Italy – Sienna Part 2: Sienna Town

Italy – Sienna Part 2: Sienna Town. Exploring a medieval cityscape is a must-do for any traveller. Continue reading Italy – Sienna Part 2: Sienna Town

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Greece Holiday Part 8: Lesbos/Lesvos – Messa Temple, Ancient Pyrrha, Klopedi Sanctuary, Mithymna, and Eressos: Research for my Third Novel

Hi Everyone, Finally, I am able to complete my Greece Holiday posts with Part 8. This is my most exciting post, as you may all know, I am writing a Young Adult, Historical Fiction Novel, based on the island of Lesvos during the Classical Period. Lesvos has two spellings, its modern one, and its ancient one with a b, instead of a v, depending on the pronunciation. When I was on the island, I had all these plans to go see these amazing archaeological sites I had been doing my research on, so that I was able to create my … Continue reading Greece Holiday Part 8: Lesbos/Lesvos – Messa Temple, Ancient Pyrrha, Klopedi Sanctuary, Mithymna, and Eressos: Research for my Third Novel

Greece Holiday Part 7: Lesbos/Lesvos – My Family’s Island

This is the second time I have visited my family’s island where three of my grandparents were born. Both my Mum’s parents were born at Lesvos in the town, Agiassos, and my Dad’s mother, was born in Agia Pareskevi. For our second visit, we stayed with my Dad’s auntie, Thia Eni, who also lives in Australia but goes back to Greece every six months. She picked us up from the Mytiline airport, and we stayed two weeks with her. She showed us the whole island, driving all three of us everywhere, as you can see on the map. The only … Continue reading Greece Holiday Part 7: Lesbos/Lesvos – My Family’s Island

Greece Holiday Part 6: Four Day Classical Tour and Meteora

After visiting Athens and the Acropolis, then island hopping to Mykonos, Santorini and Crete, we finally went back to Athens for our 4 Day Classical Tour and Meteora. This was a Bus Tour and we had an excellent time thanks to our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, Eleni Nikolaki, and our bus driver, Plato. We highly recommend Key Tours and her. Eleni was a passionate guide and was great to talk to every day because we learned new things about our Greek culture, even Mum was amazed with her. The archaeological sites we went to were: Mycenae Epidaurus Olympia Delphi Monasteries … Continue reading Greece Holiday Part 6: Four Day Classical Tour and Meteora

Greece Holiday Part 5: Crete and the Palace of Knossos

So finally, after being in Athens for 2 days, island hopping from Mykonos to Santorini, spending 3 days on each island, we island hopped to Crete now. Man, were we tired! And we had four days ahead of us on Crete – spending 2 days in the capital, Heraklion, and then two days in Chania, on the west side of the island. When we arrive at Crete, we had to walk all the way to our hotel – yes there were taxis, but we had not arranged any transport because apparently our hotel was nearby. Now in any other circumstance, … Continue reading Greece Holiday Part 5: Crete and the Palace of Knossos

Greece Holiday Part 3: Santorini – Kamari Beach and Oia Sunset

We arrived at Santorini by a high speed ferry, and it sure was a bumpy ride. However, we arrived after 6pm, and did not have a full day to look around; but we did enjoy the view from our hotel in the capital of Fira (in the middle of the island), called The El Greco Hotel, and there, right in front of us, was the volcano! The next day we went to Kamari Beach, thinking that we would be going to Ancient Thira that day – and I had forgotten that all archaeological sites and museums were closed on Mondays! Luckily, … Continue reading Greece Holiday Part 3: Santorini – Kamari Beach and Oia Sunset

Greece Holiday Part 2: Mykonos – Delos

To start my holiday in Greece we were at Athens until we started our island hopping tour to Mykonos. We took a 6hr ferry from the Piraeus port in Athens to Mykonos. I advise anyone, if you are sitting in the economy class, go up to the top deck and go outside to look at the view when you are passing Greek islands and stopping at some. The water is beautiful and the atmosphere very relaxing when you are outside. We got to Mykonos pretty early in the morning and stayed at the Mykonian K Hotel at Chora (the main … Continue reading Greece Holiday Part 2: Mykonos – Delos

Greece Holiday Part 1: Athens – The Acropolis

Well, it has been a long time; I think nearly over 10 weeks now since my last post. My holiday to Greece was amazing – seeing all the archaeological sites, family, the people, seeing the villages again my grandparents grew up in, the food, the ongoing bread appetizers with olive oil and vinegar, and finally, the beaches and the laid-back attitude of the Greeks. In Athens, it was hot and humid. The hotel we stayed at was about 15-20 minutes away from the Acropolis by walking distance. We passed a Starbucks, patisseries that were open up at 6:30am in the … Continue reading Greece Holiday Part 1: Athens – The Acropolis

Going to Greece Today!

Well, it’s official, I’m travelling to Greece today. I cannot wait to come back with so much research and photos from Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Athens and Lesvos for my creative writing! I’ve been looking forward to this trip since 2005, such a long time ago! I will come back on the 30th of July with heaps to blog about, and it will be mid-week of the 1st Week of Second Semester at Uni. It will be difficult for me to blog over there, hopefully I can tweet my progress at different hotels from the wifi connections. Yasas everyone! Claire   Continue reading Going to Greece Today!