My favourite source of up-to-date information about Greece travel is About Greece Travel by deTraci Regula.  Here are a few recent items from her newsletter.

Greece Resumes International Train Service:
Love trains? International train service to and from Greece will resume starting May 10th, with big discounts on tickets. The cross-border connections into the Balkans were a casualty of the... Read more
Waiting for Greece train to Turkey border.
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Good news - the Minoan Collection at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum is now open to the public. While the museum opened late last year after roof repairs were finally completed, the Minoan Collection was the last holdout - and, of course, it's the main reason most visitors go to the museum. Now it is back in renewed glory.  Here's a chance to think way ahead - into 2015. 
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The X80 - Va Va Voom:
Check out the newest Express bus line. I do worry that Piraeus's excellent Archaeological Museum and Nautrical Museum may suffer since travelers may not be as "stuck" in Piraeus, but it makes it a lot easier for travelers to get into the heart of Athens and visit the Acropolis and other key sites.

More about the Piraeus Archaeological Museum:    http://gogreece.about.com/od/museumsingreece/a/piraeusmuseum.htm?nl=1    

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Editorial comment from Michael:  We have often spent evenings and/or mornings in Piraeus between flight and ferry connections and never considered ourselves "stuck".  Once you get away from the port and explore the yacht harbor areas you will find much of beauty and interest.  Cheers
Pireaus church

Please comment or send photo of what you have enjoyed in Pireaus.

This family run museum is a "must see" for Paros.  Perfect for a half-day break from the beach.  More at Folkloric Museum of the Cyclades   It is located in the delightful village of Aliki



Kolimbithres in April
Spring on Paros was early this year with plentiful flowers blooming by the field full.  Now Easter Week is well underway kicking off the tourist season.  Of course the weather is mostly warm and sunny (61F/17C) except for a few showers today and tomorrow.

Unless you are already on Paros or on the way there it is too late to enjoy the authentic Greek experiences of Easter for this year.  So I would like to whet your appetite for next year.  Easter in Greece is like no other country. It is the major holiday of the year. While based on the religious calendar it is centered around food and drink.  Read my 2014 article on Opinions Post.

If you want more, here is our account from 2006.  Or search this blog for several other posts on the holiday and the season.  If you would like a personalized package of accommodation, event guide and lamb barbecue with a local Greek family, contact me.

P.S.  I have often preached that it is a crime against humanity to visit Greece without seeing the Parthenon.  For those who have not yet made the trip here is unique interactive helicopter tour:  http://greece.greekreporter.com/2013/11/18/the-parthenon-like-you-ve-never-seen-it-before/

For those who would like to know more about all the major antiquity sites of ancient Greece tour my web site www.Visit-Ancient-Greece.com

Cheers

chinese_mass_wedding
Paros has long been a popular place for weddings.  This May Day will see that popularity multiply fifty fold.  The island is hosting a group wedding for 50 couples from China. The ceremony will be followed by traditional Greek food, music and dance.  I wonder which Chinese traditions will be observed.

More about Paros Weddings:
  Parosporos Beach Wedding  --  A British couple make it casual:  photos and video
  Aliki Wedding Venue --  Photos of a large wedding in a small village
  Another Greek Wedding
  Greek Island Weddings and Films  --  Good for business!

Photo Credit:  gtp

Another year, another January:  Now is the time to plan your summer vacation/holiday while the best choices are available.


But how do you chose the best accommodation for yourself, your partner, your family, your group? Here are a few tips and guidelines.



First a few definitions.  These are from Greece but apply many places, I believe. 
     Room:  standard hotel size.  I don't recommend for more than two nights stay.
     Studio:  room with kitchenette --  with emphasis on the ette, as in itty bitty.  Usually very minimally equipped; the advantage is having a refrigerator for cold drinks.  However, if you want to cook a meal ask your host for the correct utensils; they can usually round them up from other units.
     Apartment:  studio with separate bedroom -- not necessary more spacious.  Some apartments will have a small kitchen.
     Villa:  Apartment with more rooms --  may be part of complex or free standing.  Should have full kitchen.  Many people ask for a villa close to town centre but this is rare as economics dictate smaller spaces when close in.

By the way ignore descriptions that say the like of  "500 meters to the beach".  Landlords nearly always lie; as it was explained to me:  "No one would come if we said it was farther away."  Also consider the cost of transport when comparing locations.  A nice apartment within an easy walk of public transportation may be more relaxing than a villa that requires driving everywhere.

The main advantage of hiring a villa is that for families and groups you get more space and lower cost per person.  A large, well furnished house for six persons will nearly always cost less than a full service hotel per week.  Of course, it depends upon your travel style whether you want or need the maid service and front desk that a hotel provides.

One of the many changes that the internet has brought to travel planning is the ability to browse and see photos of the millions of choices available.  A good place to start is our collection of private villa rentals on Paros.  We also provide low cost rooms and studios right on the beach in Aliki and Parikia.

For any other place in the world one of the better internet sites is VillaRenters.

Finally feel free to email us with any specific questions about Greece accommodations.
Cheers.


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