Maragas Camping, Naxos
The most beautiful beaches!
A margarita for lunch at the Picasso Beach Taverna
Spectacular Naxos sunsetI started my holiday adventures on my favorite island NAXOS, at my favorite spot, Maragas Camping, Agia Ana. The most fabulous beach, and fun staying in a bed-tent for three days.
Then I moved into a lovely pension in the town with a room right by pool-side.
The "Something Else" Pension
There's lots to see on the island of Naxos and I like to go back there every time I visit Greece.
The walk out to the "Portada"
The Portada "Apollo's Temple"
I love the Venetian influence on Naxos with these vaulted streets.
The Corinth Canal
A day trip to the Peloponnese: Fish farms
The small ancient theatre of Epidaurus.
The Big Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
Then some trips around Athens and the mainland. There is so much to do there and many choices of where to spend your time. You really need to allow for this when you visit Greece.
Athens, the Acropolis
The Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounion
The Temple of Poseidon (try to get there for sunset!)
One day I made a trip to Marathon, where the famous battle took place between the Greeks and the Persians. This is where today's marathons begin, just as the runner who bore the news of the Greek victory ran from there to Athens (and then died of exhaustion!)
Grave mound of the fallen warriors
Marathon, monument for the runners
Then I made a trip to Salamina island, also the scene of a famous naval battle between the Greeks and Persians. My friend Christina lives there so we always go exploring and this year was a very special archaeological adventure!
Monument to the fallen warriors
Monument for the Battle of Salamis
I had heard from my friend about a cave up on the mountain where the dramatist Euripides had once lived. I was determined to make the climb up there, and I did! (It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be!)
The Cave of Euripides
It wasn't all Archaeology on this trip. I even did a reading of my historical novel SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON at the Canadian Institute.
Then there was more exploring and having fun.
somewhere around the Agora
along one of the old walled areas of ancient Athens.
my travel buddies
My Athens pals!
And most of all I love hanging out with my Athens pals. This year there will be lots more adventures too and I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone and being there, in Athens, my second home, and exploring Greece, my favorite place to be!