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Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:49

The Colossus of Rhodes

Rhodes Attractions

If there is one thing that Greece has going for it, it’s the mass amount of history and traditions that surround the islands. There are many different natural beauties to behold, but there are also quite a few historical monuments that are quite appealing. One of the most noteworthy structures in Rhodes is known as the Colossus of Rhodes. It is a massive statue that is surrounded by a lot of history, so it attracts thousands of visitors each year. I truly believe that it’s one of those things that everyone should experience. Let’s talk a bit more about the Colossus of Rhodes and why I think it’s a great attraction for anyone to view. Colossus of Rhodes

 

The Purpose of the Statue

The Colossus of Rhodes is a statue of Helious, the Greek god. It is amongst the Seven Wonders of the World, and thousands of people line up each year to view it. The statue was built to celebrate the defeat of the ruler of Cyprus who was named Antigonus I Monophthalmus. It was once the tallest statues in the world before it was struck by an earth quake in the year of 226 BC. The scale of this massive statue is absolutely breathtaking and you’ll be in shock and awe once you view it.

The Construction of the Colossus of Rhodes

There are many different speculations as to how the statue was constructed, so you may hear different stories. It was primarily constructed from iron bars and brass plates. The inside of the statue was filled up with stone blocks in order to reinforce the structure. A lot of the iron that was used in this magnificent structure was created from previously used weapons. This is a historical piece that was literally built upon rich history. That is why I believe it’s one of the most important structures in the world.

Why You Should Visit the Colossus of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes is still one of the most beautiful and wonderous structures in the world. Many engineers are at a loss as to how it was crafted so largely and accurately with primitive techniques. The statue has seen quite a bit of history in its day, and it's had its share of damage. It's been torn down, reconstructed and so on over the years. It's certainly a wonderful region to visit and I believe that everyone should see it in person once in their life.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 11:38

Hiking trails in Rhodes Island

Rhode Island Hiking

Rhode Island is a very unique and charming area that has a lot to offer in the way of beauty, excitement and all around entertainment. One of the best ways to explore new areas is by hiking and seeing everything up close and in person. You really can’t say that you’ve seen this area until you’ve used your own two feet as a vessel to explore. Anyone who is interested in visiting a new and exciting place that is full of many wonders will love hiking the trails of Rhode Island. Let’s talk a bit more about some of the wonderful sights that you can see while on your hiking trip through Rhode Island. Ever upwards to the Contour Path

What to Expect on a Hiking Trail

Rhode Island is a very small place, but it is certainly packed with a lot to take in. There are tons of great people, many beautiful structures and the wildlife is absolutely stunning. There are so many natural beauties in this region, and there are more than 400 miles of beautiful coastlines to explore. Many beaches, parks and gardens are at your disposal, so it's easy to find something to do. You’ll absolutely fall in love with the many sights and attractions that are scattered throughout the region.

Old Harbor

Old Harbor is a beautiful region that has a lot to offer in the way of excitement and beauty. You can hike through many gorgeous trails that are covered with charming wildlife. On top of having many natural beauties, the region is also filled with several amazing restaurants and shops that will keep you occupied. The village's unique architecture is absolutely stunning and resembles a historic area. Hiking through this region will give you many hours of excitement and you’ll have no shortage of fun activities to take part in.

Mohegan Bluffs

One of my absolute favorite places to hike to is the Mohegan Bluffs, which are around 200 ft. above sea and they go on for almost 4 miles. The scenery is absolute breathtaking and the lighthouse is one of the most beautiful structures in the states. It's considered to be one of the most beautiful areas in the region, and once you see it you'll have no problems understanding why. You truly have to see it to appreciate just how magnificent it is. This is a perfect area for the hiking enthusiast who wants to see the most of what the region has to offer.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 15:07

Holidays to Zante

Visiting Zakynthos

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If you’re looking to take a holiday that you and your loved ones will never forget, I have to recommend that you consider visiting Zakynthos. This island is absolutely stunning visually and the attractions in the region are many. This is considered to be one of the best holiday spots in Greece, and for good reason; it’s covered in many beautiful landscapes that are certain to please even the most demanding travelers. On top of the various natural beauties that Zante has to offer, you’ll also love the many exciting attractions that are available. Let’s talk a bit more about why I believe that Zante is the perfect holiday spot.

About Zante

Zante is a Greek island that can be found near the western coast of Greece. It is a beautiful region that is also known as Zakynthos. The region is absolutely gorgeous and has a unique charm that is hard to match. It’s also a very popular area for its night life. The island is filled with many different beautiful features and the weather is also superb. Zante is a very large island as it’s considered to be one of the largest islands that is located within the Ionian sea.

Getting to Zante

There are a few different ways to find your way to Zante, but the most common methods of transportation are plane and ferries. Both options can be rather affordable if you plan accordingly, but you may prefer one over the other for various reasons. Ferries are great and allow you to see many beauties from Agious Nikolaos along the way. This is a perfect option for anyone who loves the sea. Planes will get you there much faster and will give you a great aerial view. I would suggest that you take a plane if you are trying to adhere to a strict schedule.

Zante Attractions

Once you arrive to Zakynthos, you’ll notice that it is filled with much fun and excitement. You could easily spend months here and still not scratch the surface of the many attractions that are offered. There are no shortage of resorts, pubs and clubs to enjoy while you’re on the island. You will fall in love with the many Venetian buildings that are scattered throughout the region. The nightlife in Zante is unmatchable and there is no shortage of friendly and fun people to enjoy the beauties of the island with.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

1. Can tourists make payments with credit cards and EC cards problem-free?
YES

2. Can tourists withdraw money from cash dispensers with their credit cards and EC cards?
YES

3. Have you noticed bottlenecks in terms of foodstuffs, medications or gas?
NO

4. Will strikes of the public enterprises, e.g. public transportation system/ airlines/airport/ferries, be expected?
NO

5. Will museums and sights be opened as usual?
YES

6. Have guest reported of hostilities?
NO

7. Have you had significant cancellations of bookings in the last two weeks?
NO

8. Were there any problems with the re-opening of the Banks?
None

Monday, 08 April 2013 09:05

Nightlife in Corfu, Greece

Corfu is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, and there’s tons of entertainment and activities that is has to offer its guests. There are plenty of restaurants that have some of the world’s most amazing food. There’s beautiful scenery that range from historic structures to relaxing pebbled beaches surrounded by lush olive trees. There’s also many different events and celebrations that are held in many of the different villages. Chances are that you will easily find something to do within the island and if the nightlife is one of your aspirations, you’re in for a treat! Corfu will meet and exceed your nightlife needs.

Kassiopi, Corfu, at night

If you’re looking for dancing, loud music and plentiful amounts of alcohol, Corfu has you covered! This place is geared toward the nightlife and there’s so much to choose from. No matter how long you’re staying, you can likely choose a new night club for every night you’re there and still not even scratch the surface of what Corfu has to offer. The Old Tree is a beautifully decorated club that attracts many visitors from all over the globe. There’s good music, great drinks and all the activities that you could dream of for a perfect night on the town. Stop in and try one of the numerous delicious drinks that are available in this unique bar. Afterwards you can dance the night away with the sounds of traditional music. You’re certain to have a memorable night within The Old Tree and you’ll find plenty of things to do whether you’re visiting alone or with your spouse. Maybe you’re looking for something a bit different. Well, The Poco Loco has a great deal of entertainment to offer that stands out from your regular night clubs. This bar is located within the Goybia village and it’s an authentic Mexican bar. You’ll love the beautiful Mexican décor as well as the traditional Mexican music that plays throughout the club. On top of the wonderful scenery, you’ll love the huge assortment of cocktails that feature some superb tequila. IF you’re a part of the younger crowd, Apokalypsis may be more your style. This is located near the port of Corfu and it’s a big hit with the younger generation. Enjoy yourself with many different cocktails and liquor options and then treat yourself to some of the best entertainment in Corfu. You’ll be able to experience unforgettable fire dancers as well as a huge assortment of Greek traditional music. You really can’t go wrong with this night club! No matter what your tastes are; it’s likely that Corfu has something to suit your needs. The island is filled with pleasant people who know how to have a good time and there’s plenty of bars and night clubs along the beach that are certain to provide you with hours and hours of entertainment.

Friday, 05 April 2013 16:59

Learn about Cretan Cuisine and Wine

Cretan food is known to be extremely healthy and to top it off it’s actually delicious. It’s pretty hard to come across that that is both good for you and good tasting, but it looks like the Greek have the perfect combination. On top of their delicious food is also an assortment of amazing wines that are loved all throughout the world. One thing that makes the food and wine of Crete as great as it is the fact that it’s made with high quality ingredients. The wild herbs and the fresh olive oil that is located on the island make for some of the best dining that you’ll ever come across.

 

Cretan Cuisine

Freshness is the key point of the many foods and wines of Crete. All throughout the land you’ll find many sources of fresh vegetables and herbs that are used in their everyday meals. A simple walk through the countryside will give you many aromas of fresh herbs that are used in their cooking. You’ll also come across many markets who offer fresh vegetables that have a flavor unmatchable by commercial farmers. It is very hard to match the freshness and quality that you’ll get from the locally grown produce and herbs in Crete, and that’s one of the reasons why their food is so delicious.

 

Raki and Mezes!

Olive oil is a very common ingredient in many different Cretan dishes; it’s almost hard to find a dish that doesn’t have olive oil in it! Because Crete is bountiful in olive trees all over the land, it’s no surprise that the substance is used so often. There are many things that are done with olive oil in cooking, but you haven’t truly tried olive oil until you’ve tasted it from Crete! Did I mention that the healthiest and debatably the best olive oil in the world comes from Crete?

Crete Colours - More Ingredients for the Ratatouille

The people of Crete have a natural gift for making some of the world’s most delicious wine. The region has an extensive background in wine making and some of the history goes as far back as the 1600s when Minoans first fermented the tasty beverage. In the 2nd century AD, the Roman Empire held a high importance on the wines of Crete and many different people held them in high regards.

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Chardonnay Boutari is a dry, white wine that is absolutely great alongside seafood and cheese, which Crete is very popular for serving in typical dinners. This would be a great choice for someone who would like to have a traditional Crete dinner and experience the best of both worlds.

Cretan meatballs

It’s very easy to see why Crete cuisine is so highly regarded among many people; the ingredients are fresh, delicious and the cooking has a mixture of many cultures and styles. If you’re looking to have a taste of some of the world’s most delicious foods and wines, I would highly suggest that you take a trip to Crete and experience it. You certainly won’t be disappointed!

Friday, 08 March 2013 16:24

Exploring Corfu A Town Walking Tour

One of the greatest things about Corfu is that there’s so many interesting and exciting locations packed into confined areas. You may just be out walking around looking for a bite to eat and then come across multiple gorgeous structures and historic buildings.

view of Corfu old town from New Fortress

Corfu is certainly a dream location for anyone who wants to pack a lot of sight-seeing in without having to travel all over the region. With so many great spots packed into one location, it’s easy to come up with a memorable walking tour that will fill your mind and camera with all the beauty that Corfu has to offer.

 

What Can I Expect to See?

The Old Town of Corfu

If it’s one thing that Corfu has going for it, it’s the diversity of its attractions. You can walk around the old villages that are packed full of history and learn about the past of how they operated. There are usually many museums within these old villages that make it easy to learn about the history. Within these villages you’ll also see some of the beautiful architecture that has been standing for centuries. While you’re there you’ll also have the pleasure of taking in the magnificent scenery that ranges from beautiful beaches to majestic mountains.

 

Which Places Should We Walk Through?

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This is entirely up to you, and there’s really no wrong choice with all of the options available, but some of the more popular walking tours go through the esplanade areas that are surrounded by large bodies of clear and beautiful water. It’s typically a good idea to plan your walking tour to close through some of the old villages as well. A great place to walk through is the Church of Antivouniotissa which also offers a lot of learning at the Byzantine Museum that is located within it.

 

How Much Will I Have to Spend?

One of the great things about taking a walking tour is that it’s relatively inexpensive. If you do all of the planning on your own ahead of time you can expect to spend nothing. If you’re not exactly familiar with the area, it may be a good idea to consult the advice from a local or a travel agency, but that’s certainly not necessary. Because Corfu is full of so many attractions, you might want to plan a trip that covers as much as possible and a travel guide will be able to help you do this.

Corfu 2010

Corfu is a beautiful place that has a huge number of benefits to offer. From the gorgeous pebbly beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see, to the heavenly mountain tops that seem to extend into the stars; Corfu is a great place to put your stresses aside and really spend some quality time. Walking tours will allow you to experience this beauty without the hustle and bustle of the city.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 16:44

Discover the Unspoiled Crete

Since Crete is filled with many beautiful locations, it can attract a lot of visitors in certain months. Chances are that if you come in a very popular time of the season, you’ll be surrounded with many types of tourists and it can be a bit annoying. There is hope though! Crete is a great, relaxing place to visit during certain times of the year and there are even a few locations that aren’t quite popular yet. These areas can be the ideal retreat for anyone who wants to soak in the beauty of the area without having to deal with large crowds of tourists. I’m going to go over some of the most secluded beaches that lay within the glorious island of Crete. No need to worry about the large crowds!

Kyani Akti beach

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This beach is located in the Souda Bay and it’s absolutely stunning! You can enjoy the long sandy beach that offers many secluded areas. It’s not completely deserted though, there are still areas to dine and have some drinks, but it’s far less populated than many of the other areas.

Frangokastello Beach

Scenes from Frangokastello on the Greek island of Crete

This beach is gorgeous and there are hardly ever any crowds. There are a few other beaches are settled right around this area as well. There are a lot of activities to take part in here without having to worry about bumping elbows with others. Enjoy a relaxing time snorkeling in the beautiful rocky seabed or take the kids swimming in the clear and beautiful waters. You can certainly enjoy the peace and quiet here and when you’re ready to return to society, you can visit the village of Frangokastello which has many dining options as well as taverns.

Kastelli Beach

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This is located within the western area of Chania. This beach is absolutely beautiful with its golden sand and deep seas. The length of the beach is wide and there are many spots to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. After you enjoy all the beach has to offer, you can then make your way to Kissamos Kastelli, which is a nearby village who has many fine dining options.

Damnoni Beach

Damnoni

You really can’t find a better spot than this. It’s considered to be one of the best secluded areas within Crete and it’s very surprising that it isn’t loaded with people. The area is absolutely gorgeous and the deserted bays and sand will have you never wanting to leave.

Panormos Beach

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As with many other villages in Crete, Panormos is an old fishing village. It’s located in the northern part of Crete and it offers many activities such as sun bathing or water sports. You’ll fall in love with the clear water and golden sand. Lucky for you, this particular area is rather secluded. There are many beauties to see in the wonderful island of Crete, but you don’t have to be stuck in the huge crowds. With a little bit of planning you can have a relaxing time by yourself or with your family.

The olive tree is considered to be an icon of the island of Corfu , and the many different dishes that are native to the island reflect that. The island is known for its superb quality olive oil that has a flavor unmatchable in any other area of the world. The land is rich with olive groves and also fruits of all different types. The wines of Corfu are well-made and pack a flavor that is sought after in many other regions of the world. Corfu also has a host of other unique fruits and spices and their cuisine is one of a kind. If you’re looking to experience flavors that you never knew you were missing, you absolutely have to try dining on the beautiful island of Corfu.

Corfu, Greece 2007

Many of the unique and exciting dishes that come from Corfu consist of the wide variety of seafood that’s available on the island. Since Corfu is situated within the Ionian Sea, much of their dining experience is made up from the sea life. Fresh fish can be had all year round on the island and some of the locals are known to eat the fish right off of their hook! If sushi isn’t your thing, there’s no need to fret, Corfu has a huge amount of grilled, fried and baked food dishes that are certain to meet and exceed your flavor expectations. Many of their seafood dishes are seasoned with their award winning olive oil, zest lemon juice and various different types of vinaigrette sauces.

Corfu

Corfu is also known for its wide variety of delicious wines. Retsina and Ouzo are very popular wine types that have captured the heart of locals for many years. There are a ton of high quality wineries that have formulated some of the world’s most beloved wines. You’ll find red, white and rose wines from the local wineries, and each will have their own unique take. There are also many different vineyards in the area that put out all natural ingredients. Corfu is the place to be when it comes to fine wine and delicious foods.

Grapes Paleokastritsa Monastery

You won’t have any trouble finding a good place to sit down and eat within Corfu. Many of the locals love to offer their delicious dishes along the beaches. If you’re planning on heading to some of the various festivals or events that are located on the Island, you may want to look for a Corfu hotel as the spirits are sure to be plentiful. No matter what your tastes are, it’s certain that Corfu has something to cater to you. With the rich history surrounded around Corfu, the locals have perfected many different traditional dishes that are sure to please. If you’re interested in visiting a beautiful island that has much more to offer than just magnificent food, Corfu is going to be your ideal retreat.

For all of you that are looking for an active escape in Cyprus do not look any further!

Louis Imperial Beach in Pafos, offering professional ‘Ballroom Dancing’, ‘Sequence dancing’, and ‘Dancing lessons’ by professional dancing leaders complimentary to all its guests makes the best choice for active winter breaks.

 

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