All posts tagged: thessaloniki

LIFE IS BETTER IN A BIKINI

If you know me, you know how much I love summer – being outside, meeting friends and going to the beach. What’s not to love? I still refuse to accept the fact that summer is over. My tan lines start to fade and no good summer fruit is to be found in the store anymore. But what I’ve got is all those amazing summer memories, those moments that I will keep coming back to. Today I take you to a Greek village I love returning to whenever I get a chance. It’s one of the places that for me feel like home. The name is Afytos and it is located in Chalkidiki, in the north of the Kassandra peninsula and also the north of Greece. It is a village about an hour drive from the airport in Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece. All around the country you can find such authentic and picturesque villages that will really make a lasting impression. Afytos is quite small but what I love is the combination of romantic …

GREECE: CRISIS?

I start off my posts about Greece (one of my most favourite countries) with the port city Thessaloniki. There is no way for one not to fall in love with Greece’s second biggest city, which has been a crossroad of civilizations since ancient times. Its picturesque streets, historic sights, gastronomy, romantic sunsets, and even a small bit of chaos have me say ‘I never want to leave this place!’. The cafes around the pier are always filled with people (I had a really hard time to find an empty table) and the streets are full of life. Greece in crisis? It’s hard to believe after having observed the whole action and vibe around Thessaloniki’s lovely sights. And its people seem happy too. I find them very hospitable and encouraging when I try to speak Greek. The city’s name Thessaloniki (Thessalos and Niki) literally translates to “Thessalian victory”. It takes its name from the sister of Alexander the Great. The city’s layout changed after a devastating fire destroying its historic center in 1917 to become the …