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Sleep in Vasto

By JudithKlinger | September 21, 2018

A lovingly restored four bedroom villa, with sweeping views of the sea, located near the heart of town, but on a calm, quiet street, was the perfect place for us to stay in Vasto. We scored the “Camille’ room which I suspect was the former grand bedroom of the villa. And it is a lovely,…

Eat in Vasto

By JudithKlinger | September 21, 2018

We were late. We were hungry. We were in the ‘danger zone’ where we might be too late for lunch and this creates all sorts of stress. The ristorante was right below our hotel and it was a little quiet at lunchtime, and Don Magnifico may have been a little sleepy, but the chef sure can cook.…

Do Stuff in Vasto

By JudithKlinger | September 21, 2018

It was our first visit to Vasto, and I’m hoping it won’t be our last. Vasto is a charming and very ancient (founded in 1300 BC), small city precariously perched above the sea. Unfortunately the ground has a way of sliding into the sea in this area and in 1956 a significant chunk of the…

Eating in Sfinos

By JudithKlinger | July 8, 2018

The food is good! Of course you’ll find fish and shrimp, but oddly, no clams or mussels. There is also a surprising amount of meat for a fairly barren island. Stews of lamb, goat, and rabbit are called ‘mastelo’ after the name of the earthen pot they are cooked in and you will have to…

Drink in Sfinos

By JudithKlinger | July 8, 2018

Its all about the ouzo. Early on, in Pireaus, someone insisted that we drink ouzo. We smiled politely and said, of course we will, and promptly dismissed the idea of high-octane sweetened fire water. Then we had an adventure where one thing led to another that led to a deep understanding of the pleasures of…

Sleep in Sfinos

Sleep in Sfinos

By JudithKlinger | July 8, 2018

From funky to deluxe all options are available on Sifnos. We were a celebrating group of family and friends and we went deluxe. The exclusive Verina Astra is located on one of the high spots on the island, within close walking distance to the villages of  Artemonas and Apollonia. Down a dusty white road, the…

Do Stuff in Sfinos

Do Stuff in Sfinos

By JudithKlinger | July 8, 2018

Go play in the sea! That’s what you came for! There are sandy beaches and rocky beaches and paths to get to them, so pick your fun. There are also 365 monasteries in Sifnos, so plan to say awhile if visiting monasteries is your thing. The Trail System Sifnos is criss-crossed by an exceptional trail…

Lolas Cocktail Bar Pireaus

Drink in Pireaus

By JudithKlinger | July 7, 2018

Wine & Beer Of Course. But also good cocktails. Pireaus is not a pretty town, it has a real handle on gritty, but at the same time it has some very chic and fab cocktail bars going on. We opted for Lola’s Bar because who can resist a bar named Lola? Cocktails were well-made and…

Pireaus

Do Stuff in Pireaus

By JudithKlinger | July 7, 2018

It’s a funny place. Its a just-passing-through type place but it is worth exploring. The life blood of the city is the port. Everything revolves around the large ferries going out to the islands. Basically, the tourists are either waiting to get on a ferry or cruise or they’ve just come off a ferry. So,…

Pireaus Dining

Eat in Pireaus

By JudithKlinger | July 7, 2018

When we are near the sea, we only want to eat fish. When you are in the busy port of Pireaus, staying overnight to catch a ferry the next day, you want to eat good seafood. Our most helpful and joyful hotel receptionist suggested we take a taxi to the Mikrolimano section of Pireaus. Good…