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This is the kind of view you might get when your container ship is in port. This is Piraeus, Greece. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Hall.

Rebecca Hall on 1001 Travel Tales

This entry is part 8 of 12 in the series 1001 Travel Tales Podcast

When Shobha and I decided to interview Rebecca Hall for our podcast, 1001 Travel Tales, what we had in mind was her blog about being an expat in Greece: Life Beyond Borders. But before reading my response to that conversation, go ahead and listen to the podcast. To listen on SoundCloud, click on the image…

Doorways in Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village near Heraklion, Crete

Arolithos “Traditional Cretan Village”

I’ve never seen a hotel quite like Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village before. I only stayed there because I took the gamble that Hotwire offers, and I thought that I’d lost the gamble. I’m still not sure one way or the other. Hotwire On Hotwire, you can book hotels last-minute at very low prices, but their…

This view gives an idea of how the Rethymnon fortress walls tower above the sea. The building is the House of the Councillors.

Rethymnon in half a day

The town of Rethymnon on the north coast of Crete is a popular destination for visitors who want to venture away from their all-inclusive resorts for a bit of local color. The narrow streets of its old center wind between rows of narrow houses with balconies, often overflowing with flowers. Shops sell everything from made-in-China…

The church at Alkadi monastery in Crete

Arkadi Monastery and its Tragedy

Just a week or so after visiting the Ter Apel cloister, a place of peace and contemplation, I arrived at The Holy Monastery of Arkadi in Crete, a similarly contemplative religious place. Arkadi is Eastern Orthodox, while Ter Apel was Catholic and then Protestant, yet it looked to me as if the monks in both places…

a bulls-head "rhyton" from Knossos, apparently used for libations. It can be filled through a hole in the neck and the liquid can be poured out through the snout. Carved from stone, with inlays of shell, rock crystal and red jasper.

Knossos and the Minoan Mystery

On my recent trip to Crete to lead a workshop, I was able to visit just a couple of sites, one of which was Knossos, a UNESCO World Heritage tentative list site (along with the four other Minoan palace ruins in Crete). I was looking forward to seeing these ruins of an ancient civilization, the…

An unusual walking tour in Athens

It was just my luck that the day I’d signed up to take a walking tour in Athens, there was torrential rain. Nevertheless, this tour – covering religious Athens under Ottoman rule – was fascinating. It never occurred to me, to be honest, that there were ever any religions in Greece beyond the ancient Greeks and…

Athens Impressions

After just a few days in Athens – actually, after just a few hours the first day – I could draw one clear conclusion: Athenians are friendly, welcoming people. And this isn’t just about how well we bloggers were treated at the TBEX (Travel Bloggers’ Exchange) conference. I expected that: anyone in the travel industry…

My blogging plans

As you probably know, I was in Athens recently, attending a TBEX conference for travel bloggers. It was an overwhelming experience and it became abundantly clear that I could take this blog much further, reach more people, and even earn money through it. The learning curve has been incredibly steep. Having said that, I want…

A one-day Greek island cruise

I’ve been to Athens before, so I’ve already done the usual Athens itinerary like visiting the Acropolis. So, with only one free day after my conference was over, I signed up for the Athens One Day Cruise. I love being on the water, and the cruise promised to include visits to three different islands: Hydra, Poros…

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