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Yes, I know, when people hear Greece today they think of everything that is wrong with the country: the Eurozone Crisis, possible deflects on loans, re-capitalization of the banks, high unemployment…the list endures.

But if you remove the economic crisis, you are left with, in my opinion, one of the best places on earth. Greece allows you to travel and experience its country without the necessity of a busy schedule crammed with a tight itinerary. You are implored to enjoy the journey.

Sunrise in Santorini

Chania Harbor

 

I have only been to Greece twice, which is not nearly enough. I spent my time on the island of Crete, where my family lives. My granddad lived in the small village of Μάλεμε (Maleme), just a 20-minute bus ride from the main city Chania. My typical day went like this:
 
Wake up around 9 a.m. and have some Greek yogurt and honey for breakfast; walk to the beach (three minutes) to read/swim for several hours; go to my aunt’s house for an exquisite gourmet lunch; go back to the beach to read/swim; go home and relax some more; get ready around 10 p.m. to go into the city or attend an event; get home in the early hours of the morning, sleep, and repeat.

Crete undisturbed

 
 
Must See:

1. Symi: The long, narrow harbor surrounded by a amphitheater of Greek houses. For a moment, classical Greece is here, and you have arrived in the middle of it.

Symi Dodecanese Islands Greece

 
 
 

2. Santorini: The ancient island of Thira exploded in 1500 B.C., leaving a broken rim of a now-extinct volcano. The town of Fira sits on the top of the rim looking west, with an almost sheer drop to a very deep blue sea. This is the familiar and idyllic Greek scene.
 
 

Santorini

Santorini

Santorini House


 

 
 

 
 
3. Athens
: No one’s trip to Greece can be complete without a visit to the Acropolis, crowned with Athens sacred temple, the Parthenon.
 

Parthenon, Athens


 
 

4. Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon: Overlooking the Aegean Sea, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion served to appease the somewhat moody disposition of the sea-god. This temple is a beautiful example of 5th century Doric architecture, and its backdrop, especially at sunset, is magical.
 
 

Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion in sunset light


 

Minoan Palace of Knossos

6. The Minoan Palace of Knossos: The ruins at Knossos are not dramatic like pyramids nor as well preserved as the temples at Agrigento, but they are remarkable for revealing a multitude of activity—political, religious, commercial and domestic—that took place within one structure. John McEnroe, a Minoan architectural specialist, described it as “encompassing the breadth and depth of its culture more eloquently than any other single building in the history of European architecture.”

 

Truth is Stranger than Fiction, but Myths are Stranger than just about Everything

More Photos!

Windmills in Greece

Zakinthos Ionian Islands

Ios Sunset

I hope you enjoyed the photography. If you want to travel here, where would you go first?

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