I must admit I have not heard of Anne Zouroudi until she asked me whether I was interested in reading a book she wrote. A book set in Greece. But of course, I was. And not knowing what she wrote about and not having read any reviews either, made it more interesting.
I got The Messenger of Athens delivered right after I came from my vacation and couldn’t wait to read it. I have read mostly e-books this year
Having already read Crete- A Notebook (January this year) and Rhodes-A Notebook (in June this year) I was slightly afraid I’d re-reading some stuff all over again. But I was wrong; while the books on Crete and Rhodes do contain some stories which are also in the Greek Islands book, there is enough fresh content not to get bored.
Richard Clark is a British journalist who has lived on Crete in the eighties while he taught English as
Thessaloniki is a vibrant city, with an atmosphere totally different than the capital. With only one hostel in the city, many travelers struggle to find the best options for a cheap and clean place to stay. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the best hotels in Thessaloniki for under €100 per night …and also an exception to the rule.
Hotel Orestias Kastorias
This small family run hotel is located close to all the important sites in
When I wrote the article back in November 2008, the exchange rate was going up and the down and the prices were significantly higher than now. Updating the article in 2011 made me realize how much the market has changed. While the title still stays the same , out of the hotels in the list, only one has rates above €50 per night, while the rest stay within a respectable €30 / night range.
All of the hotels in the
Usually when we plan to visit a city we look for accommodation close to the main sights, the restaurants, the heart of everything. But when you stay in Athens for a day or two before you catch a ferry to an island, it’s not always worth it to stay in the heart of the city. You’ll be better off staying in a hotel close to the airport.
Here is a map of Athens with the budget hotels pinpointed:
The Port of Piraeus (Pireas*) is the main gateway to the Greek Islands. Depending on your plans and when the ferries depart, you might need to stay for a night or two in one of the budget hotels near the port.
There are a lot of hotels located within 10 min from the port. The price per room depends on the number of stars the hotel has and the facilities offered.
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Here is an interactive