Our Greek Island http://www.ourgreekisland.com Sharing our adventures in, passion, and love for Lefkada, Greece. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 01:12:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.11 A Trip of a Lifetime (Part 2) http://www.ourgreekisland.com/a-trip-of-a-lifetime-part-2/ Fri, 13 Sep 2013 01:12:43 +0000 http://www.ourgreekisland.com/?p=240 group photo

Three Sheets to the Wind, Ionian Sail Greece 2013, was the great sailing adventure of the summer with 29 people on 6 yachts!  We all met at the small port in Vlicho Bay on the island of Lefkada, most traveled together from Athens.  All yachts were Bavarias, very new and in great shape.  The sizes of the yachts ranged from 38’ to 46’ as well as, the sizes of families and friends on board each boat.  We had the most room with only three of us on a 40’.  The Powers group filled their 46’ with 8 people, all family.  The Georgantas, Pappas and Techmanskis had only family on their yachts. The Snyders and Sims shared their yacht with the only professional skipper for the whole group,Pavel.  All of us without a professional skipper had sailing experience and the needed certificates… some more experienced than others. Pavel really did a great job guiding and helping all 29 of us.

Sailing the Ionian Sea

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Our first day was a relaxing way to get our “sea legs”, with an easy sail around the bay out into more open water and over to Spartohori. We all joined up for dinner and exchanged a few stories about the stay in Athens. Day two, we were off to Fiskardo.  a small fishing village on the island of Kefalonia for an exciting sail with a bit of wind. It was great fun racing other yachts.  It was easy to spot our group as Di with Sail Ionian, thoughtfully had American flags for each of us to sail under. It was fun because the only American flags she could find were much larger than what you normally see on the mast.  When we tied up as a group it was impressive… six yachts with American flags and 30 people is not something you normally see in Greece.   …

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Three Sheets to the Wind, Ionian Sail Greece 2013, was the great sailing adventure of the summer with 29 people on 6 yachts!  We all met at the small port in Vlicho Bay on the island of Lefkada, most traveled together from Athens.  All yachts were Bavarias, very new and in great shape.  The sizes of the yachts ranged from 38’ to 46’ as well as, the sizes of families and friends on board each boat.  We had the most room with only three of us on a 40’.  The Powers group filled their 46’ with 8 people, all family.  The Georgantas, Pappas and Techmanskis had only family on their yachts. The Snyders and Sims shared their yacht with the only professional skipper for the whole group,Pavel.  All of us without a professional skipper had sailing experience and the needed certificates… some more experienced than others. Pavel really did a great job guiding and helping all 29 of us.

Sailing the Ionian Sea

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Our first day was a relaxing way to get our “sea legs”, with an easy sail around the bay out into more open water and over to Spartohori. We all joined up for dinner and exchanged a few stories about the stay in Athens. Day two, we were off to Fiskardo.  a small fishing village on the island of Kefalonia for an exciting sail with a bit of wind. It was great fun racing other yachts.  It was easy to spot our group as Di with Sail Ionian, thoughtfully had American flags for each of us to sail under. It was fun because the only American flags she could find were much larger than what you normally see on the mast.  When we tied up as a group it was impressive… six yachts with American flags and 30 people is not something you normally see in Greece.   When we arrived into the bay of Fiskardo we needed to “long- line” the yachts to anchor.  The town was nice to explore, good food at night and a large cave to explore the next day.  That afternoon we sailed to Kioni , a very picturesque village on the island of Ithaca, where we were on the lookout for three wind mills that marked the entrance to the bay where we would spend the night. We tied the yachts together again and enjoyed cocktails on our deck before heading out to dinner. The group of 30 “sailors” had become “fast friends”.

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July 3rd we head out on a short sail to “One House Bay” on Atokos Island (a 6 mile sail) we swim and have lunch on shore.  I swam out from the group sitting on the beach and looked back at their happy faces… it made me proud that we took the time to organize the trip as most of the families in our group had never been to Greece before… now they all were tan and relaxed sitting on a beautiful beach with the clear blue waters of the Ionian sea at their feet. After lunch, we pushed off to Kalamos Island, a 10 mile sail into a small harbor.  We had dinner at George’s Restaurant as a group.  We seem to push off late in the morning and not leave until around 11:00 or sometimes even noon… I guess it must have something to do with the very late nights we have on shore.  We head for Ormos Variko a less populated section of the mainland, stopping on the north side of Kalamos to swim and have lunch. Most days of sailing were spent racing other yachts and practicing maneuvers, the butterfly and other show-off tacks… just for the record our yacht “Shortbread” was always victorious in racing. I know others might tell a different story but our pirate flag (hung just under US flag) was always first.

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Knowing that 29 Americans would want to celebrate the 4th of July, I arranged with Di to have a beach party.  We had a great time on a private beach, with BBQ (American and Greek), fireworks and a DJ with energetic dance music! All was brought in and set up for us.  The next morning started late for most but I remember watching the sunrise and how beautiful the boats all looked, so peaceful, not like the night before when the wind had kicked up and the yachts seemed impossible to anchor.

We had an easy sail to Vathi, Meganisi but a crazy time to tie up the boats in the small harbor. We enjoy drinks on our yacht again before we head out to dinner as a group.  We are all very tan and feeling like real sailors as we miss real showers and some would like blow dryers.

The week of sailing is slowly coming to an end but not without the long awaited Dinghy Race… let’s just say there was a lot of “smack” being talked about which yacht had the best crew… So, it was time to find out, once and for all.  The Dinghy Race would take place off the island of Scorpios on the beach where the famous Jackie O had swam many times before.  I call the beach “Jackie’s beach”.  The rules for the race were simple. 1. Everyone from your boat had to be inside the dinghy (the Powers had 8 people) 2. No motors, only man (or woman) power 3. No other rules!  It was really fun as people started to dress in their best pirate attire and war paint… When the race started, all rules went away and every dinghy was out to win… again, we won! After the race and a great afternoon sail with strong winds we all headed back to Vlicho Bay where we would spend our last night of a great week of sailing. We would wake to part 3 of our great adventure.

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Athens Trip Photos http://www.ourgreekisland.com/athens-trip-photos/ Wed, 11 Sep 2013 18:10:01 +0000 http://www.ourgreekisland.com/?p=243 As a follow up to our previous post, please enjoy these pictures from Athens during the Three Sheets to Wind Ionian Sailing trip taken by group members from the first phase of the trip. In our group, we had the Powers family (Joe & Chris, Harvey, Andy, Russell, Kim, Brooke, and Brett), the Snyders (Patricia & George), the Sims family (Daryl, Allison, and Alex), and the Techmanski’s (Terry & Jeff, Ryan, and Ross).

Greece 2013 212Street dining in Athens’ Plaka area.

Greece 2013 087So much to see and do in Athens. Mapping out a plan!

Greece 2013 192 Some of the kids with a nice view of Athens and Mount Lycabettus in the background.

greece-2013-102Having fun at the original Olympic stadium in Athens, Greece.

original olympic stadium, greece olympics, greek historyAn awesome view of the original Olympic stadium. Can you imagine witnessing the original Olympic games here?

greece-2013-121A shot of the where the King and Queen would sit to watch the Olympic Games. What a great photo!

greece-2013-174A shot of the Acropolis.

Thank you to everyone who contributed their photos to this post.

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As a follow up to our previous post, please enjoy these pictures from Athens during the Three Sheets to Wind Ionian Sailing trip taken by group members from the first phase of the trip. In our group, we had the Powers family (Joe & Chris, Harvey, Andy, Russell, Kim, Brooke, and Brett), the Snyders (Patricia & George), the Sims family (Daryl, Allison, and Alex), and the Techmanski’s (Terry & Jeff, Ryan, and Ross).

Greece 2013 212Street dining in Athens’ Plaka area.

Greece 2013 087So much to see and do in Athens. Mapping out a plan!

Greece 2013 192 Some of the kids with a nice view of Athens and Mount Lycabettus in the background.

greece-2013-102Having fun at the original Olympic stadium in Athens, Greece.

original olympic stadium, greece olympics, greek historyAn awesome view of the original Olympic stadium. Can you imagine witnessing the original Olympic games here?

greece-2013-121A shot of the where the King and Queen would sit to watch the Olympic Games. What a great photo!

greece-2013-174A shot of the Acropolis.

Thank you to everyone who contributed their photos to this post.

 

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29 Texans Take the Trip of a Lifetime! http://www.ourgreekisland.com/trip-of-a-lifetime/ Thu, 05 Sep 2013 15:56:53 +0000 http://www.ourgreekisland.com/?p=226 Whenever you have the opportunity to reasonably help someone check off a dream from their “Bucket List”—shouldn’t you go for it?  It was in that spirit that John and I decided to organize a 2-week tour of Greece for a group of 29 Texans!  In the summer of 2011 we had found ourselves traveling to Santorini with our good friends the Pappas and a group of teenagers.   At the time, John asked Gus what was next on his list of things to do in Greece.   Gus answered that he’d always wanted to sail the Greek islands.   Just like that, the idea for our 2013 “Trip of a Lifetime” was born!

John and I have both sailed a handful of times in Greece and loved every scenic minute.  As an American I know what I enjoy when I visit, as well as what sights are a must for a first time Greek tourist.  We set about creating a trip that would allow everyone to get a good overview of this beautiful country.  The adventure began with several days in Athens to fully bask in Greek culture, before leaving to board yachts to sail the Ionian Islands for a week.  After a week on the water, everyone enjoyed a three-day tour of our beloved island Lefkada.  The last leg of the adventure was a land tour to visit the ancient city of Nafplion, on the way back to Athens and flights home.

Athens Anyone?

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Whenever we’re in Athens, John and I enjoy staying in the center of town so we can walk to all the main attractions.  A glance at any Greek travel brochure will confirm the “must see” stops.  There’s the Parthenon sitting high on the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum and the ancient Agora.  We always try to catch a show in the ancient theatre Herodes Attikos (check here for scheduled times).…

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Whenever you have the opportunity to reasonably help someone check off a dream from their “Bucket List”—shouldn’t you go for it?  It was in that spirit that John and I decided to organize a 2-week tour of Greece for a group of 29 Texans!  In the summer of 2011 we had found ourselves traveling to Santorini with our good friends the Pappas and a group of teenagers.   At the time, John asked Gus what was next on his list of things to do in Greece.   Gus answered that he’d always wanted to sail the Greek islands.   Just like that, the idea for our 2013 “Trip of a Lifetime” was born!

John and I have both sailed a handful of times in Greece and loved every scenic minute.  As an American I know what I enjoy when I visit, as well as what sights are a must for a first time Greek tourist.  We set about creating a trip that would allow everyone to get a good overview of this beautiful country.  The adventure began with several days in Athens to fully bask in Greek culture, before leaving to board yachts to sail the Ionian Islands for a week.  After a week on the water, everyone enjoyed a three-day tour of our beloved island Lefkada.  The last leg of the adventure was a land tour to visit the ancient city of Nafplion, on the way back to Athens and flights home.

Athens Anyone?

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Whenever we’re in Athens, John and I enjoy staying in the center of town so we can walk to all the main attractions.  A glance at any Greek travel brochure will confirm the “must see” stops.  There’s the Parthenon sitting high on the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum and the ancient Agora.  We always try to catch a show in the ancient theatre Herodes Attikos (check here for scheduled times). Just next to Plaka, is Monastiraki and Thision a must see. Visit Kolonaki for high-end shopping with some of the best stores in Europe.  Last but not least, Lycabettus is a wonderful stop for its incredible views of the city, especially at night.    An evening dinner on the top floor of most 5-star hotels will afford you a wonderful view of the lights of Athens.  Our group enjoyed dinner at GH Attikos.  We would also suggest dinner in the roof top restaurants of either the Royal Olympic hotel or the King George hotel.  Any of these are great lodging choices for a memorable stay in Athens.

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Athens is a very large, noisy, crowed city–like New York!  I particularly enjoy the excitement and richness of large cities that blend ancient roots with modern times.  There’s something magical about strolling around the base of the Acropolis  on cobbled stone streets that people have walked for thousands of years.   Take time to wander around, shop, eat, relax and visit with friends on the same streets in the same neighborhoods knowing that others have done the same since before Christ!

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One of my favorite Athens destinations for stopping and shopping is the Lalaounis jewelry store.  You can find a few select locations in Athens, Santorini, Paris and New York, as Lalaounis is one of the most famous jewelers in Greece.  They have a museum and a shop located in the Agora area just below the Acropolis.

Wherever you go, take time to breathe in the history and create your own memories.  I enjoyed hearing that one family in our group took time to visit the original Olympic Stadium, then ran the track and topped off their experience by sitting on the King’s and Queen’s thrones.  What fun!

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Athens is a great city to explore.  With its many key sites, and all the historic and art museums to visit, consider mapping out your time to make the most of your vacation.  If city touring becomes too much, balance your itinerary with a quick day trip to a close Island of Aegina or a day trip to Delphi—a wonderful, easy getaway to add variety.  Our group thoroughly enjoyed their introduction to Greece during these first days in Athens.  Then it was time to climb aboard a chartered Auto Bus for a scenic road trip to Lefkada.  Next:  Our week of sailing.

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Seaside Dinner in Vassiliki http://www.ourgreekisland.com/seaside-dinner-in-vasiliki/ http://www.ourgreekisland.com/seaside-dinner-in-vasiliki/#comments Mon, 05 Aug 2013 18:38:45 +0000 http://www.ourgreekisland.com/?p=191 stelios dinner

Having dinner with my boys, seaside.

Stelio’s Restaurant is a great place to dine by the water in Vassiliki. This is a great restaurant serving a nice mix of Mediterranean tapas. It’s one of our go to spots.

Did you know Vassiliki is one of the top places in Europe for windsurfing? Even if you don’t windsurf, it’s definitely an awesome sight to see.

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Having dinner with my boys, seaside.

Stelio’s Restaurant is a great place to dine by the water in Vassiliki. This is a great restaurant serving a nice mix of Mediterranean tapas. It’s one of our go to spots.

Did you know Vassiliki is one of the top places in Europe for windsurfing? Even if you don’t windsurf, it’s definitely an awesome sight to see.

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Hello from my hammock! http://www.ourgreekisland.com/hello-from-my-hammock-2/ Fri, 26 Jul 2013 03:52:12 +0000 http://www.ourgreekisland.com/?p=177 I love starting my day at Villa del Sol sitting in our rope hammock. My hammock with the incredible view is my “go to happy place”… what’s not to love with the 180 degree view of the beautiful Ionian Sea and lush islands?  From our location I can count 6 islands in close view with the mainland and Ithaca off in the distance – How amazing is that?

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aristotle, two greek villas, lefkada vacation rentals, lefkada viewsWatching the day start is magical. The small fishing boats are coming back to port with full nets, many returning to the port of Perigiali just down the hill from us. I am usually in my hammock by 7:30 a.m. in time to watch the Ferryboat taking it’s passengers from Nidri to the close island of Meganisi.  The day unfolds with a number of impressive (and expensive) yachts touring the quiet waters of the inlet sea before us. Private yachts are not uncommon in this area, as the famous Aristotle Onassis made his home on the island of Skorpios, which is the center of our view.  Now that the Onassis estate has leased the island (I understand a 100 year lease) to an extremely wealthy Russian, I expect the number of yachts will increase.

The cool air of the morning is a great time to take a walk. We have walked the roads in both directions checking out the views from other villas and from the top of another hill and I must say – Ours is the best and absolutely the reason we purchased the land and decided to build.  I remember all those years ago, our friend Vasilis, drove us up the crazy road, we got out of the car, walked the hill, when we reached the big rock, he told us to climb up on top of it to see the view – Wow, what a view.…

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I love starting my day at Villa del Sol sitting in our rope hammock. My hammock with the incredible view is my “go to happy place”… what’s not to love with the 180 degree view of the beautiful Ionian Sea and lush islands?  From our location I can count 6 islands in close view with the mainland and Ithaca off in the distance – How amazing is that?

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aristotle, two greek villas, lefkada vacation rentals, lefkada viewsWatching the day start is magical. The small fishing boats are coming back to port with full nets, many returning to the port of Perigiali just down the hill from us. I am usually in my hammock by 7:30 a.m. in time to watch the Ferryboat taking it’s passengers from Nidri to the close island of Meganisi.  The day unfolds with a number of impressive (and expensive) yachts touring the quiet waters of the inlet sea before us. Private yachts are not uncommon in this area, as the famous Aristotle Onassis made his home on the island of Skorpios, which is the center of our view.  Now that the Onassis estate has leased the island (I understand a 100 year lease) to an extremely wealthy Russian, I expect the number of yachts will increase.

The cool air of the morning is a great time to take a walk. We have walked the roads in both directions checking out the views from other villas and from the top of another hill and I must say – Ours is the best and absolutely the reason we purchased the land and decided to build.  I remember all those years ago, our friend Vasilis, drove us up the crazy road, we got out of the car, walked the hill, when we reached the big rock, he told us to climb up on top of it to see the view – Wow, what a view. We looked at each other and said, “Lets buy it… You only live once!”  So many years later, it is still about the views!

After our walk, a swim in the pool, lunch, a bit of reading and a nap, you will find me back in my hammock. This afternoon I hear a speedboat coming our way.  It comes straight from Skorpios into the less populated port of Perigiali. The  speedboat is dark sliver and black of a modern design. It makes a quick stop for a pick up and it is off. Very “007, James Bond”, later I am told it is one of the security boats for our new neighbors on Skorpios.

The afternoon waters are filled with sailboats catching the winds. I enjoy watching them “dance” their way across the sea.  Around 5:00 in the afternoon, one of our favorite “day adventure” boats makes it way home to Nidri.  The Odysseia always drops its sail in front of us as it sails into port.  We have been aboard the Odysseia many time as we entertain friends. It is really one of the best day adventures offered from Lefkada. “Jerry” – the captain is totally Greek fun. He pours Ouzo and dances on deck. The day includes stops at many of the close islands and a great lunch on a private beach… but that is another story.

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Nighttime on our terrace in the hammock is a wonder of lights. The stars are too many to count and the moon always rises above del Luna. I really enjoy watching the twinkle of the lights from the small towns and villages as they begin  to illuminate the night… wishing everyone sweet dreams.

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5 Books to Read Before You Visit Greece http://www.ourgreekisland.com/5-books-to-read-before-you-visit-greece/ Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:00:05 +0000 http://www.ourgreekisland.com/?p=80 What’s summer without a good read?

A real vacation, for me, involves reading a great book. I love reading books about the places I’m traveling.

Here are some books I’ve read while in Greece. Let me know what you think.

 

5 Books to Read Before Visiting Greece

1. Mythology by Edith Hamilton

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2. Hellas by Nicholas Gage

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3. Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres

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4. The Greek or almost any book about Aristotle Onassis:

For example, Greek Fire, the story of Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis.

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5. Fodor’s Greece Travel Guide book on Greece:

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Do you have any books to add to our list?

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What’s summer without a good read?

A real vacation, for me, involves reading a great book. I love reading books about the places I’m traveling.

Here are some books I’ve read while in Greece. Let me know what you think.

 

5 Books to Read Before Visiting Greece

1. Mythology by Edith Hamilton

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2. Hellas by Nicholas Gage

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3. Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres

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4. The Greek or almost any book about Aristotle Onassis:

For example, Greek Fire, the story of Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis.

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5. Fodor’s Greece Travel Guide book on Greece:

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Do you have any books to add to our list?

Please share in the comments section below.

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Delicious Greek Salad Recipes http://www.ourgreekisland.com/delicious-greek-salad-recipe/ Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:00:24 +0000 http://www.ourgreekisland.com/?p=133 greek salad recipe, easy salad recipes

 

It’s summertime, so we all love a nice refreshing salad.

This is my favorite Greek salad recipe. It’s an easy one to make!

Ingredients:

3 tomatoes, cut in wedges

1 cucumber, sliced

1 onion, sliced

1/4 cup minced flat-leaf parsley

6 tbs. olive oil

2 tbs. wine vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 pound feta cheese, cut into small chunks

1/2 tsp. torn fresh oregano leaves

12 kalamata olives

Directions:

Place tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, and parsley in large salad bowl.

Combine olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Pour over salad.

Sprinkle feta and olives over salad. Add oregano and toss.

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Another delicious type of Greek salad is the watermelon and feta cheese salad.

Ingredients:

  • Per serving:
  • 3/4 – 1 cup of cold watermelon, cubed
  • 1/4 cup of feta cheese, crumbled or cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar or balsamic vinaigrette

Directions:

Place the watermelon in a bowl, top with most of the onions, then the feta cheese.

Place remaining onions on top. Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar, and serve.

This recipe can be made in individual servings or multiplied and served in a large salad bowl.

 

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It’s summertime, so we all love a nice refreshing salad.

This is my favorite Greek salad recipe. It’s an easy one to make!

Ingredients:

3 tomatoes, cut in wedges

1 cucumber, sliced

1 onion, sliced

1/4 cup minced flat-leaf parsley

6 tbs. olive oil

2 tbs. wine vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 pound feta cheese, cut into small chunks

1/2 tsp. torn fresh oregano leaves

12 kalamata olives

Directions:

Place tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, and parsley in large salad bowl.

Combine olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Pour over salad.

Sprinkle feta and olives over salad. Add oregano and toss.

greek recipes, watermelon and feta salad

Another delicious type of Greek salad is the watermelon and feta cheese salad.

Ingredients:

  • Per serving:
  • 3/4 – 1 cup of cold watermelon, cubed
  • 1/4 cup of feta cheese, crumbled or cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar or balsamic vinaigrette

Directions:

Place the watermelon in a bowl, top with most of the onions, then the feta cheese.

Place remaining onions on top. Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar, and serve.

This recipe can be made in individual servings or multiplied and served in a large salad bowl.

 

 

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15 Places To See In Greece http://www.ourgreekisland.com/15-places-to-see-in-greece/ Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:00:49 +0000 http://www.ourgreekisland.com/?p=74 As noted in the book, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Greece has a number of amazing places to visit and incredible sites to see. We hope you enjoy this list.

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  1. Crete: Crete, Unique Island History and Culture
  2. Mykonos and Delos: Cyclades, White, white Cubist Homes Against a Blue, Blue Sea
  3. Santorini: Cyclades, An Archetype of the Idyllic Greek Island
  4. Patmos: Dodecanese, Home to a Rich Religious and Artistic Heritage
  5. Rhodes: Dodecanese, Bridge between Europe and the East
  6. Symi: Dodecanese, “The most Beautiful Harbor Town In Greece”
  7. The Acropolis: Athens, The most Important Ancient Monument in the Western World
  8. National Archaeology Museum: Athens, A Treasure House in Athens
  9. Delphi: Delphi, The most famous Oracle of Antiquity, Center of the Universe
  10. Epidaurus: Peloponnese, A perfectly preserved Ancient Greek Theater
  11. Monemvassia: Peloponnese, Barely Tethered to reality
  12. Mount Athos: Northern Greece, Spiritual focus for the Eastern Orthodox World
  13. Hydra: Saronic Gulf Island, An Isle with Style, all motor traffic is banned
  14. The Monasteries of Meteora: Thessaly, A Rock Forest and Its Ancient Inhabitants
  15. Lefkada: Ionian Sea, “Emerald Island” with magnificent white sandy beaches & crystal clear sea

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As noted in the book, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Greece has a number of amazing places to visit and incredible sites to see. We hope you enjoy this list.

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  1. Crete: Crete, Unique Island History and Culture
  2. Mykonos and Delos: Cyclades, White, white Cubist Homes Against a Blue, Blue Sea
  3. Santorini: Cyclades, An Archetype of the Idyllic Greek Island
  4. Patmos: Dodecanese, Home to a Rich Religious and Artistic Heritage
  5. Rhodes: Dodecanese, Bridge between Europe and the East
  6. Symi: Dodecanese, “The most Beautiful Harbor Town In Greece”
  7. The Acropolis: Athens, The most Important Ancient Monument in the Western World
  8. National Archaeology Museum: Athens, A Treasure House in Athens
  9. Delphi: Delphi, The most famous Oracle of Antiquity, Center of the Universe
  10. Epidaurus: Peloponnese, A perfectly preserved Ancient Greek Theater
  11. Monemvassia: Peloponnese, Barely Tethered to reality
  12. Mount Athos: Northern Greece, Spiritual focus for the Eastern Orthodox World
  13. Hydra: Saronic Gulf Island, An Isle with Style, all motor traffic is banned
  14. The Monasteries of Meteora: Thessaly, A Rock Forest and Its Ancient Inhabitants
  15. Lefkada: Ionian Sea, “Emerald Island” with magnificent white sandy beaches & crystal clear sea

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10 Reasons to Love Greece http://www.ourgreekisland.com/10-reasons-to-love-greece/ Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:00:58 +0000 http://www.ourgreekisland.com/?p=67 love greece, amazing greece, gorgeous greece, greece photos

 

  1. The People – They’re friendly, generous, and welcoming.
  2. The Views – From the Acropolis looking over Athens, Santorini at sunset, all Island and the sea.
  3. The Food – Fresh fish, bread, herbs, olive oil, fruits and veggies
  4. The Relaxed Life Style – What’s not to love with a nap in the afternoon?
  5. The History – Ancient Treasures
  6. Islands – Beaches and Mountains
  7. Aegean – Crystal clear & blue sea
  8. Climate – Perfect in summer-no A/C needed
  9. Shopping – Gold and Leather goods!
  10. FUN! – Dancing & Dinner, Dancing on boats, Dancing in the streets!

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Feel free to share your reasons for loving Greece in our comments section. We’d love to hear them!…

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love greece, amazing greece, gorgeous greece, greece photos

 

  1. The People – They’re friendly, generous, and welcoming.
  2. The Views – From the Acropolis looking over Athens, Santorini at sunset, all Island and the sea.
  3. The Food – Fresh fish, bread, herbs, olive oil, fruits and veggies
  4. The Relaxed Life Style – What’s not to love with a nap in the afternoon?
  5. The History – Ancient Treasures
  6. Islands – Beaches and Mountains
  7. Aegean – Crystal clear & blue sea
  8. Climate – Perfect in summer-no A/C needed
  9. Shopping – Gold and Leather goods!
  10. FUN! – Dancing & Dinner, Dancing on boats, Dancing in the streets!

the acropolis, greek travel, travel greece, places to see in greece

Feel free to share your reasons for loving Greece in our comments section. We’d love to hear them!

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Sail On! http://www.ourgreekisland.com/sail-on/ Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:52:18 +0000 http://www.ourgreekisland.com/?p=93 Sailing the Greek islands is listed on many people’s travel wish list.

The Ionian sea is one of the best places in the world to sail!

A sailing trip to the Greek islands is a must do trip of a life time!

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Why I like to sail the Ionian Islands?

The beauty and ease of sailing is a perfect combination.  The Ionian Islands are nestled just off the north east mainland of Greece (below Italy). The waters are relatively protected and the islands are many.

The chain of islands that make up the “Ionian Seven” are Corfu, Zakynthos, Lefkada, Paxi, Ithaca, Kythira, and Kefalonia. Of course, you know my favorite island is Lefkada!

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Photo by ©Niko Lazaris

The “Ionian Seven” Greek Islands

Lefkada – Our Greek Island! Need I say more?  Lefkada offers one of the best harbors in Greece, attracting sailors from around the world.  Many Europeans moor their boats here year round. The ease in sailing from Lefkada to explore the Ionian Islands is perfect.

Corfu  – Is a large island, as well as, the best known of the Ionian Islands.  Many people will recognize the name and know about Corfu as it is as popular as Mikonos, Santorini and Rhodes.  All of these islands are great places to visit.  John and I had a wonderfully romantic trip to Corfu many years ago before the boys were born… I remember having a great dinner and taking a carriage ride through the streets of the city center and all the power on the island went out.  There was no panic, people continued on with what they were doing. The horse moved through the streets pulling the carriage, people sat and talked over their dinner by candle light, someone continued with their music lesson off in the distance… it was all very enchanting….…

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Sailing the Greek islands is listed on many people’s travel wish list.

The Ionian sea is one of the best places in the world to sail!

A sailing trip to the Greek islands is a must do trip of a life time!

sailing the ionian, the ionian seven, greek islands, sailing in greece, greek sailing trips

Why I like to sail the Ionian Islands?

The beauty and ease of sailing is a perfect combination.  The Ionian Islands are nestled just off the north east mainland of Greece (below Italy). The waters are relatively protected and the islands are many.

The chain of islands that make up the “Ionian Seven” are Corfu, Zakynthos, Lefkada, Paxi, Ithaca, Kythira, and Kefalonia. Of course, you know my favorite island is Lefkada!

greek sails, sailing photos, two sailing boats

Photo by ©Niko Lazaris

The “Ionian Seven” Greek Islands

Lefkada – Our Greek Island! Need I say more?  Lefkada offers one of the best harbors in Greece, attracting sailors from around the world.  Many Europeans moor their boats here year round. The ease in sailing from Lefkada to explore the Ionian Islands is perfect.

Corfu  – Is a large island, as well as, the best known of the Ionian Islands.  Many people will recognize the name and know about Corfu as it is as popular as Mikonos, Santorini and Rhodes.  All of these islands are great places to visit.  John and I had a wonderfully romantic trip to Corfu many years ago before the boys were born… I remember having a great dinner and taking a carriage ride through the streets of the city center and all the power on the island went out.  There was no panic, people continued on with what they were doing. The horse moved through the streets pulling the carriage, people sat and talked over their dinner by candle light, someone continued with their music lesson off in the distance… it was all very enchanting…. oh, back to sailing.  Corfu is a good day’s sail away from the other islands in the Ionian, so you will need to chart your course allowing time to sail and explore the island.

Zakynthos – Love the name. Zakynthos is the southernmost of the Ionian Islands.  It has a huge central plain with fertile land making it a green island. The history of the island is also rich as it’s location has given it importance in Homer’s “Odyssey”.

Kefalonia – Is the largest island of the Ionian, around twice the size of nearby Zakynthos and 30% bigger than Corfu. It doesn’t seem that big because most people will not sail around the island. When you are traveling by land, the island is broken up by a mountain range.  This island was featured in the popular movie, Captain Corell’s Mandolin.

Ithaca – How cool is this?  When you sail to Ithaca, you will be sailing into history! The two epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey that are said to be written by Homer who is thought to have been born on Khios in 800 BC. Many major events in the book are noted on the island of Ithaca. In the Odyssey, the basic plot describe the attempt of Odysseus and his men to get home form the Trojan War… what a way to ponder a day of sailing off the coast of Ithaca traveling the seas that Odysseus traveled before.

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Stay tuned, I’ll soon be explaining more about the Greek sailing trip we’re getting ready to take.

We are a few weeks away from setting sail!

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