Tag: Greece

Ancient Olympics - Tracing Olympic history in Olympia

Did you know that… …the Olympic Games were named after the ancient Greek city of Olympia? …the only event initially was a race of about 190m …the very first documented Olympic champion was a baker. …Olympic winners received olive wreaths and branches as prizes…as well as fame. …only Greek speakers were allowed to compete in […]

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Santorini and the Fira Factor

I stood at the top of the cliff on the edge of the island and inhaled the salty air of the Aegean Sea. In front of me, the blackened volcano stood forebodingly in the midnight-blue waters of the caldera, daring anyone to assume that it had become docile. Behind me stood the iconic whitewashed buildings […]

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The magic of cruising - Splendour of the Seas

I stood on the top deck of my floating “hotel”, the Splendour of the Seas , and savoured the breath-taking views from my lofty vantage point as we sailed out of Venice’s Giudecca Canal. We passed pointed church steeples and ancient palaces, sidewalk restaurants and bridges traversing narrow canals. The little black and gold gondolas and […]

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