Ioannina, Greece. July 2014

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July 28, 2014 Today, we planned to spend time with the family and also explore the city of Ioannina. There are several things that rightfully put Ioannina on the traveler’s map: multiculturalism – the city has always been dominated by Christian, Islamic and Jewish influences Old city and Castle of Ioannina – built in AD 528 by Emperor Justinian, it is the oldest Byzantine castle in Greece Perama – the Europe’s most beautiful caves Expression “Live like the Pasha in Ioannina” – hinting that it is not enough to have a title of a ruler, you also have to live in Ioannina to enjoy the best things in life Lake city …

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Vergina and Pella, Greece. July 2014

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July 27, 2014 Vergina (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Pella deserve to be on the itinerary of everyone who comes to visit the northern part of Greece. Unjustly, Lonely Planet dedicates only half a page to both of those places, which I intend to correct. Not only are Vergina and Pella rich in historical heritage and archeological sites, but also they have names of Philip II and Alexander the Great written all over them. Welcome to the ancient (Vergina) and slightly younger (Pella) capitals of Macedonia! It is a long day trip (700 km) from Ioannina, so we left town shortly after breakfast, while D’s family was packing their bags to …

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Greece. July-August 2014

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Greece has always been on my mind, but I never felt “ready” for it. I will try to explain, in my opinion, you need to know the history, the heritage, the characters, the contribution of the country to the world, before you can go there and truly enjoy your experience. And I always felt that Greece had such an overwhelming past, that it would take me years to go over it. Well, I got engaged to a Greek guy and “had” to get a crash course in history of Greece, with hope to catch up while “one the ground”. Nevertheless, I had a few months to prepare so, I think I did …

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