I have wanted to try out a Sofitel Hotel for some time now. I almost did when we went to Paris, but a change of plans landed us in a charming little “real Parisian hotel” instead. No regrets there at all.  And because we tend to stay in apartments or couch surf with friends (FANS!) we actually don’t spend much time in hotels. That makes reviewing them a […]

Behind Naxos is a series of small islands known as The Little Cyclades or “Back Islands”.   They number about 12 in all but only 4 are inhabited; Donoússa, Páno Koufoníssi, Skhinoússa, and Irakliá. I’ll admit Dear Reader, that I am not sure if the name “Back Islands” comes from “being behind” or” at the back of” Naxos or if it is because they are the last of the islands in […]

Poor Ios. No really. I have never felt an island was more misrepresented than Ios. It’s “the Crazy Party Island” right?  But there is so much more than that to Ios.  Even if the reputation is actually well deserved… and trust me we saw some crazy stuff… but it’s not all there is. You see Dear Reader; silly young humans will start to party at around 10:30-11:00 p.m. and […]

*Warning LONG Post ahead* If there is one thing I remember of Naxos it is the intensely loud and persistent sound of Cicadas having their own House Party in every. single. tree. No seriously … it was CRAZY!  But I am running ahead of myself once again.  *sigh* I’ll never catch my tail at this rate! Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades Islands, at 430 Km2 (167 […]

There is a little known, best kept “secret” in Athens. And I am about to share it with you Dear Reader. If you are anything like my bipeds, there is something rather intimidating in trying to use public transportation in a country where you can’t read the signs. It’s not a language barrier thing… that they can manage… the alphabet is very literally … different. It’s cyrillic. Add […]

One of the great things about traveling in Greece is how accessible the islands actually are from the mainland. You can leave from Piraeus (Athens) and go … pretty much anywhere – even outside of Greek waters! There are slow ferries and there are fast ferries.  The difference in time can be substantial (several hours) depending on how far you have to travel, and in our case that […]

After our wonderful stay on Santorini (a.k.a. Thira) our fearless Captain Toby took us out for a four hour sail to a very little known island called Folegandros. According to that all knowing source of information called Wikipedia:  “…little is known about the ancient history of Folegandros. Its inhabitants were Dorians. Later it came under Athenian rule. The island was conquered in 1207 by the Venetian Marco Sanudo and remained […]

We regret not having more time at this hotel; or Athens for that matter. Due to major delays caused by storms we lost a day and night in Athens; our time thus limited to a single quick evening on the town and one night at the Acropolis Hill Hotel. We were already impressed with the hotel before we even arrived. We had come across it on Trip Advisor when doing a search for […]

We arrived on Santorini island (also known as Thira) from Athens after a long ferry ride at the principal port of Athinias.  After pushing our way through the crowds, and after some negotiation with different bus drivers, we finally made our way to Oia (The “o” is silent thus pronounced Ia). We drove through the capital of Fira – a much busier place than where we were headed.  You see […]

It has been a long time since we have truly fallen in love with a hotel. That’s why I am jumping the gun a little here and going straight to this hotel review. There are other airlines, airports and hotels to review not to mention sooooo many stories to share, but Dear Reader, I can’t honestly wait to tell you about this hotel. We stayed at Oia’s Sunset […]