Postcard from Greece; Favourite Destinations Photo Series

It seems that choosing a suitable image for this photography series is getting increasingly difficult with each destination. The choice of a picture to represent Greece has been the toughest so far. Eventually this image from Mount Athos seemed most appropriate, the religious peninsula which is home to hundreds of Byzantine monks and a place where women aren’t even allowed …

Postcard from Greece, Bring on the dancing Girls of Ammouliani

First impressions are not always accurate ones. Initially there may not seem there is much to do on the small island of Ammouliani, in Greece just off the coast of Halkidiki near Ouranoupolis. It requires a short ferry ride from the mainland and tourists are greeted by a typical small Greek resort. The town has several hotels, restaurants and taverns …

Sani Resort, Halkidiki, Greece – Sustainable Luxury

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Sani Hotel Resort which is located on the Kassandra Peninsula in Halkidiki, Greece to attend the Sani Festival of Jazz. The multi-award winning resort is a 5 star hotel complex offering its guests everything required for a relaxing holiday within its grounds. It is a hotel village offering 4 separate accommodations including …

Postcard from Greece; A dreamy bay

A small bay in the Sani Resort in Halkidiki, Greece provides a dreamy scene at twilight. Discovered after watching the sunset at one of the beachside bars with an excellent caprinhina which was a great way to end the day and my stay at the resort. Strolling back to the hotel however this pretty little bay caught my eye and …

Postcard from an Ammouliani bay in bloom, Greece

Ammouliani is a small island in Halkidiki, Greece. It is reached by regular ferries from the nearby fishing village of Ouranoupolis. The small town is typical of many in Greece with restaurants, shops and several hotels, there were few tourists mingling with the locals in the taverns. It still feels unspoilt though possibly a little different in the height of …

All Monks are not Equal – Mount Athos, Greece

Meeting a person or visiting a destination that has a profound effect upon you is not a common occurrence. I was recently fortunate enough to experience both a place and individual that qualify. Mount Athos is possibly a life changing experience for many, pilgrims from all over Greece and even further afield make the spiritual journey to the ‘Holy Mountain.’ Whilst I …

Mount Athos, Greece – Holy weekend, abstinence and hospitality

I do not claim to be a spiritual person and probably the most profound thing discovered by my friend Ed and I during our visit to Agion Oros, the ‘Holy Mountain’ was that it is easier to give up women for a weekend than pockets! There is however something very special about the Greek monastic peninsula which protrudes proudly into …

Monastery at the end of a Greek rainbow

This intense rainbow was a special treat provided after sitting under a gazebo during two heavy rainstorms while visiting the Mylopotamos Monastery on Mount Athos, Greece. It almost appeared to be my reward for enduring the heavy rain. Immediately after the storms subsided the air seemed much clearer and alive, the rainbow was the ‘icing on the cake’. A little …