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Four UNESCO sites in the Greek Peloponnese

September 25, 2016
UNESCO Greek Peloponnese | My Wandering Voyage travel Blog

What makes you visit the places you want to go? Is it the architecture, the culture, the food? For me, it is visiting the UNESCO world heritage sites. These places are unique and full of history. They carry thousands of years of our civilization in every stone.

With over 18 UNESCO world heritage sites, Greece encompasses the birth of modern civilization.

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10 Favourite things in Greece

July 8, 2013
  1. Favourite city: Nafplio, so beautiful.
  2. Favourite Beach: The beach in Paros I never got the name of.
  3. Favourite site: Olympia, so happy I got to see it.
  4. Favourite food: Gyros, hands down. I could go for 10 of them right now.
  5. Favourite Drink: Frappe. Delicious cold and refreshing and a little caffeine pick me up, you can’t go wrong.
  6. Favourite Island: Paros
  7. Favourite activity: a difficult choice, but definitely the boat tour around Santorini
  8. Favourite memory: Sitting on the edge of the pool with Elizabeth in Paros watching the sunset, singing Circle of Life and a flock of white pigeons flew everywhere. Pure magic.
  9. Favourite Souvenir: My Artemis statue
  10. Favourite Book I read during the trip: American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
Favourite Photo of myself (and an olive branch)

Favourite Photo of myself (and an olive branch)

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10 things I learned about Greece – Paros Edition

July 8, 2013
  1. It is a very safe island, most children run around in the cities by themselves.
  2. The port is landmarked by a white windmill.
  3. Everyone knows Elizabeth’s aunt and uncle.
  4. It takes longer for me to drive to Toronto than to drive around the island.
  5. I FINALLY GOT TO HEAR SOMEONE SAY OPA!
  6. Fresh fruit right off the tree is a magical thing.
  7. Greek families are the nicest most caring thing ever.
  8. The butterflies arrived just for us!
  9. There are only two butterfly valleys in Greece one in Rhodes and the other is in Paros. They have owned it for 300 years.
  10. Paros is not a top tourist destination, but is definitely worth going to.
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Paros – the Island of my Dreams

July 8, 2013

Paros was my favourite island hands down. Its laid back lifestyle, it’s not a crazy tourist spot and its beautiful beaches make Paros the winner.

The wind mill at the port in Parikia

The wind mill at the port in Parikia

We were able to stay at Elizabeth’s aunt and uncle’s place on the side of a mountain. Her uncle owns the Butterfly Valley, which is an amazing place all summer, you should definitely go and check it out.

The Butterfly Valley in Paros

The Butterfly Valley in Paros

For the three of us, Paros was out last destination. We were ready for some nice relaxation after the excursions and hiking we have all been doing. One of the days we stayed at the house all day and lounged by their amazing infinity pool. (I think I have 50 pictures of that pool, it was fabulous!)

omg. drool

omg. drool

We visited a few beaches, and all were the best beaches I visited in Greece. One was in Kolymbithres, which is a boat ride away from Noussa. Another was outside of Parikia, which was my favourite city. Wandering through the streets of both towns, I felt so comfortable and enjoyed every minute of it.

One of the private beaches we went to

One of the private beaches we went to

Our visit was so short, and there were a few tears shed from Elizabeth and her Aunt, but it was the best (and most relaxing) 3 days.

Elizabeth on the pool's edge

Elizabeth on the pool’s edge

After a ferry ride back, a short sleep in Glyfada and a very early wake up call, Bridget, Elizabeth and I were packed and (not so) ready to fly home.

Greece was an absolute blast; I cannot wait to go back.

GREECE 2013!

GREECE 2013!

Stay Curious,

Olivia

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10 things I learned about Greece – Santorini Edition

July 8, 2013
  1. Santorini is the only caldera in the world that is populated
  2. Oia’s sunsets are famous for a reason – beautiful
  3. The infamous blue and white comes from Oia
  4. The black beaches weren’t as hot as I thought they would be
  5. The public transportation system is coach buses. I felt like I was riding in style
  6. Staying a week in Santorini was a great idea.
  7. Go explore every inch of the island. It is beautiful
  8. Go off the main roads to find those picture perfect areas
  9. Red beach is for sightseeing only, Black beaches are for relaxing
  10. Gyros are still my favourite thing ever and I am trying to figure out how I can eat them at home.
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Santorini in Photos

July 8, 2013

Here are the photos I promised.

Santa Irini

Santa Irini

Sorry about the long delay, with the lack of internet in Paros, the long flight home then life starting up again, I had a lot of catching up to do, but I feel like I should close this chapter so I can start more travelling projects soon.

Donkeys up the 292 steps in Oia

Donkeys up the 292 steps in Oia

Open Air Cinemas in Kamari

Open Air Cinemas in Kamari

The boats we road on

The boats we road on

On top of the Volcano

On top of the Volcano

Look at that Happy face

Look at that Happy face

Cat outside of Atlantis Books, a cute bookstore in Oia

Cat outside of Atlantis Books, a cute bookstore in Oia

So you’re probably wondering what happened for the rest of my trip. Well, I left off telling you about our boat tour around the volcano. The Next day the three of us took off in the opposite direction to the south end of Santorini to visit the Red Beach. First we stopped at the Prehistoric City of Akrotiri. This settlement dates back to 5000 BC. And has been destroyed and rebuilt multiple times. Right now, the whole site is protected under this massive bioclimatic shelter. We spent a couple of hours weaving through the structure and actually walking through the “streets” of the settlement.

Akrotiri

Akrotiri

Our hotel in Santorini

Our hotel in Santorini

It was a really hot day, so you would think it would be a perfect day for the beach. Well, getting to the infamous Red Beach was a mission and a half. It was far from any building and is secluded by rocks surrounding the whole beach. The beach was dirty, the water was the grossest I’ve seen and it was crowded. Not only that, but the sand wasn’t even that red. Yeah, okay, so I complained about it, but I am glad I saw it.

The Red Beach

The Red Beach

Our last day in Santorini was spent walking around the city of Fira and being lazy bums on the Black beaches in Kamari.

I am so glad we spent so long in Santorini, there was so much to see, but it was nice to relax and not be rushed through the island.

Blue and white in Oia

Blue and white in Oia

Sunset in Oia

Sunset in Oia

Stay Curious,

Olivia

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There’s plenty of room at the Hotel Santorini

June 5, 2013

Sorry for the lame title. We’ve been singing it nonstop. Santorini has definitely been my favourite so far: everyone is so friendly, everything is close, the buses are coach, the Hotel is AMAZING.

Last night we decided to go to the Open Air Cinemas. My God. I recommend going if you go to Santorini. It is a cinema that is outdoors, but you sit in it like a movie theatre, not a drive in. We dressed really warmly, but we were still cold. They have blankets, warm and cold drinks, and food. We watched Life of Pi under the stars.

However, today takes the cake. Why? Because I climbed a volcano, jumped off a sailboat, swan in hot springs, walked the streets of a movie, and watched a really awesome sunset.

How, you ask, did we do all these things? One word: Tour. We left early in the morning on a traditional boat that looked like a pirate ship and set out to the Volcano. Yes, an active volcano. Climbing up the sides took half an hour, and it was a HARD climb. We were all dying afterward. It was cool to learn about though. The last eruption was in the 50s or 60s and the eruptions have been known to demolish the civilizations living there at the time. We also found out that Santorini is the only caldera that is populated.

The next stop was the Hot Springs, where we jumped off the Pirate ship and swan into the Hot Springs. I was debating doing it at first, but I am glad I did. Jumping off the boat was my favourite part.

We then headed over to Therasia, stopping for lunch. We stopped there for two hours, so Bridget, Elizabeth and I headed over to a pier and stuck our feet in the water. We couldn’t get over how clear the water was and how many little fishies there were.

Last stop was in Oia. It was such a beautiful city. It is the picture-perfect scene you think of when you think of Santorini. There are 292 steps up to the city centre from the Port, and after a day of climbing and excursions, we decided on donkeys. Terrifying, but fun. I got scraped up because my donkey thought it was awesome to ride right beside the mountain and right on the edge.

Wandering the streets felt like being in a movie. Everything was so pretty and white. The thing about Oia is the sunsets. We got to our spot about 2 hours before sunset, and thank god, we did. It got so full. The Sunset was worth it though.

I am wiped, and I’ll have to post pictures later. Santorini is definitely worth staying a full week.

Stay curious,

Olivia

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10 things I learned about Greece – Rhodes edition

June 5, 2013
  1. Ferries ARE THE WORST IN RHODES OMGDONTEVENGETMESTARTED
  2. People keep their doors unlocked in Lindos
  3. Lindos has a lot of climbing steps (seriously though, why?)
  4. They LOVE their donkeys. Idolize them, in fact.
  5. Earthquakes
  6. The symbol of Rhodes is a deer, and no one seemed to know why.
  7. Although the Colossus of Rhodes doesn’t actually exist any more, modern statues stand in place of where they think it stood
  8. Hotels advertising they they are far from the city centre, aren’t really that far
  9. Hotel Castillo di Rodi was amazing and the staff was super helpful
  10. Old Town Rhodes is really pretty, but the shops are all similar.
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Ferries and Rhodes

June 2, 2013

The ferry we took to Rhodes was a bloody long one. 16 hours. I have never travelled for that long on one mode of transportation before. Honestly, it wasn’t that bad. It was an overnight ferry from 6PM to 10AM (Although, it didn’t arrive until 11).

The waters were calm and we were able to sleep (rather uncomfortablely) on some couches in the lounge. Many people took the overnight ferry, and I was surprised that not of people had cabins. I mean, it was an expensive ferry just for the deck, but it was a long trip to sleep on a small hard couch. We also had two middle age men next to us playing video games and europop on their computer at 8 in the morning. Rude.

By the time we arrived, we were beat, but determined not to sleep the day away. We jumped into our bathing suits and walked to the nearest beach, which was awesome. What a view.

We ended up spending the rest of the day swimming, tanning and relaxing on the beach all falling asleep in the sun.

The hotel we stayed in was quite nice. It was modeled after a castle like Rhodes Old Town. For the amount of money we paid for it (not a lot) I was genuinely surprised with the view and room. The staff was very friendly and helpful, and stored our luggage for the full day, and let us hang out in their courtyard while we waited for the ferry.

Our Hotel's Courtyard.

Our Hotel’s Courtyard.

The next day we spent on a bus tour to Lindos. A beautiful old town on the east coast of Rhodes, Lindos is very traditional and boasts the Acropolis that has spanned through four ages: Greek, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Christian Medieval. It was at the top of a mountain and was a bitch to climb, but it was well worth it. The view from atop was awesome.

Lindos from afar

Lindos from afar

Bee is here!

Bee is here!

Temple of Athena Lindos, Rhodes

Temple of Athena Lindos, Rhodes

One of the cool things about Lindos is St. Paul’s Bay. Paul landed, well, he was detoured in Lindos in 57 AD preaching Jesus and had a bay named after him. From atop the Acropolis, the bay appears to be closed, but in fact, there is an opening. (See photos) We didn’t have a lot of time left in the tour, so only Elizabeth swam, while Bridget and I stuck our feet in looking at the crabs. The lagoon was crystal clear, I would have loved to go snorkeling there.

St. Paul's Bay from the ground.

St. Paul’s Bay from the ground.

St. Paul's Bay from atop the Acropolis

St. Paul’s Bay from atop the Acropolis

The town itself was another sight, it was so charming with its shops and stores, all painted white. It’s windy streets are all cobblestone mosaic pebbles. If you get off the main road you come across beautiful carved wooden doors and mosaic streets. Everyone was so kind in that town, I didn’t want to leave.

Me in Lindos, Rhodes

Me in Lindos, Rhodes

The last half of the day – we had a lot of time to kill before our ferry at 2:30 AM – we spent in Rhodes Old Town, a medieval fortress turned tourist destination. It was really pretty to walk through, but all the shops sold the same things. We ended up at the harbour looking at all the boat shops and came across this boat that sold sea shells and sponges made into things. It was rather pretty.

Silly pigeon

Silly pigeon

We found Stan Lee in Rhodes

We found Stan Lee in Rhodes

Unfortunately, that day didn’t end well. It turns out that the ferries in Rhodes are disorganized or that no one knows anything about them. We ended up at the wrong port, fighting to get tickets, and probably double charged for them. I was so frustrated that when I finally got on the boat, I broke down in tears. But we are on the boat and heading toward Santorini, which will be  week of beaches and sunsets. I am so ready.

Stay curious,

Olivia

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So we got robbed…

May 30, 2013

I say ‘we’, because it ruined all of our nights.

First, Bridget arrived! We are so happy that she is finally here. So we took her to Mars Hill (the one that Madalena took us, and now I know the name for). We got food, met up with Madelena and Debi, and headed for the hills.

We were probably sitting there for 30 minutes before the guy saw us, went around and snatched Madalena’s bag. She tried to chase him down and a few guys also chased him down the hill. They were able to retrieve her bag and keys, but her phone and sunglasses (apparently, they were very expensive) were gone. Thank the Gods that she didn’t have her wallet, money, or ID on her.

We flagged down some police officers who were helpful, but no luck. The phone was gone. There goes our night. Honestly, we have to remember that no one was hurt, nothing extremely important was stolen like a passport, and that we have to keep our bags looped through us at all times.

I feel so bad for Madalena and I hope that some sort of justice happens to the guy who took her stuff

Stay safe,

Olivia

PS: Apparently, it was my name day yesterday. May 29th. It wasn’t a good one though.