you organize your next vacations to the beautiful island of Naxos.





August '19
Naxos • Greece
Travel to Agia Anna Naxos Greece Agia Anna Naxos Greece
• August 29, 2019
Lily in Naxos, Greece
Agia Anna | Travel to Naxos Greece!

What do you know about Agia Anna at Naxos Greece?
Do you want to tell me what I know first?
◉ First of all I know that you can't go on a summer vacation in Naxos and not pass through the village of Agia Anna (Santa Anna) and its homonymous beach, at least for a swim or for dining overlooking a stunning - in color - sea or just as you go by, for example on the other favorite beach of mine, the Mikri Vigla beach.
Agia Anna beach is the natural coast boarder of “Agios Prokopios” beach, it's located opposite Paros island and is considered to be one of the most famous and popular beaches...





June 2019
Serifos • Greece
Lily in Serifos, Greece
Travel to Serifos Greece Greece • Serifos island
• June 13, 2019
Visit Serifos | When, why and things to do

As I can see from my site's analytics the worldwide's travel interest has gone wild lately about many Greek destinations so I am happy to present you one more travel article - this time - about the Greek island of Serifos. In it you will find useful tips on the best beaches, where you will find budget hotel rates, where I ate well and where I had enjoyed nice local drinks and cocktails.
Have you ever visited Serifos before?
Even if you had, read my review and send me your opinion or your travel tips.





May 2019
Travel • Greece
Holidays in Milos Greece Photo: • Milos, Greece
• May 9, 2019
Lily in Greece
Greece
Greece in No.2 globaly on the 'Blue Flags' list!

Greece is No.2 in the world in Blue Flags with 515 award winning coasts. Thus, in all 47 countries participating in the international Blue Flag program, Greece took the second place after Spain.
The national operator of the Blue Flag programme, the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature - E.E.P.F. (at a special event held yesterday in Akti Vouliagmenis, in the presence of many representatives of the state and sectoral organizations of Tourism) has awarded 3,779 coasts worldwide, 695 marinas and 67 sustainable tourism boats all over the world...





April 17
Travel • Aegean Air
New Aegean flight to Marrakesh New Aegean flight to Marrakesh
• April 17, 2019
Lily in Greece
Athens to Marrakesh
New Aegean's cheap flights

On the occasion of the opening of the new destination and the first Aegean's Air flight from Athens to Marrakesh - last night - to which all the passengers were offered a glass of champagne, we've searched for you and found the cheapest fares and ticket promotions currently in value from today, to make the same one way air route (or round trip) in cheap prices AND with the Aegean Air from Greece, during the next months.
In fact the cheapest price we've found already (if you book your ticket today on the dates we provide you) for the Aegean's flight from Athens to Marrakesh in May and June 2019 is only €63,99/person and at the end of July you can book your return ticket just for €48,89/person





February 2019
Travel • Events
HoReCa 2019 | Tourism Exhibition
• February 13, 2019
Lily in Greece
Expo on Greek Tourism industry

As promised, my HoReCa Expo 2019 review is ready.
Ho.Re.Ca. is one of the largest annual exhibitions on the Greek tourism industry that manages to gather thousands of visitors every year at the Metropolitan Expo center, near Athens' Eleftherios Venizelos Airport.
HoReCa hosts lots of interesting special events on coffee, food and beverages as well as on hotel equipment, hotel furniture and web marketing.
This year the expo was also held at the Metropolitan Expo (near the airport) and lasted 4 days - from Friday 8th to Monday 11th February.

Do you need more information, visitors reviews or do you just want to see some new photos I took at this year's event?





TRAVEL TO
Athens:



Acropolis Athens and the temple of Hephaestus The temple of Hephaestus


Monastiraki Athens | Stoa of Attalos The Stoa of Attalos










Eat | Food
in Athens:





Belle Amie cafe menu Belle Amie Piraeus


ΝΑΚΑΜΑ Sushi bar Nea Smyrni Athens Nakama Sushi bar




Coffee | Drinks
in Athens:





Ciccus bar Athens center Ciccus Cafe Bar Athens


Belle Amie cafe menu Belle Amie Piraeus





TRAVEL TO THE
REST OF GREECE:


Σαρακήνικο Μήλος Sarakiniko Milos Sarakiniko beach | Milos


Pefkoulia Lefkada | Travel to Greece Pefkoulia beach | Lefkada


Serifos | Travel to Greece Serifos | Aegean | Greece


Hotel Cokkinis beach Cokkinis beach | Close to Athens








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