In blogging terms my first visit to Greece remains destined to be a non-event. It was a long, long time ago, way back in the summer of 2001 when I was just twenty two years old.
It feels cliche to even say it, but yes, my first Greek adventure was a lads’ holiday to the grotty resort island of Kavos.
Even if you’ve never been to Kavos I’m sure you can picture it. Dirty, average beaches… charmless bars. Uncultured Brits everywhere wolfing down English breakfasts while reading The Sun.
Nevertheless, that trip will always long live in the memory thanks to a spontaneous and thoroughly insane road trip to Athens.
It all sprang forth from a Kavos travel agency offering cheap tickets and travel arrangements to see England play Greece in a FIFA World Cup Qualifier.
Well aware that Kavos was rubbish, we jumped at the chance of seeing our footballing heroes play in the Greek capital. Thus we set off on a gruelling 24 hour bus and ferry journey from our hotel to the Spyros Louis Olympic Stadium. It. Was. Rough.
However, the whole ordeal was worth it when we got to Athens and soaked up the atmosphere outside the stadium.
Moreover, England won the match 2-1, with goals from David Beckham and Paul Scholes. Unfortunately, our celebrations were brief, as we needed to immediately leave for the 24 hour journey back to Kavos. It. Was. Rough.
Sadly (in the case of Athens) and fortunately (regarding Kavos) a lack of photographs means I’m unable to add these adventures to my travel report library.
In fact, it wasn’t until September 2011 that I made it back to Greece. This time, I enjoyed a more authentic experience on the island of Crete. There, in the city of Rethymno, the town of Georgioupolis and the village of Kournas, I was finally able to give Greece some blogging justice.
That trip proved so successful I returned the following year for a stay in the city of Sitia. Once again it was a memorable visit that took in stunning beaches, a hilltop cemetery and a 13th century fortress.
Of course I have barely scratched the surface with Greece. One of these years Sladja and I would love to take our digital nomad roadshow to the mainland and spend a few months exploring the country. Until then, check out my articles: