Thanks for all of your help-we had a great time in Greece!
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Oct 22, 2012 12:09 AM Last Post By: INGELALEX
Oct 21, 2012 8:41 AM
Thanks for all of your help-we had a great time in Greece!I wanted to thank all of the individuals from the Lonely Planet who responded to my questions regarding Greece. We just got back from our second trip to Greece in two years. On this trip, we went to Naxos, Paros and Sifnos.
The Greek people couldn't have been more welcoming. There were several times where we were walking through a small village, and somebody would walk up to us and ask us what we were looking for. In Sifnos, we took a bus to Appolonia and started walking around to find a hotel. The travel agent, who we had met just an hour before in the port, drove by us on her motorcycle and asked if she could help us. I told her that I was looking for Mrs. Dina's rooms, and she called the hotel and had them come and
pick us up!
I spent two months before the trip learning Greek with the Pimsleuer (sp?) program. In almost every situation, people were very happy to hear a tourist try to speak to them in Greek. There were siome people who just started conversing in Greek. I had
to tell them to slow down so that I could unsderstand them. When weot home, my wife and I decided to learn the Greek alphabet so we can read signs and menus (the ones that are not translated into English) on our next trip to Greecel
We were also very excited to see the ruins that can be found everywhere. One day, we walked from Appolonia (in Sifnos) to a ruin dating back to 500 BC. There were only two other people looking at the ruins. The view of the ruins and the Aegean Sea in the background was spectacular. On a trip to Paros, we saw a wall thyat dated back even further than the ruins in Sifnos.
We also were amazed at how inexpensive it was for loding and food. we paid no more than 35 euros a night for lodging. (I do realize that people pay more for lodging during the high season) We were able to buy lots of fres vegetables and fruits in the local markets. In addition, we ate dinner at several souvlaki stands, where we paid less than 4 euros for 2 delicious gyros.
My wife and her aunt once had a conversation about places in the world that you have to see. Her aunt said,"Greece is the place."
This is how I feel. I'm sure we will go back to Greece again as soon as we can.
Oct 21, 2012 10:35 AM
1cmso5 -- You just said it all, and wonderfully. Yes, "Greec is the place." In 1999, after wanting to go there for Decades, I finally made it, and by the 2nd day, I knew I had to keep going back as long as I drew breath. June 2013 will be my 11th trip. And on each trip I make fresh discoveries On this your 2nd trip you chose 3 of my very favorite islands; I'll bet that on trip #1 you went to Mykonos & Santorini -- just because they are promoted so tirelessly! -- but with those out of the way, you can now concentrate on the scores of other islands, with histories, landscapes, and people that will steal your heart.
Naxos is the island I feel has the MOST facets to offer ... beaches, landscapes, history. Sifnos, IMHO, has the MOST beautiful vistas of the famous Cycladic architecture ... sprinkled across the hilltops llike necklaces of pearl. Paros also has so many rewarding discoveries. And you have yet to discover the wonders of Milos! (you MUST do an island-skimming sail there), Folegandros! (the chora is amazing), Amorgos! (the mountain terrain is sttunning) and Serifos (somehow, still undiscovered ... its Livadiki beach has NO umbrellas) .. and that is just the Cyclades. Try a N.E. Aegean adenture with Chios, Samos and Patmos, and you'll be just as awed.
Thanks for returning to Thorn TRee, to give us your feedback while the memory is still fresh...
Oct 21, 2012 10:44 AM
2Great to read your report cms05 : )
May I suggest to have a look on mainland next time? I get a feel that parts of Peloponnese or even Ipirus might be ideal for you!
Thanks again for posting your experience, very kind of you. Feedback comes hard on TT forum, not easy to know if advice given applied to OP or not, only a few people report back after their trip...
Oct 22, 2012 12:09 AM
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