Mamma mia! Island-hopping in Greece – Part 1

(This post follows ‘Our holiday in the ruins’ posted on 30 July 2017)

After a tiring but enlightening tour of Greece’s great historic sites in the inlands, we were all set for a relaxing visit to the quaint islands of the Hellenic Republic. We started with the three islands in the Saronic gulf: Hydra, Poros and Aegina.

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Our holiday in the ruins

(This post follows ‘Our big fat Greek holiday’ posted on 10 July 2017)

We began the 3 nights/4 days tour of the Peloponnese, Central Greece and Thessaly regions. It was primarily a historical tour. We were a group of about 30-40 tourists from different countries on a big bus. We were accompanied by a Greek guide. She was a strict and sometimes rude woman; she never smiled. She was old and her dressing made her look like Mary Poppins. However, she was knowledgeable. She shared a lot of information about the various times and legends of Ancient Greece.

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Our big fat Greek holiday

It was the summer of 2013 and time for yet another holiday! I started thinking about where to travel. Egypt, Greece and Turkey were amongst the first few destinations we had wished to visit since we moved to the UAE in 2008. We had already visited Turkey; Egypt was not politically stable at that time. Greece was the only choice.  

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Seychellois sojourn

(This post follows ‘She sells seashells…’ posted on 20 Jun 2017)

Seychelles is a paradise. It is a beach destination like Maldives that offers a variety of adventurous aquatic activities and a rich marine world to explore. However, Seychelles is different as it offers the scope to explore terrestrial treasures as well. It is a big island and free to be discovered unlike Maldives where one is restricted to the resort island he is staying on.

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She sells seashells…

It was the summer of 2015. We were bored, tired and desperately in need of a break. Our passports had just got renewed. It was a perfect time for a holiday. However, most countries require us to apply for a visa prior to travel and submit tonnes of supporting documents to prove our identity, intention of travel and return etc. Hence, we prefer to go to a destination that offers visa on arrival to Indians.

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The American highlights

(This post follows ‘Night flight to NYC’ posted on 30 May 2017)

We had hoped to start touring from the first day of reaching New York city. The day we had landed was Thanksgiving Day. We wanted to catch a glimpse of the famous Macy’s parade. We were so enthusiastic about it that we forgot about jet lag! But it hadn’t forgotten us.

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