Greece is indeed one of my favorite contries. As a kid, I spent a lot of time on the Greek islands and I’m happy that I got to see so much of this wonderful country before it became so adapted for tourists. Anyway, when you come to Greece you know you are in Greece. The narrow streets, the white houses with blue doors, orange trees, the smell of olives, fresh Greek salads everywhere, beautiful ceramics and market places with all the traditional Greek herbs like oregano and thyme.
Over the years I’ve been to quite a few destinations all over Greece. Crete, which is the biggest island, has some amazing places. Agii apostoli, Georgiopouli and Chania (the biggest town) are all great locations. However, I think I prefer the smaller islands, mostly because they still have that genuine Greek feeling that I love so much. Samos is a small island, very close to Turkey. I highly recommend that you participate in a guided tour around the island (by bus). You get the chance to meet ceramists who live high up in the mountains and you can buy the most beautiful creations. You also get to try local specialties, visit wine yards and of course – see the amazing nature and all the wonderful beaches.
Santorini is probably one of the most hyped places to go right now. Every fashion blogger goes there and I totally understand why. Santorini is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to and the adorable villages and pretty houses are perfect for photo shoots. I understand why they go there to take dreamy photos for their blogs 😉 Not only fashion bloggers go to Santorini of course, it seems like it’s one of the most popular destinations among human beings overall. You know the classic white houses with blue roofs and doors, located on steep mountain hills with the ocean beneath (see below)? Those photos are all from Santorini. Those views are to be seen everywhere and it is also said that the world’s most beautiful sunset can be seen from Oia, Santorini. I’ve watched that sunset and I’m the first to agree with that. No words can describe the beauty of that sunset. Just look at it (please excuse the poor photo quality, the photo was taken with an analog camera):
So, I highly recommend anyone and everyone to visit Greece. Make sure to enjoy the lovely beaches, but also reserve a day or two to explore the culture and daily life of the Greek families. Visit an artist, go to a wine yard or learn about archeology or other historical places (there are lots of them in Greece). Also make sure to enjoy the lovely Greek food, like the classic salad with tomatoes, onion, olives and feta cheese, moussaka and ouzo (liquirce tasting spirit). For the meat eater there is also souvlaki (skewers), keftedes (meatballs) and if you like fish you can eat all kinds of seafood.
Greece is also the country of cats. There are cats everywhere. You’ll see them at restaurants, where they come and beg for food (I always give them something because they’re so cute) and they’ll probably also visit you at your hotel. You should also be prepared for cockroaches, which is probably the most disgusting thing that exists. Did you know that they can survive 9 days without their head? After 9 days they starve to death. I mean, how disgusting is that? My best advice when it comes to cockroaches are;
- Don’t try to kill them with hairspray. It doesn’t work unless you use up a hole can of hairspray.
- Never leave food in the sink or openly in the trash can. They always find it. Make sure to throw away peels and whatever you might have in plastic bags and TIE them hard before you put it in the trash can. It’s preferable to not even use the trash can in your hotel room, try to find a container on the street or something.
- Don’t leave doors open. They will get in.
- Try not to kill them. I know it’s tempting, but one dead cockroach actually attracts other cockroaches. Why? To eat the dead one. I told you that they are the most disgusting thing in the world, didn’t I?
- So, how do you get that creepy thing out of your room then? The best thing is to try to get it out through the door. Use a shoe or something to make it walk in the right direction. Or, try to lure it into a plastic bag and when it’s inside – tie it and throw the bag in a container on the street. If that doesn’t work, simply yell and run to the reception and ask for help 😉 If you’re lucky, you won’t see one, but I just want you to be prepared. Now we have to change the subject here. How about some photos? I’m sure you’ll forget all about disgusting insects when you see how beautiful Greece is.