Category Archives: Greece

Photo of the Week: The Lion Gate at Mycenae, Greece

This week I’m featuring a photo taken at Mycenae during my 2007 trip to Greece. The aptly named Lion Gate is the main entrance to the citadel of Mycenae, an archaeological site in the north-eastern Peloponnese area of Greece. Mycenae was a major centre of Greek civilization and powerful kingdom way back in the second…

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

Photo of the Week: Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens

In the centre of Athens, just southeast of the Acropolis, stands the ruined Temple of Olympian Zeus. In 1515 BC, Athenian tyrant Peisistratos laid the foundation for what he envisioned being the greatest temple in the world. Unfortunately, construction was abandoned five years later when Peisistratos’ son, Hippias, was overthrown in 510 BC. Over the years,…

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

Photo of the Week: Theatre at Epidaurus, Greece

Epidaurus was once celebrated as a place of miraculous healing but these days, visitors don’t come seeking a cure for what ails them, they flock to see the remarkable 3rd-century theatre. It’s hard not to let your mouth fall open when the theatre at Epidaurus first comes into view. I remember being shocked at how…

2 comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

  • Marsha - Yes it was a steep climb but definitely worth it. Aside from Delphi, this was my other favourite spot in Greece.May 7, 2014 – 1:20 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I loved Delphi as well. I think that was probably my favourite out of all the archaeological sites I visited. Greece has so many amazing places, especially for history lovers like us!May 7, 2014 – 7:30 pmReplyCancel

Ancient Olympia- Birthplace of the Olympic Games

As we made our way over to the dirt covered track my heart started to beat a little faster. Could I do this? Was I ready? Or would I be left behind in the dust? The Greek sun mercilessly beating down on me, I started to feel flush as I stepped up to the starting…

3 comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

  • Stacey Veikalas - Great Article ~ we have never been here, but now I will have to add it to my bucket list! Thank you for sharing! :)February 20, 2014 – 11:56 pmReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Good for you for running the track! It was about 100F when we were in Olympia, I was wearing flip flops, and the sun was relentless that day. I decided not to run it because I’d just be even hotter and sweatier for the rest of the day. I really should have just run it though!March 22, 2014 – 9:38 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I was in flip flops too, so it’s a bit of a stretch to call what I did “running”. It was still fun though and a great memory!March 22, 2014 – 9:48 amReplyCancel

Ancient Delphi- The Navel of the World

Nestled between the rugged peak of Mount Parnassus and a spectacular valley of cypress and olive trees, is Delphi- regarded by ancient Greeks as the most sacred site in the world. About Ancient Delphi Delphi is said to have been founded by Zeus, who determined it to be the centre of the world. Mythology holds…

2 comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

  • Marsha - Delphi was probably my favourite ancient site outside of Athens. I loved the history and myth behind it; and it’s quite well-preserved and just a fun place to visit. I love the Treasury of Athens and the Sanctuary as well – glad you were able to quickly pop over to get a picture of it. My tour went there and I was veryyyy happy! Great pictures!January 8, 2014 – 11:48 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks! It really didn’t make sense why my tour wouldn’t have gone down to the Sanctuary of Athena. It was the place I had wanted to see the most! I would always see pictures of the Tholos, so that’s how I found of about Delphi in the first place. Oh well, at least I was able to run down and see it. I’ve never run so fast (and probably so far) in my life! I was very afraid of the tour bus leaving me behind!January 8, 2014 – 12:03 pmReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Temple of Hephaestus, Athens

The Temple of Hephaestus is the best preserved Doric temple in Greece. It was built on the western edge of the Ancient Agora in honour of God of the Forge, Hephaestus. The temple has 34 columns, a frieze depicting nine of the Twelve Labours of Heracles and was once surrounded by foundries and metalwork shops….

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

Photo of the Week: Church of Panagia Paraportiani, Mykonos Greece

Mykonos’ most famous church is the Panagia Paraportiani, whose name translates to “Our Lady of the Side Gate”.  It’s actually not a single church, but a group of five smaller churches that were amalgamated into one. Four of the churches were used to form the base for the fifth church, which when placed on top, formed…

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

Tour of the Acropolis- Athens’ High City

From almost any point within Athens you can see the Acropolis standing high above the city, a monumental beauty built in homage to Athena, the goddess of wisdom. When I arrived to Athens, I could not wait to see the Acropolis. Walking towards it and getting my first glimpse was exhilarating. I knew the Acropolis…

8 comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

  • Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com - Love this post! It reminds me that I haven’t written yet about the Acropolis. I miss Greece!August 4, 2013 – 11:43 amReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Fantastic photos! We’ve been to Greece but not to Athens yet. I do really want to see the Acropolis.August 5, 2013 – 6:46 amReplyCancel

  • Abby - When I went to Greece, people actually told us to skip Athens! But we could have stayed there for weeks — and actually had a much more special time there with the ruins than on the islands.August 9, 2013 – 11:17 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I’ve heard of a lot of people not liking Athens. It took me a little while to warm up to it, but I blame that on being grumpy from jet lag.

      Athens is definitely worth seeing for the history alone. The National Archaeological Museum is great as well! I think people tend to overlook the mainland in general, which is a shame, because there is so much more to Greece than just the islands.August 9, 2013 – 11:41 pmReplyCancel

  • Edsel Sismar - Great post! These shots is truly amazing, I loved them. I’ve always wanted to visit Athens, still hoping that one day I may have the chance to go there and feel and see the wonderful things in Athens and not just in photos or videos anymore.December 4, 2013 – 3:15 pmReplyCancel

  • Sandy Allain - Wow, look at these amazing structures and architectures of ancient times. Truly stunning and amazing. Wish I could see them in person.December 19, 2013 – 2:47 amReplyCancel

  • Anna - As an Athenian I really have to thank you for this post. I get it why people would like to skip Athens and go straight to the islands or spent a few days in Athens, see the sights and ruins and then head to the islands.

    The mainland as you wrote in the comments is of course interesting but I guess that anyone coming from a non Mediterranean country is accustomed to seeing mountains and lakes. Plus driving in the mainland is a a bit difficult sometimes. Yet there are so many interesting things to see in the mainland (from the top of my head I’d say Meteora is the most importand sight in the mainland). Phew I would go on for ages writing about the sights of Greece, so I’d stop right now!March 17, 2014 – 1:53 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Anna! Thank you for your comment. I love Greece and have written quite a lot about it on my blog. All the history and mythological stories make it such a fascinating country. While the islands are no doubt beautiful, I definitely connected more with mainland Greece. Ancient Delphi was one of my favourite places I visited and the landscape of Meteora was impressive! I would definitely return to Greece if I had the opportunity.March 17, 2014 – 9:40 amReplyCancel

  • Norman - Lovely overview! The Erechtheion has always been a favorite of mine. Like you wrote – they seem to carry the weight so effortlessly.

    it’s weird to think that all that probably has been covered in thick paints and probably looked quite kitschy to begin with. Makes you wodner what the first european archelogist would have made of it and if european art history (thinking of the renaissance and classicism) would have gone down a totally different road!August 12, 2015 – 9:31 amReplyCancel

Stunning Views and Crazy Donkeys- A Whirlwind Trip to Santorini

Santorini was the place I was most looking forward to visiting when I set off to Greece.  I couldn’t wait to walk among the white-washed buildings with the famous brilliant blue domes.  I pictured myself sitting on a terrace, enjoying a wonderful meal as I gaze out to the caldera, watching the setting sun paint…

8 comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

  • Freya, Holiday Nomad - Santorini is so beautiful. No matter how many times I see the pictures of Oia, it still takes my breath away. You are so lucky to have visited it already!July 6, 2013 – 1:19 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I agree! Santorini’s beauty is almost unbelievable. One visit is just not enough! Hopefully you are able to make it there one day :)July 6, 2013 – 2:04 pmReplyCancel

  • Genevieve - I had the same experience in Santorini! We had about three hours, but had to rush our meal and the local tour guide totally snapped at us for being three minutes late to the bus. I agree – I’d never cruise to Santorini again, if I went back it would be for a few nights of relaxation.October 2, 2013 – 1:02 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - It’s such a shame to be rushed. Hopefully we both will get to return one day and be able to spend more time just relaxing & enjoying Santorini!October 2, 2013 – 1:10 pmReplyCancel

  • Sand In My Suitcase - Santorini is a special island – and yes, you have to spend more than a few days on it to enjoy it. When you return, you’ll probably enjoy hiking from Fira to Oia (or the other way) along the spine of the island. Awesome views over the caldera on one side and valley views toward the sea on the other. We did a trip a few years back where we took the high-speed catamaran from Athens to Mykonos (8 days) and then to Santorini (6 days). Hope you find your way back to explore Santorini on your own terms!February 7, 2014 – 5:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Cacinda Maloney - I just had my first trip to Santorini, and I can say I LOVED IT, but i lucked out and did not ride those donkeys down. I took a prop plane from Athens and stayed a few days, before embarking on the ferry to Mykonos. Agreed, it is one lovely island!June 1, 2014 – 5:19 amReplyCancel

  • Glen - Santorini is definitely the sort of place where you need plenty of time. Not just because there is so much to do, but also to have time to just sit back and relax and take it all in. Plus, each extra day spent there means one more sunset :)January 20, 2016 – 4:28 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I agree! I’m still hoping to get back to Santorini one day and experience the famous sunsets the way they were meant to be experienced. I hated that my time there was so rushed!January 24, 2016 – 10:39 amReplyCancel

  • Tracey - I adore Santorini and fulfilled a dream by doing a 5 night trip there. Your post brought back a particular memory: I met a lovely lady in Santorini who looked frantic. I spoke to her briefly and she said she had to get back to her ship soon and was so frustrated because there wasn’t enough time. Given Santorini is so amazing, I totally sympathised. But, it is best to have been there for a short time, rather than never to have been at all!December 8, 2017 – 7:06 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I can definitely relate to how that lady was feeling! But yes, even an hour or two is better than nothing at all. I talk all the time about going back but it hasn’t happened yet since there are so many places in the world I’ve yet to see!January 3, 2018 – 3:53 pmReplyCancel

How Athens Taught Me to Travel Differently

Plopping down onto the bed in my Athens hotel room, I burst into tears and announced that I wanted to turn right around and head back home. “I hate Athens!” I pouted like a tantruming child.  “I’m phoning my mom and telling her I’m coming home!” Was Athens was really that bad?  So bad that…

3 comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

  • Liz smith - Great read. I agree, I’ve had some of those moments myself. The first I visited Venice I was immediately impressed – but after a day, I fell in love and discovered the real city. Been back 3 times since. Things aren’t always what we expect, but sometimes it’s a good thing.June 18, 2013 – 7:33 pmReplyCancel

  • Edsel Sismar - Oh my god! Just look at that beautiful and amazing photos of Athens, I really wanted to visit Athens so bad! But I just couldn’t I don’t have the opportunity. Oh well just watching these beautiful and wonderful places in Athens makes me feel I visited the place without stepping foot. Great post by the way.December 3, 2013 – 4:14 pmReplyCancel

  • Meg - I was disappointed in Amsterdam, initially. Your article totally rang true for me – the crying in the hotel room bit. But you’re right, you’ve got to get out there, give it time, and at least see the things you went there to see. Otherwise, you’re just shooting yourself in the foot – maybe I won’t ever be back to Amsterdam in my lifetime, but at least I saw the Rembrandts, the tulips, the Delft china, the pancakes, etc.November 14, 2014 – 1:57 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Oh good, I’m glad I’m not the only one! I think most places are worth visiting at least once. Even if it’s not what you expected, you still need to make the best of it. As soon as I let go of my preconceived notions, and just accepted Athens for what it was, I had a much better time!November 14, 2014 – 5:07 pmReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Sanctuary of Athena, Delphi

The Sanctuary of Athena is the most picturesque spot at ancient Delphi. The Tholos, backed by a valley of olive trees, is Delphi’s most stunning monument. Built between 380 and 360 BC, it may have sheltered an important statue, although the exact purpose of the structure is unknown. The three columns that stand have been…

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

Knossos Palace- Discovering Minoan Culture and Mythology

Knossos, located about 5 km from Iraklio, was the capital of Minoan Crete and is associated with many great stories in Greek Mythology.  According to legend, it was here that King Minos had a labyrinth built to keep his mythical creature, the Minotaur.  The story goes that every nine years, King Minos made King Aegeus…

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

Photo of the Week: Santorini, Greece

Santorini is no doubt one of the most beautiful places in the world.  The cliff top village of Oia is completely breathtaking!  If you are looking for a place that makes you have a “WOW” moment, this is it. One of my biggest travel regrets is not having enough time here.  My cruise ship arrived…

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

Welcome!

We are Rhonda and Mike, a Canadian couple who make it a priority to travel every chance we get!

We describe our travel style as "laid back luxe" and enjoy a mix of outdoor adventures and historic sites.

Learn more...

Join 84,000 Others Following Our Travels

Quarterly Newsletter

Get exclusive updates, content and travel tips we only send to our subscribers.

Our Trusted Booking Sites

Support Travel? Yes Please! by booking through the sites we use and love!