Tag archives for Greece

If you’re looking for an excuse to have a celebration when traveling through certain countries in Europe, make sure to time your visit with your name day.

The pillars of the Acropolis are glowing in sunset gold and crimson glory as I meander down Ermou Street to Monastiraki—a pedestrian enclave in the heart of old Athens. The lively scene is a far cry from the smoggy, traffic-clogged city I remember in my youth. Now Athens is the place to be.

Nothing screams vacation quite like a sandy beach, clear blue water, and a fruity drink. To inspire a bit of summer wanderlust (or to help with your winter escape plans), we recently asked our Facebook fans to tell us their favorite island getaways in the world. Their answers ranged from large archipelagos to tiny islands we had to look up on a map, but one thing is for sure—their picks will keep you daydreaming for days.

The staff at National Geographic Travel is always criss-crossing the globe to uncover the best and the brightest places, but we have travel wish lists just like everyone else. Here’s where we want to go in 2014 and why.

Any child who has taken basic world history classes knows about Athens and its indelible contribution to Western civilization. But studying a place and its heritage is far different from actually being there.

Iconic Greece: Thessaloniki

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Icons are, for the uninitiated (that means most of us), an encounter with the unknown: religious paintings on wooden panels of great antiquity. For others, they take on great spiritual significance. And there’s no better place to see them than Thessaloniki in northern Greece.

Your Guide to Ouzo

Tasting of anise with subtle hints of cardamom and clove, the fiery national tipple of Greece known as ouzo is meant to be sipped siga (slowly) with a bit of food and in the company of friends.

While Greece may be in the headlines these days for its economic woes and social unrest, when I think of Greece, I picture crystalline sunlight on a landscape of rock, sea, sand, and tree; bone-white ruins of layered history; and bright-eyed, big-living people. That’s the Greece Christopher Bakken brings to life in his delightful new book.

I Heart My City: Katherine’s Athens

Katherine LaGrave traveled to Greece with her family when she was young, then moved to Athens to teach English after finishing college. The things that drew her to Greece are the things that keep her coming back: the food, the beauty of the country, and the spirit of the people who live there. Here are a few of Katherine’s favorite things about one of the world’s oldest cities.

Photos: Where You Went

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Happy Valentine’s Day, travelers! Our readers boast impressive travel résumés. That’s why we ask you the same question on Facebook every Friday: Where are you traveling this weekend? See photos of where you — or readers like you — went, and get inspired to plan your next trip. Want to share your photos with the National Geographic…

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First-Class Cooking Schools

Mediterranean culinary schools offer lessons in good living. By Rachel Howard From the October issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine. Glorious Greek Cooking › Ikaría, Greece Inhabitants of the remote Greek island of Ikaría are a third more likely than Americans to reach the age of 90. But eating like a Greek doesn’t mean abstinence: Good living and convivial…

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Places Rated: Santorini in the Balance

The November/December issue of Traveler features our annual “Places Rated” survey of destination stewardship, and this year 340 expert panelists rated 99 coastal destinations around the world. Here on the blog, we’re going to highlight some of these coastal destinations and are interested in adding your feedback to the mix. What do you think? Greece:…

It seems the coin toss will be the deciding factor concerning who has the advantage as Nigeria takes on Greece in day seven of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. (ESPN will begin live coverage at 9:30 a.m. EST.) Both teams lost in their first games of group matches — to Argentina and the Korea Republic…

Small Ship Family Cruises

Last week Rainer Jenss reported on good cruising options for families. This week, he looks at some great small-ship cruises. This week, I set out to investigate some cruising options for families other than the mega ocean liners that dominate the industry today. If you’re like me and love the idea of traveling by ship…

The New Acropolis Museum, a project that the New York Times called “one of the highest-profile cultural projects undertaken in Europe in this decade,” is celebrating its opening day on Saturday after years of planning and labor–33 years in all, eight since the design was chosen. The stunning modern building, designed by New York architect…

Rainer Jenss and his family are currently on an around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. Most of the correspondence we’ve received from friends, family and colleagues in the…

Rainer Jenss and his family are currently on an around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. If you’re checking into this blog for some guidance about travel to Greece,…

IWTGTT: A Cottage in Crete

It’s rainy and bleak here in D.C. today, so my “I Want to Go to There” (IWTGTT) locale of the day is the sustainable mountainside co-op, Vamos, in Crete. Featured in this weekend’s Guardian Travel section, the little town located in the White Mountains has a collection of 19th century sandstone guesthouses available for rent,…

Awesome Tour Alert: Turkey

Fifteen years ago, a recently-graduated British archaeologist decided to walk 2,000 miles across Turkey, following a section of Alexander the Great’s ancient path from Troy to Iskenderun (with a heavy backpack and plenty of stops at ruins and ancient battle sites along the way). Sound crazy? Well, maybe a little. But it seems to have…

Having a soft spot for furry creatures, I couldn’t not follow up with tour company Inside/Out’s founder, Zoe Katsulos, about an upcoming “humanitourism” trip to Greece to tackle the animal welfare crisis there. Inside/Out puts together trips around the world that couple humanitarian volunteer work with sustainable eco-adventures. The ten-day June trip (June 12-22) to…