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Provocolate: Molyvos is the Greece of your Dreams (and hopefully, your best self).

Provocolate: Molyvos is the Greece of your Dreams (and hopefully, your best self). | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it

When you think of your perfect, ideal Greece, you're probably actually thinking of Molyvos, home to all of Greece's perfections, double distilled. This is the jaw dropping gorgeous sun soaked Greece of turquoise seas and bright painted boats, tavernas with checkered tablecloths and octopus legs hanging from fishing line, white-washed stairs, roses and bougainvilla climbing trellises, villages on hillsides, the Aegean glimpsed like a dream though an open window.

Picture postcard picturesque perfection. Our first glimpse of the city? Giorgos our host stops the truck for us to get a shot of the city because we are oohing and ahhiing 
There it is- a seaside fairy tale with a castle on top. This is our first morning in Lesvos. Two hours ago we were drinking a coffee on Aegean. This is surreal, and it's not like we're not used to beautiful places; we all live in Greece already, and write about travel (Travel Bloggers Greece) and culture and beautiful experiences. None of us have been in Molyvos and we've all been looking forward to it; it is a fabled place. 
A couple more turns in the road and we are there climbing out of the truck and wandering up the cobblestone paved hill, shaded by an arbor, and lined with cafes and shops. 
We are on our way to visit the Molyvos Tourism organzation and meet our, I'm going to say, ambassador- Gabriela Vati. she takes us into her life for the afternoon, and it is a very beautiful life. We stop into the church- Agios Panteleimonas 
A light, neo-Baroque- common to the island- mood makes for a joyous interior
Then we go the main plateia ("square"), shaded by a huge Plane tree, and circled with grand houses, Gabriela's florist shop, and a supermarket (island style) 
This dreamy mansion is *rentable by the night. 
(The florist shop, the mansion you can stay in, the views, if this puts you in mind of getting married, Gabriela can arrange everything- she has started Menta Weddings for the people who come from all over to celebrate here, the most beautiful place they have ever been). Gabriela tells us about her beautiful town as we go down the hill. We are at a harbor, and it is all charm. If the sun in Molyvos had a flavor it would be sweet. It sugarcoats every surface- the cobblestones, fishing boats, sparkling sea, your shoulders. You forget what it was ever like to be cold. The sea is turquoise at the small beach, but even here at the harbor- deeper teal- you can make out every stone on the seafloor, each school of fish. The fishing boats are brightly painted, each its own way, and named. They strike the perfect balance between story-book and serious work- the fanciful colors, nets neatly bundled. 
St. Nicholas (patron saint of sailors and fishermen) watches over the harbor from a modest church bathed in the crisp light of the sea. 
The water's like glass and you sigh longing to be in it, or at least on it. The only thing missing is a handsome, wind-burned captain to take us for a spin in a beautiful boat. This is where the day slips from perfect vacation to not completely believable perfect fairy-tale. Before I know it, there's the strong weathered hand of captain Nick pulling me aboard. 
Nothing like the sea to make you hungry. We dock at the promisingly named "Octopus" which has octopus hanging right outside, which we have with ouzo, which is essentially a sunny Lesvos afternoon in a glass. (more about ouzo here). 
We are having a a fantastic time in Molyvos- aesthetically, this is the quintessential Greek experience. But like they say, beauty is more than skin deep. We have been invited to write about the island- it has been in the news constantly- not because of its astonishing perfection, but because of the thousands of refugees who have landed, and sometimes been washed up on, its beautiful shores. This has kept tourists away, which is a shame, for two reasons: The first is, that the situation has changed- the shores are quiet, and the refugees are sheltered and as safe as such a terrible situation allows. 
The second reason it is a shame that tourists are not going to the island is a lot more compelling: When we think of Greece it is not just a place but an ideal- we are inspired by the sea and the sun and the cuisine, but also by the values we ascribe to Greece- honor, hospitality, generosity. All the nights we would watch the news and see wet and hungry families on the shores and saying how sad and want to do something? These are the people who were going to the shore to help them every day, bringing water and food from their homes, clothing, sharing whatever they had with grace. We basically only know this from the news. They brush it off- Gabriela said "We just did what anyone would have done." Lesvos embodies not just the beauties of Greece, but also the ideals.
For this reason alone, I cannot think of a place I would rather visit. 

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Will Mykonos Save Greece?

Will Mykonos Save Greece? | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
The Hellenic American Leadership Council is hereby established to chart a new course for the Greek-American community: to ensure the continuity of a distinct and distinguished Greek- American community; to promote a renewed commitment to civic...
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The reason for this is that “Mykonos et al” are a set of brands, both collectively and individually, that are globally recognized, promising and delivering the three S’s that French chanson Serge Gainsbourg crooned about in the 1960s and 1970s—sea, sex, and sun. That is the basest part; in fact it goes well beyond the pleasures of the flesh, to local culture both traditional and surprisingly timeless and modern, to cuisine both high and low, the volcanic majesty of Santorini, or the cubist perfection of the white Aegan village, with the peasant cuisine of places like Ikaria promising Methusela-like longevity.  To a culture and history spanning 4000 years, from Minoan Thera to Classical Delos to Byzantine Patmos to Crusader Rhodes, Venetian Syros, you get the point.  Certainly exotic, but still Western, and though plagued with strikes, Greece is free of real civil strife, unlike other Mediterranean locations.

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Sapientza

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Called by locals as “Kardia”, due to its heart-shaped silhouette, the small rocky island is a skerry of the Sapientza Island, in the Messinian Golf. With a population of seven inhabitants, according to the latest census, the island is almost a desert paradise.

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Hidden Gems of Europe

Hidden Gems of Europe | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it

From a restaurant in Athens to shops in Rome, 14 reasons to look beyond the obvious.

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The Peloponnese: The Ancient Olympics Meet the Wild West

The Peloponnese: The Ancient Olympics Meet the Wild West | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Ghost towns and ancient history await travelers who take the four-hour drive from Athens to this ancient peninsula...
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Greece's soothing hot springs

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Hot, mineral-rich bubbles from the fountain in the indoor pool at the Thermae Sylla Spa & Wellness Hotel on the island of Evia. With 80 hot springs, Evia has been well-visited since ancient times. (Thermae Sylla Spa & Wellness Hotel)
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An enchanting cruise of the outer Greek isles

An enchanting cruise of the outer Greek isles | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
PSERIMOS, Greece — "Our boats are for people who don't like crowds," Muhammet Okumus, our captain, tells me.
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(Secret) Islands of Greece

(Secret) Islands of Greece | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Looking for a place that’s teeming with authenticity (not multitudes)? Follow Eleni N. Gage to these three undiscovered islands along the Peloponnese— each with its own distinct personality, all still blissfully under the radar.
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Guide to Greece’s Epirus Province

Guide to Greece’s Epirus Province | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Visiting the quiet Greek province, T+L encounters lively cafés and many new small hotels.
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Nafplia Palace Hotel & Villas #Argolis #Greece

Nafplia Palace Hotel & Villas #Argolis #Greece | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
One need only linger luxuriantly on the warm, white sand of the beach, gazing out into the shimmering cerulean blue of the Bay of Argolis to understand Παράδεισος, the Greek word for paradise.
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German politicians opt to vacation in Greece | Germany | DW.DE | 26.07.2012

German politicians opt to vacation in Greece | Germany | DW.DE | 26.07.2012 | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
German-Greek tensions are rising as a result of the eurozone crisis. In the hope of improving relations between the two countries, a number of German politicians are opting to vacation in Greece.
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Greek Island Getaways

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From the backstreets of Mykonos to the beaches of Santorini, Greece is a long-time favorite island getaway spot.

 

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Open-Air Cinemas: Breath of Night Life in Athens | Greece.GreekReporter.com Latest News from Greece

Open-Air Cinemas: Breath of Night Life in Athens | Greece.GreekReporter.com Latest News from Greece | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
If you find yourself stuck in Athens during this hot July, don’t despair. Athens is full of fun and fulfillment even amidst the summer and the harsh financial circumstances. There is no need to spend too much money to have a wonderful time in the Greek capital and enjoy the wonderful warm evenings.
Athens and its people have always loved the cinema. And more particularly, the summer ones operating from June to September.
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#Folegandros, #Greece, among 22 #Postcard_Perfect #European #Villages Straight Out of a Fairytale

#Folegandros, #Greece, among 22 #Postcard_Perfect #European #Villages Straight Out of a Fairytale | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
22 Postcard-Perfect European Villages Straight Out of a Fairytale

Folegandros, Greece
Santorini’s streets sag with admirers, but on Folegandros, a nearby island in the Cyclades, you’ll find similar architecture—streets paved in slate, whitewashed buildings decorated with colorful flowers, the occasional Greek Orthodox church with a bright blue dome—without the crowds. For a secluded swim, trek to Katergo, a sheltered stretch of beach where gentle, emerald-blue waves lap the pebbly shore.

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Packing off to Paxos: Mariella Frostrup and family feast on the simple life in Greece

Packing off to Paxos: Mariella Frostrup and family feast on the simple life in Greece | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
What do you do when it's time to swap wild nights out on the Med for a more tranquil option? Head for Paxos, says Mariella Frostrup, where remote beaches, marinated sardines for lunch and speedboat excursions fill the days.
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Paxos is easy to get to know and part of its appeal is how swiftly the visitor feels familiar with it. Three towns lie along the coast facing the Greek mainland. Gaios, the capital, is where the ferry comes in, and in its medley of cobbled streets you can pick up everything from a kitchen mop to a Colombian emerald.

Despite the plentiful little tourist boutiques, Gaios feels like a working town rather than a resort, one that endures the influx of sunseekers but is fully aware that by autumn, only 2,000 full-time residents will be left on the island. North of the capital lies Lakkos, a very popular harbour crowded with beautiful sailboats.

On land it is little more than a village with a couple of sophisticated bars on the seafront and a handful of traditional tavernas in the old-style squares behind.

Our favourite of the three is the aforementioned Loggos, really a hamlet with a handful of restaurants where centuries of visitors and conquerors from the Ottomans to the Italians have left an indelible and welcome mark on the local cuisine.

Greek staples such as calamari and taramasalata are augmented with dips made from split peas and smoked aubergines, as well as fabulous mussels cooked in ouzo and plenty more to keep your palate stimulated.



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For Tourists, Some Good News With the Bad

For Tourists, Some Good News With the Bad | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Upside of the Euro Crisis: Lower Prices Are Luring Tourists Back to Greece

 

Europe's economic woes have made a trip that was once a safe bet seem less predictable. Contributors in some of the hardest hit countries - Ireland, Greece and Spain - give an indication of what it's like to travel there now.

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Exploring Kos: Antimachia Castle (& The Funniest Little Man on Kos) - HoliDaze

As I walked up to the entrance of Antimachia Castle, I heard a voice call out: "Ya Svenge?" "Sprechen Sie Deutsch?" "Dag!" "Australian, mate?" The lit...
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Escape to the enchanting islands of Greece

Escape to the enchanting islands of Greece | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Photo gallery of the most beautiful islands in Greece...
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The Peloponnese in Greece is steeped in history

The Peloponnese in Greece is steeped in history | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Costa Navarino, Greece — "The Peloponnese," my friend Peter Poulos tells me, "is the real Greece. Really.
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Mystique

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If you ever wonder whether romance is alive and kicking simply take a sojourn with your sole mate to Mystique in Santorini, a resort on one of the world's sexiest islands and the #1 island for lovers according to Travel + Leisure.
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Villa Galaxy #Mykonos #Greece

Villa Galaxy #Mykonos #Greece | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
As you take in the natural beauty of Mykonos Island's Villa Galaxy hotel you will feel as if you have been transported to a Grecian paradise: simple and rustic, yet contemporary and sophisticated.
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9 Muses #Santorini Resort #Cyclades #Greece

9 Muses #Santorini Resort #Cyclades #Greece | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Where the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean meet the Aegean Sea, off the southeast coast of the Greece's mainland, is the luxurious 9 Muses Santorini Resort.
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Explore Athens : Athens : Travel Channel

Explore Athens : Athens : Travel Channel | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Take a tour of Athens to see the sights, including the Acropolis, the Temple of Poseidon, Aegina Island and more.
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Best Nude Beaches : Beach Guide : Travel Channel

Best Nude Beaches : Beach Guide : Travel Channel | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Grab your sunscreen and get ready to explore Travel Channel's picks for the world's best nude beaches.
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