• Whether you’re looking for pockets of authenticity in which to unwind or an escape for activities in nature, the villages of Mt Olympus capture everything mythical about the legendary mountain of the gods in northern Greece. Overview It’s up to you whether you believe the 12 gods of Ancient Greece, among them the all-powerful Zeus, still live on Mt Olympus. But what you won’t have any trouble finding – within the greenery of Greece’s first National Park and a UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve – are villages still inhabited by locals doing their bit to keep the

  • Greece, the land of Apollo and a history dating back as long as one can count, has over 4,000 islands to explore. Small, big, long, thin, tiny, they come in all sizes and shapes. Rocky or lush with vegetation the landscapes vary from one to the next, even neighboring islands differ greatly. Just outside of Athens, within a two-hour journey, you can visit a variety of outstandingly beautiful yet diverse islands. There are three ports of Athens that you can depart from and ferry to these close-by islands and even take

  • Valentine’s Day is soon approaching, and we think to bring out a little bubbly Champagne to toast our loved ones. The question often comes up, ‘do I get the Vintage champagne or a non – vintage’? Like pasta or a pizza there probably is not a bad bottle out there, but it is good to know their differences, further to the price tag. First and foremost, a true Champagne must come from the Champagne region in Northern France. Using the name Champagne is legally protected by EU law. So, what is the

  • Traveling Europe has much more to offer than sight-seeing the classic sites, castles, monasteries, ancient sites, quaint towns and beautiful beaches. Next time you are off on an adventure in Europe try adding to the experience testing and exploring the local and national drinks and cocktails of the region. Sample some of the local drinks as you dine in a fancy restaurant, nibble at a local café or relax on a beach. Just as in discovering famous cuisine dishes known for certain areas of Europe, one can delve into the local

  • Dreaming of crystal blue seas, the warm sun to bask in, fresh and healthy Mediterranean cuisine? It is time to start exploring the isles of the Mediterranean. What better way to get out into the heart of this culture than chartering a yacht, your floating villa, cruising among the islands, or even staying on a lovely island villa? Part of the fun of vacationing in the planning and it is one of the most important parts of any holiday trip. Pre-planning and organizing your trip is key to a smoothly running

  • How to make traveling easier and as glamorous as possible You don’t have to break the bank to make your traveling easy and comfortable.  Certain simple and easy tips will ease the long hours of getting from point A to B and let you come out looking refreshed.  It all depends on your mode of travel as to what is needed but some items are needed no matter how you travel. Making yourself at ease and comfortable is key to travel.  Here are some good basic suggestions.  If flying, there are some

  • The Christmas Holiday is celebrated worldwide in many ways with unique traditions all over the world. In Europe, we can find common ones and some that are unique to the specific region. Many of these specific traditions are celebrated across the continent and no longer have stayed as indigenous to one country. Let’s experience the Nostalgia of Christmas-time Traditions. Here are some of the more well-known traditions in celebrating Yule time in Europe. It all starts 4 weeks prior to Christmas eve with the advent. The 12-days of Christmas span from

  • Jewelry has been, for centuries, a way to adorn and express oneself with decorative items, such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, hair ornaments, tiaras, cufflinks, pendants, pins and broches. These ornamental pieces are made from metals such as gold, silver, bronze; semi and precious stones; pearls, and some of the oldest pieces made with beads, ceramic, shells, and feathers. In ancient times jewelry was used both as decoration and in funeral rites.  The most well-preserved pieces of ancient jewelry come from tombs where the dead were buried with their own belongings

  • Traveling by train is again becoming very popular as it was in years past when trains like the Orient Express were known for its glamour and excitement.  Train travel is the perfect way to view nature, embrace new culture, wine and dine and be treated like royalty with minimal effort.  Step back into the glamour of yore and step aboard a slow-moving relaxing luxury train. For your next vacation, board a luxury palace on wheels.  Here are some of the greatest, most sophisticated luxury trains of today. Surely the worlds best

  • In every culture, there exist age-old superstitions handed down from generation to generation. The Greeks are well known to still, to this day, follow and adhere to many of the customs in these tales… or are they tales? Here are some very well-known, age-old superstitions and some not so well-known but believed to be true, superstitions, at least to the older generations. Knowing them will give you not only a taste of the Greek culture and heritage but will make you an immediate insider. “The Evil Eye” (To Mati) is said

  • What better way to explore than a family vacation in the Mediterranean by private yacht charter.  Statistics show that in 2021 more families with children are traveling than families without children.  Chartering a yacht is the perfect venue for families on their holiday travel.  Discover the many islands and mainland ports without all the hassle of a land holiday; no car rentals, packing and unpacking and all the related cumbersome moving parts. Children are like sponges and absorb much from their environment.  Why not bring them along for a new and

  • Greece, the land with the most famed ancient history, great culture, mythological tales, and fables, and the birthplace of democracy is home to more than 4,000 islands drenched in nearly 300 days of annual sunshine. Known for its beautiful islands and great summer weather, Greece has become the number 1 summer playground of the Mediterranean. In recent years, the savvy tourist has begun to explore other avenues of travel within Greece on the “offseason.” Travelers flock to the beaches, enjoy the bountiful shopping opportunities, revel in the ever-robust nightlife and explore

  • It may be part of the mainland, in the multifaceted Epirus region, but Parga is oddly, also very much like a tropical-Ionian island. The scenic resort town lies 25 miles northwest of Preveza and 25 miles southeast of Igoumenitsa and is only 15 minutes’ sail across to the islands of Paxous. Even if you choose to stay put during your yachting trip, there is a great deal to enjoy in this charismatic and historical town. From charming beaches with transparent swimming-pool blue and emerald waters to fine dining and darkly

  • Having been a “food lover” or as known now as a “foodie”, amateur cook, and explorer of all types of cuisines, I have realized that the Mediterranean cuisine is really what I enjoy most but also where I seem to always discover new and exciting ways of cooking. The realm of Mediterranean spices feels like a playground in my backyard. Greece, my second home, provides such a landscape to delve into and find new and exciting ways of preparing the fresh, rich and wholesome foods it offers. The local taverna at

  • The Foundations of the Greek Restaurant Experience Athens has evolved into a sophisticated culinary capital comparable to most of its European counterparts. By now you can literally find everything to eat. From souvlaki of every quality, ethnic street food places on practically every block. Greek and international restaurants serving old fashioned, homemade, traditional, modern, modern-fusion, refined and super gourmet. Here we celebrate the very old and the very new! Their status is not defined by how long they’ve been around but how masterfully they handle the concept of Greek flavors in

  • Once named “Kynaitha” in ancient times, the town of Kalavrita, the capital of the province of Kalavrita in Achaia Peloponnese nestled at the foot of Mount Erymanthos, is distinguished for the historic events that have taken place there. Echoing through the town and its hills and valleys, the history is as alive today as the nature that shrouds the area.   The Kalavrita I first knew is different than the Kalavrita the Greeks hold dear to their hearts. As a naive child of nine, I knew nothing of its history or

  • [caption id="attachment_160" align="alignright" width="150"] Photo by Kristofer Joseph Steiner[/caption] I'll never forget the first time facing the Sea of Greece - I was six, arriving in Hellas with my parents, and we stopped by the beach with our dodgy car; my mom drew us from Hungary. I ran to the shore, and my breath was taken - I imagined it a million times, but standing in front of the steel blue and sparkling White waves was a transcendental experience that determined my path into my future. [caption id="attachment_161" align="alignleft" width="150"] Photo by

  • Greece is well known for many items centered around the culinary world making for its iconic flavors. Items, stemming from old traditional homemade recipes, are usually found on the islands or in small villages of the mainland. Greece has become globally famous for its local food items due to its nutritional values and taste. Many visitors make a hobby of searching out the small local vendors to sample their offerings and bring home these natural delicacies. Many of the more popular items have graduated to more mass production and are

  • Yacht chartering conjures thoughts of serene days basking under the sun, lounging on huge sun pads and being served your drink of choice by your very own steward. Maybe you envision a hand-tailored picnic lunch brought to you by tender to your private cove or dining under the stars on the aft deck with light, soothing lounge music playing in the background.  These are indeed visions of a leisurely, laid back and rejuvenating yacht cruise.  However, there are many more “active” oriented individuals chartering yachts and wanting to kick it