Look! It's Nick the Greek

I left Athens with a heavy heart as I was leaving Greece so soon having had such a great week there. In saying that, I happen to have landed on the only other Greek-speaking piece of land in the World. So who is 'Nick the Greek?'. He is someone that I used to work with at Essential Computing. He works in the marketing department and originates from Cyprus and his fiancé, from Poland. They both consider Cyprus their hom ...

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Cyprus economics, Nick's family bar and more ancient ruins.

In reverse title order, let me first show you some ancient Cypriot ruins. BTW, did you know that Cyprus is reported as the birthplace for Aphrodite? I didn't.              Blog image credit: Thisismoney.co.uk These ruins are located at Amathous - an ancient royal city here in Cyprus. ...

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The beauty of Bonafacio, Corsica

Yes, that means I've landed on the French island of Corsica and therefore the third of my five island challenge! Just like we hear on the television, the following post contains some flash photography but hopefully not the type that will give you a seizure. . But first we continue our journey together following my post... Having arrived in Santa Teresa Di Gallura, the host of my pre-booked B& ...

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Moving up north through Corsica

It was already time to leave Bonafacio - much to my disappointment. You saw how captivating the place was as depicted in my previous post. Last night I researched the possible route options available to me moving north and realistically I had two choices: head north west to Ajaccio or head north east to Porto Vecchio. That's 'Porto', not 'Ponte' - as in the old bridge in Florence. Having deliberated over my two choices, it ev ...

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Thinking of visiting Sardenga or Corsica?

    Informational post for travellers or holiday makers wanting to visit either island. Regular readers feel free to skim t ...

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Just 8 days in and food poisoned!

Nick and his lady had some errands to run today so they dropped me off at the beautifully peaceful Limossal Marina. I recall feeling slightly unsettled when I woke up and remembered not feeling hungry at breakfast which was unusual. Still, before things got a little hazy, I was able to enjoy the scenery, sunshine and blustery breeze. The noticeable lack of people around made the scenery even more serene and tranquil. ...

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My final days in Crete and the essence of travelling

I've now spent some decent time in the three largest, most popular towns in Crete that are all conveniently situated up here in the north and relatively close to each other. If the idea of visiting a popular Greek island for a week or two interests you, and exploring several other cities is also on high on your itinerary, please know that Crete ticks all these boxes with the the bus/coach service at your disposal. Whilst ...

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Troubled Greece, don't we mean terrific Greece!?

A relatively short text-based post about a country we only ever hear the worst about in the media. Is it really all doom and gloom over here? Let's delve a little further... My latest return to Greece signifies my third visit this year - that's more return-visits in 2015 than any other country. Coincidence or not? I'm honestly not sure but reading through some old postings, I notice that I was ...

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Rest and relaxation on some Cretan beaches

As I touched on previously, I've managed to successfully adapt to the slow-pace of life here in low-season, Crete. With the weather comparably fantastic for this time of year, I've spent the last couple of days relaxing down by the sea which isn't a bad way to spend time in mid-November. Speaking of this time of the year, and despite not currently being a parent, I've come to appreciate the frustration families can face when ...

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The fifth largest Mediterranean island - reached!

I've done it folks! I'm so chuffed to have made it to my fifth (and final) Mediterranean island; the island of Crete - or Creta as it's pronounced outside of England and a pronunciation I've actually come to prefer. For those unaware, two months ago I hatched a plan that was then, somewhat bold and ambitious. Furthermore, I knew next to nothing about whether it was logistically viable to manoeuvre around these islands using public tran ...

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