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The Porch of the Caryatids at the Erechtheum, a temple on the Acropolis. Photos by Kent St. John.
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Athens: Worth All the Marbles

I have to admit, the last time I went to Athens I blew through. Boy was that a mistake. I recently made a return visit to the city for a preview of the new Acropolis Museum and found it to be a great place to explore.

Athens deserves time and I loved my time in Athens.

The city spreads like a white sheet over hill and dale, hidden neighborhoods explode with activity. Athens is as layered as the centuries of its history. Read more

Forgotten Graves and Minoan Zombies: The Phourni Cemetery in Crete

Archaeologically-minded visitors to Crete flock to the famous palaces of Knossos, Phaistos and Kato Zakro, and why shouldn't they?

Ancient palaces, mysterious bull-riding rites and bright frescoes fascinate even the most historically uninspired traveler. But Phourni – arguably the most important archaeological site on Crete – lies ignored at the summit of a hill overlooking the Archanes township.

The Phourni cemetery remained in use for over 1000 years, from approximately 2400 BCE to 1200 BCE when the Minoan civilization had nearly died away.

Porch of the Caryatids
The entrance to Tholos Tomb B. Photo by Stephanie Green.

The cemetery even contains later Mycenaean tombs. This and the fact that two undisturbed "royal" female burials were discovered here, make Phourni the most significant Minoan cemetery discovered to date.

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Hydra, Greece: The Island of the Eccentrics

Why a group should head to Greece for a belly dance holiday is indeed far from straightforward. The choice of location almost seems to play with history: the dance of the age-old rival, Turkey, for one week colonises the small island of Hydra, whose ships were fundamental in the war of independence from the Turks.

Sarah, our teacher, explains: "You have to get away from clubs and markets if you want to learn the dance: Vlychos has no distractions." Read more

A beach on Crete's rocky coast
A beach on Crete's rocky coast

Land in the Clouds: Greece's Giant Fingers of Granite Contain Monasteries and Mystery

Nestled in the mountains of central Greece is a land that time forgot. Giant fingers of Granite rise up out of the Kalambaka valley like the hands of God reaching toward heaven.

Perched miraculously on the tips of these fingers are five monasteries and one convent, all of which are active and thriving. The area is called Meteoras and it literally means "up in the clouds." Read more


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The Greek Isle of Rhodes: Endless Beaches, Picturesque Villages

Eco-Hotel in Crete is a Tranquil Haven for Relaxation

In Search of History in Samos, Greece

Humanitourism: Saving Dogs and Cats in Greece
Motorcycling Across Crete
Following Greek History: A Journey Through the Peloponnese
Greek Islands Photo Gallery
Thessaloniki, Greece: Stylish and Cultured, Without the Big-City Hassle
Crete: Majesty, History and Adventure
Karpathos Island, Greece


- photos by Lorena Di Nola Hydra, Greece: The Island of the Eccentrics By Lorena Di Nola
GoNOMAD DESTINATION MINI GUIDE Karpathos Island, Greece By Roberta Beach
in the mountains of central Greece is a land that time forgot. Giant fingers of Granite rise up out
. Mountains in Samos, Greece. photos by Inka Piegsa-Quischotte. In Search of History
The view from Mount Kynthos in Delos, Greece. Cynthia Ord photos. Just For Namesake: Mount Kynthos
GoNOMAD DESTINATION MINI GUIDE Karpathos Island, Greece By Roberta Beach Jacobson WHERE
The main street in Rhodes Read more GoNOMAD stories about Greece A
fantastic explorations -- this city positively rocks. If the islands of Greece are your calling
is photographer Anna Chapman. Read more about Greece on GoNOMAD A
night excursion to the countries of Turkey and Greece. Being a unique, one way Mediterranean cruise
while Georgia and Tassos regale us with stories of their life here in Greece
together," Sue writes, "to Greece and Turkey, then France, then back to Greece. Of course, we visited



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